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Board of Assessors The Board of Assessors consists of 5 members appointed by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. The current members are Donald E. Johnson, Chairman, Salma H. Ahmed, Vice- Chair, E. Gayle Barnett, Dillon H. Fries, and Bill G. Huff, Jr. Donald E. Johnson is native Atlantan graduating from Price High School. He spent four years away serving in the US Air Force during the Vietnam era. Upon completion, he returned home and enrolled in college at Clark-Atlanta University. He also studied Business Management at Georgia State University. His career in real estate started with the Federal Housing Urban Development. He worked as a staff appraiser and realty specialist for 18 years before opening his own business, Don Johnson's Appraisal Service. He has served the needs of Atlantans for more than twenty five years. Mr. Johnson is a member of Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and serves as a member of the Financial Council, and several other ministries. He is married, has 4 adult children, and identical twin granddaughters who are the apples of his eye!! Salma H. Ahmed has over 17 years of experience in real estate including design development, rezoning, construction, property management and valuation. She has owned and managed over $30 million in property. Ms. Ahmed is currently Co-Partner of Great Hall Builders, specializing in single-family residential projects in the Roswell area. Most recently, Ms. Ahmed completed concept,  permitting, design and construction of a condo hotel project in Amelia Island, Florida. Other Amelia Island projects include Terraces at Beachside, Beachside Commons and Skyy Holdings. Georgia projects include Mill Village, Village Square, Canton Street Walk and Lum Crowe Developments. Ms. Ahmed has been a member of the Roswell East Rotary Group for 7 years and served on its governing board for 3 years. She is a founding member of the Historic Roswell Merchant's Association. Ms. Ahmed has a BS degree in Graphic Design and Marketing from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to attending the University of Cincinnati, she completed an honors biology program at the University of Michigan. E. Gayle Barnett began her career in the banking industry. She started as an Encoding Specialist at Wachovia Bank of Georgia and climbed the corporate ladder as Collection Specialist, Loan Specialist, Assistant Branch Manager, Branch Manager and Market Manager. As Market manager, she facilitated specialized training for branch managers, developed programs to interact with local communities, consulted with senior management on branch issues related to staffing and scheduling, formed strategic alliances with business units by assisting in forecasting banking needs, and assisted managers in reaching annual branch deposit, investment, and personal/home equity loan goals. Prior to retirement from the banking industry, Ms. Barnett went into real estate sales and brokerage. She has been in the real estate field for more than twelve years. She has served as an Associate Broker at Keller Williams Realty; Broker, Office Manager and Property Manager at Brady Barnett Realty Company; and currently is the Owner/Broker of E. Gayle Barnett Realty Company. Ms. Barnett attended Fort Valley State University, Georgia State University, Barney Fletcher School of Real Estate, and Atlanta Technical College. She has an Associate degree in Sociology and is certified as a Georgia Real Estate Broker. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, golfing, and event planning. She attends Shaw Temple AME Zion Church where she is a member of the Board of Stewards and Coordinator of the Wedding Ministry. She is married to Brady Barnett, Jr. They have 6 children and 6 grandchildren. Dillon H. Fries has exclusively engaged in the appraisal of Real Estate since January, 1974. Presently owner/president of Dillon H. Fries & Associates, Real Estate Appraisers and Consultants, an appraisal firm located in Roswell, Georgia, established in March, 1981. Mr. Fries has specialized in residential real estate appraising in the Metro Atlanta area since 1974 with an emphasis on relocation appraisals and  estination services, appraisals for divorce proceedings, estates, REO's, mortgage loans and for list price or offer price determination. Mr Fries designations consist of the following: Employee Relocation Council's, "Certified Relocation Professional", CRP since 1990. National Association of Review Appraisers & Mortgage Underwriters, "Certified Review Appraiser", CRA. Approved FHA (HUD Roster Listed) Appraiser Mr. Fries has Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia State University in 1975 with a major in Real Estate and a minor in Finance. Bill G. Huff, Jr. has been in the real estate business for over 37 years. He is a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser and a licensed Broker. He is a charter member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (Land Use). Mr. Huff has held many key positions during his business career. He has been Project Manager and Developer for Hufbilt Properties, Inc. since 1979. He served as Executive Vice-President of the Fulton Federal Savings Association, Assistant Director of Planning for Fulton County, and Lead Computer Operator for Southern Railway to name a few. Mr. Huff served in the United States Marine Corps from 1962-1966. He obtained the rank of Platoon Sergeant in the Anti-Tanks and Infantry division, serving in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Panama and Greenland. He also assisted the Mediterranean and Caribbean Fleet Marine Forces and trained combatants for Vietnam. Mr. Huff is very active in various committees and organizations in Fulton County and the City of Sandy Springs. Most notably he served on the Governor's Study Commission Transportation Review Board for the Presidential Parkway, Georgia 400 Extension and Brookwood Interchange projects. Mr. Huff holds a BA degree from Georgia State University and a MS degree from a combined Master's program at Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University. For more information regarding the Board of Assessors contact S. DeWayne Pinkney, Secretary to the Board at (404) 612-6401 or dewayne.pinkney@fultoncountyga.gov.
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