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Gene Stinson, CEcD, PCED, CAE, HLM
(404) 523-3030  Office
(404) 226-8606 Cell

Since March 1998 Gene has served as the President of the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC). SEDC is a professional association for economic development practitioners and serves 17 states in the American South. In the role of President Gene is responsible for overall operations of the association and for the implementation of the association’s annual program of work.

In the twelve years prior to joining SEDC Gene served as the chief staff member of three Chamber of Commerce/Economic Development organizations in Tennessee and Georgia. Gene is a graduate of The University of Tennessee, the Economic Development Institute, and the US Chamber’s Institute for Organizational Management. In April, 1993 he earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the American Economic Development Council. In May, 2002 he also received the designation of Certified Association Executive (CAE) from the American Society of Association Executives. He also received the Professional Community &Economic Developer (PCED) certification from the Community Development Council in 2007.He also has been elected to the board of the Georgia Society of Association Executives for 2011 and 2012. In addition, he serves as the Treasurer of the Community Development Council, the national certification body for the Professional Community & Economic Developer certification.

Marcus Urquhart, MBA, CMP 
Operations Manager
(404) 523-3030  Office

Marcus has served as the Operations Manager at the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC), since July 2015.

Marcus has over four years in meeting/event planning in both the corporate and association/non-profit sectors. Marcus most recently worked for the American Urological Association based in the Baltimore/Washington, DC metro area. An association of over 16,000 Urologist, Oncologist and other various medical industry professionals. At the AUA, he managed numerous successful meetings. Marcus’ dedication to the meetings industry and vast experience has allowed him to work with: the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dunbar Armored, Inc, Danya International, Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Jos A. Banks, Brink’s, Inc., the MLB and the NFL amongst other various organizations.

Marcus is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Miami, FL, he holds a B.S. in Travel-Tourism & Hospitality Management with a minor in Sociology (2012) and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) (2015). Marcus is new to the Atlanta metropolitan area, relocating from the Baltimore/Washington, DC metro and is excited to embrace what the South has to offer. 

Erica Martin

Administrative Assistant
(404) 523-3030  Office.

Erica Martin is the Administrative Assistant at the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC). Erica began work at SEDC October 2015.

Erica worked over five years in fashion merchandising, marketing, and sales on both the corporate side at Nordstrom in Atlanta, GA and the small business side at Poor Little Rich Girl in College Park, GA, ending this portion of her career as Designer Specialist at Nordstrom.

Erica decided to pursue administrative work in 2010 at SZI Group, a property management company in Atlanta, GA. Since then she has worked in administrative roles at Hammond Residential, BHG Leasing, Sunshine Property Management, and currently the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) in Atlanta, GA.

 Erica received her B.S. in Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design and her Minor in Marketing at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA. Her hobbies include traveling, thrifting, cooking, and any type of D.I.Y. project. Erica is an Atlanta native and lives in the Atlanta metro area with her fiancé and their son. 

Marcus Urquhart, MBA 
Operations Manager

Marcus Urquhart, MBA 
Operations Manager