Awards and achievements in the metro Augusta business community.

Dr. Michael Dugan

Award/honor: Has been named winner of the 2020 Accounting Department Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of New Orleans; Dugan is a professor and Peter S. Knox III Distinguished Chair of Accounting in the James M. Hull College of Business at Augusta University

Connie Wilson

Award/honor: Has received the Accredited Commercial Manager designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management; Wilson is managing partner and senior vice president of Sherman & Hemstreet Real Estate Co.

Dr. Steve Xiao

Award/honor: Has been named the 2020 recipient of the Donald Orth Lifetime Achievement Award for being a leader and expert on hydrogen isotope separation technologies; Xiao is a manager at the Savannah River National Laboratory

Gerry Owens

Award/honor: Has received Edward Jones’ Eagle Award for “clear vision of both client and business goals” during the past year; Owens is a financial adviser for the firm in Aiken

Dr. Paul Cloessner

Award/honor: Has been named the 2020 recipient of the Fred C. Davison Distinguished Scientist Award for exception scientific contributions; Cloessner is a scientist at Savannah River National Laboratory

Tabby Huffman

Award/honor: Was sales agent of the month in October at Bankers Life

George Douglas Bratcher

Award/honor: Has been appointed a consumer member of the Georgia State Board of Examiners of Psychologists by Gov. Brian Kemp; Bratcher is an intelligence analyst with Advanced Technology Leaders at Fort Gordon

Dr. Noel Steinle

Award/honor: Has been named Chiropractor of the Year and the Deane Mink Membership Awards recipient by the Georgia Chiropractic Association; Steinle is a practitioner at Advanced Chiropractic and Wellness Center

Mordecai Evans

Award/honor: Has earned the Certified Mergers & Acquisitions Professional certification from the Coles M&A Academy at the Kennesaw State University College of Business; Evans is an adviser with Integra Business Brokers

Dr. Julie Dahl-Smith

Award/honor: Has received the Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award from the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians; Dahl-Smith is president of the academy

Alecia Kimball

Award/honor: Was named an Operation Vetrepreneur Winner by Dream Vacations; Kimball is an account manager for Galls in North Augusta

Brennan, Wasden & Painter

Award/honor: Has been recognized in the 2021 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms list in the following categories: medical malpractice law-defendants; personal injury litigation-defendants; litigation-construction, real estate and bankruptcy; professional malpractice law-defendants; and commercial litigation

Balch & Bingham

Award/honor: The firm’s Augusta office as been recognized in the 2021 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms list for medical malpractice law-defendants

Alison South Marketing Group

Award/honor: Won the top rating of Excellence during the Southern Region of the International Association of Business Communicators’ Silver Quill virtual awards event

Aggressor Adventures

Award/honor: Received two silver 2020 Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly, one in the Overall River Cruising category for The Aggressor Nile Queen and the Overall Destinations category for its Safari Lodge in Sri Lanka

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