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MICHAEL “SULLY” SULLIVAN
President & CEO, ACEC Georgia
The former attorney is taking the
American Council of Engineering
Companies of Georgia to new heights
as an advocate for over 200 engineering rms. Sullivan serves on the boards of the
Georgia Chamber, Council for Quality Growth
and Georgia Regional Transporation Authority,
among others.
ERIC TANENBLATT
Principal, Dentons
A former chief of staff to former
Gov. Sonny Perdue, and well-connected in Georgia’s political world,
Tanenblatt heads an impressive
public policy practice in the Dentons Atlanta
office. It is the world’s largest law firm with
some high-powered and effective Georgia
lobbyists.
DAVID THOMAS
President, Morehouse College
Now at the helm for two years,
Thomas is an effective Ivy League
business school administrator and
proven fundraiser. He led a capital
Agriculture & Consumer Affairs
campaign, for example, that raised more than
$130 million for Georgetown University School
of Business and is embarking on a similar campaign for Morehouse.
LEE THOMAS
Deputy Commissioner, Georgia Film, Music &
Digital Entertainment
When Thomas began her career in
1996 with the Georgia Film and
Videotape office, the state’s lm
industry was an afterthought. That
is no longer the case, and few have played a
bigger role in turning Georgia into “The
Hollywood of the South” than Thomas, a key
link between state and industry leaders.
COL. ERIC TOLER
Executive Director, Georgia Cyber Center
A retired U.S. Army colonel and former commander of NSA Georgia,
Toler is presiding over an expansion
of the $100 million Augusta-based
cyber nerve center. Collaboration between
government, academia, and private industry is
the key to the burgeoning cyber-industry, and
Toler brings a wealth of experience in facilitating those partnerships.
John Wilkinson Toccoa
Natural Resources and the Environment
Tyler Harper Ocilla
Appropriations
Jack Hill Reidsville
Public Safety
John Albers Roswell
Banking and Financial Institutions
William Ligon Brunswick
Reapportionment and Redistricting
Matt Brass Newnan
Economic Development and Tourism
Regulated Industries and Utilites
Frank Ginn Danielsville
Bill Cowsert Athens
Education and Youth
P.K. Martin Lawrenceville
Retirement
Ellis Black Valdosta
Ethics
Kay Kirkpatrick Marietta
Jeff
Rules
Mullis Chickamauga
Finance
Science and Technology
Chuck Hufstetler Rome
Renee Unterman Buford
Government Oversight
Bill Heath Bremen
Special Judiciary
Jen Jordan Smyrna
Health and Human Services
State and Local Governmental Operations
Lee Anderson Grovetown
Ben Watson Savannah
Higher Education
State Institutions and Property
Lindsey Tippins Marietta
Ed Harbison Columbus
Insurance and Labor
Burt Jones Jackson
Transportation
Interstate Cooperation
Donzella James Atlanta
Brandon Beach Alpharetta
Urban Affairs
Lester Jackson Savannah
Judiciary
Veterans, Military and Homeland Security
Jesse Stone Waynesboro
Bruce Thompson White
HUGH “TRIP” TOLLISON
President & CEO, Savannah Economic
Development Authority
With a background in politics, having served as an aide to former U.S.
Sen. Sam Nunn and former U.S.
Rep. Jack Kingston, Tollison has his
ngerprints on nearly every major economic
development initiative in the Savannah area
over the past decade.
CHRIS TOMLINSON
Executive Director, Georgia Regional
Transportation Authority
Heading up both of the state’s transit authorities and now presiding
over the newly-formed Atlantaregion Transit Link Authority (the
ATL), Tomlinson is perhaps the premier gure
in the state with regards to transportation
development. That is very much good news
for Georgians, as Tomlinson is able to link up
the distinct agencies to help develop a collaborative transit plan for the state.
WILLIAM UNDERWOOD
President, Mercer University
Mercer’s 18th president has led the
university through an unmatched
period of growth, featuring a 22%
increase in enrollment, two new
medical school campuses and a huge expansion of PhD programs and students.
Underwood has also buffed the university’s
research credentials, and more than doubled
its endowment to over $350 million in his 13
years as school president.
PAULA WALLACE
President, Savannah College of Art and Design
When Wallace helped found SCAD
in 1978, it had only seven faculty
members and 71 students. Today
the school boasts over 13,000 students and is recognized as one of the premier
art and design schools in the world with campuses not only in Savannah and Atlanta but
also Hong Kong and France. Along the way
Wallace has picked up various honors, including being named a Georgia Trustee by the
Georgia Historical Society.
J. ALVIN WILBANKS
Gwinnett County Schools Superintendent
This nationally-recognized educator
has ably headed a nationally-recognized public school system for 23
years. Particularly notable is that
the system is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Broad Prize which honors districts
making the greatest progress in raising student achievement and reducing achievement
gaps among low- and non-low income groups.
NIKEMA WILLIAMS
Chairwoman, Democratic Party
The Democratic Party’s rst black
female chair has helped turn Georgia
into a battleground state, winning a
series of 2018 state House races in
Atlanta’s suburbs and working toward more victories in 2020. The Atlanta-based state senator
helped stabilize and now grow a party that was
in ux just ve years ago, putting an emphasis
on grassroots and voter turnout operations.
Regents to oversee the state’s colleges and
universities. He’s adjusting to new Regents
named by Gov. Brian Kemp to address new
challenges and policies.
PAT WILSON
Former Atlanta Mayor, Former U.N.
Ambassador
The iconic civil rights leader began
his career marching alongside
Martin Luther King Jr., and continued it as a Georgia congressman,
ambassador to the United Nations under
President Jimmy Carter, and as a two-term
mayor of Atlanta. Unsurprisingly, with that
background he has remained a political elder
statesman dispensing advice ever since.
ANDREW YOUNG
Commissioner, Department of Economic
Development
Wilson’s Republican roots as a former staffer for Gov. Sonny Perdue
helped him work well with Gov.
Nathan Deal and now Gov. Brian
Kemp as the head of the state’s wildly successful economic development wing.
Whether attracting new industries to Georgia
or helping grow existing ones, Wilson’s leadership is a huge reason for Georgia being
named the top state in which to do business
for the past six years.
STEVE WRIGLEY
Chancellor, University System of Georgia
This chief of staff to former Gov.
Zell Miller helped oversee the creation of the state lottery and later
headed governmental relations for
the University of Georgia. In 2017 Wrigley was
tapped by the University System Board of
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
KLAUS ZELLMER
President & CEO, Porsche Cars of North
America
Porsche has seen sales soar since
moving its North American HQ to
Atlanta in 2015. Now with close to
200 retail locations in the U.S. and
imports pouring in through five ports of
entry, 2019 sales were up 7.6 percent over the
previous year— a true testament to Zellmer’s
leadership.
Georgia Institute of Technology
David Bridges
Ángel Cabrera
Albany State University
Georgia Southern University
Marion Fedrick
Kyle Marrero
Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Georgia Southwestern State University
Georj Lewis
Neal Weaver
Augusta University
Georgia State University
Brooks Keel
Mark Becker
Clayton State University
Gordon State College
Tim Hynes Jr.
Kirk Nooks
College of Coastal Georgia
Kennesaw State University
Michelle Johnston
Pamela Whitten
Columbus State University
Middle Georgia State University
Chris Markwood
Christopher Blake
Dalton State College
Savannah State University
Margaret Venable
Kimberly Ballard-Washington
East Georgia State College
South Georgia State College
Robert G. Boehmer
Ingrid Thompson-Sellers
Fort Valley State University
University of Georgia
Paul Jones
Jere Morehead
Georgia College & State University
University of North Georgia
Steve Dorman
Bonita Jacobs
Georgia Gwinnett College
University of West Georgia
Jann Joseph
Stuart Rayfield
Georgia Highlands College
Valdosta State University
Donald Green
Richard Carvajal

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