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Business leader to address gathering Tuesday
Chamber, Rotary clubs, NGCSU sponsor event
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Forsyth County News

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Jerry Wilson, a senior vice president of Coca-Cola, will speak during a breakfast event April 12 at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, 7745 Majors Road. Cost is $10 per person. The event, set for 7:30 a.m., is a joint meeting of all Forsyth Rotary clubs. Non-Rotarians should register to attend with the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce. They can do so online at or by calling (770) 887-6461.

An executive with Coca-Cola Company will share his business experiences next week with a gathering of Rotarians and local business professionals.

Jerry Wilson is scheduled to speak at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.

The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce and North Georgia College & State University's Team MBA program, in conjunction with the Rotary clubs of Forsyth County, organized the presentation.

Wilson is a senior vice president of Coca-Cola, where he currently serves as chief customer and commercial officer.

In this role, he leads a global organization that is responsible for crafting and executing the company's customer and commercial leadership strategy and agenda.

During his 22 years with Coke, Wilson rose from an area account executive to regional management and later to strategic brand and planning director before becoming vice president.

John Douglas, Team MBA marketing and development director, said the college has held the lecture series four times per year for the past two years.

"We started hosting these speakers for our students and they were so good, we wanted to open them up to the business community," Douglas said.

James McCoy, president and chief executive officer of the chamber, said the series always offers "dynamite speakers."

"We're very excited to have Jerry Wilson," he said. "... I think we'll all be able to garner a lot from him and his experiences."

Tuesday's meeting is open to anyone, although those who are not Rotary Club members need to register with the chamber prior to the event, McCoy said. He expects about 150 to attend. 

Though he didn't know specifically what Wilson would cover in his talk, McCoy said lecture topics typically have included "business leadership, emerging business issues and challenges for business leaders."

"And of course everything he discusses will be through the lens of his own personal experience," said McCoy, noting the presentation should be beneficial to any one interested in business issues.

"He's not just a great business leader in Atlanta, but a great business leader in the world," McCoy said.