Letter From David Persson

2017 KBA President

It is hard to believe that January is already in our rearview mirror and 2017 is well underway. Our city and the surrounding community are off to an exciting start with non-stop announcements of new projects starting in Kennesaw, new businesses opening all around us, and more growth happening on the KSU campus. KBA members heard a detailed update on everything going on in Kennesaw from Mayor Derek Easterling during our January lunch. A huge thank you to the Mayor for taking time to share his annual State of the City address with our standing-room-only crowd.
Our membership drive gets into full swing in February as we work toward our aggressive goal of reaching 500 active members before the end of 2017. Whether you are renewing your membership or considering becoming a member for the first time, early February is the perfect time to join. Everyone who renews or joins before February 14th will receive free admission to our monthly lunch – what a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
You won’t want to miss our February lunch when we welcome Cobb County School District Superintendent Chris Ragsdale as our speaker. He will be updating us on all the exciting activities happening within our school system and provide information on the upcoming SPLOST vote. Part of the mission of KBA is to stay connected with, and give back to the schools in our area, so we are honored to have Superintendent Ragsdale joining us for our February lunch.
If you haven’t already figured it out, Tuesday is KBA day with constant networking opportunities happening almost every Tuesday of the month. Our monthly lunch is always the second Tuesday at 11:00am at the KSU Continuing Education Building. If you would rather have a little after hours socializing, join us for Alive After Five every third Tuesday from 5:30pm-7:30pm, sponsored by a variety of KBA members. Check the KBA website for locations. If you are an early riser like me, Our Wake Up KBA event is the fourth Tuesday of each month from 8:00am – 9:00am. Locations may vary for these events as well. So as not to ignore those rare fifth Tuesdays, we plan a networking lunch cleverly called the 5th Tuesday Lunch so you won’t forget it. Regardless of your schedule, KBA has something to offer all of its members.
Coming up on February 28th is also our annual KBA Business Expo. This is the perfect opportunity to showcase your business to the other members of KBA and is always a highlight of our yearly events. All the details, including information on registering for a booth for your business, can be found on the KBA website.
We could not plan these exciting events, produce the Big Shanty Festival and Taste of Kennesaw, or coordinate the constant support we provide our community without KBA members who are committed to making KBA the best business association anywhere. I am honored to be serving as the 2017 President of the Kennesaw Business Association – in the community where I live, work, and play!

David Persson  –  2017 KBA President