Legislative Breakfast 2019-03-14T18:14:00-04:00
The State of the State of Hispanic Business

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
Geoff Duncan
Geoff DuncanLieutenant Governor
Barry Loudermilk
Barry LoudermilkCongressman
Sen. Mike Dugan
Sen. Mike DuganMajority Leader. District 30, Republican
Pedro Marin
Pedro MarinChairman
Elena Parent
Elena ParentSenator. District 42
Brenda Lopez
Brenda LopezRepresentative

Platinum Sponsor $5,000

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

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Gold Level $3,000

  • 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

Silver Level $1,000

  • Five (5) seats

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

2019 Registration Link
RSVP online or call Juanita Rivera at (404) 929-9998 ext. 228 – jrivera@ghcc.org 

Thanks you to our sponsors

Brian Kemp

Brian Porter Kemp (born November 2, 1963) is an American businessman and politician who is the 83rd and incumbent governor of the U.S. state of Georgia, in office since 2019. A member of the Republican Party , he previously was the Secretary of State of Georgia and a member of the Georgia State Senate.

Over the past sixteen years, Georgia has experienced unmatched opportunity and economic prosperity. Thanks to the leadership and courage of Governors Sonny Perdue and Nathan Deal, our state weathered the economic downturn and emerged stronger than ever. Wages are on the rise, unemployment rates continue to drop, and the Peach State has been the top spot for business six years in a row.

With low taxes, a business-friendly government, beautiful natural resources, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and the Port of Savannah, we feed the world with Georgia Grown products, lead the nation in aerospace, cyber innovation, and FinTech, and we proudly embrace our “Hollywood of the South” designation.

Georgia’s academic institutions are world-renowned - like our Southern hospitality - and cities like Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, and Savannah have turned into hubs of innovation and investment.

While it is a great time to be a Georgian, we will not rest on our laurels. We must build on our successes, address the challenges ahead, and implement a bold vision for our state to ensure that all citizens – regardless of their zip code – have the opportunity to live, learn, and prosper.

The Kemp Family is truly honored to serve Georgia. In the years to come, we will advance initiatives that spur job growth in all parts of our state, lower taxes and insurance premiums for Georgia families, strengthen rural communities, and keep our children safe. We will invest in education, infrastructure, and healthcare.

Together, we will put hardworking Georgians first and ensure that our best days are always ahead.

Sincerely,
Governor Brian P. Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp

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.

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, Bayler, and Ryder. Geoff has coached youth sports for 23 years 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.

Barry Loudermilk

Congressman Barry Loudermilk, a Constitutional Conservative, represents Georgia’s 11th Congressional District, which includes all of Bartow and Cherokee counties as well as portions of Cobb and Fulton counties.
In the 116th Congress, Rep. Loudermilk serves as a member the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services. Barry also serves as a member of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), conservative caucus of the House Republicans.
Before being elected to Congress in 2014, Barry Loudermilk was a small business owner for over 20 years. He also served in the Georgia State legislature for nine years.

Congressman Barry Loudermilk, a Constitutional Conservative, represents Georgia’s 11th Congressional District, which includes all of Bartow and Cherokee counties as well as portions of Cobb and Fulton counties.

In the 116th Congress, Rep. Loudermilk serves as a member the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services. Barry also serves as a member of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), conservative caucus of the House Republicans.

Before being elected to Congress in 2014, Barry Loudermilk was a small business owner for over 20 years. He also served in the Georgia State legislature for nine years.

A Georgia native, Rep. Loudermilk holds an Associate Degree in Telecommunications Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education and Information Systems Technology. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years.

Loudermilk is the former owner of an Information Technology services business, and is an author, historian, and motivational speaker.

Barry and his wife Desiree have been married since 1983. They reside in northwest Georgia, and have three grown children and three grandchildren.

Mike Dugan

Mike Dugan is currently serving as the Senator for Georgia District 30. He is a 20-year Army veteran and local building contractor who brings to the job his strong interest in job creation, education and healthcare.
Mike has been married to his wife Missy for 26 years. She is currently the president and chief executive officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, overseeing 24 Clubs in 10 counties. They have two children. Daughter Meghan is a senior at Auburn University majoring in political science and working toward law school. Son Beau is a junior at the University of West Georgia majoring in business and playing football.

Mike Dugan for State Senate District 30

My primary focus is on serving as a voice for the people of the 30th District. I will continue to do that by working for strong, well planned economic development in the area while maintaining a quality of life that most of us have grown up enjoying.

I understand that economic development is driven by a strong educational system from pre-k through our great University and Technical College Systems as well as a sound and efficient transportation system.

The 30th District is the best District in Georgia, and I will continue to work to keep it that way.

Pedro Marin

Representative Marin represents the citizens of District 96, which includes portions of the cities of Duluth & Norcross in Gwinnett County. He was elected into the House of Representatives in 2002, and currently serves on the Banks & Banking, Economic Development & Tourism, Industry & Labor and Science & Technology committees.
"I am dedicated to being a voice for justice, opportunity, and equality for all people. Fighting for fairness for you, and on behalf of those that don't feel they are represented, the ones that have always been denied a seat at the table"
Rep. 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 Rep. 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 youths organizations, receiving numerous awards and recognitions. In Gwinnett County, Pedro has worked tirelessly to build better relationships with local government agencies and the minorities 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, African Americans 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 & 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.

Elena Parent

State Senator Elena Parent was elected to the State Senate in 2014. She represents District 42, which includes portions of central and north DeKalb County. Sen. Parent is member of the Education and Youth, Judiciary and Special Judiciary committees. She also serves as Secretary for the Government Oversight Committee. Currently, Sen. Parent serves as the Deputy Whip for the Minority Caucus, Vice Chair of the Senate DeKalb Delegation and Vice Chair of the Working Families Legislative Caucus.
State Senator Elena Parent w as elected to the State Senate in 2014. She represents District 42, which includes
portions of central and north DeKalb County.
Sen. Parent is member of the Education and Youth, Judiciary and Special Judiciary committees. She also serves as
Secretary for the Government Oversight Committee.
Currently, Sen. Parent serves as the Deputy Whip for the Minority Caucus, Vice Chair of the Senate DeKalb Delegation and Vice Chair of the Working Families Legislative Caucus.
Senator Parent previously served as the State Representative for District 81 in DeKalb County in 2011 and 2012. Senator Parent then continued her public service as the Executive Director of Georgia Watch, the state’s leading
consumer rights non-profit.
Senator Parent began her career as a litigation attorney at Sutherland Eversheds Sutherland LLP and she is active in
her community. Currently, she serves on the Board of Visitors for Emory University and the Advisory Board for
Olmsted Linear Park Association. She is a proud graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia
School of Law.
Senator Parent’s awards and recognitions include: Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Who's Who Sustainability” feature for her leadership on energy and environmental policy issues; the Fulton County Daily Report’s “On the Rise”; the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 Under 40”; ACCG’s Legislative Service Award; and the Georgia Association of  women Lawyers’ “Leading Lady”.
Senator Parent traces her core beliefs – the importance of family and making the community a better place for all - to
her upbringing in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol where her parents stressed the importance of faith and public service.
Senator Parent is married to Briley Brisendine and they are the proud parents of two sons: Brooks, 8, and Reid, 5. They are members of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta

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.

I ask for your vote to reelect me to continue to work for a prosperous Gwinnett and Georgia. I advocated for public schools and public transit. This legislative year, we fully funded the QBE formula for schools and passed a good transportation bill. I’ve had the honor to provide a pipeline for 16 college students to intern for me at the Capitol.         

I was raised by working class parents that taught me to work hard, and as I succeeded to ensure I helped others. I will continue to humbly fight for the great principles of equality and justice that our state and country is consistently striving to achieve. Thank you for the privilege to represent House District 99.

– Representative Brenda Lopez