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Rising to the Top

Greater North Fulton Chamber Announces 2021 Women INfluencing Business award winners

 The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce (GNFCC), North Fulton’s only regional Chamber serving the cities of Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Roswell and Sandy Springs, announced the winners of the 2021 North Fulton Women INfluencing Business Awards.

The Business Woman Rising Star Award was presented to Amy Bell, vice president, Georgia Architecture for Goodwyn Mills & Cawood (GMC). While GMC's focus is designing powerful infrastructure projects that help communities, Amy and her team take this a step further by supporting and building up communities internally and externally with projects like raising money for earbuds for Fulton County students during the pandemic, cleaning trash from the trails near her office, hosting student art shows at her office, and volunteering for Junior Achievement.

"I am a lady doing a historically male-dominated job. I want that to be a thing of the past,” said Amy. “The more leaders who come from diverse backgrounds, the better and stronger our society will be. I can only hope that my influence spans across all people I come in contact with. I want to be a positive role model for all young professionals who aspire to do more, whatever their ‘more’ is.”

The Nonprofit Woman of Excellence Award was presented to Holly Ranney, President and Co-Founder of Sunshine on a Ranney Day, an organization that renovates homes for children with special needs. The nonprofit focuses on wheelchair-accessible bathrooms, in-home therapy rooms and dream bedrooms. To date, more than 140 homes and multiple large community projects, like the renovation of CHOA’s parent sleep rooms, and therapy rooms at Camp Twin Lakes and Summit Counseling Center, have been completed. 

The Business Woman of Excellence Award was presented to Linda Coyle, Business Development Officer with LGE Community Credit Union.

The Business Woman of Excellence Living Legacy Award was presented to Janet Rodgers, President and CEO of the Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau. Janet has spent more than two decades making her community a viable place that people would want to live, work, play and stay.  

“The benchmark Janet sets for her team is ‘excellence’ and she models that in all she accomplishes,” said Gloria Mattei, Chair of the Awards Selection Committee and Co-Chair of the Chamber’s Women Influencing Business Committee.

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