Past Speakers

  • 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…
  • Joe Rogers

    Joe Rogers

    Chairman & Former CEO, Waffle House
    Jun 21, 2012
    Joe W. Rogers Jr. is chief executive officer of Waffle House Inc., the fast food chain with a focus on customer service that is known for being open 24 hours, 365 days a year. Born in Jackson Tenn., Rogers grew up in Atlanta, graduating from Avondale High School in 1964. He earned his…
  • Margaret DeFrancisco

    Margaret DeFrancisco

    President & CEO, Georgia Lottery Corporation
    May 17, 2012
    Margaret Requa DeFrancisco was selected in December 2003 as the President/CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corporation following ten years in public service in state and county government in New York which included heading the New York Lottery, the largest in North America. Since coming to Georgia, her focus has been…
  • Michael Eskew

    Michael Eskew

    Former Chairman & CEO, UPS
    Apr 19, 2012
    Michael L. Eskew is the former chairman and chief executive officer of United Parcel Service from 2002–2007. Mike remains on the board of UPS, and he is also a director of Eli Lilly and Company, 3M Corporation, IBM Corporation and chairs the board of trustees of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. …
  • Sherwood Dodge

    Sherwood Dodge

    President & CEO, GE Equity
    Mar 15, 2012
    Sherwood Dodge is the business leader of GE Capital Americas, Equity. GE Equity has been an active mid market minority investor for 15 years and leverages GE’s deal flow, industry expertise, operating talent and global reach. Dodge also heads the team that is responsible for acquiring and divesting businesses and…
  • Paul Schempp

    Paul Schempp

    President, Performance Matters, Inc.
    Feb 16, 2012
    Paul G. Schempp is an expert on expertise. Named the 2004 Distinguished Scholar by the International Center for Performance Excellence at West Virginia University, he has dedicated his professional life to understanding what it takes to be an expert performer. As a research professor and the Director of the Sport Instruction…
  • James Hannan

    James Hannan

    President & CEO, Georgia-Pacific
    Jan 19, 2012
    James Hannan is chief executive officer and president of Georgia–Pacific, one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of tissue, packaging, pulp, paper, building products and related chemicals. A native of Connecticut, Hannan graduated from California State University, East Bay (formerly California State University, Hayward) with a bachelor…
  • Alice Lusk

    Alice Lusk

    Founding Partner, Lusk-Moore and Associates
    Nov 17, 2011
    Alice Lusk is an experienced executive in both major corporations and an entrepreneur. Alice Lusk is currently leading her own company, Lusk Associates, after a 23 year corporate career in technology. She is a Senior Advisor to numerous start-up companies and serves on a variety of boards. For the past 10 years…
  • James Rubright

    James Rubright

    Chairman & CEO, RockTenn
    Oct 20, 2011
    James A. Rubright is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RockTenn (NYSE:RKT), one of North America’s leading manufacturers of paperboard, containerboard and consumer and corrugated packaging. After the first ten years of Rubright’s leadership, RockTenn underwent a transformation that made it the most profitable company in the…
  • Doug Griffin

    Doug Griffin

    Vice President, Global Marketing and Brand Management, AGCO
    Sep 15, 2011
    Doug Griffin has been with AGCO Corporation for nine years and presently serves as Vice President, Global Marketing and Brand Management. Doug is responsible for developing global branding strategies and marketing initiatives for AGCO four global brands. In Doug's career at AGCO, he has also served as Vice President Marketing,…
  • Boland T. Jones

    Boland T. Jones

    Founder, Chairman & CEO, PGi
    Aug 18, 2011
    In the mid 1980s, Boland Jones started his first company, American Network Exchange (AMNEX), which provided the first alternatives to the AT&T operator service. Jones foresaw the promising future of business communications applications and founded Premiere Global Services (PGi) in 1991. After 28 years in business, PGi now serves 90% of…