Cobb Chamber Welcomes New President
The Cobb Chamber of Commerce board of directors has named Sharon Mason as president and CEO. Mason has 15 years of chamber experience and previously served as the chief operating officer. As a part of her long-standing career with the chamber, Mason led the organization’s five-year strategic planning process, has increased engagement among chamber members and helped to raise more than $3 million for Cobb’s Competitive EDGE, which has led to more than 22,000 new jobs and $2.5 billion in new private investments in Cobb.
Mason succeeds David Connell, who is retiring after seven years leading the chamber.
“Sharon Mason is the right person for the job,” Gary Bottoms, chair of the Cobb Chamber board of directors and president of The Bottoms Group LLC, said. “She inherits a strong chamber and engaged business community. Over the years, she has worked closely with David Connell to create a national reputation for Cobb County and deliver creative solutions to recruit and retain businesses. We are grateful for David’s leadership and his contribution to the growth of our county, and we are excited to embrace Sharon Mason’s vision for the future.”
The national search began in August and was led by a 10-member selection committee.
“We had a large pool of highly-qualified candidates to consider for this position,” Rob Garcia, who chaired the selection committee, said. “Sharon Mason impressed us with her knowledge and experience in Cobb County and the region. We believe she can lead the organization to new heights by enhancing the chamber’s culture of service, strategy and innovation.”
“I am excited and honored to accept the role of president and CEO of the Cobb Chamber,” Mason said. “I know as a business community we can achieve great things by working together to advance a vibrant economy. It is important that we continue to offer programs and services that are beneficial to our members, while also addressing the education, workforce and business climate needs of our community. The chamber will continue to be a leader, ensuring that Cobb County remains a great place to live and work.”
Mason is an Atlanta native and an active member of the Cobb County community including serving on the MUST Ministries board of directors, as Marietta Rotary Foundation director in 2015-16 and as past president of Friends for the East Cobb Park, to name a few. She also is active in the region including currently serving on the executive committee for the Regional Business Coalition and the Atlanta Regional Commission’s strategic planning steering committee, and she is presently in Leadership Atlanta. She is a graduate of Leadership Cobb, Honorary Commanders, Regional Leadership Institute, Chamber Institute for Organizational Management and is active in their alumni associations. Mason has a bachelor’s degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition to the Cobb Chamber, Mason also has worked for the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce and the American Cancer Society. She lives in Cobb County with her husband and daughter. They are active at North Point Community Church.
Love Is All Around
As Valentine’s Day approaches, our thoughts turn to love and romance. Whether you are looking for love or already in love, there are plenty of events to enjoy in February. Here are some of our favorites.
Meet Your Other Half: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. February 2, Hudson Grille Sandy Springs. Complimentary food, mingling with some of the finest like-minded professionals, ages 25-40, private bar, music.
Best of Atlanta Valentines Day Edition: 8 p.m. February 14, Laughing Skull Atlanta. Ten comedians each doing their best 10 minutes of material. Two-drink minimum.
Chinua Hawk: 7:30 p.m. February 14, at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur. Soul/pop/R&B singer-songwriter.
Tease Tuesday Burlesque: Hearts & Heart Breakers: 9 p.m. February 14, Red Light Café, Atlanta. Ten amazing acts—burlesque, singers, acrobats, jugglers, aerialists—for only $10.
Opera at the Mansion: 6 p.m. February 14, The Wimbush House, Atlanta. Enjoy a glass of Champagne and the dreamy sights, sounds and feelings of Orchestra Noir’s Opera at the Mansion.