Deke Copenhaver currently serves as Principal of Copenhaver Consulting, LLC. From 2005 through 2014 Deke served as Mayor of Augusta, Georgia. He has also served as managing consultant for the Augusta Economic Development Authority. Deke has been recognized on multiple occasions by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians. Deke has spoken at many national conferences on topics including city design, economic development, healthcare, veterans’ issues, and the nonprofit industry. He currently authors a monthly column on leadership published by the Georgia Municipal Association. Deke earned a BA in Political Science from Augusta College and is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and the Mayors’ Institute on City Design. A passionate athlete, Deke has completed five Ironman 70.3’s and several half marathons. He and his wife Malisa reside in Augusta with their dogs Sarah Bet, Buddy, and Johnny.