Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Danny Ross to seek Dunwoody District 2 at large Councilman Position
Danny Ross, a resident of Dunwoody for over thirty-two years, announced today that he will seek the District 2 (Central) At-Large Councilman position in the September 16 non-partisan primary.
Ross, who together with his wife Queenie serves as the Co-President of the Dunwoody Preservation Trust (DPT), said: “This is a defining moment in our community’s rich history. I am excited about the opportunity to be involved in starting the new city of Dunwoody. I believe that my experience as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and community volunteer uniquely qualifies me for this position. I am anxious to continue giving back to Dunwoody, a community where our six children have grown up and that we dearly love.”
As an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Ross was instrumental in starting over thirty companies in the information processing, healthcare and telecommunication industries. He served on the Board of numerous private companies and five public companies, two of which he co-founded. Ross holds two method and systems patents and has one pending patent related to syndicating commerce on the internet.
As a community volunteer, Ross led the effort to save the Donaldson-Chesnut Farm, negotiating a tax advantaged purchase option that was financed by DeKalb County Green-space funds which he was instrumental in securing. Ross continued; “With respect to the Donaldson-Chesnut Farm, if I am fortunate enough to be selected as your Councilman, one of my first priorities will be to secure this historic property for it’s intended use as a farm-life museum which will benefit Dunwoody, DeKalb County and all of metropolitan Atlanta.”
As Co-President of DPT, Queenie and Danny, working with hundreds of volunteers, expanded Lemonade Days from a one day event which attracted a few hundred participants to an annual event which last year attracted over 30,000 people to Brook Run for four days of fun and festivities. “Brook Run is one of our most valuable assets (our people are our most valuable). If I am selected as your Councilman, another priority will be to work with the Brook Run Conservancy in transforming the Brook Run auditorium and surrounding buildings into a center for performing arts,” Ross said.
Ross served as a member of the Citizens for Dunwoody Finance and Budget Taskforce and served as chairman of the Code of Ethics Taskforce. Ross has served on the Pastoral Board of All Saints Catholic Church where in 1998 he led the Building the Church of Tomorrow Campaign which resulted in over $4.5 million being raised to support the Church and the building of five new Catholic schools. In addition to serving on the Board of Dunwoody Preservation Trust, he has served as a member of the Board of Governors of Dunwoody Country Club.
The Ross’s have been married for 43 years and have six children and twelve grandchildren. Ross is a graduate of Louisiana Tech with a BS degree in Math and minor in Computer Science.