In front of a ballroom full of business and community leaders, Morgan accepted the gavel and the great number of volunteer hours to come.
The Cordele native grew up working on his family’s 200-acre farm — so rural, the home did not have indoor plumbing until a house fire forced a rebuild when Morgan was in third grade — about the time he began driving a tractor.
“I was responsible for plowing the fields,” Morgan said. “I usually got most involved during planting season.”
As an only child, the farm’s future was in his hands.
“When I went to college, my father asked me if I wanted to come back to the farm, and I said, ‘no sir,’” recalls Morgan.
Following graduation, Morgan moved to Valdosta and attended Georgia Southern, where he began as a pre-law major and planned to become a lawyer. His father sold the farm during his freshman year.
A friend suggested he take an accounting class because he was good in math. He found his fit, and he received a bachelor’s degree in accounting in June 1979. Later that year, he moved to Mauldin & Jenkins’ Albany office, and began his long career with the accounting firm. In 1984, he moved to the firm’s Macon office and became a partner in 1985. In 1987, Mauldin & Jenkins’ acquired an Atlanta firm and asked Morgan to move.
Morgan bought the family’s first house in Cobb, not far from the firm’s original offices at Governor’s Ridge on Powers Ferry Road. In 2004, the firm relocated to its current location at the Galleria Centre.
The firm has 220 employees in five offices in Georgia, Alabama and Florida; including 87 employees in the Atlanta office. In 2009, Morgan was promoted to his current position.
Morgan’s involvement with the Chamber began in 1994 when he went through its leadership Cobb program. He has served as chairman of the finance committee and the small business division and is currently a member of the chairman’s club.
Morgan says his predecessor, Tony Britton, “set the bar very high,” but he plans to continue the Chamber’s strong focus on education, economic development, and entrepreneurial development and training.
“There are so many good activities that are going on that I want to see them carried forward and not stalled,” he said. “The Cobb Competitive EDGE program kicks off this year — it is extremely important that it is successful.”
Morgan says that the firm has spent the last year preparing for his role as chairman and he is ready.
“The support that I have received here has been great,” he said. “The firm is well-structured.”
“I’m excited for Greg as well as for our Chamber, our members and Cobb County as a whole,” Senior Vice President of Community and Southern Bank and 2012 chair Tony Britton said. “We will all benefit from his leadership in 2013. I’ve known Greg for some 20 years ... He’s a true gentleman and a man of high credibility and integrity.”
David Connell, president and CEO of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce said, “Greg Morgan is one of the most respected leaders in our region … We have had many distinguished leaders of this chamber of commerce and Greg will continue this long legacy.”
Morgan said, “The Chamber had 665 new members last year … it is the envy of Chambers across the nation. There are so many good things going on — the snowball is rolling, and I want it to keep going.”