We want you to get to know us a little better, and that includes our board—Roswell Economic Development & Tourism, Inc. Each month we will feature 2 board members, kicking off with our board president Ken Davis of Renasant Bank and treasurer Nancy Tolbert Yilmaz of Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance.

Ken DavisKen Davis, President

Ken Davis, board president of Roswell Economic Development and Tourism, Inc., has served as a board member since 2007. Davis is the North Georgia Region Community & Business Banking President of Renasant Bank and has more than 30 years of experience in the finance and banking industry.  After graduating from college and serving six years in the U.S. Army, Ken returned to his hometown of Atlanta to begin his banking career.  Prior to joining Renasant Bank, Ken served as an executive banker at other regional banks with responsibility to increase both commercial and consumer loan and deposit share in North Metro Atlanta. Davis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University and is a graduate of the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking. 

Active in the community, Ken is a member of the Rotary Club of Roswell and also serves on the Board of Directors for the North Fulton Community Charities and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.  He has served as past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of Leadership Gwinnett. 

Nancy-Tolbert-YilmazNancy Tolbert Yilmaz, Treasurer

Nancy Tolbert Yilmaz, treasurer of Roswell Economic Development and Tourism, Inc., has served as a board member for 15 years. In 1979, Nancy Tolbert Yilmaz and Mary Lynn Taylor founded Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance in Roswell, and in 1985, Tolbert Yilmaz founded a 501c3 resident performing company, the Roswell Dance Theatre. The purpose of the company was to provide training and performance opportunities to the school’s growing numbers of dedicated and gifted dancers.  

Tolbert Yilmaz has performed and worked with Walt Disney Productions, Southern Ballet of Atlanta, Cobb-Marietta Ballet, Tina Turner, and Peggy Fleming—just to name a few. She served ten years as president of the Southeast Regional Ballet Association and recently served as president of the National Board of Regional Dance America. As a revered and active member of the dance and performing arts industry, Nancy was one of the nominees of the Governors Awards in the Arts for the State of Georgia in 2020.

Excited to move into the next chapter of her career, she and her dancers will be moving into a new 24,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art studio in September of this year.