Davis was appointed by State School Superintendent Richard Woods in 2018 to serve on the board of trustees for the Georgia Foundation for Public Education (GFPE). Under his leadership he helped merge the Innovation Foundation Fund at the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) into the GFPE and ultimately launched the Peach Education Tax Credit benefiting K-12 public schools. He served in 2021 at the request of Governor Brian Kemp on the Citizen’s Review Committee of English Language Art (ELA) Standards for K-12 Georgia Public Schools. In 2017, Davis was also tapped by University of Georgia President Jere Morehead to join a task force to develop the strategic vision for an innovation district on the campus of UGA. This project resulted in the creation of the Delta Innovation Hub and established the vision for future on campus development to drive interconnectedness with industry.
Davis is the founder and CEO of Fire & Flavor, a nationally distributed grilling products company with products sold in national retailers such as WalMart, Publix and Lowe’s Home Improvement. He currently holds three patents including for the HERO Portable Charcoal Grill.
Davis was born and raised in Augusta as a member of the extended family out of the area. He has a fraternal twin brother, Hardman, who resides in Atlanta and works in real estate development. Graduating from University of Georgia, Davis and Hardman both earned their Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in Finance and are lifelong members of The Kappa Alpha Order. Davis currently resides in Athens with his wife Gena and their four children. Davis and Gena are graduates of the 2009 Leadership Georgia class. He is an outdoor enthusiast and loves fly fishing, quail hunting and turkey hunting especially.
His extended family on his mother’s side (the Hardman family) are the donors of Georgia’s newest State Park, The Hardman Farm, which was a turn of the century dairy farm in White County owned by his great grandfather, former Georgia Governor Lamartine Griffin Hardman of Commerce. This cultural touchstone is most recognized by the historic Nacoochee Indian Mound found along the Chattahoochee River just south of Helen, Georgia.
Davis joined the board in 2018, became Vice Chair in January 2020 and as a resident of Athens, represents the Northeast Region.