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Legislative Breakfast 2020-02-18T02:55:05+00:00
The State of the State of Hispanic Business
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This annual event brings more than 300 members together with national, state and local elected and appointed officials. It is an opportunity for the GHCC to honor those that are our public servants and provides our members with an opportunity to connect with them. Meet our legislators, take pictures with them, and become informed about critical decisions that may impact our city in the near future. Over the years, our guest speakers have included Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and the Small Business Administration Regional Administrator Cassius Butts. This event is held each year in the first week of the Georgia General Assembly session.

Our speakers

Brian Kemp
Brian KempGeorgia State Governor
David Ralston
David Ralston73rd. Speaker of the Georgia House of Representative
Pedro Marin
Pedro MarinChairman of the Gwinnett Delegation
Geoff Duncan
Geoff DuncanLieutenant Governor
Brenda Lopez
Brenda LopezState Representative for House District 99

Platinum Sponsor $5,000

  • Special recognition from the podium during the event & Speaking Opportunity

  • One table (10) guests

  • Corporate name on your table

  • Your company will be recognized in all pre and post event publicity including presence in GHCC’s Social Media Channels & Newsletter

Gold Level $3,000

  • One table (5) guests

  • Corporate name on your table

  • Your company will be recognized in all pre and post event publicity including presence in GHCC’s Social Media Channels & Newsletter

Silver Level $1,000

  • Two (2) seats

  • Your company will be recognized in all pre and post event publicity including presence in GHCC’s Social Media Channels & Newsletter

2020 Registration Link
RSVP online or call Juanita Rivera at (404) 929-9998 ext. 228 – 





Trusted by Wimgo

Brian Kemp

Brian Kemp is a husband, father, businessman, and public servant. On November 6, 2018, he was elected as Georgia's 83rd Governor, earning more votes than any gubernatorial candidate in state history.

Governor Kemp built his first business – Kemp Development and Construction Company – with a pick-up truck and a shovel. Over thirty years later, he is a successful entrepreneur with businesses and investments in banking, farming, timber, manufacturing, and real estate.

Kemp served on the Board of Suncrest Stone in Tifton as a Founding Director of First Madison Bank and St. Mary’s Hospital Board in Athens. From the backhoe to the board room, Governor Kemp understands how to successfully create jobs, grow companies, recruit start-ups, and make deals on the international stage while also providing opportunities for hundreds of hardworking Georgians.

Out of frustration with government, Brian Kemp ran for public office in the early 2000s.

In the State Senate, Kemp was instrumental in fighting to cut fees, taxes, and mandates on job creators and Georgia families. As Secretary of State, Kemp utilized technology and innovation to cut bureaucratic red tape, slash spending, and streamline government.

As Governor, Brian Kemp is fighting to make Georgia #1 for small business through regulatory reform. He will ensure that all parts of our state - including rural Georgia - have opportunities to grow and thrive. Kemp is fundamentally reforming state government, keeping our families safe, and always putting hardworking Georgians first.

Kemp, 56, is married to the former Marty Argo of Athens. They are the proud parents of three daughters – Jarrett, Lucy, and Amy Porter – and active members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

David Ralston

David Ralston is the 73rd Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, a position he has held since 2010. He was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2002 and represents House District 7, which includes Fannin and Gilmer counties and a portion of Dawson County.

As a member of the House of Representatives, Ralston previously served as Chairman of the Judiciary Non-Civil Committee and Vice Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

Prior to serving in the House, Ralston served in the Georgia State Senate from 1992 until 1998 when he won the Republican nomination for Attorney General of Georgia.

He serves as an Executive Committee member of the National Speakers Conference, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Southern Legislative Conference.

Born in Ellijay, Ralston is a graduate of Gilmer County High School. He went on to attend Young Harris College and North Georgia College (now the University of North Georgia), where he earned his bachelor’s degree with honors. He later received his law degree from the University Of Georgia.

Aside from his legislative duties, Ralston is an attorney in Blue Ridge. He is an active member of his community, participating with the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce and the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association.

Pedro Marin

  • Dynamic leader with over 25 years of executive experience in corporations and nonprofit organizations.
  • Progressive experience in product marketing, public policy, strategic planning and government relations.
  • Strong track record for developing partnerships, community organizing and coalition building.
  • Outstanding communicating skills in both English and Spanish with translator and interpreter experience.
  • Excellent talent for assessing people’s needs, problem solving and negotiating skills.
  • Developed and implemented community training and maintained intercultural relations.

Since Representative Marin arrived in Georgia, he has consistently volunteered his time and resources to improving the lives of others. For years, he has supported the Boy Scouts of America and other youth organizations, receiving numerous awards and recognitions. In Gwinnett County, Pedro has worked tirelessly to build better relationships with local government agencies and minority communities by serving as an advisor and intermediary for many elected and appointed officials in the county. Rep. Marin has also worked with other Latino, AfricanAmericans and Asians leaders to organize the community to gain political voice throughout the state at various levels of government. He accomplished all this prior to becoming one of the first Latinos ever elected into the Georgia General Assembly. While serving the people of Gwinnett County, Rep. Marin has been at the forefront in stopping gang violence and graffiti, expanding translation services in the courts, against racial profiling and fighting against legislation targeting
specific communities. Pedro is the embodiment of leadership, character and strength. He is a person to be commended for his history of selfless sacrifice and service.

Geoff Duncan


A former professional baseball player and successful entrepreneur, Geoff Duncan was elected Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor in November of 2018.

Geoff graduated from Chattahoochee High School in Alpharetta where he met his wife, Brooke. Geoff and Brooke both attended the Georgia Institute of Technology where Geoff was a scholarship pitcher. After a successful career at Georgia Tech, Geoff was drafted by the Florida Marlins’ organization. Geoff spent six seasons playing baseball in the minor leagues, advancing as high as AAA before a shoulder injury forced his retirement in the early 2000s.

After retiring from baseball, Geoff and his wife Brooke started a small marketing firm in their living room. The company experienced tremendous success which allowed Geoff and Brooke to sell the business and move on to multiple other entrepreneurial ventures. Geoff most recently served as the CEO of a health technology startup.

Geoff’s faith inspired him to a life of leadership and prompted his upstart run for political office. He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2012. During his time in office he authored several important pieces of legislation. These include HB 749-The Cargo Theft Act, HB152-Michael’s Law and most recently SB258- the Rural Hospital Tax Credit.

Geoff and Brooke are married and have three sons: Parker (17), Bayler (13), and Ryder (9). Geoff has coached 23 different youth sports teams, and also leads a weekly bible study with his wife Brooke. The Duncans attend Browns Bridge Community Church, an affiliate of North Point Community Church.

Brenda Lopez


Attorney Brenda Lopez made history last fall when she became the first Hispanic woman elected to the Georgia General Assembly, representing House District 99 in Gwinnett County. She was sworn in January 2017 and is one of two Latino representatives in the General Assembly. She sits on the education, retirement and state planning & community affairs committees. Representative Lopez is a rising star in Georgia politics.
As the principal attorney at The Lopez Firm, Representative Lopez handles removal and family-based immigration cases.
Representative Lopez was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States at age 5. She is a product of DeKalb County Schools and graduated from Cross Keys High School in Brookhaven. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from Georgia State University and, after working as a paralegal and in advocacy for three years, she graduated law school from Syracuse University. She has focused on international law, national security, and comparative politics in her academic career.
While in law school, Representative Lopez worked as a clerk for the Georgia Legal Services Program, the American Civil Liberties Union, and interned for a trial judge in Morelos, Mexico, where she is from. After law school, she worked as a staff attorney with Catholic Charities before opening her solo practice. In early 2015, she decided to run for office.
Representative Lopez is involved in political, legal, and education advocacy and has volunteered with organizations such as GALEO (the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials) and Amnesty International. She is particularly passionate about education and access to education for Dreamers, immigrants who were brought to this country as children. She is most proud of her volunteer work as a GED instructor with the adult education program at the Marist School.
Representative Lopez serves as vice chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia’s Latino Caucus. She is member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association and Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.