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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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