March 2018 Business Luncheon Speaker
CEO and President
Cobb Chamber of Commerce
Sharon Mason was named President & CEO of the Cobb Chamber in January 2018. Mason has 15 years of chamber experience, including the past decade at the Cobb Chamber. She has held varying leadership positions of increasing importance. During Mason’s career, she has increased engagement among Chamber members and recently led the organization’s 5-year strategic planning process while increasing membership. As part of the leadership team, Mason helped to raise more than $3 million for Cobb’s Competitive EDGE, the first comprehensive community and economic development strategy for job creation in Cobb County. Since its inception in 2012, the EDGE program has led to more than 22,000 new jobs and $2.5 billion in new private investments in Cobb County.
February 2018 - Business Luncheon Speaker
Cobb County School Board Representative
After working in private business as a senior manager, business developer and business owner, Scott Sweeney began his first term as the Post 6 representative in 2011 and his second term in 2015. He has served as the Board’s Chair, Vice-Chair, Budget Liaison, Strategic Planning Committee Member, Facilities and Technology Committee Liaison, and as the Board/Community Representative for the presentation of the Ed-SPLOST IV Capital Improvement Initiative. He served as the President of the Georgia Education Coalition comprised of various school district representatives across Georgia which represent nearly 40% of Georgia's total K-12 public education enrollment. Mr. Sweeney served as a 6th Congressional District appointee to the National School Board Association Federal Relations Network, as a Georgia School Board Association Strategic Planning Committee member, and as a Georgia School Board Association member of the Government Operations Council.
January 2018 - Business Luncheon Speaker
Cobb Commission Chair
During his nearly 30 years in the Marine Corps he commanded a Marine Air Group with more
than 800 Marines, was deputy commander of a Marine Base with mayor-like responsibilities
for more than 10,000 military and civilian personnel, supervised a Pentagon team handling
a budget of more than $22 billion, and directed a business of 400+ employees and revenues
exceeding $50 million. After retiring from the military, he worked for the 2 large international
companies of Booz Allen and Grant Thornton on budget projects in Macedonia and Iraq.
His broad understanding of issues in Cobb is a result of his membership on the SPLOST
Oversight Committee, as a member and/or officer in the American Legion, Marine Corps League
and other veterans groups, active involvement with his church community at Mt Bethel UMC
including Director of Men’s Ministry, and grassroots work with the Cobb Republican Party.
Mike has Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Arts
degree from Pepperdine University, and is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College.
His wife Judy is a retired Delta Flight Attendant. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
I believe that the Chairman is charged with the credo that he will lead a government
that is fiscally responsible, lives within its means, and works with the business community
to create an economic environment which encourages entrepreneurship and promotes
responsible growth. Above all, the chairman (and any elected official) should be a person
who is known by the promises he keeps.