COVINGTON -- Roger Harrison is leaving his position as senior vice president of the Covington/Newton County Office of Economic Development to join the senior management team at Wagner Service Solutions Inc.
Harrison will be chief business development officer, responsible for expanding Wagner's reach into new geographic markets and integrating new service segments for the company, according to a press release issued by Wagner Tuesday afternoon.
"We are ecstatic Roger has joined our team,"said CEO Jeff Wagner. "Roger's ability to bring parties together to construct deals has been well proven in our community."
Harrison said he'll be in charge of growth for the Southeast and split his time between Georgia and South Carolina. "I'll not only be expanding the existing business, but exploring new ways to offer service solutions to customers," he said. Harrison's last day with the Office of Economic Development is April 30; he starts at Wagner May 6.
"I am extremely pleased to be a part of the Wagner family," said Harrison. "Jeff and his team have an excellent reputation in the industry, and I look forward to being a part of their stellar organization."
Based in Covington, Wagner Service Solutions, Inc. operates in 22 states and is among the largest employers in the East Metro Atlanta area. Wagner delivers outsourcing services in staffing, janitorial, security and vending tailored to commercial, industrial and manufacturing businesses.
The Chamber of Commerce announced Harrison's departure earlier this month, along with the hiring of a new vice president of economic development, Courtney Bernardi, former director of economic development in Jackson County.
Harrison joined the Office of Economic Development in 2011. During his tenure, he and his team facilitated more than $1.24 billion of capital investment in Covington and Newton County.
Harrison is the former president and CEO of the Hendry County Economic Development Council in southern Florida. He was previously a public service faculty member at the University of Georgia's Archway Partnership, an economic development program designed to better rural communities.
Prior to Harrison's entry into public service, he worked for The Coca-Cola Company, where he managed Coca-Cola's sponsorship of the outdoor entertainment industry.