Brunswick – Glynn County Development Authority Staff
Mel Baxter, President
Mel Baxter is retired from United Community Bank after twenty six years of service, the last twelve years he held the position of Market President. Mr. Baxter’s involvement with economic development began in 2009 when he was elected to the Board of the Brunswick Glynn County Development Authority where he served for two consecutive three years terms. The last two years Mr. Baxter served as the Chairman of the Board for the Authority. In July, 2016 Mr. Baxter was hired by the Development Authority Board as the President for the Brunswick Glynn County Development Authority. Mr. Baxter is a lifelong resident of Glynn County and has served and chaired several of the not for profit organizations. He has a strong working relationship with the elected officials from both the City and the County as well as their staff.
Dave Smith, Financial and Administrative Consultant
Dave comes to the Development Authority with a tremendous amount of experience from the manufacturing and production industry sector. Dave is currently serving as a Financial and Administrative Consultant for the Development Authority and has been with the organization for 15 years.
John Scott, CEcD, Project Manager
John Scott is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council.
John started in Economic Development in 2009 at the Trent Lott National Center of Excellence for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship where he interned with the Southern Entrepreneurship Program while he completed work on a Masters in Economic Development. Following completion of his degree, John worked at the Mississippi Development Authority’s Film Office where he researched how the State of Mississippi could better compete with other states (Georgia in particular) in attracting major film projects. Just prior to coming to Brunswick, John worked at the Choctaw County Economic Development Foundation as the Assistant Director of Economic Development.
Currently John is the Project Manager at the Development Authority and is in charge of working with the existing industries, developing a strong web presence, and assisting companies/prospects who are locating in Georgia’s Golden Isles.
Sherri Pruitt, Office Coordinator
Sherri is the Administrative Assistant at the Development Authority and is in charge assisting with the existing industries and companies/prospects who are locating in the Golden Isles. Sherri Pruitt is a tremendous asset to the Development Authority and started in the administrative and coordinator field over 20 years ago in Atlanta, Ga.