Rural Leader Magazine September/October 2015 - Page 22

Risings Stars in Rural America Above and Beyond   While there Charlie advanced within the company, working in their retail & classified advertising departments and production department. During his time with The Augusta Chronicle, Charlie won 11 Georgia Press Association Awards for his adverting designs. In 2007, Charlie decided to go the independent route and start his own small business, Third Designs.   Third Designs specializes in fine art, graphic design, and photography with a cliental from the Augusta, Georgia area and throughout the United States. As a graphic designer, Charlie creates logo designs, print page designs, publication layouts, marketing & advertising designs, copywriting, digital & freehand illustration, photography, social media marketing, web graphics preparation, and web coding and design. He has a loyal following on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and various other social media platforms.   In addition to operating Third Designs, Charlie works also with a local media company in Augusta as a member of their creative services team as a graphic designer. What is more, Charlie is very active in creative, entrepreneurial, technology, and networking organization in the Augusta area. He is also an advocate for education. Charlie speaks at local schools about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education and careers.   Charlie is happily married to his wife, Shirley, of 15 years, and together they have three children. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, painting and photography. — Paul Bronson, 28 Hometown: Macon, Georgia Profession: Entrepreneur/Community Activist   Paul Williams Bronson is the son of Kenneth and Carita Bronson of Macon, Georgia. Mr. Bronson is a young entrepreneur with a vision to better his home town one district at a time. Since 2001, he has worked to better himself through educational advancement and leadership development. Mr. Bronson served his community as a Fire Fighter for Bibb County, while attending Georgia Military College.   While still attending Central High School, he signed an early enlistment contract with the Georgia Army National Guard, and later switched to the U.S. Army Reserves at the rank of Captain under the Army Medical Department. Recently, Paul earning his Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Fort Valley State University, and he is now pursuing his PhD in Clinical Medical Psychology. Mr. Bronson is focused on serving those who have served, but extends that same drive in bettering his community as well.   His involvement in the community led him to run for the office of Mayor of Macon in 2011, elected as a delegate for the state of Georgia in 2012, and recently selected for the White House 2015 Internship Program under the Office of Presidential Personnel. Through his development, Paul is now the CEO and President of King’s Men Foundation, Inc. that aims to mentor, lead, and develop the young men of Georgia, 22 | SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015