Vice President of Business Development / Manufacturing and Industrial
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 vast 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 in the industrial, manufacturing and supply-chain sectors.
What motivates Mr. Gant 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 strong, mutually-beneficial relationships. He believes that Batson-Cook’s family-oriented culture and its commitment to the communities in which it works will continue to set the stage for growth in the Southeast.
Prior to joining Batson-Cook, Mr. Gant 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 such as Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) , Novelis, Airwatch, First Data Corporation, Newell Rubbermaid, Pulte Homes Inc. and SANY Heavy Industries. 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, Mr. Gant has deep ties to West Georgia. He previously worked at the Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce as Senior Vice President of Economic Development, served as Vice President of Real Estate Development for The Jordan Company of Columbus, and was Director of City Planning & Development for the City of Columbus.
Mr. Gant is a member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association, CoreNet Global, and National Association of Industrial & Office Properties.
In addition to spending time with his family – Mr. Gant and his wife, Liz, have two children and four grandchildren – he enjoys boating, fishing and making rustic furniture for his wife’s antiques business.