FirstLight owner honored for service

Eric Friedrich II, owner of FirstLight Home Care in Brunswick, recently received The VetFran of The Week award from the International Franchise Association. FirstLight Home Care of Southeast Georgia offers companion and personal care services for seniors, new mothers, those recovering from surgery, adults with disabilities and others in need of assistance.

The honor was presented to Eric Friedrich II, who served as an intelligence officer with the U.S. Air Force. The award honors military veterans that have not only served their country but also serve their communities with outstanding franchise businesses.

“As a veteran, I’ve dedicated my life to serving my country, and I was seeking a rewarding business opportunity that would allow me to continue serving others,” Friedrich said.

“FirstLight gives me this opportunity and has helped set my business up for success. The company’s core values and the level of support they offer Veterans and all their franchise owners allows me to best serve the members of my community.”

Patterson honored for service

Lavenia Patterson of Brunswick recently received the Coastal Home Care’s highest honor, the Big Heart award.

Coastal Home Care’s Big Heart Award is presented to a caregiver who demonstrates consistency, dependability and heart, with exceptional dedication and service to clients. Coastal Home Care is a licensed home care company providing in-home assistance, including personal support, companionship and nursing services.

Vaughn Realty joins Weichert Real Estate

Vaughn Realty Group, an independent real estate company on St. Simons Island, recently joined the Weichert Real Estate Affiliates’ franchise network.

The new office, now known as Weichert Realtors. Vaughn Group is run by Julie Vaughn, a real estate professional in Florida and Georgia who specializes in high-end residential properties.

Vaughn began her real estate career almost two decades ago in Jacksonville. Recently, she decided to branch out on her own last November and opened her own agency.

She began meeting with representatives at Weichert a few months ago to establish a partnership with the firm.

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