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State Chamber CEO to speak to Effingham Chamber

POSTED: September 21, 2009 6:54 p.m.

George M. Israel III, president  and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, will be the keynote speaker at the Effingham County Chamber’s membership breakfast on Sept. 30. The breakfast will be held at the New Ebenezer Retreat Center at 7:30 a.m.

Israel has more than 25 years experience as a chief executive officer with organizations in government, real estate sales management and development, property management and managed health care. Israel will discuss issues directly affecting the future of business in Georgia and Effingham County.  

He will discuss the initiatives in civil justice reform, health mandates, school board governance, transportation and tax relief.

“We feel this is going to be a very informative breakfast and a chance for the Georgia chamber to interact with our local business leaders,” Alice DeForest, (Coldwell Banker Intercoastal Realty), local Chamber president said.

Israel currently serves on the Board of Directors for a number of organizations, including the Georgia Allies, the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and the Georgia Cities Foundation.

He is a board advisor for the Georgia Department of Economic Development and a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Israel served as chairman of the 21st Century Partnership in Middle Georgia for BRAC (1993-95), chair of the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce (1993), chair of the Macon Economic Development Commission (1988-92) and co-chair of the Macon-Bibb County Unification Commission.

He was appointed by Gov. Zell Miller to chair the State of Georgia Commission on Privatization (1994-98). He was also appointed by Gov. Miller to serve on the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee (GMACC) from 1993-96. In 2003, Gov. Sonny Perdue reappointed Israel to the GMACC. In 2006, Israel was named “Georgian of the Year” by Georgia Trend Magazine.

Reservations are $12 each. RSVP by Sept. 23.   Call the Effingham Chamber at 754-3301 or register online at


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