Past Speakers

  • Tom Smith

    Tom Smith

    CEO, Oglethorpe Power Corporation
    Nov 20, 2008
    Thomas A. Smith is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Oglethorpe Power Corporation and has served in that capacity since September 1999. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Oglethorpe Power Corporation from September 1998 to August 1999, Senior Financial Officer from 1997 to August 1998, Vice President, Finance…
  • Jim Nalley

    Jim Nalley, BBA 1964

    Non-Executive Chairman, Nalley Automotive Group
    Oct 16, 2008
    C. V. "Jim" Nalley III has served as president and chief executive officer of Nalley Automotive Group, which operates more than a dozen dealerships in the Atlanta market. He is now chairman of the Nalley Automotive Group, which was acquired by Asbury Automotive Group, one of the nation's largest automotive…
  • Louise Allen

    Louise Allen

    President, Ivan Allen Workspace
    Sep 18, 2008
    Louise Allen is the fourth generation of her family to lead the 108-year-old office and healthcare furniture and workplace services company. She is the first woman in the Allen family to assume the leadership role at Ivan Allen Workspace. She has led the company with courage and a passionate dedication…
  • Sonny Seiler

    Sonny Seiler, BBA 1956, JD 1957

    Owner of UGA's bulldog mascot line, UGA
    Aug 21, 2008
    Sonny Seiler (BBA 1956, JD 1957) is the owner of the line of white English bulldogs that have served as the University of Georgia's mascots since 1956. He is an internationally known attorney who represented Jim Williams in the murder trial made famous in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Both…
  • Kenneth Jackson

    Kenneth G. Jackson, BBA 1979, MAcc 1980

    CFO, Shaw Industries Group, Inc.
    Jul 17, 2008
    Ken graduated from the University of Georgia with an undergraduate degree in Accounting in 1979 and a Masters Degree in Taxation in the fall of 1980. Upon graduation, Ken joined the Atlanta office of Arthur Andersen in the tax division in January of 1981. He was promoted to partner in 1990. During his fifteen…
  • Chris Welton

    Chris Welton, BBA 1981, JD 1985

    CEO, Helios Partners Inc.
    Jun 19, 2008
    Chris Welton is the chief executive officer of Helios Partners Inc., a global sports marketing firm with offices in Atlanta, London, Beijing and Moscow. Helios specializes in the representation of cities bidding for sport events, corporate sponsorship consultation, sport property consultation and sport property brand assessment. Welton is the former…
  • Kate Atwood

    Kate Atwood

    Founder, Kate's Club
    May 15, 2008
    Kate Atwood is the founder and president of Kate's Club, an Atlanta-based not-for-profit organization devoted to assisting children and teenagers with the countless emotional and psychological hurdles they face after the death of a loved one. Atwood graduated from the University if Virginia in May 2000. She began her professional journey…
  • Damon Evans

    Damon Evans, BBA 1992, MEd 1994

    Director of Athletics, The University of Georgia
    Apr 17, 2008
    UGA letter winner and double degree holder Damon Evans was selected as Director of Athletics in December 2003, and assumed the duties officially on July 1, 2004. At the time he was just 34 years of age, and one of the youngest athletic directors in the country. However, he had already established himself as…
  • Julio Ramirez

    Julio Ramirez, MBA 1977

    Executive Vice President of Global Operations, Burger King
    Mar 20, 2008
    Julio Ramirez is executive vice president of global operations for Burger King Corp. (BKC) and previously held the position of president of the Latin America/Caribbean region, where he was responsible for operations, marketing, development, purchasing, supply and distribution. He reports directly to the CEO and serves as a key…
  • Doug Benn

    Doug Benn, BBA 1976, MAcc 1982

    Executive Vice President of Finance and CFO, Rare Hospitality
    Feb 21, 2008
    Doug Benn has served as executive vice president of finance and chief financial officer of RARE Hospitality International Inc. since March 1998. RARE Hospitality is an Atlanta-based restaurant company with more than 300 locations, whose concepts include LongHorn Steakhouse and The Capital Grille. Benn was integrally involved in the negotiation for the…
  • James Langford

    James B. Langford

    Project Executive, Linger Longer Communities
    Jan 18, 2008
    James B. Langford serves as Project Executive for Linger Longer Communities. Linger Longer is best known for its resort community, Reynolds Plantation, located on Lake Oconee near Greensboro, Georgia. Previously, Langford served as Georgia State Director of the Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit organization that preserves parks and…