Speaker Date Topic
CSM Julius Small, Jr Jun 27, 2017
4th of July Program
4th of July Program
In 1958, CSM Julius Small Jr. enlisted in the US Army where he served until 1992.  During his 34+ years of service, he visited or was assigned to 18 foreign countries.  Following his military career he served as Supply Officer for the Information Management Services Center, responsible for the accountability receipt, issue and storage of Information Technology and Communication equipment in support of Headquarters Forts McPherson, Gillem, U.S. Army FORSCOM, First U.W. Army and many tenant locations in the Atlanta area. He retired from Civil Service in 2008, culminating a career of 50 years of service to the military.
Since his retirement, and as a Department of the Army Civilian, he has volunteered as a service officer with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VF@) and The Disabled American Veterans (DAV).  he has been instrumental in assisting many veterans filing claims for service-connected disability compensation that they may be entitled to and to ensure a smooth process with the VA.  He has served as Commander for DAV at Chapter Level for the Department of GA.
Small is also the past president of The Association of Retired Enlisted Personnel, Inc., whose primary purpose is to assist members and families professionally and culturally, and to promote and improve both local and national relationships between active duty military, retirees, their family members, survivors and civilians through benevolent programs and social activities.
Small is an active member of his church and is a Line Officer for The New Era Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, Inc.  His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit 3, OLC, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with the 3d Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with 3d Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal (11th Award) and several campaign medals.  Small was born in Savannah, GA and raised in Beaufort, S.C.  He holds an AA and BA from Saint Leo College in Saint Leo, Florida.  He and his wife Dorothy have five children and seven grand children.
INTRODUCTION: Young Patterson
No Luncheon Meeting Today Jul 04, 2017
Happy 4th of July!!!
Christopher Hanks, KSU Entrepreneurship Center Jul 11, 2017
“Changing Lives Through Entrepreneurship”
“Changing Lives Through Entrepreneurship”

Christopher C. Hanks is the founder and executive director of the KSU Entrepreneurship Center.  Prior to this, Hanks was the founder and director of the entrepreneurship program at the University of Georgia.  He has owned multiple businesses, including music, e-commerce, publishing, and export ventures.  Hanks leads the International Entrepreneurship Institute and is certified in business valuation, providing expert witness testimony.  Before teaching at UGA, Hanks taught entrepreneurship at Georgia State University and assisted in leading the Russell Center for Entrepreneurship. 

Shan Cooper, Chief Transformation Officer Jul 18, 2017

Shan Cooper is chief transformation officer, responsible for leading the company’s efforts to develop the capabilities and processes needed for growth. In addition, Shan leads the company’s procurement, logistics, information technology and recycling operations. Prior to joining WestRock, Shan served as vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company.

As general manager, she was responsible for the 6,000 employee operations in Marietta, GA; Meridian, MS; and Clarksburg, WV, which design, produce, modify and maintain military aircraft for the U.S. and countries around the world. Marietta programs include the C-130J Super Hercules, P-3 Orion, C-5M Super Galaxy and F-35 Lightning II.

Shan was named Georgia Trend Magazine’s 2015 Most Respected Business Leader; one of the Women of the Year 2015 by American Association of University Women; and as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s Most Influential Georgians in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. She also received the 2013 Pioneer Award from U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology Magazine.

She serves on the Board of Directors of Georgia Power Company.  Shan also serves on the executive board of the Metro Atlanta Chamber; is Chair of the Board of Councilors for The Carter Center and serves on the Board of Trustees of both Emory University and the Woodruff Arts Center; is on the Board for the Technical College System of Georgia, is on the Board of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and is a member of the Atlanta Rotary Club.

Shan earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and religion from Emory University and a master’s of business administration from the Roberto Goizueta Business School of Emory University. She is also a graduate of the Rutgers Global Executive Masters in Human Resource Leadership Program.

INTRODUCTION:  Irv Schoenberg
Larry Gluth, President, Bobby Dodd Institute Jul 25, 2017
Bobby Dodd Institute:  Empowering People. Changing Lives.
Bobby Dodd Institute:  Empowering People. Changing Lives.

Larry Gluth joined BDI in August 2016 as president and CEO, following almost a decade of leadership as Senior Vice President US and Canada for Habitat for Humanity International (HHI). 

Larry first became involved with HHI as a volunteer while he was working as an executive with Starbucks Corporation in Seattle, WA. He began by volunteering on house builds with the East King County Habitat affiliate in Remond, WA, and then served on the board for five years.

When Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck in 2005, Larry took a yearlong sabbatical from Starbucks in order to volunteer full-time with Habitat on the Gulf Coast. He returned to Starbucks at the end of the year, and in 2007 he joined the Habitat for Humanity International staff full-time to lead operations of the U.S. and Canada area office. 

During his leadership with Habitat, Larry led the organization's Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative and invested in a long-term strategy for Habitat ReStores. These actions have helped Habitat serve more families in the United States than ever before.

A graduate of the University of Utah, Larry received his alma mater's Distinguished Alumnus award in 2010. He currently serves as a Trustee for the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and resides in Dunwoody with his wife, Gailynn, and their son, Connor.


Sidney Kirshner, EVP, Aug 01, 2017
Piedmont Healthcare


Kyle Waide, President/CEO Aug 08, 2017
Atlanta Community Food Bank
Merrit Lancaster, Paces Properties Aug 15, 2017
The Krog Street Market




INTRODUCTION: Mason Stephenson
Dr. Walter J. Curran, Executive Director Aug 22, 2017
Winship Cancer Institute




INTRODUCTION:  Angela Cassidy
Louise Blais, Consul General Aug 29, 2017



INTRODUCTION:  Jill Thornton
Larry Gellerstedt, Pres/CEO, Cousins Properties Sep 19, 2017
“Update on Cousins Properties & Atlanta Real Estate”
“Update on Cousins Properties & Atlanta Real Estate”

In June 2009, Larry Gellerstedt was named President and CEO of Cousins Properties. He previously served as the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing Cousins’ leasing and asset management efforts as well as its development initiatives. Larry joined Cousins in 2005 following the acquisition of his firm, The Gellerstedt Group.


During his tenure at Cousins, Larry has steered the Company to focus on acquiring, developing and operating urban trophy office towers in high-growth Sunbelt markets while maintaining a conservative balance sheet. In 2016, he led the largest deal in Cousins history – the merger with Parkway Properties, Inc. and subsequent spin-off of the combined companies’ Houston-based assets into a separately traded REIT. From 2009 to 2016, Larry led Cousins from an equity market cap of $665 million to over $3.4 billion.


Larry began his career at Beers Construction Company (Beers) in 1978 as an estimator and project manager. Eight years later, he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Beers and led the company to annual revenues in excess of $1.2 billion and the company’s eventual sale to Skanska AB.

He also has held positions as President and Chief Operating Officer of The Integral Group, recognized nationally for its visionary urban mixed-use development, and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Business Products, a NYSE-listed manufacturer of packaging and printed office products.

Spanning a career of more than 35 years, Larry has received numerous accolades including Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Atlanta Business League’s CEO of the Year, and Georgia Trend magazine’s Georgia’s 100 Most Influential People.


Larry currently serves as Director, Georgia Power Company and Advisory Council of SunTrust Bank, Atlanta Division; Chairman, Georgia Research Alliance and Jesse Parker Williams Foundation; Vice Chair, Atlanta Committee for Progress and Trustee, Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. He served as Past Chair, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, The Commerce Club, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Metro Atlanta YMCA, Midtown Alliance, and Woodruff Arts Center.  He graduated from UNC at Chapel Hill.

INTRODUCTION:  Ernie Prickett