The Stockbridge Business Association (SBA) is a membership organization representing businesses, professionals, educational and financial institutions, art groups, associated agencies, organizations and private individuals who share a vested interest in promoting and doing business in the Stockbridge community.
A very small group of very energetic people have been working furiously to get this organization off the ground and functioning for the good of the community. We have several events in the planning and will be posting the details of those events here on the website as well as on Facebook.
Our Board Members
We’re an eclectic bunch from all different aspects of the business world. Our viewpoints and business philosophies are always discussed openly and willingly with our members.
Don brings a wide variety of experience to the organization. Having worked in a variety of positions in
the business world, in several industries; he has seen business from many perspectives. With a
background in operations, logistics, revenue management, pricing etc in the corporate world; and
experience wearing the myriad hats of a small business owner, he can relate to the issues that confront
business owners and managers in today’s fast-paced environment.
In addition to his experience in business, he also understands the importance of being engaged in the
local community as well. A member of the Leadership Henry Class of 2010, he has also subsequently
served on their Board of Directors. He Chaired the Board of Directors that brought the first piece of
public art to Henry County, the sculpture of Patrick Henry overlooking the square of the county seat in
McDonough. Don currently serves as Chairman of the Shining Light Ministries and Youth Leadership
Henry Boards, as well as Treasurer for the Henry County Fuller Center for Housing, President of the
Stockbridge Association, and Vice-President of Henry Horizons board. One of his passions is helping the
homeless in our community – if you share that passion, he encourages you to join his closed Facebook
group, Homeless In Henry.
Part of his personal mission is education of the next generation. Selling his business in 2003, he began
teaching business (and Marketing, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy among others) in the
local school system’s alternative school, and also teaches Entrepreneurship as an adjunct professor at
Southern Crescent Technical College.
When he’s not trying to save the world, you can usually find Don at home with his amazing wife Cindy.
They love cooking, cleaning, hanging out, pretty much everything together.
Kat Vallish is a long time Georgia resident with strong family ties to Henry County. Her Great Grandfather David Raulerson settled in McDonough with his family in the late 1800's. Kat grew up in Decatur, GA, graduating from Columbia High School in 1976 and continuing her education at Florida Southern College. Kat married Dan Vallish in 1981 and moved to Anchorage Alaska, which was the starting point of following her husbands career around the country. Everywhere that Kat went with Dan, she founded a small business of her own -- anything from Day Care to small retail establishments.
Upon moving to Stockbridge, GA in August 2001, Kat has been interested in promoting businesses in her community first with providing advertising in the Monarch Village Newsletter then through her Real Estate Business at Keller Williams Realty.
In 2009 Kat and her husband Dan opened a small retail store in Stockbridge called Barley & Vine. What started out as a hobby supply store selling the supplies to make beer and wine has grown to include a 27 Tap Growler Bar, with over 900 varieties of bottled beer and wine as well.
Kat has a heart for the small business owner and seeing the City of Stockbridge success through encouraging the growth of small businesses.
Kat is also on the Board of the Stockbridge Main Street Program and is actively involved in Bridgefest an annual festival hosted by the City of Stockbridge.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland
Family moved to Stockbridge, Ga. in 1978
Opened her catering business Affairs by Pinehurst in April 1979 in Stockbridge, Ga.
Went to Atlanta Area Tech for 3 years and got a degree in Catering 1982, though she had already been a caterer in Baltimore before they moved down.
Catered out of her home for the first 18 years of business in a 1,500 sq. ft. commercial kitchen.
She and her husband bought the location they are now in on 108 South Lee Street, in the City of Stockbridge, Ga. in 1995
Took almost 1 year to renovate the property since their company was one of the main Caterers during the 1996 Olympic. Their company catered for N.B.C. and A.C.O.G. Olympic Broad Casters at 4 venus.
She, her husband and there family did the total renovation of the property along with help from their friends and took the Victorian House built in 1899 to the 6,000 sq. ft. Special Events Facility it is today.
Over the years Affairs by Pinehurst Catering has catered for many well known business such as Delta Airlines, Richs, Macy's, Phipps Plaza, The High Museum, Summit Racing, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Steinway Society, St. Joseph Hospital, North and South Fulton Hospital, Henry General Hospital, Southern Federal Credit Union, Costco,and B.J.s just to name a few.
Over the years she has been a member of many of the Chamber of Commerce's in the area.
She is on the planning committee of the Stockbridge Business Association.