David Belle Isle’s family has been part of the fabric of Georgia, living in and around Atlanta for six generations. His Great-Great Grandmother ran a boarding house on the corner of Piedmont and 6th Street. Belle Isle Garage was where his Great Grandfather operated numerous companies including Belle Isle Motors and the first taxi service in Atlanta. It was also the first home of Atlanta’s Merchandise Mart. David’s dad grew up in East Point and served as an Airman during Viet Nam before building his own air charter and flight school business.
Born at Crawford Long Hospital, David and his brother grew up in Gainesville, Georgia and were immersed in the family business at the Gainesville Airport. David learned to fly before he learned to drive. By age 10, he became an entrepreneur, running a car wash for airport customers.
David attended North Hall High School and then went on to University of Georgia, where he was a Marketing major, he played in the Red Coat Band and got involved in debate with the Demosthenian Society. David met his wife Candice during college while working a summer job. She was attending Valdosta State at the time and eventually transferred to UGA to complete her degree in Early Education. Candice and David were married on his graduation day in 1997.
From there, David attended Law School at Georgia State University where he earned his JD and MBA in 2000. He began his legal career in litigation and then aviation law before moving to Savannah and becoming interested in real estate law and closings. David has practiced corporate and real estate law and now runs his own small business as a real estate attorney.
During their time in Savannah, Candice continued to teach Kindergarten and they welcomed their son, Colton. Moving back to Atlanta in 2003, David started working for a closing firm in Cherokee County and moved to Alpharetta in 2005 where the Belle Isle family welcomed their daughter, Kayley.
It was about this time that David became very interested in the development of his new hometown of Alpharetta. He didn’t know anyone in local politics, and other than a short college internship at the Georgia Capital, he had very little exposure or experience with the political process. However, he became passionate about connecting with citizens and representing their interests in seeing a full development of downtown Alpharetta, so he ran for City Council as an underdog and pulled off a win.
Then, in 2012 David was elected Mayor of Alpharetta and he has worked hard to successfully create a sense of place and connection across the city. He has led the charge to re-imagine and rebuild a city center. He has established events, locations and an infrastructure that brings citizens together and makes them proud to call Alpharetta home. He has connected businesses and resources and promoted what the city does best, developing Alpharetta into the “Technology City of the South.”
David is a dynamic community leader. He serves as Chairman of the North Fulton Mayor’s Association and has served as Chairman of the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau Board. He is a board member of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce as well as a member of the North Fulton Bar Association, Alpharetta Rotary Club, Alpharetta Business Association and the State Bar of Georgia. David and his family are also active members of North Point Community Church.