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Doraville Development Authority
The DDA, a downtown development authority, serves as the City's economic development organization. The DDA Board holds regular business meetings quarterly. Meetings are held at 6:00pm in City Hall Council Chambers. Meeting notices are posted on the City calendar in advance.

Luke Howe, the City’s Economic Development Director, serves as DDA staff. For more on bond projects and general DDA business, call (770-451-8745) or email

Downtown Development Area Boundary Map

Board Members

Jack Halpern (Chair) (Term Expires 5-19)
Chris Avers (Vice Chair) (Term Expires 5-19)
Jonathan Wallace (Treasurer) (Term Expires 5-19)
Seth Fischer (Term Expires 5-17)
Harold Shinn (Term Expires 5-19)
Bryan C.W. Tate (Term Expires 5-17)
Shelby Triick (Term Expires 5-19)

 Director Biographies

Jack Halpern – Chairman

A native of Atlanta, Jack Halpern is a graduate of Harvard University and The University of Georgia School of Law.  Halpern has served as Chairman of the DDA since the Board's initial meeting on May 30, 2013.

Jack is also Chairman of the Board of Halpern Enterprises, Inc., a commercial real estate firm which specializes in the development, leasing, and management of shopping centers.  His company owns 35 shopping centers in Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina, including more than 500,000 square feet of space on Buford Highway in Doraville.

Halpern Enterprises was founded by Jack’s father, Bernard, nearly 60 years ago, and has maintained its corporate offices in Doraville for the past 50 years.  Prior to his death in 1980, the city recognized Bernard’s many contributions to the quality of life in Doraville by naming Bernard Halpern Park, located on Tilly Mill Road, in his honor.

The company currently employs 26 people at its Doraville office, including four of Bernard Halpern’s grandchildren.

Jack has served on the Boards of a variety of civic and charitable organizations, including serving as Chairman of the Board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, and The Epstein School.

Christine Avers – Vice Chair

A Doraville resident and active community member since 1998, Chris Avers is presently employed at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.  Her professional duties include inventory and supply chain management for the Division of the National Stockpile.  A former U.S. Army Quartermaster Officer, Avers’ long career has included stints with Philips Healthcare, Georgia Pacific and Genuine Parts Company.

A long-time DeKalb resident, Chris is a 1977 graduate of Stone Mountain High School and a 1982 graduate of the University of Georgia.  She received her MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management in 2000 and continues to pursue educational opportunities.

As a community leader, she has served as Treasurer and President of the Northwoods Civic Association.  In 2004, she lead a city-wide visioning and planning group called Doraville Vision Planning Group (DVPG), which laid the groundwork for Doraville’s Comprehensive Plan and Livable Cities Initiatives. This group became the Doraville Business Alliance before evolving into the Doraville Business Association.  Avers has twice been a candidate for City Council.  She is also a member of the Revive285 Citizen’s Advisory Council, a joint Georgia DOT and Georgia Regional Transportation Authority initiative to relieve congestion on I-285. She is also as a member of the DeKalb Public School System’s Citizen’s SPLOST IV Oversight Committee.

Jonathan Wallace – Treasurer

An Atlanta native, Jonathan is a graduate of Chamblee High School and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University.

Wallace is a traffic specialist and has been employed with ARCADIS since 2008. His professional duties include planning, analyzing and improving roadway facilities throughout the entire state.  He has worked on notable projects such as Revive285 and the Regional Traffic Operations Program (RTOP).

Jonathan and his wife moved to Doraville in 2009.  Outside of work, Jonathan serves as a volunteer baseball coach.

Seth Fischer – Director

Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, Fischer and his wife, Ok-Hyun, moved to the Atlanta area in 2004 after receiving their Master’s degrees in Architecture from Virginia Tech. The couple moved to Doraville in July 2005.

Fischer is currently a staff architect for a midtown firm where he designs commercial and industrial buildings.  Seth is a newcomer to civic affairs and hopes to be able to use his professional experience and knowledge about the built environment to contribute to the DDA’s decision making process.

Harold Shinn – Director

Born to Korean immigrants in the United States, Harold Shinn attended Emory University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University.

He has been the owner and operator of the Buford Highway Farmers Market since 1984, a business that he helped start with his father a decade earlier.  One of Doraville’s biggest attractions, the Buford Highway Farmers Market encompasses more than 100,000 square feet and employs 300 people.

Bryan C. W. Tate – Director

Bryan Tate is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Digitel Corporation, a Doraville-based IT Solutions Company, providing "CLOUD Services", datacenter, virtualization, data storage, unified communications and network infrastructure solutions to mid-market business customers, and wireless solutions to rural municipalities.

Mr. Tate earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology in 1968 from Ohio University. Tate served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1974, and was an Airborne Combat Infantryman in the Republic of South Vietnam.

Mr. Tate has and continues to serve his community as a past President/Director with the Spruill Center for the Arts; Past President/Chairman of the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association (AVVBA); Founding Chairman of the AVVBA Foundation, Inc.; and serves on the board of directors and chairs the Membership Development Committee for Business Executives for National Security (BENS), a national, nonprofit organization of senior business leaders working for a more secure America. He has also served on the Board of the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce, and founding Board of the Convention and Visitor's Bureau of Dunwoody.

A father and grandfather of three, Bryan and his wife, Johanna, reside in Dunwoody.

Shelby Triick - Director

Shelby Triick was appointed by the Mayor/ Council to the DDA in June 2016. Professionally, she is the Director of Business Development for HLB Gross Collins, a Middle Market Accounting firm with a focus on Construction, Real Estate, Financial Services, Healthcare, Technology and Manufacturing and Distribution.  Through her work she is engaged with many organizations throughout Metro Atlanta that help inform and impact her business.

Her philanthropic endeavors and association participation allow her to cultivate relationships with decision makers in the broader community, as well as support causes dear to her heart.  She is Co-President of Ellevate Atlanta, serves on the Board of Advisors for Cobb Senior Services and is a member of the Atlanta Regional Commission Strategic Implementation Plan’s Livable Sub-Committee.  She was recently selected to participate in the White House’s Summit on the United State of Women convening June 13-15th, 2016 in Washington, DC.  She appreciates the opportunity to be involved in her community and give back.

Shelby grew up in Marietta and graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in International Affairs.  She is married to Ryan Triick and they have two dogs, a Miniature Pinscher named Bruiser and a Lab mix named Paloma.  Her husband Ryan has lived in Doraville for more than 10 years and Shelby has lived in Doraville for three plus years.  They also own a lake home in Mansfield, Georgia on Jackson Lake.  She enjoys running and just recently completed her first half marathon.  She also enjoys paddle-boarding, boating, hiking, gardening and just about anything outside.