ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Brandon Beach has announced his resignation as president and CEO of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. He will take up duties as the North Fulton Community Improvement District executive director Jan. 1.
Beach, also a state senator from Alpharetta, has served as head of the Chamber since 2002. He said the change in jobs was at his request.
“I told my board, I’ve been serving as president for 15 years. I’m ready for a change,” Beach said. “I mean I love this chamber and I love this community. But I was also involved in the North Fulton Community Improvement District and was one of the founders of it.”
The North Fulton Community Improvement District was formed in 2003 by a group of business owners committed to maintaining and enhancing the North Fulton community. Since its inception, the CID has invested more than $18 million in the community, leveraging these dollars to create $90 million in new infrastructure.
The North Fulton CID represents nearly 400 commercial property owners along the Ga. 400 corridor and the area’s more than 77,000 employees.
For the first two years of the CID’s inception, Beach ran the operation in addition to his chamber duties. Then, Ann Hanlon was brought on board as CID executive director.
Hanlon resigned earlier this year to become executive director for the Perimeter CIDs in Sandy Springs. Beach took over duties for the North Fulton CID since then as interim director. Both the chamber and CID share the same offices on Haynes Bridge Road in Alpharetta.
After a couple of months however, Beach went back to the chamber board to tell them the CID post was the job he really wanted to keep.
“Over the past six years I have become very passionate about transportation, about infrastructure and about transit,” he said. “This gives me the ability to laser focus on transportation issues that will continue to help North Fulton that I think will be good for North Fulton and continue to help us from an economic development standpoint.”
As a state senator, Beach says among the biggest constituent complaints is how tired they are of “sitting on Ga. 400 in near gridlock.”
Chamber leaders said they approved of the reshuffling of leadership.
“The GNFCC is very appreciative of Brandon’s work and leadership over the past 15 years,” said Roger Lusby, North Fulton Chamber president. “His focus on jobs, transportation, and growth has created a dynamic chamber, and we wish him well at his new position with the North Fulton CID.”
The Chamber and its Executive Board will begin a national search process for his replacement.
Kerry Armstrong, chairman of the board for the North Fulton CID, said he welcomes having Beach in a focused role.
“We’re excited about this next step for the Chamber and the CID and are thrilled the CID won’t miss a beat in carrying out our plans and vision,” he said.
In addition to serving as CID executive director, Beach is chairman of the Ga. Senate’s Transportation Committee; he is a member of the joint House-Senate Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Overview Committee and is a member of the Senate Economic Development and Tourism Committee.