Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. hires Marshall Norwood as Chief Financial Officer

Atlanta – Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) hired Marshall Norwood to the newly created position of Chief Financial Officer. He began serving in this capacity on Monday, October 14. Mr. Norwood previously served as the accounting manager since joining ABI in July, 2011, where he was responsible for the accounting function, including financial statement preparation and analysis, accounts payable, accounts receivable, guiding ABI through the annual audit process, as well as assisting with the comprehensive status of the Atlanta BeltLine financial plan. He formerly worked for the State of Georgia, Cox Enterprises and KPMG, and is a CPA. Mr. Norwood’s promotion was a result of a thorough and competitive recruiting process.

“For the first time, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. will have a Chief Financial Officer, a position that is vital to the future of our organization and our program, and Marshall is the perfect person for the job,” said Paul Morris, President and CEO of ABI. “Marshall’s experience, competence and leadership qualities set him apart from the rest of the field and we feel confident that he will help maintain the fiscal stewardship and discipline necessary to fulfill the ambitious vision of the Atlanta BeltLine.”

During his tenure at ABI, Mr. Norwood coordinated a major accounting software upgrade, managed

ABI’s daily accounting functions and audit preparation, and absorbed many of the accounting functions previously performed by Invest Atlanta. Over the past year, he assumed many of the CFO duties, including building the annual budget, presenting to ABI’s and Invest Atlanta’s Boards of Directors,  Finance & TAD Committees, managing banking and vendor relationships, managing ABI’s cash flow to ensure all obligations are met, including payroll; and assumed select HR responsibilities.

Mr. Norwood began his career with KPMG Peat Marwick, one of the “Big 4” accounting firms.  Following KPMG, he worked for Cox Enterprises, Inc. at various locations around the country serving in Assistant Controller and Controller positions for 15 years.  In these roles, he handled all accounting functions in addition to HR, union negotiations, and contract administration for all building and maintenance contracts. Subsequently, he served as Budget Director for the State of Georgia’s Department of Human Resources for two years where he coordinated the agency’s budget process and presented the budget to the Governor and State Legislature on an annual basis.

Mr. Norwood is a Georgia native and graduate from Morehouse College with a B.A in Business/Accounting. His professional affiliations include the Georgia Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). Marshall’s non-work commitments include memberships in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Bible Way Ministries, Intl.


About the Atlanta BeltLine:

The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive transportation and economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs currently underway in the United States. The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) is the entity tasked with planning and executing the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine in partnership with other public and private organizations, including City of Atlanta departments. For more information on the Atlanta BeltLine, please visit

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