John Addison, president and CEO of Addison Leadership Group, is renowned for his insight and wisdom on management, personal development and success. As a world-class speaker and motivator, Addison shares his business know-how and leadership insights through speaking engagements and consulting opportunities. Addison currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of Primerica Distribution. From 1999 until March 2015, Addison served as a Co-Chief Executive Officer of Primerica, Inc. Addison was previously President of Primerica from 1995 to 1999 after holding numerous roles within the company, first starting as a business systems analyst. During his more than 25-year tenure at Primerica, Addison rose in management and was critical to helping the company transition after the departure of its founder. Following the financial crisis of 2008, John and his Co-CEO, Rick Williams, spearheaded the process of separating from Citigroup. These efforts culminated with a successful IPO in 2010 that was 22 times oversubscribed. Through these monumental changes, Addison kept morale high and is widely admired and respected for his positive attitude, leadership skills and business savvy. Addison serves on Primerica’s Board of Directors and served on the boards of Pre-Paid Legal Corporation, the Direct Selling Association, the Georgia Conservancy, the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce and the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter. He holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Georgia State University. Addison will chronicle his insight, successes, and business acumen in a book on leadership that will be released in February 2016.
Dr. Jordan Amadio is a senior resident physician in the Department of Neurosurgery at Emory University and co-founder of NeuroLaunch, the world’s first neuroscience startup company accelerator. Dr. Amadio is a graduate of Princeton University, where he received an honors degree in Physics and was a Barry Goldwater Scholar. In 2004, he was the recipient of both the Kusaka Memorial Prize in Physics as well as the Taylor Prize in Physics. He earned his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School, where he was a research fellow in neurogenetics and was selected to complete his training in the Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program co-administered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was among the first cohort of physicians to graduate with a concurrent Master’s in Business Administration (with Distinction) from Harvard Business School. Dr. Amadio’s professional experience includes leadership in the areas of neurosurgery, bioethics, medical education, bioengineering innovation, and health entrepreneurship. His peer-reviewed scientific publications include research on electrolyte disturbances after pituitary surgery, socioeconomic dimensions of neuromodulation, and the role of guidelines in promoting surgical quality. His popular writing and expert commentary has been featured by media outlets such as The Associated Press, The Independent, Natural History, Cell, Nature Publishing Group, VICE, the BBC, and various blogs. In the world of medical publishing, he serves as Editorial Fellow at NEUROSURGERY, a leading global academic journal, and has been a strong advocate of interdisciplinary collaboration. In 2014, he led the creation of the first theme issue of the American Medical Association (AMA) Journal of Ethics devoted to neurosurgery. In 2015, he became one of the delegates drafting the global BEINGS consensus declaration on responsible use of biotechnology for the next century. In 2014, Dr. Amadio received the American Medical Association Foundation’s Excellence in Medicine Award recognizing his leadership in the early-stage medical innovation community. He has been named “40 under 40” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as well as “40 under 40 Healthcare Innovators” by MedTechBoston. He serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations, including the National Monuments Foundation and the SXSW Accelerator. His current research interests lie at the interface of emerging technologies and the human nervous system, including neuromodulation, wearable computing, and applying startup principles to neuroscience innovations. In its inaugural year, his work with NeuroLaunch has resulted in 11 accelerated neuro-startups, the expansion of the program to 3 cities, and over $10 million in new value creation.
Head of the World Monuments Fund, United Kingdom. Mr. Amery is a Founding Trustee of the Prince of Wales’s Foundation for Architecture. He is a preservationist, urbanist, and author of numerous books on architecture, as well as the architecture critic for the Financial Times of London.
Chairman and CEO of American Proteins, Georgia. A philanthropist with an interest in classical architecture, Mr. Bagwell is a pivotal figure in educational advancements in Georgia and in the United States. His association with The Carter Presidential Center has taken him around the world as an emissary and elections monitor and observer.
Colin S. Brady, OBE, Chairman-Emeritus, The International Leadership Council (ILC), Atlanta. Since retiring from the corporate world, Mr. Brady has developed a successful practice as a consultant and executive coach as well as Director of Marketing for the Susan Wesley Team, Keller Williams Realty. Mr. Brady holds a BS from Southern Methodist University and an MBA (with distinction, Phi Kappa Phi, Delta Gamma Sigma, Dean’s Award) from Fresno State University. During his corporate career he was an executive with PPG Industries, a division president and corporate officer of Philips Industries, and CEO of the America’s of Portals Holdings, PLC where he became the only American elected to the UK board since the company’s founding in 1712. He has been quoted in Architectural Record and the Wall Street Journal and featured in Business Week Magazine and the New York Times. He served on the board and executive committee of the Atlanta College of Art/Woodruff Arts Center and was a member of the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities (AGB) for fifteen years. In 1995 Mr. Brady became one of only a few Americans knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Caleb Clark is an Atlanta native, software engineer, and serial tech entrepreneur. He started Mobilization Labs in late 2005, and over the next several years created a grassroots technology that ran many of the country’s leading Presidential, gubernatorial, and congressional campaigns. Caleb led Mobilization Labs through three funding rounds ($3 million+ in investment capital) and a successful pivot from political software into an innovative fan engagement platform that has powered some of the world’s leading brands. Mobilization Labs’ clients included global non-profits, Fortune 500 companies, platinum selling artists, and local charities. Today he leads a new startup called Fanforce, which is on a mission to transform ticketed entertainment. In 2010, Caleb was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 business leaders in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Caleb is married to Anna Clark, and has two daughters, Lila and Virginia, and a son, Jack.
John Coleman is Head of Strategy and Business Planning for Invesco, Ltd. a diversified asset manager based in Atlanta, GA. John’s writing has appeared in outlets including Forbes, Businessweek, and the Harvard Business Review. His second book, Passion & Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders (Harvard Business Review Press, 2011), has been featured in the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, Fast Company, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, among other publications. He is a regular online contributor to Harvard Business Review where he focuses on personal development and leadership issues. John’s professional experience includes positions in energy arbitrage, consulting, asset management, and housing and community development with firms including McKinsey & Company, Bridgewater Associates, and the Housing Partnership Network. In 2013, John was appointed by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to the DeKalb County Board of Education, providing oversight for a school system with more nearly 100,000 students and 15,000 employees. He is an officer or board member for several non-profit organizations and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2013, he was named one of Georgia Trend magazine’s “40 under 40”. John is a graduate, summa cum laude, of Berry College where he was the student commencement speaker and a US national public speaking champion. John received a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a Zuckerman Fellow and a George Leadership Fellow with the Center for Public Leadership. The same year, he graduated with a Masters in Business Administration with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School, where he received the Dean’s Award for leadership and service and was the HBS Class Day speaker.
Johnson Cook is a graduate of Georgia Tech where he earned a degree in Management. Entrepreneurial at an early age, he started his first company from his dorm room. With David Cumming, he has helped to launch and grow the Atlanta Tech Village, a large campus complex of technology companies, whose mission is to support and inspire entrepreneurs to achieve success through a community that promotes faster connections between talent, ideas, and capital. They are fueling Atlanta’s rise to become a top 5 Tech startup center in the United States. He started VOXA which develops software that helps separate the signal from the noise by measuring, monitoring and controlling email activity. He is a popular blogger, and you can follow him at http://johnsoncook.com. He is the leading technology NMF board member and hosts a technology gathering at the Millennium Gate Museum each month.
Rodney Mims Cook, Jr. is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, Virginia At the age of 14, he initiated the campaign to successfully save the 5000+ seat Fox Theatre for which he was awarded the National Trust for Historic Preservation Prize in 1973. In 1974 Cook was a White House intern. In 1982, he established Rodney M. Cook Interests, a design/development company. In 1987, he established PolitesCook Architects which designed the Newington Cropsey Museum, NY, housing the largest American collection of Hudson River School paintings (Arthur Ross Award to founder.) He is a Founding Trustee of The Prince of Wales’s Foundation for Architecture and organized the design and construction of the Princes’ Olympic Games Monument in Atlanta with Anton Glikine, et al. He is a charter signer of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Cook is currently orchestrating the design competition for the Adams Memorial Foundation a memorial in Washington, D.C. to Presidents John and John Quincy Adams and their wives Abigail and Louisa Johnson Adams and additional generations. Cook’s design proposal with co-designer Michael Franck in 2011 won the National Civic Art Society Prize for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, also for Washington, D.C. This commendation resulted in Cook testifying twice before Congress. Cook is the founder and president of the National Monuments Foundation, an organization that choreographed the design and construction of the Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta. He is a scholar of the American Academy in Rome. He is the author of Atlanta Parks and Monuments, Arcadia Press. He is on the boards of directors of the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation, California, The Fox Theater, Atlanta, the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, New York, and the Savannah College of Art and Design, SCAD. Mr. Cook’s work has been published in Architectural Digest, Time Magazine, The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times of London, Pravda, Izvestia, The New Yorker, The Weekly Standard, Forbes and USA Today.
Pat Daniel is CEO of P&J Beverage Corp., a privately owned holding company for retail liquor outlets in Columbus, Georgia, and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Alcohol Dealers Association. Pat is a member of the Board of Directors of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, a member of the North Columbus Rotary Club, the Columbus Club Litteraire, the Master’s Circle of the Columbus Museum, and St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Pat is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a former member of that organization’s Committee of CPAs in Industry. A longstanding member of the Georgia Society of CPAs, she previously held the position of Chairperson for the Committee of CPAs in Industry, Government and Education with that organization. Pat currently writes a column for Columbus and the Valley Magazine about her passion for fine wines, wine regions, and related topics. Pat was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, the daughter of a World War II veteran, Irving W. Doty, Jr., a man with a lifelong interest in genealogy and their family history in South Carolina and Georgia. Continuing in that tradition, she is a member of the Georgia Historical Society, and has donated the Doty Library and genealogical research to the Georgia Historical Society.
Driehaus Capital Management, Chicago. Mr. Driehaus is the Chief Investment Officer and chairman of Driehaus Capital Management, a multi-billion dollar enterprise, and has been generous in a variety of philanthropic and business sectors. Having maintained an ardent interest in classical design and development, he established through the University of Notre Dame and his two charitable trusts the Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture. His historic preservation efforts include the restorations of the Ransom Cable House in Chicago, a 1905 Georgian Revival house in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; a design competition for the garden at Chicago’s Millennium Park; Roosevelt Park in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and the historic Nickerson Mansion, one of the finest residences ever built in Chicago and now home to the Richard H. Driehaus Museum.
Susan Eisenhower serves as the Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board of The Eisenhower Group, Inc. Ms. Eisenhower serves as a Senior Director of Stonebridge Associates, LLC. She serves as Senior Director of Russia and Central Asia at Albright Stonebridge Group. She has extensive experience counseling Fortune 500 companies on public relations strategies and communications, including on doing business in Russia and Central Asia. She is a nationally-recognized expert on Russia and energy issues, having spent two decades working on U.S.-Russia economic and political cooperation. Ms. Eisenhower has worked for major multinational corporations such as IBM, American Express, Black and Veatch, and AES. She served as President and Chairman of the Eisenhower Institute. Ms. Eisenhower serves as the Chairman Emeritus of The Eisenhower Institute. She serves as a Director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She serves as a Member of the Advisory Board of IxReveal, Inc. (aka: Intelligenxia, Inc.). She served as a Member of the Board of Advisors of M.I.C. Industries, Inc. She served on numerous boards and government task forces, including the NASA Advisory Council, the National Academy of Sciences’ standing Committee on International Security and Arms Control, the Baker-Cutler Commission for evaluating U.S. funded nuclear non-proliferation programs, the Sununu-Meserve Commission on the future of nuclear energy, the International Space Station Management and Cost Evaluation Task Force, and the Nuclear Threat Initiative, co-chaired by Senator Sam Nunn and Ted Turner. She has been a Member of Advisory Board of Centrus Energy Corp since January 1, 2016. She served as president and “architect” of the Institute’s foreign and security studies. Over the last eighteen years, she has become best known for her work in Russia and the former Soviet Union and she contributes to security topics, with a special emphasis on nuclear and space issues. Over the years, Ms. Eisenhower has served as a member of three blue ribbon commissions for the Department of Energy for three different secretaries: The Baker-Cutler Commission on U.S. Funded Non-Proliferation Programs in Russia; The Sununu-Meserve Commission on Nuclear Energy; and the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, which released its findings on a comprehensive program for the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle in the winter of 2012. Ms. Eisenhower joined the policy field from the business community where she continues to consult for Fortune 500 US companies on international business and political matters. In 2000, Ms. Eisenhower co-edited a book, “Islam and Central Asia,” which carried the prescient subtitle, “An Enduring Legacy or an Evolving Threat”. Her most recent book, “Partners in Space: U.S.-Russian Cooperation after the Cold War” has been published in the U.S. and Russia. She is an Academic Fellow of the International Peace and Security program of Carnegie Corporation.
Rebecca Isbell Flick is the CFO of Hanock Fabrics. As Vice President & Treasurer of The Home Depot, she helped to build the world’s largest home improvement retailer, raising more than $20 billion of capital to establish leading global market positions through acquisitions and greenfield expansion. She learned from the company’s founders about the importance of giving back and, today, serves as the Chairman–Finance of the Marcus Autism Center Board of Trustees and is a director of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Community Board and of the University of Tennessee Finance Department Board. Rebecca has been recognized for her leadership by Business-to-Business magazine as an Atlanta Woman of Excellence and by The Diversity Journal as a national Woman Worth Watching. She has also been recognized for her civic leadership as Chairman of the 2013 Marcus Autism Center Big Splash and as Chairman of the 2015 Middelthon-Candler Millennium Gate Gala. Since Home Depot, Rebecca led a privately-held company as Chief Financial Officer and took public a multinational company as Vice President & Treasurer. Rebecca attended the University of Tennessee for her undergraduate degree and earned an MBA in corporate finance from Georgia State University while working full-time as a banker at the Continental Bank of Illinois. She is the proud mother of Lauren & Jake.
President of The Glenn Family Foundation, Atlanta. The Glenn Family has enriched Atlanta like few families in the city’s history. They have built universities, hospitals, churches, and corporations, among other influential, urban features, all concentrated on improving the quality of life in Atlanta. Mr. Glenn has also recently created an enlightened program at The Westminster Schools for philanthropy, which will become a catalyst for other similar programs around the United States.
Robert (Bob) G. Harris Jr., a member of Georgia’s Callaway family has built and sold a number of companies. He currently spends time between Carrollton and LaGrange. The Harris family was a lead patron of The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting, assisting with research in the United States and subsequently in the United Kingdom for further research. Their plantation and house museum, Hills & Dales, was the opening venue as reported in the Wall Street Journal for the Churchill exhibition.
Managing Partner, BRC International. Mr. Hultslander has founded numbers of successful companies and organizations both in the U.S. and abroad in such fields as commercial real estate, security, and information technology. Multilingual, he has spent nearly 18 years overseas and has interests in international culture, history and the arts. He is head of the Latin America division at BRC International, living in Atlanta, and a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College.
Kumar was senior Project Manager at the world’s largest railroad organization. He oversaw and managed construction of a $150 million maintenance facility and constituted a new system of manpower requirement for the facility. He has substantial work experience in delivering time based 24×7 quality output and leading cross functional teams. A trained mechanical engineer with Master’s in Economics and M.S. in Mathematical Risk Management, he has valuable experience in managing technical and operational aspects of rolling stock assets with impetus on human resource management and staff welfare. He excels in management of a large workforce in industrial settings, dealing with unions and negotiations. A graduate of LEAD Atlanta class of 2013, advisor to Ambassador Andrew Young, he is Director of Special Projects for the Andrew Young Foundation.
Joe Lonsdale is a Co-Founder and General Partner at Formation8 Partners. Joe is Co-Founder of OpenGov, Inc. and serves as the Chairman, he serves as an Advisor at HealthTap Inc, as Executive Officer at Zanbato, Inc., and is co-founder of Addepar, Inc. serving as its Executive Chairman. He is employed at Anduin Ventures and lectures on entrepreneurship and technology at Stanford University. He co-founded Palantir Technologies Inc. in 2003 now valued at $21,000,000,000. He served as an Executive at Clarium Capital, where he was a key player in growing it into a $5-billion AUM global macro hedge fund. He also worked with the financial arm at PayPal while still a student and serves as the Chairman at ONEHOPE Wine, LLC., as a Director of Revinate, Inc., Glow, Inc., and cacs.org, BetterWorks Systems, Inc., Wish, Oscar Illumio, Inc., and Inbox App, Inc., and Radius Intelligence Inc. Mr. Lonsdale earned a B.S. in Computer Science in 2003 from Stanford University.
Layton Roberts is a sixth generation native of Rome, GA and Floyd County. He is a graduate of Darlington School and obtained his undergraduate degree in Molecular and Pathogenic Microbiology from the University of Georgia. In 1996, Roberts helped organize the staffing of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta where over 20,000 individuals were hired by his staffing service, Randstad North America. In 2007, Roberts purchased Etowah Employment, Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama’s oldest and largest staffing company (Employment Innovations, Inc.). Employment Innovations, Inc. currently employees over one thousand people each year in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee as well as internationally in Italy and Mexico. Layton speaks publicly on employment skills, employment trends in the United States, and how to retain employees in the workforce. He has contributed to several publications including, A Fresh Look at Employee Retention and The Randstad North American Employee Review, is the author of a syndicated newspaper column and radio program; both entitled Ready, Aim, Hire! and in 2012, Roberts, an avid art collector, curated an art exhibit entitled, The Faces of Christ. Artists such as Gerrit van Honthorst, Guido Reni, Carlo Dolci, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Jan Lievens were included. Roberts was the chairman of the Ellen Axson Wilson Celebration, honoring the life and art of Rome’s First Lady of the United States which was in collaboration with the Rome Area Council for the Arts, The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and the Woodrow Wilson House (Washington, D.C.). Roberts has overseen the construction of a bronze statue of Ellen Wilson for Rome’s Town Green. He currently serves on the board of the Rome Area Council for the Arts and is a past member of the Darlington School Board of Trustees and the Alumni Council.
Pam R. Rollins holds a B.A. Degree from Stephens College with a major in Family Community Studies. Ms. Rollins is the granddaughter of the founder of Rollins Inc. and daughter of the Chairman of the Company. Ms. Rollins in her youth worked to save the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, now one of the most successful theaters in the world. She is a noted philanthropist with a keen interest in education. She has served on the boards of or has been significantly involved with The Lovett School, Berry College, and Emory University, among other educational institutions. She is also involved with The Rollins School of Health at Emory University, among the world’s most important schools of health which is attached to the Centers for Disease Control.
Lovette Twyman Russell is a Senior Consultant with Coxe Curry & Associates. In this role, she provides strategic consultation to nonprofits to strengthen their capacity in the critical areas of board development, volunteer engagement and fundraising. A native of Atlanta, Lovette is committed to community service. Passionate about children’s causes, she currently serves on the boards of Sheltering Arms, Zoo Atlanta, GEEARS (Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students), and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation. Having chaired or co-chaired many of the city’s leading events, including the Mayor’s Masked Ball, the Atlanta History Center’s Swan House Ball, Zoo Atlanta’s The Beastly Feast, Park Pride’s 25th Anniversary Gala, and the inaugural Grady Hospital Gala, she was named the 2012 Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. That same year she received the 11Alive Boisfeuillet Jones Community Service Award and was named the Mary Caan Volunteer of the Year by the Lupus Foundation. Previously, both the YWCA of Greater Atlanta and Atlanta Woman Magazine recognized her as a Woman of Achievement. Lovette also received the Trailblazer Award from the NAACP in 2013.A graduate of Spelman College, Lovette is an active alumna and currently serves on the College’s Board of Trustees. In addition, she chairs the Hughes Spalding Hospital Community Foundation and is a member of Buckhead Cascade City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.An experienced triathlete, Lovette has completed a number of triathlon events, in addition to the Honolulu Marathon, and has trained groups of women and inner city children to compete in triathlons.Lovette and her husband, Michael Russell, CEO of H.J. Russell & Company, are the proud parents of two children, Michael, a fourth year at The University of Virginia, and Benjamin, a junior at the University of South Carolina.
Remar Sutton is Chairman of the Trustees of the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation, and President of the Trustees of the BVI National Parks, USA. He is an originator of the FoolProof Foundation, and Chairman of FoolProof’s Walter Cronkite Project. Sutton served as a board member of the New York Philomusica Chamber Orchestra for ten years, and was a syndicated columnist in The Washington Post for 11 years. Remar is also a well-known consumer advocate and author. He founded the Privacy Rights Now Coalition, and has published five fiction and non-fiction books.
Irene Thomas is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a BSN in Nursing. She became a crisis manager nurse who was deployed to cities prone to hurricanes. She was instrumental in saving lives in Miami’s Hurricane Andrew and Hurricane Hugo. After this service to her fellow man she decided to reside permanently in Charleston. She later developed an interest in the real estate profession and her family is very involved in urban farming in both Gainesville and Atlanta, Georgia. She was named a “Who’s Who” in the South and Southeast.
Mary Hardin Thornton is a graduate of Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama where she received her B.S. in English, Religion and Philosophy. She has served as the director of Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful since 2005. She coordinates the City of Rome Tree Board and is responsible for its annual certification as a Tree City USA with the Arbor Day Foundation. Mrs. Thornton is a member of the Rome Rotary Club; the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Reverend John Andrew Chapter; Paradise Gardens Foundation Board of Directors; Past President of the Georgia Urban Forest Council; Chairman of Network Day Service Center, a United Way Agency serving adults with developmental challenges, and is a mentor for the Berry College Integrity in Leadership Center.
Valery Voyles is the Chairman/CEO of the Ed Voyles Automotive Group which is one of the oldest and largest automotive groups in the metro Atlanta area. The group consists of 6 stores that house eight total franchises: Ed Voyles Honda, Ed Voyles Hyundai, Ed Voyles KIA and Ed Voyles Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram all in Cobb County and Ed Voyles Acura along with Ed Voyles KIA Chamblee on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. The company was started 65 years ago by her late father, Ed Voyles.
Valery graduated from The Westminster Schools in 1974 and went on to model full time until 1981 when her daughter was born. Her son arrived three years later and until her children went to school…she was a full time mother. When her children went to school in the early 1990’s, she went to work for her father. She had worked for him over the years learning the business from the time she was a small child. She would come to his office every day after school and during the summer. In May of 2004, her father passed away and she became the successor to the organization. She currently oversees the daily operations of the dealer group with her Senior Management Team and her General Managers.
She is very active in the community. She serves on several Boards and donates her personal time and money to causes that are near and dear to her heart. She has been the recipient of numerous awards both for her service to the community and for her contributions to the profession in which she operates. Some of her achievements include: Acura National Dealer Advisory Board – Chair Emeritus, Board of Trustees of the Shepherd Center Foundation, Advisory Circle Member – Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Serves on the Board of the GADA, Special Appointee – Cobb Chamber Board of Directors, Board Member – The Cumberland Academy, 2007 March of Dimes Annual Evening of Excellence Honoree, United Way Campaign Annual Partner, 2012 TIME Magazine Dealer of the Year nominee for Georgia, 2013 Winner of the Cox Family Enterprises Family Business of the Year (large group), Director of the Buckhead Coalition (accepted 2014), Recipient of Automotive News’ 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry (2015).
Philanthropist, Atlanta. A key figure in the Atlanta business, education, and arts communities, Ms. Wills was a major force in saving the historic Fox Theatre and sits on the board of Atlanta Landmarks, owner of the 6000-seat theatre.
Arol Wolford co-founded SmartBIM and VIMtrek based on his passion for information solutions in the building design and construction industry. Arol has been a well-known entrepreneur in the building products information industry for the past 30 years. He founded Manufacturers’ Survey Group in 1975 and five years later entered the construction information industry with the startup of Construction Market Data (CMD) in Atlanta, Georgia. As President and CEO of CMD, Arol oversaw the CMD Group of companies which included such well known information sources as Association Construction Publications, Architects’ First Source, Buildcore Product Source, CanaData, Clark Reports, Construction Market Data (CMD), Cordell Building Information Services, Manufacturers’ Survey Associates, and R.S. Means. CMD Group was also part owner of BIMSA/Mexico and Burwood Reports in Southeast Asia. Arol sold CMD Group to Cahners (now Reed Construction Data) for $299.5 million. Arol served on the Board of Revit before it was sold to Autodesk and has pursued the goal of empowering Architects, Engineers and Contractors with Smart BIM Objects from Building Product Manufacturers during the last decade. Arol coined the term BIM, or Business Information Modeling, now used globally. In 1997, Arol was named honorary member of The American Institute of Architects in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the architectural profession. More recently he was selected to serve on the AIA 150 Committee, the only non-architect so honored. Arol holds a degree in biology from Westmont College of California. He is married to Jane, his high school sweetheart, and has two married daughters./p>
Author, New York. The definitive American author chronicling our time, Mr. Wolfe’s books The Painted Word and From Bauhaus to Our House, which dissect the global arts and architectural communities, establish him as an intellectual who fully understands the import of the mission of The National Monuments Foundation on the nation’s cities.
Robin Worley is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Engineering and Textiles. He is CEO of The Sewell Companies, a multi-generational family owned tailored clothing company that makes men’s and ladies’ suits and jackets produced both domestically and globally. The company also manufactures uniforms for the United States Military. President Jimmy Carter is also a client. Located in Bremen, Georgia, they have been in business since 1918. Robin has started over 11 different companies, domestic and international, and teaches authentic leadership concepts, character traits, and competencies necessary for entrepreneurial success. His efforts joining with Country Music Legend Larry Gatlin & Mill Town Music owner Randall Redding with Liberty Legends USA, generates public awareness to bring back jobs for American workers. He is a trustee of the Warren and Ava Sewell Foundation, and is a Trustee of the Tanner Medical Foundation. He is CEO of Varsity Threads specializing in training young people in the concepts of authentic leadership, founder of Imperative Leadership and the Student Scholarship Organization of America. He was a football star for Auburn University and was also a champion polo player.