Gov.-elect Nathan Deal has announced the leadership of his transition and inaugural teams, who will serve in preparation for the beginning of his administration on Jan. 10.
T. Rogers Wade, Sandy Springs, transition chairman - Mr. Wade is the chairman and former president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, an independent think tank that proposes practical, market-oriented approaches to public policy to improve the lives of Georgians. He has been active in the Georgia business and political community for more than 40 years. Wade and his wife, Marcia, are longtime residents of Sandy Springs.
Pete Robinson, Columbus, transition vice chair - Mr. Robinson is Chairman of Troutman Sanders Strategies, a full-service federal, state and local lobbying/issue management firm, and a partner in Troutman Sanders LLP. He is a former state senator from Columbus. He and his wife, Emily, have a daughter and two sons.
John K. Watson, Powder Springs, transition vice chair - Mr. Watson is the principal of real estate development at TPA Realty Services. Prior to his role at TPA Realty, he worked for more than 15 years in politics, government and business at the local, state, and federal levels. Watson previously served as chief of staff to Governor Perdue, general consultant to Perdue's campaign for Governor in 2002 and vice chairman of Governor-Elect Perdue's transition team. Watson earned a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University. He and his wife, Kimberly, have two children.
Philip Wilheit, Gainesville, transition vice chair - Mr. Wilheit is the president of Wilheit Packaging, a provider of packaging materials for business. Active in state and regional business activities, he is a past chairman of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Georgia, and serves as chairman-emeritus of Northeast Georgia Health System. He currently serves on the Georgia Board of Economic Development and is vice chair of the Board of Trustees of Brenau University. He and his wife, Mary Hart, have two children and three grandchildren.
Inaugural Leadership Team
Jay Morgan, Atlanta, inaugural co-chair - Mr. Morgan has been a trusted adviser to candidates, corporations and business associations with public affairs strategic plans. He has been involved at the highest levels of Republican politics in Georgia and throughout the Southeast since 1984, when he became the youngest Executive Director of a Republican Party organization in the country in his home state of Georgia. Morgan and his wife, Laura, a former presidential appointee in the George H.W. Bush administration, have three children: Caroline (19), Jason (16) and Victoria (13).
Tricia Pridemore, Marietta, inaugural co-chair - Mrs. Pridemore is a technology entrepreneur with several successful business ventures. She is also the state director of the 9.12 Project of Georgia, a conservative grassroots organization. Tricia is a member of board of the WellStar Foundation, the GAGOP Technology Committee and serves on the Cobb County Republican Party Executive Committee.
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