Meet Albert M. Hodge Jr

As founder of Hodge Consulting Services, LLC, Al Hodge brings more than 40 years of economic and community development experience to clients. Globally recognized for his achievements in the industry, Al’s vision, leadership, and deep knowledge of public policy have developed communities that thrive. His insights into business and the countless factors required for lasting success ensure that his clients are adapted for a global marketplace.  

Al is vice chair of the Japan America Society of Georgia and serves on the board of directors for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the board of Georgia Northwestern Technical College. He is also an active member of the Society of International Business Fellows. 

During his 41 years in Chamber work in Charleston, S.C., and in Rome and Augusta, Ga., Al has served in local, state and national capacities. He has served as one of a group of 12 specialty external advisers to the U.S. Department of Energy and on the American Chamber of Commerce Executive Association Board. Al also served more than eight years as a member of the Georgia State Board of Education, including as vice chair. He also served as chair of Georgia’s Joint Education Board’s Liaison Committee; chair of the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives; chair of the Georgia Economic Developers Association; and as an officer and board member of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation. 

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Al has taught economic development, leadership and democracy with the U.S. Army War College; with the University of Georgia Center for Democratic Governance in both Beijing and Xining, China; in San Francisco, Calif.; with the Kettering Foundation of Dayton, Ohio, and cities across the Southern U.S., and has spoken in England and Germany.

A graduate of the University of Georgia and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management, Al has also completed a number of other state, regional and national economic and leadership development programs, including Leadership Georgia. His accomplishments have earned him numerous professional awards and highlighted his business and public policy expertise.

Al lives in Rome, Ga., and is married to artist Cheryl Riner Hodge. They have one daughter, a son-in-law, and two grandchildren.

Al’s ability to cultivate a driven team and build lasting communities has been proven time and again. The results Al delivers are indeed “Good stuff that!”