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Decatur Rotary Club Meeting Information: Vaughn Irons, Dekalb Economic Development Authority

Date: 8/1/2014 at 12:15 PM

Vaughn D. Irons is the Chief Executive Officer of APD Solutions, a national
community economic development firm providing Advisory, Program Management and
Development Services. In that capacity Irons is responsible for APD’s strategic direction,
operations, financial performance, and implementation activities. Under his leadership,
APDS has been acknowledged with a Pacesetter Award by the Atlanta Business
Chronicle in 2012 for Top Privately Held Company in Metro Atlanta, growing APDS by
1193% in his first 3 years. Irons has also been personally Awarded the 2014 CEO of the
Year by the Georgia Business Council in conjunction with the Atlanta Business Journal.

Prior to APD Solutions, Mr. Irons served for nearly 12 years at Freddie Mac most
recently as National Director of Housing and Community Investment. During that tenure
he led a team tasked with assisting Freddie Macís customers in developing solutions to
their communityís housing finance needs. Mr. Irons was also responsible for the
oversight of activities and initiatives that involved minority lending, community
development lending, homeownership counseling and Gulf Coast rebuilding activities

Previously, Mr. Irons also served as Director of Housing for Consumer Credit Counseling
Service of Greater Atlanta where he established and managed a program, which
provided housing counseling services to over 4000 families annually. Before coming to
CCCS, Mr. Irons worked for the Fulton County, Georgia Board of Commissioners, often
handling real estate development and zoning related concerns. Mr. Irons began his
career in Consumer Banking for Syracuse Savings Bank and later for Fleet Bank of New
York before he went on to work for the Human Rights Commission of Onondaga County,
New York.

Mr. Irons is very involved in community-based issues where he serves as Chairman of
the Economic Development Authority of DeKalb County, Georgia. Irons is also on the
Board of the National Association of Home Builders, Leadership DeKalb, Women’s
Resource Center Against Domestic Violence, the DeKalb Chamber, the Rockstone
Foundation and YMCA of South DeKalb. Previous volunteer and board appointments
include multiple terms as President of Atlanta-Fulton-DeKalb Housing Partnership,
Vice-chairman for the Fulton County Housing Community Development Corporation,
Board of Directors of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Mercy Housing Southeast,
and the Neighborhood Development Foundation of New Orleans.
Mr. Irons holds a Masterís of Business Administration from the University of Maryland,
an undergraduate degree in Urban Policy from Syracuse University and a graduate-level
certification in Housing and Community Development also from the University of
Maryland College Park. Irons also holds the designation of Certified Aging in Place
Specialist (CAPS).

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