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GEDA hires former member and industry leader as President

50-year-old membership organization primed for new leadership, new era.


Kevin Shea has been named president of the Georgia Developers Association (GEDA).

Shea has worked in economic development for years, previously holding senior level posts for the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Savannah Economic Development Authority.  He also worked at the Georgia Department of Economic Development in Atlanta, formerly the Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism, and as the Managing Director of Georgia’s Canadian office in Toronto, Ontario, CANADA.

Shea, a long-time member of GEDA, served as chair of GEDA’s Board of Directors and also received GEDA’s Rip Wiley Award for Professional Excellence in 1994.  He was a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and will work to regain this designation.

Most recently he was a vice president at Raymond James & Associates, Inc. in St. Augustine, Florida.

Shea holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.  He is married to Anne and they have six children and seven grandchildren.


“We are thrilled to bring Kevin back to Georgia, where we know his experience in economic development will take GEDA’s programming to the next level and his financial expertise will help us secure strong, sustainable footing,” said Angie Gheesling, chair of GEDA’s Board of Directors and executive director for the Houston County Development Authority.


Kevin is taking over the reins of GEDA from the capable leadership of Jim Finch, Interim President.


Celebrating 50 years of service excellence, the Georgia Economic Developers Association is the leading professional organization advancing Georgia's economic vitality. GEDA is a non-profit association of professionals, volunteers and supporters. The association provides networking and professional development opportunities for its members, and supports public policies that promote quality job creation and sustainable economic development throughout the state. For more information, visit



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