Teresa Friend

Teresa Friend

“Our office has many years of experience…”

Teresa FriendI come to Russell C. Petersen’s office after a wonderful career and having raised 7 children. I am here as their Marketing and Communications Specialist and hope to become much more helpful, given my background as the business grows!

I consider myself a self-motivated professional, exceptional mentor and coach. I have a 30 year record of award winning leadership, achievement and success in the fast paced Industries of Customer Service and Corporate Procurement.

During my first year of College, I began a job at a Title Insurance Company, gaining much experience during my 2 year tenure there, sparking an interest in the industry. I married and moved to Atlanta, and was fortunate enough to find employment with a very reputable Commercial Property Management Group, Taylor and Mathis, as an Administrative Assistant. During my employment there, I earned my Real Estate License. Although my intentions were to train to become a Real Estate Broker, instead, my interests moved more towards Corporate Contract Procurement. And as luck would have it, I took a position with The Holiday Inn Worldwide Hotel Systems Corporate Office as a Franchise Contract Coordinator for the Hotel Automation System Licensing of their new hardware and software.My Girls

To further my experience there, I was fortunate enough to diverse my work experience collaborating with a large leasing agency, General Innkeepers Acceptance Corporation, issuing credit applications and leasing proposals with each new Worldwide Hotel System agreement.

I was exceptionally successful facilitating their Contracts, and enjoyed it so, that I was promoted to Regional Franchise Coordinator for the South American Regions. I was sent to the International School of Language in Roswell to better communicate with my clients when compiling the deeds, corporate, regulatory and entity documents, financial statements, new and former franchise agreements and convert to Spanish. I enjoyed my career with Holiday Inn Corporate for many years, until moving to Dahlonega, GA in 1998, to finish raising my children “out of the City” and have been here ever since.

Licenses and Certifications:
  • Intermediate Spanish Certificate, International Language Center, Roswell, GA
  • GA Dept. of Transportation – Certified Inspector of aggregates, for use in State Highway projects
  • GA Dept. of Human Resources, Nominated Parent Representative for the Children’s Justice Act Advisory Committee, Atlanta, GA
  • STAR Customer Service Certification/ClubCorp., Inc. (A National Golf Resort Organization)