The 15 senior economic development experts that comprise the Innovation Crescent Board of Directors are available to assist companies and site selectors find the best locations for businesses while offering a range of incentives and services that help companies thrive. Organizations located or relocating here have access to an economic development single point of contact, as well as the collaborative expertise of our entire leadership team. Contact them here.
Kristin Boscan serves as the Executive Director of Georgia’s Innovation Crescent Regional Partnership, sharing and promoting the deep life science and technology resources within this region of Georgia. Boscan began her career in education and administration in upstate New York, where she led classroom instruction, professional development, and curriculum writing, as well as pioneered the first middle level alternative program. A move to greater-Atlanta led to a career in healthcare staffing and recruiting, followed by marketing for healthcare, life sciences, and biotech.
Boscan co-chairs Georgia Bio’s Ecosystem Development Committee, co-chairs Programming for Atlanta’s chapter of Women In Bio, and serves as a member of Local School Council for Level Creek Elementary in Gwinnett County.
Kristin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Performance and Kinesiology from Huntingdon College, a Master of Science in Elementary Education from Nazareth College, and Educational Administration Certifications from the University of Rochester.
Chairman of the Board
As Chief Economic Development Officer at the Metro Atlanta Chamber, David leads the team focused on the retention, recruitment, and expansion of existing and start-up companies within key clusters, e.g., Mobility, IoT, Cybersecurity, Fin Tech, Digital Media, Supply Chain, Bioscience, and Health IT.
Before joining the Chamber, Hartnett served as President and CEO of Maco Pharma® (formerly United Pharma) a privately held US medical device/pharmaceutical company based in Duluth, Georgia, headquartered in Lille France. Before Maco Pharma, Hartnett was President and CEO of SteriFx® Corporation, a specialty chemical start-up, contracted by U.S. Department of Defense (DARPA). Prior to SteriFx, he was the Executive Vice President of the North American headquarters of Given Imaging, Inc. an Israeli start-up with corporate headquarters in Yokneam, Israel. Under his leadership, the company commercialized the “PillCam” video capsule, a disposable capsule that captures video after it is ingested by the patient. Hartnett helped to raise close to $30 million in a private placement for corporate infrastructure development and product commercialization before the company going public in 2001 (GIVN-NASDAQ). Hartnett served as VP of marketing at ERBE Electro-surgery, the largest manufacturer of electrosurgical systems in the world, where he was responsible for commercial marketing throughout North America.
He has also served in a variety of other senior sales and marketing roles for the following companies: Karl Storz Lithotripsy, Genzyme (formerly Deknatel), STERIS (formerly AMSCO) and the XEROX Corporation.
He holds a B.A. in Communication from San Diego State University with a master’s equivalent in marketing through post-graduate studies.
He currently serves on the following boards:
- Chairman, of the Board, Atlanta Science Festival™
- Board of Trustees, Georgia Global Health Alliance
- Vice Chairman, Innovation Crescent Regional Partnership
Bob currently serves as the President and Economic Development Director for the Madison-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the Chamber in 2006, Bob spent 36 years with a major electric utility in the area of Economic Development, Wholesale Power Sales, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs at both the State and Federal level.
Bob is active in the community serving on the Development Authority of Morgan County, the Morgan Memorial Healthcare Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Morgan County High School College and Career Academy and the Workforce Development Board for the Northeast Georgia Region. He also serves on the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Bob holds an undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech and a MBA from Georgia State University. He is an Army veteran and lives in rural Morgan County with his wife Rose Mary. He is the proud father of two children and grandfather of two grandchildren.
John Scott, CEcD
John Scott is the Director of Economic Development with the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce. John’s role is to work with established industries and to provide assistance to businesses who are considering locating in Jackson County, Georgia.
John Scott is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council and has a Master’s Degree in Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi.
John is married to Shelley Scott and has four kids.
Courtney serves as President of the Oconee Chamber of Commerce in Oconee County, Georgia.
Prior to her time in Oconee, Courtney served as the lead economic development official in the City of Johns Creek, Newton County, Ga and Jackson County, Ga. In these communities, her focus was on recruitment of new industry, business retention and expansion programs and the creation of a retail strategy for each county. Prior to her tenure with Jackson County, Courtney spent five years with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
Courtney is a graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development and multiple community leadership programs, holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Sociology from Presbyterian College in South Carolina and a Master of Public Administration from Kennesaw State University.
After 33 years with Kimberly-Clark, Bernd brings a wealth of industrial and RD&E knowledge and experience to the Innovation Crescent Regional Partnership. For more than 12 years Bernd was responsible for the site selection of new consumer goods manufacturing facilities globally, opening green field facilities in Paris Texas; Ogden, Utah; Bogotá, Colombia; Cordoba/Mendoza, Argentina; Lima, Peru; Seoul, South Korea; and Valencia, Venezuela. He was responsible for developments similar in size and scope to the current Takeda BioScience facility in Georgia, taking it through numerous sales from Baxter, to Baxalta, followed by Shire, and now Takeda.
Dave and his wife, Sue, relocated to Covington, Ga., from Huntsville, Ontario, Canada, where he retired from Kimberly-Clark. He joined Covington/Newton County’s Office of Economic Development in November 2013, where he now serves as Vice President of Economic Development.
Amanda Blanton is the Economic Development Manager for the Cobb Chamber Economic Development team and Select Cobb. Amanda supports the organization by providing essential research and demographic information to the Chamber membership as well as prospective companies and existing industries within Cobb County. Additionally, Amanda is working to promote international commerce connectivity to the Cobb business community. Amanda also serves as administrative support for the Development Authority of Cobb County and Cobb’s Redevelopment Efforts. Prior to her role at the Chamber, Amanda was the Membership Manager for a premier golf community in Cashiers, North Carolina.
Andrew Carnes serves as the Vice President of Economic Development for Partnership Gwinnett. He joined Partnership Gwinnett in 2015 as the Director of Economic Development and was promoted to Senior Director of Economic Development in 2017.
As the VP of Economic Development, Carnes oversees the countywide economic development strategy which includes business recruitment and retention efforts, redevelopment, entrepreneurship, workforce development, as well as industry programs and events.
In this role Carnes also oversees the international marketing efforts for Gwinnett County and has been invited to participate in international delegations to the headquarters of many Gwinnett companies, including those in Belgium, the Czech Republic, China, France, Germany, South Korea, and Switzerland.
Prior to Partnership Gwinnett, Carnes served as the Executive Director for the Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority where he managed and directed the countywide economic development strategy, including existing industry expansion services and recruitment of new business. During his time in Dalton-Whitfield Carnes helped to land the Engineered Floors project which created 2,400 jobs and $450 million in investment. This project was selected as GEDA’s Deal of the Year Award, Area Development’s Golden Shovel Award, Trade & Industry Development’s CiCi Award for Community Impact, and a Top Project of the Year by Site Selection Magazine.
Over the course of his career, Carnes has assisted in creating over $2.1 billion in capital investment and over 12,000 jobs.
He is currently 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 committee for 2015 and 2016.
Carnes earned a bachelor’s 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.
Amy Love leads the technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship efforts for Invest Atlanta. She leverages Invest Atlanta resources to support a robust innovation ecosystem where technology companies can launch, scale, and locate in the city, and create tech talent opportunities and community impact so all Atlantans can thrive.
Amy has spent the last decade focused on technology-based economic development, most recently at the South Carolina Department of Commerce as the state’s first-ever director of innovation, and at the Georgia Institute of Technology Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), where she grew ATDC’s statewide program to serve technology startups across Georgia. She holds a Masters in PR and Journalism from the University of South Carolina, and a BA in English from Furman University. Amy is a South Carolina Liberty Fellow, part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
In August 2018, Lisa Maloof, a Barrow County native, was named the Director for Economic Development for Barrow County. In her role, she is responsible for recruiting new industry and supporting existing industry expansions.
In May 2018, after 32 years of service, Lisa retired from the Technical College System of Georgia. The last sixteen years of her career, she served as the Campus Dean of the Barrow County Campus. During her tenure at Lanier Tech, she helped secure funding for a new Lanier Tech campus in Barrow County. She also assisted with the design and construction of the new $16,000,000 campus. The new Barrow County Campus opened in January 2015 and houses programs supporting advanced manufacturing, including engineering, mechatronics, automotive and welding, in addition to programs in business, professional services and healthcare.
Lisa has served three terms as a board of director for the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce and chaired the board in 2007. She has also served on the Joint Development Authority of Winder-Barrow for the past twelve years. She also represented Barrow County on the Jackson EMC Operation Roundup Board for many years until her retirement. Lisa is a Rotarian and a member of the Winder First United Methodist Church.
In 2015, she was named Barrow County Business Woman of the Year and was elected in November to represent District 3 on the Barrow County Board of Education.
Randi Mason is Vice President of Economic Development for Decide DeKalb. Randi has over 10 years of experience in economic development in the metro Atlanta area. Prior to joining Decide Dekalb, she served as Vice President of Economic Development for Invest Atlanta, the City of Atlanta’s Development Authority. She currently serves as a Board member of the Atlanta Sister Cities Foundation as well as holds active memberships with Georgia Economic Developers Association, International Economic Developers Council and the Urban Land Institute. Randi is a proud alumnus of Georgia State University where she earned her Master of Public Administration.
Alvin P. "Al" Nash
Al Nash is currently the Executive Director of Progress Partners of North Fulton Atlanta, the economic development initiative of the Greater North Fulton Chamber.
Mr. Nash is associated with Parallax Advisory Group, LLC; a consulting group concentrating on economic development, government affairs, permitting, public policy and procurement. Nash was the Founder and a Partner in The Columns Group, Inc., an Atlanta based real estate development company. Nash also previously held positions with Eagle Real Estate Advisors as Executive Vice President, at Chatham Properties where he served as Executive Vice President of it holding company, and at Arvida Corporation as President of Arvida of Georgia.
Nash is a native of Atlanta, has over 35 years of business experience, and has demonstrated his commitment to the community by serving as a leader of some of the Region’s and the State of Georgia’s most influential business and civic organizations.
Nash is the past chairman of The Council for Quality Growth, a 25 year old not-for-profit trade association comprised of a diverse membership. The council works to ensure continued growth and economic success for the Region and the State of Georgia. He also served as Chairman of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce in 2008. Nash served as Chairman of the Regional Business Coalition, an organization comprised of 16 Metro Atlanta Chambers of Commerce. He currently serves on the Board of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, he also currently serves as a Board member of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, where he chairs the Human Rural Service Transportation Committee; and served on the Governor’s Water Contingency Task Force, which was charged with looking at solutions to the State of Georgia’s water problems.
Nash holds a B.S. Degree in Land Development and Urban Affairs from Georgia State University. He and his wife Judy live in Roswell, Georgia and have two grown children. Nash is a dedicated resident and corporate citizen of North Fulton, metropolitan Atlanta and Georgia.
Michelle Nguyen serves as Director for the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government’s Economic Development Department. Nguyen served as a human resources professional in the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government Human Resources Department prior to joining the ACCGOV Economic Development Department staff in July 2017. She previously gained experience in managing the co-production of public and nonprofit services as a community liaison and special events coordinator with the City of Salisbury, N.C., while also serving as a human relations specialist. She graduated from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in public policy and received her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Georgia.
Erica Rocker-Wills is an economic development professional for the Development Authority of Clayton County. In her role as Senior Business Development Manager, She is charged with business recruitment, retention, expansion efforts, partnership engagement, project management and relationship management for Clayton County, Georgia. As an experienced community builder, Erica previously served on numerous boards and commissions throughout her work in North Fulton and South Fulton County including: Habitat for Humanity, Atlanta Medical Center – South, Westlake High School Touchdown Club, and the Airport Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. With over 20 years in municipal government experience, Erica works daily with the public and private sector to bring congruence between city government and the local business community and maximize partnerships with state agencies that promote economic development. Erica serves on the Southern Innovation Crescent Board, Atlanta Regional Marketing Alliance, is a member of the Arts Clayton Arte’ Gras Committee, 2017 Class of Leadership Sandy Springs, the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA), International Economic Development Council (IEDC), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Sandy Springs Education Force, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Emory University Alumni Association, and the Atlanta Chapter of Turner Classic Movies Enthusiasts.
Erica holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Emory University and a major in Psychology/minor in English. She is a graduate of the Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute and the Georgia Academy of Economic Development. In her spare time , Erica enjoys writing , skiing and touring historic cemetaries.
According to Erica, she is an eternal optimist and finds balance in this quote, by Lebanese philosopher Kahlil Gibran (1883–1931).
“The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose.”
Shane Short is currently the Executive Director of Walton County Development Authority. With over 25 years of experience in management, his experience is extensive to include economic development, local government, public relations, marketing, and fundraising. He has served as an elected official, a small business owner, professional fundraiser, the President/CEO of two chambers of commerce, and the Executive Director of a local development authority. Shane is a progressive thinker, an excellent strategic planner, public speaker, and meeting facilitator.
As an economic developer, Shane has company announcements totaling over $42 billion in local community investment to include companies such as TD Automotive Compressors (Toyota), Kubota, Carters OshKosh, Hitachi Automotive Systems of Americas, Flexo Converters, and Facebook.