Speaker Date Topic
Seth Hopkins, Executive Director May 30, 2017
Booth Western Art Museum
Booth Western Art Museum
Seth Hopkins is the Executive Director of the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, a position he has held since 2000.  Since 2003, he has also served as the Executive Director of Georgia Museums, Inc., which operates the Booth Museum, Bartow History Museum and Tellus – Northwest Georgia Science Museum.  Prior to entering the museum profession Hopkins worked in the fields of journalism, public relations, and telecommunications management. 
Under his guidance the Booth Museum grew from an initial vision of a 30,000 square regional art center, to a world class, 120,000 square foot Smithson Affiliated museum.  The Booth is now the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in the country.  Similarly, Hopkins led the team that transformed the 10,000 square foot Weinman Mineral Museum into the 125,000 square foot Tellus Science Museum, also a Smithsonian Affiliate.  Southwest Art Magazine included Hopkins on its’ list of 10 prominent people who are “making noteworthy contributions to the art world.”
Hopkins holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from Syracuse University.  While in college he participated in the Army ROTC program and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant upon graduation.   Hopkins then attended the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Ft. Benning, Georgia and follow on special weapons courses. He has completed courses in art history at Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University and the University of Wyoming, as well as museum studies courses at West Georgia State University.  He received a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Oklahoma.  While at OU he completed his Master’s Thesis: Andy Warhol Played Cowboys and Indians, under the direction of faculty advisor Byron Price.  Among the nearly 100 exhibitions Hopkins has curated or co-curated are Ansel Adams: Before and After, Blazing the Trail: 50 Years of the Cowboy Artists of America, Selling the Sizzle: The Art of Movie Posters and American Spirit Remembered: The Art of Mort Kuntsler
Hopkins twice served as a juror for the annual Arts for the Parks exhibition in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and has also judged the annual Cowboy Artists of America Show and Sale in Phoenix, Arizona and the Coors Western Art Sale in Denver, Colorado.  He has had articles published in American Art Review, Western Art Collector, and Persimmon Hill.  In 2010 he was honored with the prestigious Flourish Award, given annually to a leader who has helped the arts flourish in Georgia.  He recently served a two year term as President of the Museums West Consortium, a group including the 15 largest and most important Western museums. 
Hopkins resides in Cartersville, Georgia with his wife Joyce and four children.

INVOCATION:  Clay Prickett



Chief Justice Harris Hines, GA Supreme Court Jun 06, 2017
Thoughts from the Supreme Court

Chief Justice P. Harris Hines was appointed to the Supreme Court of Georgia on July 26, 1995, by Governor Zell Miller to succeed Willis B. Hunt, Jr., former Chief Justice.  He was sworn in by Governor Nathan Deal on January 6, 2017.  Prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court, he served as a Superior Court judge in the Cobb Judicial Circuit and a State Court judge for Cobb County.

An Atlanta native, Hines graduated from Henry W. Grady High School, and received his bachelor's and J.D. degrees from Emory University.  He was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Cobb Judicial Circuit Bar Association. He is also Second Vice President of the Old War Horse Lawyers Club, an Emeritus Master of the Joseph Henry Lumpkin Inn of Court, which is associated with the University of Georgia School of Law, a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Georgia School of Law, and a fellow of the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia.  He is a graduate of the National Judicial College.

After graduation from law school, Hines clerked for Judge E. A. Wright, Senior Judge of the Civil Court of Fulton County, for one year. He then joined the firm of Edwards, Bentley, Awtrey & Parker of Marietta, Georgia as an associate and later became a partner.  Hines was appointed to the State Court of Cobb County by Governor Jimmy Carter and was later elected to the Superior Court of the Cobb Judicial Circuit.  He serves as Chair of the Supreme Court’s Justice for Children Committee. He is the Court’s liaison to the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education, the General Assembly, and the Office of Bar Admissions. He is Vice Chair of the Judicial Council and Chair of its Policy and Legislative Committee. He was appointed in 2015 as a member of the Judicial, District Attorney, and Circuit Public Defender Compensation Commission.

Hines is a former Trustee of the Kennesaw State University Foundation, a member and Past Distinguished President of the Kiwanis Club of Marietta and a Past Distinguished Lt. Governor of the Georgia District of Kiwanis International. He served on the inaugural Board of Directors of the Cobb-Marietta Girls Club and is a Past President of the Cobb County Y.M.C.A. He has participated in the Leadership Georgia and Leadership Atlanta programs and was selected as Cobb County's Most Admired Community Leader for 1993. Chief Justice Hines is an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Marietta and has served as Clerk of Session. He is an Eagle Scout.  He and his wife Helen reside in Marietta and have two children.

INTRODUCTION:  Patrise Perkins-Hooker​
INVOCATION: Carol Wesley
Danny Shoy, CEO, East Lake Foundation Jun 13, 2017
Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Poverty
Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Poverty
Daniel Shoy, Jr. serves as president of the East Lake Foundation.  He is responsible for strategic goal setting focused on advancing the Foundation’s mission to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty for children and families in the East Lake community. With overall responsibility for the Foundation’s operations and external relations, he is also responsible for sustaining strong relationships with the Foundation’s partners. Since joining the Foundation as Program Director in 2010, he has also served as Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer.

Daniel has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector with organizations focused on youth and community development. Prior to joining the East Lake Foundation, Daniel worked for The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation for 10 years and was responsible for awarding $28M in grants.

Daniel has completed several leadership programs including the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta Volunteer Involvement Program (2002), Southeast Council of Foundations Hull Fellows Program (2003), LEAD of Leadership Atlanta (2005), Association of Black Foundation Executives Connecting Leaders Program (2008), and the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education’s Education Policy Fellowship Program (2009).  He is currently a member of Leadership Atlanta (Class of 2017).  He’s been a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. since 1994 and is currently active with its Nu Mu Lambda Chapter.

Daniel is a first generation American from New York City, speaks two other languages and enjoys international travel, sports and photography. He earned a B.A. in History from Emory University in 1995 and in 2013 was named an Emory College Distinguished Alumni.  He previously served on Emory University’s Board of Governors.  He currently serves on the Charles R. Drew Charter School Board of Directors and the University of Georgia Board of Visitors.
INTRODUCTION:  Mason Stephenson ​
Chuck Eaton, Commissioner Jun 20, 2017
Public Service Commission
Public Service Commission
Chuck Eaton was elected to his first term on the Public Service Commission in December of 2006 and reelected to his second term in November of 2012. He was one of only two statewide Republican candidates in the entire country to beat an incumbent during the 2006 election year. In 2008, he served as Commission Chairman and was chosen by fellow Commissioner's in 2012 to serve again as Chairman during 2013 and 2014. Before serving on the Commission, he worked in real estate sales. Prior to moving to Atlanta, he was an Account Executive for a packaging manufacturer in LaGrange, Georgia. Commissioner Eaton has an Accounting Degree from the University of Alabama and a Law Degree from Georgia State University.
He is the past President of the Buckhead Forest Civic Association. Chuck was also a representative to the Atlanta Neighborhood Planning Unit "B" - a citizen group which makes recommendations on zoning, land use, public safety and community issues. In Troup County he served on the Board of Directors for Troup Haven House - a children's shelter.
Commissioner Eaton has been involved in the political process for a long time. In 1992, he served as Congressman Phil Crane's Deputy Campaign Manager. In Troup County he successfully managed multiple campaigns for former Representative Jeff Brown. He is a graduate of the Coverdell Leadership Institute - a statewide organization founded by late U.S. Senator Paul D. Coverdell to strengthen leadership and political skills.
Due to the judicial nature of the PSC, he enrolled at Georgia State Law School in 2009, to gain a better understanding of regulatory and administrative law proceedings in Georgia. Chuck takes night classes and pays for this education out of his own pocket.
He lives in Atlanta with his wife Erika, their daughter Lydia and their two rescued dogs. When not working at the Public Service Commission, or furthering his legal training, he enjoys spending time with his family.  The Eaton's are members of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.

INTRODUCTION:  Young Patterson
INVOCATION: Magen McRoberts

CSM Julius Small, Jr Jun 27, 2017
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
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.


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