Board orientation meeting provides overview of governance, Responsibilities of the board

Gwinnett County, GA – January 13, 2023 – The Gwinnett Chamber welcomed 17 new members to its 2023 Board of Directors with a comprehensive board orientation meeting. The program outlined the organization’s purpose, activities, and board responsibilities throughout the year.

“The Gwinnett Chamber champions business and looks to our board to spearhead that mission while working diligently to appoint members who represent the richly diverse make-up of our business community,” said Nick Masino, President & CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber. “We welcome these new members to our board leadership and look forward to serving with them in 2023.”

New members joining the Gwinnett Chamber Board of Directors for the 2023 fiscal year include:

  • Laura Ballance, Hudgens Center for Art & Learning
  • Nathan Bohannon, Jackson EMC/Gwinnett Young Professionals
  • Jim Brooks, Evermore CID
  • Karen Bryant, University of Georgia – Gwinnett Campus
  • Clayton Cain, Cain Injury Law
  • Cherish De la Cruz, Burkhalter Law, LLC
  • Aziz Dhanani, Premier Petroleum, Inc.
  • Om Duggal, InfraProp
  • Al Edwards, CERM
  • John Gardner, Luckie
  • Colleen Japuntich, NEMA, Inc.
  • Michael Levengood, Law Office of J. Michael Levengood
  • Dewey McClain, Gwinnett Legislative Delegation
  • Brandon Odum, Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • Jason Palmgren, Bank of America
  • Kenyata Smiley, HNTB
  • Denise Townsend, United Way of Greater Atlanta Gwinnett
  • Senate Delegation Chair

The Gwinnett Chamber will hold its first full board meeting of the year next Thursday, January 19, at the 1818 Club. To view the full list of 2023 board members, please visit, and to learn more about the Gwinnett Chamber, go to








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