About the Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce
The Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce was established in November 2013 by a group of business leaders who wanted to build a business identity for Alpharetta much like the Chambers in Johns Creek, Sandy Springs, and Roswell INC do for their cities. The goal was to create an organization that Alpharetta businesses would be proud to be a member of, and use to grow its current and prospective business base.
The Chamber has grown significantly in membership since inception. During the first two ‘Charter months’ (November and December 2013) the Chamber established a base of 77 Charter Members. After the Chamber’s first full year in 2014, the membership total increased to over 170, and reached over 350 members in July 2016.
Joining the Chamber gives members the opportunity to take part in several signature events throughout the year. These events include: Women Who Walk the Walk, Golf Networking League, Golf Tournament, Alpharetta Business Academy, Thirsty Thursday!, Coffee & Commerce, Annual Gala, Clay Shoot and Alpharetta Restaurant Week. In addition to signature events, the Chamber provides an extensive range of benefits to assist members in networking, education, and marketing. It is also a vehicle for connecting the business community with the general population and showcasing what Alpharetta has to offer to prospective businesses and residents.
Scott Hutchison, Chairman, Wilson Hutchison Realty
Mr. Hutchison has worked in commercial real estate since 2002, specializing in industrial facilities and land. He worked for Tom Wilson and Associates, LLC until he formed the partnership Wilson Hutchison Realty, LLC at the end of 2008.
Wilson Hutchison Realty, LLC is a full service brokerage firm, concentrating in owner representation and land acquisition. Since embarking on a career in real estate, Scott has successfully negotiated and closed more than 450 commercial and industrial transactions totaling more than $150 million in value.
With extensive experience in leasing and sales, Scott provides an intuitive knowledge of the Atlanta market for his clients. Working from an extensive client base, Scott strives in providing the following services: Landlord Representation, Tenant Representation, Land Acquisition, Site Service Selection, Lease/Purchase Contract Negotiations in the North Atlanta market.
In his first year of business, Scott was recognized by the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors and the Young Council of REALTORS with the “Rookie of the Year” award for project involvement and sales production of over $8 million. In 2013, Scott received the Phoenix Award, which marks 10 years in the Million Dollar Club. He also received Member of the Month for the Atlanta Commercial Board in 2011 and 2012.
Scott received his Bachelor of Business Administration/Real Estate at the University of Georgia in May 2003. He enjoys hunting, fishing, rugby, traveling and golf.
Kim Matherly, Chairwoman Emeritus, PMG Commercial
Kimbrle Matherly is President of PMG Commericial, a property management company specializing in premier business parks in the North Fulton community, based in Alpharetta.
Kimbrle has been active in the real estate community for over 30 years, with experience ranging from mortgage loan underwriting and real estate sales to residential property management. Her company, PMG Commericial, now manages over 1,000 acres of business park developments in Alpharetta.
She is a founding member of the Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce. Kimbrle has also served as the Vice Chairman of the Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation and as the Chairman of the Business Advisory Committee for the APSF.
Kimbrle has been a resident of Alpharetta since 2006 and the North Fulton community since 1991.
Fergal Brady, Chairman Emeritus, Clover Financial
Fergal Brady has extensive banking and leadership experience that enables him to provide expert knowledge and counsel to help you plan, start, and expand your business with customized financing solutions. With over twenty years of commercial banking experience, Fergal partners with his clients in a consultative approach to help each client achieve the best business results.
In addition, Fergal enjoys working on economic developments in the region and an active participant in his community. Fergal serves on the Board of Directors for Georgia Resource Capital, one of Georgia’s largest economic development companies. Over the past ten years, he served the City of Alpharetta to plan their growth as a Code Enforcement Board Member, Planning Commissioner, Co-Chairman for the City Center Bond Committee, Steering Committee, and 2030 Comprehensive Plan Advisor.
Fergal was born in Dublin, Ireland and moved to Atlanta in 1978. He grew up in the North Fulton community and currently resides in Alpharetta. Fergal is happily married for 13 years with two wonderful children.
Fergal Brady is Vice President of the Atlanta Business Banking Group specializing in providing commercial loans for small to middle market companies at Wells Fargo. With twenty years of expertise in commercial banking, Mr. Brady supports new economic development by financing growing businesses, mixed use developments, medical buildings, private schools, office buildings, and mergers & acquisitions.
Dan Merkel, Chairman Emeritus, Southern States Insurance
Dan has over 20 years in the property and casualty insurance businesses working with business owners and helping them manage their insurance cost and exposure. He has an advanced degree from the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC).
Dan works across a wide range of industries including manufacturing, distribution, wholesale, construction, real estate, professional, not for profit public and private companies.
In 2015, Dan was elected to Alpharetta City Council.
He is married to his wife of over 20 years, Colleen, and together have two girls. Dan lives in Alpharetta where he is very active in the community serving on the board of directors for several organizations. He is also a graduate of the Alpharetta Public Safety Academy.
Keith Bowermaster, WellStar Health System
Keith is a highly accomplished communications professional with 20-plus years of success in healthcare, non-profit, educational and agency communications. Keith currently serves as vice president of communications for WellStar Health System, the largest health system in the state, and is responsible for external, internal, and strategic communications as well as issue and crisis management.
Previously, Keith served as senior vice president and chief talent officer for Cookerly Public Relations, a top 10 Atlanta area public relations and issues management firm.
Keith’s career has included communication positions in multiple hospital systems, a major research university, the world’s largest dialysis company and county government. He also has extensive experience managing crisis communications efforts for a variety of situations and industries.
Originally from Miami, Fla., Keith earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in liberal studies from the University of Miami. Additionally, he is Accredited in Public Relations (APR) by the Universal Accreditation Board. Last, he currently serves on the Public Relations Advisory Council at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, working with faculty and students to ensure the next generation of PR professionals are ready to conquer the challenges of today’s world.
Keith has been married to his wife, Veronica, for more than 10 years and together have a daughter, Isabella. Additionally, his son, Michael is set to start his freshman year at the University of Miami in the fall of 2017.
Eric Carter, Treasurer, Brady Ware
Eric Carter is a director at Brady Ware & Company CPAs and Business Advisors. He has over 15 years of experience in both tax and audit, with an emphasis on tax. He also has experience in a variety of industries, including but not limited to real estate development, construction, manufacturing, retail, and professional services.
Eric is a 1999 graduate of Valdosta State University, and he is a licensed CPA in the state of Georgia. He belongs to the Georgia Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.
Kevin Suchecki, Wells Fargo
Kevin Suchecki is Vice President of the Atlanta Business Banking Group with Wells Fargo Bank. Kevin works to create customized solutions aimed at satisfying the financial needs of small to mid-sized companies throughout the Atlanta Metro area. Industries served include, but are not limited to, manufacturing, distribution, transportation, healthcare, service and technology.
In addition to working with local companies, Kevin also provides financing for local real estate investors with an emphasis on industrial, retail, office and multi-family properties.
With over 12 years of commercial banking experience, and a strong credit background, Kevin has the ability to serve as a trusted advisor to his clients and offer the consultative advice they are seeking from a financial partner.
Kevin and his wife Meredith live in Roswell where they are actively involved in the community through the Roswell Rotary Club. Kevin’s volunteer history is highlighted by 6 years of service in the Illinois Army National Guard in which he obtained veteran status after deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Grant Schmeelk, Dime Capital
Lisa Shippel, Lisa Shippel Law, LLC
Lisa Shippel is an attorney who has practiced in the Alpharetta community since 1994. After practicing for a small firm, she went out on her own and started Lisa Shippel Law in 2011. Her practice concentrates in the areas of residential and commercial real estate; wills trusts and probate; and general business law. For more than 23 years, Lisa has assisted thousands of clients in the development of North Fulton and the surrounding counties. Many of her clients have been with her for her entire career and it is her goal to make each client feel like family.
Lisa was raised in New Jersey. She graduated from University of Maryland and obtained her Juris Doctor from New York Law School. While most wouldn’t consider her a southerner she has lived in Alpharetta for the majority of her life and considers it home. She has two terrific sons. Grant who is a sophomore at University of Arizona and Spencer who is a junior at Alpharetta High School.
She is an active member of the community and has volunteered countless hours with various religious, athletic and service organizations including the Alpharetta High School Foundation and the Young Men’s Service League. Currently, Lisa is on the Executive Board with the Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce.