Vice President - Special Operations
Chesley Brown International, Inc.
Vice President of Special Operations with Chesley Brown International, Inc., and former Cobb County Police Chief, John Houser currently heads up security efforts for the Atlanta Braves. He has served in that capacity since March of this year when the ball club moved to their new home at SunTrust Park.
John began his law enforcement career with the Cobb County Police Department in 1981 after
graduating from Ole Miss with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology; his lifelong interest.
During his 35-year tenure with the department he worked in a variety of assignments including the Uniform Bureau, Special Operations and Internal Affairs. Working his way up through the ranks, he was promoted to Deputy Chief commanding the Uniform Bureau in 2008, and was appointed to the rank of Chief of Police in 2010. John served six years as Chief and retired in January of 2017.
In addition to his Bachelor’s degree, he also earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbus State University, is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College and the FBI National Academy, and is a member of the 2008 Leadership Cobb class.
The son of an Army aviator, John lived throughout the United States and Germany during his childhood. In 1976, however, his family settled in Cobb County where he graduated from Wheeler High School inMarietta, Georgia.
Allison Milligan, CPA
Vann Whipple Milligan, P.C.
With 20 years experience in public accounting, Allison Milligan formed Vann Whipple Milligan, P.C. with her two long-time partners, Carl Vann and Mike Whipple. She provides accounting and tax services to the small to medium sized business and individual. Her experience includes tax and accounting in many different industries including the areas of real estate and construction, wholesale and retail trade, technology, professional services, and hospitality. She enjoys being a trusted business advisor to her clients. Allison also has extensive experience in estate and trust tax work and manages many benefit plan and not for profit audits and tax return preparation.
Allison graduated from Georgia State University and is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s, Georgia Society of CPAs, Cobb Chamber of Commerce, ECBA, and The Rotary Club of East Cobb. She is an Atlanta native growing up in Dunwoody and married to another native, Tony, from here in East Cobb. They live in Indian Hills with their 2 very busy daughters. They are active members of St Peter St Paul Episcopal Church, Lake Lanier Sailing Club and Indian Hills Country Club. Allison leads her daughters’ Girl Scout troops and enjoys the girls’ lacrosse games and swim meets and going camping often.
Allison can be reached at either email address:
Allison@vwmcpa.com and/or AMilligan.email@example.com
TC Productions, LLC
TC Productions, LLC Video Production Company
A video production company that provides video marketing content to businesses.
People are emotionally and visually inspired. How are you using that to market your business?
TC Productions, LLC is a client focused, results oriented video production company. With the goal of creating relationships rather than customers, our clients understand we are involved from start to finish and beyond. TC Productions plays a pivotal role by capturing and creating the clientele's vision with the utmost of professionalism. A unique aspect of TC Productions is that we are equipped with an educational background, technical experience, and ingenuity that enables us to create professional videos at an affordable rate.
For more than a decade, Wendy Kinney has given sales people and entrepreneurs the tools they need to build their businesses through referral-based marketing.
In 1995, she opened the Atlanta office of PowerCore, the most effective referral network in America. Today, PowerCore Atlanta has 44 teams and over 700 members who understand the power of referral marketing and use it to their advantage.
She is passionate about referral-based marketing, because she knows it works.
Jim Harris, RFC
ECBA President Elect
Private Wealth Manager
Jim Harris, RFC® is a Private Wealth Manager here in East Cobb and has served as the Georgia Regional Director for Money Concepts Wealth Management & Financial Planning since 2004.
Jim’s independent practice has grown into one of the elite wealth management firms in Georgia by focusing on holistic financial planning & delivering comprehensive wealth management services.
He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Florida Southern College in 1984. Jim is a member of the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants with his RFC® Professional Designation.
He is also a Qualified Instructor of the Financial Planning Curriculum necessary for Financial Advisors to earn their RFC® Designation.
Jim now has over 30 years of successful experience in Financial Services assisting individuals, families & business owners achieve their own vision of financial success.
As a Private Wealth Manager, Jim helps his clients minimize their risk and increase their returns in terms of saving, investing and managing their money.
In addition to providing sound financial planning solutions, Jim specializes in managing customized investment portfolios because no two clients have the same financial challenges, needs or goals.
East Cobb Travel, LLC
East Cobb Travel, LLC, is a full service travel company.
Bob specializes in deluxe cruises and worldwide tours, including the USA, Canada and Mexico, as well as international cruises and tours to Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South America
Bob’s travel expertise is the result of years in the travel and tourism industry since 1968.
He is a graduate of University of Hawaii Travel Industry Marketing School. He began his career at Pan American World Airways in Honolulu in their management training program. In 1973 he moved to Chicago with Hawaiian Airlines as sales manager for 14 states. As a Hawaiian resident, it took several years for him to get acclimated to the winter weather. Over 7 years, he was named salesman of the year several times and was promoted to the Southeast (Atlanta) Hawaiian Regional Sales Manager in 1981.
In 1990 Bob formed his own company representing travel and tourism companies in the Southeast, including Opry land USA, Prince Hotels of Hawaii and Alaska, LACSA Airlines of Costa Rica, Kiwi Airlines, Keystone Resorts of Colorado and other tour wholesalers.In 1997, he sold his company and joined Airlines Reporting Corporation of Washington DC as Auditor and Fraud Investigator for the Southeast USA.He interviewed individuals interested in opening travel agencies and investigated financial difficulties within travel agencies.In 2008, Bob retired to a simpler life, working part-time for Airlines Reporting Corporation. In 2013, he opened East Cobb Travel, LLC. His goal is to create a customized vacation experience for each client, with none of the hassle or effort. It is his goal that clients will experience a real vacation, not a trip.
Kennesaw State University
Sam Olens became Kennesaw State University’s fourth president on Nov. 1, 2016.
Olens was elected Georgia’s 53rd attorney general in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. In his role, Olens worked with the governor and legislature to strengthen the penalties for sex trafficking and protect the victims. He also guided a comprehensive revision of Georgia’s sunshine laws and led the effort to stem the epidemic of prescription drug abuse. Additionally, in cooperation with the Georgia Food Bank Association and Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, Olens established the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy, which has collected the equivalent of over 5 million pounds of food for Georgia’s youth.
Business First Advisor
Through his experience working in private business as a senior manager, business developer, and business owner, Mr. Sweeney is a mutli-disciplined business adviser and strategist. Scott is also an elected official serving as a member of the Cobb County Board of Education since 2011.
As the Senior Director of Brewery Retail & Real Estate for the Pabst Brewing Co., he led the firm’s new brewery development from inception and construction through project completion. With Talonvest Capital, Williams Capital, and Buchanan Street Partners, he provided advisory services on over $900 million in total capital commitments for commercial properties with an aggregate value over $3 billion. Working with Fidelity National Financial, he developed the firm’s National Title Services within the southeastern United States and where he also launched the firm’s §1031 qualified intermediary services including the delivery of for-credit CLE seminars. As a partner and senior manager, he has developed, constructed, and operated nationally recognized restaurants in CA, OR, NV, GA and CO.
Scott has served as a board or committee member on national, state and local non-profit organizations. He is a frequent speaker at industry and education events, and an author of articles for industry publications and education within the Cobb County community.
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage
Office Phone: (770) 240-2001
Mobile: (770) 335-6013
John Loud, originally hailing from Boston, has embraced the spirit of Southern
hospitality in all aspects of his personal and professional life. John has worn many hats
in his career: hockey player, comedy club manager, Delta flight attendant, political
campaign worker, community volunteer and entrepreneur.
John’s primary focus since 1995 has been the establishment and growth of LOUD
Security. From its humble beginnings in the basement of the Loud home, LOUD
Security now employs over 60 people and services 9,000 customers. Most recently,
John’s outstanding leadership resulted in the Kennesaw Citizen of the Year Award and
the Mack Henderson Public Service Award for his commitment and dedication to the
quality of life for the citizens of Cobb County.
Not only has John used his talent of integrating today’s technology with old fashioned
service to his current business, he has lent his talents to professional and community
organizations across the state of Georgia. From President of the Kennesaw Business
Association, President of the Georgia Electronic Life Safety and Security Association,
cooperating with local police departments to promote Georgia legislation that would
increase life safety to his customers; John has been, and continues to be, an avid
champion for the security industry.
James “Jay” Cunningham is a licensed Master Plumber and the owner and President of Superior Plumbing Services, Inc. Jay is committed to his local community and spends much time and money supporting the local schools and different community endeavors. Jay has been appointed to multiple boards and serves diligently to strengthen the community where he lives and works. Jay has seven children and lives in Kennesaw, Georgia
Fidelity Bank – VP Regional Manager (Cobb, Paulding)
Susan Hampton is a vice president at the Fidelity Bank branch on Johnson Ferry Road. Taking financial care of area businesses and families is just her day job.
To many in East Cobb, she is a tireless volunteer for a number of community projects, from education to the Public Safety Appreciation Events. Her civic activism dates back for most of the 25 years she's lived in East Cobb.
Hampton is a longtime member and officer of the East Cobb Business Association and the East Cobb Lions Club, has advocated for schools, including a character education program at Pope, and has been involved in Meals on Wheels and My Sister's Closet of the YWCA.
In 2013 Susan was named the East Cobb Citizen of the Year.
A native of Atlanta now living in East Cobb with his wife Sherri of 31 years and two sons Tommy and Jimmy. I spent 40 years in the private sector, 28 of which were in advertising sales and digital marketing. I am now employed by MUST Ministries as part of their Development Team. As an member of the ECBA, KBA, Cobb Chamber and the YMCA I have a passion for the community and those who are committed to making it better.
The Centergy Project
Linda Beggs, is a partner with a local firm helping schools partner with business and community organizations to boost student success through a student wraparound initiative called The Centergy Project.