Georgia Chamber of Commerce Leadership

Chris Clark
President & CEO

Georgia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Chris ClarkAs President and CEO of the Georgia Chamber, Chris Clark keeps the organization focused on its number one priority – ensuring the competitiveness of the businesses and people of our state.  Working hand-in-hand with the Chamber’s volunteer leaders, who represent companies of all sizes and industry from throughout the state, Chris has made the organization an even stronger advocate for Georgia both at the State Capitol and in Washington, DC, expanded investor services, and strengthened partnerships with local chambers of commerce and other key stakeholders.

A Georgia native, Chris received his bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University and his master’s degree in public administration from Georgia College and State University.  Prior to joining the Chamber, he served as Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and as Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Economic Development. 

Chris is currently Chair of the Council of State Chambers’ State Chamber Policy Center and sits on the boards of the Technical College System of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Governor’s Rural Development Council and the Georgia Academy for Economic Development.  Chris is a Trustee of Georgia Southern University and a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Georgia.  He is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and has been consistently named one ofGeorgia Trend magazine’s 100 most influential Georgians and by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the 100 most influential Atlantans.  He was also honored to receive the Georgia Economic Developers Association Zell Miller Public Policy Leadership Award in 2013. 

He and his wife, Tiffany, and their son, Christian, live in Peachtree City. 

Ernest L. Greer, 2014 Chair
Vice President/Managing Shareholder

At Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Ernest Greer serves as a Vice President of the firm, is Co-Managing Shareholder of the firm’s Atlanta office, serves on the firm’s executive committee, and co-chairs the U.S. Strategic Committee. Greer, who joined the firm in 1999, focuses his thriving law practice on representing clients in various complex litigation matters, including class action litigation, construction, contracts (suits on account and guarantee/indemnity agreements), trademarks, products liability, employment, partnership disputes and other commercial litigation matters. He has wide-ranging trial experience representing clients in multimillion-dollar actions in complex commercial litigation.

Greer is deeply involved in community organizations and holds leadership positions in numerous organizations, including serving as a member of the board of trustees of the Woodruff Arts Center and the board of directors of the Center for Civil & Human Rights as well as a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta and of the Buckhead Coalition.

Throughout his career, Greer has received many awards and accolades. In recent years, these have included: Atlanta Business Chronicle, "100 Most Influential Atlantans," 2012-2013; Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Georgia Super Lawyers, 2007-2013, "Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia," 2011, 2013 and "Rising Star," 2005-2006; Listed, Georgia Trend magazine, "Legal Elite," 2008-2013; Listed, Atlanta Business Chronicle, "Who's Who in Law and Accounting," 2012; Recipient, Business to Business magazine, "IMPACT Leader" Award, 2012; Recipient, "MCCA Rainmaker" Award, 2012; Profiled, Who's Who in Black Atlanta, 13th edition, 2011; and Selected, "Father of the Year," Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc., 2011.

He received his bachelor’s degree in government in 1988 from Harvard University, where he played varsity football, and received his law degree in 1991 from the Northwestern University School of Law, where he was a Patricia Roberts-Harris Fellow.


Steve Green, 2013 Immediate Past Chair
President & CEO, Morris Manning Martin Green Consulting Group, LLP

Steve Green began his career at Green Distributors. As President of the company, he tripled its size, leading to its purchase by Frito-Lay, Inc., after which he was named Manager of Trade Development for the Southeast.  In 1986, Green founded Stephen Green Properties, a commercial real estate investment and development company in coastal Georgia.  He has also been instrumental in the launches of the First Bank of Brunswick, First Chatham Bank, where he serves as Vice-Chair, and FCB Financial Holdings, for which he serves as Chairman. He has served as Chairman of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, Vice-Chair of the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport Commission and on the board of the Savannah Economic Development Authority and the Georgia International Maritime and Trade Center Authority. Green recently completed his third term as Chairman of the Georgia Ports Authority.   He also served on the steering committee for the Georgia Competitiveness Initiative.




Executive Committee:

2014 Chair:
Ernest L. Greer
Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Atlanta

Immediate Past Chair:
Steve Green
Morris Manning Martin Green Consulting Group, LLP - Savannah

President & CEO:
Chris Clark
Georgia Chamber of Commerce

2015 Chair Elect:
Paul Bowers
Georgia Power Company - Atlanta

Chair, GCCC:
Brantley Standridge
BB&T - Atlanta

Chair, Administrative Services: 
Kevin A. Greiner
Gas South - Atlanta

Chair, Business & Industry:
William Melvin Haas, III
Constangy Brooks & Smith LLP - Macon

Chair, Education & Workforce Development:
Susan Bell
EY - Atlanta
Chair, Energy & Natural Resources:
H. Bryan Batson
Atlanta Gas Light - Atlanta
Chair, Health & Wellness:
Thomas M. Lowe, III
Lowe Program Management - Atlanta
Chair, Innovation & Technology:
Eric J. Tanenblatt
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP - Atlanta
Chair, Law & Judiciary:
Thomas P. Bishop
Georgia Power Company - Atlanta
Chair, Tax & Finance:
Michael T. Petrik
Alston & Bird LLP - Atlanta
Chair, International Advisory Council:
Charlie Sutlive
The Coca-Cola Company - Atlanta
Chair, Small Business Advisory Council:
Martin Long
Long & Associates, LLC - Alpharetta
Chair, GACCE:
Candace Boothby
Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce - Newnan
Chair, Government Affairs Council:
Roy B. Robinson, III
The R.B. Robinson Company LLC - Atlanta
Chair, Region 1:
Nicolas Bouckaert
Beaulieu Group, LLC - Dalton
Chair, Region 2:
Carol H. Burrell
Northeast Georgia Health System, Inc. - Gainesville
Chair, Region 3:
Samuel L. Gude, III
Gude Management Group - Atlanta
Chair, Region 4:
Randy Jackson
Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. - West Point
Chair, Region 5:
William Rabun Neal
Reynolds Plantation - Greensboro
Chair, Region 6:
Robbo Hatcher, Jr.
H2 Capital, Inc. - Macon
Chair, Region 7:
Ben J. Tarbutton, III
Sandersville Railroad Company - Sandersville
Chair, Region 8:
Joel F. Ames
Liberty Utilities - Columbus
Chair, Region 9:
James L. Allgood, Jr.
Allgood Pest Solutions - Dublin
Chair, Region 10:
J. Bodine Sinyard
Adams Exterminators, Inc. - Albany
Chair, Region 11:
John Wesley Langdale, III
The Langdale Company - Valdosta
Chair, Region 12:
Eric Johnson
Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung - Savannah
General Governors:
James C. Allen
The Atlanta Braves - Atlanta
Stephen R. Avera
Flowers Foods, Inc. - Thomasville
Kevin Scott Blair
SunTrust Bank - Savannah

Dave Cole
IBM Corporation - Smyrna
Shan Cooper
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company - Marietta
Kenneth C. Cornelius
Siemens - Alpharetta
Jac Counts
Cancer Treatment Centers of America - Newnan
Albert C. Ertel
Alliant Health Plans - Kennesaw

Chad Gregory
Wells Fargo - Atlanta
Edward S. Heys, Jr.
Deloitte - Atlanta
Tad Hutcheson
Delta Air Lines, Inc. - Atlanta
Milton H. Jones, Jr.
CertusBank, N.A. - Atlanta
Morgan Kendrick
Blue Cross Blue Sheild of Georgia - Atlanta
Doug Kidd
INVESCO, Inc. - Atlanta
Hank Linginfelter
AGL Resources Inc. - Atlanta
William H. Linginfelter
Regions Bank - Atlanta

Tom Moffett
Zep Inc. - Atlanta

Frank Morris
UPS - Atlanta
Trey Paris
General Electric Company - Atlanta

Al Petrangeli
Balfour Beatty Construction - Atlanta
Allen Richardson
Koch Industries / Georgia-Pacific - Atlanta
Elizabeth Shiroishi
AT&T - Atlanta
Misty Skedgell
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. - Atlanta
Kessel D. Stelling, Jr.
Synovus - Columbus

Mark Tilkin
State Farm Insurance Companies - Atlanta

J. Henry Walker, IV
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP - Atlanta

Christopher Whitis
PNC Financial Services - Atlanta

Yvonne Williams
Perimeter Community Improvement Districts - Atlanta

A. Paul Wood
Georgia Electric Membership Corporation - Tucker

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