Past Speakers

  • 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…
  • Stephen LaMastra

    Stephen LaMastra

    President and COO, Raving Brands
    May 17, 2007
    As president and chief operating officer of Raving Brands, Stephen LaMastra brings multiple-brand experience, large-scale national retail expertise and a billion-dollar background to the Atlanta-based fast-casual dining leader. LaMastra joined Raving Brands in May 2005 to oversee operations for the company's nine portfolio brands. He has been instrumental in developing strategic…
  • Taylor Glover

    Taylor Glover

    President and CEO, Turner Enterprises, Inc.
    Apr 19, 2007
    Taylor Glover is president and chief executive officer of Turner Enterprises, Inc. (TEI). In this capacity, he has oversight of TEI's landholdings, financial investments and business interests, including Ted's Montana Grill, and the most recent business venture, DT Solar, a Turner Renewable Energy company. Additionally, Glover works closely with Turner's…
  • Andrew Ward

    Andrew Ward

    Assistant Professor, Terry College of Business, Department of Management
    Mar 15, 2007
    Andrew Ward is a member on the faculty of the Management Department at the Terry College of Business of the University of Georgia. Prior to joining the University of Georgia in Fall 2003, he was a member of the management faculty at the Goizueta Business School of Emory University. He received…
  • Richard Anthony

    Richard Anthony

    Chairman and CEO, Synovus
    Feb 15, 2007
    Richard Anthony is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Synovus Financial Corp., which provides diverse financial services including banking, financial management, insurance, mortgage and leasing services through banks and other Synovus offices in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. In addition, Synovus offers electronic payment processing…
  • Martin Flanagan

    Martin L. Flanagan

    President and CEO, AMVESCAP
    Jan 18, 2007
    Martin L. Flanagan is president and chief executive officer of AMVESCAP, a position he has held since August 2005. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of AMVESCAP. Flanagan joined AMVESCAP from Franklin Resources, Inc., where he was president and co-chief executive officer from January 2004 to July 2005. Previously…