Morris, Manning & Martin cited as a top Georgia workplace

Georgia Trend Magazine of Business and Politics includes Morris, Manning & Martin LLP on its 2008 Honor Roll of the Best Places to Work in Georgia in its November issue. Morris, Manning & Martin, which has offices in Buckhead and Sandy Springs, is one of two law firms on the list of 15 Honor Roll companies.

Meanwhile, as the magazine was hitting the streets, the law firm had to cut four associates (no partners) from one of the city’s largest real estate practices, which once had 40 lawyers in commercial real estate and seven in a residential practice. The firm is Atlanta’s seventh largest, with 161 lawyers in the city.

The magazine’s editorial staff selected the winners from more than 400 nominations submitted by employees from businesses, government offices, educational institutions and nonprofits.

“We wanted to know where the best places to work in Georgia are, so we asked the experts — the employees,” Georgia Trend Publisher Neely Young said.

“We didn’t just count the number of nominations. We evaluated what each company’s employees had to say about where they work and made our selections accordingly,” said the magazine’s editor, Susan Percy.

Morris, Manning & Martin’s Buckhead office is at the Atlanta Financial Center, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, and the Sandy Springs office is at 5775-C Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. The firm also has offices in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., Savannah and Washington, D.C.

Preservation board adds Harry Norman duo

Sales associates Arch Davis and Sister Hood of Harry Norman, Realtors’ Buckhead/Northwest office have been named to leadership positions with the Atlanta Preservation Center (APC).

Davis will serve as president of the organization, and Hood has been appointed to the APC board, each for three-year terms. Harry Norman, Realtors has been the lead sponsor for the APC’s Buckhead in Bloom home and garden tour for many years.

The APC’s top priority is preserving the historic structures on the BeltLine, a 22-mile loop that will provide trails, parks and transportation. Under the city’s 1989 Preservation Ordinance, which the APC was instrumental in passing, the organization has protected historic buildings, sites and neighborhoods.

Knox, Georgian Bank team up for charity

Georgian Bank, the second-largest Atlanta-based bank, partnered with Knox Jewelers of Sandy Springs to produce a one-of-a-kind pendant that was auctioned off Nov. 8 during the bank’s Dream Big, Bid Big gala, which benefited the transplant recovery unit at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

The pendant, titled “New Beginnings,” is a signature piece designed and made by wildlife jewelry artist Eddie Knox, who has created art jewelry for 33 years.

Valued at $4,000, the artwear piece was made with blue, green and pink enamel, 18-karat green gold, pure silver, cloisonné, and ample diamonds for ornamentation.

Knox Jewelers has supported many of Atlanta’s community organizations, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Woodward Academy.

In 2007, Georgian Bank, which has offices in Buckhead, pledged $1 million over five years to support the construction of a recovery unit designed for pediatric transplant patients at Children’s.

RockBridge Commercial expands staff

RockBridge Commercial Bank has added Charron Hope as vice president of specialty banking and Lisa Mascaro as a loan operations specialist.

Sandy Springs resident Hope comes from Buckhead Community Bank, where she served as a vice president of the private and entrepreneurial banking division. Earlier, she worked with SunTrust in Atlanta over two decades.

Mascaro most recently worked with Integrity Bank in Atlanta as an assistant vice president in loan operations.

Cox Communications to cut 2 percent of jobs

Sandy Springs-based Cox Communications, the nation’s third-largest cable TV company, has announced it plans to cut about 460 jobs, or 2 percent of its work force, through early retirement, attrition and possibly layoffs.

The cuts will be companywide. It is unclear how many of the job losses among the company’s 23,000 employees will be in the Atlanta area. The company has fewer than 2,000 employees here.

Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sandy Springs-based Cox Enterprises, offers cable TV, high-speed Internet access and phone service to more than 6.2 million residential and commercial customers.

The company, which last year had revenue of $8.3 billion, also has announced plans to offer wireless phone service next year.