Meet our Site Coordinators

Paulo Albuquerque

Paulo Albuquerque

Paulo Albuquerque is the Brunswick Area Manager for Georgia Power Southeast Region. Paulo is directly responsible for External and Community Affairs and provides leadership for Distribution, Economic Development and Sales in Camden, Glynn, McIntosh, Liberty and Bryan Counties. He is also responsible for the leadership of Georgia Power’s Energy Services team for the Southeast Region. A native of Recife, Brazil, Albuquerque received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Univix University in 2003, and his MBA from FGV University in 2005, both in Brazil. He also completed the MIT Sloan Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership and INPO Emerging Leaders.

Site Coordinator:Glynn County

Cedric King

Cedric King

Cedric Z. King, PHR, SHRM-CP, CEO of King’s Consulting provides support services to companies that need assistance with human resources, business development as well as community and governmental relations strategies. Cedric was the former Manager of Community Relations at Pinova, Inc. a subsidiary of DRT. He is a graduate of McIntosh County Academy (’90) and The University of South Carolina, Coastal Carolina College (’95), where he holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Criminal Justice. Cedric formally managed all Community Relations and Workforce Training Development activities for the business. Over the last 20 years at Pinova, Cedric held a wide variety of leadership positions ranging from human resources, logistics, operations, public-governmental relations, quality control, safety and training development. In addition to his career achievements, Cedric is very active in his community, currently serving on the Boards of Southeastern Bank, College of Coastal Georgia Trustee Foundation, Coastal Area District Development Authority (CADDA), Glynn County Airport Commission, Congressional Manufacturing Council-District 1, Fourteen Black Men of Glynn, Georgia SHRM Governmental Affairs Committee, Georgia SHRM Advocacy Team (SHRM A-Team), NAACP Member, Coastal Georgia Basketball (Founder) and Communities In Schools of Glynn Advisory Board. In the past, Cedric has served on the Brunswick-Glynn County Development Authority as Chairman, Vice Chair and Treasurer, Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber Executive Board, NAACP of Glynn County Executive Board, Golden Isles Society of Human Resources Management Executive Board, United Way of Coastal Georgia Executive Board as Campaign Chair, 2016 BIGWIG for Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia, Jax Chamber Board of Governors, Jax Chamber Trustee Board, Communities In Schools of Glynn, Grace and Truth Advisory Board, Jacksonville, Fla., McIntosh Sustainable Environment and Economic Development (McSEED) as Board Chair in Darien, Ga, Glynn Academy School Council and Jane Macon School Council. Cedric was recently selected to the Prestigious Leadership Georgia Class of 2019. He has completed Leadership Programs in Glynn and McIntosh Counties, as well as his recent graduation with the 2018 Class of Leadership Southeast Georgia. In addition to being recognized in the Golden Isles Magazine 20 under 40. He has received numerous awards such as the 2017 Georgia State Council SHRM Volunteer of the Year, 2016 Brunswick NAACP Community and Justice Award, 2016 & 2013 Brunswick Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Citizen of the Year, United Way of Coastal Georgia, Board Member of the Year, Linda Bobbitt Educational Foundation Community Service Award and The Tunis Campbell Wings of Freedom Award for Community Service. Cedric is married to his lovely wife Crystal and they have two children, Cekayla (20) and Cedric Zachary II (13). Their family, faithfully serve and attend, Greater Works Than These Ministries in Brunswick, GA.

Site Coordinator:Glynn County

Kendria Lee

Kendria Lee

Class Nominations/Selection

Kendria Lee is a “Double Eagle” graduate of Georgia Southern University, earning both a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems from the College of Business. Prior to her current role, Ms. Lee held the position of Operations Manager and Executive Associate for Government and Community Relations – both for the Office of External Affairs. Ms. Lee is a member of Protocol and Diplomacy International – Protocol Officers Association. She is a graduate of Leadership Southeast Georgia as well as Georgia Academy for Economic Development. She is also a member of the Statesboro YMCA Board and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s Rural Prosperity Council. In addition, she is currently serving as Chair of the University System of Georgia Staff Council and she also works as a mentor for the REACH program.

Site Coordinator:Bulloch County

Benjy Thompson

Benjy Thompson

Benjy Thompson presently serves as Chief Executive Officer for the Development Authority of Bulloch County.  Before assuming his present position, Mr. Thompson served in the following positions: Vice President for Economic Development, Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro, Georgia; Director of the Coastal Rivers Water Planning and Policy Center at Georgia Southern University; Acting Assistant Dean of External Relations for the College of Business Administration, Georgia Southern University; Associate Professor of Legal Studies in Business, School of Accountancy, COBA/Georgia Southern University; and Founding Director, School of Economic Development, Georgia Southern University.

Benjy was born in Millen, GA.  He received a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgia Southern College in 1990; a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1994; and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University in 2002.

Site Coordinator :Bulloch County

Terry Landreth

Terry Landreth

Terry Landreth is a graduate of Leadership Southeast Georgia 2017. He is the owner of Camden Bicycle Center in St Marys.  Chairman of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce. Vice Chair of the St Marys Downtown Development/Main Street Authority. Retired Submarine Qualified Master Chief Petty Officer. Married to Darlene, Two Sons and Four Grandchildren.

Site Coordinator:Camden County

James Coughlin

James Coughlin

James grew up along Florida’s Gulf Coast and immediately felt at home when he arrived here in beautiful coastal Georgia. He attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate work and later the University of Georgia, where he also served as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer. James comes to Camden from Rome, Georgia, where he served as the Director of Professional Recruitment and Retention for Floyd Medical Center. In this role James traveled the Southeast region, recruiting physicians to the northwest Georgia area. James was a 2011 graduate of Leadership Rome and in 2013 he was the Governor’s Appointee to the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission. James lives in Kingsland with his wife, Diane, and daughter, Autumn. He believes that above all else, people are the greatest asset this community has to offer.

Site Coordinator :Camden County

CB Yadav

CB Yadav

Chandra B. Yadav is a small business owner in Camden County, Georgia. He serves on the board of the Kingsland Development Authority (KDA) as Vice Chair, Kingsland Downtown Development Authority (KDDA), Kingsland Tourism as Chair, Camden Partnership, the Camden County Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Chamber, and Coin Operated Amusement Machine (COAM) as Secretary. He served on the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) board in 2013-2014. He also attended Camden Leadership 2010, Southeast Georgia Leadership 2018 and Leadership Georgia 2018. CB earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering. He and his wife Sugandha have two son’s, Aditya and Shivansh Yadav.

Site Coordinator:Camden County

Gary Straight

Gary Straight

Gary Straight is the owner of S & S Pool Services. He serves as the Chair for the Downtown Development Authority, as well as, the Chairman for the Government & Legislative Affairs Committee and Vice Chair Advocacy of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Intracoastal Gateway Steering Committee for the City of St. Marys.

Site Coordinator:Camden County

Stephanie Dammen-Morrell

Stephanie Dammen-Morrell

Site Coordinators Chair

A native of Osage, IA, Ms. Dammen-Morrell joined regional architecture/engineering design firm, Hussey Gay Bell in 2013 and currently serves at the firm’s Director of Marketing with an area of responsibility spanning six offices in three states including Savannah, Statesboro and Atlanta, GA; Charleston and Columbia, SC; and Nashville, TN. A cum laude graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Ms. Dammen-Morrell is the recipient of the 2013 Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Colorado Business Developer of the Year Award and 2010 SMPS Colorado Marketer of the Year Award in addition to being a 2016 Leadership Savannah graduate. An avid supporter of personal and professional growth, Ms. Dammen-Morrell has served in a variety of industry association capacities including: SMPS Colorado Executive Board, SMPS Colorado Secretary, SMPS Colorado Director-at-Large, SMPS National MCA Juror, AIA National Convention Committee, ASHRAE Annual Conference Sustainability Project Committee and Bryan County Zoning Update Committee. Current/recent activities include: ACEC-GA Engineering GA Editorial Board, SAME Savannah Post Young Member Chair & Board Member, SMPS Palmetto Membership Committee, SMPS Atlanta Coastal Committee Chair, 2018 SMPS Atlanta Board, Richmond Hill Historical Writers Guild and Richmond Hill Historical Society Member.

Site Coordinator :Bryan and Liberty Counties

Cecilia Arango

Cecilia Arango

A Georgia native, Cecilia was born in Columbus before she moved to Savannah at seven years old. She is an English Communications graduate from Armstrong State University and has been employed with Thomas & Hutton since 2001. She serves as the Marketing Manager and oversees marketing and public relations for Thomas & Hutton’s eight offices in Savannah and Brunswick, Georgia Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Columbia, and Greenville, South Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Nashville, Tennessee. Cecilia serves on the board for Savannah Sports Council, Savannah Crimestoppers, and Savannah Striders Track Club. In addition, she is also a member of the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary and Savannah Chamber Ambassadors Council.

Site Coordinator: Chatham County

Robert Grant

Robert Grant

Robert Grant is the Director of Development at Junior Achievement. His is a former High School Teacher and currently serves as an elected school board member for District One for the Effingham County Board of Education. Grant has worked with Backpack Buddies for nearly 10 years and helped to facilitate the group’s efforts to collect, fill and deliver backpacks of food for at-risk youth. A graduate of Clemson University, Grant earned a B.A. in secondary education, history and geography. Grant, the child of a career Air Force officer, grew up all over the world, and has lived in Effingham County for almost 15 years.

Site Coordinator:Chatham County

Diana Morrison

Diana Morrison

A native of Claxton GA, long-time Savannah resident Diana Morrison has devoted her professional life for over three-decades to helping businesses, large and small, brand their identity, and express gratitude to clients and employees, no matter the occasion, with customized promotional products, through her market-leading firm, Advertising Specialty Services. Diana received her education informally from the school of hard knocks, industry resources and great mentors.  She loves opportunities to teach and speak to motivate and help others to grow, learn and feel accomplished.

 

Site Coordinator:Chatham County

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