GeorgiaLink Public Affairs Group
GeorgiaLink Public Affairs Group focuses on identifying, developing, and securing relationships between clients and government. It provides comprehensive strategic representation for clients by utilizing broad-based expertise in governmental affairs. The firm monitors legislation and creates opportunities for a diverse clientele that includes Fortune 500 companies, state associations, small entrepreneurs, professional groups, and local government.
GeorgiaLink has a client base with a broad range of interests. Its special focus has been in environmental, gaming, healthcare, telecommunications and banking.
JOHN S. "TRIP" MARTIN, III is the founder of GeorgiaLink Public Affairs Group. GeorgiaLink is a governmental affairs consulting firm which has been recognized by James magazine seventeen years in a row as the top lobbying firm in the state of Georgia. Mr. Martin began his Government Affairs career in 1981 as the Director of State Government Affairs in Georgia for Southern Bell. In 1986, he was promoted to the position of Director of Legislative Affairs for BellSouth in Washington, D.C. where his major responsibilities included the development and implementation of strategies for dealing with Congress on national telecommunications policy issues. He has served as the Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Southeastern Public Affairs Council and was a participant in the Leadership Georgia Class of 1983. He is the former Vice President of the University of Georgia National Alumni Association. Mr. Martin currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Advocacy Group, an international network of lobbying firms with offices in forty-eight states. Trip is married to Julie Brown, a native of Atlanta and President & CEO of Georgia Foreign-Trade Zone. Trip and Julie split their time between residences in Atlanta and Blue Ridge, Georgia, where he is a licensed realtor with the Blue Ridge office of Premier Mountain & Lake Property, Inc., and owns and operates Big Creek Alpaca Farms. Trip has three grown children and five granddaughters.
H. BOYD PETTIT, III is GeorgiaLink's general counsel. Pettit is a political veteran, having served in the Georgia General Assembly for five consecutive terms. As a State Representative, he was a member of the House Appropriations, Judiciary and Industry committees.
ARTHUR B. "SKIN" EDGE, IV specializes in government relations and consulting. Prior to joining GeorgiaLink, he was a Georgia State Senator for ten years, four of which he served as its Minority Leader. Edge was recognized by Georgia Trend magazine as one of "The 100 Most Influential People in Georgia."