Marlin Nelson, president of Global Spectrum Technologies (GST) which markets and sells telecommunications, computer and software products throughout the world, has been appointed chairman of the international committee of the Georgia Technology Forum to be held at the Cobb Galleria Oct. 20-21.

Last week the committee met to establish subcommittees promoting participation of foreign and Georgia firms as well as public relations and marketing.

The committee agreed that it should provide a forum for representatives of Georgia and internationally-based companies to identify areas of strategic cooperation, joint technology development, talent recruitment, bilateral investment and export opportunities.

The annual forum will include this year for the first time an international focus in an effort to promote assistance to companies seeking to enter new markets overseas.

The foreign participation subcommittee is to be headed by Costas Simoglou, export manager with the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism (GDITT), and includes Lt. Gen. David L. Benton III, who recently retired from his position as chief of staff for the U.S. European Command, Tom Glaser, president of the American Israel Chamber of Commerce and Mark Pierson, representing the German American Chamber of Commerce South and GlobalFax.

The participation committee for Georgia-based firms is to be headed by Chris Collins, vice president of customer communications, Lucent Technologies and includes Ronnie Genser, president of the consulting firm, Genser International and Bill Oliver of Grubb & Ellis.

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