James Magazine Mar Apr 2020 - Page 16



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Atlanta-based Carter Center is now 95 years old
and still going strong? He lives in his hometown of Plains, dabbles in politics and is often
working at the Carter Center and the adjoining
Carter Library on his pet projects.
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE
PETER CARTER
2020 Chairman, Georgia Chamber
Recently installed as the Georgia’s
Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 chairman with a mission of promoting
the state’s business climate, Carter
is a major player due to his pivotal job as Delta
Air Line’s vice president and chief legal officer
since 2015.
DAVID RALSTON
SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE
JAN JONES
Businesswoman, Fundraiser
The retired Atlanta businesswoman
has been a veteran fundraiser for
Georgia Republicans over the years.
The one-time Georgia Lottery board
member is a longtime friend of former House
Speaker Newt Gingrich, remains a GOP political player and signed on as an honorary cochair of the Loeffler U.S. Senate campaign.
DAN CATHY
Chairman & CEO, Chick-fil-A
Chick-l-A is more than just a
Georgia treasure under Cathy’s
leadership. In 2019 it became the
nation’s third largest restaurant
chain by systemwide sales. The son of Chickl-A founder Truett is heavily involved in his
home state, serving on multiple boards
including the Georgia Chamber and Georgia
Aquarium as well as various philanthropies
and Christian organizations.
BOBBY CHRISTINE
U.S. Attorney, Southern District
The one-time Augusta assistant district attorney, appointed by President
Donald Trump to be U.S. attorney, in
a short time has built a solid reputation for successfully prosecuting high-prole
cases, some of which resulted in dozens of notorious criminal gang members landing in prison.
CHRIS CLARK
President & CEO, GA Chamber of Commerce
The 50,000-member GA Chamber
obviously plays a major advocacy
role in helping Georgia maintain
its place as the country’s top state
in which to do business, and Clark has been
its helmsman since 2010. A former staffer of
former Gov. Nathan Deal, Clark has declared
that promoting private enterprise growth as
opposed to big government socialism is a
chamber goal.
THOMAS CLARK
Exec. Director, Central Savannah River Alliance
After 32 years of Army service and
several years as a General Dynamics
contractor, Clark is now one of the
faces of Georgia’s rapidly growing
Milton
MAJORITY LEADER
JON BURNS
Newington
MAJORITY WHIP
TREY KELLEY
RAYNA CASEY
Blue Ridge
Cedartown
MAJORITY CAUCUS CHAIR
MATT HATCHETT
Dublin
MINORITY LEADER
ROBERT TRAMMELL
Luthersville
MINORITY WHIP
WILLIAM BODDIE
East Point
MINORITY CAUCUS CHAIR
JAMES BEVERLY
Macon
cybersecurity community and serves as an
effective liaison between the Augusta business community and Fort Gordon.
GRETCHEN CORBIN
President & CEO, Georgia Lottery Corp.
The Lottery’s winning streak has
continued under Corbin’s watch,
returning a record-breaking $1.2 billion to the state for education last
year. Prior to running the Lottery Corbin headed the Technical College System and before
that the Georgia Department of Community
Affairs, giving her a unique perspective on
education and the inner workings of the
state’s public agencies.
JIM CROY SR.
Founder & CEO, Croy Engineering
When it comes to engineering projects in Georgia and elsewhere, this
captain of industry has done it all.
He presides over a full-service
Marietta-based rm with offices across the
southeast and big clients ranging from
Kennesaw State University to various cities.
Croy in recent years has also become the engineer of record for 19 airports.
NATHAN DEAL
Former Governor
The former prosecutor, state senator, U.S. congressman and two
term GOP governor (2011-2019)
from Gainesville left the governor’s
mansion with a proud legacy. It is highlighted
by major policy initiatives ranging from
spurring economic development to fostering
criminal justice reform. He now enjoys teaching and consulting.
GREG DOZIER
MARTIN FLANAGAN
Commissioner, Technical College System of
Georgia
This longtime ally of Gov. Brian
Kemp formerly served as the state’s
chief nancial officer. Brought in to
foster more cohesion between the
system’s office and its 22 colleges, one of
Dozier’s biggest focuses has been on the
state’s successful dual enrollment program.
President & CEO, Invesco
Flanagan has enjoyed a wildly successful tenure at Invesco, helping
grow the company’s assets from
$386 billion when he became president in 2005 to $937 billion as of December
2017. While his company is very much international, with offices in more than 20 countries, Flanagan remains involved here at
home, serving as the 2020 chair of the Metro
Atlanta Chamber.
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BUDDY CARTER
TIM FLEMING
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SANFORD BISHOP
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DREW FERGUSON West Point
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HANK JOHNSON
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JOHN LEWIS
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LUCY McBATH
Marietta
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ROB WOODALL
Lawrenceville
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AUSTIN SCOTT
Augusta
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DOUG COLLINS
Gainesville
DARREN EALES
President, Atlanta United FC
Under Eales’ short time as the brains
behind Atlanta United the team
received a cavalcade of awards, trophies, and titles. The Englishman
has brought futbol fever to a traditional football town, with the team now ranking in the
top 10 worldwide in average attendance and
showing no signs of slowing down.
JAKE EVANS
Chair, Government Transparency & Campaign
Finance Commission
The Holland & Knight attorney
chairs the state panel formerly
known as the ethics commission
and he and fellow panelists have
turned it around in a year’s time from a virtually do-nothing status. Evans also chairs
the Georgia chapter of the Republican
National Lawyers Association.
TOM FANNING
Chairman, President & CEO, Southern Company
With a growing renewables portfolio, diversied energy resources and
the combination of 9 million electric
and gas customers, Fanning’s leadership has transformed Southern to the clean,
green, innovative Fortune 500 company that it
is today. He’s also the nation’s foremost CEO
authority on cybersecurity, and the only civilian appointed to the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium
Commission, which reviews cyber threats and
gives guidance defending against them.
Chief of Staff to Gov. Brian Kemp
The longtime Kemp aide oversaw
the now-governor’s first statewide
campaign for secretary of state in
2010. He followed that up with a
brilliant turn as campaign manager in
Kemp’s 2018 election win, and now serves as
one of the Gold Dome’s key players as
Kemp’s chief of staff.
TODD GROCE
President & CEO, Georgia Historical Society
The Georgia Historical Society has
undergone tremendous growth
during Groce’s tenure, with its
endowment jumping from just $1
million to more than $15 million and membership nearly quadrupling. That success has
helped the organization cement its place as
the preeminent source for Georgia history,
and Groce’s as one of the nation’s preeminent history executives.
LAUREN GROH-WARGO
CEO, Fair Fight Action
A savvy Democrat political strategist/organizer who was Stacey
Abrams’ 2018 gubernatorial campaign manager, Groh-Wargo got
her start as a liberal/labor campaign organizer
in various states before moving to Georgia.
The Abrams ally, through Fair Fight Action,
has a prime focus on election reform. Fair
Fight PAC is Abrams’ political action committee and donated $1 million in 2019 to— you
guessed it— Fair Fight Action.
JEFF HAIDET
DISTRICT 1
JASON SHAW
Lakeland
DISTRICT 2
TIM ECHOLS
Bogart
DISTRICT 3
CHUCK EATON
Atlanta
DISTRICT 4
LAUREN McDONALD
Clarkesville
DISTRICT 5
TRICIA PRIDEMORE
Marietta
Co-U.S. CEO, Dentons
As the U.S. co-chair of the world’s
largest law rm, this well-connected attorney stays busy from coast to
coast. Beyond acting as legal counsel to some of the rm’s most high-prole
clients, he serves on various boards including
the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia and
the Atlanta Commerce Club.
JOHN HALL
Chairman, Hall Booth Smith
As we’ve noted in the past, rm
founder Hall is one of the nation’s
top trial attorneys for insurance
defense and corporate litigation
matters and is requested by major insurance
of Georgia’s cities. In addition to his many
other responsibilities, Hanson— a former
Valdosta city manager— is overseeing the construction of the brand-new GMA headquarters
which broke ground in January.
S E N I O R S E N ATO R
Sea Island
DAVID PERDUE
J U N I O R S E N ATO R
Atlanta
KELLY LOEFFLER
Pooler
Albany
Lithonia
Atlanta
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JODY HICE
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BARRY LOUDERMILK
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RICK ALLEN
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DAVID SCOTT
Atlanta
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TOM GRAVES
Ranger
Monroe
Cassville
Augusta
rms and corporations to try cases. The HBS
rm is one of the fastest growing in the southeast— and spans from Florida to New York.
DANIEL HALPERN
CEO & Co-Founder, Jackmont Hospitality
The Atlanta food service management maven is a Democratic Party
heavy hitter and big-time donor
who served on President Barack
Obama’s national finance committee in
2008 and 2012 and was a campaign co-chair
for former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. He is
also a one-time chairman of the Georgia
Restaurant Assocation.
ANN HANLON
Executive Director, Perimeter Center CIDs
The Perimeter CIDs, whose turf
includes some of the fastest growing
commercial districts in the city,
enjoys continued success with
Hanlon at the helm. Eminently connected, she
serves on the boards of the Georgia Regional
Transportation Authority and the Sandy Springs
Chamber, and is devoting time and energy to
the Women’s Transportation Seminar.
LARRY HANSON
Executive Director, GA Municipal Association
The GMA, one of the state’s most
prominent advocacy groups, offers
legislative advice, training, and
other consulting services to all 538
VANESSA HARRISON
President, AT&T Georgia
Starting as a telephone operator in
1979, Harrison soon worked her way
into management and became president in late 2018. Well-connected
in national business circles, she has also
become involved in community, charitable,
and education activities.
JOHN HAUPERT
President & CEO, Grady Health System
Haupert has brought something of
a political background to Grady,
having served as a delegate to the
American Hospital Association as
well as a director of the PAC for the Texas
Hospital Association. Those skills serve him
well as the head of the state’s largest hospital,
which as Atlanta’s public hospital is intrinsically tied to local politics.
JOHN HEAGY III
Chairman, Perimeter CID
Helping guide one of the state’s
busiest and most prominent CIDs,
Heagy has been a busy man in recent
years pushing infrastructure projects
including an overhaul of the I-285 at GA 400
interchange. He also serves on the board for
such groups as the Metro Atlanta Chamber of
Commerce and the Atlanta Commercial Board
of Realtors.
DOUG HOOKER
Executive Director, Atlanta Regional Commission
Decades of experience in both the
public and private sectors have led
Hooker to the head of the ARC,
which coordinates policy and planning for the 10-county Atlanta metro. He is
also heavily involved in the Atlanta community, serving on boards at Georgia Tech, the
Council for Quality Growth, and the Atlanta
Symphony Orchestra.
HILTON HOWELL
President & CEO, Gray Television
Atlanta-based Gray Television owns
and operates television stations in a
whopping 93 markets, covering nearly 25 percent of American households. With that kind of coverage Howell clearly wields considerable clout, and he also serves
on numerous high-prole Georgia boards.
JOHNNY ISAKSON
Former U.S. Senator
This popular public servant, who
retired from the Senate on Dec. 31,
entered politics while building a successful Atlanta real estate career. He
served in the state legislature for 17 years, then

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