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Southwest Gwinnett Chamber
2016 Board of Directors
Innovative executive with over 25 years’ experience building high performance sales and marketing teams while providing overall organizational leadership. Dave’s leadership philosophy is based on creating a shared vision with all stakeholders; executive teams, employees, investors and board of directors in defining and articulating an organization’s vision and executing same. Extensive background in marketing, promotion, human resources, service delivery, financial and risk management.
Company: Image Manufacturing Group LLC
Phone: (678) 580-3281
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dorothy Parker Jarrett is starting her seventh year as principal of Summerour Middle School located in Norcross. The veteran educator joined Gwinnett County Public Schools in 2002 as a teacher at South Gwinnett High School after serving schools in DeKalb County and District 99 in Illinois. She also served South Gwinnett High as an assistant principal (2004-2009) before being named principal of Summerour Middle in 2009. A graduate of the school district’s 2007 Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program, Mrs. Parker Jarrett holds certification in Leadership and Supervision from the University of Georgia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Home Economic/Merchandising from Western Michigan University, and a master’s degree in Special Education from Benedictine University. Mrs. Parker Jarrett was named 2012 National Counseling Advocate of the Year by the American School Counselors Association. Summerour was recently named a Distinguished Breakout School by the Georgia Department of Education.
She and her husband, Kenneth, have two children. JR is married and lives with his wife, Sarah, in London with their four children. Parker is attending the University of Georgia.
Company: Summerour Middle School
Phone: (770) 448-3045
Email Address: email@example.com
Tanya Moore has lived in Gwinnett County for over 25 years, 16 of which were spent in Peachtree Corners and the last 4 years in Historic Norcross. Tanya is originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee but went to college and started her career in Miami before being transferred to the Atlanta area with Federated Department Stores, later to become Macy's. She worked in a variety of systems design areas with Macy's before retiring in 2013 after 33 years of service.
While in Peachtree Corners, Tanya was a Girl Scout Leader for many years and served in various positions on her subdivision's HOA Board. Tanya loves now living in Downtown Norcross where she volunteers with many civic and arts-related organizations.
She is on the Norcross ArtsFest Committee, works with the Norcross Discovery Garden Park and does set design for Lionheart Theatre. Tanya is also a graduate of Senior Leadership Gwinnett and a past board member of the Norcross Downtown Development Authority (DDA).
Company: Norcross DDA
Phone: (770) 365-1094
Email Address: Moore3638@bellsouth.net
Margie Asef has enjoyed a variety of life experiences living in Ohio, Kentucky, California and Georgia. She currently serves as the Community Relations Manager for Greater Atlanta Christian School, with responsibilities for media & public relations, sponsorships, internships and large scale events. Her experience as a Certified Financial planner and in Advertising sparked the flame to utilize her business background into education. She finds the opportunity to influence the lives of the next generation of great leaders is a daily motivator Margie and her husband Keith are new empty nesters and share their home with a rescue pup and enjoy time with their family as often as they can.
Company: Greater Atlanta Christian School
Phone: (770) 243-2258
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
United Consulting is a multidiscipline engineering consulting firm based in Norcross, Georgia, specializing in environmental services, geotechnical engineering, geophysical services, materials testing, and special inspections. Incorporated in 1990 in Georgia, United Consulting has grown to more than 130 employees, including 21 professionally registered engineers and geologists, allowing the firm to successfully execute the biggest and most complex projects in the Southeast.
Because of our dedicated staff, we are able to provide experienced and professional engineering and environmental services and value engineering. Every project we approach is with the philosophy that the client’s needs and concerns are the reasons we are in business.
Jay Ashtiani has worked in sales for United Consulting since March 1992 and has had part ownership since 1996. As Executive Vice President and Director of Sales he is in charge of bringing in the total annual sales for United Consulting, which is currently at $15,000,000+. Additionally, he works with a team of six, which include Business Developers and a Marketing staff.
Jay is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a degree in industrial management. He has been an active member of the Council for Quality Growth in Gwinnett County, the National Association of Industrial and Office Property, the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, and the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the Board of ACEC Georgia as a chairman of the National PAC. Recently, he was elected to the board of directors at the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.
He has been married to his wife, Eileen, for over 30 years. They have one son, Justin, who is 19 years old and a sophomore at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
As for United Consulting’s philosophy, and the reasons for our continuing success as an engineering consulting business, it can all be summed up in a simple word: Service. From our beginning as a company over 25 years ago, we have continuously tried to emphasize the need to provide real value to our clients. We believe that it is imperative to listen carefully to their needs and to offer the best possible professional services and advice for a reasonable price. By putting the concerns of our clients above any desire for a fast profit, we’ve managed to maintain their loyalty over the years and continue to do so. We plan to continue putting our clients first and urge every other business to adopt this proven strategy.
Company: United Consulting
Phone: (770) 582-2855
Email Address: email@example.com
After over 40 years in sales and marketing, Bill recently retired and turned his attention back to independent consulting projects and volunteer work. During his career, he worked at Nextel, Sprint, Apple Computer, several entrepreneurial startups, and for 14 years was Vice President, Marketing and Sales at a design firm specializing in creating corporate identity, corporate communications and customer relationship strategies for a variety of Fortune 1000 companies.
Bill grew up in a military family living in a variety of countries and cultures. After graduating from The University of Texas in Austin he joined a photographic equipment sales company and spent time in Chicago, Florida, and then settled in Norcross. Bill is married to Jill Swenson and along with their golden retriever, live in Norcross. He is actively involved with Lionheart Theater, acting and building sets. He and Jill are storytellers; he is on the Board of Directors of the Southern order of Storytellers; and he recently became a member of the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas.
Company: Second Sun Marketing
Phone: (678) 895-1845
Email Address: bill@SecondSunMarketing.com
Tanya Caldwell is the founder of Lionheart Theatre Company and has served as Producing Artistic Director for 15 years. Tanya has a degree in Theatre from the University of Georgia Southern. Lionheart has it's roots in The Church Drama ministry Tanya founded at Norcross Presbyterian Church. It was with the hard work and dedication of a small group of folks there that Lionheart was born and has become one of the leading Community Theatres in Gwinnett County. By day Tanya works as a loan officer for Georgias Own Credit Union but her passion is theatre. Tanya enjoys producing , Directing and Acting at Lionheart and hopes that Lionheart will continue to fulfill it's mission to enrich, entertain and educate our community by making visual and performance arts accessible to the entire population.
Tanya her husband, Jason, live in Peachtree Corners, GA.
Company: Lionheart Theatre Company
Phone: (770) 885-0425
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Raymond Cobb is president of JB Media, Inc., an integrated Marketing firm based in Atlanta. The firm’s strategies help clients increase awareness to drive measurable outcomes. Past campaigns have consisted of lead generation, the creation of premium content, media relations, special events, and community outreach. Prior to JB Media, he worked in corporate finance for several Fortune 100’s, including the Bank of America and GE Capital. Raymond also spent several years working as a senior account executive for local PR agencies serving clients such as SunTrust Bank and the National Black Arts Festival.
He received his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo. Active in various community service efforts, Raymond currently serves on the Lilburn CID Board, and the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Board. Other civic board involvement includes the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Board, Metro Atlanta United Way Board, and the Gwinnett County Planning Commission. He is an active member of 100 Black Men - North Metro, and the American Marketing Association. He is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Gwinnett and served as president of the University of Toledo Alumni Association (Atlanta Chapter).
Raymond, his wife, and son live in a suburb of Atlanta.
Company: JB Media
Phone: (770) 826-7263
Email Address: email@example.com
Alyssa Sinclair Davis
As Program Director, Alyssa oversees the CID’s plans and projects. She works to implement a wide range of transportation improvements including road, trail, intersection, streetscaping, bridge, and transit projects. Alyssa also manages the CID’s redevelopment incentives, code enforcement, and grant submittals.
Alyssa completed her undergraduate degree at Davidson College in North Carolina. After graduating, she joined Teach for America, a highly selective corps of recent college graduates who commit to teaching in under-resourced public schools. She taught in the South Bronx for three years while also earning a Master’s in Teaching from Pace University in New York City. After teaching for two more years in the Atlanta Public Schools, she earned her Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Alyssa has worked for the CID since 2009. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), a graduate of Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute, and Vice Chair of the Transportation and Development Institute Georgia Chapter.
Company: Gwinnett Village CID
Phone: (770) 449-6542
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim grew up in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri, graduating from the University of Missouri – Columbia. After working for several years in the office furniture industry, she created and ran an interior architecture business for 20+ years. Closing the business in 2001, she directed construction project management for Bank of America. She moved from that role to direct a turn-around for a large warehousing and logistics business in the Norcross area. Following “the great recession” of 2008-2009, Kim worked as Operations Manager of First Community Development, a company owned by her husband, Steve, in the Norcross / Peachtree Corners area.
Since then, she’s become involved in Norcross / Peachtree Corners activities, focusing on business and community support for education through the Norcross Cluster Schools Partnership along with fellow Board member, Ranae Heaven of Heaven and Associates. Kim is also actively involved with the Norcross Cooperative Ministry, focused on strategic planning, development and community relations. Breakthrough Norcross!, a collaborative education initiative, is her newest impact project with the goal of improving the economic prosperity of the geography that feeds into the local high school. Go Blue Devils!
Kim lives in Peachtree Corners with her husband, Steve. They have five children, seven grandchildren, and two greyhounds.
Company: Norcross Cluster Schools Partnership
Phone: (404) 822-0915
Email Address: email@example.com
Steve Dorough has twenty-three years of professional fundraising experience for corporate driven non-profit organizations such as Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Authorities and Downtown Revitalization Groups. In addition to fundraising, Steve has extensive skills in Strategic Planning and Feasibility Analysis. He began his career in Birmingham, Alabama, working for the Methodist Church and the Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce before launching a commercial real estate business. In 1989, Steve moved to Atlanta where he began his career in fundraising, working first as a Senior Vice President with National Community Development Services before establishing his own company, First Community Development. Over the last twenty years, First Community Development has become a leader in innovative fundraising for corporate driven non-profit organizations in nine southeastern states. First Community has raised in excess of $250 Million for its non-profit clients.
Steve attended school in Birmingham and graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a degree in Public Speaking. Steve is involved with the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, the Economic Developers Association of Alabama and the Mississippi Economic Development Council. Steve is a member of the Simpsonwood United Methodist Church and active with the Norcross Cooperative Ministry. Steve and his wife Kim have five children and seven grandchildren. They live with their two greyhounds, Dixie and Dash, in Peachtree Corners.
Company: First Community Development
Phone: (770) 448-7171
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dru FerrisDru Ferris is a full-time Keller Williams residential real estate agent focusing on buyers, sellers and investors in the North Atlanta area, and specializing in Peachtree Corners, Norcross, Duluth, Johns Creek and Berkeley Lake. Dru is a seasoned sales executive, with over twenty-eight years experience in the electrical equipment business before entering the real estate market in 2011. Dru combines proven systems, best-practices, analytical problem solving, effective technologies, and good old fashioned communication to ensure a great real estate transaction experience for his clients.
Originally from the Chicago, Illinois area, after graduating from the University of Illinois - Champaign Urbana with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Dru lived for a short time in St, Louis, MO, then Charlotte, NC, before settling in the Atlanta area in 1985. Dru has lived in Peachtree Corners since 1990, and has enjoyed seeing the area grow, prosper and become one of the top suburban locations to move to in the Atlanta area. In addition to his Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce duties, Dru is a member of Peachtree Corners Baptist Church, and also serves on the Board of Directors of Cornerstone Christian Academy. Dru and his wife Andrea have three daughters.
Company: Dru Ferris Realtor
Phone: (770) 331-7106
Email Address: email@example.com
Ranae Heaven has had her own accounting practice in the Norcross-Peachtree Corners area for 21 years, Heaven & Associates, PC. She has been in public accounting since 1984. She and her staff have worked with hundreds of business owners over the years doing tax planning, business consulting and accounting services.
Ranae is originally from Alabama and a graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville. In addition, she has a Master of Taxation from Georgia State University. She has lived in Gwinnett County since 1982. She has two sons Zachary and Jacob, who attended schools in Norcross and Duluth. She and her husband, Gene Ramsay, live in Norcross.
Ranae is a past president of the Georgia chapter of the American Women’s Society of CPA’s and is an active member of the Georgia Society of CPA’s and the American Society of CPA’s. She is on the board of the Norcross Cluster Schools Partnership and Norcross Business Association and a member of the Peachtree Corners Business Association. Ranae serves as Treasurer on the Board of the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.
Company: Heaven and Associates, PC
Phone: (770) 849-0078
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Hester is the CEO of LAN Systems which provides IT solutions in the Greater Metro Atlanta Area. LAN Systems is dedicated to providing business technology that makes businesses more competitive and solutions that work for people. Mary brings extensive experience managing a support and service group renowned for its “Best in the Industry” rating and standards. She is an expert in customer loyalty and retention. She has designed and delivered numerous training courses and workshops on a variety of topics. Mary is an Electrical Engineer that believes her greatest strength is her ability to connect with people and understand their unique technology needs. Mary has worked for many years with utilities on security and other topics. She is active in the industry and serves on several technology boards and committees. Mary has an MBA from UGA and LAN Systems was named to the Bulldog 100 Class of 2013: Fastest Growing Bulldog Businesses.
Company: LAN Systems
Phone: (770) 662-0312
Email Address: Mary@LANSystems.com
Terri HoyeTerri serves as the Associate Pastor at Norcross First United Methodist Church. She moved to Gwinnett County 29 years ago.
She has been on staff at Norcross First for 26 years, serving first as Director of the Mother's Morning Out Program and Coordinator of the Children's Ministry before answering the call to pursue the candidacy program for the Local Pastor's License.
In 2009 she completed her courses of study from Emory University and received her license to preach. She serves on the Gwinnett County UNITE! Board, Norcross Cluster Schools Partnership and is active in Norcross schools and the community. Terri is married and has two children.
Company: Norcross first United Methodist Church
Phone: (770) 447-2460
Email Address: email@example.com
Company: Hilton Atlanta Northeast
Phone: (678) 533-3325
Email Address: Bruce.Johnson@hilton.com
Chuck moved to Gwinnett County in 1989 from Boston and lived in the Peachtree Corners area for over 20 years. In 2011 he moved to Historic downtown Norcross. Chuck’s background is in the hospitality industry where he spent 25 + years with companies such as Steak and Ale, Holiday Inn, Houlihan’s, and Grady’s American Grill.
In 1994, Chuck founded A Closer Look, Inc., a feedback (Mystery Shopping) company. www.a-closer-look.com ACL is hired by many of the most respected companies in the U.S. where ACL ‘measures’ the brands they represent. His company currently works with: The Buckhead Life Group, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze, Hard Rock Cafes, Seasons 52, Marlow’s Tavern, Hilton Hotels, and many others. ACL has over 200,000 qualified field agents who are ready to be the eyes and ears of the companies they represent.
Chuck was the President of the Norcross Business Association (2006-2008) and Chairman of the Norcross PDC (2009-2011). In 2011 Chuck completed the program at Sr. Leadership Gwinnett.
Company: A Closer Look, Inc.
Phone: (678) 209-0177
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed Peterson is the Director of Sales for Elite Hotel Management Group, currently located at the Hampton Inn, Norcross GA. An Atlanta native who moved to Gwinnett County in 1979. Educated, Trained and Experienced in Sales & Marketing with a Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management Degree. I have 15+ years’ experience in the Hospitality Industry, including Area Director of Sales, Brand Sales Specialist and Task Force Sales Manager for Multi-Hotel Ownership and Management Groups. Currently residing in the Peachtree Corners area.
Company: Hampton Inn Atlanta Northeast
Phone: (404) 574-9872
Email Address: email@example.com
Ross Powell is the Director of Sales of Explore Gwinnett, the Gwinnett County Convention and Visitors Bureau. He has been in that capacity for 9 years.
Before that he worked in the hotel and resort industry for over 30 years
In his current capacity he is responsible for bringing meetings, conventions, tour groups, corporate conferences, family reunions and all outings to Gwinnett County to have a positive economic impact on the community.
He and his wife Bonnie have lived in Gwinnett County since 1988, currently residing in Snellville. They have 2 grown daughters and 2 grand children.
He is also on the Board of Directors of the Lawrenceville Kiwanis Club, and the Steering Committee of Leadership Gwinnett.
Company: Explore Gwinnett - Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau
Phone: (770) 814-6057
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlie Riehm is a Norcross City Councilman, a former Board member of the Downtown Development Authority and a 16-year resident of Norcross, Georgia. Charlie has held senior management positions in engineering, marketing, and manufacturing operations and continues to be active as a professional day trader on a part-time basis. He has also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
He has been an “activist” in addressing Norcross issues for the past 12 years and has served on the city council for the past eight years. Charlie is currently active in forming the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and helping expand the arts in the Berkeley Lake, Norcross and Peachtree Corners area. He is a founder and currently Treasurer of the Norcross Arts Alliance. He and his wife, Edie, live in Norcross.
Company: Norcross City Council
Phone: (770) 662-5512
Email Address: email@example.com
Rebeca SalmonRebeca E. Salmon received her Juris Doctorate from the University Of Georgia School Of Law. Following law school, Ms. Salmon worked for Catholic Charities Atlanta through an Equal Justice Works Fellowship (EJW). Through her EJW fellowship, Ms. Salmon established the Immigrant Children Advocacy Project (ICAP), a program that still continues educating children and sponsors. She returned to private practice in 2011, opening her own firm, A Salmon Firm, LLC.
And with her heart still in non profit services, Ms. Salmon began as the Executive Director of Access to Law, Inc. a nonprofit foundation dedicated to ensuring no vulnerable person goes without Access To Law based solely on inability to pay. She is an experienced litigator and serves as a mentor to many of her colleagues and has developed a reputation as a reliable and useful resource to DFCS agencies, Child Advocate offices, Guardian Ad Litem offices, schools and anyone interested in protecting our youth.
Ms. Salmon sits on the Board of The South West Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and The Barton Clinic at Emory University. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and sworn into practice in every State court of Georgia, Court of Appeals of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia, and the Supreme Court of the United States. She is an active member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the local AILA-AL/GA chapter and the American Bar Association (ABA). She is also an active member of the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC), Georgia Association of Counsel for Children (GACC), Immigrant Children’s Legal Network (ICLN) and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in juvenile proceedings.
Rebeca is an adjunct professor at Brenau University and was awarded the 2010 Liberty Bell Award from DeKalb Bar Association. Ms. Salmon is fluent in English and Spanish and in 2014 earned the NACC law specialty distinction: Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist. In 2015 she was chosen by Georgia SuperLawyers as a Rising Star for excellence in practice, this is a distinction reserved for only 2.5% of Georgia attorneys.
Company: Access to Law
Phone: (770) 685-1499
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Luke joined the Snider Team at Merrill Lynch in 2009 after graduating from Georgia Tech. The Snider Team works with families to oversee every aspect of their finances from retirement planning, investing, and banking. Luke is a successful graduate of Merrill Lynch’s PMD program and serves as a mentor to others in the program.
Luke was born and raised in Peachtree Corners attending local public schools including Simpson Elementary, Pinckneyville Middle and graduating from Norcross High School. He then went Midtown to Georgia Tech where he graduated with honors in three years and played football for Coaches Gailey and Johnson. Luke is a big sports and avid football fan. Luke married his high school sweet heart in 2011. They currently live and work in Duluth. Both Luke and his wife are active in Gwinnett Church working in student activities.
Company: Merrill Lynch
Phone: (678) 474-1815
Email Address: Luke_Snider@ml.com
Mark’s twenty-year career with the YMCA began as the teen and camp assistant director at the Boise (Idaho) Family YMCA. He has worked at Y’s in Savannah, GA.; Birmingham, AL.; and Port Orange, FL. Most recently, he was the Northeast District Executive Director of the YMCA of Greater Louisville in Kentucky. At the Northeast Family Y, Mark increased contributions to the annual campaign, focused on board development and recruitment, provided staff leadership and implemented community-based, purpose-driven programs. A corner store in one Y offers fresh fruits, vegetables and grocery items to nearby, underserved residents. He also initiated a year-round swim team and a teen cross-country program that competes with area schools.
Mark was born in Bangkok, Thailand, and spent his early years in Burnsville, Minnesota. He graduated from Norcross High School and Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in recreation, so he considers Georgia home. He and his wife, Kristen, have been married sixteen years and have a ten-year-old daughter, Andrea. Mark’s hobbies include hiking, kayaking, camping and golf.
Company: Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA
Phone: (770) 246-9622
Email Address: email@example.com
Tiffany WongTiffany Wong is currently the Branch Manager, Assistant Vice President of PNC Bank located in Berkeley Lake, serving the Southwest Gwinnett Area in banking for the past 5 years. Tiffany loves to build relationships business and personal clients, partnering with each client to achieve their financial goals. She has a tremendous passion for coaching and developing her team as well as serving the community. Tiffany grew up in New York and New Jersey and has lived in Georgia for the past 8 years. Tiffany graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Fine Arts (specializing in graphic design) and minored in Economics. She has also been the President and Founder of a real estate investment company that renovates and leases homes since 2009. In the process, Tiffany has learned to use various power tools and obtained her Georgia Real Estate Sales License.
Company: PNC BANK
Phone: (770) 447-2460
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org