The city of Dunwoody has selected Richard McLeod as the new community development director. McLeod comes to Dunwoody after holding senior level community development positions with both the city of Woodstock and the city of Alpharetta.
Working on many notable and highly visible projects in his 13 years as a planner and community development director for municipal governments, McLeod brings extensive experience to the city of Dunwoody. In his new position, McLeod will help implement the Comprehensive Plan that was adopted by city council in October 2015, as well as the Perimeter Center Zoning Code draft adopted May 22.
McLeod earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Geographic Information Sciences, both from Kennesaw State University. He began his career with the city of Woodstock where he worked as a planner/downtown coordinator and eventually took on the role of director of community development. While with the city of Alpharetta, McLeod worked as both the director of community development and as a senior planner. While with both cities, McLeod’s work and achievements received numerous awards.
“I am honored to be chosen to work for such a wonderful city, and I am looking forward to serving Dunwoody and its citizens,” said McLeod. “My approach embraces collaborative planning which requires community input, communication, and consistent customer service.”
The city of Dunwoody’s Community Development Department is responsible for managing the planning and zoning functions of the city as well as development regulation, code compliance and sustainability programs. The community development director will play a key role in managing development and land use matters and working cooperatively with the city council, planning commission, and homeowners and businesses involved in the development process.
Dunwoody-based Hotel Equities recently named Dunwoody resident Jim Holliday as Regional Director of Sales for the firm. Holliday will focus on the hotels in the firm’s Full Service and Resort Division as he works to assist, support and direct the sales efforts throughout the firm’s growing portfolio. Additionally, he will help facilitate training for the directors of sales at their respective hotels.
With more than 25 years of hospitality industry experience, he came to Hotel Equities from the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. He served as Director of Markets, successfully leading a team with an annual budget of $11.2 million or nearly a third of the resort’s overall annual budget. Previously, he served as Director of Association, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast for the AAA Four Diamond Waldorf Astoria, La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA West.
Holliday spent three years as area sales leader for Marriott International’s Mid-Atlantic Region with responsibility for seven full service hotels in three states. He started his hospitality career in 1996 in Atlanta as manager of the Olympic Village where he had oversight of 100-plus staff members serving 750 athletes from 84 different countries.
He earned a B.S.F.C.S./Hotel Restaurant from the University of Georgia with additional hours from Harvard Leadership E-Learning. A resident of Dunwoody, he enjoys working with the American Kennel Club dog shows in his free time. He is also active in his church.