With decades of deep business development, governmental affairs, and strategic communications expertise, the Roswell Inc team capably supports and guides existing and prospective Roswell businesses toward success.
Executive Director, Economic & Business Development
Steve Stroud is a community leader, currently serving as the Executive Director of Roswell Inc, which promotes economic development through a public-private partnership with the City of Roswell. Roswell Inc, under Stroud’s leadership, has marketed an expanded Opportunity Zone, increasing the number of certified businesses, and launched networking/educational/informative programs to assist and retain local businesses. Stroud and his staff continue to forge an open line of communication between business owners, developers, citizens, corporations, non-profits and various entities. Roswell Inc continues to foster these relationships to enhance the quality of the community.
Previously, Stroud owned and operated Stroud’s Printing and Design for 30 years in Roswell, Georgia. Stroud has actively participated in community and nonprofits throughout Roswell for over 20 years. Stroud attended Georgia State University, with a focus in political science. A Roswell native, Stroud remains residing in Roswell, Georgia with his wife and three daughters.
North Fulton Community Charities, Board Member, 2016-Current
United Way of North Fulton, Board Member, 2015-Current
City of Roswell Recreation and Parks Commission, 2011-2016
Synovus – Atlanta Region, Board Member, 1995-Current
Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Board Member, 1990-Current; Chairman in 1995
Roswell Rotary, Board Member, 1986-Current; President from 1993–1994
Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau, Board Member 1992-2011; Chairman from 1998-2011
Roswell Historical Society, Board Member 1986-1990
Roswell Patch – Person of the Year Community Award, 2012
Brandon Hall School, Board Member 2003-2010; Chairman in 2008
Small Business Person of the Year Award, Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, 2000
North Fulton Child Development Association, Board Member 1986-1998; Chairman in 1995
STAR House, Board Member 2005-2012
Roswell Olympic Committee, 1996
Basic Economic Development Course, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014
Georgia Department of Community Affairs Georgia Academy for Economic Development, Class of 2012
Georgia Chamber of Commerce Leadership Georgia, Class of 1998
Atlanta Regional Commission Regional Leadership Institute, Class of 1995
Greater North Fulton Chamber Leadership North Fulton, Class of 1989
Carisa Turner, APR
Carisa Turner, APR
Director of Communications & Public Relations
Carisa Turner leads all strategic communications efforts for the organization, overseeing public relations, media relations, executive communications, brand and marketing communications, digital and social, community engagement, public affairs and advocacy, and stakeholder relations.
Before joining Roswell Inc, she spent several years in the community relations office for the City of Roswell, where she managed public relations, media relations, social media, marketing and public outreach for the city. While there, she launched and managed the award-winning #WhenInRoswell campaign.
Her professional career began in public and government affairs for The Trust for Public land, a national land conservation nonprofit. From there, Carisa held positions with global PR agency Cohn & Wolfe, the arts education division of the Woodruff Arts Center, and commercial real estate giant CBRE.
She received a B.A. in Journalism and Spanish, with a minor in Business Administration, from Mercer University. She lives in Woodstock with her husband and three children and is also an award-winning songwriter.
Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), National and Georgia Chapter, Member
Accredited in Public Relations (APR), PRSA and Universal Accreditation Board – 2018
Certified Public Information Officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – 2016
“Forty Under 40” Recipient, PRSA Georgia – 2019
Roswell Community Church, Member
Marketing & Creative Specialist
As Marketing & Creative Specialist, Ashley Allen manages Roswell Inc’s website, coordinates email marketing, and designs print and digital media. Ashley also manages Roswell Inc’s industry support events—Roswell Restaurant Week and Summer Sippin’. For these events, she oversees recruitment, website management, social media, email marketing, restaurant communications, design and advertising.
Before joining the Roswell Inc team, Ashley worked as a freelance designer, with clients such as Prosper Insurance Group and Quirkie Kids. Her work with Quirkie Kids, a Los Angeles based gender neutral kids clothing company, has been featured on UpWorthy, CNN and The Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family.
Ashley graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a B.A. in Art Studio focusing in Graphic Design and a Minor in Computer Mediated Communications. She lives in Kennesaw with her husband and three dogs, and when she’s not working she enjoys gardening, hiking and crafting.
Summa Cum Laude 2013
Kappa Pi International Art Honorary Fraternity 2011-2013
Student Advertising Federation 2011-2013
UAH Juried Art Show Candidate 2011, 2012
Roswell Fire and Police Foundation, Board Member since 2017
Public Safety Appreciation Day Committee Member; 2016, 2017
Hearts for Honduras Committee Member; 2016
Business Development, Retail and Events Specialist
As Business Development, Retail and Events Specialist, Kimberly Allred meets with businesses daily to better understand their needs and offer resources and solutions to help them thrive. She also manages events and sponsorships for Roswell Inc, from networking and professional development events, to economic development alliance luncheons, to ribbon cuttings for local businesses, to annual signature events such as State of the City. Additionally, Kimberly oversees the organization’s business ambassador and volunteer group, the Community Connectors.
Kimberly found her niche in economic development while working as both a retail recruitment coordinator and project manager with The Retail Coach, a national real estate advisory and recruitment firm. Prior to joining Roswell Inc, she also served as the operations director for a political consulting group and worked as an independent business and marketing consultant.
She graduated from the University of Mississippi with a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish. She also received a M.B.A. from The University of Mississippi. When not working, Kimberly can be found painting, running, and spending time with her husband at their home in Roswell.
University of Mississippi Speaker’s Edge Competition finalist in Ethical Dilemma Category, 2013
John N. Palmer Graduate Assistantship recipient, 2012-2013
Sigma Delta Pi Honors Society
Mortar Board Honors Society
Kelly Gene Cook Scholar, 2007-2011
Named one of Roswell’s Top Leaders Under 40 by Roswell Magazine
Georgia Academy for Economic Development, class of 2019
Leadership North Fulton, class of 2020
University of Mississippi Young Alumni Council, Member
PEO GA Chapter AV, Member
Delta Gamma Women’s Fraternity, Alumni Member
Christ Fellowship Church in Roswell, Member
Christ Fellowship Church Community and Outreach Committee