- Continental Breakfast & Networking: 7:30 am
- Program: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Please note: Non-members must be accompanied by a current ACBR member.
Moderator: Brett Hunsaker, Past ACBR President
In January 2018, Russell K. (Rusty) Paul began his second term as mayor of the city of Sandy Springs. Paul brings more than 35-years of federal, state and local public policy and public administration experience to the job.
Mr. Paul was elected to the founding city council for Sandy Springs in November 2005, and chaired the City’s Charter Review Commission and the Sandy Springs Development Authority. He was first elected mayor for the City of Sandy Springs in 2012.
On the state level, Mr. Paul is a former Georgia State Senator, and in 1995, he was elected chairman of the Georgia Republican Party and served on the Republican National Committee. He served two terms on the Georgia Municipal Association Board of Directors.
At the federal level, Mr. Paul was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations in the first Bush Administration under Secretary Jack Kemp. During his tenure, Mr. Paul was awarded the Secretary’s Golden Eagle Award, the highest honor a cabinet officer can bestow.
Mr. Paul is a past chairman of the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Center Chamber of Commerce and a member of Sandy Springs Rotary. He and his wife, Jan, are parents of five adult children and attend Holy Innocents Episcopal Church.
Misti Martin is a native Georgian and has been in the Chamber & Economic Development field for 25+ years, serving as President & CEO of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development since 2004.
Martin previously worked for the Cherokee Chamber & Development Authority and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. She was President & CEO of the Covington-Newton County Chamber from 1998-2004 before returning to Cherokee.
Martin graduated from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and earned her MBA from Troy University. She was the youngest Georgian to receive her Certified Economic Developer designation from International Economic Development Council.
Misti has been featured as one of Georgia Trend’s "40 Under 40" and as a “Notable Georgian.” She is a past chair of Georgia Economic Developers Association and currently co-chairs the Metro Atlanta Regional Marketing Alliance. Misti was recognized as one of the “Top 50 Economic Developers in North America” in 2016.
John L. Gornall Jr. is a partner in the Corporate, Economic Development and Alternative and Renewable Energy Practices. As a Special Assistant Attorney General in 2006, Mr. Gornall assisted with successful negotiations for the $1.2 billion Kia automotive assembly plant, resulting in increased local and state tax revenue, and approximately 10,000 new direct jobs for the State of Georgia.
Mr. Gornall focuses his practice on cutting edge economic development. Throughout his career spanning more than 40 years, Mr. Gornall has represented all the parties, including developers, lenders, property owners and suppliers on renewable energy projects, while continuing to grow his traditional economic development practice working with companies, lenders, development authorities and governments on creative financing and incentives. AGG’s Economic Development Practice Team is seasoned and deep, with over 50 years combined experience and shared knowledge. Through his involvement on this team, Mr. Gornall has worked on projects for manufacturing, distribution, headquarters and research and development facilities across the United States.
Mr. Gornall worked for eight years on Georgia legislation to allow public-private partnerships (P3s) for reservoirs as well as water, reuse water and waste water facilities and systems (water facilities). He was selected by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce as part of the drafting team for Senate Bill (SB) 122, signed into law in 2011. SB 122 authorizes the state as well as local governments and authorities to enter into contracts for up to 50 years with private companies to build and operate water facilities. This new tool will help Georgia increase its water supply, treat waste water to higher standards, and encourage the use of reuse water while protecting Georgia's environment.