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Feb. 18 - Ruel Joyner Named to Georgians First Commission

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

February 18, 2019 - Last week Governor Brian P. Kemp announced eighteen (18) appointments to the Georgians First Commission, including Ruel Joyner of Savannah. The commission will review state regulations, policies, and procedures to streamline government, remove inefficiencies, and secure Georgia’s place as the top state for small business in the country.

"These hardworking Georgians know firsthand the difficulties that small businesses face in getting started, expanding operations, and investing more in our state," said Governor Kemp. "I look forward to working with them to cut government red tape, slash regulations, spur innovation, and ultimately make Georgia the top state for small business in the country."

Cade Joiner – Brookhaven, GA – Owner, Shred X
James Whitley – Athens, GA – Founder & COO, Landmark Properties

Debbie Alford – Atlanta, GA – former Commissioner of the Georgia Lottery
Bobby Banks – Oakwood, GA – Chief Administrative Officer, CBT Inc.
Natasha Bell, Esq. – Atlanta, GA – Partner, 360 Venture Law, LLP
Christie Cannon Cole – Albany, GA - Marketing Manager, Flint Equipment Company
Michael Collins – Jackson, GA – President, Collins Trucking Company, Inc.
Rick Desai – Buford, GA – Founder,
Sam Holmes – Atlanta, GA – Vice Chairman, CB Richard Ellis, Inc.
Mark Horn – Macon, GA – COO, EBM
Ruel Joyner – Savannah, GA – Owner, 24e Design Company
Vickie Moreland – Tucker, GA – Chief Financial Officer, Moreland Altobelli
Alec Poitevent – Bainbridge, GA – Chairman & President, Southeastern Minerals, Inc.
David Renz – Dalton, GA – President, Southern Lubes & Fuels
T. Dallas Smith – Atlanta, GA – Owner, T. Dallas Smith & Company
Trey Taylor – Valdosta, GA – CEO, Taylor Insurance Services
Brad Usry – Augusta, GA – President, Fat Man’s Hospitality Group
C.B. Yadav – Kingsland, GA – President & CEO, Gope Management Company

Governor Kemp also announced Scott Hilton as the new Director of Implementation at the Office of Planning and Budget. Hilton will work closely with the commission in day-to-day operations and strategic planning. Previously, Hilton served in the Georgia General Assembly, representing State House District 95 (R – Peachtree Corners).

The Georgians First Commission will hold its first meeting next month – tentatively set for March 12, 2019 - at the Georgia State Capitol. The commission will provide a full report to Governor Kemp by June 30, 2020.

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