2019- Larry Gellerstedt III

In January 2019, Larry Gellerstedt became Executive Chairman of Cousins with a focus on strategy, key client relationships, board governance and civic engagement. In July 2017, Larry was named Chairman of the Board and CEO of Cousins Properties. From June 2009 to July 2017, Larry served as the Company’s President and CEO, and prior to […]

2018- Paul Bowers

Bowers was named chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power in 2011. Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation’s leading energy providers, and serves 2.5 million customers across the state of Georgia. Being “A Citizen Wherever We Serve” is a core value shared by all 7,000 Georgia Power […]

2017- Governor Nathan Deal

Since taking office in 2011, Governor Nathan Deal has led Georgia to become the No. 1 state in the nation for business for four years in a row – a first in Georgia history – and helped create more than 575,000 private sector jobs. In the last six years, Georgia’s job growth has outpaced the […]

2016–Jenny Pruitt

Jenny Pruitt, a third-generation Atlantan, is revered as a nationally respected real estate visionary and community advocate and philanthropist. She has played an integral role in the growth and development of Metro Atlanta over the last four decades. With a strong business acumen, Jenny began her real estate career in 1968 before establishing Jenny Pruitt […]

2015—Dan T. Cathy

As CEO of one of the nation’s largest family owned businesses, Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy represents the next generation of leadership for the Atlanta-based fast-food chicken restaurant chain founded by his father, S. Truett Cathy. Dan has served as the president and chief operating officer of the nearly 1,900 unit chain since 2001, committed to upholding […]

2014—Steve Selig

Steve 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 […]

2013—John Portman

John C. Portman, Jr. is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Portman Holdings, the real estate development firm, John Portman & Associates, the architectural and engineering firm, and AmericasMart®, the world’s largest trade mart. Mr. Portman began his career with a two-man architectural practice and transformed it into an international organization of companies […]

2012—Sam Massell

Sam Massell, a life-long resident of Atlanta, has had successful careers in real estate brokerage, elected office, the field of tourism and association management. He spent twenty years as a realtor, becoming Vice President of Allan-Grayson Realty Company, then one of the city’s largest commercial brokerage firms. During that time, he was elected a charter […]

2011—R. Charles Loudermilk, Sr.

R. Charles Loudermilk, Sr. serves as Chairman of the Board for Atlanta-based Aaron’s, Inc, a lease-to-own retailer specializing in the sales and lease ownership of residential furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories. Loudermilk and a partner founded the company in 1955 after borrowing $500 to purchase folding chairs and renting them for 10 cents […]