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. 

Steve Stroud
Executive Director, Economic & Business Development

Steve Stroud

Ashley Allen
Communications & Operations Manager

Ashley Allen

Communications & Events Coordinator

Julia Partain

Executive Director, Economic & Business Development

Steve Stroud

Steve Stroud

Executive Director, Economic & Business Development

steve@roswellinc.org 
404.372.0338

Steve Stroud is the Executive Director of Roswell Inc, a 501c6 nonprofit that promotes economic development through a public-private partnership with the City of Roswell. Since the organization’s inception in 2012, Stroud has held this position and under his leadership, Roswell Inc has developed networking, educational and support programs for small businesses, marketed Roswell’s Opportunity Zone to increase the number of certifications, and worked one-on-one with business owners, entrepreneurs and state project managers to retain, expand and recruit businesses to Roswell.

Over the last 4 year’s Roswell Inc has worked on more than 400 recruitment, retention and expansion projects, creating or retaining more than 5,000 jobs and generating more than $2.25 million in one-time generated revenue and $1.95 million in cumulative annual revenue. Notable projects include Brixmor, Delta Dental, McKesson, Spring Hill Suites, Home2Suites and GreyOrange. Stroud and his team continue to position Roswell as one of the premier cities in the region for innovative, community-minded businesses and entrepreneurs.

Prior to Roswell Inc, Stroud owned and operated his own small business in Roswell for 30 years— Stroud’s Printing & Design. An active member of the community, Stroud has been involved with civic and nonprofit organizations throughout North Fulton for more than 20 years, currently serving on the board of the Greater North Fulton Chamber, North Fulton Community Charities, Computer Museum of America and Synovus (Atlanta region). Since the onset of COVID-19, Stroud has also served on the Mayor’s Recovery Task Force in Roswell and the North Fulton Economic Recovery Task Force.

Community Involvement
Greater North Fulton Chamber, Chairman in 1995; Board Member, 1990 – Present
North Fulton Community Charities, Board Member, 2016 – Present
Computer Museum of America, Board Member, 2017 – Present
Synovus – Atlanta Region, Board Member, 1995 – Present
United Way of North Fulton, Board Member, 2015 – Present
Roswell Rotary, President from 1993–1994; Board Member, 1986-Present
City of Roswell Recreation and Parks Commission, 2011-2016
STAR House, Board Member 2005-2012
Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau, Chairman from 1998-2011 ; Board Member 1992-2011
Brandon Hall School, Chairman in 2008 ; Board Member 2003-2010
North Fulton Child Development Association, Chairman in 1995; Board Member 1986-1998
Roswell Olympic Committee, 1996
Roswell Historical Society, Board Member 1986-1990

Professional Development
IEDC Basic Economic Development Course, Georgia Tech, 2014
GDEcD Georgia Academy for Economic Development, Class of 2012
Georgia Chamber of Commerce Leadership Georgia, Class of 1998
ARC Regional Leadership Institute, Class of 1995
GNFCC Leadership North Fulton, Class of 1989

Communications & Operations Manager

Ashley Allen

Ashley Allen

Communications & Operations Manager

ashley@roswellinc.org 
256.658.0168

Ashley Allen has been with Roswell Inc since 2016 and currently serves as the organization’s Communications and Operations Manager. In her role, Ashley oversees the company’s day-to-day office operations and provides strategic oversight for the company’s long- and short-term goals. She also leads Roswell Inc’s communications and marketing efforts, including executive and brand communications, digital and social media communications, and brand and program marketing. 

With a background in graphic and web design, Ashley is responsible for the company’s website, email marketing, digital and print advertising, annual report design and event branding. Roswell Inc’s 2018 Annual Report (layout and design by Ashley) was awarded a Gold Hermes, National Bronze Anvil and the PRSA Georgia Phoenix Award. Additionally, Ashley manages Roswell Inc’s industry support events—Roswell Restaurant Week and Summer Sippin’. For these events, she oversees recruitment, restaurant communications, website management, social media and email marketing, and all design and advertising efforts.

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 on 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. 

Community Involvement 
Roswell Fire and Police Foundation, Board Member, 2017 – Present 
Public Safety Appreciation Day, Committee Member, 2016 & 2017 
Hearts for Honduras, Committee Member, 2016 

Professional Development
IEDC Economic Development Marketing and Attraction, Georgia Tech, 2018

Communications & Events Coordinator

Julia Partain

Julia Partain

Communications & Events Coordinator

julia@roswellinc.org
678.209.1837

Julia Partain currently serves as the Communications and Events Coordinator for Roswell Inc. In this role, Julia leads the coordination of all Roswell Inc events, including networking events, ribbon cuttings, Roswell State of the City, and Roswell Real Estate & Development Outlook, among others. In addition, Julia assists with brand marketing, content writing, social media management, email marketing, graphic design, and website management. 

Having worked as the Marketing and Events intern for the Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, GA, Julia is experienced in working with vendors, event management, communication, as well as with  the local community. Upon her graduation in May of 2016, Julia began her internship program with the Walt Disney Company as an attractions Cast Member. With the completion of the program, she moved back to Macon, GA where, just prior to COVID, she briefly worked with the Macon Chamber of Commerce as their Events Coordinator assisting with Macon’s annual State of the Community event. Julia then transitioned to Sierra Development, a Mercer student housing community, as their Marketing & Community Manager.

Before Roswell Inc, Julia attended Mercer University where she received her B.A. degree in Media Studies.  Julia lives in Roswell, GA with her fiance and Roswell Highschool graduate, Wilson Heres. When she’s not working, you can find Julia at one of Roswell’s amazing parks on a run or walking around downtown with a good cup of coffee.

Professional Development
Google Digital Marketing Courses, 2021