Jackson EMC's business development department is dedicated to helping your business prosper.
The department, headed by Lee Chapman, includes representatives in each district to assist your business with your energy needs.
VP of Marketing, Member Services, and Governmental Affairs
The VP of Marketing, Member Services, and Governmental Affairs oversees the strategic direction and activities of our districts, customer service, marketing, key accounts and government affairs.
Lee began his career with Jackson EMC in 1988 as a Residential Marketing Representative and moved to C&I Marketing in 1990. He was named division director in 1998.
Lee also monitors Federal and State legislation relative to Jackson EMC. He coordinates Jackson EMC's legislative efforts in conjunction with Georgia EMC.
Lee is a graduate of the University of Georgia and earned an MBA at Brenau University.
He is active in the Jackson and Hall County Chamber's of Commerce, The Georgia Economic Developers Association, International Council of Shopping Centers and the Blackshear Place Baptist Church. He is a graduate of Leadership Georgia, Leadership Hall and Leadership Jackson.
Lee was recently appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to the Georgia Public Service Commission's Advisory Committee.
Director of Business Development
The Director of Business Development has overall responsibilities for customer service and community involvement related to business and industrial customers, as well as Jackson EMC's relations with federal, state and local governments.
David joined Jackson EMC in 2017. Previously, he served more than five years in sales, marketing, economic development and government relations roles at Coweta-Fayette EMC. As the Director of Community and Economic Development there, he aggressively supported the efforts of local development authorities to recruit new – and retain existing – industries in the cooperative’s service area.
Today, David is an active member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association, Southern Economic Development Council and the National Rural Economic Developers Association. David is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is also a graduate of the BB&T Banking School at Wake Forest University. In addition, David is a graduate of multiple community leadership programs including Leadership Coweta, Leadership Fayette and Leadership Newton.
Commercial / Industrial Engineer
Service Area: Hall County and portions of Lumpkin County
Tate joined Jackson EMC in 2017. She has Bachelor's degrees in Telecommunication Arts and Political Science, as well as her Master's degree in Agricultural Leadership all from the University of Georgia. Previously, she worked as the Director of Economic Development for the University of North Georgia, Regional Director for United States Senator Johnny Isakson in Northeast Georgia and for the National Corn Growers Association in Washington D.C. Tate is a graduate of L.E.A.D. Athens, Leadership Hall and Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry (AGL). She is active in the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, Hall County Economic Development Council, Georgia Economic Developers Association and several other area non-profits.
Service Area: Gwinnett County
Jennifer Fennell joined Jackson EMC in 2014 after a 14-year career in the building material and steel industries. A graduate of the University of Georgia, she has a degree in Agricultural Business. Jennifer also has previous experience with the Georgia Agribusiness Council and Georgia EMC’s legislative affairs division. Jennifer is active in the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Economic Developers Association, Partnership Gwinnett’s Redevelopment Task Force, Southern Economic Development Council and recently participated in Glance Gwinnett.
Jefferson and Neese Districts
Service Area: Jackson, Banks and Barrow Counties
Wade joined Jackson EMC in 2015 after beginning his professional career as a wholesale LP Gas supplier off of the Dixie Pipeline. He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a degree in Marketing. As a business-to-business sales representative for Coastal Energy, Wade was responsible for the sale and transport of over 10 million gallons of propane. He also has direct sales experience in Public Relations and Community Outreach Programs. Wade is active in Jackson, Barrow and Banks County Chambers of Commerce as well as Georgia Economic Developers Association
Service Area: Clarke, Madison and Barrow Counties
Brandon Ashley joined Jackson EMC in 2018 after 10 years in Macon with the Georgia Farm Bureau, the state’s largest trade organization representing Georgia’s top industry. There, Brandon served as the advocacy and policy development coordinator, where he coordinated the Farm Bureau’s government affairs efforts to advance state and national public policy initiatives. Brandon also served as a liaison between the Farm Bureau and its industry stakeholders. Further, he managed the Georgia Farm Bureau Certified Farm Market Program, a statewide promotional initiative highlighting locally-grown foods. Brandon was also an inaugural member of a leadership development class called Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture Forestry (AGL), a two-year program in which members learned about agricultural and community issues. A graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s of science in agriculture communications, Brandon is active in the Georgia Economic Developers Association and multiple chambers of commerce.