Past Speakers

  • John R. Patterson

    Founder & President, Progressive Insights, Inc.
    Jun 19, 2014
    John is a sought after speaker on the topics of creating consistently great customer experiences that drive customer loyalty and growing business by creating, leading and sustaining remarkable service. He is the co-author of three books with Chip Bell including the award winning international best seller Wired and Dangerous; How…
  • Kessel D. Stelling, Jr., BBA 1978

    Chairman & CEO, Synovus
    May 15, 2014
    As President and CEO of Synovus, Kessel Stelling provides leadership in establishing the overall business objectives, policies and strategic plans to accomplish profitability, efficiency and growth for Synovus and its divisions. A 1978 Terry College graduate, Stelling leads the company's strategy for creating long-term shareholder return on investment, managing risk, facilitating…
  • Allison Karl O’Kelly

    Founder, Mom Corps
    Apr 17, 2014
    Allison Karl O'Kelly is the founder of Mom Corps and an award-winning entrepreneur. Mom Corps is a WBENC certified professional talent acquisition and career development firm. Since founding the company in 2005, O'Kelly has become a sought-after expert in workplace flexibility. She has been recognized in national media outlets and…
  • Pete Van Wieren

    Former Broadcaster, Atlanta Braves Radio Network
    Mar 20, 2014
    Former sports broadcaster Pete Van Wieren called Atlanta Braves games for 33 years, from 1976–2008. A 10-time winner of the Georgia Sportscaster of the Year Award, Van Wieren worked in Binghamton, NY, Toledo, Ohio, and Norfolk, VA, before arriving in Atlanta.  Known to fans as "The Professor" for his extensive preparedness…
  • Gregory J. Harbaugh

    Former Astronaut, NASA
    President & CEO, Sigma Chi Foundation
    Feb 20, 2014
    Former NASA astronaut Gregory J. Harbaugh became the president and CEO of the Sigma Chi Foundation in 2006, taking the helm of one of the country’s preeminent collegiate leadership development organizations. Prior to helming the Sigma Chi Foundation, he served as museum director of the Florida Air Museum and COO…
  • John Heyman

    Founder & Partner, Actuate Partners
    Jan 16, 2014
    John Heyman oversaw Radiant Systems' growth from the emergence of a start-up company to its sale to Atlanta-based NCR Corp for $1.3 billion. Since its sale, John formed Actuate Partners, an investment firm focused on the technology sector. He also is the Chairman of MEDSEEK, Inc. a provider of technology to…
  • John Schuerholz

    President, The Atlanta Braves
    Nov 21, 2013
    John Schuerholz was named president of the Atlanta Braves in 2007, having served for 26 years as a general manager in major league baseball (including 17 with Atlanta). Under his leadership, the Braves have reached unprecedented levels of success by winning 14 consecutive division titles, five National League pennants and one World Series as…
  • Dan Cathy

    President & COO, Chick-fil-A
    Oct 17, 2013
    Since 2001, Dan T. Cathy has served as president and chief operating officer for one of the nation’s largest family-owned businesses, Chick-fil-A. Cathy, whose father started the company, is renowned for leading Chick-fil-A from the front lines. He spends the majority of his time traveling to grand openings of new…
  • Carol Tome

    Carol Tomé

    CFO & Executive Vice President, Corporate Services, The Home Depot
    Sep 19, 2013
    Carol B. Tomé has served as chief financial officer since May 2001 and was named executive vice president of corporate services at The Home Depot in January 2007.  Before joining The Home Depot in 1995, she was vice president and treasurer of Riverwood International Corporation. Carol began her career as a commercial…
  • Frank Argenbright

    Frank Argenbright

    Founder & CEO, SecurAmerica
    Aug 15, 2013
    In 1979 Frank A. Argenbright Jr. invested $500 to start Argenbright Security Inc. He grew the failing business into a multinational $1.3 billion company that provides a wide range of outsourced business solutions to Fortune 500 companies before selling it. Now, as CEO and founder of SecurAmerica, Argenbright oversees one of the fastest-growing security…
  • Virginia Hepner

    Virginia Hepner

    President & CEO, The Woodruff Arts Center
    Jul 18, 2013
    Virginia A. Hepner became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Woodruff Arts Center on July 1, 2012. A former corporate banker with Wachovia, she had a 25-year career with the firm including leadership roles as executive vice president and head of US Corporate Finance, and manager of the Foreign Exchange and…