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 of Georgia 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.




2014 Chair
Ernest L. Greer
Greenberg Traurig, LLP – Atlanta

2015 Chair Elect
Paul Bowers
Georgia Power Company – Atlanta

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

Chair, GCCC
Brantley Standridge
BB&T – Atlanta

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

President & CEO
Chris Clark
Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Chair, Business & Industry        
Mel Haas
Constangy Brooks & Smith, LLP - Macon

Chair, Education & Workforce
Susan Bell
EY - Atlanta 

Chair, Energy & Natural Resources
H. Bryan Batson
Atlanta Gas Light - Atlanta

Chair, Health & Wellness           
Tim Lowe
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
Elizabeth Chandler
Georgia Bankers Association - Atlanta

Chair, Region 1
Nicolas Bouckaert
Beaulieu Group, LLC - Dalton

Chair, Region 2
Carol Burrell
Northeast Georgia Health System, Inc. - Gainesville

Chair, Region 3
Sam Gude
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 - Atlanta

Shan Cooper
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. - Marietta

Kenneth C. Cornelius
Siemens - Alpharetta

Jac Counts
Cancer Treatment Centers of America - Newnan

William R. Dexheimer
ChipRewards Inc. - Birmingham, AL

Chad Gregory
Wells Fargo - Atlanta

Ed Heys
Deloitte. - Atlanta

Tad Hutcheson
Delta Air Lines, Inc. - Atlanta

Morgan Kendrick
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia - Atlanta

Doug Kidd
INVESCO, Inc. - Atlanta

Kerry Kohnen
Kaiser Permanente - Atlanta

Hank Linginfelter
AGL Resources Inc. - Atlanta

William H. Linginfelter
Regions Bank - Atlanta

Kim Menefee
WellStar Health System, Inc. - Marietta

Keith Millner
CertusBank, N.A. - 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

Beth Shiroishi
AT&T - Atlanta

Misty Skedgell
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. - Atlanta

James E. Smith
Atlanta Falcons - 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

J. Thomas Wiley, Jr.
State Bank & Trust Company 

Yvonne Williams
Perimeter Community Improvement Districts - Atlanta

A. Paul Wood
Georgia Electric Membership Corporation - Tucker

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Featured Members
State Bank & Trust
Georgia Power
Turner Broadcasting
Atlanta Falcons
The Coca Cola Company
Perimeter CID
The Home Depot
Regions Bank
Gas South
Braves Club
Atlanta Gas Light
Flowers Foods
Chip Rewards
Kilpatrick Townsend
State Farm Insurance
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