FOR VIP TICKET HOLDERS ONLY
During lunch, VIP ticket holders will hear from a stellar panel of local leaders representing five streams of influence in Fayette County.
You will have an opportunity to submit questions before the event for these influencers to answer. We will choose the questions that best serve the audience as a whole.
President & CEO, Fayette Chamber of Commerce
Colin Martin has served as the President & CEO of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce since November 1, 2018.
Prior to that, he served as President & CEO of the Harris County Chamber of Commerce in Hamilton, GA. While there, he successfully merged the Pine Mountain Merchants Association into the Harris County Chamber and led a successful effort to develop the first-ever economic development strategy for the Harris County.
After an unsuccessful campaign for mayor of the city of Columbus, GA in 2014, he worked as a field representative for Congressman Lynn Westmoreland and as a lobbyist for Columbus Regional Healthcare System.
At the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, he served as Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Project Director of the Regional Growth Sustainability for the Valley Partnership Joint Development Authority. While there, the team managed the successful campaign for the River Valley Region T-SPLOST.
An Eagle Scout, Colin served as President of the Executive Board of the Chattahoochee Council of the Boy Scouts of America and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Flint River Council. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Georgia.
Since moving to Fayetteville, GA, Colin has become a member of the Rotary Club of Peachtree City, a board member for Fayette County Education Foundation, and an ex officio member of the Main Street Fayetteville Board of Directors.
Colin is married to Beth, a family physician in Columbus. They have two daughters.
Brigadier General Rock Donahue (U.S. Army, Ret)
Executive Director, Georgia Military College (Fayetteville, Fairburn, Stone Mountain, & Zebulon Campuses)
Since mid-October 2014 Brigadier General Rock Donahue has served as Executive Director of Georgia Military College’s new campus in Fayetteville, GA; and beginning September 1st, 2017 he assumed executive oversight of Georgia Military College’s Fairburn and Stone Mountain Campuses, as well as GMC’s new Extension Center in the City of Zebulon. Previously, General Donahue retired from the United States Army in 2013 after more than 30 years of active federal commissioned service. During his military career, he served in a wide range of Army, coalition, and joint command and staff positions directing high-performing units and functioning in complex environments in the United States and abroad, including combat operations in Panama, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq. General Donahue and his wife Nancy have been married for over 36 years and are the parents of a son and three daughters. A proud military family, General Donahue’s son, daughter-in-law, and son-in-law are all commissioned field grade officers serving in the Army today, and his oldest daughter is an eight year Veteran Army Nurse. Collectively, General Donahue and his family have served 14 combat tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria since the Global War on Terror began in 2001, including General Donahue and his son serving in Iraq together from 2008 to 2009.
Mayor Vanessa Fleisch
Mayor of Peachtree City
Mayor Vanessa Fleisch was reelected to a second term in 2017. Her focus throughout both her term on The Peachtree City Council and as Mayor has been on infrastructure across the city.
The new three-stage piano key weir spillway, a much-needed piece of infrastructure that will protect life and property for decades to come, was completed in October of 2018. The golf cart paths, streets and stormwater pipes across the city have received maintenance to keep Peachtree City beautiful, safe and functional.
Drake Field, has received its own renaissance as it is now being used as a much needed centralized meeting place for our community. The Night Market is the type of community event that was intended for this facility.
The Mayor and her family have been residents of Peachtree City since 1991. She originally hails from Vineland, New Jersey. Mayor Fleisch graduated from The American University’s School of International Service with a degree in International Relations and a minor in Communications.
She went on to become a producer for CNN and CNN International. Upon leaving CNN, she became a Realtor here in Peachtree City.
She and her husband Michael, who is a Director for Turner Broadcasting, have two grown sons John and Christian.
Executive Director of the Real Life Center
Cathy Berggren has been the Executive Director of the Real Life Center since 2003, where she began as a volunteer as it incorporated. Since that time the Center has experienced tremendous growth in their budget, resources and clients served. The Center currently serves individuals and families going through unexpected hard times from both Fayette and Coweta Counties, offers a mobile food pantry (for any county) and a fruit orchard/vegetable garden – Harvest for Real Life that compliments the nutrition component of the educational classes. Cathy holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, with a Bachelor degree in Social Work, is a general/domestic mediator, and life coach with over 35 years of experience in a variety of family and community settings.
Her background has helped her create and develop a unique innovative process of holistic care through the Real Life Center designed to encourage stability as well as inspiring long-term change. The success of this model has prompted her to begin training others around the country. The Real Life Center was recently recognized and given a Georgia Senate Resolution award for the work they do. Cathy also serves with the vision team at Dogwood Church, FEMA and Fayette County DFCS boards. Her passion is to encourage others, regardless of age or background, to live a life of intention and influence.
Dr. George Dillard
Senior Pastor, Peachtree City Christian Church
Dr. George Dillard has been preaching at Peachtree City Christian Church since 1993. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree from Atlanta Christian College (Point University). He received both his Masters of Ministry and Dr. of Philosophy in Theology from Evangelical Theological Seminary. George has been happily married to his wife Renee for over 25 years and they have three children: Tiffany, Alexis, and Stewart. George and his family live in Peachtree City, GA.
When asked who is one person you admire, his response is, “I admire many people, but Jesus is the one I admire the most.” On a funny note, when asked his favorite candy, he responded with Goobers, because he is one! His personal motto comes out of scripture in the book of Philippians in chapter 2, verse 5: “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus…”
He can regularly be heard yelling “GO DAWGS” on any fall Saturday and loves taking his grand babies on golf cart rides.