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1st Congressional District

Mike Long

Mike Long
Southern Trust Insurance Company
Phone: (478) 832-4710
Home: Jessup, GA


Michael (Mike) Long, was President and Co-Owner of Partners Risk Services South Insurance Agency in Jesup Georgia. Mike sold his agency in September of 2022 and joined Southern Trust Insurance Company in Macon as Agency Relations Consultant. Mike is a native of Georgia but graduated from South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte and went on to earn his BS in Human Services/Public Relations form Wingate University in Wingate NC. Mike is the past First Congressional District State School Board Member appointed by Governor Nathan Deal in December of 2013 and re-appointed in 2018 for another 7-year term which ended January 1, 2023. Mike is also serving after on the State Economic Workforce Development Board since June of 2018. On the statewide level Mike is past Chair of the Georgia Rehabilitation Association also and past vice chair of the Georgia County Workers Association and past Chairman of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Institute Advisory Council. Mike has done lobbyist work in both Atlanta and Washington.

Locally he has served as Chairman of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chair of the Wayne County Solid Waste Authority, Member of the Wayne County Industrial Authority. The Michael Long Agency was voted 2016 Small Business of the Year in Wayne County. He serves as local Emcee for many of the events in the area and has also served on the South Georgia Hospice Board of Directors. He is extremely involved in his community and believes his role is to make Georgia a better place for those to come. Mike and his wife Jeannie have 2 grown children. They live on a working farm in South Georgia. Mike enjoys farming and the great outdoors in many aspects and is an avid coastal fisherman.

2nd Congressional District

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Carvel Lewis

Carvel Lewis
Lewis Mortuary
1142 GA Highway 39 South
Georgetown, GA 39854
Phone: (229) 334-8923
Home: Quitman, Georgia


Carvel Lewis is the licensed embalmer and funeral director for Lewis Mortuary, his family’s business in Fort Gaines, GA and manages the second location in Georgetown, GA. He currently serves as Chairman of the Georgetown-Quitman County Board of Commissioners and the Quitman County Library Board. He has previously served on Quitman County Planning and Zoning Board and as Chairman of the Quitman County Water and Sewerage Authority.

In 2015, he was appointed by Governor Deal to the Middle Chattahoochee Water Council. Also, in 2018 President Donald Trump appointed him to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Local Government Advisory Committee and EPA’s Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee. Lewis is also a member of Board of Managers for ACCG (Association of County Commissioners of Georgia) representing Georgia’s consolidated governments.

Locally, Lewis is a member of the Quitman County Rotary Club and the local PTA, President of the Quitman County Civic League, and serves as a Steward, Trustee, Sunday School teacher and Director of Christian Education for St. Stephen AME Church in Georgetown.

He is a graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, VA with an undergraduate degree in Biology and an associate degree in funeral service from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, GA. Lewis has served for over 20 years on the National Hampton Alumni Association, Inc. Board, chairing various boards and serving as Southeast Region President and National Vice President for the Eastern Regions. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and the single father of one son, and they reside in Georgetown.

3rd Congressional District

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Chunk Newman

Frank S. “Chunk” Newman
Batson-Cook Company
P.O. Box 554
West Point, GA 31833
Phone: (706) 643.2534
Fax: (706) 645.1221
Home: LaGrange, GA


Frank Seay “Chunk” Newman, is a Project Executive with Batson-Cook Company. He is former member and chair of the West Georgia Technical College Board, and former President of the College’s Foundation. He is currently serving on the board of Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, and the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce.

He was recently appointed to the State Workforce Development Board. He is a member and past president of the LaGrange Rotary Club and is an elder at First Presbyterian Church in LaGrange. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Building Construction from Georgia Tech. Newman and his wife, Leigh, have five children and live in LaGrange.

4th Congressional District

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Fran Millar

Fran Millar
5249 Brooke Farm Dr.
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Phone: (770)
Home: Dunwoody, GA


Fran Millar is a former State Representative (12 years ) and State Senator (8 years) who chaired the Education and Higher Education committees. He was very active with the Southern Regional Education Board and in his legislative career spent considerable time working on initiatives that included career pathways and dual enrollment. He is a retired insurance brokerage executive and presently the principal in a marketing firm. Mr. Millar presently serves on several nonprofit boards and he and his wife Mary have three married children and seven grandchildren. They reside in Dunwoody and are active members of Dunwoody United Methodist Church.

5th Congressional District

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Joseph Hsiao

Joseph Hsiao
374 Clifton Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30307
Phone 678-207-8478
Home: Atlanta, GA


Hsiao is the President & CEO of H Restaurant Group. Hsiao was born and raised in Atlanta, working and managing his parents’ restaurants. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Georgia State University. In 2010, he and his brother, Matthew, founded H Restaurant Group.

Hsiao is involved with several non-profit organizations and is an active member of the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Norcross. He currently serves on the State Board for the Technical College System of Georgia, is Secretary of the Georgia Restaurant Association, President of the Asian Restaurant Council, Board of Directors for the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce, the US Pan-Asian American Chamber of Commerce – Southeast, and Georgia Advocates for Crime Prevention.

Hsiao is also a member of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Vicki, have two young children.

Hsiao was appointed to the State Board by Governor Brian P. Kemp in 2023.

6th Congressional District

Corey Ferguson
Corey Ferguson

Corey Ferguson
Principal and Vice President
T. Dallas Smith & Company
101 Marietta Street
Suite 2350
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 678-374-9392
Home: Atlanta, GA


Corey Ferguson is a Principal and Vice President with T. Dallas Smith & Company, LLC, a commercial real estate firm based in Atlanta. In his current position, he uses data analytics and a myriad of internal skills to assist corporate clients in securing real estate solutions. He has 20+ years of experience in commercial real estate.

Before joining T. Dallas Smith & Company, Ferguson worked as a corporate real estate specialist with Kimberly-Clark Corporation, a Senior Leasing and Property Manager for SugarOak Holdings and Asset and Property Manager for Colliers International. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for The Ron Clark Academy, a member of the Board of Directors for the Dave Krache Foundation, and the Mentorship Chair for the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors.

In 2022, he was named to the Leadership Cobb Class of 2022-23. Ferguson earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Alabama, where he played Division 1 football. He and his wife, Leslie, live in Mableton with their three children.

7th Congressional District

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Buzz Law, CFP

Buzz Law, CFP (Vice Chair)
Creative Financial Group
3400 Overton Park Dr.
Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone 770-913-9704
Home: Alpharetta, GA


Law is President and Chief Executive Officer of Creative Financial Group, Ltd and has worked as a Certified Financial PlannerTM for over 35 years. He is Vice Chairman of the Georgia Foundation for Public Education.

He is a charter member of Kingdom Advisors. Law has a long history of service to his community with involvement in the University of Georgia Alumni Board of Directors, the DeKalb County School Systems Academy of Finance Advisory Board, the United Way Resources Development Committee, the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and the Rotary Club of Dunwoody.

Law earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Cathy, have four children. They reside in Alpharetta.

8th Congressional District

Calder B. Clay, III

Calder B. Clay, III
3882 Overlook Avenue
Macon, GA 31204
Phone: (478) 972.1104
Home: Macon, GA


Calder Clay is a partner and Vice President of Operations with Southern Spine, LLC and Smisson-Cartledge Biomedical. His medical device career includes sales and management positions with Bristol Myers Squibb and Johnson and Johnson.

Calder is a former elected member of the Macon City Council and the Bibb County Board of Commissioners. He is a member of the Macon Civic Club and Mulberry Street United Methodist Church in Macon, GA.

Calder earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Kathy, have three married daughters and two grandsons. The Clays live in Macon.

9th Congressional District

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Lee Chapman

Lee Chapman
Jackson EMC
Executive Vice President of External Affairs
850 Commerce Road
Jefferson, GA 30549
Home: Gainesville, GA


Lee Chapman is the Executive Vice President of External Affairs at Jackson EMC. As one of the largest electric cooperatives in the nation, Jackson EMC provides power to one of the fastest growing areas of Georgia along the I-85, I-985 corridor, which has become home to numerous international companies. Lee’s work is focused on government relations and statewide economic development efforts to advance Jackson EMC’s interest with strategic partnerships at the state and national levels. He is responsible for external affairs and member relations, including managing all marketing and sales strategies for residential, commercial, and industrial power supplies and services in a highly competitive marketplace; developing and implementing grassroots state legislative initiatives, representing the cooperative at the Georgia Public Service Commission on territorial issues; coordinating and maintaining community involvement; and for overall customer service and member satisfaction.

Lee began his career at Jackson EMC in 1988 focusing on the needs of residential members before taking a role as a commercial/industrial marketing representative in Gainesville. In 1998, Lee was promoted to Director of the Commercial and Industrial Marketing Department before being named Vice President of Marketing, Member Services and Legislative Affairs in 2015. Lee assumed his present position in 2022. Before joining JEMC, Chapman served on the staff of U.S. Senator Sam Nunn.

Lee received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Brenau College. He is also a graduate of Leadership Jackson, Leadership Hall, Leadership Georgia, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Management Internship Program.

Lee was recently appointed by Governor Brian Kemp to the Technical College System of Georgia State Board where he participates in establishing standards, regulations, and policies for the operation of the Technical College System of Georgia. He was previously appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to the Georgia Public Service Commission Advisory Committee in 2013 and served on the Board of the Georgia Economic Developers Association from 2017 to 2022. He previously served on the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the United Way of Hall County Board of Directors, the Gainesville College Board of Trustees, Gainesville Jaycees Board of Directors, March of Dimes Board of Directors, and Gainesville/Hall ’96 Olympic Committee. Lee also has served as the president of the East Hall High School Tip-Off Club and was an AAU Basketball Coach for 10 years. He has been named Gainesville Jaycees Young Man of the Year and was a 1994 recipient of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Silver Shovel Award.

Lee and his wife Karen live in Gainesville and have two grown children, Haley Shue (Micah) and Hayden, who are fourth generation UGA graduates. Go Dawgs!

Lee is also very proud of his two young granddaughters Oaklee and Bentley.

10th Congressional District

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Robert E. (Eddie) Ausband, Jr.

Robert E. (Eddie) Ausband, Jr.

175 Lawrenceville Street
McDonough, GA 30253
Phone: 678-485-0909

After graduating from The University of Georgia in 1982 with a BBA degree in Business Management, Eddie joined his family’s GM dealership as the dealer. Ten years later, the family business was sold, which launched his career into the insurance industry as the Ausband Agency representing Nationwide Insurance.

It was a natural progression that Eddie obtained his Securities License in 1993 and obtained the professional designation of Certified Financial Planner™ in 2000. In 2004, he reorganized The Ausband Agency’s financial services into a separate entity, Revanta Financial Group, LLC. Through fee-based investment advisory services, they offer financial and estate planning services as well as employee benefits consulting including group health plans and retirement plans.

In 2009, Eddie acquired a SERVPRO® franchise, the largest restoration company in North America. He saw this as a natural alliance that would complement his insurance endeavors and in 2017, he acquired a second franchise. For the past five years, SERVPRO® of Norcross and Duluth has been ranked in the top 15% of franchises by Servpro Industries, Inc. and recognized as a Top 100 franchise in three of those years. With 25+ employees, they continue to grow.

To expand his insurance and financial services, he recently formed Ausband Chapman, Inc., merging his agency with his brother Brad’s and a former employee, James Chapman. The new company now ranks among the largest independent agencies in South Atlanta with 30+ employees, in two states and seven locations.

Professionally, Eddie is a member of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors. Locally, he chairs the Finance Committee for the First Baptist Church of McDonough, is a Past Chairman of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce, former member of the Atlanta Regional Commission, and currently serves as vice-chair for the Henry County Development Authority. He also serves as an emeritus board member of the UGA Terry College Alumni Board and Innvision Hospitality, Inc.

Whether it’s financial advice, handling insurance policies, or fire and water crises, Eddie enjoys helping others. When he’s not working, Eddie’s an avid golfer and enjoys being at the beach with his family. He has been married for 39 years to the former Allison Copeland, an executive with Delta Air Lines. They have three children, McKenzie, Shelby and Tripp, four grandchildren and reside in McDonough, GA.

11th Congressional District

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Jay Cunningham

Jay Cunningham
Superior Plumbing
3991 Royal Drive, N.E.
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Phone 770-422-7586
Home: Kennesaw, GA


Cunningham is a licensed master plumber and the owner of Superior Plumbing Services, Inc. He currently serves on the Technical College System of Georgia State Board, the Georgia Construction Industry Licensing Board in the Division of Master and Journeyman Plumbers, the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Children’s Foundation Board, State Workforce Development Committee, the Cobb Chamber Workforce Development Committee, the Cobb County School Board Superintendents Business and Community Advisory Board, the Cobb County School Board Ed-SPLOST Citizens Oversight Committee, the Cobb County T-SPLOST Citizens Oversight Committee, the Cobb County Plumbing Advisory Board, the REACH Georgia’s Foundation Board, the Cobb County College and Career Academy, the Marietta College and Career Academy, and the Strand Theater Board.

Cunningham is a graduate of North Cobb High School. He has seven children and 8 grandchildren. Jay resides in Kennesaw GA.

12th Congressional District

Doug Lambert

Doug Lambert
Southeastern Hospitality Services, Inc.
211 Savannah Ave
Statesboro, GA 30458
Phone 912-681-2525
Home: Statesboro, GA


Doug Lambert is a businessman and entrepreneur who founded Southeastern Hospitality Services, Inc., which developed eight hotels in Statesboro and Savannah. Prior to opening his business, he worked at Franklin Equities, Inc., where he spent 27 years and led the operation of several hotels and restaurants across the southeast.

During his long and dedicated career in the hospitality industry, he served on the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the Georgia Hospitality and Travel Association, the Staybridge Suites Advisory Council and other industry and community organizations.

Lambert attended what is now Georgia Southern University where he earned a BBA in Marketing. He and his wife, Karen, live in Statesboro and have five children and six grandchildren.

13th Congressional District

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Dr. Artesius Miller

Dr. Artesius Miller (Chair)
Utopian Academy for the Arts
2750 Forest Parkway
Ellenwood, GA 30294
Phone: 470-446-1070
Home: Atlanta, GA


Dr. Artesius Miller is the Founder & CEO of the Utopian Academy for the Arts Charter School Network. Miller is recognized as a visionary leader in K-12 education who founded Georgia’s first state-approved charter school following recreation of the State Charter Schools Commission.

Utopian Academy for the Arts is a free, high-performing, public charter school network that serves elementary, middle, and high school students across metro Atlanta. Utopian’s theory of change is outlined in their mission statement: Through a structured and supportive environment, the Utopian Academy for the Arts will develop academic and artistic students to enter and to succeed in the global society, with proficiency to enroll in a college, university or specialty school of their choice.

Miller has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Morehouse College, a master’s degree in Education Leadership from Columbia University, and a doctorate degree in Educational Administration and Policy from the University of Georgia. Miller is an adjunct professor of Education at Morehouse College, and he resides in Atlanta.

14th Congressional District

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John Thomas

John Thomas
6 Blackstone Way
Dalton, GA 30721
(706) 463.2216
Home: Dalton, GA


John Thomas is a public utility professional from Dalton, Georgia, and currently serves as CEO of Dalton Utilities. Previously, he served in the U.S. Navy for four years as a Surface Warfare Officer and achieved the rank of Lieutenant. After his service, he returned to Georgia and began working at Dalton Utilities where he held multiple positions before being named CEO. Very active in his community, he has been on the board of directors for Georgia Northwestern Technical College since 2016. Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Auburn University, where he also joined the Naval ROTC program. He and his wife, Julie, live in Dalton and have four children.

Member at Large

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Ben Bryant

Ben Bryant
250 Williams Street, 5th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
(770) 335-0219
Home: Atlanta, GA


Ben Bryant serves as in-house counsel at InComm, a leading payments and fintech company headquartered in Atlanta, where he focuses on financial services, marketing, and regulatory affairs.

In addition to the TCSG Board, he serves on the board of directors of the Chamblee Charter High School Blue & Gold Foundation and is very active in Scouting.

Bryant earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from Washington & Lee University, a master’s degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University, and a law degree from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law.

He and his wife, Kristen, have two children. They reside in Atlanta.

Member at Large

Daren C. Wayne
Daren C. Wayne

Daren C. Wayne

5533 Mainsail Way
Gainesville, GA 30504
Phone: (770) 540.7962
Home: Buford, GA


Daren C. Wayne is a Principal at Wayne Capital (a Real Estate Investment Fund company) and has spent over two decades working in commercial real estate. Wayne is a licensed real estate agent and general contractor.

He attended Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina where he received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and later went on to earn an MBA from Georgia State University. Wayne and his wife, Merri Kris, have two sons and reside in Hall County.

Member at Large

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Randall Fox

Randall Fox
Fox Systems, Inc.
PO Box 17777
Calhoun, GA 30703
Work: (706) 625.5520 ext. 12
Home: Calhoun, GA


Fox is president of Fox Systems, Inc. He currently sits on the Technical College System of Georgia Board of Directors, The Gordon County College and Career Academy Board of Directors and the Gordon County Development Authority.

He previously served on the Technical College System of Georgia Foundation Board and as past chairman of the Board of Directors at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

Fox has two daughters and two grandsons. He resides in Calhoun.

Member at Large

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Tim Perryman

Tim Perryman
1325 Lanier Place
Cumming, GA 30041
Home: Cumming, GA


Tim began his career in the roofing industry in 1990 and was the operating partner for the first branch of Roofing Supply of Atlanta (RSA). He expanded RSA to markets throughout the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, and Indiana.

In 2006, he and his associates merged 63 branches across the country to form the Roofing Supply Group, which was later acquired by Beacon Roofing Supply. Perryman has partnered in a number of businesses ranging from food service, cremation, and real estate development.

He has remained in the roofing supply business and owns and operates Atlanta Squares Supply LLC. Perryman is an Army Veteran, having served in Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

Member at Large

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Trey Sheppard

Howard Clifford (Trey) Sheppard, III
Howard Sheppard, Inc.
P.O. Box 797
Sandersville, GA 31082
Phone 478.552.5127
Home: Sandersville, GA


Trey Sheppard is President of Howard Sheppard, Inc., a family owned trucking business located in Sandersville. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the Citizens Bank of the South and is also Past Chairman and current board member of the Georgia Southern University Athletic Foundation.

On the state level he serves on the Technical College System of Georgia State Board representing the 10th Congressional District and is a board member of the Georgia Motor Trucking Association. He is active in his local community serving on the Washington County Development Authority and is a member of the Sandersville Rotary Club.

Sheppard is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Georgia and in 2016 was selected to Georgia Trend’s 40 Under 40 Class and Georgia Southern University’s 40 Under 40 Class. Trey and his wife, Emily, have four children and live in Sandersville.

Member at Large

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Shirley Smith

Shirley Smith
Catoosa Citizens for Literacy and
The Catoosa Learning Center
36 Muscogee Trail
Ringgold, GA 30736
Phone: (706) 965.8275 Ext. 4
Home: Ringgold, GA


Mrs. Shirley Smith has been the executive director of Catoosa Citizens for Literacy, a certified community literacy program, since 1996.

Before working with literacy, she worked with a Pre-K program for eight years. She served five years on the Catoosa County Planning Commission, where she was elected chairman. Smith has been awarded the Ambassador of the Year and Citizen of the Year awards from the Catoosa County Chamber.

She was a recipient of the Liberty Bell Award in 2001 and the Georgia Press Award in 2007. Smith was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for Catoosa County by the Fort Oglethorpe Kiwanis Club in 2010.

Smith and her late husband, Wesley, have three children and six grandchildren. She reside in Ringgold.

Member at Large

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Tim Williams

Tim Williams
Greystone Power
P.O. Box 897
Douglasville, GA 30133
Phone: 770-370-2038
Home: Douglasville, GA


Williams is vice president of corporate and external affairs at GreyStone Power Corp. in Douglasville. He also serves as vice chairman of the board of directors of the GEMC Federal Credit Union in Tucker. He previously served as chairman of the Douglas County Public Education Trust and also as board chairman of the South Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

Williams earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama in 1982. He and his wife, Nancy, have two children. They reside in Douglasville.

David served as campaign chairman and president of United Way of Southeast Georgia. He is the Past President of the Rotary Club of Statesboro and is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and Leadership Bulloch.

David earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at LSU. He and his wife, Karen, have two daughters and four grandchildren.

David was appointed to the State Board by Governor Sonny Perdue in 2008.

Member at Large

Charlie Fiveash
Charlie Fiveash

Charlie Fiveash
131 Village Dr., Clarkesville, GA 30523
Phone: 404-502-0409


Charles “Charlie” Fiveash currently serves as Executive Director of Partnership Habersham. Prior to his role at Partnership Habersham, Fiveash spent 35 years in commercial and industrial real estate as a developer and broker. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Gwinnett Technical College and a past president of the National Association of Industrial & Office Parks. An active member of his community, Fiveash is involved in many civic and professional organizations. He is an alumnus of the University of Georgia and has his Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Fiveash and his wife, Lang, have three children and are members of Christ Presbyterian Church in Clarkesville.