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Gwinnett Chamber's Economic Development Department is the fastest growing in the nation and largest local team in Georgia. Staff members make up an aggressive and expert business development team, proactively marketing, researching and managing events for Gwinnett's growing and diverse community.

Nick Masino, Senior Vice President
Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett
(404) 667-6425 cell
(770) 232-8802 office
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Nick Masino is the Senior Vice President of Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett at the Gwinnett Chamber in Duluth, Georgia. Masino has served in this key leadership role for the past six years and oversees the business recruitment and retention efforts for Gwinnett, as well as the implementation of the Partnership Gwinnett Strategy. To create this community-focused economic development (ED) organization, Partnership Gwinnett, Masino worked with public and private leadership to commission ED studies in 2006 and 2011, respectively; and spearheaded the implementation efforts of the initial plan—which brought approximately 250 company expansions or relocations, over 12,000 jobs and more than $800,000,000 in investment to Gwinnett. The second iteration of the plan began in January 2012.

A leading authority on local and state economic development, Masino is regularly sought after for prominent speaking engagements throughout metro Atlanta and Georgia. In addition, he has spoken internationally, in Incheon and Seoul, South Korea and Wuxi, Chongqing and Qingdao, China, representing Georgia on government, economic development and international business subjects. As a result of his extensive expertise in the economic development arena, Masino is a preferred interviewee for regional and local television, radio, newspaper and magazine outlets.

Masino’s economic development career began in February 2007, when he accepted his current role, but he is no stranger to the field. In December 2007, he ended his eighth year as one of Georgia’s youngest Mayors for the City of Suwanee. Prior to this post, Masino spent twelve years in Division, Regional and Territory Management within the recruiting and staffing industry. Before departing the industry, Masino held the position of Professional Services Division Manager for a national staffing agency.

A graduate of The Ohio State University, Masino holds a bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication. He and his wife—his high school and college sweetheart, Suzanne—are the parents of three children, Anna, Vincent and Julia.

Mark Farmer, Director -- Entrepreneurship & Information Services
Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett
(678) 584-2268 office
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Mark Farmer is the Director of Entrepreneurship & Information Services for Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett, driving small business and entrepreneurial goals and objectives in the Partnership Gwinnett strategy while providing key information and support necessary to drive targeted-industry small business development initiatives. Prior to his current role, Mark assisted Partnership Gwinnett and the Gwinnett Chamber as Research Manager, providing and tracking essential information to the marketing and growth of Partnership Gwinnett and economic development.

Mark came to the Chamber with 20 years' business experience, including several as a small business entrepreneur with Words & Pictures, a writing and photography firm he owned and operated. He worked on projects for Emory University's Public Health magazine, Georgia Tech, and the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. In addition to starting his own business, Farmer has also held positions with Life University's public relations and photography departments, MARTA, Hayes Microcomputer Products, Powell Goldstein legal firm and Multimedia, Inc. Farmer holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of South Carolina and a master's degree in economic development policy from Georgia Tech.

Andrew Carnes, Director of Economic Development
Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett
(706) 483-3087 cell
(678) 584-2265 office
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Andrew Carnes serves as the Director of Economic Development for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. Prior to serving in this role, Carnes was the Executive Director for the Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority where he managed and directed the countywide economic development strategies, including existing industry expansion services and recruitment of new business. During his time in Dalton, he was instrumental in landing 50 projects in the community assisting with the creation of more than 3,600 direct jobs, 1,900 indirect jobs and more than $791 Million in new investment.

Currently, he is a member of the Georgia Economic Developer’s Association (GEDA), the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC), and the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC). He serves on the GEDA Young Professionals, Member Services and Public Policy committees and is the Co-Chairman of SEDC’s Young Professionals for 2015. Carnes was a Board Member for Young Professionals of Northwest Georgia and Chair of the Corporate Outreach committee for two years.

Carnes earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Economics from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA and will complete the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute in the summer of 2015.

Shantell Wilson, Senior Project Manager, Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management
Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett
(678) 584-2259 office
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Shantell R. Wilson is the Senior Project Manager for Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management growth in Gwinnett. She is responsible for leading and managing economic development project activities for the Partnership Gwinnett strategy.

During her tenure with the Savannah Economic Development Authority, Shantell was responsible for assisting established manufacturing and warehousing/distribution companies, as well as minority and women-owned businesses by providing guidance through the incentives process and access to resources. She also assisted Japanese turbine manufacturer, Mitsubishi Power Systems of America, on a project that would create 500 jobs, with a capital investment of $325 million on a state-of-the-art facility.

Shantell also held notable positions with the Georgia Department of Economic Development including Research and Existing Industry Specialist and Operations Manager for the Governor’s Mentor Protégé Program (GMPP). With a focus on new markets and global expansions, Shantell contributed to the Global Commerce Division’s Kia Motors manufacturing facility project announcement.

Shantell graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Economic Development and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Walden University. She is a member of various economic development organizations and has held leadership roles within many.

Karen Buckley WashingtonKaren Buckley Washington, Marketing and Communications Manager
Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett

(678) 584-2261 office
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Karen Buckley Washington serves as the Marketing & Communications Manager for Partnership Gwinnett and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development. She is responsible for the external marketing and promotion efforts of the Partnership Gwinnett initiative and the Chamber’s Economic Development program.

Karen’s 20 years of professional marketing and public relations experience spanned between both the public and private sectors, including Assistant State Public Affairs Specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Services of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She also managed a marketing consulting firm, specializing in the creation and implementation of marketing strategies for non profits.

Karen holds a B.S. in public relations from Illinois State University. While completing her M.S. in communication at the University of Illinois at Springfield, she worked for both the Illinois State Legislature and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in its Graduate Public Service Internship.


haley_stewartHaley Tolbert, Senior Program Manager
Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett
(770) 232-1174 office
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Haley Tolbert serves as the Economic Development Program Manager. She is responsible for event planning, logistics and marketing for Partnership Gwinnett programs, including Global, Redevelopment, Healthcare, Technology and Manufacturing Forums and the Annual Partnership Gwinnett Summit. Prior to this role, Haley worked as a Marketing Communications Specialist at Movius Interactive Corporation. Haley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Georgia College & State University.

Tashieka Moore2Tashieka Moore, Research Associate
Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett
(770) 232-8808 office
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Tashieka Moore serves as the Research Associate for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett. Tashieka supports the business development efforts of the organization by providing key information and tracking essential metrics on the marketing and growth of the Gwinnett community, Partnership Gwinnett and its economic development activities.

Before joining the Partnership Gwinnett and Economic Development team, Tashieka worked with EuQuant, an urban planning research firm. Prior to this, Tashieka worked with Neighborworks America in Washington, the Georgia House of Representatives, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and the New York State Assembly. Tashieka received her Master’s degree in City & Regional Planning from Georgia Tech and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Lehigh University.

Becky Duran, Coordinator
Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett
(678) 584-2567 office
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Becky Duran serves as the Coordinator for Partnership Gwinnett and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development. Becky provides operational and administrative support for the economic development team. Her career spans from the telecommunications industry to the recruiting/executive search industry. She was a teacher in Charlotte, NC and worked as an administrator for a counseling and educational consulting firm. Becky graduated from East Tennessee State University with a BS in Psychology/Business Management and holds a Master of Arts from Queens College in NC.