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Ron Hart named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

Ron Hart named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

ATLANTA -- Morgan Stanley announced today that Ron Hart, Managing Director, Financial Advisor, in the Firm’s Atlanta Wealth Management office, has been named to Barron’s list of America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: 2014 State-by-State.

The “Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the Firm and quality of service provided to clients.

“I am extremely proud that Ron Hart is representing Morgan Stanley Wealth Management on this list,” commented Michael Outlaw, Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Atlanta office. “This listing recognizes an elite group of financial professionals who are dedicated to providing clients with exceptional wealth management services.”

Graham Roberts named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

Graham Roberts named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

ATLANTA -- Morgan Stanley announced that Graham Roberts, Executive Director, Financial Advisor, in the Firm’s Atlanta Wealth Management office, has been named to Barron’s list of America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: 2014 State-by-State.

The “Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the Firm and quality of service provided to clients.

“I am extremely proud that Graham Roberts is representing Morgan Stanley Wealth Management on this list,” commented Michael Outlaw, Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Atlanta office. “This listing recognizes an elite group of financial professionals who are dedicated to providing clients with exceptional wealth management services.”

Michael Merlin named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

Michael Merlin named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

ATLANTA, GA March 11, 2014– Morgan Stanley announced today that Michael Merlin, Managing Director, Financial Advisor, in the Firm’s Atlanta Wealth Management office, has been named to Barron’s list of America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: 2014 State-by-State.

The “Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the Firm and quality of service provided to clients.

“I am extremely proud that  Michael Merlin is representing Morgan Stanley Wealth Management on this list,” commented Michael Outlaw, Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Atlanta office. “This listing recognizes an elite group of financial professionals who are dedicated to providing clients with exceptional wealth management services.”

Blank, MLS Commissioner welcome Atlanta's appetite for soccer

ATLANTA -- As 68,000 soccer fans filled the Georgia Dome with enthusiastic cheers Wednesday night, Arthur Blank was entertaining Don Garber, the commissioner of Major League Soccer in his suite during most of the scoreless match between Mexico and Nigeria.

It was not a casual sporting event for either of them. Blank, the owner of the Atlanta Falcons; and Garber are closing in on a deal for Blank to become a new franchise owner for a MLS team that would play in the new Falcons stadium that is supposed to open before the 2017 football season.

The sold-out Mexico-Nigeria match - a prelude the 2014 World Cup in Brazil - was yet another indicator of whether Atlanta would welcome professional soccer.

"You look at the crowd, and you see the spirit that's here," Blank said during a 10-minute sit-down interview in his suite during the game. "It is a great tribute to Atlanta and the appetite that Atlanta has for soccer at the highest level.

Bill Gates is world's richest person, again

(USA TODAY) -- Bill Gates is back on top as the world's richest person, according to Forbes magazine's latest ranking of billionaires.

Microsoft co-founder Gates took the crown from Carlos Slim Helu, who had been the world's richest for the previous four years. Investing guru Warren Buffett is No. 4.

The magazine pegs Gates' net worth at $76 billion. That's up from $67 billion in 2013.

Slim, a Mexico telecom titan, is close behind at $72 billion. He lost $1 billion from last year.

Third richest is Amancio Ortega of Spain, founder of the Zara clothing retailer, with a net worth of $64 billion.

Next is Buffett. The "Oracle of Omaha" has $58.2 billion, Forbes says.

Eight Georgians are among the world's richest. Anne Cox Chambers, the 94-year-old daughter of Cox Enterprises founder James M. Cox, is No. 58 with a net worth of $15.5 billion.

6 Ga. companies among world's top 500 brands

ATLANTA -- Six Georgia companies made Brand Finance's annual directory of the world's 500 most valuable brands.

The Coca-Cola Co. moved down three spots to No. 12 on the list with a brand value of $33.7 billion.

The Home Depot Inc. dropped seven places to No. 25 with a value of $24.3 billion.

United Parcel Service Inc. moved up one spot to No. 48. It is valued at $19.4 billion and is the only package delivery, freight and logistics services provider to make the top 50.

Delta Air Lines Inc. landed at No. 286, up a whopping 83 places. Its brand value is $4.7 billion.

Southern Co. generated a ranking of 341 with a brand value of $4.1 billion. It is down 21 spots from last year.

Aflac Inc. is ranked No. 486, down 15 spots. It boasts a brand value of $3.1 billion.

London-based Brand Finance started ranking global brands in 2007.

Delta, Coke to lay off workers in other states

ATLANTA -- Two Atlanta-based companies have announced they will lay off workers in other states.

Delta Air Lines will job out maintenance and service workers at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport with layoff notices coming in April.

The job cuts affect 741 workers, but just how many will remain out of work is unclear.

Delta spokesman Morgan Durrant said employees will be able to re-apply for their jobs.

"Our expectation is that as this transition is happening, the new providers will look to the old workforce," Durrant said. "We expect the incoming vendors to look to the existing workforce and utilize that institutional knowledge and skill."

Meanwhile, the Coca-Cola Co. will cut jobs in Sacramento, Calif., in the next few weeks.