The Terry Leadership Speaker Series presented by the Institute for Leadership Advancement brings well-known leaders from a variety of organizations to share their unique leadership styles and experiences with students.

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September 7, 2018

Maria Taylor is in her sixth season as an analyst, host and reporter for ESPN. A trailblazer in sports broadcasting, she has worked as a sideline reporter for programs such as ABC Saturday Night Football, helped launch the SEC Network and was the first black woman to co-host ESPN’s College GameDay Built by the Home Depot. She earned both her bachelor’s degree in broadcast news in 2009 and her MBA in 2013 from the University of Georgia.

In 2015, she co-founded The Winning Edge Leadership Academy – a nonprofit that provides educational, mentoring, networking and enrichment opportunities to ethnic minorities and women seeking careers in the sports industry.

Maria resides in Alpharetta, Georgia...

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    Scott Colosi is President and CFO of Texas Roadhouse, Inc., which owns and operates over 550 restaurants in 49 states and 7 countries. Prior to assuming the role as president in 2011, he served as Chief Financial Officer. Before joining Texas Roadhouse in 2002, he was employed by YUM! Brands, Inc. and Burger King…

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    A business leader and philanthropist, Howard Young is a partner of General Wholesale Company and president of General Wholesale Beer Company. He is a member of the Terry Dean’s Advisory Council, chairs the Destroy Pancreatic Cancer nonprofit organization, and volunteers with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The Terry Leadership Speaker Series (TLSS) presented by the Institute for Leadership Advancement brings well-known leaders from a variety of organizations to share their unique leadership styles and experiences with students.

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    Robert E. Rubin began his career at Goldman Sachs & Co. in 1966. He served as vice chairman and co-chief operating officer from 1987 to 1990, and as co-senior partner and co-chairman from 1990 to 1992. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he was an attorney at the firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton from 1964 to 1966. Secretary Rubin joined the Clinton administration in 1993, serving in the White House as assistant to the president for economic policy, and as the first director of the National Economic Council. He served as the seventieth secretary of the treasury from 1995 to 1999.

    From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Rubin served as a member of the board of directors at Citigroup and as a senior adviser to the company. He is chairman of the board of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the United States' leading community-development support organization. He serves on the board of trustees of Mount Sinai Medical Center and is a member of the Harvard Corporation. In 2006, Mr. Rubin was one of the founders of the Hamilton Project, an economic policy project housed at the Brookings Institution that offers a strategic vision and innovative policy proposals on how to create a growing economy that benefits more Americans. In 2010, Mr. Rubin joined Centerview Partners as a counselor of the firm. He is author of In an Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington, a New York Times best seller and one of Business Week's ten best business books of the year. He is based in New York City.

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    Julio Ramirez had an expansive career with the Burger King Corporation, spanning 26 years under five different owners. He left the company in 2010, following its acquisition by a Brazilian private equity firm. Most recently, Ramirez was Burger King’s executive vice president for global operations, having worked his way up from an entry-level marketing manager position to two terms as president of the Latin America/Mexico/Caribbean division, and two years as a senior executive of franchise operations and development in North America. Ramirez introduced the Burger King brand to 10 countries, and he is one of the most knowledgeable executives in the quick-service restaurant industry. With a deep understanding of Latin American political, economic, and restaurant industry concerns, he has served as a guest lecturer for universities and business forums around the world.

    Prior to joining Burger King, Ramirez held positions with Xerox and AT&T Information Systems. Ramirez recently founded JEM Consulting, a restaurant, retail, and franchising business that includes consulting for Captain D's, a successful seafood restaurant chain with over 500 restaurants in the US and also previously consulting with a large Madrid-based restaurant/brewery chain expanding in the Americas. Julio is also an external board member of Grupo Intur, the largest franchisee of American restaurant brands in Central America with over 190 Burger King, Chili's, Dunkin Brands, Popeyes, Church's and others. He is also a part owner in Giardino Gourmet Salads.

    Ramirez received his undergraduate business degree from Georgia State and his MBA from UGA's Terry College of Business, where he serves on the Terry Dean's Advisory Council. He lives in Miami, Fla., and is a member of the prestigious Orange Bowl Committee.

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    Boland Jones is founder, chairman and CEO of PGi or Premiere Global Services Inc., a worldwide provider of conferencing and collaboration solutions.

    Jones started his first business at age 16, paving driveways with a friend. In the mid 80s, he started his first company, American Network Exchange, which he sold in 1991.

    After noticing that military men and women had a hard time connecting with their loved ones, Jones developed an award-winning prepaid calling card to help families keep in touch. That tool became the backbone of PGi, which has a presence in 25 countries, an established base of more than 40,000 enterprise customers and the trust of 75 percent of the Fortune 100.

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    Bill Linginfelter oversees the daily commercial and retail operations for the Georgia and South Carolina Divisions of Regions Financial Corporation, a top U.S. bank holding company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with $146 billion in assets, operating over 2,000 branches in 16 states.

    Throughout his 35-year career, he has held various management positions in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Regions in 2008, Linginfelter served as Georgia Chief Executive Officer for Wachovia Bank.  Prior to assuming that position, he served as director of SouthTrust Bank’s Enterprise Banking division, which included oversight of all business activities in the bank’s largest markets.

    Linginfelter received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia.  He also completed the Commercial Banking Schools at the Graduate School of Banking of the South and at the University of Virginia Graduate School.  He serves on the Executive Board of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, where he served as chair in 2010.  He also serves on the following boards: Georgia Research Alliance (immediate past chair), Buckhead Coalition, The Commerce Club, Piedmont HealthCare, Inc., as well as The Foundation for Public Broadcasting in Georgia, Inc.  In addition, he holds leadership roles with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Woodruff Arts Center, the Atlanta Speech School; and is the American Heart Association’s 2014 Heart Ball Chairman. He is past Director of the Georgia World Congress Center; 2006 Chair of the Metro Atlanta United Way campaign and in 2004 and 2005 chaired the Atlanta United Negro College Fund campaign.

    Bill and his wife, Mitzi, have two children.

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    A consumer strategist and evangelist for values-based leadership, Jeff Dunn has led companies large and small to growth through brand and marketing innovation. Dunn, a Terry College alumnus, is currently president and CEO of Bolthouse Farms, a California-based health and wellness company that provides consumers with fresh, healthy food and beverage products. Bolthouse Farms has earned a position of market leadership thanks to a legacy of innovation and a strong commitment to making healthy foods and beverages more accessible, available and affordable. The company is currently North America’s leading processor and marketer of fresh carrots, as well as the leading provider of super-premium juice, smoothies and salad dressings.

    Dunn has spent more than 25 years in increasing general management roles at world class branded companies—22 of which were at The Coca-Cola Company, most recently serving as president of Coca-Cola North America. Under his leadership, Coca-Cola North America reached its all-time total beverage market share by launching a portfolio of new brand innovations including Simply Orange, Dasani, Coke Zero, Sprite Zero, Vanilla Coke and the Fridge Pack.

    Dunn earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He has two sons and lives in Bakersfield, CA, and Los Angeles with his wife, Jessica.

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    Kevin Marsh’s career with SCANA started when he joined South Carolina Electric & Gas Company, SCANA’s principal subsidiary, in 1984 as group manager for technical accounting. Five years later, the Terry College alumnus was named vice president and controller. Since then he has served in the capacity of vice president of corporate planning of SCE&G and vice president of finance, treasurer and controller of SCANA Corporation.

    In 1996, Marsh was named vice president and chief financial officer of SCANA and became senior vice president in 1998. In addition to his duties as SCANA’s CFO, from October 2001 to March 2003, he served as president and chief operating officer of PSNC Energy, SCANA’s natural gas distribution company headquartered in Gastonia, N.C. He became president of SCE&G in 2006 and president and chief operating officer of SCANA Corporation in January 2011. He assumed responsibilities as chairman and CEO in December 2011. Prior to his career at SCANA he worked at Deloitte & Touche Certified Public Accountants in Columbia, S.C., for seven years.

    Marsh is a board member of First Citizens Bancorporation of South Carolina, Epworth Children’s Home, Citizens for Sound Conservation. He is a native of Atlanta and earned a bachelors of business administration degree in accounting from the University of Georgia. He and his wife are members of Grace United Methodist Church of Columbia, S.C. They have two daughters and two grandchildren.

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    Mark Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008, and serves on the Senate Banking, Budget, Commerce and Intelligence committees. After almost four years in the Senate, Warner has established himself as a national leader in efforts to find bipartisan consensus to reduce the federal debt, and has been a champion for military men and women and their families. Warner also is a leader in Congressional efforts to promote private-sector innovation and to help our nation’s small businesses and start-up companies succeed.

    From 2002 to 2006, Warner served as Governor of Virginia, where he focused on improving public education and expanding economic opportunity in every region of the state. When he left office in 2006, Virginia was consistently recognized as the nation’s “best-managed state,” the “best state for business” and the state offering the best educational opportunities to its young people.

    Before entering public office, Warner was an early investor in the cellular telephone business, co-founding the company that became Nextel. He lives with his wife, Lisa Collis, and their three daughters in Alexandria, Va.

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    On Dec. 2, 2008, Saxby Chambliss was elected to serve a second term in the U.S. Senate. Georgia Trend’s 2009 Georgian of the Year, Chambliss is a member of the Armed Services Committee; the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; the Rules Committee; the Special Committee on Aging; and serves as the vice chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence.

    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. In January 2008, he was presented with the National Legislative Advocacy Award by the Naval Reserve Association for leading the effort to reduce the age at which members of the National Guard and Reserve can receive retirement pay. He is a past recipient of the Air Force Association’s W. Stuart Symington Award, the group’s top civilian honor for outstanding contributions in the field of national security, and was awarded the Reserve Officers Association’s Minuteman of the Year Award in 2005.

    Chambliss earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia in 1966, and his law degree from the University Of Tennessee College Of Law in 1968. Chambliss and his wife, Julianne, have been married since 1966, and reside in Moultrie. They have two children and six grandchildren.

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    Douglas R. Oberhelman is chairman and chief executive officer of Caterpillar Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.

    Oberhelman joined Caterpillar in 1975 and has held a number of positions in finance, marketing, and operations worldwide. In October 2009, the Caterpillar Board of Directors named Oberhelman vice chairman and CEO-Elect. He was elected CEO and a member of the Board of Directors in July 2010 and became chairman in November of that year.

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    Kent M. Adams is a vice president of Caterpillar Inc. and president of Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation. Adams joined Caterpillar in 1979 and held various positions with responsibilities in the U.S. and abroad; most recently serving as executive vice president with responsibility for North America operations. In February 2005, the Caterpillar Board of Directors named Adams a vice president, and in March that same year he was named president of Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation.

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    Jay Gould is President & Chief Executive Officer of American Standard Brands. Formerly, he served as group president of the “Home & Family” segment of Newell Rubbermaid, which includes well-known brands such as Rubbermaid, Graco, Levolor and Calphalon. That segment accounts for more than $2.4 billion in sales and over $300 million in operating income. Originally, he joined Newell Rubbermaid as president of the “Baby & Parenting” global unit, where he led strong sales growth and acquired three companies, including the Japanese brand Aprica. Prior to joining Newell, Gould worked in the consumer products industry in brand management and general management roles at Campbell Soup, The Coca-Cola Co., and General Mills.

    Gould has a 25-year record of value creation by building brands and organizations around the world. His experience with re-stimulating growth of billion dollar brands and driving consumer-inspired innovation give him the leadership insight to transform companies.

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    Timothy Adams is chief private brands officer of Macy’s Inc. (formerly known as Federated Department Stores), a position he’s held since February 2009. He is responsible for overseeing the concepts, designs, marketing and other aspects of Macy’s retail portfolio of private brands, including apparel, accessories and home goods. From July 2005 to February 2009, Adams served as chairman and CEO of Macy’s Home Store. Prior to joining Macy’s Home Store, Adams was chairman and CEO of Macy’s Florida in Miami from 2001 to 2005. Adams began his retailing career in 1976 at Macy’s South in Atlanta. He joined Macy’s West in San Francisco in 1989 as a merchandise administrator and held positions of increasing responsibility. He was named president of The Bon Marché in Seattle in March 1998. A native of Atlanta, Adams is a graduate of the Terry College of Business with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He and his wife, Jeanette, live in New York City.

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    Tim Chapman co-founded Stadion in 1991, having begun his investment career in 1981 while studying economics at the University of Georgia. In 1991, he helped create the technology-driven actively managed investment model that is the cornerstone of Stadion's investment management success. Several years later, Chapman launched Stadion Retirement, which brought Stadion's 'win by not losing' investment strategy to 401(k) plan participants nationwide. Stadion now manages account services and investment funds for more than 100,000 401(k) investors. Based in Watkinsville, Ga., Stadion’s significant work in developing its investment model and supporting retirement plan participants has brought national recognition to the company and to Chapman, including being named Defined Contribution News Advice Provider of the Year and a cover article in Investment Advisor magazine. Chapman is a noted speaker on financial planning and investment management topics at industry conferences.

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    Shirley Franklin was elected the first African-American woman mayor of a major southern city in 2002 and served two terms until 2009. She became known for tackling major government operations and ethics reform, developing successful public and private sector partnerships, launching the Atlanta Beltline, forming the Regional Commission on Homelessness, and securing $5 billion in airport and water infrastructure improvements. Upon leaving office, she was appointed to the William and Camille Cosby Endowed Chair at Spelman College and served in this capacity until June 2010. She currently serves as the chairman of the board of directors and CEO of Purpose Built Communities and as president of Clarke-Franklin and Associates Inc. Aside from her role as a public official, her community service spans more than 39 years in Atlanta and includes her active participation in the arts, homelessness and higher education for disadvantaged youth.

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    Jerry Wilson is a senior vice president at the Coca-Cola Company, where he serves as chief customer and commercial officer. In this role, he leads a global organization that is responsible for crafting and executing the company’s customer and commercial leadership strategy and agenda. He and his team lead the company’s global system in building mutually beneficial customer relationships, with a focus on best-in-class innovation, retail execution, consumer and shopper marketing, and revenue growth management. Wilson previously served as president of the Coca-Cola’s Global McDonald’s Division, where he was responsible for growing this important business alliance in 118 countries. Wilson started with Coca-Cola 21 years ago as an area account executive and, rising through the company, has distinguished himself as an inclusive leader who is committed to developing people, enhancing strategic alliances and driving innovative growth.

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    As president of one of the nation’s largest family-owned businesses, Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy represents the next generation of leadership for the quick-service chicken restaurant chain founded by his father, S. Truett Cathy. Eager to incorporate his own skills and talents into the business, Dan has taken an unconventional, yet personally and professionally rewarding approach to Chick-fil-A leadership. He has challenged himself with upholding Chick-fil-A’s efforts to provide genuine, heartfelt hospitality and "second-mile" service, exceeding even the highest expectations of a typical fast food restaurant. Rather than leading from the corporate office in Atlanta, Cathy chooses to spend the majority of his time traveling to the chain’s growing family of about 1,500 restaurants and interacting directly with Chick-fil-A’s restaurant operators and team members. In 2008, BusinessWeek named Chick-fil-A among the top 25 "Customer Service Champs," and was one of only two restaurant concepts.

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    Elisha Finney (BBA ’83) was named vice president for finance and chief financial officer of Varian Medical Systems in 1999. Today, she is responsible for directing corporate accounting, corporate communications and investor relations, internal audit, regulatory affairs, risk management, tax and treasury, business development, and corporate information systems. Varian Medical, of Palo Alto, Calif., is the world’s leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer with radiation. The company’s 2009 revenues totaled $2.2 billion. Finney was named Terry’s Risk Management and Insurance Alumna of the Year in 2005 and was named to the Terry Dean’s Advisory Council this past year. She has served on the board of Thoratec since 2007. She is a volunteer co-chair for the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation and serves on the Community Advisory Board of El Camino Women’s Hospital.

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    Craig Barrs (BBA ’80) has served as Georgia Power’s executive vice president of external affairs since January 2009. He is responsible for leading and directing the policies and activities of Community and Economic Development, Land, Diversity, Corporate Communication, and Governmental and Regulatory Affairs. Barrs joined Georgia Power in 1981 and has held a number of leadership positions, including area manager, manager of regulatory affairs, assistant to the president and CEO, and vice president of community and economic development. In 2005, he became a region vice president after leading the transition of Savannah Electric becoming part of Georgia Power. In 2008, he returned to Atlanta as vice president of governmental and regulatory affairs. Barrs serves on the Terry College Alumni Board and the Nature Conservancy’s board of trustees in Georgia. He is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and Leadership Athens.

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    Jim Reese is the president and CEO of Atlanta Union Mission, a nonprofit Christian ministry that provides emergency shelter, meals and recovery programs. In the private sector, Reese previously served as president and chief operating officer of CCCi, an Atlanta-based IT staffing company. Prior to CCCi, he was the CEO of Randstad North America, with oversight for Randstad United Kingdom, and a member of the executive board of Netherlands-based Randstad Holding NV. As CEO of Randstad North America, Reese had responsibility for more than 500 offices and 2,300 staff members, who together put more than 53,000 individuals to work each week across the United States and Canada. Prior to joining Randstad, Reese was the COO of the Honeybaked Ham Co. He is a board member of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and a graduate of Western Michigan University.

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    Al Koch is a vice chairman and managing director with AlixPartners, which provides comprehensive business advisory services to improve corporate performance and execute corporate turnarounds. As one of the firm's senior directors, Koch has led a wide range of significant turnaround and restructuring engagements. Koch is presently the CEO of Motors Liquidation Co., formerly known as General Motors Corp. Just prior to this, he was the chief restructuring officer of General Motors as the automaker made the largest industrial bankruptcy filing in U.S. history. Since filing for bankruptcy protection, GM completed a quick sale of its "good" assets to a new company, General Motors Co. As CEO of Motors Liquidation Co., Koch is responsible for winding down the assets and liabilities of "Old GM" in a way that is fair to all constituencies. Formerly a partner with Ernst & Young, Koch is a graduate of Elizabethtown College.

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    Peter Foss has served as president of GE Olympic sponsorship since 2003. In 2008, he took on additional responsibilities for sales force effectiveness and corporate sales. Foss is responsible for coordinating GE's global Olympic sponsorship, as well as serving as GE's liaison with the NFL. In addition, he leads a team whose goal is to develop and implement growth strategies with a select group of GE's strategic global customers. A 31-year GE veteran, Foss previously served for six years as the president of GE Polymerland, which is the commercial organization representing GE Plastics and was an early adopter and leader in e-commerce. Prior to that, he was a regional general manager for four of the GE Plastics regions. He is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, where he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry, and lives in Charlotte.

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    Michele Burns (BBA '79, MAcc '80) is chairman and CEO of Mercer LLC, a global leader for consulting, outsourcing, and investments, and a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. Burns began her career in 1981 at Arthur Andersen and became a partner in 1989. In 1999, she joined Delta Air Lines, assuming the role of chief financial officer in 2000. From 2004 to 2006, she served as CFO and chief restructuring officer of Mirant Corp. Upon successful emergence of the company from bankruptcy, she joined Marsh & McLennan as CFO in 2006. She assumed the role of chairman and CEO of Mercer six months later. Burns serves on the boards of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. She also serves on the board of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, where she holds the title of treasurer.

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    John Jackson (BBA 1976) has been in banking in Atlanta for almost 30 years. In 2004, he joined Atlanta Bancorporation and currently serves as the president and CEO of Bank of Atlanta, a community bank located in the midtown area. He started his career with Bank South, focused on retail banking, consumer lending, mortgage lending and commercial lending. In 1991, Jackson moved to SouthTrust where he remained until 2004. His leadership responsibility at SouthTrust grew from regional manager in 1991 to regional CEO when the bank was acquired by Wachovia.

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    Richard B. (Bo) Means (BBA 1971) was the president and majority owner of Sun America Mortgage Corp. from 1984 to 2003. In 2003, he sold Sun America to SunTrust Bank. Means' other accomplishments as an entrepreneur include developing numerous residential and commercial tracts in the southeast. He has built shopping centers, office buildings, condominiums, single-family and mixed-use developments, and converted an urban redevelopment area in East Point, Ga., to a master-planned residential community. Another current project is a resort development in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Means serves as a trustee of the UGA Foundation.

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    Liz Gottung is senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Kimberly-Clark Corp., a $17 billion global health and hygiene company with 56,000 employees worldwide. She leads the development and implementation of all human capital strategies for the corporation and advises the CEO, his deputies, and the board on human resource issues, ranging from compensation and benefits, to employee and leadership development, diversity and internal communications. She first joined Kimberly-Clark in 1981 in a labor relations role, eventually moving into line operations management, including plant management, before returning to HR.

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    Jimmy Barge (BBA 1978) is executive vice president and controller for tax and treasury at Viacom Inc. In this role, Barge is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Viacom's internal and external financial reporting functions, financial planning and analysis, and global tax and cash management strategies. He joined Viacom in January 2008 from Time Warner, where he was senior vice president and controller. He joined Time Warner in 1995 as assistant controller. He started his accounting career in the Atlanta office of Ernst & Young, before being promoted to regional and national assignments with E&Y.

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    Thomas G. Cousins is an iconic figure in the Atlanta real estate profession. He founded Cousins Properties Inc. in 1958. Today, it is one of the larger equity real estate investment trusts in the country, listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Cousins Properties developed such landmarks in Atlanta as the CNN Center, the Omni Coliseum, Wildwood Office Park in Cobb County and was instrumental in the first stage development of the Georgia World Congress Center.

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    Allison Karl O'Kelly (BBA '94) is the founder and CEO of Mom Corps, a highly selective professional staffing company that helps corporations fill their intermittent staffing needs, while enabling professionals who are raising families to engage in challenging work on a flex-time basis. Before founding Mom Corps in 2005, she built her own accounting practice. Prior to both her entrepreneurial ventures, the UGA graduate was an executive at Toys "R" Us and a CPA at KPMG Peat Marwick.

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    Cynthia Cooper is most well-known for her role in uncovering the corporate fraud at WorldCom — still the largest corporate fraud in history. She was named one of Time magazine's 2002 Persons of the Year after reporting the fraud and became the first woman inducted into the American Institute of CPA s' Hall of Fame in 2004. Cooper is also the author of the forthcoming Extraordinary Circumstances: The Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower.

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    David G. Hanna (BBA '86) has been Chairman and CEO of CompuCredit Corp. since the company was founded in 1996. CompuCredit markets its credit services to consumer borrowers with low credit scores who are often bypassed by traditional financial institutions. Hanna has extensive experience in the credit industry. He co-founded Account Portfolios in 1990 with his brother Frank (BBA '83, 'JD 86) and sold the company to OSI in 1995. Frank and David Hanna are both graduates of Terry.

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    Mr. Blanchard partnered with The Jordan Company to create Jordan-Blanchard Capital, LLC(“Jordan-Blanchard”) in August of 2011 and serves as Chairman, Board of Advisors. Prior to creating Jordan-Blanchard, he served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Synovus Financial Corp., a multi-billion-dollar financial services company, based in Columbus, Georgia. Synovus bank divisions provide commercial and retail banking, investment and mortgage services to customers in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee.  In 1999, Synovus was selected by Fortune Magazine as the #1 Best Company to Work for in America.

    In 2006, he formed a partnership with Columbus State University’s Cunningham Center for Leadership Development to create the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum. The mission of the forum is to provide Columbus, and the region, the opportunity to interact with some of the most influential political, military and business leaders in the world to create a synergy that raises both the local and national standard for leadership development. Previous speakers at the forum include: President George W. Bush, former First Lady Laura Bush, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Senators Sam Nunn and Zell Miller, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, author Ken Blanchard, author John Maxwell, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, General David Petraeus and former U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell. “One of the greatest gifts I can offer to our country is an investment in Leadership. We want to provide a forum where leaders can be exposed to the best and brightest minds in the world today,” said Blanchard.

    Mr. Blanchard is a Terry alum and earned both a BBA and LLB from the University of Georgia.

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    Major General Janet Hicks, Commanding General, U.S. Army Signal School and Fort Gordon, speaks at Terry Leadership Speaker Series

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    Lee Lee James, Vice Chairman and Chief Information Officer, Synovus, speaks at Terry Leadership Speaker Series

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    John is a sought after speaker on the topics of creating consistently great customer experiences that drive customer loyalty and growing business by creating, leading and sustaining remarkable service. He is the co-author of three books with Chip Bell including the award winning international best seller Wired and Dangerous; How Customers Have Changed and What to do About It, the national best seller Take Their Breath Away: How Imaginative Service Creates Devoted Customers and Customer Loyalty Guaranteed: Create Lead, and Sustain Remarkable Customer Service. His articles have appeared in Customer Relationship Management, Incentive Magazine, SBusiness, Quality Digest,Customer Service Excellence, M World, Sales and Service Excellence, and Leadership Excellence. He has appeared live on ABC News and Fox Business.

    He is founder and president of Progressive Insights, a member of the Chip Bell Group. He has over 20 years of executive leadership experience in the hospitality, business services, real estate and financial services industries. John holds a graduate degree in business from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Business Administration from The Citadel.

    His consulting practice specializes in helping leaders and organizations effectively deliver great customer experiences that drive loyalty and bottom line growth. He has successfully completed engagements in a variety of industries including the healthcare, financial services, senior living, insurance, quick service restaurant, utility, commercial construction, trade show management, retail, public transportation, wholesale auto auction, technology, hospitality, real estate, education and business services industries.

    His clients include, McDonald's Corporation, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc., Rollins, Inc., Turner Construction Company, Allstate Insurance, The Arbor Company, Sodexo, The Jacob Javits Convention Center, First Bank and Trust, Atlanta Cycling, General Growth Properties, Texas Instruments, Banco de Finanzas, Northeast Utilities, Elavon (U.S. Bank), Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority, The National Hispanic University, Olmsted Medical Center, The Freeman Companies, Northeast Utilities, Banco Popular, EDiS Company, ELANCO (Division of Eli Lilly), Kaiser Permanente, FLEETCOR Technologies, Pegasus Solutions, Banco Continental de Panama, Southern California Edison, Cousins Properties, Navy Federal Financial Group, Hospitality Risk Controls, Manheim, Angelica Textile Services, Cannon Company, The College Board, and Compass Bank.

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    Leo F. Wells III, founder, president and sole director of Wells Real Estate Funds and its subsidiaries, earned his bachelor's degree in economics in 1967. Under his leadership, Wells Real Estate Funds has grown to be one of the largest real estate investment companies in the United States since its founding in 1984, with more than 200,000 investors and $7 billion in assets.

    Wells is a member of the Financial Planning Association and a registered principal with NASD Series 7, 24 and 63 registrations. He is a life member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club. In 2003, he was selected as a national winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the financial services category.

    Wells' involvement with the University of Georgia includes his contribution of time and financial support to benefit the Terry College's Institute for Leadership Advancement and its students. Wells is also a major supporter of UGA's athletic programs and has funded several team chaplain positions at UGA and other schools. He is an active member of Fellowship Bible Church of Roswell, Ga., and participates in the church's international mission trips.

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    Dennis Donovan, Executive VP of Human Resources, The Home Depot, speaks at Terry Leadership Speaker Series

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    Tom Johnson, Retired President and CEO, CNN, speaks at Terry Leadership Speaker Series

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    Warren Buffett is Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, a holding company whose investments range from GEICO Insurance, to American Express and Coca-Cola, to Borsheims jewelry store in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. 

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