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East Cobb “Millionaire” Author Dies in Crash


Reprinted from the AJC. Written by Ariel Hart / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The author of a blockbuster book series on the habits of millionaires was killed in a car crash Saturday afternoon near his home in Marietta, according to his family and Cobb County police.

Thomas J. Stanley, who was 71, used research to smash the stereotype that being wealthy meant looking wealthy. On the contrary, his works said: Self-made millionaires — the real deal, not the wannabes — are much more likely to be frugal and spurn spending for show.

As for the people showing off the bling? “It’s the neurotic middle-class,” he said in a 1991 interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Or the millionaires’ children.

Stanley was a marketing professor at Georgia State University, a public speaker and consultant on selling to the rich. Before his 1996 breakout hit “The Millionaire Next Door,” his theories were gaining publicity, and he and his wife, Janet, figured the book, his fourth, would do well. “We had no idea,” she said.

The book got him on Oprah. It and a sequel “The Millionaire Mind” spent a collective 170-plus weeks on The New York Times’ best-seller list.

They did buy a bigger house. But they stayed in the same neighborhood and didn’t change the fundamentals of their lifestyle, said Janet Stanley. “The reason we only [moved] a mile away was to keep the friends we made,” she said.

Thomas Stanley was born in 1944 in the Bronx, where his father drove a subway car and his mother was a homemaker and secretary. He went to college in Connecticut, and did graduate work at the University of Tennessee, where he met Janet. He got his doctorate at the University of Georgia, and eventually moved to the Atlanta area to teach at Georgia State University, and remained here.

“He liked the fact that it was a big city for the South,” Janet Stanley said. “He liked the people. He liked the terrain, being near the mountains, being near the ocean, the Chattahoochee.”

He also loved cars. As a young man, he worked summers at a Chevrolet dealership while in school. In 2012, he bought his own Corvette. He was driving it Saturday afternoon when he slowed down on Paper Mill Road prior to turning left toward Atlanta Country Club Drive. According to Cobb police, an Acura MDX traveling behind him cut around him to the left, into the opposing traffic lane. As Stanley turned left, police said, the Acura, driven by Jeffrey Fettig of Marietta, slammed into Stanley’s left side. Charges will likely be filed, police said. Attempts to reach Fettig on Sunday were unsuccessful.

Of all his successes, Janet Stanley said, the one that brought her husband the most pride was probably his children and grandchildren.

Their son, Brad, works in insurance. Their daughter, Sarah Fallaw, is an industrial psychologist, and recently left her job to work with her father on a new survey for an updated Millionaire book. It has been many years, after all, and a new Gilded Age is taking hold, with a whole new generation of attitudes toward wealth.

Fallaw said she would continue the work. “We certainly will,” she said. “The survey is being packaged up and sent out.”

Service arrangements will be made at Sandy Springs Chapel on Mount Vernon Highway.

AJC reporter Mike Morris contributed to this story.View the original article at 


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Advertise with EAST COBBER – March 15 is the Deadline for our April issue



Start the new year off on the right advertising foot! If you are not advertising in the EAST COBBER, you’re missing a great opportunity to promote your business:

  • Exceptional market  – we serve all of East Cobb County
  • Wide audience appeal – lively, fact-based, locally-focused reporting
  • Print advertisers receive a free ad in our online edition
  • Free copies to distribute from your place of business
  • Great value

Call 770-640-7070 today to place your ad!


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East Cobb Area Council is March 5

The  153rd Session is well underway for the Georgia General Assembly. On Thursday, March 5, from 7:30-9am, expert, Jane Hayse with the Atlanta Regional Commission, will be able to help you get the facts straight and update you on how this legislative session will affect you as a resident of East Cobb.

Event will be held at Indian Hills Country Club. Member cost: $20 online, $30 at the door. Non-member cost: $30 online, $40 at the door. Registration Deadline: Monday, March 2  at noon


For questions about Area Councils, please contact Ashley Warner at
or 770-859-2346.


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The Graduate’s Guide to Money: Empowering Graduates for Financial Freedom



In time for graduation, The Graduate’s Guide to Money will help recent college graduates and young professionals navigate today’s often confusing and difficult financial path.

Author Tana Ackerly Gildea, CPA, CFP®, and a Certified College Planning Specialist, is on a mission to help young people avoid many of the financial mistakes she made in her 20s and 30s. “I understand the pitfalls, problems and mistakes many young people will make – all because I made them myself when I entered the ‘real world’ following graduation,” Ackerly Gildea confessed.

From learning how to prepare a budget to understanding taxes and insurance, Ackerly Gildea expertly guides readers step-by-step through planning their financial futures. Encouraging graduates to envision their ideal lives and create a spending plan to focus on what is most important to them rather just follow what their friends are doing, she sets ground rules for investing, saving for a first home and understanding financial terminology.

As a mother to four young adults, Ackerly Gildea knows firsthand the challenges faced by a new generation of graduates. She developed the book in response to many of the questions posed by her own children and their friends.

“I wanted to empower recent graduates and young professionals, and give them the knowledge I wish I had when I graduated.  As a CPA and financial planner, I always focus on providing straightforward, easily understandable guidance and education. My goal was to help readers make realistic plans and informed decisions for themselves,” said Ackerly Gildea.

Charts, diagrams and checklists supplement each chapter and keep readers mindful of their own financial pictures. Even the “not-so-recent” graduates will benefit from Ackerly Gildea’s advice.  Key sections include:

  • Set Yourself Up for Financial Success
  • Create a Plan to Save Money
  • Pay off Debt
  • Live and Spend Based on Your Values
  • Understand the Emotional Side of Money and Spending
  • Comprehend Employee Benefits, Income Taxes, Insurance and Investing

The Graduate’s Guide to Money begins by uncovering each reader’s “money story.” Ackerly Gildea asks readers to first understand their personal ideas, feelings, beliefs, history, experience and learned information about money. She contends that by uncovering a person’s deeply held beliefs, understanding gives way to better decision making – changing bad habits and enabling readers to reach their financial goals.

The Graduate’s Guide to Money was selected as a 2014 Best Book Award finalist, received a Notable Indie Book award from Shelf Unbound and an Honorable Mention Nonfiction General award from the New England Book Festival. More information about Ackerly Gildea and how to purchase the book can be found at

Ackerly Gildea is a partner at Compass Financial Consulting in Atlanta. She and her husband reside in Marietta with their dog and some or all of her four children – depending on the college calendar.


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Floss CLOSED Wednesday, Thursday due to weather

Due to the never predictable weather, Floss in East Cobb has decided to close the office for Wednesday February 25th and Thursday February 26th.

“We apologize for this inconvenience and will re-open the office with normal business hours this coming Friday February 27th, 8am-5pm. Thank you for your patience and understanding,” staff said via email.

If you are one of the many patients that was scheduled on Wednesday or Thursday know that the staff is doing their very best to make arrangements to accommodate the need for early morning appointments and late afternoon as well.

Floss Dentistry with Dr. Garza is located in East Cobb at 1121 Johnson Ferry Rd, BLDG 1 STE 330. For more information call (678) 310-0491 or email

KSU Coles College of Business 15th Annual Lessons in Leadership: Servant Leadership

Every February, Coles College Executive MBA students, alumni and the Atlanta business community, gather to discuss topics of business leadership and current business trends. This year’s event will focus on servant leadership, and will feature Ron Frieson, chief public policy officer of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Jackie Parker, former president of Newell Rubbermaid Foundation, Dr. Dwight Reighard, president and CEO of MUST Ministries, Pamela Stewart, VP east regional sales of Coca-Cola Company; and panel moderator Chesley McNeil, meteorologist and host of 11Alive –Wake up With Chesley Show.

Servant leaders are at the helm of some of the worlds largest and most powerful companies. They share power, put the needs of others first and help people develop and reach new heights. This year’s distinguished panel will discuss how you can apply these leadership principles to your organization and reap the benefits of putting service first.

“We chose the theme of servant leadership because businesses are becoming more aware of the importance of putting the needs of employees and customers first,” said Alison Keefe, interim EMBA program director. “ This creates a more productive and successful company.”

The 15th annual Coles College of Business Lessons in Leadership event will be held on Thursday, February 26, 2015, 5:30 – 8:30pm at Cobb Energy Center, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway.


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Help wanted in area companies

Man Circling Help Wanted Ads

The following job opportunities are available through Remedy Intelligent Staffing:
Outside sales rep with Spanish speaking skills for southeast territory. This job is as easy as it gets! Just go around to convenience stores and ask if you can put in their store a free freezer. Only 2-3 years of direct sales experience or a good personality is necessary. Salary is $38-$40K plus bonuses and company car.
IT Project Mgr in Atlanta. Permanent position, $100K plus bonuses. Strong Jboss, Unix and SQL knowledge required. You must know your stuff, they are very picky in the interview process. Being able to intermediate between the developer and end user is also a big plus.
Tax Senior and Tax Manager for award winning firm in Atlanta. (Best place to work in 2014) CPA required and previous experience in a CPA firm. Salary range $65K (Tax Senior) to $150K (Tax Manager). This really is a great place to work in Atlanta. Good people and steady work. People stay there forever.
For more information about these job opportunities, contact Dan Jourdan, sales energizer, at Remedy Intelligent Staffing, 678-910-9912, 8725 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30350.


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KSU offering exclusive discount for management courses

KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education is set to launch two new management programs – Lean Six Sigma Yellow and Green Belt. The professional certificate courses are slated to begin on Feb. 26 and March 2, respectively.

Lean Six Sigma is considered the most popular business performance methodology in corporate development ( Students will learn to properly implement this proven business management strategy to help their organization operate more efficiently.

The two-day Yellow Belt program ($1,399) is designed to introduce the concepts of Lean and Six Sigma, including the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control (DMAIC) model as the three-day Green Belt course ($2,099) serves as an extension of the Yellow Belt class. Students must successfully complete both courses to earn a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate.

Students who register for both classes will receive a 10 percent discount (must call to register). More information can be found online at or by calling 470-578-6765.


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Cobb EMC launches new mobile application, eliminates credit card fee

Cobb EMC Logo_1 JPG format

Cobb EMC recently launched a contemporary Web and app-based platform that allows members to pay and manage their electric account(s) through an online portal called SmartHub®.  This implementation allows residential members to pay by Visa®, MasterCard® or Discover® with no credit card convenience fee.

“This new tool gives our members the opportunity to experience new and easier ways to manage their electric accounts,” said Chip Nelson, President and CEO of Cobb EMC.  “We’ve listened to our members and are very pleased to make these updates to provide excellent service and operate more efficiently.”

This contemporary mobile tool for iPhone, iPad and Android devices allows members access to a mobile application that includes features such as the ability to pay bills remotely, monitor electricity use, view real-time payment posting and account updates, report outages and more.

Since the launch in early January, over 60,000 members have logged into SmartHub to view their bill and energy usage.  This increase in online traffic is a result of members taking advantage of the benefits of paying their bill, viewing their daily/hourly usage and having access to their account 24/7.

The SmartHub app is available on the iPhone App Store and in the Android Market. Members can simply search for SmartHub and download at no cost.

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Cobb Chamber Accepting Nominations for Small Business of the Year Award

In 1982, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce established the Small Business of the Year awards to honor the
important role that small businesses play in the Cobb community and the economy. In 2004, the Top 25 small businesses were also showcased as the exceptional companies that keep Cobb influential and thriving. By 2012, the Small Business Hall of Fame was created to shine a spotlight on the growing number of businesses that continue to set the standard for small businesses very high.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Small Business of the Year Awards! Business owners can nominate themselves or other businesses. Applicants must meet the following conditions:

• Be for-profit
• Be a Cobb Chamber member at the time of Top 25 selection
• Demonstrate an increase in sales and/or unit volume
• Have been in business at least three years *Companies who have only been in business for 0-3 years  can still apply for an opportunity to be recognized as one of the Cobb Chamber’s up-and-coming small businesses.
• Show evidence of contributions to community-oriented projects
• Comply with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s size standards in defining a small business

Applications can be completed online by visiting All applications must be  submitted by Friday, March 6 for consideration. Applications are based on the Small Business Administration standards demonstrating achievement in growth, community involvement, employee benefits and adversity among other criteria. An independent panel of judges comprised of composed of business and community leaders reviews the applications. The judges select the Top 25 and from amongst the Top 25, the Small Business of the Year winner. The overall winner continues on to participate in the state small business of the year competition.

Celebrate with the Cobb Chamber of Commerce at their June 1 First Monday Breakfast to recognize the 2015 Small Business of the Year winner, the Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year and the Small  Business Hall of Fame inductees.

For more information about the Small Business of the Year awards or to become a sponsor, contact Ashley Warner at 770 859-2346 or


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