Cobb Young Professionals accepting applications for mentoring program
by MDJ staff
August 18, 2014 12:00 AM | 2011 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Cobb Young Professionals, the Cobb Chamber’s networking group for young professionals in their 20s and 30s, is now accepting applications for its mentoring program through Sept. 2. The program was created to build connections between members of Cobb Young Professionals and established members of the Cobb Chamber in order to develop and refine the county’s enviable pipeline of young professionals.

“By pairing Cobb’s proven community leaders with our best and brightest young professionals, the Next Generation Mentoring Program has become a powerful tool in helping Cobb County develop its next generation of leaders. We identified a need to leverage the knowledge and experience of our established business and community leaders, and to find a way to transfer that knowledge to the young leaders in our community. This one-on-one mentoring program has been instrumental in bringing together leaders from different generations to make our community stronger,” said Adam Emrich, the 2013 Cobb Young Professionals chairman.

The Next Generation Mentoring Program consists of face-to-face meetings and events throughout the program year, including discussions to set and track goals. Mentors will provide young professional participants with expertise and insight needed to grow successfully in their career, while helping develop and achieve personal goals.

At the start of the program, young professionals will be paired with one of the following mentors:

  • Tracey Atwater, a fundraising and external affairs professional;
  • Fitz Johnson, owner of BC Entertainment Group LLC;
  • Jeri Barr, CEO of the Center for Family Resources;
  • John Loud, president of LOUD Security Systems;
  • Gary Bottoms, president of The Bottoms Group;
  • Greg Morgan, a partner with Mauldin & Jenkins;
  • Wendy Bunch, owner of RE/MAX PURE;
  • Mitch Rhoden, president/CEO of Futren Corporation;
  • Nicole Faulk, Metro West Region manager for Georgia Power;
  • Judge Juanita Stedman of the Juvenile Court of Cobb County;
  • Dr. Ken Harmon, Provost/vice president for Academic Affairs at Kennesaw State University;
  • Dan Styf, senior vice president of Operations at Piedmont WellStar HealthPlans;
  • Sam Heaton, director of Public Safety for Cobb County government;
  • Michele Swann, general manager/CEO of the Cobb Galleria Centre/Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre; and
  • Barbara Hickey, owner of The Etiquette School of Atlanta.

To apply to the mentoring program, visit to complete an online application. For more information on Cobb Young Professionals and the Next Generation Mentoring Program, contact Maddie Nachtmann at (770) 859-2353 or

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