The following community leaders are vying for the opportunity to pucker up and kiss a pig in support of programs and services for men and women with developmental disabilities and those that have experienced a traumatic brain injury. Vote for your favorite candidate by making a tax-deductible donation to Annandale Village. Each dollar donated equals one vote. The candidate with the most votes received by “InHOGuration Day,” May 10, 2014, will be named the winner of Annandale’s 2014 Kiss-A-Pig Campaign.
James Burnette, Jr. served on Suwanee’s City Council for 15 years before being elected mayor in 2011. He has provided long-term leadership and vision as Suwanee has grown into a regional leader in the areas of smart managed growth, downtown development, and parks. But Burnette’s Suwanee roots go even deeper than that: He was born and raised in Suwanee, and his father served as a City Councilmember for 32 years, from 1963-95.
A former teacher, Burnette currently owns a residential renovations business. He’s also married to an educator, Caron, who taught kindergarten at Suwanee Elementary School for 30 years before retiring recently. The Burnettes have two sons, Jim and Bryan; Bryan and his wife, Lisa, are parents of the Burnettes’ grandchildren, Darcy and Sean. READ MORE
Bradly Carr is a lifelong resident of the metro Atlanta area, having grown up in the Tucker area. He is a graduate of Tucker High School, the University of Georgia and the University of Georgia School of Law. Since graduating from law school, Brad has practiced here in the metro area, and he has been with Andersen, Tate & Carr since 1996, where he has served as managing partner and currently heads up the Corporate Group.
Brad has lived in Gwinnett County since 1991 and currently resides in Duluth with his wife of 23 years, Shelley, and their two children, Bradley, a sophomore at UGA, and Maggie, a sophomore at Peachtree Ridge High School. READ MORE
Norwood Davis serves as Chief Financial Officer at 12Stone® Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Named the 2010 Fastest Growing Church in the U.S. and the 29th Largest Church in 2012 by Outreach Magazine, 12Stone® Church (with four locations) serves more than 17,000 adults and children weekly with its unique worship and teaching styles. In addition, 12Stone partners with over a dozen local non-profit agencies to offer hope and help among the poor, sick, homeless, addicted, immigrants and prisoners.
As Chief Financial Officer, Norwood leads the finance, human resources, information technology, marketing, facilities and legal initiatives for 12Stone® Church. READ MORE
Johanna Ellis spent much of her childhood at the Mercedes-Benz dealership her mother runs in metropolitan Atlanta. She counted parts and helped with paperwork during summers in high school. Back then she wasn’t sure she wanted to make it her life’s work. But after years outside the family dealership, including a stint running her own business, that had changed by 2010. “I was ready to come back to my favorite place. I love Atlanta,” Ellis said. “I’m so happy being back in the dealership.”
Ellis owns 49 percent of Atlanta Classic Cars. Her mother and dealer principal, Cathy Ellis Hendrix, owns the rest. Early on, Hendrix wanted her daughter to get experience outside the family dealership. READ MORE
Karen and Steve Hill are committed to the success of Gwinnett County. They are the owners of SKH Enterprises, a consulting firm specializing in residential and commercial development. Karen and Steve opened their first business in Gwinnett County in 1969 and have continued to expand their operations ever since.
Most who know Karen and Steve Hill know of their quiet generosity and dedication to giving back to the community. They have both served and left an indelible mark on a multitude of prominent boards of several Georgia-based nonprofit and civic organizations. In addition, Karen and Steve have chaired many of our community’s largest and most respected fundraising special events. READ MORE
Matt Hyatt is the founder and CEO of Rocket IT, a full-service technology management and support company serving Gwinnett County and surrounding areas since 1995. Their award-winning firm provides best-in-class technology guidance, implementation and support to businesses and other organizations from their headquarters in Duluth. Matt is active in the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce, is a supporter of Gwinnett County Public Schools, and is a member of several peer groups in addition to co-founding two.
Outside of work, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife, Maureen, and their two children. He enjoys photography, and has recently become interested in plants and gardening. READ MORE
Princess Lawrence has been a devoted member of Gwinnett Church since the Spring of 2011. Gwinnett Church is the fifth campus created by North Point Ministries as part of its mission to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and to create churches to which people feel comfortable to invite their unchurched friends.
In January 2011, Jeff Henderson became the lead pastor of Gwinnett Church and, with a small team of staff and volunteers, started thinking through how the church could be a part of what God was doing in Gwinnett County. Gwinnett Church had inaugural services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday at Gwinnett Center in April 2011 and officially launched on October 2 at the Gwinnett Center. READ MORE
Laurie McClain is a native of Atlanta and has spent the last thirty-something years specifically in Gwinnett County. She is a proud product of Gwinnett County Public Schools and received her Bachelors of Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting in 1986 from Georgia State University.
Immediately after graduation, Laurie joined Gifford, Hillegass & Ingwersen, PC, a large, local accounting firm based in Dunwoody in their small business advisory department. Laurie advanced rapidly and maintained a successful small business practice during her time there. She gained experience in a wide variety of industries, including retail, manufacturing, distribution and professional services. READ MORE
Alfie Meek is a Republican candidate for District 4 Commissioner for the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. He is also an economist and the Director of the Innovation Strategy & impact (ISI) team with Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2). The ISI group provides multiple services to communities and local governments including primary and secondary research, economic development strategic planning, workforce assessment, revenue forecasting, and economic/fiscal impact analysis.
Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Dr. Meek worked as the Director of the Economic Analysis Division for Gwinnett County where he oversaw the county’s economic development program as well as its forecasting and research efforts. READ MORE
Kevin O’Brien is a Senior Financial Advisor with Ameriprise Financial and has been with Ameriprise for over 16 years. Kevin provides financial planning services to individuals, executives and business owners. These services include financial planning, risk management (life, disability and long term care insurance), wealth accumulation (primarily retirement planning) and distribution strategies. His career success can be directly attributed to his ability to educate his clients, help them clarify and prioritize their financial goals, implement a plan of action and then follow up with timely and effective ongoing client service.
Kevin O’Brien’s practice is located in Suwanee Town Center Park. READ MORE
Donny Phillips founded Atlanta Flooring Design Centers, Inc. in 1985. Under his leadership Atlanta Flooring has become a respected name in the floor covering industry serving residential homeowners, commercial businesses and the new home construction industry across the Southeast.
Donny is a graduate of Troy University. He has been active in the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Gwinnett Hospital Foundation Board and the Duluth Merchants Association. He also supports the Special Olympics, Gwinnett Children’s Home, Rainbow Village, Wellsprings, SaltLight Center (A Program of Family Promise of Gwinnett Co.), Gwinnett Assault Center and the Boy Scouts of America. READ MORE
Clyde and Sandra Strickland have been residents and business owners in Gwinnett County since the 1960s. Their business is Metro Waterproofing which is a single source for all your building maintenance and restoration needs. Their philosophy of caring for their employees and customers has resulted in a great deal of successful growth for their business.
Since they were married in 1963, they have always quietly given to their community and supported causes benefiting people. All decisions they have made are faith based. READ MORE
Lisa Zaken has over 25 years experience in the areas of membership, marketing, event planning and public relations that zero in on membership based organizations. She spent a good deal of her professional career in Technology Park in Norcross working for an international industrial engineering association, then directed the membership activities at the Gwinnett Chamber and The 1818 Club before taking over as Executive Director of Leadership Gwinnett in July 2011.
Lisa and her husband Tom have been residents of Gwinnett since 1980 and enjoy time at their mountain cabin in Blue Ridge as well as spending as much time as possible with their two grandkids, Mitchel 5 and Leah 2. READ MORE