Team One – Amber and George

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Southern-raised, Amber Markay Byrd moved to Marietta 10 years ago after a career in marketing and was instantly at home. Immersing herself in the Arts, Amber Markay has been a champion for change and progress in seeing the Arts become the cornerstone of creative and economic energy for Historic Marietta Square. Following her life-long dream, in 2017 she opened Markay Gallery, a fine art and functional art gallery. She chose Marietta Square as the home of Markay Gallery because the community of Marietta has an appreciation for the Arts like no other. The roster of artists at Markay Gallery includes mostly Georgia-based artisans who demonstrate excellence in design and artistic form. After opening Markay Gallery she became co-chair of the Marietta Arts Council, working to enhance the growth of the Arts in Marietta. Amber Markay lives in Marietta with her husband and music composer Sean and 10 year old daughter "mini-Markay" Reagan.

George Warren is a real estate professional and founding member of the new Cobb office for Atlanta Fine Homes, Sotheby’s International. He’s also artist-owner of Squared Away Designs, a local boutique art firm specializing in inkwork creations. He received his B.B.A. from Kennesaw State University in 2010 and is a 3rd generation Cobb-Mariettan, 8th generation Georgian and 4th generation business owner. George and his wife Jayne live with their 90lb dog, Jethro, in Whitlock Heights and enjoy relaxing by their pool and being involved in the community. He’s a member of Kiwanis Club of Marietta where he serves as a Flag Captain for the Marietta Square route, Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s Honorary Commanders class of 2018, a mentee for Cobb Young Professionals Next Generation Mentoring Program and a member of First United Methodist Church of Marietta. A passionate supporter of the fine arts, he’s thrilled to learn more about dancing and eager to raise money for the GMDT so they can continue to instill a love for the arts and shape the next generation of leaders.