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Co-Managing Member and Co-Chief Executive Officer, LakePoint Land, LLC Member, LakePoint Sports Development Group, LLC Co-Managing Member and Chief Executive Officer, Sports Parks of Georgia, LLC Chief Executive Officer and President, Ehrhart Consulting
Over the past thirty years, Earl has led organizations in both the public and private sectors. Earl began his career as a young entrepreneur. At age 21, Earl co-founded, The Marble Craftsman, a marble and granite subcontracting company, which he grew from a backyard business to over $2 million in revenue when he sold the company in 1995. While successfully leading The Marble Craftsman, Earl was also elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1988, and continues to serve today as one of the State’s longest serving elected officials. Earl has served as CEO and Chairman of the Board of several public and private corporations and nonprofits.
From 1995 – 2008, Earl served as Executive Vice President of Facility Group, an international design and construction company with eight U.S. offices and two European offices in The Netherlands and the Czech Republic . In this role, Earl served as the company’s Chief Strategist, developing and implementing company-wide strategic growth initiatives in five vertical sectors: Food & Beverage, Education, Municipal, Hospitality & Entertainment and Retail Distribution. During Earl’s tenure at the firm, the company grew from six employees and $25M in revenue to over 500 employees and more than $600M in revenue.
In 2003 Earl was the original organizing director and vice chair of the board of one of the most successful startup community banks in Georgia History. Georgian Bank was cumulatively profitable inside 13 months and grew from an original capitalization of $7.5M dollars to over $65M. In his capacity as original director and vice chair Earl supervised all aspects of this very successful financial endeavor. In 2006 as a result of this success, Georgian Bank was sold for a premium to an investor group who eventually grew the platform to over $2.1B in assets.
During his twenty-five year tenure as a state representative, Earl served eight years as the Minority Whip and five years as the Rules Committee Chairman. In 2005 Earl was elected as the National Chairman of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the nation’s largest nonpartisan organization of state legislators with over 2,400 legislator members from all fifty states and 97 alumni members in Congress. He served as a member of this board for over 20 years and as its chairman and member of executive committee for over 5 years. Earl’s political efforts have received national media recognition in the New York Times, The Economist, CNN and The Fox News Channel. In addition, the National Federation of Independent Business named Earl the “Guardian of Small Business” and he is the recipient of “Champion of the Free Enterprise System Award” from the Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia.
As a businessman, elected official and single father, Earl is passionate about furthering the potential of America’s youth. Youth sports have been a part of Earl’s life for more than twenty-years. He has organized summer leagues, tournaments and showcases as a Coach and Athletic Director; and he has raised millions of dollars benefiting youth athletic foundations and organizations throughout Georgia. In addition, Earl championed state legislation that established a state-wide school scholarship fund to provide financial aid to disadvantaged youth. Earl serves as the CEO of one of the state’s most successful funds serving this community today.
As Co-CEO of LakePoint Sports Development Group and Managing Partner of Sports Parks of Georgia, LLC, Earl will draw on his diverse background and experience in business, politics and youth sports to develop, grow, manage and operate America’s Premier Sports Vacation Destination.