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SEABA: South East Atlanta Business Association

SEABA Board of Directors

Ashley McCartney, The Law Firm of Ashley McCartney, LLC, SEABA 2010-2013 Chair

In addition to serving as Chair of SEABA, Ashley serves as President of Cabbagetown Initiative, CDC and is instrumental in community development in the area. She runs her own law practice, Ashley McCartney, LLC, which focuses on family law, estate planning, civil litigation and business law. She is a true leader of our community.

Rick Hudson, CEO of Xanadu Consortium

Elected to the SEABA Board of Directors. As GNPA Land Use & Development Chair, Rick has been highly instrumental in assuring that appropriate community development opportunities have been determined, searched, vetted, and guided. Rick’s expertise in recognizing opportunities, developing solutions, and building coalitions will be an excellent addition to our leadership group.

Cary S. Burgess, SVP Zoo Atlanta

Elected to the SEABA Board of Directors. As Senior Vice President /Operations, Guest Services & Community Affairs he has been a leader at Zoo Atlanta for 20 years. Cary oversees all aspects of the logistical planning and management of the Zoo’s Operations and Guest Services functions, and leads the zoos community affairs efforts. In his role as Senior Vice President, Cary has led numerous initiatives improving net revenue, and the quality of guest services and the overall visitor experience.

C. David Chambless, Principal of Abraxas Business Services, Inc.

Founding member of the SEABA Board of Directors.  Abraxas is a firm which provides integrated services to first-time sellers of businesses (primarily in the technology, manufacturing, distribution and services industries). Dave’s previously experience includes sales, marketing, technology and executive roles in a variety of industries. He earned a MBA in finance from The Wharton School and a BIE from Georgia Tech. Prior to graduate school, Dave commanded a U. S. Army Pershing missile unit in West Germany. Dave is actively involved in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church community, and he was on the board of The Samaritan House of Atlanta. He serves on the advisory council of 24/7 Gateway, a homeless-services center under the auspices of The United Way of Atlanta. Dave, wife Lisa, and son Iain live in Grant Park (their four older sons, having flown the coop, also live in Atlanta). Dave is a founding member of SEABA’s board of directors.

David J. Payne, SEABA 2006-2009 Chair

After graduating from Mercer University, he served as a U.S. Naval Flight Officer during the Viet Nam Era. As CEO of Payne Warren, Inc., David provides Human Capital Management (HCM) consulting services to domestic and international organizations. As Chair of Community Resource Network, Inc., he works with non-profits and community groups to develop leadership and neighborhood renewal programs (such as Together Atlanta and The Neighborhood Achievement Awards). He is the  Vice Chair of Atlanta’s Zoning Review Board and on the Elected Officials Compensation Commission, of which he is a former Chair. Beginning in the 1980s, David’s community involvements include serving as First Vice President of South Atlantans for Neighborhood Development (SAND), Chair of Neighborhood Planning Unit – W (NPU-W), and as Vice Chair of the Atlanta Planning Advisory Board (APAB). David’s home in Ormewood Park has been the site for many neighborhood and fund raising events.

 Barb Harper

One of the owners of Milltown Arms Tavern, Barb serves on the SEABA board of directors as well as on Cabbagetown Initiative’s board. Barb is a great resource for our community and a true pioneer.

 Jeff Rogers

Jeff Rogers has 20+ years of broad experience in project engineering and management, with extensive experience in facility design, manufacturing and facilities management, and process improvement. He approaches all projects from a holistic perspective – incorporating years of experience and education to provide solutions that will help your business become more effective, efficient, and prosperous.

Jeff has extensive experience working with/for owner-operators and consulting firms. He offers a powerful combination of skills in engineering, business, and project management. His background merges facilities, industrial, and manufacturing engineering, with capital project management, engineering management, and plant design – including material handling systems and distribution operations. Jeff brings much to bear on solving difficult problems.

He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Keller Graduate School of Management concentrating in Project Management. In addition, Jeff has earned a Master of Project Management degree from the same school. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Outside of the office, Jeff is a forward thinking civic leader, neighborhood supporter, community developer, and Atlanta and Grant Park resident. He possesses highly effective leadership, communications, and management skills. His recognized competencies include team building, win-win negotiations, strategic thinking, consensus building, and conflict resolution. Jeff is associated with the following organizations:
• Institute of Industrial Engineers
• Project Management Institute
• Society of Manufacturing Engineers
• Atlanta Neighborhood Planning Unit W
• Grant Park Neighborhood Association
• Southeast Atlanta Business Association

Chris Balch

Chris Balch is a lawyer and mediator with over 20 years experience helping people resolve their disputes. He has conducted over 90 trials before juries from Valdosta to LaFayette. As the principal lawyer in the Balch Law Group, Chris works with clients to avoid disputes and to help them manage the risk associated with doing business. Whether fighting City Hall or your noisy neighbor, Chris and the Balch Law Group have the expertise to help.
He serves on the Economic Development and Land Use and Zoning Committees for the Grant Park Neighborhood Association and as President of the Grant Park Security Patrol. He was co-chair of the Bylaws Revision Committee in 2011. He has been elected as a representative to NPU-W from Grant Park for the last 3 years and serves on the NPU’s Public Safety Committee. He has also been appointed to the Special Committee to evaluate and respond to the application by a developer to build a large box store on the old LaFarge Concrete Company property located along Glenwood Avenue in Grant Park.