Staff

Gwinnett Chamber’s Economic Development department is the fastest growing in the nation, and the largest local economic development staff in the State. The team includes professionals specializing in project management, marketing, research and programs.

Nick Masino

By | October 30, 2015 at 9:44 am | No comments

Chief Economic Development Officer,
Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett

(404) 667-6425 cell
(770) 232-8802 office

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Nick Masino is the Senior Vice President of Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett at the Gwinnett Chamber in Duluth, Georgia. Masino has served in this key leadership role for the past seven years and oversees the business recruitment and retention efforts for Gwinnett, as well as the implementation of the Partnership Gwinnett Strategy. To create this community-focused economic development (ED) organization, Partnership Gwinnett, Masino worked with public and private leadership to commission ED studies in 2006 and 2011, respectively; and spearheaded the implementation efforts of the initial plan—which brought approximately 250 company expansions or relocations, over 13,000 jobs and more than $900,000,000 in investment to Gwinnett. The second iteration of the plan began in January 2012.

A leading authority on local and state economic development, Masino is regularly sought after for prominent speaking engagements throughout metro Atlanta and Georgia. In addition, he has spoken internationally, in Incheon and Seoul, South Korea and Wuxi, Chongqing and Qingdao, China, representing Georgia on government, economic development and international business subjects. As a result of his extensive expertise in the economic development arena, Masino is a preferred interviewee for regional and local television, radio, newspaper and magazine outlets.

Masino’s economic development career began in February 2007, when he accepted his current role, but he is no stranger to the field. In December 2007, he ended his eighth year as one of Georgia’s youngest Mayors for the City of Suwanee. Prior to this post, Masino spent twelve years in Division, Regional and Territory Management within the recruiting and staffing industry. Before departing the industry, Masino held the position of Professional Services Division Manager for a national staffing agency.

A graduate of The Ohio State University, Masino holds a bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication. He and his wife—his high school and college sweetheart, Suzanne—are the parents of three children, Anna, Vincent and Julia.

Key Successes

Major Project Wins: Asbury Automotive (2007); Suniva (2008); NCR (2009); Hisense (2010); RockTenn (2011); Primerica (2011); Mitsubishi Electric Heating and Cooling (2012); TravelSky (2013); Dasan Machineries (2014)

Affiliations*: Georgia Economic Developer Association (2007-Present); Co-Founder and Chairman, Innovation Crescent (2008-Present); Member, International Economic Development Council (2010-Present)

 *A complete list of affiliations, honors, and awards can be found at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/masino

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Adam Forrand

By | September 8, 2015 at 3:29 pm | No comments

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Director, Education & Talent Development, Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett

(678) 474-1701 (office)

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Adam serves as Director, Education & Talent Development for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. He leads the implementation efforts for Partnership Gwinnett’s Goal 2 Education and Workforce Excellence initiatives and serves as the key point person to connect and better align the demands of the County’s talent development needs.

Adam brings a wealth of cumulative experience (20+ years) in the education sector, having served secondary and post-secondary school clients across the nation (non-profit and for-profit institutions alike) addressing enrollment management, content, curriculum and marketing communication needs. He has made significant contributions to the success of a range of companies from a Seattle-based education-technology startup and a Miami-based marketing and content management services provider, to multi-national education companies such as Houghton Mifflin and Pearson Learning. He was also the founder of a print and digital brand marketing agency in metro-Atlanta.

Adam hold a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Stetson University in Deland, FL.


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Li Wong

By | November 25, 2011 at 9:20 am | No comments

Li Wong
Director of Entrepreneurship,
Partnership Gwinnett

(770) 232-2268 (office)

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Li Wong is the Director of Entrepreneurship for Partnership Gwinnett, where he is driving small business and entrepreneurial goals and objectives, while providing key information and support to develop targeted-industry small business initiatives. Wong also actively supports the Gwinnett Angels, a chapter of the Atlanta Technology Angels.

Prior to this role, Wong was the Publisher of the Georgia Asian Times (GAT). He founded the publication in 2004, and it remains the largest circulated publication covering the multiethnic Asian-American community in the metro Atlanta region and the state of Georgia. He was also instrumental in establishing the annual GAT 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia Awards program. Wong is also the founder of the Atlanta Asian Film Festival, the largest film festival of its kind in the southeast region.

Wong formerly served as the Country Manager for Dow Jones Interactive Publishing, as well as the Asian Wall Street Journal Digital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to this, he was the Director of International Affairs for the John Buck Company, a Chicago-based property development and investment organization. Wong also spent time serving as the Director of Marketing for Conway/Site Selection Magazine.

Wong graduated with an MBA in International Business and a BBA in Management from Georgia State University. He currently serves on the Board of Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival of Atlanta, the Atlanta Asian Film festival, and the Hong Kong Association of Atlanta. Wong previously served as a member on the Board of Visitor at Emory University.

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Andrew Carnes

By | November 24, 2011 at 10:36 am | No comments

Andrew Carnes

Director of Economic Development
& Partnership Gwinnett

(678) 584-2265 (office)

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Andrew Carnes joined Partnership Gwinnett in 2015 and serves as the Director of Economic Development. In this role, Carnes works to develop and maintain relationships with state and economic development partners in an effort to support job growth in Gwinnett County. He works with consultants and companies, alike, to evaluate the available resources in the community and meet the demands of the growing industry sectors. Carnes is also responsible for maintaining close relationships with Gwinnett’s existing industries to support their retention and expansion plans. He has been invited to the international headquarters of numerous Gwinnett companies including locations in Belgium, the Czech Republic, China, France, Germany, and South Korea.

Over the course of his career, Carnes has assisted in creating over $1.3 billion in capital investment and over 9,000 jobs.

Prior to this role, Carnes served as the Executive Director for the Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority where he managed and directed the countywide economic development strategies, including existing industry expansion services and recruitment of new business. Carnes helped to land the Engineered Floors project which created 2,400 jobs and $450 Million in investment, also winning GEDA’s Deal of the Year Award, Area Development’s Golden Shovel Award, Trade & Industry Development’s CiCi Award for Community Impact, and was selected as a Top Project of the Year by Site Selection Magazine.  While in Dalton, Carnes was also named Top 20 Under 40 in Northwest Georgia.

Currently, he is a member of the Georgia Economic Developer’s Association (GEDA), the International Economic Development Council, and the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC). He serves on the GEDA Young Professionals committee and is the past Co-Chairman of SEDC’s Young Professionals for 2015 and 2016.

Carnes earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Economics from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA and graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute in 2015.


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Deven Cason

By | November 23, 2011 at 11:27 am | No comments

Project Manager, Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management

706.424.5682 (cell)
678.474.1708 (office)

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Deven Cason is the Project Manager for Manufacturing and Supply Chain sectors for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett. She is responsible for economic development project activities for the Partnership Gwinnett strategy. Prior to this role, Deven worked as an Account Manager at True Staffing in Gwinnett County. Currently, she is a member of the Georgia Economic Developer’s Association (GEDA) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Economics from the University of Georgia. Deven, along with her husband and two children, is a resident of Sugar Hill, GA.

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Megan McDonald

By | November 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm | No comments

Project Manager, Technology & Life Sciences

470.449.2149 (cell)
678.584.2259 (office)

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Megan McDonald is the Project Manager focusing on Technology and Life Science sectors for Partnership Gwinnett. She is responsible for recruitment and expansion economic development project activities. Prior to joining Partnership Gwinnett, Megan was Director of Business Development for the Orlando Economic Development Commission where she managed economic development projects for the Advanced Manufacturing and Technology sectors. She began her economic development career at Enterprise Florida, the state’s chief economic development organization, where she worked as a research associate assisting project managers in all sectors. Which lead to her managing her own projects in the Professional Services sector. She is currently a member of the Georgia Economic Developer’s Association and serves on the board for the Innovation Crescent. Megan earned a Bachelor Degree in History with a minor in Business from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL and received her basic economic development certification from Southern Mississippi University in Hattiesburg, MS.

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Haley Tolbert

By | November 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm | No comments

haley Tolbert

Director, Programs & Communications
Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett

(770) 232-1174 (office)

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Haley Tolbert serves as the Director of Programs & Communications for Economic Development. In this role she is responsible for the overall design and execution of the Economic Development marketing and event strategy.

Haley began her career in the telecommunications field as the marketing and communications specialist with Movius Interactive Corporation in Johns Creek, Georgia. After leaving Movius Haley joined the Partnership Gwinnett team as the Program Manager in 2013. Since that time she has been promoted twice within the organization and took on her current role in May of 2016.

Haley is a member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association, the Gwinnett Young Professionals Leadership Council and currently serves as the Secretary for the Sugar Hill Historic Preservation Society. She is also a 2015 graduate of the Leadership Gwinnett program, Glance Gwinnett and a member of the Gwinnett Young Professional Leadership Institute inaugural class of 2016.

Haley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with a dual concentration in Public Relations and Advertising from Georgia College & State University. She currently resides in Sugar Hill, Georgia with her husband, Neil.


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Tashieka Moore

By | February 25, 2009 at 4:06 pm | No comments

Research Manager,
Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett

(770) 232-8808 (office)

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Tashieka Moore is the Research Manager for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett. Tashieka supports the business development efforts of the organization by providing key information and tracking essential metrics on the marketing and growth of the Gwinnett community, Partnership Gwinnett and its economic development activities.

Before joining the Partnership Gwinnett team, Tashieka worked with EuQuant, an urban planning research firm. Prior to that, Tashieka worked with Neighborworks America in Washington, the Georgia House of Representatives, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and the New York State Assembly. Tashieka received her Master’s degree in City & Regional Planning from Georgia Tech and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Lehigh University.


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