I recently spoke with alumni Suzanne Beers about her year in the Leadership Macon class of 1995.  She said it was a great learning experience for her and that the information presented about Macon was so enlightening.  With her desire to make a difference, she went on to be involved with many other community organizations.  Amazingly, she was expecting her first child during her year in the class.  She had the baby in August of that year and never missed a beat.  Now that’s dedication!

At about the same time, Suzanne became a member of The Junior League of Macon and was an active member for 10 years.  During her membership, she held various leadership positions including Treasurer, Provisional Development Chair, Nominating Chair and Project Research Chair.  As Chair of Project Research, she and her committee did extensive research looking for an opportunity in the community where the Junior League could make a major impact with money and volunteers.   As a result of the committee’s research, it became evident that Macon was in dire need of a “Safe House” for battered women and children.  A few Junior League members and other interested parties formed a Board of Directors that would specifically address this need.  They eventually joined forces with the Salvation Army and after a lot of hard work, grant writing and persistence, Macon now has a safe place for battered women and children.  She continues to serve on the Safe House Board and is currently the secretary.

Suzanne has always had an affinity for performing arts and has been involved with the Nutcracker of Middle Georgia for over twenty-five years.  In her youth, she was a ballet teacher and worked with Ms. Jean Weaver at her school.  Since then, she has served on the Board of Directors off and on for years and has also served as the Board President.  She continues to serve on their Board and also provides hands-on assistance backstage during the performances every year.

In 2006, The Leadership Georgia program selected Suzanne and her husband as members of the class of 2007.  It provided wonderful opportunities for networking and for hearing new ideas from other parts of the state that could be beneficial to community improvement and economic development in Macon.  This was a great experience for her and she so enjoyed meeting community leaders from all parts of Georgia.  Many are still close friends.

Suzanne has spent most of her professional life working in sales and sales management.  She spent eight of those years in the contract furniture business which included being a regional representative for Haworth, a large office furniture provider doing business at places like AFLAC and Robins Air Force Base.  She also spent five years as a realtor with Sheridan Solomon and Associates and is a lifetime member of the Circle of Excellence.  She is currently the Executive Director of the Middle Georgia Multiple Listing Service.  In this position, she oversees all operations of the MLS and is very involved with all of the technology used to support the agents and help them to be successful.

On a personal note, Suzanne has been married to Henry for twenty-six years and they have three very active boys.  All three boys are involved in various sports so she and Henry spend a lot of time at VineIngle, Cavalier Field and at Mt. DeSales track meets, basketball and baseball games.  She also serves on the Mt. DeSales Savoring Graces committee and on the Board of the Cavalier Club.  She is a volunteer at Springdale and has been a lector at St. Joseph Church for 16 years.  When a few extra minutes become available, she enjoys running and loves container gardening.

Suzanne has been a dedicated volunteer for years and continues to give countless hours to many community organizations.  In 2004, Macon Magazine recognized her as one of the “Five under Forty” of young community leaders who are making a positive difference in our community.  They were absolutely right and Leadership Macon is very proud to have her as an alumni.

–Laura McMaster