For­mer New­ton cham­ber exec named GPTC board sec­re­tary

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Roger Har­ri­son has been ap­pointed as board sec­re­tary of the Ge­or­gia Pied­mont Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Foun­da­tion’s Board of Trustees re­cently.

The foun­da­tion is the non­profit re­source de­vel­op­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion that sup­ports Ge­or­gia Pied­mont Tech­ni­cal Col­lege (GPTC). Mr. Har­ri­son has served as a mem­ber of the Board of Trustees since fis­cal year 2011.

A ninth-gen­er­a­tion Ge­or­gian and na­tive of Mon­ti­cello, Roger A. Har­ri­son is the Pres­i­dent and CEO of Pro­fes­sional Re­cruit­ing, Inc. (PRI). PRI is a U.S.-based ex­ec­u­tive and pro­fes­sional place­ment firm with of­fices in At­lanta, Dubai and Greenville, where they source top ex­ec­u­tives and pro­fes­sion­als for both per­ma­nent place­ments and con­tract as­sign­ments world­wide. In ad­di­tion to Har­ri­son’s over­all lead­er­ship of the com­pany, he di­rectly man­ages PRI’s cor­po­rate train­ing ser­vices, which of­fer unique cur­ric­ula in man­age­rial lead­er­ship, team­build­ing and stan­dard­ized in­ter­view prac­tices.

Prior to tak­ing the reins at PRI, Roger was the chief busi­ness de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer at Wag­ner Ser­vice So­lu­tions where he was re­spon­si­ble for the ex­ec­u­tive re­cruit­ment di­vi­sion as well as the over­all sales and mar­ket­ing growth of the cor­po­ra­tion. His broad base of in­ter­na­tional clients in­cluded Nis­sh­inbo Au­to­mo­tive, Bridge­stone Golf, Bax­ter Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal, and Het­tich North Amer­ica. A for­mer Pub­lic Ser­vice Fac­ulty mem­ber in Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment at the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia, Roger be­gan his ca­reer with the world’s most rec­og­niz­able brand, The Coca-Cola Com­pany, where he was a Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Man­ager for na­tional ac­counts.

Har­ri­son was the Cov­ing­ton/ New­ton County Cham­ber of Com­merce’s vice pres­i­dent of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment un­til pur­su­ing an­other open­ing in 2013. He was hired by the cham­ber in 2010, and had a di­rect hand in re­cruit­ing four new in­dus­tries: Ves­tar Tech­nolo­gies, Pasco Sprin­kler, Stamptech Metals and Ames­bury Ex­truded Plas­tics. He also helped with three ex­pan­sions of ex­ist­ing in­dus­tries: SKC, Bridge­stone Golf and Nis­sh­inbo Au­to­mo­tive. Har­ri­son trav­eled to China, Ja­pan and South Korea on a trip in 2011 that he said, to the News in 2013, was the first in­ter­na­tional trade mis­sion un­der­taken by a New­ton County of­fi­cial.

Har­ri­son holds a Bach­e­lor of Fine Arts de­gree from Pres­by­te­rian Col­lege and a Mas­ter of Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion de­gree from Ge­or­gia Col­lege and State Univer­sity, and he has com­pleted two years of course­work to­ward his Doc­tor­ate in Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion at Val­dosta State Univer­sity. He main­tains his cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in Lead­er­ship De­vel­op­ment from The Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia, was a cer­ti­fied in­ter­viewer for The Coca-Cola Com­pany and is cer­ti­fied by The Kauff­man Foun­da­tion as a Fas­Trak® En­tre­pre­neur­ial fa­cil­i­ta­tor.

“Roger has been an ac­tive and en­gaged trustee, and we are for­tu­nate that he ac­cepted the lead­er­ship po­si­tion va­cated by the for­mer Sec­re­tary of the GPTC Foun­da­tion,” said GPTC Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Re­la­tions, Zaun­dra Brown. “The GPTC Foun­da­tion is ex­pand­ing its reach and im­pact on the col­lege and com­mu­nity. We are ac­tively re­cruit­ing for trustees such as Roger to join the foun­da­tion and take a lead­er­ship role in ma­jor fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Sub­mit­ted photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

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