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2015 Notable Georgians

Robert Balentine
Chairman and CEO, Balentine, Atlanta


Brandon Beach
State Senator (R-21); CEO, Greater North Fulton Chamber, Alpharetta


Freddy Bensch
Big Kahuna, SweetWater Brewing Co., Atlanta


Mohammad Bhuiyan
President and CEO, Yunus Creative Lab Inc.; CEO, 2015 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Atlanta


Sanford Bishop
U.S. Congressman (D-2), Albany


Karen Bremer
Executive Director, Georgia Restaurant Association, Atlanta


Alex Brewer, aka "Hense"
Contemporary Public Artist and Painter, Atlanta


Matt Bronfman
CEO, Jamestown Properties, Atlanta


Bobby Cagle
Director, Division of Family and Children Services, Atlanta


Mónica Campana
Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Walls, Atlanta


Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen
Superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools, Atlanta


Don Cope
President and CEO, Dalton Utilities, Dalton


Ann Cramer
Senior Consultant, Coxe Curry & Associates, Atlanta


David Cummings
Founder, Atlanta Tech Village, Atlanta


Hardie Davis
Mayor of Augusta


Ralph de la Vega
President and CEO, AT&T Mobile & Consumer Markets, Atlanta


Nancy Denson
Mayor of Athens-Clarke County


Stephen Dolinger
President, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, Atlanta


Zippy Duvall
President, Georgia Farm Bureau, Macon


John Eaves
Chairman, Fulton County Commission, Atlanta


Earl Ehrhart
CEO, LakePoint Sporting Community, Emerson


Robert Farris
Director, Georgia Forestry Commission, Dry Branch


Shirley Franklin
Chair and CEO, Purpose Built Communities, Atlanta


Dr. Tom Frieden
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta


Jennifer Frum
Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, University of Georgia, Athens


Sharon Gay
Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, Atlanta


Mike Giles
President, Georgia Poultry Federation, Gainesville


Amy Glennon
Publisher, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dunwoody


Jerry Gonzalez
Founder and Executive Director, Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, Atlanta


Steve Gooch
State Senator (R-51), Dahlonega


Toby Graham
University Librarian and Associate Provost, University of Georgia, Athens


Ryan Gravel
Creator of the Atlanta BeltLine, Senior Urban Designer, Perkins + Will, Atlanta


Ernest Greene
Record Producer and Musician, Washed Out, Athens


Sheffield Hale
President and Executive Director, Atlanta History Center, Atlanta


Lee J. Harrop
Program Director, Atlanta BeltLine, Atlanta


John Haupert
CEO, Grady Health System, Atlanta


Virginia Hepner
President and CEO, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta


Doug Hertz
President and CEO, United Distributors Inc., Smyrna


Helen Ho
Founding Executive Director, Asian American Legal Advocacy Center, Norcross


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


Dr. Bonita Jacobs
President, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega


Philip Jacobs
Founding Partner, The Pendleton Consulting Group, Atlanta


Steve Justice
Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Aerospace, Eastman


James Cox Kennedy
Chairman, Cox Enterprises, Atlanta


Ami Klin
Director, Marcus Autism Center; Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta


Jeffrey Lorberbaum
Chairman and CEO, Mohawk Industries, Calhoun


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


Nick Masino
Senior Vice President of Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Duluth


Brooks Mathis
Senior Vice President of Economic Development, Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta


Col. Mark McDonough
Commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Safety, Atlanta


Brian McGowan
Executive Vice President and COO, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Atlanta


Penny McPhee
President and Trustee, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Atlanta


Ceasar Mitchell
President, Atlanta City Council, Atlanta


Dan Moody
Co-chairman, The Essential Economy Council, Atlanta


Emory Morsberger
CEO, Morsberger Group, Lawrenceville


William Nuti
Chairman, CEO and President, NCR Corp., Duluth


James Pannell
Partner, Gray Pannell & Woodward, Savannah


Sunny Park
CEO, General Building Maintenance Inc., Atlanta


William Pate
President and CEO, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Atlanta


Karen Paty
Director, Georgia Council for the Arts, Atlanta


Tyler Perry
Actor, Director, Screenwriter and Founder of Tyler Perry Studios, Atlanta


Alicia Philipp
President, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Atlanta


Chuck Reese
Founder and Editor, The Bitter Southerner, Atlanta


Malaika Rivers
Executive Director, Cumberland Community Improvement District, Atlanta


Alice Rolls
Executive Director, Georgia Organics, Atlanta


Mark Rosenberg
President and CEO, The Task Force for Global Health, Decatur


Maria Saporta
Journalist, The Saporta Report/Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta


John Schuerholz
President, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta


Laura Turner Seydel
Philanthropist, Environmental Advocate and Chairperson, Captain Planet Foundation, Atlanta


Alana Shepherd
Co-founder, Shepherd Center, Atlanta


Doug Shipman
CEO, National Center for Civil & Human Rights, Atlanta


Walter Sprouse Jr.
Executive Director, Augusta Economic Development Authority of Richmond County, Augusta


David Stockert
President and CEO, Post Properties, Atlanta


Ben Tarbutton III
Assistant Vice President, Sandersville Railroad Co.; Board of Regents Member, Sandersville


Stu Thorn
President and CEO, Southwire Co., Carrollton


Sara Totonchi
Executive Director, Southern Center for Human Rights, Atlanta


Roger Tutterow
Economist and Director of the Econometric Center, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw


Paula Wallace
Founder and President, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah


Chuck Warbington
Executive Director, Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District, Norcross


Yvonne D. Williams
President, Perimeter Community Improvement Districts, Atlanta


John Silvanus Wilson Jr.
President, Morehouse College, Atlanta


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


Sam Zamarripa
Co-chairman, The Essential Economy Council, Atlanta

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