Board of Directors

Jim Vaught, Chairman — Providence Christian Academy

James W. Vaught, Jr. (Jim) has lived in the Lilburn area for 29 of his 45 years in Georgia. He is married to Dagmar A. Vaught and has a son, daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren living in Lexington, KY.

Jim received a BS and MA from Tennessee Tech University as well as a Doctorate in Leadership from Columbia International University.

He has 45 years in education which include:  teaching in DeKalb County Public Schools; serving as teacher, principal and headmaster at DeKalb Christian Academy; and helping found Providence Christian Academy where he served as headmaster for 25 years and was named Headmaster Emeritus in 2016.

Presently, Jim stays busy by helping with specific projects at Providence and working with several organizations (including the CID) which are geared toward community support. His hobbies involve home projects, hiking, travel, and trying to exercise on a regular basis.

Jim retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, after serving 24 years in Georgia Army National Guard during which he served in Desert Storm.

Ed O’Connor, Vice Chairman — Lavista Associates, Inc.

Ed O’Connor is an Associate Broker with Lavista Associates, Inc. and has been active in Atlanta commercial real estate brokerage since 1996. He has extensive experience working with developers and owners of grocery anchored shopping centers and suburban office projects throughout Metro Atlanta. Ed has been recognized as a top producer numerous years by both the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors and National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) Million Dollar Clubs. He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors.

Ed has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Illinois State University. He has been married to his wife Maryann for 18 years and they have two teenage sons.

John Souter, Secretary/Treasurer — Comet National Shipping Corporation

John Souter lives in Lilburn and graduated from South Gwinnett High School and West Georgia College. In 1992, at the age of 23, John started Comet National Shipping Corp and is the CEO. Comet was named as Entrepreneur Magazine’s 26th “Fastest Growing Small Business in America” in 1995.

John has been a member of the Gwinnett County Rotary Club since 1999. He is a commercial property owner in and around Lilburn, and is currently active in real estate investments.

Shiv Aggarwal — American Management Services, Inc.

Shiv Aggarwal has been actively serving his community for the last 37 years. In addition to founding his own real estate business, Shiv founded Global Mall, the first and only indoor South Asian mall in North America. Designed to bring the metro Atlanta Indian community together, Global Mall serves as a community center with temples, dance and music academies, learning centers, yoga studios, banquet halls, more than 100 unique retailers, a food court and more.

Shiv is passionate about his community and supports numerous cultural and nonprofit organizations. His service includes Atlanta Chapter president of the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, membership with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America and an Atlanta founder of the Balvihar Hindi School.

In addition to his efforts as a board member of Lilburn CID, Shiv serves as chairman and founding member of Gateway 85 Community Improvement District. Shiv is also a member of Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of North Druid Hills.

Joe Comonte — Plaza Las Americas

Joe Comonte has been the general manager of Plaza Las Americas since 2016. Joe’s extensive managerial experience originates from an automotive background, having managed nine stores for Big Boys Auto Center, Firestone, Kaufman Tires and more. He was semi-retired when he was contacted by Kennedy Wilson to manage the Plaza Las Americas mall.

Because the Plaza is one of the cultural landmarks in the district, Joe was very active in supporting the CID before he became a board member. He lives nearby and cares about the community, the City Council and wants to help in any way he can.

His goal is for Lilburn to continue to grow and become the city it was meant to be. Once he accomplishes this goal, Joe may finally full retire and pursue sailing with his wife.

David Freeman — RE/MAX Center

David Freeman has more than 49 years of experience in real estate, specializing in multifamily, commercial and investment properties in Gwinnett County. David is also an active member of the Board of Realtors, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and the ROTARY Club of Lawrenceville — having served as a past ROTARY president and Future Visions Chair for the Rotary District 6910. To further his expertise in commercial real estate investment, David is currently pursuing a CCIM designation.

David is married with two children and five grandchildren.

Anand Mehta — BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Anand Mehta is vice president of BAPS Charities’ board and has been a part of its public relations team for BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir for more than 20 years. Anand was previously a non-voting board member and the board secretary for Lilburn CID for nearly two years before recently becoming an official board member and Gwinnett County representative. His vision for LCID is to attract more businesses, single-family dwellings and new construction to the district, while providing a safer, better community overall.

Anand is a retired CFO of the Boys and Girls Club of America and also serves on the board of the University of Central Missouri Foundation and is chair of its audit committee. He has lived in Lilburn for four years with his wife, raised two children and enjoys traveling and spending time with his three grandchildren.

Eddie Price — Lilburn City Council

Eddie Price is the owner and operator of Eddie’s Automotive Service and has been a Lilburn CID member since its inception. Eddie’s passion is the revitalization of the Lilburn community.

A member of Lilburn City Council since 2006, Eddie was the driving force that led to the creation of Lilburn CID. His goal since election to City Council has been to grow and develop the Lilburn area. He is well known for his commitment to the Lilburn community through his sponsorship of and involvement in numerous community events. Eddie’s service to Lilburn includes membership in the Lilburn Business Association, Zoning Board of Appeals, Lilburn City Council, Downtown Development Authority and graduation from Atlanta Regional Commission.

Eddie has lived in the Lilburn area for more than 30 years, where he raised his three children with his wife, Wanda. Eddie moved to Lilburn in 1980 and has remained a dedicated member of the community ever since.