Michael E. Paris
President & CEO
Michael Paris, a Cobb County native, took the Council’s helm in late 2003 and has worked to expand the Council and to spread its mission of promoting balanced and responsible growth throughout the metro region and the state. With a degree in real estate from Georgia State University, Michael has more than 35 years of experience in real estate development, brokerage, land-
use planning, and association management.
Michael is involved in numerous community and professional activities. His affiliations include the Board of Directors for YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, the Urban Land Institute, an Association Member of the Board of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, and a graduate of both Leadership Cobb and Regional Leadership Institute.
Michael and his wife Kim live in Marietta and have two grown children.
Director of Membership & Programs
Rebekah Babovic hails from Forsyth, Georgia and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. Her professional experience began in the fine arts industry where she acted as a luxury art dealer with a prominent gallery which allowed her to travel the world. Transitioning to less travel to begin a family with her husband, Rebekah joined the non-profit sector in the way of event management and memberships. She has directed countless events from galas and auctions to sporting tournaments and festivals. Rebekah has an affinity for marketing, public policy, and sales which has served her well in her career and established proven track records within her affiliated organizations.
In her personal life, Rebekah has lived abroad in South Africa, England, and Italy, where she became fluent in Italian. Rebekah is a graduate of Leadership Monroe, Class of 2015. In her free time, Rebekah is an adviser to the Delta Iota Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega and enjoys spending time with her husband and child, traveling, and supporting the arts.
Taylor A. Morison
Interim Director, Policy & Government Affairs
Taylor served as the Governor’s lead budgetary policy analyst to the departments of Community Affairs, Economic Development, the Secretary of State, and the Office of Workforce Development. In this role, Taylor worked with elected officials and agency executives to craft and advance policy and budgetary objectives impacting economic development and workforce preparedness issues at the state and local level. Taylor has a proven track record of bringing stakeholders together to collaborate on, and adopt fiscal and procedural strategies involving licensing and permitting, critical infrastructure, and land use, among other areas indispensable to quality growth in Metro Atlanta.
Taylor received his undergraduate degree from Clemson University and his law degree from the University of Tennessee. Taylor and his wife Doree reside in historic Capitol View Manor, Atlanta
Membership Services & Operations Manager
Sandy Collins serves as Membership Services & Operations Manager at the Council for Quality Growth where she plays an integral role in delivering high value to our members. Sandy provides management and coordination of operational activities vital to the execution of Council programs, events, initiatives, and day-to-day office functionality.
Born and raised in Lawrenceville, Sandy is an 8th generation Atlanta native. She comes to the Council from Southwest Georgia where she served in a marketing and communications role for the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce, Sumter County Development Authority, and One Sumter Economic Development Foundation. Sandy received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Georgia. She also serves as an adviser to the Lambda Rho chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha.
Policy & Communications Coordinator
Ian McDermott serves as Policy and Communications Coordinator for the Council for Quality Growth. He provides value to our membership by developing events, supporting policy research, and producing official correspondence.
A native of Cary, North Carolina, Ian comes to the Council after working several political campaigns around the Southeast in Communications and Fundraising. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Membership Development Associate
As the Membership Development Associate at the Council for Quality Growth, Vonda is committed to growing the Council’s membership, managing new member accounts, and developing relationships with current and prospective members. Vonda is an experienced sales professional with 25 years of experience in medical sales. Prior to the Council, she served as a Sales Executive for Philips Healthcare for over 12 years.
Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Vonda received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama. She currently resides in Smyrna, GA with her husband, Chris, and her two children.