Lawrence has generated over $100 million for local, regional, and multi-county economic development organizations while creating thousands of jobs for the communities he has served over a 30-year career as an economic development professional in Georgia, Florida, Virginia, and Kentucky. He has personally worked with thousands of entrepreneurs, small businesses, and Fortune 500 businesses, helping guide their strategic decisions.
Lawrence’s success stems from his ability to intuitively adapt to changing variables and situations for maximum impact. He possesses a proven capacity to build consensus, inspire staff and volunteers, drive progress, overcome obstacles, and achieve objectives. Truly diverse, in addition to pure EDOs, Lawrence has raised funds for interstate beautification initiatives, community meeting facilities, industrial park site acquisition, and both state and local competition athletic facilities.
His efforts have been recognized as “Best of the Best” by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, a “Top 20 EDO” by Georgia Technical Institute, and have earned him a national reputation as an innovative, visionary thought leader. He’s received the “Mayor’s Community Spirit” award in Atlanta, been named “Most Influential” multiple times by Floridian Magazine, “Business Person of the Year,” in Athens, GA, and a “Kentucky Colonel” by Governor Matt Bevin – the highest civilian honor possible.