Bryan Tolar, Principal

EXPERIENCE

Bryan brings over 25 years of governmental and political affairs experience to best serve our clients. His background includes a long list of legislative and regulatory successes while leading the Georgia Agribusiness Council, as well as facilitating pesticide related regulatory programs at the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

Bryan is well known among state leaders, elected officials and regulatory agency heads. He has earned a reputation as a hard worker with strong integrity and high expectations. Bryan believes that in order to be effective, you must be present, informed, and engaged. He is tenacious and has a diverse network all across Georgia.

RESULTS

As President of Georgia Agribusiness Council, Inc., the state's broad based trade association for the entire food and fiber industry, he worked in the legislative and regulatory arenas representing agricultural interests on diverse tax exemption issues, the environment, education, farm labor and general agribusiness. Bryan is also well known among the staff and board of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Georgia Department of Agriculture. During his eight years of leadership at the Council, membership grew by 56% and total asset grew 278%, exceeding $1 million for the first time in the organization’s 52 year history.

PERSONAL

Bryan was a member and Chairman of the Georgia Society of Association Executives board of directors until they took a position to not allow prayer at events - he then promptly resigned. He received his agribusiness undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 1992 and is active with the UGA CAES Alumni Association. While not very good at golf, he enjoys the challenge and being outdoors. Bryan and his wife Keri (a 1991 Georgia Tech graduate) met at a rivalry football game and have been married 24 years. They live in Douglasville, GA with their dog Max.