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as a U.S. House member and then as a U.S. senator. He’s enjoying a “senior statesman” status
in political and business circles and now cochairs the Georgia Innovates Task Force.
MARTY KEMP
First Lady of Georgia
Georgia’s First Lady has dived headrst into her role by energetically
helping promote “Georgia Grown”
food products and encouraging animal adoption. Perhaps her biggest contribution is her advocacy for ghting human trafcking by serving as co-chair of the GRACE
Commission, the organization at the forefront
of combating this issue in Georgia.
JIM COX KENNEDY
Chairman, Cox Enterprises
Georgia’s richest man is the face of
the Cox media empire, which
includes newspapers, television and
radio stations and automotive services companies nationwide. He is almost as well
known for his philanthropic endeavors, which
include millions of dollars raised for wildlife
conservation, prostate cancer research and
local projects including the Atlanta BeltLine.
BERNICE KING
CEO, Martin Luther King Center
The youngest daughter of Atlanta’s
legendary late civil rights leader
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., she has
followed in her father’s footsteps
both as a minister and a voice for social justice. In overseeing the Center, King enjoys an
inuential bully pulpit and is not shy about
speaking out on issues especially relevant to
black Americans.
JACK KINGSTON
Former U.S. Representative
The former Republican congressman
(1993-2015) from Savannah, who for
a brief time after leaving office was a
CNN TV pundit, now works with the
Squire Patton Boggs rm helping clients in
Georgia and around the world address issues in
legislatures and regulatory agencies.
Pendleton Group business consultancy. Lesser
has served on dozens of boards including as
chairman of Georgia Public Broadcasting.
GRIFF LYNCH
Executive Director, Georgia Ports Authority
Record-breaking shipping totals
have become the norm under
Lynch’s leadership, and with plans to
double the Port of Savannah’s capacity over the next decade don’t expect things to
slow down any time soon. Also on the docket—
the Mason Mega Rail facility, expanding truck
access, and adding millions of square feet of
industrial space around the bustling port.
STEVE KOONIN
BERNIE MARCUS
CEO, Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks have performed a neartotal overhaul since Koonin took
over in 2014, undergoing a team
rebranding and completely renovating then-Phillips-now-State Farm Arena. The
entertainment and marketing veteran also
directed the construction of a new state-ofthe-art training facility in Brookhaven and
development of the College Park Skyhawks.
Co-Founder, Home Depot
Marcus has kept a high prole since
retiring from the Home Depot in
2002. He was the primary funder
behind the Georgia Aquarium, and
has donated millions more to causes including
care for veterans, the Salvation Army, and
pro-Israel charities. A staunch Republican,
Marcus last year pledged to support President
Donald Trump in his 2020 re-election bid.
CRAIG LESSER
JAY MARKWALTER
Managing Partner, The Pendleton Group
A successful tenure as Georgia’s
Commissioner of Economic Development set Lesser up for a series of
high prole private and public sector positions before helping to found The
Executive Director, Georgia Assn. of
Convention & Visitors Bureaus
The former sales director for the
Augusta Convention and Visitors
Bureau helped engineer the GACVB’s
relocation to Augusta, where it serves
Agriculture & Consumer Affairs
Higher Education
Tom McCall Elberton
Chuck Martin Alpharetta
Natural Resources & Environment
Lynn Smith Newnan
Appropriations
Human Relations & Aging
Public Safety & Homeland Security
Terry England Auburn
Jesse Petrea Savannah
Bill Hitchens Rincon
Banks & Banking
Industry & Labor
Regulated Industries
Greg Morris Vidalia
Bill Werkheiser Glennville
Alan Powell Hartwell
Budget & Fiscal Affairs Oversight
Information and Audits
Retirement
Lee Hawkins Gainesville
Don Hogan St. Simons
Tommy Benton Jefferson
Code Revision
Insurance
Rules
Timothy Barr Lawrenceville
Eddie Lumsden Armuchee
Richard Smith Columbus
Defense & Veteran's Affairs
Interstate Cooperation
Science & Technology
Heath Clark Warner Robins
Steve Tarvin Chickamauga
Ed Setzler Acworth
Economic Development & Tourism
Intragovernmental Coordination
Small Business Development
Ron Stephens Savannah
Jan Tankersley Brooklet
Wes Cantrell Woodstock
Education
Judiciary
Special Committee on Access to Quality Healthcare
Mark Newton Augusta
Rick Jasperse Jasper
Barry Fleming Harlem
Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications
Judiciary Non-Civil
Special Rules
Don Parsons Marietta
Chuck Efstration Dacula
Dave Belton Buckhead
Ethics
Juvenile Justice
State Planning & Community Affairs
Randy Nix LaGrange
Mandi Ballinger Canton
Jimmy Pruett Eastman
Game, Fish, & Parks
Legislative & Congressional
Reapportionment
Gerald Greene
Trey Rhodes Greensboro
Governmental Affairs
Shaw Blackmon Bonaire
State Properties
Cuthbert
Bonnie Rich Suwanee
Transportation
MARTOC
Kevin Tanner Dawsonville
Health & Human Services
Deborah Silcox Sandy Springs
Ways & Means
Sharon Cooper Marietta
Motor Vehicles
Brett Harrell Snellville
John Corbett Lake Park
as a unied voice for the state’s booming
tourism industry. The UGA alumnus serves on
the board of the Georgia Tourism Foundation,
and has nearly two decades experience in
tourism-based economic development.
SHARON MASON
President & CEO, Cobb Chamber of Commerce
One of Mason’s main tasks in 2019
was overseeing relocation to a new
headquarters across from The
Battery and Truist Park. Although
deeply involved with economic development,
her Chamber offers outstanding services ranging from education programs to business networking— no doubt why the U.S. Chamber
honored Cobb last year as one of the top
chambers nationwide.
SAM MASSELL
President, The Buckhead Coalition
As Atlanta’s mayor (1970-74)
Massell is credited with establishing the MARTA transit system and
the Omni Coliseum, the city’s rst
enclosed arena. Following that he became the
unofficial “mayor” of Buckhead, heading up
the inuential Buckhead Coalition and guiding the wealthy business district through a
stretch of unparalleled growth. He recently
announced that he’ll retire at the end of the
year to spend more well-deserved time with
his wife and family.
WILLIAM S. MORRIS IV
AT L A N TA
KEISHA LANCE BOTTOMS
A U G U S TA
HARDIE DAVIS
COLUMBUS
SKIP HENDERSON
B R O O K H AV E N
JOHN ERNST
AT H E N S
KELLY GIRTZ
S A N DY S P R I N G S
RUSTY PAUL
M AC O N
ROBERT REICHERT
JOHNS CREEK
MIKE BODKER
ALBANY
BO DOROUGH
A L P H A R E T TA
JIM GILVIN
SMYRNA
DEREK NORTON
S AVA N N A H
VAN JOHNSON
RICH McKAY
President & CEO, Atlanta Falcons
McKay brings decades of NFL front
office experience to the table, making him one of the league’s most
respected executives. Beyond his
success on the eld, where the Falcons have
seen their best sustained run in franchise history, he helped lead the process of constructing
Mercedes-Benz Stadium and is chairman of the
NFL’s inuential Competition Committee.
RUSSELL McMURRY
Commissioner, Georgia Department of
Transportation
His effective handling of the infamous I-85 bridge re in 2017 garnered McMurry national recognition, but here in Georgia he is
known for his steadying inuence over an
agency responsible for the nation’s 10th
largest transportation system. McMurry lends
his expertise to an array of boards and commissions, including MARTA and SRTA.
President & CEO, Morris Communications
Will Morris, an accomplished media
executive in his own right, is headquartered in Augusta and runs a
company with diversied holdings
that include everything from magazine publishing to online services. Like his father Billy,
Will is also a respected, inuential hometown
booster.
SUZANNE NADELL
News Director, WSB-TV
Formerly an executive producer at
WSB before moving up the ladder at
other Cox-owned stations around
the country, Nadell is back in
Atlanta running the news team and, under the
aegis of general manager Ray Carter, the station continues to boast strong ratings.
DINK NeSMITH
President & Co-Owner, Community Newspapers
This veteran journalist started out
selling The Jesup Sentinel for a
dime as a boy. He now oversees
the Athens-based Community
Newspapers, which publishes over two
dozen papers across the southeast. His
impressive civic resume includes past positions as chairman of the University System
Board of Regents and president of the
Georgia Press Association.
TERRY NORRIS
HALA MODDELMOG
CEO, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
The rst female head of the nearly
160-year-old organization recently
announced she will step down from
her role as Chamber head once a
successor is found. Her tenure has been nothing short of a smashing success as Atlanta’s
business community has boomed, working
closely with city and state political leaders alike
to both attract new and grow old industries.
FELICIA MOORE
President, Atlanta City Council
First elected to the Atlanta City
Council in a 2017, and an often-lonely
voice critical of the city hall corruption and lack of transparency under
former Mayor Kasim Reed, she is now the
Council president and a leading voice for more
reform after Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’
assumed office.
CRAIG MENEAR
WILLIAM S. “BILLY” MORRIS III
President & CEO, The Home Depot
Twenty years after joining the home
improvement giant, Menear ascended to the top of the corporate ladder
and oversees the company’s nearly
2,300 stores across North America. Active in
the community, he serves as a board member
of the Retail Industry Leaders Association and
the Atlanta Committee for Progress. He’s also a
major Salvation Army benefactor.
Chairman, Morris Communications Co.
It was three years ago when the
Morris family sold its Georgia and
other newspapers to the parent company of New York-based Gatehouse
Media. However, Billy Morris remains publisher
of his beloved hometown Augusta Chronicle. A
generous philanthropist, he remains a driving
civic and business force in promoting and revitalizing Augusta.
Executive Director, Georgia Sheriffs’ Association
As the chief advocate for all 159 of
the state’s elected sheriffs and their
deputies, Norris is one of the
strongest law enforcement voices
under the Gold Dome. He has been in the thick
of recent legislation including criminal justice
reform and raising deputy pay. Norris also
helps oversee the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth
Homes, which provide housing and care for
abused and abandoned children.
BYUNG (BJAY) PAK
U.S. Attorney, Northern District
A former state legislator, Pak continues to convict and send to jail
corrupt city hall officials and vendors who operated during former
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s tenure. His
expanded probe—now in its third year—
promises to snare even more. He is also a driving force with tough prosecutions involving
human, sex and drug trafficking.
JEFFREY PARKER
CEO & General Manager, MARTA
With more than 30 years of experience in the transit industry, Parker
was a perfect t for MARTA as it
enters a crucial phase of expansion
heading into the 2020’s. With stints on the
boards of organizations including the Georgia
Chamber and the Georgia Transportation
Alliance, he has the connections to turn
MARTA’s lofty goals into reality.

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