- Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 7:00am – 9:00am
David Cummings is a lifelong entrepreneur. In 2007, he co-founded Pardot, which was recognized by Inc. magazine as the 172nd fastest growing company in 2012, and shortly thereafter was acquired by ExactTarget and then Salesforce.com. He was subsequently named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the deal category. Most recently, he founded Atlanta Tech Village, which at 103,000 square feet, is the largest technology entrepreneur center in the Southeast.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle named Cummings one of the 100 most influential Atlantans, and Atlanta Magazine named him one of the 55 Most Powerful Atlantans. He is a member the Atlanta Rotary, and serves on the boards of the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Buckhead Coalition. A native of Tallahassee, FL, he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Duke University and holds an honorary doctorate from Mercer.
- Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Charles Stokes joined the CDC Foundation as executive director when it began operating in 1995. Under his leadership, the foundation has grown from a two-person team to a staff of more than 100 professionals managing approximately 250 public health programs. Prior to joining the CDC Foundation, he worked for 22 years with the Missouri Department of Health.
- Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Tony Maddox is executive vice president and managing director of CNN International, which reaches more than 286 million households and hotel rooms worldwide. Based at CNN’s Atlanta headquarters, he is responsible for an international news and information portfolio that includes five CNN services in English; CNN en Español; the joint ventures CNN-IBN, CNN Turk, CNN Chile and forthcoming CNN Philippines and CNN Indonesia, as well as international newsgathering, editorial and programming oversight.
- Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Ben Ayers is Dean of the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business and holds the Earl Davis Chair in Taxation. He came to UGA in 1996 and previously served as director of the college's highly regarded Tull School of Accounting for nine years prior to his appointment as Dean in 2014. Under his leadership, the college recently closed a successful Building Terry campaign, raising $121 million to support faculty, programs and facilities.
Dean Ayers has received eleven teaching awards at the school, college, and university levels. He was recently recognized as being in the top 5% of the most productive accounting researchers over the past fifty years. He has been actively involved in the American Taxation Association and American Accounting Association and has received national research awards from both.
Dean Ayers earned his bachelor's degree in accounting and Masters in Taxation from the University of Alabama, and his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., he worked for KPMG in Atlanta and Tampa and Complete Health, Inc. in Birmingham.
- Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Ed Heys (BBA '83) is the Atlanta Managing Partner of Deloitte LLP. Deloitte works with a wide variety of Fortune 500 clients. Heys manages a 2,300-employee operation that spans audit, tax, consulting and advisory services across a range of industries, including consumer and industrial products, financial services, healthcare and technology.
- Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Saxby Chambliss served in the U.S. Senate for two terms and in the U.S. House of Representatives for four terms. Georgia Trend magazine, which regularly named him one of its Most Influential Georgians, called him "a highly visible and well-respected presence in Washington," and noted that he earned "a reputation as an affable but straight-talking lawmaker." Chambliss was first elected to Congress to represent Georgia's 8th District in 1994. Throughout his legislative career, he has been recognized numerous times by the public and private sectors for his work on agriculture, defense, budget and national security issues. During his tenure in the Senate, he served as a member of the Armed Services Committee; the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; the Rules Committee; and his leadership and experience on homeland security and intelligence matters earned him an appointment to the Senate Committee on Intelligence, where he served as vice chairman from 2011 to 2014.
- Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Kevin Riley is the Editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a position he has held since January 2011. Riley is a long-time employee of Cox Enterprises, which owns the Journal-Constitution. He started his career in 1983 at the Dayton Daily News in Ohio while a student at the University of Dayton. During…
- Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Topic: "The Difference: Lessons from Unexpected Places"
Kat Cole serves as Group President at FOCUS Brands, having previously been president of Cinnabon Inc. for four years.
In her role, she oversees the more than 4,000 ice cream shops, bakeries, restaurants and cafés in the United States and 60 countries that FOCUS runs under the Moe’s, Shlotzsky’s, Auntie Anne’s, Carvel, McAllister’s Deli, Seattle’s Best Coffee and Cinnabon brands.
In addition, Cole is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, and is starting a foundation to fund creative, sustainable approaches to education and self-sufficiency. She holds the distinction of being of only two foodservice company leaders listed on CNBC’s Next 25 List Innovators, Leaders and Disruptors for 2014, which is dominated by tech start-ups and a few financial groups and Fortune 50 companies. She is also co-founder of Changers of Commerce, a leading social movements agency.
- Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Jerald Mitchell serves as the director of economic development for Atlanta BeltLine Inc., a position he has held since February 2014. Mitchell plays a critical role in developing and advancing the economic development strategy, in partnership with Invest Atlanta, to implement the Atlanta BeltLine's mission. Previously, Mitchell served as the…
- Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Chris Haack was named the Georgia men's golf coach on July 18, 1996, and has since taken to Bulldogs to unprecedented levels of success. Under his guidance, the Bulldogs have earned two national championships, seven Southeastern Conference crowns, 54 team tournament titles, and several squad and individual records. In 2012, Haack also became UGA…
- Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Terry Third Thursday is a breakfast speaker series for the Atlanta business community and that features influential speakers, as well as special guests from the University of Georgia, who bring local and global perspectives on business and innovation.
- Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Reggie Bradford, an Internet and social media entrepreneur, serves as senior vice president for product development at Oracle. He leads a team responsible for developing applications for Oracle Social Cloud, a service that helps companies manage their relationships with customers on social media. Prior to that role, Bradford…
- Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Dan Amos is chairman and chief executive officer of Aflac Incorporated. Mr. Amos joined Aflac in 1973 and worked in the sales area for 10 years. He was named president of Aflac in 1983, chief operating officer in 1987, chief executive officer of Aflac Incorporated in 1990, and chairman in 2001. During Mr. Amos' tenure…
- Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Bernie Marcus is chairman of the board of The Marcus Foundation, which focuses on Jewish causes, children, medical research, free enterprise and the community. Mr. Marcus co-founded The Home Depot, Inc., the world’s largest home improvement retailer, and served as chairman of the board until his retirement in 2002. …
- Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Jere W. Morehead became the University of Georgia's 22nd president on July 1, 2013, having previously served as UGA's senior vice president for academic affairs and provost since 2010. President Morehead's career covers a wide range of faculty and administrative roles. Prior to 2010, he served UGA in several key administrative assignments, including vice…