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2017 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 2017. Our collective efforts served to reinforce Gwinnett’s success and our region’s economy and overall prosperity, and 2018 is already off to a great start.

The over 900,000 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 2018.


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.

2017 Leadership

EXECUTIVE CABINET

Dr. Dan Kaufman, President & CEO
Sherwood McDuffie, Chairman
Ron Garrard, Chair Elect
Anthony Rodriguez, Past Chair
Norwood Davis, Treasurer
Craig Brown, Secretary
Perry Tindol, VC Programs
Pam Ledbetter, VC Marketing & Communications
Doug Jenkins, VC Economic Development
Sid Theus, VC Membership & CC
Terri Jondahl, VC Manufacturing
Tammy Shumate, VC Leadership
Leticia Willis, VC Arts
Phil Wolfe, VC Healthcare & Life Science
Brad Carr, VC Special Events
Preston Williams, VC Sports & Entertainment
Matt Hyatt, VC Entrepreneurship & Small Business
Chuck Button, VC Community Relations
Dean Collins, VC Public Policy

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Tom Andersen, Andersen Tate & Carr, P.C.
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
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.
Supt. Alvin Wilbanks, Gwinnett County Public Schools

Staff

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

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Don Britt, Summit Chase
Fred Dawkins, Frederick C. Dawkins, Esq., P.C.
Jerri Hewett Miller, Wealth Horizon, Inc.
Jeff Mahaffey, Mahaffey Pickens Tucker
Andy Morgan, Morgan Law Group
Amanda Sutt, Rock Paper Scissors
Shiv Aggarwal, American Mgmt. Services, Inc.
Bryan Ginn, GA Campus – PCOM
Pat McDonough, CBO, LLC
Addam Taussig, BB&T
Bill Sloan, Pond & Company
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
John Martin, Gwinnett Community Bank
Teddy Russell, Russell Landscape Companies
Jason Sammons, Frazier & Deeter
Greg Shumate, BrandMortgage
Fatimot Ladipo, AT&T
Marsha Anderson Bomar, Gwinnett Village CID
Dr. Glen Cannon, Gwinnett Technical College
Steve Cannon, Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center
Representative Chuck Efstration, Gwinnett Legislative Delegation
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
Trent Lind, Eastside Medical Center
Randy Redner, Community Foundation of NE Georgia
Mayor Johnny Crist, Gwinnett Municipal Association
Senator Renee Unterman, Gwinnett Legislative Delegation
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, Alston & Bird, LLP
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.
  • The year started off strong with Partnership Gwinnett launching PG 3.0-Gwinnett’s third consecutive 5-year economic development strategy. In January, Partnership Gwinnett wrapped up its highly successful capital campaign-announcing at the PG 3.0 kickoff event that it had raised $3.6 million in private dollars.
  • In 2017, Partnership Gwinnett visited 213 companies and saw 16 project wins with 2,312 jobs added representing $205.2 million in capital investment.
  • 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 more than 750 attendees.
  • The 2017 Membership Campaign surpassed its annual goal of $1,335,000, raising a record $1,540,640.
  • The Gwinnett Chamber Public Policy Advisory Council was formed, led by Vice Chair of Public Policy, Dean Collins.
  • 69th Annual Dinner celebrated the best and brightest in Gwinnett business and community leadership to 900 guests.
  • Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry brought members up to speed on mobility at the March ON TOPIC.
  • Honored public safety professionals for bravery and service at 12th annual Valor Awards ceremony.
  • 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 Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer and 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 first-ever Gwinnett Family Fest. Surpassing all expectations, this event 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 business 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.
  • Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners issued the 4th annual Gwinnett Small Business Week proclamation.
  • Professional perspectives were provided by Atlanta Falcons President & CEO Rich McKay at Executive Insights.
  • 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.
  • Chamber Staff, members and Gwinnett Young Professionals led cleanup, gardening and planting efforts at annual Chamber Gives Back Day at McDaniel Park Farm in Duluth.
  • Chairman’s Club Private Golf Tournament was held at Summit Chase Country Club with 130 golfers.
  • The June ON TOPIC featured insights from the new chancellor of the University System of Georgia, Dr. Steve Wrigley.
  • 4th annual Gwinnett Small Business Week celebrated with over 500 small business attendees.
  • Twenty-seven graduated from the Gwinnett Young Professionals Leadership Institute in the 3rd cohort.
  • Renowned real estate mogul Jenny Pruitt shared her story at the July Gwinnett Leadership Organization for Women program.
  • The first-ever Membership Blitz was held under the guidance of consulting firm, Your Chamber Connection, and under the leadership of Campaign Chairman, Addam Taussig, and our tireless Vice Chairs. Our Chamber produced the highest blitz result for a first-year campaign in the 30+ years that Your Chamber Connection has conducted Membership Blitzes. More than 220 dedicated volunteers worked tirelessly to man the phones- and their efforts brought in 336 new members and $231,000 in revenue … in just three days!
  • Georgia Chamber President & CEO Chris Clark provided a political update and statewide overview at the August ON TOPIC.
  • The August Executive Insights provided a look into the professional life of Billy Milam, president of RaceTrac.
  • Small Business Resources co-hosted the first multi-lingual speed coaching event for entrepreneurs, providing expert coaching sessions to entrepreneurs in five languages.
  • A packed house learned how to build their brand from Kim Guthrie, president of Cox Media Group, at the August Gwinnett Leadership Organization for Women event.
  • 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.
  • 70 attendees explored innovative ideas and initiatives during the Strategic Leadership Visit to Toronto.
  • Held second annual multi-chamber mixer event at Verizon Amphitheater with a sold-out attendance of more than 500 members from the Gwinnett, Greater North Fulton, Johns Creek and Alpharetta Chambers of Commerce.
  • Gwinnett Young Professionals celebrated its 2nd anniversary at Eagle Rock Distributing.
  • Business was built in a relaxed setting at the annual Fall Classic Golf & Tennis Tournament.
  • Hospitality was highlighted by heavy hitters Julie Musselman, executive director at Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus and Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner, tourism division at Georgia Department of Economic Development, at the Tourism Talk ON TOPIC.
  • The Gwinnett Leadership Organization for Women hosted its first Cocktails in the Courtyard Business Connection at the new Embassy Suites.
  • An economic outlook was provided by Mark Vitner, managing director and senior economist at Wells Fargo, at the November ON TOPIC.
  • Pinnacle Small Business Awards hosted 550 attendees with the overall winner, American Painting & Renovations, being selected from 678 nominees.
  • The annual Holiday Soirée, hosted by Gwinnett Leadership Organization for Women, provided the opportunity to expand professional connections and celebrate the season.
  • The Healthcare Awards honored leading individuals and organizations and brought together nearly 300 industry professionals.
  • The Legislative Luncheon at ON TOPIC featured Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, who provided a preview into 2018, while creating an opportunity for members to connect with area elected officials.
  • Twenty-three graduated from the Gwinnett Young Professionals Leadership Institute.

Membership by Industry

  • Construction and Contracting 6.8%
  • Organizations 6.3%
  • Manufacturing and Distributing 5.4%
  • Real Estate 5.2%
  • Health Products and Services 4.8%
  • Restaurants 4.3%
  • Financial Services 4.3%
  • Education 3.1%
  • Insurance 3.1%
  • Automotive 2.9%
  • Legal Services 2.8%
  • Retail 2.5%
  • Advertising and Marketing 2.2%
  • Government Offices 2.2%
  • Information Technology 2.2%
  • Consulting 2.2%
  • Physicians and Healthcare Providers 2.1%
  • Engineering 2.0%
  • Hospitality 1.9%

Membership by Location

  • Inside Gwinnett 78.5%
  • Outside Gwinnett 12.6%

Membership by # of Employees

  • 1-3 Employees 22.1%
  • 4-9 Employees 20.4%
  • 10-25 Employees 18.6%
  • 26-49 Employees 9.1%
  • 50-99 Employees 7.6%
  • 100-199 Employees 5.4%
  • 200+ Employees 5.0%

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

Visitors to the Gwinnett Family Fest

  • 900 in Attendance at the Annual Dinner
  • 500+ Crammed into Frankie’s for the After Party
  • 95 Gwinnettworking Meetings
  • 4,900+ Attendees
  • 2,100+ Leads Shared
  • 12 Business After Hours Events
  • 1,650+ Attendees
  • 67 Ribbon Cuttings
  • 1,340 feet of ribbon
  • 11 On Topic Events
  • 1,550 Attendees
  • $1,295,000 Raised During the Membership & Sponsorship Campaign
  • 1,000+ Attendees at Chairman’s Club Receptions
  • 336 New Members Added During the Membership Blitz
  • 321 Net New Members in 2017
  • 340+ Volunteers & Staff Participated in the Membership Blitz
  • 45 Small Business Events
  • 2,583 Attendees
  • 4,000+ Visitors to the First-Ever Gwinnett Family Fest
  • 141 Exhibitors
  • 12 Human Resource Management Association Events
  • 36 Young Professionals Events
  • 785 Attendees
  • 8 Award Events
  • 71 Awards Given
  • 5 Gwinnett Leadership Organization for Women Events
  • 555 Attendees (including 10 men)
  • 113 Partnership Gwinnett Investors
  • 2,312 Jobs Added in Partnership Gwinnett’s Five Target Industries
  • 213 Existing Industry Visits by PG Staff
  • 93 Active Economic Development Projects
  • 16 Partnership Gwinnett Project Wins
  • $205.2 Million Total Capital Investment as a result of the work of Partnership Gwinnett
  • 2 Golf Events
  • 260 Golfers
  • 950 Runners at the Button Down Dash

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