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Connecting Cobb’s Businesses to Our Nation’s Leaders: 2011 Washington Fly-In

September 16, 2011

Several representatives from the Cobb Chamber of Commerce participated in the annual Washington Fly-In from Sept. 12 through Sept. 14. The Washington Fly-In is one of the leading legislative events for the Cobb Chamber. Attendees joined Cobb Chamber leadership to advocate a pro-business and community agenda. Slade Gulledge, government relations manager, planned a full itinerary featuring a tour of Kaiser Permanente’s state-of-the-art medical center, a tour of the Pentagon, meetings with several state congressmen and senators and meetings with national representatives.

The following individuals attended the fly-in:

Don Barbour
Regional Director, External
AT&T Georgia
Mark Mathews
City of Kennesaw
Demming Bass
Cobb Chamber of Commerce
Al Martin
Regional External Affairs
Georgia Power Company/Metro
West Region
Tony Britton
Senior Vice President &
Commercial Banking Manager
Community & Southern Bank
Brian McAulay
Life University
Michael Brooks
President & CEO
West End Medical Center
Kim Menefee
Senior VP, Public/Government
Chris Carpenter
Peachtree Battle Group, LLC
D. Greg Morgan
Partner in Charge-Atlanta
Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC
Pedro Cherry
Metro West Region Manager
Georgia Power Company/Metro
West Region
Brian Noyes
Government and Public Affairs
Brock, Clay, Calhoun &
Rogers, LLC
Holly Comer
CEO & Executive Director
Michael Paris
President & CEO
Council for Quality Growth
David Connell
President & CEO
Cobb Chamber of Commerce
Malaika Rivers
Executive Director
Cumberland CID
Pam Conner
Community Development
City of Powder Springs
Mary Lou Stephens
Town Center Area CID
Heath Garrett
Georgia 360
Helen Story
Slade Gulledge
Government Relations Manager
Cobb Chamber of Commerce
Dan Styf
Vice President, Stategy and
Business Execution
Kaiser Permanente Cumberland
Medical Center
Jim Harner
Director of Operations
Cobb/Douglas Community
Services Board
Steve Tanner
President & CEO
Arylessence, Inc.
James Hudgins
Vice President, Senior Program Director
Pat Vaughn
City of Powder Springs
Lee Johnson
VP & Business Banking Manager
Wells Fargo
Bruce Williamson
Georgia House Seat 11
Brian Johnstone
Executive Director, Government
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Vickie Hearn Williamson

Georgia House Representative Bruce Williamson and his wife, Vickie, were both attendees on this year’s Fly-In. “Vickie and I want to thank the Cobb Chamber for allowing us to come along,” said Williamson. “I will be sure to encourage the Cobb County General Assembly delegation to get on board next year.”

The group began their first full day on Tuesday, Sept. 13 with breakfast at the Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center with Congressman Phil Gingrey. After an extensive tour, they met with Georgia Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss and Congressman David Scott. Senator Isakson, a native of Cobb County, joined the group for dinner that evening. After lunch Congressman Tom Price met with the group, and a Georgia Chamber Legislative Briefing was held later that day.

The Georgia Chamber Legislative Briefing, held at Madison Hall in the Library of Congress, featured Paul Ryan, House Budget Committee Chairman; Bill Miller, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Political Affairs & Federal Relations; John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives and Charlie Cook, Publisher of The Cook Political Report.

On Wednesday, Sept. 14 the group was able to take a tour of the Pentagon, which included a briefing on the 9/11 attack and the memorial for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 events.

Click here to view more photos from the 2011 Washington Fly-In.

Hear what people are saying about this year’s trip on Twitter through #cobbwashflyin.

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