Past Speakers

  • 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…
  • Lisa borders

    Lisa M. Borders

    President, Atlanta City Council
    Nov 16, 2006
    Lisa Borders serves as president of the Atlanta City Council, having been elected in a citywide special election on August 10, 2004. She was re-elected by an overwhelming margin in 2005's regular election. Her duties include presiding over Council meetings, appointing committee chairs and participants for Council and maintaining relationships with the…
  • Bertis Downs

    Bertis Downs, JD 1981

    General Counsel, R.E.M.
    Professor of Adjunct Law, University of Georgia
    Oct 19, 2006
    Since graduating from Davidson College in 1978, Bertis Downs has lived in Athens, Georgia, where he received his law degree in 1981 from the University of Georgia's School of Law. He has taught there as an adjunct ever since. His specialty is entertainment law, and he has represented R.E.M. throughout…
  • Thomas Glenn

    J. Thomas Glenn

    Chairman of the Board, Ace Hardware Corporation
    Sep 21, 2006
    Tom Glenn is chairman of the board for the Ace Hardware Corporation and president of a 14-store chain of Ace Hardware locations throughout Tennessee and Georgia. Before joining his family's Ace Hardware business, Glenn was employed by the Consulting Division of Arthur Andersen and Co., currently Accenture, from 1984 to 1987. Hardware,…
  • Allison OKelly

    Allison Karl O’Kelly

    CEO, Mom Corps
    Aug 17, 2006
    Allison is the founder of the Mom Corps, a CPA, and an entrepreneurial thinker. Before founding the Mom Corps, Allison built an accounting practice, O'Kelly and Company, Small Business Services. Prior to her entrepreneurial ventures, she was an executive at Toys "R" Us, where she had various roles including launching…
  • Ellen Macht

    Clean Air Campaign Panel with moderator Ellen Macht

    Executive Director, Clean Air Campaign
    Jul 20, 2006
    Moderator Ellen Macht Executive Director, Clean Air Campaign Topic: "Productivity, Money, Smog: The Real Cost of Congestion" Because of her skill in managing the employer service program and the leadership exhibited throughout all facets of The Clean Air Campaign in her first year with the organization, Ellen Macht was appointed…
  • A.J. Robinson

    A.J. Robinson

    President, Central Atlanta Progress
    Jun 15, 2006
    A.J. Robinson is President of Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID). CAP, a private business association started in 1941, remains one of the most effective advocacy organizations in the city. CAP has created and spun off a number of organizations such as Trees Atlanta, Research…