2015: Boston, MA

Posted on Apr 5, 2016

2015: Boston, MA

At the forefront of New England’s economic, cultural and civic innovation, the city of Boston epitomizes positive community change and development. Since its incorporation as a city in 1822, Boston is rich with economic and social history, as well as considered the pioneer of positive change in the Western world. As a result, Boston is home to over 617,000 residents, numerous cultural and business organizations, many of the world’s finest hospitals and world- renown institutions of higher education such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. Boston-based jobs have reached nearly 660,000.

More than 12 million visitors from across the country and around the globe come to Boston every year to conduct business, attend cultural or sporting events and discover historical neighborhoods. Tourism is one of New England’s largest industries; as the region’s social and commercial hub, Boston is willing to accommodate and entertain you as few other cities can. This vibrant, thriving city is equally renowned for its champion sports franchises, as well as its place at the very forefront of American history.

While many cities are defined by their skylines, Boston is distinguished by its vibrant neighborhoods. Although each neighborhood has its own personality and distinct appeal, all of the areas demonstrate Boston’s changing face, as this historic capital has become a magnet for all of the world’s citizens. Boston’s strength, diversity and vitality are all rooted in her neighborhoods. These new immigrants have joined native Bostonians and transplants from across the country and the globe to make Boston the world-class city it is today.

SLV Boston Guide (PDF)


Wednesday, September 23

Wednesday, September 28

6:30 AMBus arrives at Gwinnett Chamber
7:00 AMBus departs Gwinnett Chamber
8:30 AMArrive at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
10:53 AMFlight departs Atlanta Delta Flight 1375
11:57 AMFlight arrives in Houston William P. Hobby Airport
12:45 PMBus departs for Petroleum Club of Houston 1201 Louisiana Street, 35th floor / Houston, TX 77002
1:15 PMLunch at Petroleum Club of Houston
1:45 PMWelcome to 2016 Strategic Leadership Visit Dr. Dan Kaufman – President/CEO, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
2:00 PMWelcome Message from Houston First Corporation
2:15 PMCommunity & Economic Development Overview of Greater Houston Greater Houston Partnership
3:00 PMFrom Parking Lot to Entertainment District: Avenida Houston Houston First Corporation
3:45 PMLoad Buses
4:00 PMBus departs for JW Marriott Houston Downtown 806 Main Street / Houston, TX 77002
4:15 PMHotel Check-in
5:45 PMWelcome Reception JW Marriott Executive Lounge, 11th floor Sponsored by: Precision Planning
6:45 PMWalk to dinner at III Forks (.3 mile walk)
7:00 PMDinner – III Forks 1201 Fannin Street / Houston, TX 77002 Sponsored by: Brand Mortgage and Jackson EMC

Thursday, September 24

Thursday, September 29

6:30 AMExercise Option - Group Run Meet in hotel lobby
7:30 AMBreakfast - JW Marriott, Monet Room Sponsored by: Wells Fargo
8:00 AMInnovative Learning Houston Independent School District Sponsored by: Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center
8:45 AMHigher Education The Posse Foundation
9:30 AMBreak/Board buses
9:45 AMBuses Departs for CityCentre
10:30 AMArrive at Mays Business School at CityCentre CityCentre Plaza, 800 Town and Country Blvd./ Houston, TX Room # 224
10:45 AMMixed-Use Redevelopment CityCentre Sponsored by: Lose and Associates
11:30 AMWalk to lunch at Seasons 52
11:45 AMLunch at Seasons 52 CityCentre Plaza / 842 West Sam Houston Pkwy. N / Houston, TX 77024 Sponsored by: Evermore CID, Gwinnett Place CID, Gwinnett Village CID, Lilburn CID, and Sugarloaf CID
1:15 PMWalking Tour of CityCentre
1:55 PMReturn to Mays Business School at CityCentre
2:00 PMTransit System Overview Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County Sponsored by: Pond and Company
2:45 PMBoard Buses
3:00 PMBus 1: Depart for Sugar Land Town Square Bus 2: Depart for JW Marriott Houston Downtown
3:30 PMArrive at Sugar Land City Hall 2700 Town Center Blvd. North / Sugar Land, TX 77478
3:45 PMMixed Use Town Center Sugar Land Town Square
5:15 PMSugar Land bus departs for JW Marriott Houston Downtown
6:45 PMBus departs for Vic & Anthony’s
7:00 PMDinner - Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse 1510 Texas Ave. / Houston, TX 77002 Sponsored by: Andersen Tate and Carr and Georgia Power

Friday, September 25

Friday, September 30

6:30 AMExercise Option - Group Run Meet in hotel lobby
8:00 AMBREAKFAST BUFFET JW Marriott Houston Downtown - Monet Room
8:30 AMDebrief Session
9:30 AMAdjourn
9:45 AMPlace luggage on bus
10:00 AMBus departs for William P. Hobby Airport
10:30 AMArrive at William P. Hobby Airport
12:33 PMFlight Departs Houston Delta Flight 1375
3:42 PMFlight Arrives in Atlanta
4:00 PMBus departs Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for Gwinnett Chamber


Norwood Davis 12Stone Church
Brad Carr Andersen Tate & Carr
Cindy Price AT&T
Stephen Causby Atlanta Regional Commission
Anthony Rodriguez Aurora Theatre, Inc
Julie King Brand Mortgage
Tammy Shumate Brand Mortgage
Greg Shumate Brand Mortgage
Judy Johnson City of Lawrenceville
Bucky Johnson City of Norcross
Paul Radford City of Sugar Hill
Dick Goodman City of Suwanee
Raymer Sale E2E Resources
Jim Brooks Evermore CID
Lisa Anders Explore Gwinnett
Lori Buckheister GA Gwinnett College
Renee Byrd Lewis GA Gwinnett College
Ron Garrard Garrard Group
Doug Jenkins Georgia Power
William Edwards Georgia Power
Elissa Dooman Greater Gwinnett Championship
Misty Aguilar Gwinnett Chamber
Vince DeSilva Gwinnett Chamber
Rhea Frendt Gwinnett Chamber
Dan Kaufman Gwinnett Chamber
Alicia Krogh Gwinnett Chamber
Charlotte Nash Gwinnett County
Glenn Stephens Gwinnett County
Jace Brooks Gwinnett County
Alan Chapman Gwinnett County
Lynette Howard Gwinnett County
Bryan Lackey Gwinnett County
Ron Seibenhener Gwinnett County
Carole Boyce Gwinnett County Public Schools
Berney Kirkland Gwinnett County Public Schools
Mary Kay Murphy Gwinnett County Public Schools
Louise Radloff Gwinnett County Public Schools
Frances Davis Gwinnett County Public Schools
Jonathan Patterson Gwinnett County Public Schools
Jeff Mahaffey Gwinnett Development Authority
Steve Cannon Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center
Phil Wolfe Gwinnett Medical Center
Randy Meacham Gwinnett Municipal Association
Joe Allen Gwinnett Place CID
Leo Wiener Gwinnett Place CID
Stan Hall Gwinnett Sports Commission
Glen Cannon Gwinnett Tech
Chuck Warbington Gwinnett Village CID
Heather Gibbs Poe IBM
Jim Liley IBM
Randy Dellinger Jackson EMC
Todd Evans Jackson EMC
Chuck Button Jacobs
Trey Ragsdale Kaiser Permamente
Greg Cantrell Living Stone Properties
Jonathan Holmes Mighty 8th Media
Ann Hanlon North Fulton CID
Susan Bacon Pametto Grant Consulting
Nick Masino Partnership Gwinnett
Bill Floyd Pendelton Consulting
Carla Carraway Precision Planning
Bill Russell Russell Landscape
Jon Richards Site ROI, Inc.
Dean Collins T.Y. Lin International
Scott Harris Wells Fargo
Mike Stough Zeriva