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Gary Bottoms is chairman of the Cobb Community Foundation. He is past president of the Cobb Schools Foundation, and is a board member of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council and the North Georgia Estate Planning Council. He has served as board chairman of the WellStar Health System Foundation, The Center for Family Resources, and president of the Rotary Club of Marietta. He is a Georgia Tech graduate and a former member of the board of trustees of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association.
The Bottoms Group is also a member of National Financial Partners Corp., a leading distributor of financial services products to high net worth individuals and companies. By partnering with NFP's 175 firm national network, The Bottoms Group can provide clients with strategies for estate planning, executive, employee and voluntary benefits along with health and retirement plans.
"I enjoy people and care about where their heart is and what their goals are," Gary Bottoms said.
That caring professionalism is what attracted Kim Gresh to The Bottoms Group. White Oil Company in Marietta another family business said The Bottoms Group handles all health care management, insurance, 401(k) and profit sharing plans for her company.
Gary Bottoms said he handles individual clients, while David Bottoms handles corporate clients.
"We try to listen to a prospective client and ask questions as to their needs," said Gary Bottoms, 58, who took the reins of the family business 35 years ago from his father, J. Harold Bottoms, who started the business in 1947.
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"It has been great," Gary Bottoms said. "I needed the help, and I trust him."
Aymar and Judy Manning have used The Bottoms Group for 20 years for their personal life insurance and estate planning.
MARIETTA Family businesses form the backbone of the United States economy. Last year, the Family Firm Institute estimated that more than 70 percent of all businesses are family businesses, and they historically have accounted for the largest portion of new jobs created and have made up a large portion of the Fortune 500 companies list.
"I wanted to work somewhere else before joining the family business," David Bottoms said, adding that his father encouraged him to do the same.
Times are changing in the life insurance and benefits world, Gary Bottoms said, and will continue to change. Health care reform is complex and uncertain, he said, and employees are stressed out about the cost of benefits.
David Bottoms, 32, joined Nike Sb Janoski Black And Grey the business five years ago and is senior vice president.
"We can provide the same resources of a large company and still be locally focused," Gary Bottoms explained. He added that David Bottoms serves on the board of NFP something his father is very proud of.
"They always know what I'm looking for and what's best for our employees."
The Bottoms Group in Marietta, led by president Gary Bottoms, is a family owned and run business that specializes in employee benefits for businesses, and life insurance and estate planning for individuals.
David Bottoms serves on the boards of the Center for Family Resources, SafePath Child Advocacy Center, Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb and the Blair Valley Community Association. Also a Georgia Tech graduate, David served on the boards of the Georgia Tech Alumni Nike Sb Dunk High R/R
"We've been very pleased with their service," said Gresh, adding that they have been clients for seven years.
financial security is stronger than now," Gary Bottoms said. The uncertainty over dwindling 401(k)s is another issue, he added.
his wife, Brittney, have been married 10 years.
"We appreciate their honesty and how they try to take care of us," said Aymar Manning, a Marietta resident, adding that he also appreciates how Gary and David Bottoms both give back to their communities.
Association and the Tommy Nobis Center. He was named one of the "Top 30 Under 30" by the Georgia Tech Alumni Association and one of the "20 Rising Stars Under 40" by Cobb Life Magazine.
That same concern about clients has carried on with Bottoms and the third generation in the family business his son, David.
Bottoms said he remembers riding with his father as a youngster while he collected weekly life insurance payments.
"Sometimes the person didn't have the money, so he would pay it for them so their insurance wouldn't lapse," Gary Bottoms said. "I'm very proud of what he did."
Gary Bottoms and his wife of 35 years, Melissa, have another son, Jonathan, and a daughter, Laura. David Bottoms and Nike Sb Leather Shoes
But it's not just about the numbers. Gary Bottoms and his son pride themselves on the personal relationships built with each of their clients.
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