Misti Martin is a native of Georgia and has been in the Chamber and Economic Development field since 1991. In February 2004, she was named as the Executive Director of the Development Authority of Cherokee County, now known as the Cherokee Office of Economic Development.
In the 1990’s, Martin worked for the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce & Development Authority and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. She served as President & CEO of the Newton County Chamber of Commerce in Covington, Georgia from 1998-2004 before returning to her hometown of Canton.
Ms. Martin received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management from the University of Georgia and earned her MBA from Troy State University. She is also a graduate of University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute (EDI) as well as the Institute for Organization Management at the University of Georgia. Misti has held numerous positions on state boards for Chamber and Economic Development organizations.
Misti is married to Jud Martin, and they have three sons.
After graduating, Heath moved back home to Canton, to the area and people that he loves. Tippens’ background includes working as an investor relations specialist at Wells Real Estate Funds from 2007 to 2009. While working at Wells, Heath gained valuable experience in commercial real estate and financial markets. Mr. Tippens is also a co-founder of the Pam Coleman Tippens Memorial Scholarship and currently serves on the board of directors. He is a member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association and currently serves on the Young Professionals Committee. Heath is a graduate of The Basic Economic Developers Course at Georgia Tech. He also is a graduate of the Georgia Academy of Economic Development.
Heath and his wife Whitney reside in northern Cherokee County. The Tippens’ love the relationships they have with the people in this area and all Cherokee County has to offer!
Alyssa Batson is a life-long resident of Canton, GA. She is currently working on her Masters in Accounting at Kennesaw State University. Alyssa started off as an intern for COED and enjoyed her time here so much she decided to stay.
Sara Skeen is a native of Georgia. She worked at the Development Authority of Cherokee County from 2003 to 2008 as the Administrative Assistant. She came back to work for the Office of Economic Development in 2012 as the Communications Manager. Sara is a graduate of The Basic Economic Developers Course at Georgia Tech.
Sara is married to Marc Skeen and they reside in Woodstock, GA with their son and daughter.