FOCO TALKS, the official #Chambercast of the Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce
James is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Forsyth County Chamber. Over
the last 16 years he has led several successful campaigns to gain voter approval for over $2 billion dollars for education, transportation, and public safety infrastructure improvements. During his tenure at the Chamber, the organization has worked with over 400 economic development clients and commercial real estate developments that have announced the creation of over 22,000 new jobs and over $2 billion dollars of new capital investment in Forsyth County. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Chamber of
Commerce, Council for Quality Growth, Atlanta Regional Business Coalition and the Executive
Committee of the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute (GBPI). James is a past Chair of the Board of
Directors for the North Georgia Community Foundation, Bald Ridge Boy’s Lodge, and served as
Founding Chair of Mentor Me North Georgia.
Derek is the 2022 Board Chair of the Forsyth County Chamber. Additionally, he is a Forsyth County native, who was in the third graduating class of South Forsyth High School. He owns and operates Brandywine Printing Inc , a family-owned business founded in the early 80s by his father. Brandywine Printing helps organizations succeed by providing printed materials that improve their image or make them more efficient.
Derek has finds a lot of joy in being involved with multiple charities and nonprofits in his community and believes that you get what you give, so give a lot!
Michelle is the enthusiastic VP of Business Development. She and her team bring the mission of The Chamber of to LIFE! They are the voice of business, providing community leadership, information and solutions to foster a strong economic environment and a superior quality of life in Forsyth County. Michelle and team take great pride in creating events centered around connectivity and growth. To learn more about membership and Chamber offerings, visit www.focochamber.org. Check out their YouTube channel.
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“FOCO Talks” is presented by the Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce
Broadcasted LIVE from the Forsyth Business RadioX Studio in Cumming, Georgia
Produced by Amanda Pearch