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Published on May 3rd, 2015 |


Buckhead Coalition adds 10 new members to its roster of 100

TheBuckhead Coalition has voted in top officers of 10 businesses as new members to its limited roster of 100, a process which it does only once a year when it is able to determine what attrition in members it will experience.

The Coalition’s vacancy rate is very low in comparison to other similar organizations, considering the average membership loss nationally in civic groups is 20 percent. The Coalition even maintains a waitlist numbering almost 30 from applications on file.

Buckhead Coalition President Sam Massell, left, did an interview session during the Coalition's 26th Annual Meeting in January.

Buckhead Coalition President Sam Massell, left, did an interview session with new Coalition member Ted Turner during the Coalition’s 26th Annual Meeting in January.

Membership in the Coalition, for which the annual dues responsibility is $9,000, is by invitation and limited to chief executive officers or the equivalent of major area firms. The Coalition is now celebrating its 27th year.

New member additions for 2015, in alphabetical order, are: W. Millard Choate, president and CEO of Choate Construction Co.; Steven DeFrancis, CEO of Cortland Partners; Kevin Greiner, president and CEO of Gas South; Mark Kauffman, president of Kauffman Tire, Inc.; Meredith Leapley, CEO of Leapley Construction; Jonathan D. Rodbell, partner of Atlanta Property Group, LLC; Tony R. Smith, president of Simmons Bedding Co.; Carol B. Tomé, CFO and executive VP of Corp. Services of The Home Depot; R. E. (Ted) Turner, chairman of Turner Enterprises, and Jeremy Wing, founder and president of Payscape Advisors.

In addition, the following firms changed their representatives as follows: DPR Hardin replaced Brantley Barrow with Regional Manager Russ Brockelbank; OliverMcMillan replaced Paul Buss with CEO Dene Oliver; Brightworth, LLC changed Chris Dardaman to Managing Partner Ray Padrón; Cartel Properties named G. Matt Rohrig, its vice president, for George Rohrig; CBRE, Inc. replaced John Shlesinger with Senior Managing Director David P. Lanier, and Branch Banking & Trust Co. replaced Brant Standridge with new Group State President Dontá L. Wilson.

The Coalition maintains a staff of four headed by former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell, with headquarters in the Tower Place 100 Building. Its mission is to nurture the quality of life of those who live, visit, work, and play in its 28 square miles.

The Chairman of the organization is Jeff Sprecher, chairman and CEO of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc., who welcomed the new list “top business leaders in our city” to the Coalition’s membership.

Admitting “the organization has no official powers,” Sprecher said, “its members altruistically support Atlanta’s mayor and City Council, and this year will take on a special effort to strengthen the brand of Buckhead’s only public high school, North Atlanta High.”

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