Dublin-Laurens Tourism Council Announces 2014 Board of Directors | Business
Recently, the Dublin-Laurens Tourism Council confirmed its Board of Directors and Officers for 2014. Appointed by various authorities and organizations across Laurens County, the Board of Directors develops and implements action plans to increase tourist visits to Laurens County, Georgia through promotion, marketing, resource development and enrichment, and promoting investment in local assets, resources, and infrastructure, such as parks, museums, convention centers, historic districts, restaurants, and events to attract potential visitors.
Appointed by Dublin-Laurens County Chamber of Commerce, Chairman William “Bill” Clive Brown III, a native of Dublin, is the Business Development Officer for Bank of Dudley. He is a 1987 graduate of Dublin High School and graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Risk Management and Insurance. He serves on the Dublin City Council and the Downtown Development Authority. He also serves on the Dublin Country Club Board of Directors and is a Will Watt fellow and member of the Dublin Rotary Club. Mr. Brown is also the 2006 Georgia Amateur Golf Champion. He is married to the former Darla Williams of Cary, Georgia and they have two children, Will and Laine.
Appointed by the City of Dublin, Vice Chairman Jerry Davis is currently serving a second term as Dublin City Councilman At-Large. Upon returning to his hometown Dublin, after retiring from Unum Insurance Corporation in Chattanooga, TN as a disability underwriter training at age 55, Davis decided it was time to give back to the community. Jerry was elected to the Dublin City Council in 2009. He is a graduate of Fort Valley State University (FVSU) with a BBA degree and a concentration in management. Past employment includes working as an assistant store manager for K-Mart Corporation in MD, NJ, and VA. Jerry is currently a local business owner of J. Davis Enterprises, Inc, a rental property business along with his wife, Delois Davis. He is currently the president for the Dublin-Laurens Chapter of FVSU Alumni Association, and serves on several boards in Dublin-Laurens County.
Appointed by Dublin Downtown Development Authority, Treasurer Joshua Kight was born and raised in Dublin. After completing his education and working for several years in Los Angeles, he decided to return home to Dublin to practice law with his family. His mother, Emily Kight, now practices real estate and probate law (The Kight Law Firm, P.C.), while his father, Billy Kight, serves as county attorney for Laurens County.
In addition to his legal work, Joshua currently serves as executive director of the Downtown Dublin Development Authority. Over the last five years, downtown Dublin has re-emerged as a vibrant cultural and economic area for the Dublin-Laurens community. Joshua enjoys working to continue the progress.
An alumnus of Laurens Leadership, Joshua has previously served as a board member for the local chapter of the American Red Cross and Keep Dublin Laurens Beautiful.
He enjoys fishing, birding, and photography. His experiences on the Oconee River led him to join the Georgia River Network, the Altamaha Riverkeeper (ARK), and Rivers Alive. He is currently involved in the Oconee River Project for ARK and also writes outdoors articles for Laurens Now magazine.
Joshua, his wife, Victoria, and their sons, River & Silas, live outside of Dublin, with their two dogs, Sparky and Banjo.
Appointed by the Dublin-Laurens County Recreation Authority, Secretary Kay Hughes serves as the administrative assistant for the Recreation Authority. A graduate of West Laurens High School, Kay currently resides in Soperton.
Appointed by the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority, Guy Cochran is married to Tina and has lived in Dublin, Georgia since completing a four year stint in the U.S. Army. Guy is a graduate of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Guy is the current President/CEO of Cochran Bros Co Inc. dba Cochran Bros Wholesale Grocers, Cochran Oil Co., and Friendly Gus Food Stores. In his spare time, Guy enjoys hunting, forestry, traveling and studying US/World History. Guy and his wife have four children and two grandchildren.
"I consider serving on the Development Authority Board and Tourism Council a tremendous honor and responsibility. Industry is the life blood of any community, and we are blessed to live, work, and play in a community that supports economic growth for all of its citizens."
Dublin native Jefferson Irwin Davis IV graduated from The University of Georgia in 1998, and serves as the member at large. He began his career in Information Technology in 1998 with Columbia/HCA, and went on to found Alterra Networks in 2005. Based in Dublin with 15 full time employees, Alterra Networks competes statewide in the Low Voltage and Network Infrastructure arenas. When the home office was outgrown, Jeff acquired Downtown Dublin’s “Old” Post Office, built in 1912. Using original blueprints and 1,500 pages of documentation from the National Archives, Jeff and his team restored the building to its original grandeur. His other passions are forestry and cattle farming. Jeff is married to the former Jennifer Wynn of Rockledge. They have three children; sons Jeff and Morgan, and daughter Mollie.
Appointed to represent the arts community, Kim Hatchett is the owner and operator of Plum Alley, Inc., a ladies clothing boutique which opened in 1984. A native of Atlanta, Kim grew up participating in local theatre both on stage and back stage. Upon high school graduation, Kim attended Presbyterian College on a Theatre Arts scholarship. In 1990, Kim graduated with a degree in Elementary and Middle Grades Education. Kim taught 1st grade for 8 years in Coweta County, GA and Dublin City Schools.
In 2005, Kim became involved in the Theatre Dublin Nutcracker production and again realized her love of the theatre. By 2008, she was asked to be Stage Manager. In 2012, she was named Technical Director. 2014 will mark the 10th year the production has been in Dublin, with Kim at the helm for the past 4 years.
Kim is a retired member of Dublin Service League, a former member of the America Cancer Society board, a current member of the organizing committee for the Theatre Dublin Nutcracker and a graduate of Leadership Georgia. She attends Dublin 1st United Methodist Church, where she serves on the Worship Committee. She is married to Matt and has 2 daughters Emily and Camille. This is Kim's 2nd term on the Tourism Board.
Appointed as a representative of the hotelier industry, Phil Patel, emigrated to the United States in 1999 with his wife Melanie, and 2 children, Jiten and Priya. Upon his arrival in Dublin, Phil quickly became an active member of both the Dublin and East Dublin communities, serving in many local organizations including the Rotary Club, Dublin and East Dublin Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, Dublin Tourism Committee, American Red Cross. He has also volunteered much of his personal time to the local Indian community, serving as President of the Bharat Samaj of Dublin from 2006 to 2011, where he organized cultural events for the local Indian community. Phil also participated in fundraisers for the local Lions Club organizations to raise money for the visually impaired and those in need of financial aid to obtain reading glasses. Currently, Phil remains very active in the Dublin community and his commitment to the Chamber of Commerce since 1999. Over the years, Phil has aided the Chamber of Commerce by serving as a member of the board of directors and assisted in increasing Chamber membership. Phil is also an active member of the Rotary Club, where he served as a member on the board of directors and continues to assist in fundraising projects, the most recent being the well project in Zambia. Phil also serves as an active member of the Dublin tourism committee and has been on the board since 2012.
Phil’s high level of involvement and continued commitment to the Dublin community has also contributed to his entrepreneurial success. Phil owned and operated the then Ramada Limited in East Dublin from 1999 to 2007. In 2007, Phil oversaw the construction of the brand new LaQuinta Inn & Suites. Under his leadership as General Manager, the Dublin LaQuinta has become one of the top performing hotels under the LaQuinta umbrella. In 2009, Phil and his team received the national award for best performing hotel out of the 850 hotels owned under the LaQuinta franchise system. Since opening in 2008, Phil and his team continue to rank as the highest performing hotel in the region (Alabama, Florida, and Georgia). In 2013, Phil again demonstrated his continued commitment to the Dublin community by announcing the future construction of a brand new Hampton Inn & Suites. The project is slated to begin construction in 2014.
Appointed by Laurens County, DuBose Porter is the current Chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia and served as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1982 to 2011. He served as Speaker Pro Tem in the House from 1998 through 2004 and Minority Leader from 2005 to 2011.
Mr. Porter, born in Dublin, Laurens County, Georgia, is the son of Dr. Lester and Katherine D. Porter. He attended Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, where he received a B.A. in English in 1975. After college, Porter interned in Washington, D. C., for Georgia Senator Sam Nunn. Inspired by Senator Nunn, he decided to go to law school so that he could become a public servant and help others. He attended and graduated from Cumberland Law School at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. After law school, Porter returned to his hometown and formed the law firm of Nelson & Porter. In 1982 he decided to run for the legislature and won. Since that time he has served as Administration Floor Leader in the House of Representatives to Governor Zell Miller, Speaker Pro Tempore of the House of Representatives, and served on the Agriculture & Consumer Affairs, Appropriations, Ethics, and Rules Committees.
In addition to his extensive legal and political career, Mr. Porter is the co-owner and business manager of The Courier Herald, the daily newspaper in Dublin, and eight other publications. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Dudley. He is the former President of the Georgia Press Association and of the Georgia Library Trustees Association and served as a member of Governor Miller’s Preservation 2000 Committee. He has served as Chairman of Education as well as Chairman of Higher Education. He is a member of the Dublin Rotary Club. He is also a member of the University of Georgia Secret Society, Gridiron.
The Board of Directors meet the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Dublin Visitors Center located at 102 Travel Center Blvd. in Dublin. For more information on the Dublin-Laurens Tourism Council, please call 478-272-4002 or visit www.visitdublinga.com.