The next leader of the Metro Atlanta Chamber will likely be a local fixture with deep business and political ties who can juggle a sweeping agenda to rejuvenate the region’s business climate, people with input into the search said Tuesday.
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Sam Williams file
68 years old. Recently married to Nancy Williams.
Became president of the Metro Atlanta Chamber in December, 1996
President of Central Atlanta Progress, a non-profit downtown business organization, 1994-1996;
With the Portman Companies, a real estate development and management firm, 1973-1994, in a number of positions including executive vice president.
Education: MBA from Harvard Business School; bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech.
Previous Metro Atlanta Chamber presidents include:
Gerald Bartels 1983-1996
Tom Hamall* 1974-1983
*Held title of executive vice president, which is equivalent to the chamber’s current position of president.
Source: Metro Atlanta Chamber; staff research