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 […]

2010—Arthur M. Blank

Arthur M. Blank is Owner & CEO of the Atlanta Falcons. Since acquiring the franchise in February 2002, he has made significant changes that have created renewed excitement for Falcons fans across the region. During Blank’s first year as owner, the Falcons generated a 100 percent increase in season ticket sales – the highest single-year […]

2009—Mayor Shirley Franklin

In 2001 the people of Atlanta elected Shirley Franklin, a first time candidate for public office, to serve as the 58th Mayor of the City of Atlanta. She became the first female mayor of Atlanta and the first African American woman to serve as mayor of a major southern city. Since her inauguration in 2002, […]