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The East Cobb Business Association seeks to transform East Cobb

by developing business leaders through Networking and Education with an emphasis on Community.

  • Network with Business and Community Leaders
  • Business Education and Development
  • Community Involvement
Home2018 Speakers

June 2018 Business Luncheon:   Non-Profit Panel

Dawn Reed
Natalie Rutledge
Tom Gonter
Mary Kay Boler

June 2018 Lunch & Learn:   Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Allison Milligan, CPA
John Renshaw, Jr.

May 2018 Business Luncheon:   Wellstar Health Panel

Dr. Shawn Coyne
Wellstar Psychology
Lynn Hall
WellStar Diabetes Educator

Dr. Shawn Coyne is a licensed psychologist. She received her medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina. She completed her Clinical Psychology residency at Oregon Youth Authority - Hillcrest Facility in Salem, Oregon. Dr. Coyne currently practices psychology at Wellstar. 
Lynn Hall is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist and a Certified Diabetes Educator. Lynn received her bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech and her graduate degree from Vanderbilt University. Lynn is employed by WellStar Diabetes Services where she works with diabetes patients and their families, as well as patients at risk for diabetes.

April 2018 Business Luncheon Speaker


Roger Tutterow
Econometric Center at KSU

Tutterow’s analysis of the economic, business and political environments have been featured in a variety of media, including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, CNN, CNBC, NBC and others. In addition to his work in academia, Tutterow has served as a consultant on financial economics and statistical modeling for corporate clients for many Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. and Canada. He has been selected multiple times by Georgia Trend magazine as a “notable Georgian.

Dr. Tutterow will address the 2018 economic outlook for business in the area.  Get a first-hand account of the anticipated performance of the 2018 economy for business.

March 2018 Business Luncheon Speaker

Sharon Mason
CEO and President 
Cobb Chamber of Commerce

Sharon Mason was named President & CEO of the Cobb Chamber in January 2018. Mason has 15 years of chamber experience, including the past decade at the Cobb Chamber. She has held varying leadership positions of increasing importance. During Mason’s career, she has increased engagement among Chamber members and recently led the organization’s 5-year strategic planning process while increasing membership. As part of the leadership team, Mason helped to raise more than $3 million for Cobb’s Competitive EDGE, the first comprehensive community and economic development strategy for job creation in Cobb County. Since its inception in 2012, the EDGE program has led to more than 22,000 new jobs and $2.5 billion in new private investments in Cobb County.


February 2018 - Business Luncheon Speaker


Scott Sweeney
Cobb County School Board Representative

After working in private business as a senior manager, business developer and business owner, Scott Sweeney began his first term as the Post 6 representative in 2011 and his second term in 2015. He has served as the Board’s Chair, Vice-Chair, Budget Liaison, Strategic Planning Committee Member, Facilities and Technology Committee Liaison, and as the Board/Community Representative for the presentation of the Ed-SPLOST IV Capital Improvement Initiative. He served as the President of the Georgia Education Coalition comprised of various school district representatives across Georgia which represent nearly 40% of Georgia's total K-12 public education enrollment. Mr. Sweeney served as a 6th Congressional District appointee to the National School Board Association Federal Relations Network, as a Georgia School Board Association Strategic Planning Committee member, and as a Georgia School Board Association member of the Government Operations Council.

January 2018 - Business Luncheon Speaker


Mike Boyce
Cobb Commission Chair

During his nearly 30 years in the Marine Corps he commanded a Marine Air Group with more
than 800 Marines, was deputy commander of a Marine Base with mayor-like responsibilities
for more than 10,000 military and civilian personnel, supervised a Pentagon team handling
a budget of more than $22 billion, and directed a business of 400+ employees and revenues
exceeding $50 million. After retiring from the military, he worked for the 2 large international
companies of Booz Allen and Grant Thornton on budget projects in Macedonia and Iraq.

His broad understanding of issues in Cobb is a result of his membership on the SPLOST
Oversight Committee, as a member and/or officer in the American Legion, Marine Corps League
and other veterans groups, active involvement with his church community at Mt Bethel UMC
including Director of Men’s Ministry, and grassroots work with the Cobb Republican Party.

Mike has Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Arts
degree from Pepperdine University, and is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College.
His wife Judy is a retired Delta Flight Attendant. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.


I believe that the Chairman is charged with the credo that he will lead a government
that is fiscally responsible, lives within its means, and works with the business community
to create an economic environment which encourages entrepreneurship and promotes
responsible growth.  Above all, the chairman (and any elected official) should be a person
who is known by the promises he keeps.