James Magazine Mar Apr 2020 - Page 14



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ROY BARNES
Former Governor, Attorney
After ending his one term as
Georgia’s last Democratic governor
(1999-2003) the prominent Cobb
County attorney and one-time
state lawmaker continued trying numerous
civil and criminal cases while dabbling in politics. The affable story-teller remains a bigtime donor and is never shy with his opinions
or with offering political advice.
ED BASTIAN
CEO, Delta Air Lines
Under Bastian’s four years at the
helm of one of the world’s biggest
airlines Delta has soared, increasing
revenue and being named the number one airline in the nation for three straight
years by The Wall Street Journal. This high-prole executive will serve as the Metro Atlanta
Chamber’s chairman in 2021.
We again present our popular yearly roster of major business, political and media players from across
the state. Space is always a factor in doing such a compilation, so in addition to the bio proles are charts
of the state’s inuential public servants ranging from prominent elected office-holders and Georgia’s
public university presidents to mayors of major cities and state Appeals and Supreme Court justices.
DAVID ABNEY
DAN AMOS
Chairman & CEO, United Parcel Service
In 1974 while in college, Abney
began to work part time as a package
loader at a small UPS shipping facility. Soon he was promoted to truck
driver, then supervisor, all the way up to COO
in 2007 and nally CEO in 2014. Today the
shipping giant employs more than 400,000,
with nearly 100,000 trucks operating in over
220 countries worldwide.
Chairman & CEO, AFLAC
The son of AFLAC co-founder Paul
Amos has forged his own impressive career with the Columbusbased insurance giant, growing
revenues from $2.7 billion in 1990 to $21.7
billion in 2017. Amos is also a big booster in
the field of child cancer research, with the
company and its independent sales associates contributing more than $133 million to
this cause since 1995.
STACEY ABRAMS
Former Gubernatorial Candidate
After losing the 2018 governor’s
race to Brian Kemp, Abrams became
a Democratic Party darling for her
strong grassroots/voter registration
campaigns. Despite not entering a Georgia U.S.
Senate race this year, she remains a key political player for her role in founding the Fair
Fight PAC which funnels millions of dollars to
Democratic groups and for voter mobilization.
RUSSELL ALLEN
President & CEO, Georgia Research Alliance
Appointed president/CEO in 2018,
his previous work with the Metro
Atlanta Chamber and as CEO of
Georgia Bio made him the perfect t
to promote the state’s technology and innovation efforts through the GRA. Allen gets high
marks in leading Georgia’s only non-prot catalyst for seeding companies around research
at various universities.
G OV E R N O R
BRIAN KEMP
Athens
L I E U T E N A N T G OV E R N O R
GEOFF DUNCAN
Cumming
S E C R E TA R Y O F S TAT E
BRAD RAFFENSPERGER
Johns Creek
AT TO R N E Y G E N E R A L
CHRIS CARR Atlanta
LABOR COMMISSIONER
MARK BUTLER Carrollton
S TAT E S C H O O L S U P E R I N T E N DA N T
RICHARD WOODS Tifton
AG R I C U LT U R E C O M M I S S I O N E R
GARY BLACK Commerce
INSURANCE COMMISSIONER
JOHN KING Doraville
KERRY ARMSTRONG
Chairman, Atlanta Regional Commission
Re-election to a fourth term chairing
the 10-county ARC highlights just
one of his many business and civic
endeavors. Armstrong’s day job is in
commercial real estate, but he also chairs the
North Fulton Community Improvement District
and is a director for the Gwinnett County and
North Fulton chambers. He works with countless players in areas ranging from transportation
to infrastructure projects.
NICK AYERS
Consultant, Fmr. Vice-Presidential Chief of Staff
After leaving Washington, D.C. as
Vice President Mike Pence’s chief
of staff, the politically-savvy Ayers
returned to Georgia to restart business/political opportunities. He’s working
with a political action committee for President
Donald Trump’s re-election and is engaging
with other candidates and causes.
SARA BLAKELY
Founder, Spanx
Starting as a door-to-door fax
machine saleswoman, she went
big-time by founding the undergarment giant Spanx (now selling
shapewear now in 65 countries). A co-owner
of the Atlanta Hawks, the billionaire is heavily involved in philanthropic activities. And
Blakely’s celebrity profile has been elevated
by appearing as a guest judge on the TV
show “Shark Tank.”
ARTHUR BLANK
Owner, Atlanta Falcons
This prominent businessman, a cofounder of The Home Depot and
owner of the Atlanta Falcons and
Atlanta United sports organizations, is involved in numerous philanthropic
endeavors. The Arthur M. Blank Foundation,
for example, has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in everything from community
transformation to education and the arts in
recent years.
CHUCK BORING
Director, Judicial Qualifications Commission
The Cobb County attorney who
successfully prosecuted a high-prole hot-car death case now takes on
ethics cases against judges accused
of miscomduct. Appointed late last year,
Boring has already rejuvenated respect for this
watchdog aagency.
RAPHAEL BOSTIC
President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of
Atlanta
The rst African-American to head a
regional Fed bank, Bostic is something of a pioneer among his peers,
who are responsible for shaping the
country’s monetary policy. His background in
economics and public policy made him the perfect choice to become the 15th president and
restaurants to serve alcoholic beverages
before noon on Sundays.
STEVEN R. BRIGGS
PRESIDENT
GEOFF DUNCAN
Cumming
PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE
BUTCH MILLER
Gainesville
MAJORITY LEADER
MIKE DUGAN
Carrollton
MAJORITY CAUCUS CHAIR
JOHN KENNEDY
Macon
MAJORITY WHIP
STEVE GOOCH
Dahlonega
D E M O C R AT I C L E A D E R
STEVE HENSON
Tucker
D E M O C R AT I C C A U C U S C H A I R
GLORIA BUTLER
Atlanta
D E M O C R AT I C W H I P
HAROLD JONES
Stone Mountain
CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta,
which covers most of the Southeast.
MIKE BOWERS
Attorney, Balch & Bingham
When he was Georgia’s hard-charging attorney general (1981-1997),
Bowers gained and retains a reputation as an effective corruption
ghter. He continues to enjoy handling complex cases, and will be especially remembered
for effectively probing the Atlanta public
school cheating scandal.
PAUL BOWERS
President & CEO, Georgia Power Co.
Bowers is driving the state’s mainstay electric utility toward nishing
construction of new Plant Vogtle
nuclear power generating units
where they will load uranium fuel and begin
operations in 2021. Additionally, Bowers
announced the Georgia Power Foundation is
giving $15 million to Children’s Healthcare of
Atlanta for a hospital— a critical cornerstone in
Children’s mission of providing breakthrough
pediatric research and care for Georgia kids.
KAREN BREMER
CEO, Georgia Restaurant Association
With a lifetime of experience in
the restaurant industry, Bremer
was an easy choice in 2010 to head
the state’s influential Restaurant
Association. Today the GRA advocates for an
industry comprised of more than 18,000
restaurants with total sales exceeding $22 billion annually. One recent victory is legislative passage of the “Brunch Bill” that allows
President, Berry College
Berry, perhaps best known for having the world’s largest contiguous
college campus, has undergone quite
the transformation under Briggs’
leadership. This includes the addition of six
new varsity sports and the transition from the
NAIA to NCAA-Division III in athletics, more
than a dozen new or renovated buildings and
the creation of an innovative work-scholarship.
JULIE BROWN
President & CEO, Georgia Foreign Trade Zone
Featuring the world’s busiest airport, one of the nation’s most trafcked ports and a web-like series of
railroad tracks bringing in freight
from throughout the country, Georgia is a
heavyweight when it comes to foreign trade.
Brown and the GFTZ are executing an important mission: Helping local businesses as they
navigate the complex international economy.
KEVIN BROWN
President & CEO, Piedmont Healthcare
Brown, featured in this issue’s
“CEO Spotlight,” has overseen a
period of tremendous growth. The
healthcare system now has 11 hospitals throughout the state and, by making
access to healthcare a priority, Piedmont
Healthcare now has facilities nearby to nearly
70 percent of Georgians.
OTIS BRUMBY III
Publisher, Marietta Daily Journal
Following in the footsteps of his
father and grandfather, both highly
inuential journalists in their own
right, Brumby publishes not only the
MDJ but also the Neighbor Newspapers,
Cherokee Tribune, and the Rome News-Tribune.
His center-right editorial bent is a rarity in the
journalism world, giving his papers a unique
voice in the state.
STEPHEN CANNON
CEO, AMB Group
Formerly a success as the head of
Mercedes-Benz USA, Cannon now
presides over all of Arthur Blank’s
for-prot businesses including the
Falcons, Atlanta United, and Mountain Sky
Guest Ranch. His dening accomplishment
thus far has been the successful opening of
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which has already
hosted a Super Bowl and College Football
National Championship in its short history.
JIMMY CARTER
Former U.S. President
Can you believe the nation’s 39th
president (1977-1981), former Georgia
governor (1971-75), 2002 Nobel Peace
Prize winner and co-founder of the

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