Media release: Attorney Robert L. (Bob) Berry, a senior partner of Brinson Askew Berry, was recently sworn in as Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s newest Board of Directors member by Stuart Phillips, interim president of GNTC, at the June meeting held on the Whitfield Murray Campus in Dalton.
Berry has served as a partner for Brinson Askew Berry since 1975. He focuses on medical malpractice, professional and insurance defense and his firm is located in Rome.
Berry is a member of the Rome Bar Association and served as president in 1978; member of the State Bar of Georgia (Trustee, Institute of Continued Legal Education 1992-94); member of the American Bar Association; fellow of the Georgia Academy of Healthcare Attorneys; fellow of the American Academy of Healthcare Attorneys; member of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Institute; fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers; and Designated Georgia Super Lawyer, 2004 to present.
An active member of the community, Berry is a member of the Exchange Club of Rome since 1973 and served as president in 1978; president of the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, 1989; participant in Leadership Rome, 1984; participant in Leadership Georgia, 1987; member of the Board of Directors for the Coosa Country Club, 1984-88; chairman of the Board of Directors for Rebecca Blaylock Nursery, 1984-88; president of the Board of Directors for Open Door Home, 2006-13; vestryman and senior warden of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1990-93 and 2006-09; member of the Board of Visitors at Emory University, 1999-2005; member of the Board of Trustees at Darlington School, 1998-2004; founding director and chairman of the board for Greater Community Bank, 1995-present; member of the Board of Trustees for Redmond Regional Medical Center, 1976 to present; member of the Board of Directors for Georgia Northwestern, 2002-12, chairman 2009-10; chairman of the NAIA Football National Championship Host Committee, 2008-13; and member of the Gridiron Secret Society at the University of Georgia.
Berry received a juris doctorate degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1973 and a bachelor’s degree from Emory University in 1968. He graduated from Darlington School in 1964 and was the Honor Council President and received the Faculty Medal for General Excellence.
Chip Hood completes eight years on the Airport Commission at this afternoon’s meeting: There will be something different about Floyd County’s airport commission after today’s final gavel. Chip Hood, who has served eight years on the board, is cycling off at the end of the month. Today will be the last time he chairs the meeting in the Towers Terminal Building.
Hood has served as the airport continues to grow and will continue to do so as SPLOST funds are in hand for a planned extension of the runway at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport/Towers Field to 7,000 feet. It will become one of the largest in the state. Airport and county officials continue to search for ways to fund the final dollars needed to start the “shovel-ready” project. Hangar upgrades, new businesses, a string of successful air shows and now hot air balloon shows have highlighted those years as well.
Hood remains a member of the Floyd County Board of Education, representing the Armuchee/Glenwood communities. Hood’s spot on the airport commission will be filled by Dr. Randolph Sumner.