Town Center CID Board of Directors Elects New Chair and Officers

Staff Report

Thursday, May 25th, 2023

Town Center CID Board of Directors yesterday announced the election of a new chair, and four officers and the appointment of two new board members.
Jo Ann Chitty was elected chair; Dan Buyers, vice-chair; Darin Mitchell, treasurer; and Tracy Styf, secretary (ex-officio).
Chitty is chief operating officer at Selig Enterprises and has more than 35 years of experience in commercial real estate. She joined the Town Center board in 2016. She also has served as chair of the Kennesaw State University Foundation and is a past president of the University of Georgia Real Estate Foundation. In addition, she is an advisor for Signature Leaders.
Buyers joined the Town Center CID board in 2012. He is a partner in the commercial real estate firm of McWhirter Realty Partners and serves on several boards including the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority, Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority, Cobb Community Foundation, Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors and the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, among others.
Mitchell is an executive director, middle market banking at JP Morgan Chase. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has served on the board of Town Center CID since 2014. He is an active board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta and is a graduate of Leadership Cobb and 100 Black Men of Atlanta.
“I am delighted to chair the Town Center CID board and collaborate with my colleagues to advance the district’s vision of a world-class community with infrastructure to sustain economic growth while providing a great environment in which to live and work,” Chitty stated. “I am honored to continue the proud legacy established by the board and am happy to welcome our new members, whom I expect to offer significant contributions to our efforts.”
The two new appointees to the board are Kim Bondurant, Post 4, and Russ Owens, Post 2. Both will serve three-year terms.
Bondurant is the specialty leasing manager of Town Center at Cobb Mall and has served on the mall’s senior management team since 2008. She is a longtime resident of Cobb County and has deep roots in the community both personally and professionally.
Owens is vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Vanderlande Industries North America, a world-leading logistics automation company. He is a growth-oriented leader, who has headed Vanderlande’s legal department since 2009. He is a native of Georgia, graduate of Emory University (BA) and Vermont Law School (JD) and is a Cobb County Chamber of Commerce board member.
Leaving the board after successful terms of service is Kelly Keappler, president of Quintus Development, whose distinguished leadership of the CID spanned 16 years, serving the past 6 years as chair.  Kelly’s impact goes beyond his service on the Town Center board, as his family has been a part of Town Center for more than 40 years. During his tenure, Kelly was involved in many transformational projects, including the creation of Town Center Community Alliance and Aviation Park.
In addition to Keappler, Marie Moore will depart the CID board, after seven years as a dedicated board member.  Like Keappler, Moore’s roots are deep in Town Center, as she has been a part of the community for more than 30 years.  
“We are incredibly grateful to Kelly and Marie for their hard work, dedication and tireless service to the board and the greater community,” said Styf. “While it is always sad to say goodbye to such experienced professionals, we are excited to welcome our new members. Given their wealth of professional experience and Cobb County connections, we are excited to have Kim and Russ help advance the mission of Town Center.”