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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.

kellie_brownlowKellie Brownlow, Director
Economic Development
(404) 374-3130 cell
(678) 584-2265 office
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Kellie Brownlow serves as the Director of Economic Development. Kellie oversees business recruitment and retention efforts across 4 target industries with a specific focus on Corporate Headquarters and Professional Services. Prior to her role in Economic Development, Kellie spent 11 years working for the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). Her most recent role with ARC was as the Division Chief of Local Government Services. In this role, Kellie was responsible for leading a team that provided direct services to cities and counties in the areas of urban planning and management and operations. This role also involved leading the 2 premiere regional leadership the development programs, the Regional Leadership Institute (RLI) and Leadership Involvement Networking Knowledge (LINK). Kellie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science from Rhode Island College and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Georgia.

Troels Adrian, Senior Project Manager
Advanced Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management
(678) 644-5159 cell
(678) 672-2567 office
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Troels Adrian serves as the Senior Project Manager targeting Advanced Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management growth in Gwinnett. A native of Denmark, Troels brings significant work experience and training to the Chamber. In New York City, he co-led an effort to design and implement a new organization-wide budget structure for CAMBA, one of the city’s largest social service organizations. Prior to that, his career included tenures at the Danish national police force and Information, a Copenhagen-based daily newspaper. Troels holds two graduate degrees: Master of City and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech with specializations in Economic Development and Community Development, and also an MPA from Baruch College, City University of New York. While at Georgia Tech, Troels won the 2010 Ed McClure award, given by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning for the best master’s level City Planning research paper in the US and Canada.

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.

haley_stewartHaley Stewart, Program Manager
Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett
(770) 232-1174 office
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Haley Stewart 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. Haley also co-coordinates and implements activities for the hYPe Gwinnett Young Professionals organization. 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.

sasha_ugiSasha Ugi, Marketing Communications Coordinator
Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett
(678) 584-2261 office
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Sasha Ugi serves as the Marketing Communications Coordinator for Partnership Gwinnett and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development. Sasha supports the organization by focusing on external marketing and promotion efforts of the Partnership Gwinnett initiative and the Chamber’s Economic Development program. Previously a Senior Communications Intern for Partnership Gwinnett, Sasha recently graduated from Piedmont College, with a major in Business Administration and concentration in Marketing.

Tashieka Moore2Tashieka Moore, Research Associate
Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett
(770) 232-8808
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Tashieka Moore is 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 team, Tashieka worked with EuQuant, an urban planning research firm. Prior to that, 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.