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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).

Terry Carter, Vice Chairman

A former bank executive, Terry Carter is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Toccoa based Georgia-Carolina Radiocasting Companies. He, was one of the founding organizers of the small market radio group operator which formed in 2001.  Georgia-Carolina now operates 14 radio stations in the two Carolinas and Georgia. Carter was recently elected to the board of directors for the Georgia Association of Broadcasters. Carter has served as past President of the Currahee Arts Council. A native of Toccoa, Carter attended Stephens County High School and Truett McConnell College before completing studies in Finance at Georgia State University.  He is also a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Banking School.



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.

Dennis Bell, Secretary

Dennis Bell is the Chairman of the Stephens County Commission as well as the SCDA Board Vice-Chairman for 2020. 

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.


Lori Duke Jones, Assistant to the Executive Director

She comes to us from her previous employment with Georgia Carolina Radiocasting.  She returned to her hometown in 2019 after spending the last 20 years in Habersham County, GA.  At SCDA, she will be responsible for cultivating the interest of outside industries as well as maintain the relationship with existing industries in Stephens County.  She is the mother of 2 sons who reside with their wives in Habersham County with her grandson Raylan.  Lori possesses a deep love for NE Georgia and is looking forward to being an advocate for all the wonderful reasons to bring and keep businesses in Stephens County. 



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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