Board of Directors – Development Authority of Cherokee County
Marshall Day is the Chairman of the Development Authority of Cherokee County. He is a native of Cherokee County. He also served in the US Air Force, is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Marshall has professional work experience with Arthur Andersen & Co., Gold Kist, Inc., Williams Bros. Inc., and The Home Depot. He retired in 2000 after 14 years of service with The Home Depot, where he held several financial positions including Chief Financial Officer. Marshall is also the Finance Chair at the Ball Ground United Methodist Church, serves on the Board of Trustees for Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia, and serves on the advisory board for United Community Bank in Cherokee County.
Steve Holcomb is a life-long resident of Cherokee County. He graduated from Cherokee High School, Georgia State University, Georgia Banking School of UGA, and Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. Steve has been in the banking profession for over 30 years and is President and CEO of United Community Bank of Cherokee. Steve is the Vice Chairman of the Development Authority of Cherokee County and the Chairman of the Cherokee County Development Authority. He is a member of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and is a past chairman and former director. He is a board member of Chattahoochee Technical College and is on the Reinhardt College Board of Advisors. Steve is also a member of the Canton Lions Club, Georgia Economic Developers Association, and a Leadership Georgia alumni.
Robert Logan is a graduate of Auburn University with a BS degree in electrical engineering. He is retired from Georgia Power Company after working there in various positions for forty years. He retired as the Canton Area Manager. He has been very active in community activities for a many years. He has been a member of the Development Authority of Cherokee County for eight years. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Canton, past president of the Canton Lions Club, and past Chairman of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce. He has been an active member of the Canton First United Methodist Church since moving here in 1970.
Harold Swindell served as Chairman of the Development Authority of Cherokee County from 1995 to 2001. He retired from active banking in 1999, after 40 years. He is past chairman of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, a member of Canton First United Methodist Church, an Ambassador for Reinhardt University, and on the Building Authority for the City of Canton.
Skip Spears is a life-long resident of Cherokee County, graduate from UGA, and the President of Bagwell & Spears, Inc. for over 35 years. Skip has been married since 1972 to the former Helen Jones of Canton. He is the past Director of Etowah Bank (currently Regions Bank) and the past President of the Cherokee County Historical Club. He also served as President to BP Oil Marketing Association US for three years. Skip has served on the Development Authority Board since January of 1991.
Ashley Holcomb is a life-long resident of Cherokee County. He is owner of Landmarx. Ashley was a member of the Ball Ground City Council for fourteen years. He also served on the Cherokee County Planning Commission. Ashley currently resides in Ball Ground with his family.
Mark Goddard is a native of Cherokee County. He graduated from Etowah High School in 1991 and earned a BBA in Marketing and Professional Sales from Kennesaw State University. Mark is the Manager of Commercial Marketing for Cobb EMC; he has been with Cobb EMC since 1997. He is a past Chairman of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the 2013 A Day for Reinhardt University, and serves on the joint development authority for Cobb and Cherokee counties. Mark is a former member of the Cherokee County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and a newly appointed member of the Development Authority of Cherokee County. He is a graduate of Leadership Cherokee and was recognized as one of the top 10 in 10 young professionals in Cherokee County. Mark currently lives in the Bridgemill Community. He and his wife Jennifer have been married since 1997 and have two children.
Board of Directors – Cherokee County Development Authority
Steve Holcomb is a life-long resident of Cherokee County. He graduated from Cherokee High School, Georgia State University, Georgia Banking School of UGA, and Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. Steve has been in the banking profession for over 30 years and is President and CEO of United Community Bank of Cherokee. Steve is the Vice Chairman of the Development Authority of Cherokee County and the Chairman of the Cherokee County Development Authority. He is a member of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and is a past chairman and former director. He is a Board member of Chattahoochee Technical College and is on the Reinhardt College Board of Advisors. Steve is also a member of the Canton Lions Club, Georgia Economic Developers Association, and is a Leadership Georgia alumni.
Jacqueline Archer is a licensed real estate agent with ERA Sunrise Realty. She received her degree in Business Administration from Evangel College. She has served as a Councilwoman and Mayor pro-Tem for the City of Holly Springs. She currently sits on the Advisory Board for Must Ministries and is a major advocate for several Lung Cancer Foundations. She recently was awarded the Hummingbird Award for initiating the Lung Cancer Awareness license plate in the State of Georgia.
Edna Cook received an Associate Degree from Reinhardt College. She also received a Bachelor of Science Degree from GSU and a Master of Education in Guidance & Counseling. She taught for 27 years. In December 2005, Edna retired as the School Counselor at R.M. Moore Elementary.
Jeff Moon holds a M.S. degree in economic development from the University of Southern Mississippi and a B.S. degree in social science education from Troy University. He began serving as city manager for the City of Woodstock, GA on April 15, 2008. From February 2001 until April 2008, he served as city administrator for the City of Orange Beach, AL. Jeff is married to Nancy and has two daughters and one son.
Gene Hobgood is a native of Cherokee County. He graduated from Cherokee High School and went on to earn AA from Reinhardt College, BA from West Georgia College, and MS from West Georgia College. Gene is a former teacher of Cherokee High School & Reinhardt College. He was twice elected Cherokee County Tax Commissioner, twice elected Cherokee County Sole Commissioner, and currently is serving second term as Mayor, City of Canton. Gene worked in private sector as a marketing representative for architectural and engineering services for 18 years after leaving public office and prior to becoming Mayor of the City of Canton. He is married to Elly Hobgood. They have a son, Stuart, a daughter, Jennifer, three granddaughters, and a grandson.
Rick Roberts has been Mayor of Ball Ground since 1988, with a break in term between 1993 and 1996. Mayor Roberts was organizer of Cherokee Bank, N.A. in Canton and is now a Board Member and EVP/Chief Financial Officer for the bank which was chartered in 1999. Prior to that, he spent twenty years with Citizens Bank, Cherokee County, in various capacities, the last six years as Executive Vice President. Roberts holds an active real estate sales license with First Cherokee Realty, Canton, GA. A Georgia native and lifelong resident, Roberts attended University of Georgia (BS-1976) and Georgia State University (MBA Program). He is married to Elaine Fraser, and they have two children.
Ben Looper is CEO and President of Southeast Restoration Group – a Christian-led company that specializes in the insurance restoration industry. He is also CEO/President of Southeast Holding Group of GA, Inc. and Partner of Trilogy Salon. His professional awards and accomplishments include: AJC Small Business of the Month (March 2005); Cherokee Living Magazine’s Top 20 under 40 (2009); Crawford & Co. – Performance Excellence Award -Southeast Region (2007 and 2011) and Excellence in Achievement Award (2006-’11); and Inc. Magazine’s 500 Fastest Growing Businesses in America (2011). Looper is a graduate of Sequoyah High School. He and his wife, Brandy, reside in Canton, Ga., with their three children.