GEDA 2020 Awards Luncheon

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Monday, November 16, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EST)
Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center
800 Spring Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30308
United States
* Registration open until 11/16/20 at 12:00 PM (EST)

Event Details

Program: 2020 Annual Awards

Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan will join us for remarks and awarding of some of our awards.

Successful entrepreneur, Geoff Duncan was elected Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor in November of 2018.

After retiring from baseball, Geoff and his wife Brooke started a small marketing firm in their living room. The company experienced tremendous success which allowed Geoff and Brooke to sell the business and move on to multiple other entrepreneurial ventures. Geoff most recently served as the CEO of a health technology startup.

Annually, GEDA provides awards in a number of categories to recognize excellence in our association and of our members. 

This year we will recognize three Deal of the Year companies and communities in the Small, Mid-Size and Large categories.  Also, our Volunteer of the Year will be announced as well as the Rip Wiley Award for Professional Excellence, Honorary Life Members and our Committee Chair of the Year.  Lastly, but certainly not least, we will witness the passing of the gavel from Chris Pumphrey, GEDA’s 2020 Chair to Andrea Schruijer, GEDA Chair for 2021.  Come and join us in-person, if you can/want and virtually, if not.

GEDA will be presenting the Awards and Recognitions detailed on this page,


Ample Self Parking (1,500 space parking garage connected to hotel) $15 daily (one time access); $18 for unlimited in/out access.  Prices subject to change.

November 2020 Event Pricing

Member Registration: $40.00

Non-Member Registration (except for award winners): $50.00

Award Winner Registration: $40.00 (Award winners call 404-955-4840 to register, or email

Virtual Attendee: $30.00


·A registrant who does not submit a written cancellation, or attend the luncheon, is considered a "No Show.”No-Shows are not eligible for refunds or credits, and are still liable for outstanding balances.Those who are ill and have a doctor’s excuse or a death in the family will be excused.

·Substitutions will be accepted at any time.

·There will be no refunds or credits for cancellations after the close of business (5 p.m.) on seven days prior the event.

·All cancellation requests must be received in writing (email or hard copy) and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline.

·Refund requests must include the name of the attendee.

·When possible, refunds will be credited back to the original credit card used for payment.

·For those who have registered and choose the bill me or pay by check option you are still subject to the refund policy

Albert M. Hodge Jr
Albert M. Hodge Jr President Hodge Consulting Services, LLC
Alvin Nash
Alvin Nash Managing Partner Development Authority of Fulton County
Andrea Schruijer
Andrea Schruijer Executive Director Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority
Andrea Taylor
Andrea Taylor Project Manager - Region 9 Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis Chamber & JDA
Andrew Camp
Andrew Camp Director of Business Development LeCraw Engineering, Inc
Angie Gheesling
Angie Gheesling Executive Director Houston County Development Authority
Anna Chafin
Anna Chafin Chief Executive Officer Development Authority of Bryan County
Anne Pyle
Anne Pyle Managing Partner 3Circle Solutions
Annie Hunt Burriss
Annie Hunt Burriss Senior Consultant Tripp Umbach
April Lucas
April Lucas Economic Development Director Development Authority of Polk County
Barbara Grogan
Barbara Grogan Executive Director Moultrie-Colquitt County Development Authority
Beka Shiver
Beka Shiver Economic Development Southwest Georgia Regional Commission
Benjy Thompson
Benjy Thompson CEO Development Authority of Bulloch County
Bill Mitchell
Bill Mitchell President Toombs County Development Authority
Bob White
Bob White Executive Director Development Authority of Butts County
Brandon Ashley
Brandon Ashley Commercial/Industrial Marketing Representative Jackson EMC
Brandt Herndon
Brandt Herndon Chief Executive Officer Effingham County Industrial Development Authority
Carlotta Ungaro
Carlotta Ungaro Senior Project Director Convergent Nonprofit Solutions
Caroline Davis
Caroline Davis Economic Development Manager City of Sandy Springs
Chris Chammoun
Chris Chammoun Director, AgTech - Georgia Centers of Innovation Georgia Department of Economic Development
Chris G. Pumphrey
Chris G. Pumphrey President Douglas County Economic Development Authority
Christie Gribble
Christie Gribble President, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce & CVB Fannin County Development Authority
Christie Sims
Christie Sims Vice President Hayes, James & Associates, Inc.
Darrell Moore
Darrell Moore Executive Director Valdosta State University
David Cleveland
David Cleveland Director of Business Development Jackson EMC
David W. Bernd
David W. Bernd Senior Vice President Business Development Newton County Industrial Development Authority
Dorie Bacon
Dorie Bacon Executive Director Screven County Development Authority
Elyse C. Davis
Elyse C. Davis Northwest Ga Manager Community and Economic. Devel Georgia Power Company
F.J. Fenn
F.J. Fenn Executive Director Henry County Development Authority
Fernanda Kirchner
Fernanda Kirchner Project Manager, International Investment Georgia Department of Economic Development
Frank Ginn
Frank Ginn Executive Director Madison County Industrial Develop and Building Authority
Garrett Wiley
Garrett Wiley VP of Business Development Garrard Group
Ginny Blakeney
Ginny Blakeney Executive Director Development Authority of Pike County
Grant C. Buckley
Grant C. Buckley Executive Director Cordele-Crisp County IDC
Greg Wright
Greg Wright Sr. Director, Community & Economic Development Coweta-Fayette EMC
Gregg Simon
Gregg Simon Senior VP, Project & Partner Development Metro Atlanta Chamber
Hank Evans
Hank Evans Director, Proj Implementation & Corporate Dvlpmt Georgia Department of Economic Development
Heath Tippens
Heath Tippens Vice President Cherokee Office of Economic Development
Heather Seckman
Heather Seckman Project Manager Rome-Floyd County Development Authority
J. Maceo Rogers
J. Maceo Rogers Director of Economic Development City of East Point
James Loyd
James Loyd VP of Economic Development Columbus Technical College
Jana Dyke
Jana Dyke President & CEO Waycross-Ware County Development Authority
Jane Fryer
Jane Fryer President Meriwether County Development Authority
Jason Dunn
Jason Dunn Executive Director Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Development Authority
Jennifer Fennell
Jennifer Fennell Sr. Business Development Manager Jackson EMC
Jessica Hood
Jessica Hood Vice President Effingham County Industrial Development Authority
Jonathan Lupo
Jonathan Lupo President and CEO Douglas County Economic Development Authority
Jones Hooks
Jones Hooks Executive Director Jekyll Island Authority
Justin Farquhar
Justin Farquhar Director: Business Recruitment & Existing Industry Development Authority of Bryan County
Kathy Johnson
Kathy Johnson President Gordon County Development Authority
Kathy Oxford
Kathy Oxford Executive Director Barnesville-Lamar Industrial Development Authority
Kelly McLendon
Kelly McLendon Manager of Member Services Georgia Economic Developers Association
Kevin Dodson
Kevin Dodson Business Development Manager Jackson EMC
Kevin Shea
Kevin Shea President Georgia Economic Developers Association
Kristy Rachal
Kristy Rachal Community & Economic Development Director Georgia Power Company
Kyle Fletcher
Kyle Fletcher Executive Director Thomaston-Upson IDA
Lauren Price Wiley
Lauren Price Wiley Project Manager Georgia EMC
Liz O'Connor
Liz O'Connor Senior Estimator Evans General Contractors
Lonnie Smallwood
Lonnie Smallwood Senior Project Manager Georgia EMC
Lynn Patterson
Lynn Patterson Principal Three Points Planning, LLC
Maggie Reenstra
Maggie Reenstra Community & Economic Development Coordinator Coweta-Fayette EMC
Mark Bond
Mark Bond President Hayes, James & Associates, Inc.
Martha Schoonmaker
Martha Schoonmaker Retired Montgomery College
Matt Forshee
Matt Forshee Regional Manager, Community & Economic Devleopment Georgia Power Company
Megan Baker
Megan Baker President Fayette County Development Authority
Meghan Duke
Meghan Duke Economic Development Director West Point Development Authority
Michele Johnson
Michele Johnson Executive Director Toombs County Development Authority
Mill Graves
Mill Graves Director of Business Development Electric Cities of Georgia
Misti Martin
Misti Martin President & CEO Cherokee Office of Economic Development
Mitchell Griggs
Mitchell Griggs Executive Director Union County Development Authority
Molly Olson
Molly Olson Executive Director Development Authority of Burke County
Nancy Nolan
Nancy Nolan Senior VP Marketing The Shumacher Group
Nichol Linn
Nichol Linn Gordon County Development Authority
Nicholas Buford
Nicholas Buford Department of Community Affairs
Pat Merritt
Pat Merritt Vice President, Community & Economic Development Georgia EMC
Patrick Topping
Patrick Topping Interim Executive Director Topping Economic Development Consulting
Paula Elaine Anderson
Paula Elaine Anderson President Telfair County Chamber of Commerce
Peggy Jolley
Peggy Jolley President Live Oak Concepts
Ralph L. Forbes
Ralph L. Forbes Vice President/Regional Director Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company
Ray Cheek
Ray Cheek Member Relations Coordinator Snapping Shoals EMC
Rebecca Shirley
Rebecca Shirley Executive Director Development Authority of Lumpkin County
Robert Bennett
Robert Bennett Executive Director Development Authority of Columbia County
Russell Morgan
Russell Morgan Asset Manager State Properties Commission
Scott Poag
Scott Poag Director of Business Development W&A Engineering
Serra Phillips Hall
Serra Phillips Hall Executive Director Newton County Industrial Development Authority
Seth Coker
Seth Coker Director or Government and External Relations Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Stacy Hamby
Stacy Hamby President/CEO Paulding County Chamber of Commerce
Stephen Adams
Stephen Adams Executive Director Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority
Stephen McMillan
Stephen McMillan Project Executive Reeves Young
Taylor Brittan Edwards
Taylor Brittan Edwards Project Manager Development Authority of Columbia County
Taylor Walden
Taylor Walden Project Manager Georgia Department of Economic Development
Terry Schwindler
Terry Schwindler President/CEO Development Authority of Polk County
Tim Martin
Tim Martin Executive Director Stephens County Development Authority
Todd Greene
Todd Greene Vice President, Community & Economic Development Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Tonya Powers
Tonya Powers Economic Developer Franklin County Industrial Building Authority
Tyler Garrison
Tyler Garrison Client Development Manager Geotechnical & Environmental Consultants, Inc. A Terracon Company
Wade Johnson
Wade Johnson Business Development Manager Jackson EMC
34 Other Registered Attendees

For More Information:

Kelly McLendon
Kelly McLendon
CAE Manager of Member Services Georgia Economic Developers Association (404)962-4110

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