Cobb Chamber President & CEO
David Connell


David joined the Cobb Chamber of Commerce in November 2010.  The Cobb Chamber is one of the most influential business advocacy organizations in Georgia, the 7th largest Chamber in the Southeastern United States (5400 members, 2500 businesses) and one of only two 5 Star Accredited chambers in Georgia, a designation of distinction (top one percent) by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

David’s focus is to strengthen the economy and quality of life so Cobb’s 45,000 plus businesses and a community of over 700,000 citizens can achieve more. The Cobb Chamber’s Board of Directors has charged David with providing strong leadership to focus the Chamber’s resources to achieve five major outcomes:

  • Create jobs and drive economic development to new levels.

  • Strengthen the community and the region so Cobb is a great place to live, learn, work and play.

  • Grow member businesses by providing direct member services and enhancing the overall business climate in Cobb and the region. 

  • Nurture leadership in the private, public and non-profit sectors. 

  • Build unity in Cobb and the region by connecting and convening business, government, non-profits and the community in general. 

Previously, David served as the region executive for Georgia Power’s Metro West Region. He has been associated with the Southern Company and its subsidiaries for 40 years, which includes serving four years as a base civil engineering officer in the United States Air Force during his career. In addition to Georgia Power, David has held senior positions at Alabama Power, Southern Company and Southern Company Services.

David currently serves on numerous boards, including the state-wide Driver Services Board to which he was appointed by Governor Perdue in 2007.

He has received numerous awards for his civic involvement, including the Ernest Barrett Award (2001), the Len Gilbert Award (2002), the Mack Henderson Public Service Award (2004), the East Cobb Citizen of the Year (2004), the Boy Scouts of America’s Silver Beaver Award, their highest award for a volunteer (2005), the NAACP’s Presidential Award (2006 and 2008), the Secretary of State’s Outstanding Georgia Citizen (2006), the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award (2008) and was named to the 2012 Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians. David is a graduate of Leadership Cobb, Honorary Commanders, and the Regional Leadership Institute (RLI).

David has an engineering degree from Auburn University and advanced business degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and Harvard University.

Born and raised in Nashville, Ga., David is married to the former Pam Cotten of Nashville, Tn. they have four children and two grandchildren. David attends the East Cobb Church of Christ, where he and Pam are actively involved.

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