Tuesday May 26th, 2020 12:36PM

Oakwood, Buford men named to Georgians First Commission

By AccessWDUN Staff

Bobby Banks of Oakwood and Rick Desai of Buford have been named to Gov. Brian Kemp's Georgians First Commission.

The commission is a task force that will review state regulations, policies, and procedures to streamline government and remove inefficiencies, according to a news release from the Governor's office.  It was created a month ago on Kemp's first day in office.                              

"These hardworking Georgians know firsthand the difficulties that small businesses face in getting started, expanding operations, and investing more in our state," Kemp says.  "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."

The members of the commission are:



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. (and a former member of the Hall County Board of Commissioners)

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, Vanitywala.com

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


The commission is scheduled to provide a full report to Kemp by June 30, 2020.


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