Most Influential Georgians: Notables

A roster of Notable Georgians.


Ani Agnihotri, Founder/Managing Partner of consulting firm U.S. India Business and Research Center (USIBRC)

Dr. J. Scott Angle, Dean and Director of UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Joel Babbit, CEO and Co-founder, Mother Nature Network

Cheryl A. Bachelder, Franchisor, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen; CEO, AFC Enterprises, Inc.

Demming Bass, COO, Cobb County Chamber of Commerce

Freddy Bensch, Big Kahuna (president/CEO) of Sweetwater Brewing

Sally Bethea, Founding Director, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

Doug Blackmon, Pulitzer-Prize winning author

Renay Blumenthal, Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

Karen Bremer, Executive Director, Georgia Restaurant Association

Robert L. Brown Jr., President and CEO,

RL Brown Associates

Mark Butler, Georgia Commissioner of Labor

Cathy Cox, President, Young Harris College

Charles Craig, President, Georgia Bio

Ann Cramer, Director for Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, IBM

Erroll B. Davis Jr., Superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools

Kit Dunlap, President/CEO, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Jim Durrett, Executive Director, Buckhead Community Improvement District; Chairman, MARTA Board of Directors

Zippy Duvall, President, Georgia Farm Bureau

Sue Everhart, Chairman, Georgia Republican Party

Amir Farokhi, Executive Director, GeorgiaForward

Robert Farris, Director, Georgia Forestry Commission

Bill Floyd, Mayor of Decatur

Thomas Gallagher, Chairman, President and CEO, Genuine Parts Co.

Hans Gant, Senior Vice President of Economic Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber

Sharon A. Gay, Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

Mike Gaymon, President and CEO, Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Brig. Gen. Cedric George, Commander, Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex

Mike Giles, President, Georgia Poultry Federation

Amy Glennon, Publisher, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Wilmot Greene, Owner, The Georgia Theatre

Charles Hall, Executive Director, Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

Col. Bruce Hampton, Musician, Actor

Will Harris, Farmer, White Oak Pastures

Doug Hertz, President and CEO, United Distributors Inc.

Helen Kim Ho, Executive Director, Asian American Legal Advocacy Center

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

Phil Jacobs, Founding Partner, The Pendleton Consulting Company

Bill Jones III, CEO, The Sea Island Company

Samantha Joye, professor, University of Georgia

Vernon Keenan, Director, Georgia Bureau of Investigation

James Cox Kennedy, Chairman, Cox Enterprises Inc.

Tim Lowe, CEO and Managing Partner, Lowe Engineers

Mike Luckovich, Editorial Cartoonist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Two-time Pulitzer Winner

Misti Martin, Chair, Georgia Economic Developers Association; President, Cherokee Office of Economic Development

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

Lauren ‘Bubba’ McDonald Jr., Commissioner, Georgia Public Service Commission

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

Maj. Gen. H. R. McMaster, Commanding General, U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning

James L. Pannell, Partner, Gray, Pannell & Woodward, LLP

Tyler Perry, movie producer, director, writer, actor

Paul Pierce, Producing Artistic Director, Springer Opera House

Teya Ryan, President/Executive Director, Georgia Public Broadcasting

Maria Saporta, Journalist, SaportaReport

David Scott, U.S. Congressman

Charles Seabrook, Journalist, Author

David Shafer, State Senate President Pro Tempore

Anne Eve Carmichael Sherman, Historian/ Preservationist

Tom Smith, President and CEO, Oglethorpe Power

Eric J. Tanenblatt, Senior Managing Director, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP; Co-founder, Hands On Georgia

Ben Tarbutton III, Assistant Vice President, Sandersville Railroad Company; Past Chair, Georgia Board of Regents

Charles K. Tarbutton, Assistant Vice President, Sandersville Railroad Company; Chair, Georgia Department of Economic Development

Barbara Brown Taylor, Butman Professor of Religion at Piedmont College, Episcopal priest, bestselling author

Sara Totonchi, Executive Director, Southern Center for Human Rights

Roger Tutterow, Economist, Mercer University

Chuck Warbington, Executive Director, Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District

 Betty Willis, Senior Associate Vice Presidentfor Governmental and Community Affairs, Emory University

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

Bill Young, Chair, UGA Foundation

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