SCDA Leadership


Board of Directors

Brian Akin, Chairman

Brian Akin, SecretaryBrian Akin, President/CEO of the North Georgia Credit Union in Toccoa and a current director and Treasurer of the GA Credit Union League Board of Directors. He graduated from North Georgia College & State University with a BBA in Accounting.  Brian is a former chairman of the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce.  He is also a current director and Chairman of the GA Credit Union Foundation, former member of the GA CUPAC Board of Directors and the GA Credit Union Service Corporation Board of Directors. Brian also serves as the Chairman of the GCUL Outreach Advocacy Committee and is former member of the GCUL Regulatory Response Committee, GCUL Advocacy Policy Committee, GA Corporate FCU Supervisory Committee and GA Central CU ALCO Committee. He also served on the GCUL Finance Task Force in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. In addition, he is a two-time recipient of the Moses C. Davis Professional of the Year Award, 2001 and 2009. Brian and his wife Kelly have two daughters, Tessa (17) and Abby (14).

Gail Fry, Vice Chairman

Previously a teacher at Eastanollee Elementary, Mrs. Fry moved into an Assistant Principal postition with the school. She continued her career as the Principal at Big A Elementary. She also served as the K-12 Director of Student Learning for the school system before retirement. Received a Bachelor's Degree from UGA, a Master's Degree from North Georgia College, and an Education Leadership Specialist Degree from Clemson University. Served one term on the Toccoa Planning Commission before being elected to the City Commission.

Chuck Wright, Treasurer

Chuck Wright, Owner and Operator, Bulldogs Xpress Lube and Carwash.  Chuck grew up in Knoxville, TN where he attended the University of Tennessee and received an Associate’s Degree in Science.  He also has an Associate’s Degree in Science from West Florida University in Pensacola, FL.  Chuck was the Director in Radiology at St. Mary’s Hospital in Knoxville, TN from 1997-2001.  In 2001, Chuck and his wife Karen moved to Toccoa, her hometown, and he transferred to Athens Regional Medical Center where he was the Director in Radiology.  Chuck purchased Bullodgs Xpress Lube and Carwash on Big A Road, Toccoa in 2004.  Chuck served for 4 years on the Finance Committee for the Tugaloo Baptist Association and served a 4 year term on the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce.  He currently serves on the FCA Board of the Georgia Mountain District.  Chuck and Karen have two children.

Dean Scarborough, Secretary

Dean Scarborough is the Chairman of the Stephens County Commission as well as the SCDA Board Vice-Chairman for 2010. Mr. Scarborough began his service to the County when elected to the commission in 2008.  He has served on the Board of Directors of 1st Franklin Financial since 2004.  A Leadership Georgia alumnus, his past roles include President of the Toccoa Rotary, Chairman of the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce, and Chairman of the Downtown Development Authority.  Mr. Scarborough has been a resident of Stephens County since 1982 and was a small business owner for 31 years.  He is a graduate of Young Harris College and the University of Georgia.  Mr. Scarborough and his wife Dee have one son, Chris.

Jeremy Spradlin, Assistant Secretary

Stacy MillerJeremy Spradlin is the current regional manager for Georgia Power. A strong advocate for Toccoa-Stephens County he is currently the Chairman of the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he serves as a board member of the Stephens County Foundation. Jeremy and his wife Courtney are raising heir 3 children in Toccoa-Stephens County and plan to continue to give back to the community.



SCDA Staff

Tim Martin, Executive Director

Tim Martin, Executive DirectorTim Martin began his service as Executive Director to the SCDA in June 2008. He comes to Stephens County with more than 30 years working in community and economic development. Tim also served in the Peace Corps in Bogota, Colombia. Tim earned his Bachelors degree at Florida State University, where he also pursued graduate work. He is a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE), Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), and Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP). Tim’s leadership roles have included President of the Georgia Economic Developers Association (2000), President of the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (2005), and President of Georgia Technical Colleges Directors Association (2006). He enjoys reading, writing, running, and traveling. Tim and his wife Esther have two married adult children and five grandchildren.


Elizabeth Jones, Administrative Assistant

Elizabeth Jones joined the SCDA team in May 2017. She previously worked at the University of Georgia in the Information Technology department where she ran the mainframe and web applications. Elizabeth earned her Bachelor's of Business Administration in Information Systems from the Michael J. Cole's College of Business at Kennesaw State University. Her and her husband live in the community and are involved in the Chamber of Commerce and local business leadership. She enjoys pursuing her passions in web development and graphic design when she is not working.



The SCDA is responsible for the recruitment of new businesses including industrial, manufacturing, distribution, corporate and regional headquarters and customer service centers. It also provides support and assistance with all other types of economic development projects.

The SCDA also works with existing businesses and industries to ensure their continued success. While recruitment of new industry is a significant function, aiding in existing industry expansion and retention is just as significant. About 80 percent of all new jobs in Georgia come as a result of existing industry expansion.

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