Partners of Excellence

PIE Partners of Excellence

The Partners of Excellence (POE) awards program recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations that "give" to PIE on a variety of levels and help PIE fulfill its mission.


2019-2020 Partners of Excellence

POE Legacy Award Winners

GreyStone Power Corporation
MembersFirst Credit Union

POE Award Winners

Ephesus Baptist Church ~ Elementary Schools
Ameris Bank, Fairburn Road Branch ~ Middle Schools
Andrew Jordan with Connally, Jordan and Associates ~ High Schools


POE Legacy Award Winner
GreyStone Power Corporation


POE GreyStone pictureFactory Shoals Middle School is one of the schools that nominated GreyStone Power Corporation for a Partner of Excellence award. The application states that the company has sponsored annual field trips to the Georgia Aquarium, Tellus Science Museum and World of Coca-Cola. The company also sponsors in-school STEAM Day activities and various arts and crafts projects.

"GreyStone supports education because we're invested in our community, and it is a reflection of our values," said Gary Miller, Grey Stone president and CEO. "We want to continue to partner with educators to help build future community leaders and engaged citizens."

Receiving the award on behalf of GreyStone is Trisha McBee, right. Patty Wenck, left, is a PIE Board member.

POE Legacy Award Winner
MembersFirst Credit Union


One of the schools nominating MembersFirst Credit Union for a Partner of Excellence Award is Alexander High School. The credit union opened a branchMembersFirst picture at the high school during the 2019-2020 school year as an extension of the Financial Literacy and Accounting pathways. Several work-based learning students work at the branch along with a full-time credit union staff member. Having a working credit union branch at a high school that employs students and is available to students and school system staff is a wonderful benefit few high schools offer.

"As a partner in Education, we measure our success by the impact we have on improving the financial literacy of our young people and giving them access to the financial tools and services they need now and in the future," said Terry Hardy, credit union president and CEO. "Through our student-run Alexander High School branch, we are able to do all this and provide students with real-life work experience. For us at MembersFirst Credit Union, that is success."

Pictured left to right are Pamela Roberson, assistant branch supervisor, Douglasville Branch; Monique Lewis, teller supervisor, Alexander High School Branch; and Amanda Chapman, branch supervisor of the Douglasville Branch.


POE Award Winner ~ Elementary Schools
Ephesus Baptist Church


Ephesus Baptist ChurchEphesus Baptist Church (EBC) was nominated for an award by Mason Creek Elementary School. The school's application states that the church provides multiple lunches and dessert parties throughout the year to show appreciation to staff.  The church hosts Saturday work days to complete projects around the school. EBC sponsors 14 children at the school by sending bags of food home with them weekly along with providing school supplies, clothing, haircuts and holiday presents. Additionally, EBC takes care of other students and families in need when identified by the school.

In the photograph are Barbie Castill, EBC Backpack Ministry, and Matthew Isennock, EBC Minister of Education.


POE Award Winner ~ Middle Schools
Ameris Bank, Fairburn Road Branch


Ameris Bank was nominated for an award by Fairplay Middle School. The school Ameris Bank photo describes  the  bank as "an outstanding partner to the students and staff of FMS." The bank is one of the main supporters of the counseling department and its mission to implement various student services. The bank donates school supplies to students in need, provides snacks, and supplements additional food items for the school's backpack program.

Kara Benjamin, right, with Ameris Bank, receives the award from Donna Middlebrooks, PIE Board member.






POE Award Winner ~ High Schools
Andrew Jordan, Connally, Jordan and Associates


Connally, Jordan & AssociatesThe College & Career Institute (CCI) nominated Andrew Jordan with Connally, Jordan and Associates as a Partner of Excellence. Mr. Jordan serves on the CCI Governing Board and is currently vice president. He works in a collaborative way with other board members to ensure the board is moving forward and making positive change for CCI students. He has sponsored a senior breakfast, purchased graduation stoles for all seniors, purchased yard signs to celebrate the class of 2020 and sponsored many other projects to ensure all students have a great experience at CCI. Mr. Jordan volunteers annually with the mock interview program and "embodies the five pillars of PIE." 

Pictured left to right are Dennis Connally and Mr. Jordan with the CPA firm, and Gary Morris and Bakhai Litman with CCI.

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