Paul Bowers to Receive Council for Quality Growth’s Prestigious Four Pillar Award

The Council for Quality Growth will honor Georgia Power Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Bowers with its 29th annual Four Pillar Award on Oct. 4, 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Ballroom. The prestigious Four Pillar Tribute recognizes an outstanding individual in the region and the state who demonstrates the ‘Four Pillars’ of leadership – Quality, Responsibility, Vision and Integrity – and exemplifies the Council’s mission of promoting balanced and responsible growth. The four key speaking roles will be Rev. Andy Stanley; former Home Depot CEO Frank Blake; Gov. Nathan Deal; and Juanita Baranco, co-owner of Baranco Automotive who has served on both the boards of Georgia Power and its parent, Southern Co.


The theme of this year’s Tribute is “Purpose.” An esteemed group of Tribute Chairs have been assembled to pay tribute to Bowers for his demonstration of the “Four Pillars,” including:

  • Dan Amos (Chairman & CEO, Aflac)
  • Frank Blake (Chairman & CEO (Retired), Home Depot)
  • Mark Burns (President, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.)
  • Dan Cathy (Chairman, President & CEO, Chick-fil-A)
  • Shan Cooper (Chief Transformation Officer, Westrock Company)
  • Governor Nathan Deal
  • Dietmar Exler (President & CEO, Mercedes-Benz USA)
  • Larry Gellerstedt (Chairman & CEO, Cousins Properties)
  • Doug Hertz (President & CEO, United Distributors)
  • Donna Hyland (President & CEO, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta)
  • Pastor Dexter Rowland
  • Michael Russell (CEO, H.J. Russell & Company)
  • Jeff Sprecher (Founder, Chairman & CEO, Intercontinental Exchange)
  • Kessel Stelling (Chairman & CEO, Synovus)


About the Four Pillar Tribute:

For 29 years the Council for Quality Growth has paid tribute to an outstanding individual who exemplifies the Council’s mission of promoting balanced and responsible growth through an annual leadership tribute gala that recognizes the ‘Four Pillars’ of leadership – Quality, Responsibility, Vision and Integrity.


The Four Pillar Award and Tribute is an unparalleled honor that allows the opportunity for the Metro Atlanta region and State of Georgia to celebrate the recipient’s significant contributions to quality of life, community leadership and economic development. The gala and award have come to be known as the highest honor bestowed for the aforementioned contributions. The event provides a platform to align the honorees’ impacts on the region and the state with the Council’s ambitions and serves as a beacon of inspiration to perpetuate our economic prosperity.


Past recipients of the Council’s Four Pillar award include:



  • Steve Reynolds
  • Wayne Shackelford
  • W. Benefield
  • Scott Hudgens
  • Wayne H. Mason
  • Virgil R. Williams
  • Paul A. Duke
  • Jim Cowart
  • D. Caswell
  • Ray Weeks
  • Richard L. Tucker
  • Louise Radloff
  • George Busbee
  • Wayne Hill
  • Charlie Brown
  • Senator Johnny Isakson
  • John Wieland
  • John A. Williams
  • Tom Cousins
  • Mayor Shirley Franklin
  • Arthur M. Blank
  • Charles Loudermilk, Sr.
  • Sam Massell
  • John Portman
  • Steve Selig
  • Dan Cathy
  • Jenny Pruitt
  • Nathan Deal