The Georgia Employers’ Association (GEA) is expanding their training and communications programs for Georgia businesses with the addition of two new business associates. Debra Ballard will enhance the association’s educational and training efforts as a facilitator for GEA-sponsored management and leadership workshops for business leaders around the state. Song Nguyen has joined the association as Business Coordinator and will be actively involved with GEA’s efforts to support the Georgia business community.

“We’re enthusiastic about the addition of additional training capabilities that Debra and her company can provide,” stated GEA Executive Director Mike McCurdy. “We’re increasing our focus on management and HR-related workshops in the metro area, and Debra will provide expertise in several areas that will benefit Georgia businesses.”

“Song Nguyen is an enthusiastic addition to our staff,” continued McCurdy. “She will be ramping up our digital communications efforts and engaging with members and others in the Georgia business community who are interested in the wide range of training, consulting, and legal services that GEA offers. Our association is a valuable resource for business leaders, and Song will help us to get the message out about the areas of support that GEA provides.”

According to David Whitaker, Director Emeritus of the association, the additions confirm the positive direction that Georgia Employers’ Association is taking. “For some time we’ve wanted to increase our support for businesses in Atlanta, Augusta, and North Georgia with workshops that are easily accessible. Adding Debra Ballard as a facilitator enables that expansion. Song Nguyen is a bright and exceptional young woman who’ll focus on new ways we can communicate with members and others. It will be exciting to see the results from her efforts.”

Bios for Debra and Song:

Debra Ballard

Debra Ballard is a native of Macon, Georgia and graduated from Mercer University with a BA in Business Administration. She began her management career with Knight-Ridder Newspapers in 1974 where she worked in a variety of management positions for eight years.  She then moved to Atlanta where she served as assistant division manager for ARA Transportation, supervising 425 AFL-CIO unionized bus drivers who transported 35,000 children the City of Atlanta Board of Education.

Returning to Middle Georgia, she went to work for Tri-County EMC, a local not-for-profit electric utility cooperative, as Customer Services Manager. Over the next 12 years she served the utility in a number of capacities including quality service, marketing and public relations initiatives. She served as assistant general manager and managed the cooperative’s subsidiary businesses.

Debra founded her business, The Ballard Group, in 1996.  She conducts training and consultation in a wide variety of areas including leadership, customer service, marketing, and time and stress management.

Her clients include public utility companies, the United States Postal Service, the United States Air Force, Boeing, Northrup-Grumann, Anchor Glass, Blue Bird Bus Company, Riverwood International, technical colleges, chambers of commerce, various state, city and county governments, small businesses, and non-profit organizations.

Song Nguyen

Song Nguyen is a Senior at Mercer University, majoring in Finance with a minor in Management. A native of Pensacola, Florida, she gained managerial experience at an early age in her family business. She currently lives in Bonaire, GA and will continue to work with Georgia Employers’ Association after graduation.

As Business Coordinator for Georgia Employers’ Association, Song will be directly involved in daily operations and with the association’s communications efforts to members and others in the Georgia business community. She will be responsible for researching and helping to recruit new members who could benefit from GEA services and for initiating new communications efforts through social media.

About Georgia Employers’ Association

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