Most Influential Georgians: Notables

Stacey Abrams, Georgia House of Representatives



Brian Anderson, President, Dalton-Whitfield Chamber of Commerce



Stephanie Armistead, General Manager, GreenBusiness WORKS



Joel Babbit, CEO, Mother Nature Network



Wright Bagby, Mayor, Rome



F. Allen Barnes, Director, Environmental Protection Division



Brandon Beach, Executive Director, North Fulton Community Improvement District



W. Paul Bowers, President and CEO, Georgia Power



Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Actor/ Entrepreneur/Philanthropist/Rapper



Robert Brown, President/CEO, RL Brown & Associates



Otis Brumby, Publisher, Marietta Daily Journal/Neighbor Newspapers



Chip Cherry, President & CEO, Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce and Macon Economic Development Commission



Ron Clark, Educator



Dennis Creech, Co-founder/Executive Director, Southface Energy Institute



Jermaine Dupri, Entrepreneur/Producer/ Rapper/Songwriter



Amir Farokhi, GeorgiaForward



Robert Franklin, President, Morehouse College



Hans Gant, Senior VP of Economic Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber



Sharon Gay, Attorney/Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge



Mike Gaymon, President/CEO, Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce



Renée Lewis Glover, President/CEO, Atlanta Housing Authority



Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director, Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials



Col. Bruce Hampton, Actor/Musician



Becca Hardin, Executive VP of Economic Development, Greater Columbus Chamber



Robert Hatcher, President/CEO, MidCountry Financial Corp.



Tommy Hills, Chief Financial Officer, State of Georgia



Al Hodge, President & CEO, Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce



Pierre Howard, President, Georgia Conservancy



Eric Jacobson, Executive Director, Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities



Robert S. Jepson, Jr., Chairman/CEO, Jepson Associates, Inc.



Jimmy Jeter, President, Standard Discount Corp.



Hank Johnson, U.S. Congressman



Bill Jones, III, Sea Island Company



Dr. Samantha Joye, Marine Biologist, UGA



Joel Katz, Entertainment Lawyer, Greenberg Traurig



Brian Leary, President/CEO, Atlanta BeltLine Inc.



Tim Lowe, President, Lowe Engineers



Mike Luckovich, Pulitzer Prize-winning Editorial Cartoonist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution



Jim Maran, President/CEO, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce



Nick Masino, Vice President for Economic Development, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce



Todd McDevitt, Scientist, Georgia Tech



Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, Chairman, Georgia Public Service Commission



Tim Mescon, President, Columbus State University



Bob Nerem, Director, Georgia Tech/Emory Center for Regenerative Medicine



William “Dink” NeSmith, Jr., Newspaper Publisher, Board of Regents



Jim Pannell, Attorney/Partner, Gray & Pannell



Chip Rogers, State Senator



Joe Rogers, Jr., Chairman/CEO, Waffle House



Dr. Lisa A. Rossbacher, President, Southern Polytechnic State University



Michael Russell, CEO, H.J. Russell & Company



Maria Saporta, Journalist, Saporta Report, Atlanta Business Chronicle



Barbara Schuster, Dean, MCG/UGA Medical Partnership Campus



John R. Seffrin, Ph.D., CEO, American Cancer Society



Dr. Frank E. Shelp, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities



Steve Stice, Scientist, UGA



Doug Stoner, State Senator



Eric Tanenblatt, Senior Managing Director, McKenna Long & Aldridge



Charles K. Tarbutton, Assistant VP, Sandersville Railroad Company



Geri Thomas, State and Atlanta Market President, Bank of America



William Todd, President/CEO, Georgia Cancer Coalition



Pat Topping, Senior VP, Macon Economic Development Commission



Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet, Professor of English, Emory



Betty Willis, Senior Associate VP, Governmental and Community Affairs, Emory University



Woody Woodside, President, Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce





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