Past Speakers

  • David Peterson

    Founder & Former CEO, The North Highland Company
    Jun 20, 2013
    Dave is one of the founders and a former CEO of The North Highland Company. Prior to stepping down as Company CEO in 2005, he led North Highland for 13 years during a period of rapid growth and US office expansion. Dave has nearly 40 years of business experience primarily in supply chain…
  • Michael Adams

    Michael Adams (2013)

    President, The University of Georgia
    May 16, 2013
    Dr. Michael F. Adams was named the 21st president of the University of Georgia on June 11, 1997. He immediately focused on securing UGA’s future as one of America’s premier public research universities. Under Dr. Adams’ leadership, student quality has risen steadily and the University of Georgia has been recognized…
  • Jones Hooks

    Jones Hooks

    Executive Director, Jekyll Island Authority
    Apr 18, 2013
    C. Jones Hooks has more than 30 years of experience in managing multifaceted organizations. His background includes working extensively in the public and private sectors, on local, state, national and international levels. Originally from Metter, Georgia, Hooks’ Georgia roots run deep. After completing undergraduate work at the University of Georgia in 1975,…
  • Pat Pittard

    Pat Pittard

    Founder, PatrickPittard Advisors
    Former Chair & CEO, Heidrick & Struggles
    Mar 21, 2013
    Patrick S. “Pat” Pittard is the principal of PatrickPittard Advisors, a “C” level human capital firm. He is the retired CEO and Chairman of Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc., (HSII) the world’s premier provider of executive-level search and leadership consulting services. Pat specializes in senior level searches such as…
  • Alex Gregory

    Alex Gregory

    President & CEO, YKK Corporation
    Feb 21, 2013
    Alex Gregory began his career with YKK America Group in 1973 when he joined YKK Industries—now YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. (YKK USA)—as one of its first American employees. At the Company’s then-new Macon manufacturing operation, he held positions of increasing responsibilities—first as manager of the weaving…
  • A.D. Frazier

    A.D. Frazier

    President, Georgia Oak Partners
    Jan 17, 2013
    Mr. Frazier serves as the President of Georgia Oak Partners, spearheading the firm’s external communications as well as leading organizational diligence on prospective investments. Mr. Frazier has spent his entire 35-year professional career as an executive manager in the for-profit, not-for-profit and government sectors of the U.S. economy.…
  • Mike Wien

    Mike Wien

    Founder, Specific Edge Institute, LLC
    Nov 15, 2012
    Mike Wien is enjoying an encore career as is a professional speaker after spending over 30 years in marketing leadership roles with Frito-Lay, Pepsi, CitiBank, Omni Hotels and Deloitte. He combines his rich marketing experiences with recent lessons learned as a world ranked Ironman triahtlete to deliver programs that are filled…
  • Mark Feidler

    Mark Feidler

    Partner, MSouth Equity Partners
    Oct 18, 2012
    Feidler joined MSouth in 2007 as a Partner and Co-Founder. Prior to MSouth, Feidler amassed 15 years of M&A / transactional experience, coupled with ten years in various roles in executive-level operating positions. Feidler served as President and COO of BellSouth Corporation until its merger with AT&T in December 2006.…
  • Harold Bevis

    Harold Bevis

    Vice President, Delta Air Lines
    Sep 20, 2012
    Harold Bevis is vice president of Public Affairs for Delta Air Lines at its world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. An Atlanta native, Bevis joined the airline in 1965 as an Avionics Technician after serving four years in the United States Air Force. After transferring to the Marketing Division and being elevated…
  • Rich McKay

    Rich McKay

    President & CEO, Atlanta Falcons
    Aug 16, 2012
    Rich joined the Falcons in December 2003, and currently serves as the club’s President & CEO. He is in charge of all business operations and is leading the club’s efforts to build a new stadium as the team heads towards the expiration of its lease term at the Georgia…
  • William Pate

    William Pate

    President, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Jul 19, 2012
    As president of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB), William Pate is in charge of maintaining tourism as one of the city’s top economic drivers. The industry brought more than 37 million visitors to metro Atlanta in 2010, generating more than $11 billion in visitor spending) and sustaining more than 223,000 jobs. Prior…