SEDA board member Craig Lesser among executives interviewed about Bremen’s importance to Savannah

AJC asks Pendleton founder Craig Lesser to weigh in on Apple’s potential consideration of Georgia for its second headquarters

Craig Lesser becomes Chairperson of the Georgia Public Telecommunications Board

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Executives comment on local business climate at chamber forum

DeKalb Champion – 9/26/13

As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce hosted a business forum at which four leaders in the business community discussed their thoughts on the business climate in Georgia and specifically in DeKalb County. Moderated by United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Yvette Cook, the panel included Craig Lesser, founder of Pendleton Group and former Georgia commissioner of economic development.

Pendleton Executives comment on local business climate at chamber forum

An interview with Bill Floyd

We Are DeKalb Magazine – 10/4/13

Former Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd lead the city of Decatur for 15 years – becoming one of metro Atlanta’s longest serving mayors. As he embarks on the next phase of his career with Pendleton group, he sat down with WAD to discuss his experiences in politics and how he’s applying them to business.


AdvancED taps Jacobs to head trustees

Jacques Couret – Atlanta Business ChronicleAdvancED named Phil Jacobs chairman of its board of trustees.Jacobs is a founding partner for Atlanta-based The Pendleton Consulting Group, an economic development consulting business. He also spent 34 years working for BellSouth/AT&T Inc. in various roles such as corporate officer, president of operations for BellSouth-Georgia, president of business services for AT&T Southeast and president of BellSouth business services.

AdvancED is the parent of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Council on Accreditation and School Improvement. SACS several years ago forced Clayton County’s public schools and the Atlanta Public Schools high schools to shape up, or risk losing their accreditation. Then last December, it placed DeKalb County’s schools on probation through 2013.

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Ex-mayor bringing skills to private sector

Atlanta Business Chronicle – Jun 21, 2013

Bill Floyd really liked being mayor of Decatur. So much so that he did it for 15 years, part of a 21-year stint on the city commission. But a couple of years ago, he started thinking about doing something different and began putting out feelers.What he found was The Pendleton Group, an Atlanta consulting firm that matched both his skill set and personality…

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Daraka Satcher Joins 2014 Class of Leadership Atlanta

Daraka Satcher Joins 2014 Class of Leadership Atlanta
Georgia’s leading economic development firm congratulates partner

Atlanta, GA – June 12, 2013 – Daraka Satcher, Chief Operating Officer of Pendleton Group, joins the 2014 class of Leadership Atlanta. Selected from a pool of hundreds of exceptional candidates, Satcher accepted congratulations from the Georgia-based economic development firm that he helps lead.

“It’s a wonderful honor joining a community that’s molded some of Atlanta’s most prominent leaders,” said Satcher, who also serves on the board of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta and on the International Advisory Committee of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. “I look forward to working with other leaders, learning more about our great city and making a greater collective impact.”

As COO of Pendleton Group, Satcher is responsible for managing the company’s day-to-day operations, attracting new clients and brokering partnerships. He previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at the United States Department of Commerce.

Before his presidential appointment, Satcher served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Legislative Director in the office of Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN). He earned a J.D. from Emory University School of Law and a B.A. in political science from Morehouse College.

Leadership Atlanta is the oldest sustained community leadership program in the nation. Seventy-five local leaders are chosen each year to represent a broad cross-section of metro Atlanta. For the complete list of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2014, visit:


Craig Lesser named one of Georgia 100 Most Influential Georgians

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Craig Lesser
Managing Partner
Pendleton Consulting
Sandy Springs
Age: 59

The former commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Devel-opment (GDEcD), Lesser has joined the private sector as a consultant, providing economic development and government affairs advice and strategy. While at GDEcD (2004-2007), new investment and expansion announcements in Georgia totaled more than $8 billion and created more than 40,000 new jobs. Lesser also chairs the board of the World Chamber of Commerce.

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