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1. James/InsiderAdvantage CEO and Publisher Phil Kent presents Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, with the magazine’s
2018 “Georgian of the Year” award. 2. Kent presents state House Minority Leader Bob Trammell, D-Luthersville, a 2018 “Lawmaker of the
year” award. 3. Kent honors state Sen. (and Appropriations Committee chairman) Jack Hill, R-Reidsville, with his award. 4. Kent salutes state
Senate President Pro Tem Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, with his lawmaker award.
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JAMES
JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019
n November 19th Atlanta’s Commerce Club was the
venue for the annual James/InsiderAdvantage “2018
Influential Georgians” reception sponsored by the
Atlanta law firm Hall Booth Smith. Over 100 attendees—
ranging from various state and local elected officials to
prominent business, judicial and political leaders— were
welcomed by James/InsiderAdvantage CEO and Publisher
Phil Kent and Hall Booth Smith Chairman John Hall.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and former Georgia Gov.
Sonny Perdue joined Kent in presenting the “2018 Influential
Georgian Award” to Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s
chief of staff. A special congratulatory video was also shown
from the vice president, who said “Georgia is always on the
mind” of his chief of staff.
Ayers, born in Cobb County and a graduate of South
Cobb High School who later earned his B.A. in political science from Kennesaw State University, was just 19 years old
when hired by the Perdue for Governor campaign on
Halloween 2001. He emerged to later oversee then-Gov.
Perdue’s 2006 re-election campaign. After that he served as a
highly-successful executive director of the Republican
Governors Association. In July 2017 he became the vice president’s chief of staff. He and his wife Jamie have three children and maintain a home in the Buckhead section of Atlanta
and their farm in middle Georgia.
Also honored with James/InsiderAdvantage awards are
three “2018 Lawmakers of the Year.” The recipients were state
Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, the Senate president pro
tempore who is a key policy-maker; state Sen. Jack Hill, RReidsville, a skilled, veteran lawmaker who chairs the important Appropriations Committee; and state Rep. Bob
Trammell, D-Luthersville, a formidable attorney who is the
House of Representatives minority leader.
Attendees included prominent Peach State businesspeople,
various judges and lawyers, Republican and Democrat activists,
high-powered lobbyists of government affairs firms, a bipartisan group of state legislators, a college president, former
Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell and U.S. congressional staffers.
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