GAEA

Who We Are
History

The Greater Atlanta Economic Alliance (the Alliance) was formed in 2000 as a comprehensive outreach and educational tool to increase the business capacity of small, female and minority-owned firms, and to disseminate information about the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s multi-billion dollar capital improvement project.


Mission Statement


To build, sustain and grow the capacity, capability and opportunities for small, female and minority owned enterprises within the construction, transportation and related industries.

The Alliance has since become the premier communication, outreach, technical assistance and training program geared towards Atlanta’s construction community. These four mechanisms have been instrumental in preparing small, female and minority-owned businesses for bidding and working on large-scale projects in the construction and transportation industries. The organization has impacted more than 200,000 individuals and over 500 small, female and minority-owned construction businesses. Its training and technical assistance programs have boosted the city’s construction labor pool, aided in firms receiving substantial contracting awards and enhanced business development strategies.

The Alliance’s partnerships with and support from corporations, government agencies, and non-profit groups allow the organization to reach an unprecedented number of contractors, suppliers, venders and manufacturers.

Under the guidance of a board of directors, the Alliance implements and manages programs that promote inclusion of qualified businesses in Atlanta’s construction market.

The Alliance is a 501 organization endorsed by the City of Atlanta Department of Aviation in support of the Hartsfield-Jackson Development Program, the largest public works project in the history of the state of Georgia aimed at modernizing Atlanta’s airport to meet the increasing demand for air travel.

Objectives

  •     • Gather and distribute information regarding contracting opportunities
  •     • Collect and process data regarding small, female and minority contractors and subcontractors
  •     • Improve competitive position through training, education, and mentoring professional support
  •     • Facilitate the establishment of strategic partnerships to address specific needs of businesses

Board of Directors

Douglas C. DavidsonDouglas C. Davidson

Douglas C. Davidson is founder and president of New South Construction Company, Inc. Mr. Davidson¹s unique and proven leadership skills have enabled New South Construction to experience rapid yet controlled growth, while providing uncompromising service in the construction industry.

New South Construction has been recognized as one of Atlanta¹s 50 fastest-growing, private companies.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from Auburn University.

Henrietta KisseihHenrietta Kisseih

Henrietta Kisseih is founder and owner of Kissberg Construction Inc., specializing in demolition, sidewalk and driveway construction, hauling, grading and airfield spall repair. She also owns Signworks Inc., a sign fabrication and installation company.

Notable among these demolitions is the demolition of the old FAA Tower, which was imploded in August 2007.

Henrietta Kisseih believes in less talk, more action and results, results, results! She will tell you she has been in business this long because she “DELIVERS”!

Charles David Moody, Jr.Charles David Moody, Jr.

Charles David Moody, Jr. is the President and Chief Executive Officer of C.D. Moody Construction Company, Inc. The company provides a wide range of construction services including design/build, new construction, renovation, and construction management at-risk. C.D. Moody Construction has been involved in many commercial, industrial, institutional, and hospitality projects.

In addition, the C.D. Moody Construction Foundation provides scholarships to minority students. Over 80 scholarships have been awarded since the Foundation’s inception in 1989. He has endowed scholarships at Morehouse College, Howard University, and Central State University. Howard University has named their design studio after him.

Mr. Moody received his B.A. in Psychology from Morehouse College. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture and five year professional degree from Howard University.

Michael Russell Michael Russell

Michael Russell is Chief Executive Officer of H.J. Russell & Company. He also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Concessions International, another Russell company and one of the leading food service management companies in the country.

A 20-year veteran of the construction and real estate industries, Mr. Russell has focused on improving the efficiency of the company’s processes and systems and fully integrating its offerings to provide clients seamless end-to-end services.

Mr. Russell spent most of his career with H.J Russell & Company, serving in a variety of executive positions as well as cost estimator and project manager.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia and earned his MBA from Georgia State University.

Arthur QueenArthur Queen

Mr. Queen and EGM Services, Inc. have received public recognitions as the Atlanta Regional Minority Construction Firm of the Year, the Atlanta Business League Leadership Award, the National Association of Minority Contractors Leadership Award and Atlanta’s Fastest Growing Company.

He attended Prince George’s Community College and Delaware State Teacher’s College.

Inga KennedyInga Kennedy

Inga Kennedy is the President of Planners for Environmental Quality, a local urban planning consulting firm she started in 1992. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in from Spelman College and a Master's degree in City Planning from Georgia Institute of Technology, both in Atlanta, Georgia. She has over 25 years of national experience in the field of urban planning with primary emphasis on transportation, environmental, land use, and citizen participation and awareness. She has been involved in the conduct of a variety of planning projects at the local, county, state, regional and federal levels. Inga has advised more than 200 government agencies on various planning issues. As a skilled meeting facilitator, she is experienced in managing and facilitating large meeting groups and is able to easily communicate technical planning terms and processes into lay terms for the general public.

Inga is very active in the South Fulton community where she resides and works. She is President of the Old National Merchants Association. She served as the first female Chair of the Fulton County Community Zoning Board (Planning Commission) for four years and on the Clayton County Development Authority for six years.

She serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Chapter of the WTS (Womens Transportation Seminar) and is a member of numerous organizations including the American Planners Association (APA), Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the South Fulton Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and many others.

Jan BrysonJan Bryson

Jan Prisby Bryson is president of BenchMark Management, LLC, a quality solution provider specifically meeting and answering the inclusion goals and requirements associated with government and commercial contracts.

Ms. Bryson has extensive experience in government affairs. In particular, she has over 20 years experience promoting minority inclusion in federal, state and municipal governments through her active involvement in social and economical activities. Her successes are demonstrated by the history of the companies she has formed and supported. Through Ms. Bryson’s leadership, the entities with which she has associated have always exceeded the established minority participation goals of the City of Atlanta and other governmental agencies. Her specialty is the development of harmonious business relationships within the area of race, economic and social inclusion.

Ms. Bryson received a degree in Business from Youngstown State University in Ohio.

Clay ThomasClay Thomas

Clay Thomas is a Senior Vice President of Georgia Commerce Bank, a leading Atlanta-based Community Bank. He is an active part of a Senior Management team that contributes the bank’s success on growing, privately-held companies. Mr. Thomas’ background includes relationship management, product development, financial/market analysis, corporate policy development, and marketing.

His interest in entrepreneurialism has proven to be more than those who he supports through banking, as he is the co-founder of companies in technology, manufacturing, investment, and hospitality. In 2000, he co-founded a technology engineering development firm in Atlanta that worked with several fortune 1000 companies in the areas of custom software development, business intelligence, and integration.

Mr. Thomas has a bachelor's in Economics and a Masters in Business Administration, both from Clemson University.