Past Speakers

  • 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…
  • Jim Lientz

    Jim Lientz

    COO, State of Georgia
    Nov 15, 2007
    Jim Lientz retired in 2000 as president of the Mid-South Division of Bank of America. Following his retirement he became a partner and chairman of the TriVeritas Group, a financial services firm he helped co-found. He served as chairman of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce in 1998 and as chair of the…
  • Robert Sumichrast

    Robert T. Sumichrast

    Dean, Terry College of Business
    Oct 18, 2007
    Robert T. Sumichrast is dean of the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business. He holds the Simon S. Selig, Jr. Chair for Economic Growth. From 2003-2007, he was dean of the E. J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University and Ourso Distinguished Professor of Business. Sumichrast received…
  • Dennis Felton

    Dennis Felton

    Head Coach, UGA Men's Basketball
    Sep 20, 2007
    The signs of renewed success and positive momentum surround Georgia's basketball program, attributed in large part to the tireless efforts of Dennis Felton, who has begun his fifth year as head coach. The Bulldogs' won/loss record has improved steadily under his direction. The players are achieving in the classroom.…
  • Maxine Clark

    Maxine Clark, ABJ 1971

    Founder, Chief Executive Bear and Chairman, Build-a-Bear Workshop Touch
    Aug 16, 2007
    Maxine Clark is one of the true innovators in the retail industry. During her 30-year career, her rare ability to spot emerging retail and merchandising trends and insight into the desires of the American consumer generated growth for retail leaders, including department store, discount and specialty stores. In 1997, she founded…
  • Susan McWhorter Driscoll

    Susan McWhorter Driscoll

    Co-Founder, Ignition
    Jul 19, 2007
    A savvy marketer and enterprising business leader, Susan founded McWhorter Driscoll, LLC, in 1997, along with her business partner and husband Mark "Dill" Driscoll. As the enterprise has grown, Susan has maintained responsibility for all financial planning and management of the companies that comprise the holding company. Since its inception and…
  • Pete Sinisgalli

    Pete Sinisgalli

    President and CEO, Manhattan Associates
    Jun 21, 2007
    Pete Sinisgalli serves as Manhattan Associates' president and chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors. Sinisgalli joined Manhattan Associates in March 2004 as president and chief operating officer and assumed the role of chief executive officer in July 2004. Sinisgalli has more than 20 years of finance and general…