Past Speakers

  • 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…
  • Dink NeSmith

    Dink NeSmith

    President, Community Newspapers, Inc.
    Jul 21, 2011
    In 1958, Dink NeSmith was 10 years old and already active in the newspaper business. When the 3 o’clock bell rang at Orange Street Elementary School, he would jump on his bike and race seven blocks to the back door of The Jesup Sentinel. There he would buy a stack of the…
  • Greg McGarity

    Greg McGarity

    Director of Athletics, The University of Georgia
    Jun 6, 2011
    Athens native and University of Georgia graduate Greg McGarity was named Director of Athletics at UGA on August 13, 2010, after serving 18 years in the athletic department at the University of Florida. At UF, he most recently served as Executive Associate Athletic Director after serving as both an associate and senior associate…
  • Bill Douglas

    Bill Douglas

    Executive Vice President & CFO, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc.
    May 19, 2011
    A 25-year veteran of the Coca-Cola system with extensive international experience, Bill Douglas joined Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. in July 2004 when he was appointed vice president, controller and principal accounting officer. Douglas was appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer in May of 2005 and executive vice president and chief financial…
  • Gary Stokan

    Gary Stokan

    President and CEO, Chick-fil-A Bowl
    President and CEO, Atlanta Hall Management, Inc.
    Apr 21, 2011
    Gary P. Stokan is President and CEO of the Chick‑fil‑A Bowl and serves in the same capacity for Atlanta Hall Management, Inc. — the organization created to build and manage the new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. He is past president of the Atlanta Sports Council where…