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Georgians First Commission Holds First Meeting

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​April 1, 2019

Last Wednesday, March 27, the Georgians First Commission held its first meeting. The commission was created by Governor Kemp and is comprised of 18 members to review policies and procedures and remove burdensome regulations to make Georgia the number one state in the country for small business.

Governor Kemp says, “The Georgians First Commission will work to create an environment where small businesses can hire more Georgians, expand operations in their local communities, and create greater economic opportunity in every part of our state.”

The members of the Commission are:


Cade Joiner – Brookhaven, GA – Owner, Shred X

James Whitley – Athens, GA – Founder & COO, Landmark Properties


Debbie Alford – Atlanta, GA – former Commissioner of the Georgia Lottery

Bobby Banks – Oakwood, GA – Chief Administrative Officer, CBT Inc.

Natasha Bell, Esq. – Atlanta, GA – Partner, 360 Venture Law, LLP

Christie Cannon Cole – Albany, GA - Marketing Manager, Flint Equipment Company

Michael Collins – Jackson, GA – President, Collins Trucking Company, Inc.

Rick Desai – Buford, GA – Founder,

Sam Holmes – Atlanta, GA – Vice Chairman, CB Richard Ellis, Inc.

Mark Horn – Macon, GA – COO, EBM

Ruel Joyner – Savannah, GA – Owner, 24e Design Company

Vickie Moreland – Tucker, GA – Chief Financial Officer, Moreland Altobelli

Alec Poitevent – Bainbridge, GA – Chairman & President, Southeastern Minerals, Inc.

David Renz – Dalton, GA – President, Southern Lubes & Fuels

T. Dallas Smith – Atlanta, GA – Owner, T. Dallas Smith & Company

Trey Taylor – Valdosta, GA – CEO, Taylor Insurance Services

Brad Usry – Augusta, GA – President, Fat Man’s Hospitality Group

C.B. Yadav – Kingsland, GA – President & CEO, Gope Management Company


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