Duluth, GA – August 25, 2014 – Holly Files has been named the interim Liaison Director following the passing of Liaison Director, Mike Joyner, this past July. “During the coming months Holly will provide stability, understanding and continued momentum for the Liaison Department and Georgia 811. While I am still saddened by the loss of our friend and coworker Mike Joyner, I recognize we begin a new chapter. I am excited for the new opportunities I see on the horizon for Holly, her Liaison team and for all Georgia 811. Our business of damage prevention is important and ever evolving and this transition will keep us on the path forward,” explains President and CEO Claudette Campbell.
Files has been with Georgia 811 since January of 2001 as a Liaison Manager covering portions of central and southwest Georgia. She also currently serves on the Georgia Utility Facility Act Advisory Committee (GUFPAAC) and has been active with the Georgia Utility Coordinating Council (GUCC) since 1997. Before joining Georgia 811, Files served as the Outside Plant Damage Specialist for AT&T Broadband where she developed a pilot program for utility damage prevention and claims recovery. Before joining AT&T in 1999, Files was a Damage Prevention Manager for Burkeen Construction. From 1994 to 1998 at Byers Engineering she was a Utility Locate Technician and a Damage Investigator. Files also holds a BS in education from Valdosta State University.
“I am very excited about this opportunity, although it is bitter sweet. We all miss Mike so very much. I know this transition will be challenging for all of us, but I am looking forward to making the most of our damage prevention opportunities,” shares Files.
“Mike Joyner left big shoes, and we will continue to respect his contributions and dedication. As Holly puts on her own new set of shoes, she is positioned to make her own path. I know she has a great team of support around her here at Georgia 811 and in our damage prevention community. Thank you to everyone who has offered support and help during this transition,” Campbell said.