Innovative, imaginative and influential winners to be recognized at annual Summit

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) November 6, 2012— The community and economic development initiative, Partnership Gwinnett, is proud to announce the finalists for its Annual Awards Program. Each of the three award categories—Innovation, Imagination and Influence—will honor one community leader and one company whose efforts have made a positive impact on economic progress, quality of life and/or educational opportunities in Gwinnett County. In addition, the Partnership Gwinnett Award of Excellence will recognize a community leader or institution that has made significant contributions to the community in support of economic development through leadership, financial support, local investments, hiring, training or related activities.

“These awards were designed to recognize community leaders, institutions, organizations and companies who have been essential to the growth and success of Gwinnett County and metro Atlanta,” stated Phil Wolfe, Gwinnett Medical Center President/CEO and 2012 Partnership Gwinnett Chairman. “We congratulate each of these finalists on their commitment and contribution to our community.”

Finalists for the Imagination category include:

  • Denise Brinson, City of Suwanee;
  • Duluth Gateway Art Project Committee;
  • Eddie Owen, Eddie Owen Presents;
  • Gwinnett Technical College; and
  • Lisa Sherman, City of Lawrenceville.

Finalists for the Innovation category include:

  • AGCO Global;
  • Foresite Group, Inc.;
  • Stan Hall, Gwinnett Sports Commission;
  • Jonathan Holmes, Mighty 8th Media; and
  • Chuck Warbington, Gwinnett Village CID.

Finalists for the Influence category include:

  • 12Stone Church;
  • Mayor Linda Blechinger, City of Auburn;
  • Marsha Anderson Bomar, Stantec & City of Duluth Council;
  • Gary Campbell, Hire Dynamics;
  • Ron Garrard, Garrard Construction;
  • Tim Hur, International Business Accelerator & Point Horizon Real Estate;
  • Korean Task Force, City of Duluth; and
  • Anita Stewart, Anita’s ArtsCool.

“We commend these nominees for their ongoing support and dedication to the Gwinnett community and are pleased to honor the creativity and leadership they have demonstrated throughout the past year,” commented Nick Masino, Senior Vice President, Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “One of the goals of Partnership Gwinnett, community and leadership development, is a key element to the success and vitality of any region, including Gwinnett County.”

Award winners will be announced during Partnership Gwinnett’s annual Community and Economic Development Summit on November 16. To attend this event, contact Lauren Brady at

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