A native of Gwinnett County, John D. Stephens has over 57 years of entrepreneurial experience. Mr. Stephens has been instrumental in the growth and development of not only Gwinnett County, but also the region. His experience spans founding John D. Stephens Inc. in 1962 and installing over 6,000,000 linear feet of pipe across the United States, to creating Stephens Industries LP and conveying over 22 million cubic yards of fill material for “The Most Important Runway in America” the 5th Runway, and other projects at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (H-JAIA). His most recent success was in the unique design and operation of a Construction & Demolition Landfill and Processing/Recycling Facility as well as granite Quarry operations south of H-JAIA. The site was largely responsible for providing millions of tons of virgin aggregate and fill material, as well as a variety of recycled aggregate products to the airport’s many expansion projects. Currently, Mr. Stephens is owner of JDS Holdings LLC which was formed to provide industry expertise, entrepreneurial know-how, and private equity to assist other subsidiaries in increasing their value.
Nick Masino is the President & CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett, located in Duluth, Georgia. Masino joined Partnership Gwinnett in 2007 and most recently served as Partnership Gwinnett’s Chief Economic Development Officer where he oversaw the business recruitment and retention efforts for Gwinnett, as well as the implementation of the Partnership Gwinnett Strategy. To create this community-focused economic development (ED) organization, Masino worked with public and private leadership to commission ED studies in 2011 and 2016; and spearheaded the implementation efforts of the initial plan in 2007—which has since brought approximately 250 company expansions or relocations, more than 23,000 new jobs and more than $1.7 billion in investment to Gwinnett. A leading authority on local and state economic development, Masino is regularly sought after for prominent speaking engagements throughout metro Atlanta and Georgia. In addition, he has spoken internationally, in Incheon and Seoul, South Korea and Wuxi, Chongqing and Qingdao, China, representing Georgia on government, economic development and international business subjects. As a result of his extensive expertise in the economic development arena, Masino is a preferred interviewee for regional and local television, radio, newspaper and magazine outlets.
Eileen O’Neill works on issues of water, innovation, and leadership.
Before setting up her own company in September 2019, she was Executive Director of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, (U.S) and the organizer of WEFTEC, the world’s largest annual water quality conference and exhibition. In that capacity she led a staff of more than 100, oversaw an annual budget of $28+ million, and served as the Secretary of the Federation’s Board of Trustees.
While at WEF for 28 years, Dr. O’Neill served as Executive Director for more than six. During her WEF career, she held a variety of positions overseeing programs including as the only female and non-engineer to have served as WEF’s staff technical lead, its Chief Technical Officer. She believes in the power of research and science and also of partnership and collaboration and brought this to her work at WEF and as an officer of the Water Environment Research Foundation and the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation. She is passionate about growing the cadre of women leaders in the water sector and beyond.
Before joining WEF, Dr. O’Neill worked in academia and environmental consulting in the U.S. and in Europe. She has a B.S. in soil science from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (U.K.) and a Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Aberdeen (U.K) and holds the Board Certified Environmental Scientist Credential (with a specialty certification in environmental chemistry) from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists.