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Gwinnett Chamber Names New Leader

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Daniel Kaufman
Daniel J. Kaufman, charter president of Georgia Gwinnett College will become the President and CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce on July 1, 2013.

The Board of Directors of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce has officially announced the selection of Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman as its new President and CEO.

Dr. Kaufman will be responsible for the overall leadership, management and direction of the 2,700-member organization located in Duluth. He will officially take the helm July 1, 2013, transitioning out of his current role as charter president of Georgia Gwinnett College.

“After an exhaustive national search, we are fortunate to have discovered an exceptional candidate right here in Gwinnett. We”ve seen Dan in action during his years of service to our community and we know him to be an outstanding local leader,”# says Philip R. Wolfe, chairman of the Gwinnett Chamber and president/CEO of Gwinnett Medical Center. “We now know unequivocally that he is one the nation”s premier executives who possesses the business acumen and strategic visioning to successfully position this organization for future growth.”#

A transition steering committee comprised of thirteen Chamber Board members led the executive search with support from Korn/Ferry International, a global leader in the field. A qualified pool of national and local candidates with relevant professional experience was vetted over several months ultimately leading to the Chamber”s selection.

“I look forward to working with the members and staff of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce as we strengthen the partnerships that make Gwinnett a great community in which to live and work,”# says Dr. Kaufman. “Gwinnett is unparalleled in its economic resources – from its business environment and diverse workforce to its enthusiastic community leaders and its prospects for further growth. I am excited about the opportunity to lead the Chamber in strategically supporting that growth for the benefit of the entire Gwinnett community.”#

Dr. Kaufman brings not only a broad range of organizational, strategic planning and business development experience to the table, he has been a vocal champion of critical community initiatives and has a demonstrated record of building consensus among diverse communities. He is a decorated veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. In addition to a lengthy academic career at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Dr. Kaufman worked for the White House National Security Council and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Dr. Kaufman received his Bachelor degree at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a Masters in Public Administration at Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.# He and his wife Kathryn are both natives of Brunswick, Ga. They have two children, two granddaughters and one grandson.

Transition Steering Committee Members
The members of the transition steering committee are: Sharon Bartels, Gwinnett Technical College, Co-Chair; Mike Levengood, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, Co-Chair; Tom Andersen, Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C.; Carla Carraway, Precision Planning, Inc.; Norwood Davis, 12Stone Church; Randy Hoffman, AGCO; Wayne Mason, Mason Family Management Company; Bill Russell, Russell Landscape Group; Raymer Sale, E2E Resources, Inc.; David Skidmore, NCR; John D. Stephens, John D. Stephens, Inc.; Richard Tucker, Arlington Capital, LLC and Philip R. Wolfe, Gwinnett Medical Center.