Board of Directors

Jim Vaught, Chairman — Providence Christian Academy

James W. Vaught, Jr. (Jim) has lived in the Lilburn area for 19 of his 35 years in Georgia. He is married to Dagmar A. Vaught and has a son, daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren living in Nashville, TN.

Jim has a BS in Math Education from Tennessee Technological University and an MA in Administration from Tennessee Technological University. He is presently pursuing a Doctorate at Columbia International University.

After teaching for three years in a DeKalb County Public School, Jim was principal at DeKalb Christian Academy for eight years and headmaster for five years. He has been headmaster at Providence Christian Academy for 18 years.

Jim retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, after serving 24 years in Georgia Army National Guard. Jim also 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.

Norman J. Nash — Nash, LLC

Norman is proud to be a ninth generation resident of Lilburn. He is CEO of Nash, LLC and manages several other family businesses. Norman is actively involved in numerous civic projects and organizations including Chairman of the Gwinnett County Board of Tax Assessors, Chairman of the Lilburn Community Partnership, and Chairman of the Lilburn Downtown Development Authority, among others. He and his wife, Dr. Linda Nash, are members of the Lilburn First Baptist Church. They have three sons and three grandchildren.

Shiv Agarwal — American Management Services, Inc.

Bio coming.

New board members to be added soon.