Neary 500 members of the gathered at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead Saturday night to honor leading members of the local business group.
Awards handed out included:
Harry L. Rucker Junior Volunteer of the Year
Connie Woltz of State Bank was named Volunteer of the Year for her work as a chamber ambassador throughout the year, attending most events, ribbon cuttings and functions.
Board Member of the Year
Brad Beisbier, senior vice president of PNC Bank. Beisbeir has led the membership drive for the chamber now for the second year, with emphasis on the Chairman's Circle.
Liz Hausmann has been chairman of the North Fulton GOP, a Fulton School Board member, a member of Johns Creek's first City Council and now is on the Fulton County Commission. Those and other community efforts earned her the Pioneer Award.
Zach Henderson Award
Don Howard, chairman and regional CEO of Bank of North Georgia.
Joe Bankoff, president and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center, was recognized by Beach for his efforts bringing the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre to Alpharetta. Bankoff is retiring soon after leading the organization since 2006.
Teddy Russell, the 2012 Chairman of the Board, said "in a short amount of time the chamber has come a long ways."
"Today we are fortunate to have the North Fulton CID continue to provide numerous benefits back to North Fulton," he said.
The North Fulton Community Improvement District, a self-taxing group of commercial property owners along the GA 400 corridor, has leveraged $10 million of its money for $50 million in state and federal funding for transportation since it formed with the chamber's help in 2003.
"We have Progress Partners that leverages the assets of North Fulton to promote its economic development. Through its efforts, over 2,000 jobs and $162 million worth of investments were created," Russell, head of Russell Landscaping, said.
"Just this week alone we have opened a north section of Westside Parkway and approved a $700 million investment in the Avalon development," he said.
Russell said recent efforts by the chamber helped secure $25 million for a new Gwinnett Technical school campus in North Fulton.
Some of the accomplishments chamber President and CEO Brandon Beach said have been made in 2011 and 2012 included:
- 44 active projects
- 33 landed projects
- 824,800 new square feet of office space
- 2,890 new jobs
- $162 million in new investments
Those new jobs included:
- 300 at Graphic Packaging in Sandy Springs
- 110 at ThyssenKrupp in Alpharetta
- 35 at Corfire in Milton
- 150 at Coyote Logistics in Alpharetta
- 150 at State Farm in Johns Creek
- 250 at TracFone Wireless in Sandy Springs
- 100 at Genesis10 in Sandy Springs.
The T-5 Co-Lo Data Center in Alpharetta was a $75 million investment, with ThyssenKrupp investing $30 million and Coyote Logistics $11 million in the community.
Beach also touted the importance of the approval of the Avalon application that he said will bring a $700 million investment to Alpharetta, 1,000 construction jobs, 3,500 permanent jobs and $21 million in annual sales tax revenue.