Vice President of Business Development
For Hans Gant, being part of an established firm with strong values, respected leadership, and a century of exceptional performance makes business development an exciting enterprise. As a veteran economic developer with experience in real estate development and city planning, he leverages his unique skills and extensive network of relationships to yield significant benefits for Batson-Cook’s new and existing clients.
What motivates Hans is a desire to have a positive impact on the people with whom he comes into contact – making a difference, getting things done, and building mutually-beneficial relationships. He believes that Batson-Cook’s strong experience across multiple market sectors leads to projects that our make our clients proud.
Prior to joining Batson-Cook, Hans served as senior vice president for economic development for the Metro Atlanta Chamber, where he played an integral role in attracting hundreds of companies to the metro Atlanta region, including Cancer Treatment Centers of America®. Before that, he was president and CEO of Hampton Roads Virginia Economic Development Alliance, where he and his team were responsible for attracting 90 new companies to the area and creating 12,500 new jobs.
A graduate of Columbus State University, Hans previously worked at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, The Jordan Company, and the City of Columbus. He is a member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association, Urban Land Institute, Georgia Manufacturers Association, NAIOP, and CoreNet Global.
In addition to spending time with his family - Hans and his wife, Liz, have two children and four grandchildren - he enjoys boating, fishing, and making rustic furniture for his wife’s antiques business.