Duluth, GA ‐ July 8, 2020 – Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District (GPCID), a self-taxing district that uses additional property taxes to accelerate infrastructure improvements, security enhancements and economic development in the Gwinnett Place area, re-elected two board members during its annual Caucus of Electors as a part of its monthly board meeting on July 8.
The re-elected members include Leo Wiener, president of Ackerman Retail, the retail division of Ackerman & Co, who was re-elected as the board’s chair and Jill Edwards, commercial lending division manager for United Community Bank. They will serve a three-year term, and join five other board members working to enhance the vitality of Gwinnett Place through future improvement projects and by engaging more property owners to participate in the overall redevelopment efforts of the greater Gwinnett Place district.
The board also re-elected Trey Ragsdale, manager of Government and Community Relations for Kaiser Permanente in Georgia, as board vice-chair and Mark Williams, owner of Printing Trade Company, as secretary-treasurer.
“We have appreciated having Jill and Leo on our board and are pleased to see them re-elected,” said Joe Allen, executive director – GPCID. “Jill has been on the board for 5 years and has always provided valuable input on new ideas and projects. Leo has been with the board since its establishment in 2005 and has been an extraordinary board chair who is always willing to represent the CID as a guest speaker for metro Atlanta events.”
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As president of Ackerman Retail, the retail division of Ackerman & Co., Leo Wiener directs the growth of the group’s national services platform, spearheading developments, acquisitions, leasing and property management.
With industry leadership experience spanning more than 25 years, Leo has made numerous strategic staff additions to strengthen Ackerman Retail’s comprehensive services and deliver solid results to its growing roster of local and multimarket clients. To date, the Ackerman’s Retail division has completed nearly 10 million square feet of transactions valued at more than $1 billion.
Prior to joining Ackerman, Leo was a principal and partner of Glenwood Development Company, concentrating on retail development and redevelopment in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic; and managing director at an Atlanta-based boutique real estate firm. Deeply involved in the community, Leo is Chairman of the board of the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District, a board member of the High Point Civic Association and the lead Advisor to Sweetwater Growers.
Jill Edwards Jill Edwards is the commercial lending division manager for United Community Bank. Jill received a BS in finance and minor in management from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and has more than 30 years of business banking experience in Atlanta, the majority of which has been spent focusing on the Gwinnett market. Prior to joining United, she served as the Gwinnett business banking manager for Wells Fargo where she was consistently recognized as a top performer in revenue production, sales and service. She has also served in commercial banking leadership roles at Wachovia, Washington Mutual and SunTrust.
She is heavily involved in Gwinnett County and serves as the vice-chair of economic development for the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Jill previously served on the strategy committee of Partnership Gwinnett, the Gwinnett Chamber’s economic development arm, formulating the most recent five-year plan, PG 3.0, and driving membership at the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce from 1990-2014. She is also the treasurer of the Gwinnett Coalition and recently joined the Rainbow Village and Across the Bridge boards. Jill has 15 years of active membership in Kiwanis and leadership on Wachovia’s United Way Employee Campaign for Metro Atlanta.
Jill’s 30 years of managing Gwinnett County’s team of business bankers makes her aware of the issues challenging the Gwinnett Place area, and she wants to be a part of the solution to continue to drive economic viability in the Gwinnett market.
About Gwinnett Place CID
The Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District was founded in 2005 and its mission is to enhance the economic vitality of Gwinnett’s central business district by strengthening the area’s role as the center of commercial activity. With its proximity to the world-class Arena at Gwinnett Center venue and the Interstate 85 and Georgia Highway 316 corridors, Gwinnett Place serves as the gateway to the Atlanta region and all of Northeast Georgia. Annually, more than 8 million visitors come to Gwinnett Place seeking unique shopping experiences, an international mix of dining options and a wide array of entertainment venues. For more information, please visit the website, or connect via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.
Maggie McDaniel, on behalf of GPCID