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Co-Founder & Owner, Fire and Flavor Grilling Co.

Davis Knox is president of Athens-based Fire & Flavor, which in 2008 was ranked No. 8 by Inc. magazine among the nation's fastest-rising food and beverage companies.

Born and raised in Augusta, Knox has held managing positions in several service companies, including Gorsuch Outfitters in Colorado and Air Serv, an aviation services firm in Atlanta.

With his zest for entrepreneurship, Knox found a perfect partner in his wife, Gena Neely Knox, a landscape architecture graduate from UGA who started working for her mother's catering business when she was in elementary school. In 2003, they co-founded Fire & Flavor, a leading marketer and producer of innovative and fresh concepts for grilling and flavoring foods. Started in their home, the company has evolved into a highly successful business whose products are sold in 10,000 retail stores and 4,000 restaurants. As president of Fire & Flavor, Knox is responsible for marketing, operations and business development, as well as some sales.

An avid fly fisherman, hunter, and outdoorsman, Knox is involved in a number of social and community organizations. He is a Generation C board member with The Nature Conservancy, a Ducks Unlimited committee member with the Atlanta chapter. He also sponsors ongoing support for Trout Unlimited, Quail Unlimited and Outdoors Without Limits, which is dedicated to providing outdoor recreational experiences for the disabled. He is a former member of the Terry College Young Alumni Board and an active member of the Athens First United Methodist Church.