Monday, July 16, 2018

Volunteering with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra


As director of investor relations at Piedmont Private Equity in Atlanta, Samuel Brice Hall develops wealth conservation and tax mitigation strategies. His work also involves acting as a liaison between clients and third-party advisors. Like many Atlanta professionals, Samuel Brice Hall supports the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. 

In addition to accepting donations, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra offers volunteer opportunities for those looking to give back to the fine arts community. There are two volunteer programs. The first, Atlanta Symphony Associates, involves patrons and supporters volunteering at community events and concerts. Atlanta Symphony Associates assist with everything from providing hospitality services to musicians to helping children try out various musical instruments at petting zoos. People of all ages are welcome to volunteer.

Ushers are also needed. Volunteers who participate as ushers are responsible for handing out programs and assisting patrons to their seats. Ushers take tickets and answer questions as well. Those who usher are able to enjoy concerts while volunteering. 

You can learn more about volunteering by visiting www.atlantasymphony.org/giving/volunteer.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

When to Visit Venice


Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Samuel Brice Hall is the director of investor relations at Piedmont Private Equity, LLC, where he has worked since 2011. In his free time, Samuel Brice Hall fosters a love for all things Italian and has spent several weeks in Venice

Venice has long been a popular tourist destination. As a result, it is often crowded and expensive. According to U.S. News & World Report, the best time to visit Venice is from September to November, when most of the tourists have departed and the hotel rates are lower. Temperatures can be unpredictable, ranging from the upper 30s to the mid-70s, but are manageable, as long as visitors wear layers as needed. 

June through August sees the biggest increase in tourists, as well as the hottest temperatures. Winter, from December through February, is the coldest time of year with temperatures between 30 and 40 degrees. However, this period also offers the lowest hotel rates with the exception of the beginning of Carnaval, one of Venice’s main attractions. Temperatures are higher from March through May, but many top attractions may still be closed from their winter hiatus.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

UNC Tar Heels to Welcome Antonio Williams


Since 2001, Samuel Brice Hall has served as director of investor relations at Piedmont Private Equity, LLC, in Atlanta. In his free time, Samuel Brice Hall enjoys supporting the football team of his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which has announced it will welcome Running back Antonio Williams to the team. 

A native of North Carolina, Antonio Williams will join the University of North Carolina Tar Heels after playing for Ohio State for two years. He played in 13 games at Ohio State, rushing 318 yards and scoring three touchdowns. 

Williams joined the Buckeyes after starring at North Stanly High School in North Carolina, where he was a 4-star prospect. He recorded three straight seasons of more than 2,000 rushing yards, for a total of 7,999 career yards. Per NCAA regulations, Williams will have to sit out the 2018 season but will have two years of eligibility left.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land's Pollinator Project


The recipient of a master’s degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina, Samuel Brice Hall is an experienced financial services professional who has served as director of investor relations with Piedmont Private Equity in Atlanta, Georgia, since 2011. In addition to his professional pursuits, Samuel Brice Hall is a member of the Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land (STPAL).

Founded in 2012 as a means of creating new public parks, STPAL has since conserved and come into ownership of more than 10,000 acres of property spanning Southeast Georgia, Northwest North Carolina, and Eastern Tennessee. In an effort to diversify the wildlife habitat of those lands, STPAL launched the Pollinator Project, which specifically works toward increasing the bee and butterfly population.

Pollinators like bees and butterflies are responsible for aiding the growth of more than 80 percent of Earth's flowering plants, yet they are suffering from rapid population decline due to the use of pesticides and the growth of commodity-crop farming as an alternative to prairies and natural fields. With the help of the University of Georgia's Odum Institute of Technology, STPAL has created pollinator gardens at more than a dozen STPAL properties as well as locations such as the Atlanta Girls School, North Cobb High School, and Camp Kiwanis.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Glassmaking in Venice


With two degrees from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Samuel Brice Hall serves as the director of investor relations at Piedmont Private Equity in Atlanta, Georgia. In this position, Samuel Brice Hall manages the tax mitigation and conservation strategy projects team and serves as a liaison between investors and third party advisors. Mr. Hall enjoys traveling and has visited Venice, Italy. Arguably one of the most romantic cities in Europe, Venice draws visitors from all over the world.

The city stretches over 118 islands that are connected by a network of 150 canals and nearly 400 bridges. The Grand Canal, the main thoroughfare of the city, cuts through the center of the city and is typically packed with boats full of residents and visitors traveling between islands.

The island of Murano has achieved worldwide fame for its contribution to the glass making industry. Once a major commercial port and trading center, Venice was known for its glass artisans and their skill at the craft. The Venetian glassmaking methods were so sought after that guilds were formed to safeguard industry secrets and to establish important trade regulations. In 1291, all glassmaking foundries were relocated to the island of Murano in order to avoid the outbreak of serious fires in the city of Venice.

For several hundred years, glassmakers in Murano enjoyed a heightened social station and were well respected among all levels of society. During the 15th and 16th centuries, the glass industry enjoyed great popularity, due in part to the newly discovered method of making clear class. The industry then began a slow decline until the old techniques were revived in the mid-1800s.

Murano is once again a renowned center for artisanal glass. Travelers can visit any of several foundries to see glass making demonstrations, and numerous glass shops can be found up and down the streets of the island. The island is also home to the Murano Museum of Glass, a great place to see examples of Venetian glass through the ages.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Renowned Southern Author - Harper Lee


Samuel Brice Hall serves as director of investor relations at Piedmont Private Equity, LLC. Away from his professional responsibilities, Samuel Brice Hall is an avid reader. He regularly rereads To Kill a Mockingbird, the famed novel by Harper Lee.

Harper Lee, who experienced a difficult childhood, developed a liking for English literature in high school. At college, she avoided the traditional female pursuits of fashion and dating, preferring to write and to concentrate on her studies instead. Lee became the editor of the humor magazine of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. Her studies ultimately began to compete with her writing for her time. Eventually, once she had figured out where her true passion lay, Lee dropped out. She moved north to pursue her authorial ambitions.

Befriended by a Broadway composer who paid her living expenses for a year, Lee devoted herself to full-time writing. Her manuscript became known as To Kill a Mockingbird. While waiting for its publication, Lee helped her childhood friend, Truman Capote, with research and interviews for a New Yorker article. That article would ultimately grow into his non-fictional book, In Cold Blood.

After it came out, Mockingbird won the Pulitzer Prize and a number of other awards. The film adaptation won three Oscars. In later years, Lee retired from public life. She made anonymous donations to charities from her substantial wealth. 

In 2015, a pre-Mockingbird novel that a publisher had rejected came to light. It featured the characters from Mockingbird in a period later than that highlighted in the more famous book. After the publication of Go Set a Watchman, its depiction of the character, Atticus Finch, as a racist surprised readers. Nevertheless, Go Set a Watchman broke the pre-sale records of its publisher, HarperCollins. Lee died in her sleep in 2016, aged 89.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Music Director Stepping Down in 2021



An experienced financial executive, Samuel Brice Hall has served as director of investor relations with Piedmont Private Equity since 2011. Outside of his professional endeavors, Samuel Brice Hall regularly supports the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO). 

The 2020-21 season will be the 20th year Robert Spano serves as the ASO's music director, and it will also be his last. In January, Spano announced plans to conclude his lengthy tenure at the Orchestra's helm in three years and assume the position of Conductor Laureate of the ASO. The ASO will celebrate its 75th anniversary during the 2019-20 season, and Spano is only one of four individuals to serve as its music director. 

Since joining the ASO, Spano has been responsible for hiring more than 40 percent of its current members and has mentored multiple assistant directors who have gone on to work as head music directors with organizations such as the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Reno Philharmonic, and Chicago Sinfonietta. He also played a significant role in alleviating the ASO's financial pressures following a pair of work stoppages in 2012 and 2014; along with ASO board member John White, he co-chaired the Musicians' Endowment Campaign, which raised over $27 million toward funding to restore 11 positions in the Orchestra. He also led efforts on six Grammy-Award-winning recordings and earned the American Composers Forum Champion of New Music Award.