Barry Adams is the president and owner of Peachtree Awnings (www.peachtreeawnings.com) located in Norcross, GA and Tennessee Awnings (www.tennesseeawnings.com) in Smyrna, TN. Barry has been a member of the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce since its inception in 20XX. Peachtree Awnings is a manufacturer of custom commercial and residential awnings founded by Barry in 2005. Peachtree Awnings along with Tennessee Awnings serves a large portion of the southeastern United States. Prior to opening Peachtree Awnings, Barry got his engineering degree from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1985 and his MBA from Kennesaw State University in 2004.
Weare Gratwick has over 30 years of banking experience and has served as a community leader in Peachtree Corners for the past 17 years.
Currently, Gratwick is the Regional President –Atlanta for Calumet Bank and serves as Mayor Pro Tem on the City Council for Peachtree Corners, Georgia.
Before joining Calumet Bank in September 2016, Gratwick served as a Principal Banker with Wells Fargo’s Gwinnett Business Banking Group from 2012 -2016 and Vice President of the Residential Real Estate Construction Division of SunTrust Bank from 2002-2011.
Gratwick began his banking career at SunTrust Bank in 1983, rising from trainee to branch manager to Vice President, Commercial/Retail Banking to Group Vice President, Residential Real Estate Construction Division during his tenure there. He served from 1985 to 2002 as a Relationship Manager for the bank’s Gwinnett Commercial Banking Commercial Division, working with local small-to-medium sized corporations.
He currently serves on the Board of the Norcross High School Foundation for Excellence and is Vice President of the Peachtree Corners Business Association.
He has previously served as Civic Chair of the Peachtree Station Homeowners Association and as a representative of the United Peachtree Corners Civic Association from 2010 to 2012, as Treasurer of the Norcross High School Foundation for Excellence from 2011 through 2014, President of Norcross Baseball from 2002 to 2004, and as Treasurer of the Norcross Soccer Academy from 2007 to 2010. He is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Gwinnett.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Weare grew up in Decatur, Alabama. He holds a M.B.A. in Finance from Georgia State University, and a B.B.A in Accounting from Emory University.
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.
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.
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.
We specialize in solving visual communications challenges, of any size and across any industry, by providing the right mix of innovative marketing and graphic solutions, including wall, window and vehicle graphics, architectural signs, tradeshow displays, digital signage, mobile marketing and more. We consult with our customers to understand their specific needs and then our experts put together a solution to achieve their goals.
Dru 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.
In 2014, Tixie Fowler founded Gardens for Growing Community (G4GC), a nonprofit that helps Nature foster meaningful relationships with people. This includes teaching youth how to grow healthy food in a garden setting, and to be stewards of urban forests, watersheds, wildlife and other natural resources. Tixie currently manages the Environmental Education Centers at Summerour Middle School in Norcross, which includes over 10,000 square feet of gardening space, plus forest trails and a fruit orchard. She works with educators across Atlanta, coaching them on engaging students in outdoor classrooms and teaching standards-based curricula through the lens of environmental stewardship. In order to expand her nonprofit's outreach, Tixie is organizing a workforce development program that engages military veterans transitioning into civilian life. Apprenticeships will include job skill and leadership training, and job placement support, while engaging veterans as site managers for school gardens across metro Atlanta. In addition, veterans will help develop viable food production initiatives on public school campuses, providing a source of fresh food and urban gardening education to families in under-served communities.
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: Norcross first United Methodist Church Phone: (770) 448-4142 Email Address:firstname.lastname@example.org
Dorris Hollingsworth is an experienced HR leader and talent executive, with a focus on engaging and developing talent to drive business results. She approaches client needs with a view to employing the correct practice for their needs. She is a rock star at identifying obstacles for business owners and developing ways to remove roadblocks.
Dorris has experience across a variety of industries, including commercial real estate, consulting engineering, finance, sales / distribution, and cable communications. She is experienced in working through post-merger transitions and designed culture shifts.
Her education and training include a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Georgia, and Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University. She is certified in the Hogan assessment for team and individual levels. She holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources designation from HRCI and the Senior Certified Professional designation from SHRM.
Dorris is originally from Gwinnett County, and was born at Joan Glancy hospital in Duluth. She is a lifelong Georgia resident, and a volunteer with programs to help women progress in the workplace. She lives in Berkeley Lake with her husband, Scott, when they aren’t travelling and competing in clay target shooting.
Terri 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.
Dorothy Parker Jarrett is starting her ninth 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.
LC Johnson has brought a world of experience to the county he calls home. After twenty-plus years learning how to manage goods, services, and, most importantly, people, LC retired an Air Force Master Sergeant. Following his military service, LC entered his next tour of duty - in education. Applying the principles of good management learned in the military, LC gained notoriety as a no-nonsense educational leader. He earned his doctorate in management while turning troubled schools around by engaging the surrounding communities to take ownership in the offerings and outcomes of the student body.
Showing no signs of “slowing down”, LC has recently accepted a position on the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s 1818 Club Finance Committee. He has also recently been awarded both the Paul Duke Lifetime Achievement Award and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Rho Kappa Lambda Chapter 2018 Diversity Social Action Award. With the second edition of his memoir, Still A Soldier, in the preparation stages, LC Johnson has become a sought-after speaker. Copies of his books are now being used to encourage members of the Gwinnett County School System’s Community Based Mentoring Program.
Frank Kellert is an Allstate Insurance agent in the Brandon Peters agency in Duluth, Ga. He is a 5 year insurance professional, specializing in helping families with home, auto, life, and business insurance. The agency works with individuals and businesses to create policies that protect them from life’s unexpected events at an economical price.
Frank grew up in Hollywood, Fla, graduated from Mercer University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management and earned his MBA from the University of Miami. Frank moved to Atlanta to work for Delta Air Lines. At Delta he worked his way up from Ramp Operations to Market Analysis and Sales Support. Retiring from Delta after 28 years of service, he pursued his passion to help others using his financial knowledge and communication skills.
Frank and his wife, Cynthia live in Downtown Norcross, where they like to travel, and do home projects. They have two daughters who live in Vienna, Austria and Athens, Georgia.
John grew up in Chattanooga where he earned a BS in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. After college, John moved to Atlanta in 1978 and resides in Berkeley Lake after living in Stone Mountain, Lilburn and Norcross.
John worked in Corporate Sales and marketing for over 25 years with companies such as Penske and Hiab. His last Corporate position was with Waltco where he was SE Director of Sales responsible for the outside sales force and a regional Warehouse.
John is now a Realtor with Windsor Realty in Norcross where his wife Ginny is the owner and Qualifying Broker. John has been with Windsor for over 3 years and just completed the requirements to become licensed as a Broker. Windsor works with Homeowners and Buyers in Residential Real Estate and provides Property Management Services to owners of rental properties.
Felicia J. LaPoole is a dynamic leader with a 20 year accomplished career with prestigious MNC’s and Fortune 500 companies and currently serving as Regional Business Sales Manager with Comcast Business. Comcast Business offers Internet, phone, and cable television to small- to medium-sized businesses and has been recognized as the fastest growing company based on the year’s carrier of Ethernet provisions.
As Regional Business Sales Manager, Felicia provides leadership and direction to a team of business professionals who are responsible for the overall sales growth of commercial business in South Gwinnett; as well Rockdale, East DeKalb, Barrow, Walton, and Jackson counties. She is responsible for achieving the Region’s goals and objectives with new business acquisitions and retention. She diligently works with sales leadership to develop and implement strategies on how to advance the knowledge of market and business presence to prepare the commercial market on “the internet of things”. Felicia demonstrates passion for continuous personal, professional, and organizational improvement. She is a decisive leader with proven ability to achieve best in class sales leadership to business results. She is experienced and proven ability in developing and leading high performance teams, being recognized Region-wide by Comcast Business senior & executive leadership as a 5-time award winner for record-breaking results within fiscal months in 2016. Felicia possesses strong communication skills to develop and lead a team of business professionals become the Region’s model hybrid team, as well as communicate effectively across multiple levels & departments within the organization. As a team builder, she possesses extensive experience in identifying, hiring, developing, and retaining high performing business professionals, maximizing employee potential to promotion, and creating an environment which significantly improves morale and reduces employee attrition.
In addition to Comcast Business as a business sales leader, Felicia is a certified Project Management Professional and serves on various committees, both civic and business, and is a member of National Sales Network, SLMA, and was nominated to Leadership Georgia. She holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing from Texas Southern University and was accepted into the Executive MBA Program at Georgia State University. Felicia and her husband of 22 years, Dennis, Sr., have two children, daughter Desi who is currently studying Psychology in Ohio, and son Dennis II who is a senior in high school, preparing to attend college. Felicia enjoys travel, Nature, and independent films.
Whether coaching leaders, teaching managerial coaching skills or facilitating other leadership development processes, Betsy recognizes the energy it takes to lead. As the founder of WoodFire Leadership, LLC, an Executive Coaching and Leadership Development business, the Director of the Center for Leadership SWGC, and lead facilitator for The Leadership Challenge SWGC, she lives the passion she feels for creating better leaders. Betsy holds a Masters in Education, Adult Education Program Management from Georgia State University. She plays an active role in Christ Church Episcopal Norcross. Betsy is a Graduate of Gwinnett Senior Leadership and Member, Advisory Board for Women’s Leadership Program, Reinhardt University. Her diverse clientele consists of organizations such as ALSAC – St. Jude Children’s’ Hospital, HealthSouth, Centers for Disease Control, AGILE IT Staffing, Cox Automotive, First Community Development, and KSU, Coles College of Business, Executive Education. A native of Gwinnett County, Betsy lives in Peachtree Corners with her husband, Walt Thompson and Miss Princess Dawg, the resident smiling Havanese.
Barry Robinson is the owner of Prism Screen Printing LLC, located in Peachtree Corners GA. The business was started in 2013 with the goal of providing customized apparel to businesses, teams, and groups that require these garments.
Barry graduated from Georgia State University (cum laude) in 1984 with a BBA degree specializing in accounting. Barry has worked in private industry in the metro Atlanta area since then and is a long time resident of Gwinnett County. Barry has held various positions including Staff Accountant, Assistant Controller and Controller in local area businesses.
In 1999 Barry took the position of Controller for Stone Connection, Inc, a wholesale distributor of Granite and Marble products based in Norcross. The company grew to serve the southeast and the mid-Atlantic region with multiple locations and Barry became the President of the company in 2003. In 2011 Barry left to start GBB Financial, a company that offered alternative financing solutions to small and mid- size companies. Barry and his wife Debbie are currently the owners of Prism Screen Printing.
Rebeca 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.
Rosalind Tucker began her incredible catering career 10+ years ago, and now runs her successful business in many parts of the country. She provides leadership for her growing staff through her phenomenal business. In addition, she serves and has served on various philanthropic initiatives.
What began as a hobby in Rosalind's kitchen, family and friends immediately recognized her love for cooking. Her natural talent for turning the most simple dish into culinary art is what captivated many. Years later, Tucker's Catering has skyrocketed beyond her wildest dreams.
Rosalind is passionate about creating an excellent experience by creating fresh and desirable food, and building lasting personal relationships with guest and clientele. Rosalind's vision is noticeable in the experience she delivers in Tucker's Catering every day. Her high quality and expectations of strategic thinking, disciplined execution, and amazing service make her company's vision a reality.
Rosalind's distinguished career and achievements have been recognized most recently by being named the best caterer in her headquarter’s location. Under her direction, Tucker's Catering has received several notable awards and accolades.
Jim Woods is a native Georgian growing up in Covington, Georgia and an alumni of Newton County High School. He is a graduate of the University of West Georgia with a degree in Psychology. He has been a resident of the City of Norcross for over 10 years.
He and his wife Beth have been married for over 9 years and have two beautiful daughters named Bailey and Hallie. Jim stays involved in the community as he serves on the advisory board for Gardens for Growing Community (G4GC), a nonprofit that helps Nature foster meaningful relationships with people. As well as a member of the Peachtree Corners Rotary. Professionally Jim has been in the banking/financial industry for over 15 years. He has experience managing branches as well as being a singular producer.