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2018 Annual Report

From the President/CEO

The Gwinnett Chamber, alongside Gwinnett County, continued to thrive and enhance the quality of life for all citizens in 2018. Our collective efforts served to reinforce Gwinnett’s success and our region’s economy and overall prosperity, and 2019 is already off to a great start.

The over 930,000 residents of Gwinnett enjoy a prosperous business climate, a school system that ranks as one of the best in the nation, an award-winning public park system, world-class art, cultural, and entertainment activities, and a commitment to proactive environmental stewardship. With more than 25,000 businesses, more than 120 languages spoken in our schools, and more than 650 foreign-owned companies calling Gwinnett home, we illustrate what a growing and dynamic community looks like now and in the future. To that end, the Chamber continues its commitment to strengthen the community by helping businesses prosper and by doing our part to help facilitate economic prosperity.

We appreciate our valued members and your continued commitment to making the Gwinnett Chamber an integral part of the community team devoted to ensuring that Gwinnett continues to be a thriving community of choice in which to live, learn, work, and play. With a shared community vision and sense of commitment, we will continue to ensure that “Success Lives Here.” We look forward to working together in 2019.


Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman
President & CEO, Gwinnett Chamber

Our Vision

The Gwinnett Chamber will be the forum for business, government, education, healthcare, arts/culture/entertainment, and philanthropic and public service communities to come together to advance our region’s economy and enrich Gwinnett’s quality of life.

Our Mission

The mission of the Gwinnett Chamber is to strengthen existing businesses, facilitate the growth of quality job opportunities and enrich the community’s quality of life.

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Our Strategic Priorities

Serve as the forum for all the major community constituents to discuss economic and quality of life opportunities and encourage action.

Advance the economic environment and quality of life for the broader community – business and general.

Provide value to all members, addressing the different needs of different types of members, to help them prosper and grow.

Further develop the Chamber into a smooth running, financially strong, collaborative organization.

2018 Leadership

EXECUTIVE CABINET

Dr. Dan Kaufman, Gwinnett Chamber – President & CEO
Ron Garrard, Garrard Group – Chairman
Tom Andersen, Andersen Tate & Carr, P.C. – Chair Elect
Sherwood McDuffie, SunTrust Bank – Past Chair
Norwood Davis, 12Stone Church – Treasurer
Craig Brown, Gwinnett Chamber – Secretary
Pam Ledbetter, Accent Creative Group – VC Marketing & Communications
Doug Jenkins, Georgia Power – VC Economic Development
Sid Theus, American Painting & Renovations – VC Membership & CC
Terri Jondahl, CAB, Incorporated – VC Manufacturing
Tammy Shumate, BrandMortgage – VC Leadership
Leticia Willis, Willis Mechanical, Inc. – VC Arts
Phil Wolfe, Gwinnett Medical Center – VC Healthcare & Life Science
Brad Carr, Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C. – VC Programs & Special Events
Preston Williams, Explore Gwinnett – VC Sports & Entertainment
Matt Hyatt, Rocket IT – VC Entrepreneurship & Small Business
Chuck Button, Jacobs – VC Community Relations
Dean Collins, Axis Companies, LLC – VC Public Policy

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Carla Carraway, Precision Planning, Inc.
Gerald Davidson, Mahaffey Pickens Tucker
Randy Dellinger, Jackson EMC
Karen Fine-Saltiel, Primerica
Gregory Jay, Chandler, Britt & Jay, LLC
Bartow Morgan, BrandBank
Brand Morgan, Brand Properties, LLC
Sean Murphy, Procurri, LLC
Cathy Nichols, Mobile Communications of Gwinnett
Tony Powell, Webb, Tanner & Powell, P.C.
Trey Ragsdale, Kaiser Permanente
Anthony Rodriguez, Aurora Theatre
Bill Russell, Russell Landscape Companies
Raymer Sale, E2E Resources, Inc.
Dr. Manfred Sandler, CardioVascular Group, PC
Jeff Seebeck, CISCO
David Snell, E.R. Snell Contractor, Inc.
John D. Stephens, John D. Stephens, Inc.
Perry Tindol, Allgood Pest
Supt. Alvin Wilbanks, Gwinnett County Public Schools

Staff

Dr. Dan Kaufman, President & CEO
Craig Brown, Sr. Vice President & CFO
Nick Masino, Sr. Vice President & Chief Economic Development Officer
Vince DeSilva, Sr. Vice President, Membership Services
Alicia Krogh, Sr. Vice President, Programs & Events
Ken Rutherford, Vice President, Branding & Communications
Louise Archie, Executive Director, Office of the President

BOARD

David Abee, Synovus
Shiv Aggarwal, American Mgmt. Services, Inc.
Pat McDonough, CBO, LLC
William Sammons, Nichols, Cauley & Associates,  LLC
Bill Sloan, Pond
Scott Jordan, BB&T
Greg Cantrell, Living Stone Properties
Mark Goodman, Gas South
Bin Liu, CFS Corporation
Carol Morris, Wells Fargo
Kevin O’Brien, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Annie Valenty, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Marvin Willis, Smith & Howard
Jill Edwards, Wells Fargo
Larry Feinstein, Hire Dynamics
Dorsey Grist, United Community Bank
Greg Hayes, Moore Stephens Tiller LLC
Fatimot Ladipo, AT&T
John Martin, Gwinnett Community Bank
Teddy Russell, Russell Landscape Companies
Jason Sammons, Frazier & Deeter
Greg Shumate, BrandMortgage
Rich Bartolotta, Schooley Mitchell
Don Britt, Summit Chase
Danielle Cheung, Bank of America
Fred Dawkins, Frederick C. Dawkins, Esq., P.C.
Jerri Hewett Miller, Wealth Horizon, Inc.
Shaw King, Comcast
Jeff Mahaffey, Mahaffey Pickens Tucker, LLP
Andy Morgan, Morgan Law Group
Seth Seagraves, Halski Systems, LLC
Jeff Wages, Wages & Sons Funeral Homes, Inc.
Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Bender, Gwinnett Municipal Association
Dr. D. Glen Cannon, Gwinnett Technical College
Steve Cannon, Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Ctr
Alyssa Davis, Sugarloaf CID
Representative Chuck Efstration, Gwinnett Legislative Delegation
Bryan Ginn, GA Campus – PCOM
Trent Lind, Eastside Medical Center
Santiago Marquez, GA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Chairman Charlotte Nash, Gwinnett Board of Commissioners
Michael Paris, Council for Quality Growth
Dr. Stanley “Stas” Preczewski, Georgia Gwinnett College
Randy Redner, Community Foundation of NE Georgia
Glenn Stephens, Gwinnett County
Kerry Armstrong, Pope & Land
Stephen K. Hill, SKH Enterprises, Inc.
Jim Maran
Tom Martin, Gwinnett Community Bank
Wayne Mason, Mason Family Management Company
Caryn McGarity, The McGarity Group, LLC
Michael Tennant
Richard Tucker, Arlington Capital, LLC

Significant Achievements

  • Atlanta Regional Commission Chairman Kerry Armstrong presented to a sold-out crowd at the first On Topic of the year.
  • Ladies learned how to unleash their leadership abilities at the Gwinnett Leadership Organization of Women Executive Presence luncheon, presented by Dale Carnegie of Georgia President Wendy Johnson.
  • In 2018, Partnership Gwinnett visited 232 companies and saw 17 project wins with 2,158 jobs added representing $157.9 million in capital investment.
  • The annual Partnership Gwinnett New Company Reception was attended by over 100 public and private investors and representatives from new and expanding Gwinnett organizations.
  • The largest event of its kind in the region, the annual State of the County Address—featuring Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash—garnered nearly 800 attendees.
  • The 70th Annual Dinner celebrated the best and brightest in Gwinnett business and community leadership to more than 950 guests.
  • The GO (Grand Opening) Team was created with 100 members to increase attendance at grand openings/ribbon cuttings.
  • The 2017-2018 Membership Campaign surpassed its annual goal of $1,350,000, raising $1,400,000.
  • Partnership Gwinnett announced the expansion of OFS Fitel, LLC (OFS), which will create 200 jobs and bring $138.9 million to both the Norcross and Carrollton facilities.
  • The Transportation Talk On Topic featured a candid conversation led by Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry and Georgia Regional Transportation Authority & State Road and Tollway Authority Executive Director Christopher Tomlinson.
  • The Chamber honored public safety professionals for bravery and service at 13th annual Valor Awards ceremony.
  • Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners issued the 5th annual Gwinnett Small Business Week proclamation.
  • The annual Partnership Gwinnett Movers & Makers Awards had a record number of attendees and featured a keynote address from Chris Gaffney, President of National Product Supply for Coca-Cola.
  • Lady leaders sipped and socialized at the annual Women’s Wine Tasting Business Connection, held at the Duluth Town Green.
  • The April On Topic featured a Legislative Recap led by Georgia State Senator P.K. Martin IV and Georgia House Representative Chuck Efstration. Members gained insight into what occurred during the legislative session and had the opportunity to network with Gwinnett’s delegation.
  • We hosted our second annual Gwinnett Family Fest which drew more than 4,000 people who came to the Gwinnett Chamber parking lot on a Saturday afternoon to meet area businesses, eat great food and enjoy rides and entertainment.
  • 30 businesses and community leaders from Gwinnett participated in the Washington, D.C. Fly-In and met with members of the Gwinnett congressional delegation, as well as other D.C. decision-makers to share views on federal legislation impacting businesses and the community.
  • The IMPACT Regional Business Awards brought together more than 600 professionals, representing the industries that drive economic development and job creation. Nine outstanding organizations were recognized as recipients.
  • More than 100 volunteers made up of chamber staff and members led cleanup, gardening and planting efforts at annual Chamber Gives Back Day at Peachtree Ridge Park in Suwanee.
  • Chairman’s Club Private Golf Tournament was held at Summit Chase Country Club with 130 golfers.
  • The State of the State Address was held at the June On Topic. This mid-year meeting featured an update from Georgia Chamber President & CEO Chris Clark.
  • 5th annual Gwinnett Small Business Week celebrated with over 500 small business attendees.
  • Gwinnett Young Professionals raised $8,000 at its Carnival to Crush Cancer event.
  • Twenty-two graduated from the Gwinnett Young Professionals Leadership Institute in the 5th cohort.
  • Strategic Alliance Memorandum signed with the US Small Business Administration. A renewed commitment to work together to support small businesses.
  • Partnership Gwinnett announced the location of TTEC’s new Humanify Customer Engagement Center in Gwinnett bringing 500 new jobs and $2 million in capital investment to the community.
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Deputy General Manager and Chief Financial Officer Greg Richardson provided an update about the world’s busiest airport at the July On Topic.
  • Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) awarded Membership Development Manager Sandy Richardson with its Lifetime Sales Achievement Award for the Million Dollar Circle ($1 million in sales).
  • ACCE recognized Membership Development Manager Megan Lesko with a Lifetime Sales Achievement award in the Platinum category ($750,000 in sales).
  • The 2017 Annual Report was an Award of Excellence winner in ACCE’s Communications Excellence awards program.
  • CEO/Superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools J. Alvin Wilbanks presented the annual State of the Schools Address to a full room at On Topic.
  • Held third annual multi-chamber mixer event at Infinite Energy Forum with an attendance of more than 500 members from the Gwinnett, Greater North Fulton, Johns Creek and Alpharetta Chambers of Commerce. It also introduced the first mega speed networking event.
  • An economic powerhouse, Georgia’s deepwater ports drive development across a range of industries, reaching every corner of every county. Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch provided an update at the September On Topic.
  • Lady leaders mixed and mingled at the annual Cocktails in the Courtyard Business Connection, hosted by Gwinnett Leadership Organization for Women.
  • 75 attendees explored innovative ideas and initiatives during the Strategic Leadership Visit to Salt Lake City.
  • Gwinnett Young Professionals celebrated its 3rd anniversary at Eagle Rock Distributing.
  • Georgia was named the #1 state in which to do business the past five years. Metro Atlanta Chamber President & CEO Hala Moddelmog covered why Georgia is a top state for business at the Georgia Leads luncheon at On Topic.
  • The course was full, and business was built at the annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament.
  • Pinnacle Small Business Awards hosted 550 attendees with the overall winner, Winton Machine Company, being selected from 1,200 nominees.
  • Partnership Gwinnett hosted the annual Metro Atlanta Redevelopment Summit, which featured project spotlights, a panel discussion on transit-oriented developments and a keynote address by Tom Murphy, former three-term Mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Mark Vitner, managing director and senior economist at Wells Fargo, presented an economic outlook at the November On Topic.
  • More than 350 professionals attended the inaugural Moxie Awards on November 27. The two-part program began with a powerhouse panel and concluded with the presentation of the Moxie Awards. Designations enhanced visibility for stellar individuals and organizations alike, by recognizing women who make it happen.
  • The Chamber’s newest networking program, Business Before Hours, launched with nearly 100 in attendance.
  • Partnership Gwinnett hosted the inaugural North Atlanta Tech Showcase, bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and tech leaders to see more than thirty new startups showcase their technologies.
  • The annual Healthcare Awards was the largest yet, bringing together more than 400 industry professionals, while honoring leading individuals and organizations.
  • The Legislative Luncheon at On Topic featured Senator P.K. Martin, who provided a preview into 2019, while creating an opportunity for members to connect with area elected officials.
  • Twenty-one graduated from the Gwinnett Young Professionals Leadership Institute’s 6th cohort.
  • Gwinnett Young Professionals launched its new branding and programming at its Holiday Happy Hour, which had more than 100 in attendance to celebrate.
  • Partnership Gwinnett announced that Hapag-Lloyd America, LLC, a multinational transportation company, will create 363 jobs and invest $5.5 million in an expansion of their Quality Service Center in Peachtree Corners.

Membership by Industry

  • Organizations 6.4% 6.4%
  • Construction and Contracting 6.3% 6.3%
  • Manufacturing and Distributing 5.5% 5.5%
  • Health Products and Services 5.5% 5.5%
  • Real Estate 5.2% 5.2%
  • Financial Services 4.2% 4.2%
  • Restaurants 4.2% 4.2%
  • Education 3.3% 3.3%
  • Legal Services 3% 3%
  • Insurance 2.9% 2.9%
  • Automotive 2.7% 2.7%
  • Government Offices 2.5% 2.5%
  • Information Technology 2.3% 2.3%
  • Advertising and Marketing 2.2% 2.2%
  • Engineering 2.2% 2.2%
  • Physicians and Healthcare Providers 2.2% 2.2%
  • Retail 2.2% 2.2%
  • Banks 2.1% 2.1%
  • Hospitality 2% 2%
  • Consulting 2% 2%
  • Other 31.1% 31.1%

Membership by Location

  • Inside Gwinnett 80.4% 80.4%
  • Outside Gwinnett 19.6% 19.6%

Membership by # of Employees

  • No Employees 9.7% 9.7%
  • 1-3 Employees 22.1% 22.1%
  • 4-9 Employees 21% 21%
  • 10-25 Employees 18.9% 18.9%
  • 26-49 Employees 8.6% 8.6%
  • 50-99 Employees 8.9% 8.9%
  • 100-199 Employees 5.2% 5.2%
  • 200+ Employees 5.5% 5.5%

Small Business

Launched in 2014, Gwinnett Small Business Resources was developed to provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with a comprehensive collection of resources, education, programs and tools to: assist in properly starting, sustaining and continuing to succeed in business, raise awareness of resources available to aid in success, position the Chamber as a reliable starting point for finding business assistance, gain practical and functional education in topic-specific areas of business and deliver relevant programming to help businesses grow successfully.

Small Business Boot Camps and Workshops

Small Business Consultations

Small Business Summit Attendees

Pinnacle Small Business Award Nominees

Small Business Partner Training Sessions

Small Business Workshop Attendees

The Excitement is Building!

Years of Leadership & Influence

Dollars Raised During the Membership & Sponsorship Campaign

Ribbon Cuttings

Leads Shared

Total Capital Investment as a result of the work of Partnership Gwinnett

Members joined the newly-created GO Team

Partnership Gwinnett

A public-private initiative dedicated to bringing new jobs and capital investment to Gwinnett County. Since 2007, Partnership Gwinnett has worked with its local partners to attract and retain jobs, cultivate capital investment, support educational institutions, foster workforce development, and contribute to the exceptional quality of life found in Gwinnett.

Business Development

Recruit, retain and expanded businesses, as well as assisting entrepreneurs and high-value start-ups.

Talent Development

Support the continued excellence of the county’s public and private school systems and collaborate with regional partners and post-secondary educational systems on workforce programs.

Community Development

Advocate for redevelopment, public safety, community involvement, arts and public policy efforts related to economic development.

Project Wins

Jobs Created

Million $ Capital Investment

Existing Industry Visits