Past Speakers

  • Photo of Dan Cathy

    Dan T. Cathy

    Mar 4, 2011
    As president of one of the nation’s largest family-owned businesses, Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy represents the next generation of leadership for the quick-service chicken restaurant chain founded by his father, S. Truett Cathy. Eager to incorporate his own skills and talents into the business, Dan has taken an unconventional,…
  • Elisha Finney

    Elisha Finney

    Oct 8, 2010
    Elisha Finney (BBA ’83) was named vice president for finance and chief financial officer of Varian Medical Systems in 1999. Today, she is responsible for directing corporate accounting, corporate communications and investor relations, internal audit, regulatory affairs, risk management, tax and treasury, business development, and corporate information systems. Varian Medical, of Palo…
  • Craig Barrs

    W. Craig Barrs

    Sep 24, 2010
    Craig Barrs (BBA ’80) has served as Georgia Power’s executive vice president of external affairs since January 2009. He is responsible for leading and directing the policies and activities of Community and Economic Development, Land, Diversity, Corporate Communication, and Governmental and Regulatory Affairs. Barrs joined Georgia Power in 1981 and has held…
  • Jim Reese

    Jim Reese

    Apr 2, 2010
    Jim Reese is the president and CEO of Atlanta Union Mission, a nonprofit Christian ministry that provides emergency shelter, meals and recovery programs. In the private sector, Reese previously served as president and chief operating officer of CCCi, an Atlanta-based IT staffing company. Prior to CCCi, he was the CEO…
  • Al Koch

    Al Koch

    Feb 25, 2010
    Al Koch is a vice chairman and managing director with AlixPartners, which provides comprehensive business advisory services to improve corporate performance and execute corporate turnarounds. As one of the firm's senior directors, Koch has led a wide range of significant turnaround and restructuring engagements. Koch is presently the CEO of…