Feb
6

Employee Spotlight: Brandon Miller

Basketball may be just a game for some people. But, Brandon Miller is not one of those people. The sport means so much more.

Brandon has been volunteering his time to coach a basketball team of 9- and 10-year-old boys through the City of Acworth’s Park and Recreation Department. Brandon combines his passion for sports and helping children to give back to the community that’s given him so much over the years.

“The young men on my team come from various backgrounds,” Brandon said. “They’re all in need of positive role models. Many of these kids live in single-parent homes and face daily challenges that no one should be subjected to.”

Brandon’s goal is to not only help kids improve their basketball skills, but to also show them someone in their life cares. He also believes children learn many lessons through sports which will help them navigate life: the importance of teamwork, the idea that hard work leads to results, how to persevere in the face of adversity, and what it means to keep a commitment.

“All of these lessons are transferable to everyday life, and they’re the lessons I hope to instill in each of these young men.”

The team, named Crimson Tide, practices two or three nights a week and has a game once a week. Brandon doesn’t take for granted the time he spends with the kids. Every interaction is meaningful; if they aren’t discussing basketball, they’re talking about school or their goals and dreams.

Through Gas South’s sponsorship with the Altanta Hawks, Brandon had the opportunity to take his team to a game in December. Most of the boys had never been to a professional sports game and many never dreamed they’d get that chance. Needless to say, they had a great time.

“The guys were so excited about seeing their favorite team play. I can’t express enough how happy they were that night. It was very moving to personally experience the impact of what we see as a small gesture – to these kids, it means so much more.”

And, it means something to Gas South as well.

Brandon Miller is a senior residential channel coordinator at Gas South. When he’s not helping build our multifamily business and spending time with family, you can find him setting an example of what it’s like to be a fuel for good for kids in our community.

Jan
10

Educational Assistance Program Gives Employees Chance to Excel

Invest in Yourself

On September 23rd, 2017 Sheirra Granville, Gas South Customer Care Department representative, graduated from Strayer University with a master’s degree in adult education and development. She started school in July 2015 and graduated with a noteworthy 4.0 GPA.

Sheirra took advantage of Gas South’s Educational Assistance Program that supports employees who wish to continue their education. The program is designed to assist employees in their professional development by encouraging voluntary academic studies that contribute to improved performance.

Sheirra chose to attend Strayer University to enhance her skills and position herself for even more career advancement opportunities.

“The tuition reimbursement program is a great way to cover the cost of attending school,” Sheirra said. “This program has supported me financially by creating a way to pay off loans at the end of the course.”

Continuing her education has enhanced the training Sheirra offers her teammates at Gas South – specifically, the skills she needs to efficiently prepare training programs for adults and effectively guide a best-in-class customer care team.

“If you’re thinking about continuing your education, go for it,” Sheirra added. “It’s worth the investment to get the additional skills needed to make you more marketable in your industry or desired field. Investing in yourself will open doors for greater things.”

Sheirra isn’t stopping there—her next goal is to earn a Ph.D in educational leadership.

The Educational Assistance Program is just one of the many benefits that Gas South offers employees. Our company is proud to invest in employees because we want to help make their lives better—and  their commitment makes us better.

Nov
30

Championing a Great Place to Work. With an Unrivaled Team Spirit.

According to studies of Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®, corporate cultures with a high level of trust among employees and leadership have significantly lower turnover and better financial performance compared to industry peers. These companies also experience increased innovation, higher customer satisfaction, greater brand recognition, more success in attracting and retaining top talent and increased agility and speed. In human terms – greater success and higher spirits.

In October 2016, Gas South established its Great Place to Work (GPTW) Team to help foster that sense of trust by uncovering meaningful insights and making positive changes to create a better overall employee experience.

The goal of the team is to understand what’s most important to our coworkers so that working at the company is an amazing endeavor for employees every day – and to set the standard for providing a productive and fulfilling company culture.

After more than a year of combined effort, the team has enhanced the flex/telecommute policy, modified work shifts for the Customer Care Center Reps, improved the tuition assistance policy, inspired one another through a companywide recognition program, and created unparalleled career development activities.

By continually launching new purpose-driven initiatives and improvements, Gas South’s GPTW Team is proud to help the company continue to lead the way in cultivating a truly outstanding work environment.

Nov
8

Building Robots. Shaping Young Minds.

Mentoring the Kell Robotics Team through the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) Leadership Foundation takes real heart – something Rajiv Thomas, Gas South systems engineer, knows well.

The Kell Robotics Team is a group of about 16 high school students who participate in two regional competitions each year in hopes of making it to the state championship and ultimately, the world championship.

Every January, competing teams take part in a kickoff event at Georgia Tech where they’re tasked with building a robot in 60 days. That robot then has to complete a challenge to move forward in the competition.

Rajiv is part of a group of volunteers that mentor the team which meets at least twice a week to plan, design and build the amazingly efficient robot and ensure that it’s ready for the showdown.
Last year, the Kell Robotics’ team won the Chairman’s Award at the Georgia State Championships to make it to the world championship in Houston. And even though their robot didn’t place, the kids who get to learn from these experiences are the real winners.

“Anyone can build a robot and compete, “said Rajiv. “We push kids to problem solve on their own. We don’t do the work for them – we just guide them. It’s truly fulfilling to watch the kids think outside the box and work through obstacles.”

The Chairman’s Award recognizes teams for how they encourage STEM education – it honors the team that inspires others to get involved in STEM. The Kell Robotics Team has proudly won the award a few times.“We encourage a love of STEM – and see our students become better people,” Rajiv added. “When we were at the World Competition, the team from Israel was not able to get their batteries through Homeland Security. Our students offered to let them borrow our batteries when we weren’t using them. That was a proud moment for me.”

Rajiv tirelessly encourages students to grow outside the classroom. He’s passionate about igniting the imaginations of young minds and is truly an inspiration to others who also have a desire to be a fuel for good.

 

 

 

Oct
12

Connecting with Young Women in the Community

For Kristen Hopper, Gas South Operations Analyst I, cheerleading is more than just a sport. It’s a way to connect with young women in her community, and help to build their confidence and develop important life skills through performances and friendships.

In high school, Kristen developed a passion for working with kids with special needs after volunteering with the Special Olympics. She was coaching cheerleading when she decided to put her talents to work to make a difference – and that’s how the Fabulous Flames Cheerleaders were born. The cheerleaders range in age from as young as five years old, to women in their 20s. They also have a wide range of abilities – there’s no disability that can preclude someone from joining. All that’s needed is a desire to cheer and a will to learn!

The Fabulous Flames perform at local cheerleading competitions through Impact Cheerleading, a competitive league that brings together faith and a love for cheerleading.

When Kristen established the team in 2011, there were only seven girls on the team. Today, it has now grown to almost 30 members.

“I’ve been so blessed to see the original seven as well as the rest of the team grow up together over time – becoming more mature, kind and ever-loving each year,” said Kristen. “Our biweekly practices are simultaneously the most high energy and most relaxing hours of my week. There is just something about our team that leaves you both recharged and serene after being with us.”

Kristen is pursuing her own desire to Be a Fuel for Good. She’s elevating her community and positively influencing the lives of the girls she mentors every week. She’s also inspiring others to get outside of their comfort zone.

Kristen – Thank you for your dedication to warming the lives of friends and neighbors!

Oct
2

Be a Fuel for Good

When Gas South entered the natural gas market, we knew we could be a different kind of provider. Because we believe people are important—the customers we’ve come to know, the business owners we serve, and the coworkers who are family to us.

Our Purpose is to Be a Fuel for Good.

That means helping you save money with simple rate plans. Trusting you from the beginning by never asking for a deposit. And always treating you with dignity, honesty and respect.

It means letting our employees know that while their work is important—they’re important, too. By helping pay for school and encouraging our employees to grow in their careers, we can make their lives better. That makes us better.

Being a fuel for good also means working to inspire others in the industry to do right by customers. When we focus on doing the right thing, everyone benefits—even our competition (and we’re okay with that).

We’re dedicated to making sure our success directly benefits our community. That’s why we’re committed to giving back 5% of our profits to help children in need.

We approach every day knowing we have an opportunity to improve people’s lives. Because we believe that, together, we can be a fuel for good.

During the next several months, we’re rolling out employee and partner stories that are examples of Being a Fuel for Good. Check back every week to read what inspire us!

Are you Being a Fuel for Good? Do you know someone who is a Fuel for Good? If so, let us know in the comments.

Aug
16

Gas Leak Detection Tips

Often times we only think about natural gas leaks during the holidays when we’re using the stove a lot, or during the colder months when we have the heat cranked. Even though you may not be thinking about gas leaks during the summer, accidents happen. We’re here to give you tips on detecting gas leaks in your house and how to prevent them.

Signs of a gas leak:

  • Natural gas is colorless and odorless, so a chemical called mercaptan is added to give it the distinctive gas leak smell of rotten eggs.
  • If you smell rotten egg, and you’ll know it when you smell it, leave the area immediately and stay away until assistance arrives.
  • A leak can also be heard through a hissing sound or seen as discolored vegetation, blowing dirt or continued bubbling water around a buried gas line.

What to do if you detect a gas leak:

  • Call Atlanta Gas Light at 877-427-4321 or call 911. Never try to find the leak yourself.
  • Don’t use any devices that might create a spark including lighters, light switches, phones or electric appliances.

How to prevent a gas leak:

  • Check your pilot lights and burners for a steady, blue flame. If you see the blue flame, they are operating correctly. (Decorative gas fire logs are the only exception – the flame is usually yellow.)
  • Keep the areas around all appliances and equipment clean and unblocked to allow for proper air flow.
  • Never let small children play with, or near, natural gas appliances or pipes.
  • Don’t use your stove or oven for anything other than cooking (for instance, to heat your home).
  • Store household chemicals or combustible materials away from gas appliances.
  • Call 811 before you dig, so underground lines can be marked.
  • When to enlist a professional:
    • Every year or two to have your gas appliances, furnaces, vents, flues, chimneys and gas lines in your home or business inspected.
    • When moving or installing a gas appliance, or changing a connector.

We hope you never have to deal with a gas leak but if you do, now you know how to act quickly and keep everyone involved safe.

Jul
28

Moving’s not easy. Gas South wants to help.

Moving this summer? Between scheduling movers, packing boxes and endless to-do lists, moving can be stressful and expensive. So, at Gas South, we’d like to make your move as hassle-free as possible.

When you’re ready to move, let us know. We’ll check to see if we can serve you at your new location, and can easily transfer your service helping you avoid any cancellation fee and a costly deposit (which saves you hundreds of dollars). We can also schedule your natural gas turn on at your new location up to 60 days in advance of your move, and we’ll even throw in a $25 bill credit. Use the extra cash to tip your movers, order pizza for your first night in your new home, or buy a few new accessories if you’d like.

Not a Gas South customer yet? We’d love to serve you, and we can make your move easier too! It just takes a few minutes to sign up online to save with our low fixed rates. And, since we never charge a deposit – that’s more money in your pocket. We’ll also start you off with $25 in bill credits so you, too, can start your service with savings.

Be sure to check out a special offer from our partner, Atlanta Peach Movers—they’re extending a 5% discount on your move anywhere in the United States. Want more? Our home service connection partner, AllConnect, will help make things even easier by walking you through setting up your internet, phone and cable services.

To transfer or start your natural gas service with us, visit gas-south.com/move. We’re here to answer any questions you may have – and we’re ready to move when you are.

Jul
26

A Warm Welcome for Live! at The Battery Atlanta

When new neighbors move in, it’s Southern hospitality to extend a warm welcome and maybe even a warm pecan pie. So when the Braves moved into their new home at SunTrust Park, it was only appropriate that we spread the warmth with outstanding natural gas service.

Just as balls, bats and gloves are essential to baseball, Gas South is essential to fueling the fan experience at SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta. Gas South has been the official natural gas provider for the Atlanta Braves since 2008, and things are heating up at Live! at The Battery Atlanta this season.

With three restaurant concepts – Sports & Social, PBR Atlanta and Todd English Tavern – Live! at The Battery Atlanta is a go-to dining and entertainment destination. As the natural gas provider for Live!, Gas South helps fuel everything from the kitchen to the outdoor heaters.

“When evaluating a natural gas provider, Gas South’s standout customer service was a differentiating factor,” said Ben Brengle, director of operations for Live! at The Battery Atlanta. “Plus, partnering with a locally-operated company like Gas South has helped us build and expand our community relationships.”

In addition to providing natural gas, Gas South and Live! have established a collaborative business relationship that’s a real homerun. Although baseball season is the star of SunTrust Park, Live! hosts year-round events on the 284 days a year that there isn’t a home game.

Check out Live! at the Battery Atlanta’s website for upcoming events, including the movie series starting in August that are brought to you by Gas South. Hope to see you there!

Jul
12

5 Ways to Hack Your Move

Moving can be a tricky task. With boxes, newspaper and tape galore, it’s easy to lose your wits. Keep your cool and hack your move with these five simple tips:

  1. Get to Moving: Getting started can be the hardest part! Get your toolbox ready and tighten your toolbelt with these moving day essentials: packing tape, colored tape, box cutter, gloves, plastic wrap, etc.
  2. Keep It Together: Trinkets, treasures and tiny gadgets become casualties of a move far too often. Here’s a simple fix: place a sheet of plastic wrap around your utensil tray to keep forks, knives, spoons and other kitchen gear together—just where it belongs. You can do the same with your jewelry or bathroom vanity tray.
  3. Don’t Whine Over Broken Glasses: Say ‘pass’ to broken glass. Grab an old wine box and get to packing! And if you don’t already have one at home, you can usually snag one for free at a local package store. Use the pre-cut section dividers to safely store each piece of glassware and prevent scratching, breaking, chipping or cracking.
  4. Color Code Your Move: Instead of writing room names on packing boxes, you can use color coded tape to label your boxes for the right room. Designate a color to each room—let’s say green for the living room and blue for the kitchen. You’ll keep your boxes organized and your head on your shoulders. And if you have movers, they will easily be able to know what goes where!
  5. Just Roll with It: Rock and roll your heavy items all the way to your new home with this hack: pack your heavy items in a rolling suitcase. This nifty tip will help you carry a lot while lifting a little.

For more moving tips and how-to videos, visit HackYourMove.com. And be sure to share your best moving advice on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #HackYourMove.