Past Speakers

  • 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…
  • Louis Miller

    Louis E. Miller

    Aviation General Manager, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
    Mar 17, 2011
    With more than 32 years of airport management experience, Louis E. Miller has a reputation for providing high-quality facilities and services while maintaining a low cost structure. Miller, who assumed the position of general manager for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in September 2010, also has a proven track record for effectively responding…
  • John Crowley

    John F. Crowley

    President and CEO, Amicus
    Feb 17, 2011
    John Crowley’s career as a biotech entrepreneur stems from the 1998 diagnosis of two of his children with Pompe disease — a fatal neuromuscular disorder. In 2006, Geeta Anand of The Wall Street Journal chronicled Crowley’s story in The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 Million — and Bucked the Medical Establishment — in…
  • Dikembe Mutombo

    Dikembe Mutombo

    Chairman and President, Dikembe Mutombo Foundation
    Four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Atlanta Hawks
    Jan 20, 2011
    Born in the capital city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dikembe Mutombo is the seventh of ten children born to Samuel and the late Biamba Marie Mutombo. He arrived in the United States in 1987 on an academic scholarship to attend Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.…
  • Steve Green

    Steve Green, BBA 1971

    Chairman, Georgia Ports Authority
    Nov 18, 2010
    Steve Green is a native of Savannah, Ga., where he attended Benedictine Military School and graduated from the University of Georgia. He began his professional career in his family’s distribution business, Green Distributors, the exclusive franchisee for Frito-Lay products in Southeast Georgia. He was president of the company for 10…