Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices welcomed David Knox, a real estate training professionaland developer of an online delivery system called RealEstateTraining by DavidKnox.com that now contains more than 350 videos and supporting downloadable documents.  He founded David Knox Productions in 1987. 

Dan Forsman, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices spoke about all the company’s accomplishments.  For example, the company has had a 14 percent increase in net agent count, now up to 1184 professional, experienced agents, an increase of 30 percent in closed volume, an 80 percent increase in the luxury market of homes worth $1 million and more, sales of over $3 billion projected for this year, 2015.  They are providing client services to two major companies which have re-located to Atlanta, Mercedes Benz and Porsche. 

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The Petco Foundation honored Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters with a national $36,200 grant award. Atlanta-based Furkids operates the largest cage-free, no-kill shelter for homeless cats in Georgia and a state-of-the-art, no-kill shelter for dogs. Furkids earned the Petco Foundation (petcofoundation.org) award by completing more pet adoptions than any other single organization in the country participating in the Petco Foundation’s nationwide adoption event. The Petco Foundation coordinated the adoption event on Oct. 3 and 4, 2015 to celebrate Petco’s 50th anniversary.

In just two days, Furkids placed 151 pets into forever homes in metro Atlanta. Across the country, nearly 14,000 pets found homes during the adoption event, which showcased pets available for adoption from local animal welfare organizations at Petco and Unleashed by Petco stores.

The Petco Foundation, furthering its commitment to adoption programs in the community, awarded between $50 and $100 grants per adoption for participating organizations that achieved five or more adoptions during its adoption weekend. As the best in the nation, Furkids received an additional Adoption Champion grant award of $20,000, plus an adoption bonus, for a total of $36,200.

“Furkids is grateful to the Petco Foundation for honoring us with this grant award, and we are grateful to the Atlanta families who helped us earn this achievement by opening their hearts to helpless animals during the Petco Foundation nationwide adoption event,” said Samantha Shelton, Furkids founder and executive director. In addition to receiving support from the Petco Foundation, Furkids operates the adoption centers at six Petco retail locations in metro Atlanta.

The 2015 national Petco Foundation adoption event found homes for more pets than any other previous weekend in the Petco Foundation and Petco’s long history of supporting pet adoptions through the Think Adoption First© program.

Furkids will use the Petco Foundation grant award to advance its work in rescue and lifesaving for homeless animals. Among the top six animal rescue organizations in metro Atlanta, Furkids has the lowest percentage of its budget dedicated to administrative expenses.

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The Duke Alumni Association presented Dunwoody resident Jason Jones with the Forever Duke Award in recognition of his recent excellence in volunteer leadership.  In 2010, Jones and fellow Duke Alum Brian Greene founded a Duke networking group in Atlanta for alums who hold C-suite roles (most important senior executive roles).  Through their efforts, the Duke affinity network, aptly named “The Dukes,” now numbers more than 100 members.

“One of the main reasons that I chose to attend Duke was to surround myself with smart, motivated and successful people,” said Jones. “By volunteering for Duke, I have the opportunity and privilege to continue to be uplifted by those same people.”

 Jones continues to head the Duke C-Level Executive Networking organization in Atlanta. 

The group gives its members the opportunity to meet quarterly for a breakfast and to hear from a keynote speaker.

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