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Gerald McDowell with Aerotropolis and Chris Butsch, The Millennial Maximizer

Chris Butsch


Gerald McDowell / Aerotropolis
Executive Director

Gerald McDowell, originally from Hope Mills, N.C., graduated from DeVry University in Atlanta in 1987 with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems.  He spent more than 18 years in the IT industry, managing projects in more than 40 states and 12 countries, and he was also a small business owner for nearly five years. Additionally, Gerald served as a teacher for two years as an evening Instructor at DeKalb Tech. He is a 2008 graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development and a 2009 graduate of the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute.  Gerald and his wife, Toni, have been married for 26 years. They have two children: a daughter, Taylor, 22; and a son, Wesley, 19.

Gerald was on staff with the Gwinnett Village CID and Gwinnett Village Community Alliance for four years. His efforts resulted in more than 250 commercial property owners joining the CID, which accounted for $700 million in property value. He also assisted in creating the Gwinnett Village Merchant’s Association.

Gerald’s successes with the Gwinnett Village provided the experience he would draw from as the first Executive Director of the Lilburn CID – a position he occupied for five years. Even though this CID was formed during a time of national economic recession, Gerald was instrumental in securing $2 million in grant funding.
In 2015, Gerald started as the Executive Director of the Airport West CID, which joined Airport South CID in January 2016 to become the Aerotropolis Atlanta CIDs. Under Gerald’s leadership, the Aerotropolis CIDs have received more than $50 million in grants and project funding. Gerald was a member of the inaugural USDOT Leadership Academy conducted by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Additionally, Gerald was a key event speaker during the 2016 Sustainable Airport Area Seminar, focusing on issues related to workforce development, transportation and urban design.

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Chris Butsch / The Millennial Maximizer
Speaker and Author

Chris Butsch calls himself “The Millennial Maximizer.” Author of The Millennial’s Guide to Making Happiness, Chris writes, speaks, and coaches on the topic of maximizing the Millennial generation’s potential. He speaks to managers, teachers, and parents of Millennials to help them understand how to connect with and unlock the potential of America’s most unique generation, and helps Millennials themselves reach their own potential through positive psychology science and coaching.

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Conrad Meertins with Famteck and Jeff and Dana Miller with Sir Grout

Sir Grout


Conrad Meertins / Famteck, LLC
Chief Information Officer

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Jeff and Dana Miller / Sir Grout

Jeff & Dana Miller are the owners of Sir Grout, serving all of greater Atlanta.  They also own and operate a second Sir Grout franchise in the upper counties of Northern New Jersey & New York.  After long corporate careers, the couple decided to open up their own businesses together and focused on home remodeling and restoration.  They have always been very passionate about home improvement and when they met the leadership team at Sir Grout they knew they had met their perfect business partner.

They have been running their businesses for over 4 years and have collected several franchise awards including Rookie Franchise of the Year (2013), Largest Franchise Expansion – Atlanta (2014) and Franchise of the Year (2015).

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John Poulos and Sam Hoover with SK Commercial Realty



John Poulos / SK Commercial Realty
Executive Vice President

John Poulos is the Executive Vice President, Managing Director of Tenant Representation for SK Commercial Realty. John represents office tenants on an exclusive basis. His expertise and method of operation provides clients unparalleled service and assists them in achieving cost reduction and operational goals required by today’s tenants. With more than 23 years of experience in the real estate industry, John’s success is derived from his belief that the best way to serve a client’s real estate portfolio is by thoroughly understanding their business. With this in-depth comprehension, financial analysis & attention to details, he assists clients in making informed, educated decisions that align their real estate portfolio with their business strategy.

John has worked exclusively with tenants since he entered the commercial real estate industry in 1984 when he joined AFCO Realty focusing on long-term relationships enabling him to represent landlords as well as tenants. In 1997, John joined Advantis GVA where he was a founding member of the Strategic Solutions Team, whose focus was supporting the real estate issues of high-tech and corporate clients. In 2000, John joined Grubb & Ellis as a vice president where he was instrumental in securing several national accounts. He was affiliated with Equis Corporation where he won numerous high-profile assignments and was a leading producer in their Atlanta office 2005 & 2006. John joined Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s Atlanta office in 2007 as a managing director and enjoyed being one of the top 5 Atlanta Brokers for Newmark for 5 years before leaving for SK Commercial in 2016.

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Sam Hoover / SK Commercial Realty

Sam Hoover joined SK Commercial Realty in April of 2016 as an Office Tenant Representative working with John Poulos, Executive Vice President. Prior to joining SK, while attending The University of Georgia, Sam led the NAHB Student Organization as President, was chosen for a highly selective leadership-related internship and graduated with two degrees.

Sam’s clients benefit from his ability to leverage tenant’s position with landlords, evaluate space requirements, and his understanding of market standards.  By combining appreciation of his client’s goals, overall understanding of the leasing process and an unwavering loyalty to clients’ interests, Sam provides the highest level of brokerage solutions.

As a leader in the community and native of The City of Peachtree Corners, Sam volunteers with The Norcross High School Foundation for Excellence to raise funds for different projects at his alma mater.  He also has a passion for Technology and spends much of his time out of the office at technology incubators, accelerators, and events learning about new startup companies and ideas.

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