Andrea Settles, president of the Leadership Sandy Springs board of trustees, was named Woman of Distinction by the Women’s Business Network at the recent Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber luncheon. The award is given to a woman in the local community who demonstrates exceptional leadership through professional endeavors and local community involvement. The honoree generously shares her time and talents and demonstrates a sense of social responsibility, while making a positive impact in Sandy Springs.
Karen Trylovich, the network’s chair and a Leadership alumna, presented the award and praised Settles for her community experience and leadership. Settles specializes in providing loan originations for small businesses and commercial real estate and currently works for Weinberg & Associates. Previously, she was in the banking industry helping start and grow community banks.
A native of Massachusetts, Settles has lived in Sandy Springs for several years and is active in community volunteerism. She serves on the Sandy Springs Hospitality and Tourism Board, co-chairs the business and civic section of the Sandy Springs Festival, participates as a mentor in the network’s mentoring program, serves on the Sandy Springs Restaurant Council, participates in the city’s civilian Fire Corps and is now training to be a part of the first Sandy Springs volunteer emergency first responders. She served is also member of the National Council of Jewish Women.
Settles is dedicated to promoting positive community and encouraging economic growth, Trylovich said. Her involvement with Leadership took root immediately after graduating from the class of 2013, when she was nominated to the board. Since then, she has served on committees and volunteered for events. Settles is very excited to be partnering with Executive Director Jan Paul in taking the organization to the next level.
“The leadership opportunities in Sandy Springs are broadening as we develop a new group of leaders and refine our program to include relevant issues like diversity and inclusion,” Settles said in a news release. “LSS continues to connect our alumni to other community leaders through events that encourage civic engagement.”
Settles and her husband Richard have two grown children, Hayley and Matthew, and daughter-in-law Sunshine. Boundless energy and an enthusiastic spirit help drive her efforts for enriching community life.
“Honestly, making these connections is the best part of why I do what I do,” Settles said. “I want to continue to broaden my skills to be valuable and informed both personally and professionally while leading others to do the same. You can be that Power of One.”