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  • Sep

    Terry Third Thursday: Benjamin C. Ayers, Terry College of Business

    • Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 7:00am9:00am

    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.

  • Aug

    Terry Third Thursday: Ed Heys (BBA ‘83), Deloitte LLP

    • Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 7:00am9:00am

    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.

  • Jul

    Terry Third Thursday: Saxby Chambliss, Former U.S. Senator

    • Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 7:00am9:00am

    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.

  • Jun

    Terry Third Thursday: Kevin Riley, Editor, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    • Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 7:00am9:00am

    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…

  • May

    Terry Third Thursday: Kat Cole, Group President, FOCUS Brands

    • Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:00am9:00am

    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. 

  • Apr

    Terry Third Thursday: Jerald Mitchell, Economic Development Director, Atlanta BeltLine

    • Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:00am9:00am

    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…

  • Mar

    Terry Third Thursday: Coach Chris Haack, UGA Men’s Golf

    • Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7:00am9:00am

    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…

  • Feb

    Terry Third Thursday: John Stephenson, President & CEO, College Football Hall of Fame

    • Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7:00am9:00am

    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.

  • Jan

    Terry Third Thursday: Reggie Bradford, Senior Vice President, Oracle Social Cloud

    • Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 7:00am9:00am

    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…

  • Nov

    Terry Third Thursday: Dan Amos, Chairman & CEO, Aflac

    • Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7:00am9:00am

    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…

  • Oct

    Terry Third Thursday: Bernie Marcus, Chairman, The Marcus Foundation, Co-Founder, The Home Depot

    • Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 7:00am9:00am

    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. …

  • Sep

    Terry Third Thursday: Jere W. Morehead, President, The University of Georgia

    • Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7:00am9:00am

    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…

  • Aug

    Terry Third Thursday: Jack Harris, President, Junior Achievement of Georgia

    • Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 7:00am9:00am

    Jack Harris is the president of Junior Achievement of Georgia, an organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. JA of Georgia currently reaches over 160,000 students annually, working in partnership with over 500 schools, 200 corporate partners, and 7000 business and community volunteers across the state. In 2013,…

  • Jul

    Terry Third Thursday: Andy Lipman, Motivational Speaker, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

    • Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7:00am9:00am

    Author and motivational speaker Andy Lipman has built an extraordinary life while living with cystic fibrosis. The director of purchasing at DiversiTech, Lipman has defied all odds to become a college graduate, Olympic-torch bearer, community advocate, husband and father. His experiences dealing with the genetic disorder inspired him to write…

  • Jun

    Terry Third Thursday: John R. Patterson, Founder & President, Progressive Insights, Inc.

    • Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 7:00am9:00am

    The Terry Third Thursday Breakfast Speaker Series is held at the Terry Executive Education Center in Buckhead. Come join us each month to hear provocative speakers from the Atlanta business community.

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