Meet Our 2018 Sponsors

Being a Leadership Lowndes sponsor is a one year commitment filled with various program days showcasing our community in many ways people have never experienced. The members are able to learn about our local area as they engage and interact during each program day. From our history and economic growth to our current successes and trials, this will be a firsthand experience one will never forget.  Sponsors have the opportunity to partner with us as we make our program days possible and successful.

Please take a moment to say Thank You to our 2018 sponsors!

Gold Sponsors

Astro Exterminating

Gold Sponsor

Since 1969, Astro Exterminating has been serving South Georgia. Built on customer satisfaction, Astro is a full service pest control company, offering today's modern technology in pest and termite control. From interior to exterior, residential to commercial, Astro can handle all of your pest problems.

Astro is South Georgia's Largest independent Pest control company.

Steel's Jewelry

Gold Sponsor

Voted ``Best of South Georgia`` we strive to serve all your occasion needs from Wedding/Engagement to Birthday/Anniversary. Our educated Staff will assist you in finding the perfect gift. Come in and shop our extensive collection of certified loose diamonds, diamond engagement rings, gemstone or precious metal jewelry and designer watches.

Steel's Jewelry began in 1985 as a wholesale bench work business which included custom design and repair for independent retail jewelers. In 1988 it was incorporated as Steel's Jewelry Company, and in 1989 opened the first retail store doing business as Steel's Gold by Design. It gradually attracted more discerning customers who were looking for quality jewelry. As more high end designer lines were added, meeting the needs of customers who formerly traveled to large cities, the name was changed to Steel's Jewelry.

Community Service Award Sponsor

Commercial Banking Company

Bronze Sponsor

Here at Commercial Banking Company, we simplify your life. From consumer needs to business needs, we have a wide range of solutions for just about any situation. We uncomplicated the banking process to enhance your customer experience.

How may we help you?

Silver Sponsors

Ace Electric

Silver Sponsor

Providing over 40 years of service, Ace is a diverse electrical contractor doing business in the Southeast. Ace is a safety and quality-oriented, well-respected, cutting-edge first-tier subcontractor who employs over 300 men and women and has earned in excess of $55 million in yearly revenue.

Our project delivery methods are structured to fit the general contractor and owner’s needs. Ace Electric, Inc. offers pre-construction services, hard bid, design build, negotiated contracts and fee based work.

We have the resources, professional staff, and project management team to handle any type of electrical project. Our history of building “Quality” has been established through years of successful projects and satisfied customers.

America's Home Place

Silver Sponsor

Valdosta Building Center

If you are looking to build the home of your dreams in the Valdosta area, stop by our building center today to speak with one of our specialists about how America’s Home Place can help! We have over 40 years of experience building custom homes – we focus on building quality, personalized homes at an affordable price.

We understand a home is different for each family and we look forward to hearing about what makes your home unique and assisting you with adapting the plans to accommodate all of the extras you choose to include within your new custom home. Whether you are increasing closet space or adding on an extra bedroom or additional garage space, we look forward to serving your needs.

FL #CR-C057203 - GA # GCCO003514

Ameris Bank

Silver Sponsor

Our Story
From our earliest beginnings in 1971, our founders envisioned a bank known for its steadfast combination of character, service and value. We continue to hold true to these core traits, while also capitalizing on innovative products and services.

Throughout our history, Ameris Bank has experienced and is continuing to experience progress, innovation and development. Regardless of our expansion and growth, Ameris Bank will always stay true to our roots: a high-performing community bank with an emphasis on providing exceptional customer experiences.

Angie Crawford State Farm

Silver Sponsor

Focusing on families relocating to Valdosta,Hahira Lake Park, and all of Lowndes County Providing Insurance and Financial Services Member of Rotary, Paul Harris Fellow, Board Member Leadership Lowndes Class of 2012, past Board Member Valdosta/Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) Designation Chartered Advisor for Senior Living (CASL) Designation Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) Designation State Farm since 1995 BBA from Georgia State University

Behavioral Health Services

Silver Sponsor

Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia is a supportive network of people helping people. We are a community of resources that believes in restoring quality of living in each individual we serve. Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia has been the leading agency in providing mental health, substance abuse, intellectually and developmentally disabled services for over 20 years. We provide an array of services to children, adults, and families. We provide this support within 10 counties; Ben Hill County, Berrien County, Brooks County, Cook County, Echols County, Irwin County, Lanier County, Lowndes County, Tift County, and Turner County. Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia believes that through individualized services, quality of care and support, your lives will be transformed.

We encourage you to learn about the services in which we provide and how Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia will support you and knowing you are never alone in this journey.

Bush Wealth Management

Silver Sponsor

Our mission at Bush Wealth Management is to empower people to live comfortably by planning wisely.

Every person, family and business has a different set of priorities for what they want their money to accomplish. Whether it’s to save for retirement, put children through college, or to simply leave a long, lasting legacy; our focus are your individualized goals.

We are a not a one-size fits all wealth management firm. Our team pride themselves on creating personal, goal oriented, and unique strategies. We strive to equip our clients with the knowledge and confidence to make the best decisions for their family.

Although we cannot guarantee what the market will do, we can guarantee that the service & personal attention you receive from our team will be second to none. If you want to learn more about our process, please give us a call.

CJB Industries, INC.

Silver Sponsor

Contract Chemical Services Tailored to Your Business Priorities
With an uncompromising commitment to providing the best chemical manufacturing and chemical packaging services in the industry, CJB Industries can help you turn your business challenges into competitive advantages. We enable our customer-partners to achieve their objectives — from long-term production contracts to temporary capacity solutions — strategically and cost-effectively.

Many of the world’s largest chemical companies rely on CJB Industries to provide contract chemical manufacturing, chemical tolling, formulating, processing, packaging, and laboratory services that meet their exacting standards. This enables us to offer growing companies the same high level of excellence in manufacturing processes, quality control, EHS compliance, and supply management — so you don’t have to be a major multinational to take advantage of industry best practices.

Whether your objective is increased flexibility, business growth, efficient use of capital, product consistency — or all of the above — CJB Industries can customize a solution for you. We commit to meeting or exceeding your expectations for quality, efficiency, service and results.

Guardian Bank

Silver Sponsor

We have a wealth of executive talent in the Guardian Bank management team with each member experiencing over thirty years in their banking career. We also have many long-tenured senior and mid-level officers among our ranks to add stability and experience.

Our bank is full service, with local shareholders, providing an assortment of banking services to residents and businesses of Lowndes County and the surrounding area, and three of the four locations offer commercial loans, real estate loans, and consumer loans. The bank offers a full range of interest-bearing and noninterest-bearing accounts, including commercial and consumer checking accounts, money market accounts, individual retirement accounts, savings accounts, and certificates of deposit, along with state of the art check imaging. In addition, Guardian Bank provides such services as Interactive Teller Machines, a Customer Care Center, online banking, with bill payment, automatic teller machines, drive-in banking, 24-hour telephone banking, debit cards, credit cards, discount brokerage services, safe deposit boxes, night depositories, bank-by mail services, direct deposit, ACH origination, U.S. Savings Bonds, traveler's checks, cashier's check and wire transfers.

We take pride in our concerted efforts to exceed client expectations. We are committed to our customers and our communities and strive to provide the best possible service and responsiveness.

We, at Guardian Bank, look forward to serving you!

Harley Langdale Jr. Foundation

Silver Sponsor

The Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation was formed in 1958 “for exclusively charitable, educational, scientific or religious purposes….”. The foundation seeks to enhance our community and to promote the entrepreneurial spirit that Harley Langdale, Jr. has exhibited throughout his life. Our focus is the support of education programs, health care initiatives, faith based activities, youth programs and other initiatives to foster community improvement primarily in Georgia.

Miller Hardware Company

Silver Sponsor

Miller Hardware Company has been serving the people and communities of South Georgia and North Florida since 1908. Since the beginning we have always staffed knowledgeable employees that put customers first, and we keep that tradition alive today.

Seasons Garden Center, a division of Miller Hardware Company, was established in 1998 to serve the residential gardening enthusiast. Seasons is attached to a Miller Hardware retail location on the Northside of Valdosta, Georgia.

Seasons is designed to entice customer slow down and enjoy playing in the dirt. Offerings include annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, and houseplants. Aside from living plants, Seasons Garden Center carries a wide array of premier outdoor living products

Renasant Bank

Silver Sponsor

Renasant Bank has humble roots, starting in 1904 as a $100,000 bank in a Lee County, Mississippi, bakery. Since then, we have grown to become one of the Southeast’s strongest financial institutions with approximately $10 billion in assets and more than 180 banking, lending, wealth management and financial services offices in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. All of Renasant’s success stems from each of our banker’s commitment to investing in their communities as a way of better understanding the people we serve. At Renasant Bank, we understand you because we work and live alongside you every day.

Valdosta Insurance Services, INC.

Silver Sponsor

Our South Georgia insurance agency was founded by Ben Hill Roberts, Jr. in 1933 and operated for 53 years as Roberts Insurance Agency, Inc. In 1986, the corporate name was changed to Valdosta Insurance Services, Inc. to better identify the function of the firm.

The present owners and officers of the company are H. Bryon Courson and Julian C. Sherwood, III. The staff consists of nine support personnel and five producers.

The agency represents a number of the finest companies in the insurance industry and has received many awards and recognitions for distinguished service from these companies.

Bronze Sponsors

Bubba Highsmith State Farm

Bronze Sponsor

We help our customers recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams. Our goal is to be the best insurance office in Valdosta and Lowndes County.

Auto Insurance Professional
We Focus on Families Relocating to Valdosta
We Speak Spanish
Moody Air Force Base Red Carpet Committee
Valdosta State University Alumni Board
United Way of Lowndes County Board Member
Foundation Board for South Georgia Medical Center
Kappa Alpha Order Alumni President
Active Lowndes Co Chamber of Commerce Member
Legion of Honor/Ambassador Travel Qualifier
Silver Scroll Qualifier
Senior Vice President Club

Mango Marley's

Bronze Sponsor

Floribbean Food, Fun & Rum!

Family-friendly fun, open 7 days a week, dine in or take out. Catch your favorite team on our multiple TVs and chill out with a Watermelon Margarita. Gather with the locals at the coolest place on the beach.

Bring the whole family and all of your friends, and come enjoy a relaxing atmosphere where the fun flows just as naturally as the conversation.


Bronze Sponsor

Nexxtep was born out of an accounting firm, where co-founder and President Paul Nichols worked as a CPA, and co-founder and CTO Stuart Avera consulted as a software developer. Paul and Stuart saw a gap where premium IT services were not available in our area of Georgia. Shortly after, they recruited two additional co-founders, Bart Shiver and Ryan Williams, and Nexxtep was born. Through the years, our range of services has evolved and changed with the times, but our commitment to delivering quality results for our clients has not wavered.

Relationships with our clients are important, not just because of a bottom line, but because they are our friends and colleagues. When you need us, you can count on a quick and professional response from a knowledgeable, friendly staff member that you know.

We take things a step further by serving as your proactive business partner. This means suggesting ways to save money, finding ways to do things more efficiently, and helping you compete better in your marketplace. We also work hard to provide ongoing education to our clients in the form of regular seminars, webinars, and other educational resources.

Tishco Properties

Bronze Sponsor

TISHCO Properties is a full service real estate provider for the Multifamily Housing industry. TISHCO Properties is comprised of a property management division, a general contractor, an investor management service, and a tax preparation department. Upon request, we can also provide architectural design and planning. For more information on our design services, please visit the Architecture page on our website.

TISHCO Properties, Inc. has been in operation since 2001. The company was formed to develop new and/or acquire rehabilitation real estate property. Our officers are responsible for fully developing or renovating over 60 properties through additional subsidiaries. Combined, these projects represent over $150+ million in rural economic and community development properties. They include full profit, limited profit, tax credit, elderly housing and independent living facilities.

Valdosta Properties, LLC

Bronze Sponsor

Local Expertise, Professional Results
Valdosta Properties was founded with the intent of becoming a provider of world-class service in the property management business. Our innovative business model integrates the customer service and management disciplines of the institutional property management industry at a local level. This unique approach and our commitment to hiring the very best professionals have resulted in strong business growth and our long-lasting tenure in the area, making us one of the most respected and trusted local property management companies.

Young, Thagard, Hoffman, Smith, Lawrence & Shenton, LLP

Bronze Sponsor

Young, Thagard, Hoffman, Smith, Lawrence & Shenton is a Martindale-Hubbell AV rated law firm located in Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia. The firm was founded in 1938. Our attorneys combine for over 90 years of litigation experience in Georgia.

Young Thagard’s attorneys have litigated and tried cases in the federal and state courts throughout south Georgia, in front of judges and juries, before the Court of Appeals of Georgia, before the Supreme Court of Georgia, before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and in mediations and arbitrations. Although our attorneys are licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Georgia, we focus on serving south Georgia and the Georgia coast.


  • Courtney Arroyo
  • Eric Johnson
  • South Georgia Construction & Consulting
  • Nicole Steel
  • Susan Swader, CPA


As a sponsor, you will have the opportunity to partner with us as we make our program days possible and successful. To learn more about how to become a Leadership Lowndes partner, just follow the link below.