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Vice Chairman and Secretary, Reynolds Plantation

Jamie Reynolds has enjoyed great achievement in many fields, including real estate, banking and the timber industry, but he is perhaps best known as one of the developers and principal shareholders of Reynolds Plantation, the five-star golf resort and residential community on Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Ga.

A general business major, Reynolds graduated in 1974 and has made significant contributions to the college, most notably serving as host for the Terry College Gala and Golf Classic in 2005.

Named by Georgia Trend magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians in 2005, Reynolds is vice chairman and secretary of Reynolds Plantation and co-founder and managing partner of American Real Estate Investment Co., which specializes in the acquisition of timberland, farms, commercial properties, residential communities and manufacturing plants.

Once a 10,000-acre hunting retreat, Reynolds Plantation now showcases five award-winning championship golf courses (with a sixth under construction) designed by the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio, the Ritz-Carlton Lodge and a residential community with more than 1,500 homes.

Reynolds was appointed in 1997 to serve on the state's Department of Natural Resources board of directors (where he also served as chairman) by Gov. Zell Miller. He also was a board member for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.

He has served on the board of the state's Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism and chaired the board's International Trade Committee. Reynolds was chairman of Georgia's Environmental Protection Division and previously served on the advisory board for the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, where he was instrumental in establishing the Reynolds Assistive Technology Fund, which has now raised more than $2.8 million to assist people with spinal injuries to seek more independent lives through the use of technology..

Reynolds is on the board of directors for BankSouth and sits on the American Battle Monuments Commission.

He played a supporting role in President George W. Bush's election victories in 2000 and 2004, serving as Georgia Finance Chairman for the 2004 Bush-Cheney Campaign and as state chairman for the Republican National Committee.

A lifelong resident of Greensboro, Reynolds and his wife Kathy have a son, Jamie, who is a junior at the University of Georgia and has recently been accepted into the Terry College.