Past Speakers

  • 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…
  • David Peterson

    Founder & Former CEO, The North Highland Company
    Jun 20, 2013
    Dave is one of the founders and a former CEO of The North Highland Company. Prior to stepping down as Company CEO in 2005, he led North Highland for 13 years during a period of rapid growth and US office expansion. Dave has nearly 40 years of business experience primarily in supply chain…
  • Michael Adams

    Michael Adams (2013)

    President, The University of Georgia
    May 16, 2013
    Dr. Michael F. Adams was named the 21st president of the University of Georgia on June 11, 1997. He immediately focused on securing UGA’s future as one of America’s premier public research universities. Under Dr. Adams’ leadership, student quality has risen steadily and the University of Georgia has been recognized…
  • Jones Hooks

    Jones Hooks

    Executive Director, Jekyll Island Authority
    Apr 18, 2013
    C. Jones Hooks has more than 30 years of experience in managing multifaceted organizations. His background includes working extensively in the public and private sectors, on local, state, national and international levels. Originally from Metter, Georgia, Hooks’ Georgia roots run deep. After completing undergraduate work at the University of Georgia in 1975,…
  • Pat Pittard

    Pat Pittard

    Founder, PatrickPittard Advisors
    Former Chair & CEO, Heidrick & Struggles
    Mar 21, 2013
    Patrick S. “Pat” Pittard is the principal of PatrickPittard Advisors, a “C” level human capital firm. He is the retired CEO and Chairman of Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc., (HSII) the world’s premier provider of executive-level search and leadership consulting services. Pat specializes in senior level searches such as…
  • Alex Gregory

    Alex Gregory

    President & CEO, YKK Corporation
    Feb 21, 2013
    Alex Gregory began his career with YKK America Group in 1973 when he joined YKK Industries—now YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. (YKK USA)—as one of its first American employees. At the Company’s then-new Macon manufacturing operation, he held positions of increasing responsibilities—first as manager of the weaving…