Breakfast and networking from 7:15 to 8:00 am with the program running from 8:00 to 9:00 am.
You live in the #1 state in the nation for business!
For the eighth year in a row Georgia has been named the No.1 state in the nation to do business. Come learn from a high-level panel of experts who are driving economic development in Georgia, what makes the Peach State a great place to do business.
There will be no day-of registrations or walk-ins. Registration closes on Monday, May 23. Proof of vaccination is required.
Join us for this in-person event.
Before joining the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Pat served in a variety of leadership capacities in Washington, D.C., managing federal affairs for state elected leaders at the Capital. He also served as director of governmental affairs for Greenberg Traurig, LLP, in Washington. Commissioner Wilson is a native of Franklin Springs, Georgia, and holds an undergraduate degree in political science with a focus on international relations from the University of Georgia.
Served with the IDF artillery corps, honorably discharged as a Lt. Colonel.
Previously, he served as vice president of project management at MAC, and worked with partners and MAC’s project management team to support businesses interested in expanding or relocating to the region. Before that he was director of technology industry development at MAC, focusing on building Atlanta’s technology cluster and growing jobs in the areas of Internet security, wireless mobility, software development and digital media.
Simon brings more than 25 years of economic development experience to MAC. Prior to joining MAC, Simon was manager of business engagement for the Atlanta Development Authority (ADA) where he helped existing businesses and attract new ones to the city of Atlanta. Before coming to Atlanta, he was the director of business services for the Massachusetts Alliance for Economic Development, a private non-profit economic development organization dedicated to business growth in Massachusetts. He also worked for Empire State Development, New York State’s economic development agency with a focus on business retention and expansion in the Buffalo regional office.
Simon’s work in Atlanta, Massachusetts and New York has included administration of tax and financial incentive programs, business retention and attraction marketing initiatives, economic development policy creation and implementation, and special event planning. He has worked with businesses such as BlackRock, Norfolk Southern, Papa John’s, Microsoft, Deluxe, Honeywell, Mercedes-Benz USA, Panasonic Automotive Systems of America, Pulte, Ernst & Young, Novelis, Kemira, Invesco, Wipro, Bristol Myers Squibb, Straumann, Target, General Motors, 3M, Ford, Delphi and many others to support business expansions resulting in job retention and creation.
Simon is a graduate of the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY and lives in Atlanta with his wife and three children.
Business & Professionals Event Co-Chairs:
Greg Eisenman | Ryan Halpern | Gary Marx | Jeffrey Marx | Daniel Weingarten
Business & Professionals Division Chairs:
Gary Marx, Chair
Michael Wall, Vice Chair
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