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SUSAN PARR
President & CEO, Augusta Metro Chamber of
Commerce
As head of the Central Savannah
River Area’s largest advocacy group,
Parr is the voice for more than 1,200
businesses across the sprawling 13county region. Between Augusta’s rapid commercial growth, the burgeoning cybersecurity
industry and recurring issues such as the New
Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, there is never a
dull moment.
FRANK PATTERSON
President, Pinewood Atlanta Studios
Fayetteville’s Pinewood Studios are
already the nation’s third largest lm
production facility, but Patterson
isn’t done yet. His latest venture has
been to invest millions into production companies, with the goal to eventually have movies
not just lmed, but also produced, in Georgia.
CHARLES PEELER
U.S. Attorney, Middle District
The Albany lawyer, who cut his
judicial teeth with the King &
Spalding rm, was tapped by
President Donald Trump in 2017 to
be the district’s federal prosecutor. With violent crime rates in three of his district’s largest
cities— Albany, Columbus and Macon—
greater than the national average, he and his
team have their hands full with prosecutions
(especially with gangs).
SONNY PERDUE
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
The former two-term Georgia governor (2003-2011) now serves as one of
President Donald Trump’s most
trusted cabinet members. While he’s
busy helping America’s farmers in Washington
he still carries considerable sway in his home
state, where the “Perdue political machine” rolls
along with his rst cousin, Sen. David Perdue.
EGBERT PERRY
Chairman & CEO, The Integral Group
In the 27 years since he started
Integral, Perry has become one of
Atlanta’s best-known real estate
executives. His expertise was called
upon by the government as he helped pull
Fannie Mae out of the Great Recession, and
now more than a decade later business is
booming, including a massive project at the
former General Motors plant site in Doraville.
TYLER PERRY
Actor, Producer
In the early 1990’s Perry poured his
life savings into a production of his
play I Know I’ve Been Changed. It was
a failure. Nearly a decade of rewrites
and persistence and it became an underground,
and then an aboveground, hit. It sparked a television and lm career that by 2011 would make
Perry the highest paid man in entertainment.
Among his vast media empire today is Tyler
DISTRICT 1
DON WATERS
DISTRICT 2
BÁRBARA RIVERA HOLMES
DISTRICT 3
THOMAS HOPKINS JR.
DISTRICT 4
RACHEL LITTLE
DISTRICT 5
SARAH-ELIZABETH
LANGFORD REED
DISTRICT 6
KESSEL STELLING JR.
DISTRICT 7
JOSE PEREZ
DISTRICT 8
ALLEN GUDENRATH
DISTRICT 9
PHILIP WILHEIT
DISTRICT 10
HAROLD REYNOLDS
DISTRICT 11
NEIL PRUITT JR.
DISTRICT 12
EVERETT KENNEDY
DISTRICT 13
SACHIN SHAILENDRA C H A I R
DISTRICT 14
LOWERY MAY
AT- L A R G E
ERIN HAMES
AT- L A R G E
SAMUEL D. HOLMES
AT- L A R G E
JAMES HULL
VICE CHAIR
AT- L A R G E
CADE JOINER
AT- L A R G E
DALLAS SMITH
and European divisions. Since becoming CEO
in 2017, Quincey has increased revenue
growth and pledged to increase recycling as
well as to continue the company’s evolution as
a “total beverage company.”
ROBERT REDFIELD
Director, Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention
With more than 30 years of experience as a virologist and one of the
country’s foremost experts on HIV
and AIDS, Redeld was a popular
choice as President Trump’s nominee to
become the CDC’s 18th director in 2018. With
a military background as a member of the U.S.
Army Medical Corps., Redeld’s leadership is
crucial at a time when concerns over the
spread of infectious diseases are more prevalent than ever,
RALPH REED
Chairman, Faith & Freedom Coalition
A former Georgia Republican Party
chairman, Reed has built the FFC
into an important part of the state
GOP coalition highlighted by its
impressive vote-turnout machine. The traditional, religious-oriented FFC is also a vital
GOP player at the national level because it
turns out countless conservative Christian
and Jewish voters for the 2020 Trump re-election campaign.
VIC REYNOLDS
Director, Georgia Bureau of Investigation
The former Cobb County district
attorney was an early ally of nowGov. Brian Kemp, where the pair
bonded over a common cause of
cracking down on growing criminal gang violence. That relationship helped make Reynolds
the governor’s choice to become the state’s
top lawmen in 2018, where he continues in
that mission.
KEVIN RILEY
Perry Studios located at the old Fort. McPherson,
one of the nation’s largest lm studios.
FRANK POE
Executive Director, GA World Congress Center
With more than four decades of
experience in the convention,
sports, and events industry, Poe has
overseen the growth of Atlanta’s
GWCCA since 2010. His latest accomplishment? Opening the new Exhibit Hall BC project, a 100,000-square-foot expansion creating
more than 1 million square feet of contiguous
exhibition space that is expected to produce
an estimated economic impact of more than
$600 million.
JAMES QUINCEY
Chairman & CEO, Coca-Cola Co.
The England native brings international experience to Atlanta’s most
iconic brand, having previously
overseen the company’s Mexican
Editor, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
This editor and his subordinates are
shameless in slanting numerous
news articles and headlines in a
political left-of-center direction.
(Anti-President Trump stories all too often
dominate the pages.) They also control what is
omitted. But the newsroom also has staff writers with good sources who often perform
needed watchdog research and reporting on
Georgia politicians and public institutions.
DAVID RUBINGER
President & CEO, Atlanta Braves
The Braves baseball team has been
winning on the eld in recent years,
but for Schiller the greater success
has come off the diamond. The
Battery Atlanta, which he helped engineer, has
become the crown jewel of Cobb County’s burgeoning economy. It anchors one of the
fastest developing stretches of metro Atlanta.
CANDICE SAUNDERS
Vice President & General Manager, Fox5
Atlanta/WAGA-TV
Schneider continues to maintain
Fox5 Atlanta as an Atlanta media
power to be reckoned with due to
expanded news coverage, I-team
investigative scoops and solid ratings. News
director Scott Stucky and managing editor Cal
Callaway manage a crack team whose specialty
is local news and features.
President & CEO, WellStar
A former critical care nurse,
Saunders has overseen a period of
rapid growth and expansion at
WellStar unrivaled in Georgia’s
healthcare industry. She serves on the board
of the Georgia Hospital Association and was
recently named Healthcare Champion by The
National Association for Female Executives.
President & CEO, Georgia Hospital Association
The veteran lobbyist, a member of
the James Magazine Georgia Lobbyist
Hall of Fame, doesn’t shy from controversy and continues to advocate
for many Georgia hospitals both at the General
Assembly and in Washington D.C.
BILL SCHNEIDER
JOHN SELDEN
CHIEF JUDGE
STEPHEN LOUIS DILLARD
PRESIDING JUDGE
ANNE ELIZABETH BARNES
PRESIDING JUDGE
YVETTE MILLER
PRESIDING JUDGE
CHRISTOPHER MCFADDEN
PRESIDING JUDGE
SARA DOYLE
VICE CHIEF
CARLA WONG MCMILLIAN
JUDGE
BRIAN RICKMAN
JUDGE
AMANDA MERCIER
JUDGE
CLYDE REESE
JUDGE
TRENTON BROWN
JUDGE
ELIZABETH GOBEIL
JUDGE
EARL ROGERS
DEREK SCHILLER
Publisher, Atlanta Business Chronicle
Rubinger successfully presides over
one of the largest business journals
in the country. As we’ve noted in
the past, the ABC’s inuence and
circulation clout rivals that of Atlanta’s daily
newspaper— in no small measure because his
veteran editor David Allison has a nose for
news and a great reporter team that often
scoop other Georgia media outlets.
CHRISTIAN COOMER
JUDGE
TODD MARKLE
JUDGE
KEN HODGES
SENIOR JUDGE
HERBERT PHIPPS
General Manager, Hartsfield-Jackson
International Airport
Selden stepped into a sticky situation on becoming GM in 2018. A
federal corruption probe was sending some vendors and city hall officials to jail, with airport contracting a major
focus. An expanded federal investigation and
an FAA probe continue. So the former military
pilot is trying to clean up Hartseld-Jackson’s
image, helping get the state’s single largest
economic asset back on track.
since her 2016 arrival. A major expansion project promises to add an additional 100,000
square feet of exhibit hall space to the riverfront facility, which will allow it to bring more
trade shows, meetings and conventions to the
Hostess City.
JEFF SPRECHER
CEO, Intercontinental Exchange
With a background in the electric
industry, Sprecher’s prole exploded
when ICE purchased the New York
Stock Exchange in 2013. A prolic
civic and philanthropic leader, he served in
2017 as the Metro Atlanta Chamber board chairman and is active with the Buckhead Coalition
and the Atlanta Committee for Progress. He is
also naturally proud of his wife, newly appointed U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, as she runs for reelection this year.
KESSEL STELLING
Chairman & CEO, Synovus
Even if you ignored the fact that
Stelling heads up one of the state’s
largest banks with more than $32
billion in assets, he remains one of
the most influential individuals in the state.
A longtime member of the powerful Board of
Regents of the University System of Georgia,
he also serves on the boards of Georgia
Power, the Georgia Chamber and the Georgia
Historical Society.
DAVID SHAFER
Executive Director, Georgia Republican Party
The former state Senate president
pro tempore effectively runs dayto-day party operations. The party
recorded a clean sweep of statewide
races in 2018 but 2020 promises to be a more
difficult. Nevertheless, Shafer (working with
the Trump re-election campaign and the
Republican National Committee) feels condent with development of grassroots operations and a voter targeting emphasis.
CHIEF JUSTICE
HAROLD MELTON
PRESIDING JUSTICE
DAVID NAHMIAS
PRESIDING JUDGE
VACANT
JUSTICE
ALANA SHEPHERD
Chair, Shepherd Center
The world-renowned rehabilitation
hospital in Atlanta continues to
grow due to the able guidance and
vision of founder Alana Shepherd.
As part of improving its standard of care for
people with acquired brain injury, the center
has launched new research to identify more
effective ways to help family members cope
with the challenges of care once they transition back to their home environment.
KEITH BLACKWELL
JUSTICE
MICHAEL BOGGS
JUSTICE
NELS PETERSON
JUSTICE
SARAH WARREN
JUSTICE
SHERRIE SPINKS
General Manager, Savannah Convention Center
Spinks brought a wealth of expertise from her previous gig at the
Georgia World Congress Center,
and it has paid major dividends
CHARLES BETHEL
JUSTICE
JOHN ELLINGTON

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