2014—Steve Selig

selig_pic_square2Steve Selig lives by one simple philosophy he learned from his mother: You Can Never Do Wrong By Doing Right. As a leading Atlanta businessman, a leading Atlanta family man and a leading Atlanta philanthropist this credo has helped him establish and maintain Selig Enterprises and the Selig Family as pillars in each arena.

Tracing his real estate roots back to 1918 with his grandfather Ben Massell’s real estate transactions, Steve attributes his success to the solid foundation left to him by his parents and grandparents. Steve Selig assumed the helm at the company upon the untimely death of his father in 1986. As he began to lead the company he called the senior staff together, reminded them of the family motto and told them that the company would continue to move forward by always “doing right”. On the company’s 90th anniversary, as a way to honor his family legacy and celebrate the employees he believes make Selig Enterprises’ what it is, he took every single employee and a guest on a surprise all expenses paid trip to Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Steve Selig currently serves as President and Chairman of the Board of Selig Enterprises and is Chairman of the Board of AAA Parking, a Selig subsidiary.

A longtime Atlantan, Steve graduated from The Westminster Schools and Majored in Business at the University of Georgia. While at the university, Steve served as President of Phi Epsilon Pi (now ZBT) and Chief Justice of the Interfraternity Council.

While learning the family business, Steve was approached by Jimmy Carter to serve as Deputy Campaign Director for his Presidential campaign. After the election success, he was appointed Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States under Jimmy Carter as his Chief Liason with the business community.

During the Iran Hostage crisis, Selig was again on the road raising campaign funds for Carter’s re-election. With Carter remaining in D.C., Steve used music events and concerts to raise money. This lead him to a partnership with Peter Conlon and Alex Cooley and the establishment of Concert Southern Promotions. They successfully sold the venture in 1997 to SFX.

Selig currently serves on the boards of the Woodruff Arts Center, University of Georgia Foundation, the Buckhead Coalition and the Alliance Theatre. Steve is a past participant in Leadership Atlanta and has served on the Board of Directors or Trustees for Central Atlanta Progress, Wachovia Bank of Georgia, the National Kidney Foundation, Spelman College and the Lovett School. He also serves as Honorary Consul of Denmark in Atlanta.

Both through financial support and active leadership roles, the Seligs are active in the Jewish community. Steve is a past president of The Temple and The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and the American Jewish Committee. He is also a Board Member for the Anti-Defamation League Atlanta. Steve is past National Campaign Chair for the Jewish Federations of North America and presently serves on its Executive Committee. He also holds a position on the national board as Honorary Vice President for the American Jewish Committee.

Steve’s honors are varied and wide-ranging. He received the ZBT Man of the Year Award in 2011, he also received the Visionary Award as Best In Atlanta Real Estate by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2011. Additionally, he was honored with Induction into the Real Estate Investment Advisory Council Georgia State University Hall of Distinction in 2007; Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year on National Philanthropy Day in 2006; Morehouse College Salute to Excellence Award, 1996; Entrepreneur of the Year 1995; Selig Distinguished Service Award by the American Jewish Committee in 1992, Distinguished Alumni Award by the Lovett School Alumnae Association in 1991 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1988 from the University of Georgia Business School.

In his acceptance speech for the Visionary Award Steve said: “I have been more blessed in my life than anyone has the right to expect, and it is a privilege to be able to give back to various charitable, civic, political and religious organizations in this town. I feel very fortunate to have grown up here and to have gone to the University of Georgia and to have had the privilege of working in the White House when Jimmy Carter was President. But, my greatest honor by far has been the privilege of leading the finest group of employees that anyone could ever have had the good fortune of knowing”.

But, with all his honors and distinctions, Steve’s greatest love is his family. Steve shares his family and love with his wife of 24 years, Linda. The two have five children and 14 grandchildren. Family gatherings are boisterous and often. They have family vacations together and travel together and Steve and Linda can often be found with their grandchildren at outings on the weekends. “They are the greatest achievement of my life.”