Staff

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JOSH ROGERS

President and Chief Executive Officer

josh@newtownmacon.com | 478-722-9909, x 102

Josh is a native of Waycross, GA and is a graduate of the Southern Studies program at Mercer University.  After receiving the Gilbert-Tharpe Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, Josh completed a Master’s degree in historic preservation at the University of York, in England.  Josh is an Eagle Scout, a certified Economic Development Finance Professional, a graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development, currently serves on Board of the Macon-Bibb County Public Libraries and is a member of the Macon Rotary Club.  Along with his wife Meaghan, Josh enjoys hiking, kayaking and working on their 1892 cottage in downtown Macon.

Prior to joining the staff in his current role, he previously served as Director of Preservation and Special Projects at NewTown, Economic Regeneration Manager for the City of Macon, founding director of the College Hill Corridor Commission and Executive Director of Historic Macon Foundation.

Josh’s responsibilities at NewTown include all aspects of executive leadership, including strategic visioning, community accountability, real estate project planning, cultivating new projects and raising funds to revitalize downtown Macon.




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James Fritze

Chief Financial Officer

james@newtownmacon.com | 478-722-9909, x 104 

James joins the NewTown Macon staff as Chief Financial Officer with over 25 years of business and financial expertise and offers a broad business and leadership background with accomplishments in business services, construction materials, and hospital & healthcare markets including the development of growth strategies, leadership of merger and  acquisition projects, and as an integral strategist in major cost reduction initiatives.

His career began at Charter Medical Corporation where he worked through a progression of positions with his last assignment as Hospital Administrator of Charter Lake Hospital before closing in 2000. James has owned and operated several companies.

James, a Macon native, is a graduate of Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia holding a B.B.A. in Accounting and a M.B.A degree, and is a Certified Public Accountant. James is an Eagle Scout and is an Adult leader in Troop 170, serving 3 years as Scoutmaster. He remains involved in Sigma Chi Fraternity. He and his wife Denise, a fourth generation Maconite, have two adult children, a son in Colorado and a daughter and son-in-law in Macon. As a family they enjoy the outdoors, listening to live music, and supporting the Georgia Bulldogs.

At NewTown, James is responsible for managing all financial aspects of NewTown, including managing payments, revenues, and cash flows, developing the budget, implementing appropriate internal controls and strategic planning, and working with auditors. James also manages company liabilities, maintains financial relationships, and oversees all financial obligations.




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ERIN KELLER

Vice President for Development

erin@newtownmacon.com | 478-722-9909, x 107 

Erin is from LaPlace, Louisiana and is an alumna of Mercer University, where she was member of the women’s basketball team. After graduation, Erin received  her Master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership from Valdosta State University. Erin is a 2015 Leadership Macon graduate, has completed a “Certificate of Nonprofit Fundraising Essentials” with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, currently serves on the Workforce Development Board, and is a member of the Downtown Macon Rotary Club. Erin enjoys hanging out with friends, working out, reading, and cheering on the Mercer Bears!

Prior to joining the NewTown staff, she worked for her alma mater. Erin was an admissions counselor for three years and most recently served as the Coordinator of Alumni Programs.

At NewTown, Erin is responsible for capital campaigns and annual fundraising, grant writing and management, donor relations, and special program management.




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BETHANY ROGERS, PhD

Director of Business and Real Estate Development 

bethany@newtownmacon.com| 478-722-9909, x 113 

Bethany grew up in Danville, Kentucky, a small town in central Kentucky that is also home to her alma mater, Centre College. Bethany moved to New Orleans as a young professional and ending up earning her PhD in Geography from Louisiana State University in 2010. Her academic and professional pursuits have centered around community documentary and preservation work. She was also involved in various recovery and research projects in southern Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 BP Oil Spill. Prior to her work at NewTown, Bethany moved back to her hometown and served as Executive Director of Danville’s longstanding Main Street program. Bethany moved to Macon in 2016 with her dog Prince, a charming Pomeranian, to join the NewTown team and be part of the city’s growing community building movement.

At NewTown, Bethany manages all of NewTown's investment programs for real estate and businesses.  Bethany is responsible for working with people who are interested in locating businesses downtown, helping them find suitable sites, and making necessary connections with agencies for building improvements.  If you are interested in developing property or starting, relocating or expanding your business downtown, Bethany is your best resource.




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EMILY HOPKINS

Director of Place

emily@newtownmacon.com | 478-722-9909, x 116

Emily Hopkins hails from Pendleton, SC, a small town nesled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Coming from a long line of Tigers, Emily graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor's in history and an emphasis in public history. Emily attended the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Upstate NewYork where she completed her master's in museum studies. Looking for warmer weather, Emily moved to Macon to serve as Historic Macon Foundation's Special Events and Marketing Coordinator and continued to pursue her passion for preservation and community development by serving as the Manager of Main Street Macon. 

In her free time, Emily enjoys attending events in downtown Macon, traveling, and cheering on the Clemson Tigers. Additionally, Emily serves as a board member of the Macon Film Festival, commmissioner of the College Hill Commission, member of the Cotton Avenue Coalition, and is part of the Downtown Macon Rotary Club. 

At NewTown, Emily oversees Macon's Main Street program and marketing efforts including content management, graphic design, digital and print advertising, website management and public relations. 




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DAVID MOORE

Project Manager
david@newtownmacon.com|478-722-9909, x 101

David is native of Akron, OH and a graduate of Miami University, where he received a BA in American Studies with a focus in Civic and Public Engagement, as well as Urban and Regional Planning. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, watching movies and experiencing culture and new foods.

David originally moved to Macon to gain experience as NewTown’s Urban Planning Fellow. David is responsible for all research and survey projects, aiding developers and entrepreneurs with business mentorship, government permitting and regulations, grant administration for urban revitalization projects, organizing First Friday, supporting the Downtown Community Association while providing general administrative and organizational support.

In addition to working at NewTown, David is a K880 Emerging City Champion and a 2016 Knight City Challenge Finalist. He also serves as a commissioner for the College Hill Corridor Commission, co-mentor for SCORE, Open Streets Macon committee member, and participates in the Creative League of Interventionists.




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MARK THOMPSON

Photographer & Special Events Assistant

mark@newtownmacon.com | 478-722-9909

Mark is a Macon native and an alumnus of Georgia Southern University and the North Georgia Technical & Vocation Photography Department. Mark has one son and enjoys camping, travelling, antiquing, scouting, rustic retreats, and art and coin collecting.

At NewTown, Mark is responsible for around town photography, serves as Park Ranger at Amerson River Park, and assists with event setup and overall logistics.