Business Portfolio - July 7, 2013


Jason Rooks, vice president and commercial lending officer with Flint Community Bank in Albany, has been elected to a leadership role with the Community Bankers Association of Georgia.

Rooks was chosen division vice chair at the group’s 35th anual leadership division convention and mini trade show recently in Amelia Island, Fla. Rooks also will serve as committee chair for PAC/PR fundraising.

Rooks serves on the Lee County Chamber of Commerce executive board, where he served as chairman in 2011-12. He is on the board of United Way and is a member of Albany Rotary Club.

Rooks and his wife, Amanada, have two children, Preston and Calley.


David Maschke, AIA, architect and owner of Maschke Associates, was a speaker/instructor recently at the state conference of the Building Officials Association of Georgia.

Maschke presented a two-hour continuing education program entitled Architects, Interior Designers and Building Officials. The program covered areas of the law and rules governing the practice of architecture and registered interior designers in Georgia and the working relationships and responsibilities of design professionals and building officials.


Thomas V. Duck III of Thomas V. Duck III P.C. in Albany has been elected to serve on the board of governors of the 45,000-member State Bar of Georgia.

Duck will serve in the Dougherty Judicial Circuit Post 2 seat on the board. He earned his law degree from John Marshall Law School and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2005. He is a member of the State Bar’s Child Protection and Advocacy, Criminal and Family Law sections and is an area vice president of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

The board of governors is the 160-member policymaking authority of the State Bar, with representation from each of Georgia’s judicial circuits. The board holds regular meetings at least four times per year.

State Board of Workers’ Compensation Judge Gordon R. Zeese of Albany has been honored with the 2013 Thomas R. Burnside Excellence in Bar Leadership award, presented during the annual meeting of the State Bar of Georgia.

Zeese, who was nominated for the award by the Dougherty Judicial Circuit Bar Association, earned his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1972. He recently completed his term on the State Bar of Georgia board of governors, representing the Dougherty Circuit.

The Thomas R. Burnside Excellence in Bar Leadership award is presented annually to an individual for a lifetime of commitment to the legal profession and the justice system in Georgia, through dedicated service to a voluntary bar, practice bar, specialty bar or area of practice.

Kenneth B. Hodges III of Rafuse Hill & Hodges LLP in Atlanta has been elected to serve on the executive committee of the 45,000-member State Bar of Georgia.

Hodges, a former Dougherty district attorney and Albany resident, focuses his law practice on commercial litigation, civil rights, government investigations and RICO matters. He spent 15 of his 22 years in the legal profession as a prosecutor, including 12 as district attorney of the Dougherty Judicial Circuit. He was the Democratic nominee in the 2010 election for Georgia attorney general.

A past chairman of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia and past president of the District Attorneys’ Association of Georgia and the Dougherty Circuit Bar Association, Hodges is a graduate of Emory University and the University of Georgia School of Law.

The board of governors of the State Bar elects six of its members to serve on the executive committee with the organization’s officers. The committee meets monthly and exercises the power of the board of governors when the board is not in session.


Cary Burcham has been named Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital’s director of children’s services. His responsibilities include NICU, pediatrics, pediatric specialty clinics and perinatal grant.

Burcham comes to Albany from Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa, Fla., where he served in numerous roles, including director of operations and administrative director of patient care services/CNO, director of quality/risk management and clinical analyst manager.

Burcham holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

He and his wife, Phillis, have one daughter, Danielle.