Speaker Date Topic
Sidney Kirschner, EVP, Piedmont Health System Aug 01, 2017
Piedmont Healthcare
Piedmont Healthcare
A resident of Atlanta for 40 years, Sidney Kirschner transferred here to join National Service Industries, Inc (NSI) in an Executive capacity. At the time, NSI was a Fortune 500 Corporation with annual revenue of 500 million dollars and he eventually became Chairman and CEO, growing the company to a 3 billion dollar conglomerate resulting from his intricate involvement in more than thirty significant acquisitions, transactions and multimillion dollar expansion projects.  He retired in 1992 to work in the non-profit world. He had served on Northside Hospital's board of directors from 1984 and became President and CEO of Northside Hospital following his retirement from NSI.  He currently serves as the President & CEO of Piedmont Heart Institute, President & CEO of Piedmont’s Physicians’ Organization and Executive Vice President of Piedmont Health System, a 2 Billion dollar multi hospital system in Atlanta, GA.
Kirschner was born in Ottawa and raised in New York. He graduated with a BS degree in mining engineering from the New Mexico School of Mines. After graduating, he joined Aerojet-General Corporation as an engineer. He rose through the management ranks in jobs at Aerospace Corporation, Curtiss-Wright Corporation and General Dynamics Corporation from 1960 to 1973. He left General Dynamics as president of the Electric Motor Division to join NSI.
At Northside Hospital, Kirschner championed a dedication to service excellence, raised the level of commitment to community service and helped to expand the hospital's service area with a number of new service delivery sites. In addition, he was the driving force behind the development of Northside’s state of the art Women's Center, which opened in May 1999, receiving regional and national recognition; and, has become the nation’s standard for excellence in the treatment of women’s issues.
Kirschner has also served on the board of directors for the American Red Cross, VHA of Georgia, Georgia 1st, Principle Healthcare of Georgia, Atlanta Chapter American Cancer Society, Sandy Springs Revitalization, Inc.,  United Way, and Georgia State University School of Policy Studies.  He provides consulting services to a broad range of businesses and customized strategic advice to physician practices, independent physician networks as well as hospital systems.
 Kirschner and his wife Carole reside in Sandy Springs.
Kyle Waide, President/CEO Aug 08, 2017
Atlanta Community Food Bank
Atlanta Community Food Bank
Kyle Waide leads the Atlanta Community Food Bank in fulfilling its mission to engage, educate and empower the community to fight hunger. As one of the largest hunger relief organizations in the Southeast, the Food Bank connects over 750,000 people each year with more than 69 million pounds of food – or nearly 58 million meals – through a network of 600 partner nonprofits across 29 counties in greater Atlanta and north Georgia.
Prior to being named President and CEO in June of 2015, Waide served for three years as the Food Bank’s Vice President of Partner Operations, leading the organization to record-breaking years of food distribution to those in need in the community.

Through Waide’s collaborative efforts to improve distribution best practices, the Food Bank nearly doubled its distribution of food in three years, providing an additional 24 million meals a year to those in need. The Food Bank also built systems to increase the nutritional quality of its product offerings and has dramatically grown the volume of fresh produce delivered to the hungry.

Prior to joining the Food Bank, Waide held management roles at The Home Depot Inc. across diverse areas, including disaster relief, corporate responsibility, community affairs and store operations. Waide previously served as part of the management team that created and launched Charity Navigator, the nation's premier charity evaluation service and was a Teach For America corps member, teaching eighth grade math and language arts in Compton, CA.

Waide follows Founder and Executive Director Bill Bolling, who announced in 2014 that he would step down from his position, following 36 years of leadership.  He is a graduate of Harvard University and, in 2016, completed Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. He is a member of Rotary Club of Atlanta and the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2015. He serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the Georgia Food Bank Association. He also serves on the Advisory Board of KIPP Atlanta Collegiate, a public charter high school serving students in the West End community and is a founding member of Young Professionals for Educational Equity, an independent advocacy group promoting solutions for students in low-income communities.

He resides in Decatur with his wife, Christina, and their three children.
INVOCATION:  Reynolds Couch
Merritt Lancaster, Paces Properties Aug 15, 2017
Atlanta Real Estate Development in 2017
Atlanta Real Estate Development in 2017
With more than 15 years of commercial real estate experience, Merritt Lancaster joined Paces Properties in 2012 with a diverse knowledge in multi-family, retail, office, industrial, hospitality, self-storage and senior housing. Merritt has been involved in over $2 billion in real estate transactions as a Principal and Lender. As CIO, Merritt is involved in all aspects of Paces’ business with a focus on the financial and operational aspects of the Company’s investments. Prior to joining Paces, Merritt spearheaded capital arrangements and management for conventional apartment units in various development projects, maintained multiple institutional relationships, and procured multiple new capital sources for recapitalization of existing assets and new developments.
INTRODUCTION: George Lancaster
INVOCATION: Tony Callaway
TBD Aug 22, 2017



Louise Blais, Consul General Aug 29, 2017

Louise Blais began her professional career as an Art Theft Analyst at Interpol.  Blais joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1996.  As a senior diplomat, she has served Counsellor at the Embassy in Washington and Tokyo and as Minister-Counsellor for Political Affairs at the Embassy in Paris.

In August 2014, the Minister of Foreign Affairs appointed her Consul General of Canada in Atlanta, covering states with an aggregate bilateral trade of over $50 Billion: North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.

INTRODUCTION:  Jill Thornton
INVOCATION: Peggy Johnson
Tom Clark or Martin Stephenson Sep 05, 2017
The 2017 Tour Championship


INTRODUCTION:  Mason Stephenson
Sam Olens, President Sep 12, 2017
Kennesaw State University
INTRODUCTION: Karen Carlisle
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
Leo Reichert, EVP & General Counsel, WellStar Sep 26, 2017
State of the Healthcare Sector and WellStar's Impact in Fulton County
State of the Healthcare Sector and WellStar's Impact in Fulton County

Leo Reichert joined WellStar Health System in January 2011, and serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. In that role, Mr. Reichert provides advice and counsel to the Board of Trustees and Senior Leadership Team and is responsible for managing the legal function for the System and its affiliates. In addition, Mr. Reichert supervises WellStar’s Government Relations efforts.

Prior to joining WellStar, Leo was a partner on the Healthcare Team at Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs in Atlanta, Georgia, where he represented hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers in a broad range of litigation and regulatory matters, including commercial litigation, medical staff privilege disputes and certificate of need litigation. His experience also included representing health care providers in civil and criminal health care fraud investigations, qui tam (whistleblower) cases, internal investigations, voluntary disclosures, and in the development and implementation of compliance programs.

Prior to joining Parker Hudson, Leo served in the Department of Justice as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division in the Northern District of Georgia.
Leo is a graduate of Georgetown University and Emory University School of Law.

INTRODUCTION:  Marbury Rainer
2017 - 18 Officer and Director Installation Oct 03, 2017
A Centennial Celebration Year!