An Overview of the Australian Shepherd Dog Breed

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Australian Shepherd Dog

Senator Preston Smith spent nearly a decade with the Georgia General Assembly. Now president of Tyler & Company, a division of Jackson Healthcare, Senator Preston Smith enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and his Labrador retriever, German shorthaired pointer, and Australian shepherd.

Despite the name, the Australian shepherd can trace its origins back to the American gold rush nearly 200 years ago. On the frontier, these dogs were intelligent and eager to please, traits that should be harnessed by present-day dog owners.

Australian shepherds can generally be described as friendly dogs that become intensely loyal to their family. However, they can be cautious around strangers, and due to their history of herding livestock, they may demonstrate dominant tendencies toward owners who do not have dog training experience. To manage both of these inclinations, Australian shepherds require considerable amounts of exercise and continuous stimulation, not to mention obedience training from an early age.


Three Films Which Feature the 1931 Ford Model A

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City Heat

The recipient of a juris doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law, Preston Smith served four consecutive terms as a senator in the Georgia General Assembly from 2003 to 2011. Since finishing his last term as senator, Preston Smith has held executive roles in the private sector with ApolloMD and Tyler & Company. In his free time, he enjoys driving classic cars, especially his family’s 1931 Ford Model A, which was purchased by his grandfather about 85 years ago.

The Internet Movie Cars Database keeps a detailed list of every vehicle to appear in films. The Ford Model A is one the movie industry’s most popular vehicles, with appearances in hundreds of films spanning decades. Here are just a few examples.

1. City Heat – The Model A, among other era-specific vehicles, is featured in this 1984 film set in Kansas City during the 1930s. The movie stars Burt Reynolds as a private investigator who teams up with his ex-partner, played by Clint Eastwood, to put an end to the city’s incipient mob war.

2. Winter People – Kurt Russell stars in this 1989 film as a widower who moves to a mountain town in North Carolina in 1934. Russell’s character, Wayland Jackson, drives a Ford Model A.

3. Paper Moon – Released in 1973, Paper Moon takes place during the Great Depression and details a con man’s relationship with a young girl believed to be his daughter. The main character, played by Ryan O’Neal, drives a Ford Model A throughout much of the film.

The Model A – One of Ford’s Early Bestsellers

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After serving as a Georgia state senator for four terms, Preston Smith entered the private sector and launched a career as an executive focused on healthcare. He currently serves as president of Tyler & Company, a recruitment firm that connects organizations in healthcare, academia, and life sciences with top leaders. In addition to his activities at the Atlanta-based firm, former senator Preston Smith enjoys hiking, writing, and driving classic cars, especially his family’s 1931 Ford Model A.

Introduced to the public in 1927, the Model A replaced Ford’s Model T, which saw a significant drop in sales during the mid-1920s due to the public’s demand for modern upgrades. With its new three-speed transmission, hydraulic shocks, dash gauges, and sporty design, the Model A more than met the public’s expectations, and orders for the car exceeded Ford’s supply.

Less than two weeks after the car debuted in December 1927, Ford had received more than 400,000 orders for the Model A. To meet the demand, the company significantly ramped up production until peaking at around 9,200 cars a day in the summer of 1930. Sales remained strong until 1931, when the effects of the Depression led Ford to discontinue production of the Model A.

Today, Ford’s Model A remains a very popular car among automobile enthusiasts. Restored versions highlight the various body styles it was available in, including the standard and sport coupe, touring sedan, and town car. During the four years it was produced, the Model A was also offered in various truck body styles. These included an open-cab pickup, a closed-cab pickup, and the “AA” panel delivery version.

AHA and CHF Support Research Focused on Congenital Heart Defects


Senator Preston Smith

A former Georgia state senator, Preston Smith served in the office for eight years. Currently, the former senator leads Tyler & Company, an Atlanta-based executive search firm that recruits talent for healthcare, academia, and the health sciences. Alongside his day-to-day professional activities, Preston Smith maintains membership in several healthcare-related organizations, including the American Heart Association (AHA).

In 2014, AHA launched a partnership with the Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) to fund research focused on congenital heart defects (CHD). As part of the seven-year initiative, the two organizations committed $22.5 million to support investigators researching CHDs, which are the most common birth defects in the world and a leading cause of birth-defect-related deaths among infants in the United States.

In a recent press release, AHA and CHF announced the recipients of the third round of funding for CHD research. Five research programs were selected in this round, which will receive a total of $561,798 in grant money. The researchers selected for funding represent academic institutions from across the country, including the University of Chicago, Yale University, and the University of Cincinnati.

To date, AHA and CHF have awarded $2.42 million in CHD research awards. The funding will continue through June 2021.

Benefits of Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives Membership

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Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives

A former Georgia state senator, Preston Smith currently leads Tyler & Company, which helps organizations locate viable executive health care candidates, as the company’s president. Former senator Preston Smith also serves as a board member of the Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives (GAHE), which helps its members by facilitating knowledge exchange and providing resources related to the development of leadership skills.

The GAHE offers members access to its comprehensive directory, thus linking them to 1,200 peers in Georgia and 30,000 professionals around the world. Further, GAHE members receive free subscriptions to an American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) journal of their choosing and the Healthcare Executive magazine.

Beyond this, the GCHE offers a range of career development services, from access to programs that provide continuing education credits, through to its job banks and mentorship initiatives. Additionally, the organization’s members enjoy discounted rates to regional GCHE events and some national ACHE conferences, while also gaining access to resources that support their efforts to obtain a healthcare management board certification.

Former UGA Bulldogs Playing in the NFL

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The president of Tyler & Company, Preston Smith is a former Georgia state senator who authored a major statewide civil justice reform bill. Five years before becoming a senator, Preston Smith earned a juris doctorate degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. An avid sports fan, he continues to support the school’s football team.

Georgia has produced several National Football League (NFL) players throughout its history; 36 former University of Georgia Bulldogs played in the NFL in 2016 alone. Below are three of the more prominent players.

1. Todd Gurley: Selected 10th overall by the St. Louis Rams in the 2015 NFL Draft, Gurley scored 10 touchdowns and averaged 85.1 yards rushing per game as a rookie and made the Pro Bowl. The 22-year-old scored 36 rushing touchdowns in three seasons with the Bulldogs.

2. Matt Stafford: The first overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, Stafford has played eight seasons as the starting quarterback of the Detroit Lions and recorded 187 career touchdowns. He had 51 touchdowns and 33 interceptions during his three seasons with Georgia.

3. A.J. Green: Regarded as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, Green was selected fourth overall in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He recorded 2,619 yards receiving and caught 23 touchdown passes in three seasons with Georgia.

About Author Nelson DeMille

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Author Nelson DeMille pic
Author Nelson DeMille

A former senator in the Georgia State Senate representing the 52nd district, Preston Smith served four consecutive terms from 2003-11 as the youngest senator in the state and was named to the 40 Under 40 list by Georgia Trend magazine and later to its list of ‘100 Most Influential Leaders.’ An avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction, Preston Smith counts Nelson DeMille as his favorite author.

Born in New York in 1943, DeMille is a world-renowned mystery writer who has completed 19 novels, six of which reached number one on the New York Times best sellers list. Named after Lord Nelson, an English naval commander who led Britain to victory in the Battle of Trafalgar, DeMille joined the United States Army after spending three years at Hofstra University. He served as a lieutenant and infantry platoon leader in the Vietnam War and earned the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He completed his degree in political science at Hofstra upon finishing his service in the Army and published his first novel, By the Rivers of Babylon, in 1978.

DeMille’s other published novels include Cathedral, The Charm School, and Plum Island. He has recently contributed recipes to publications such as The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook and The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook: A Collection of Stories with Recipes. The recipient of the ThrillerMaster of the Year award in 2015, DeMille actively supports dozens of nonprofit organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich, Salvation Army, and American Heart Association.

What Are Heart Walks?

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Heart Walks

For more than 20 years, former Georgia State Senator Preston Smith has served as a healthcare industry executive. The youngest senator ever elected to the Georgia General Assembly, Preston Smith supports a number of charitable causes including the American Heart Association.

Nearly 800,000 people across the United States are affected by heart disease. The American Heart Association (AHA) is teaming with leading companies to help reduce that number through Heart Walks, three-mile fundraising walks that are aimed at bringing awareness to the dangers of heart disease while promoting physical fitness.

AT&T, UnitedHealth Group, and Union Bank are just some of the major companies that are working with the AHA to make these walks successful. Over the past 25 years, these events have raised almost $1.6 billion. This money goes toward important programs that research new ways to treat heart disease, educate the public about healthy-heart living, and increase public awareness to help prevent heart disease.

ACHE Hands Out Its Prestigious Awards

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American College of Healthcare Executives

Preston Smith, a former senator from Georgia, serves as president of Tyler & Company, a healthcare recruitment firm in Atlanta. Preston Smith has also worked as an attorney and a healthcare executive. Senator Smith is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and a board member of the organization’s Georgia chapter, the Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives. He has been recognized nationally with awards from numerous organizations for his leadership in the healthcare arena.

Senator Smith recently spoke to a meeting of the healthcare executives about the changing environment of healthcare reimbursement and the newly enacted federal MACRA law. He was recently published in Hunt Scanlon’s annual Executive Search Review magazine about the emerging healthcare landscape and the need for recruitment of a new brand of executive healthcare leadership. His article can be read at:

The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) recently named the annual winners of its Gold Medal Awards, the highest honor the organization bestows, and the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year, which is given to an individual under 40 years of age who has shown high achievement in the field.

Gayle L. Capozzalo, FACHE, and Rulon F. Stacey, PhD, FACHE, were selected as Gold Medal Award winners for 2017. Capozzalo serves as executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Yale New Haven Health System, and Stacey is the managing director of Navigant in Chicago.

Nicholas R. Tejeda, FACHE, was chosen as the Young Healthcare Executive of the Year. He serves as CEO of The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus in El Paso, Texas.

A Brief History of the Ford Model A

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Ford Model A

Drawing on eight years of experience as a Georgia state senator, Preston Smith serves as president of the executive search firm Tyler & Company. Outside of the professional arena, Preston Smith is an avid automobile enthusiast whose favorite antique vehicle is a 1931 Ford Model A, which the senator’s grandfather purchased the same year it was manufactured.

A four-cylinder automobile that produced 40 horsepower, the 1931 Ford Model A built upon three years of successful production. When the Model A debuted on December 2, 1927, the public stormed Ford showrooms to see the company’s replacement for the iconic but less mechanically sound Model T. In under two weeks’ time, the Ford Company proceeded to receive 400,000 orders for the attractive and smooth-running Model A.

Despite the economic hardships of the Great Depression, Ford built 1,261,053 Model A’s in 1930. After production fell to 626,579 units in 1931, Ford implemented plans to replace the Model A with 1932’s Model B and Model 18.