Speaker Date Topic
Mark Toro, CEO, North American Properties Sep 24, 2019 12:00 PM
The Secret Sauce
The Secret Sauce

Mark Toro’s passion lies in creating smarter built environments and healthier, happier places. He believes a thoughtfully designed place fosters a higher quality of life for its users, and as a new grandfather, he hopes his vision will result in a better tomorrow for our children and grandchildren. Whether through his relentless advocating for expanded transit and walkability, lending his expertise to rebuild one of Atlanta’s most impoverished neighborhoods or developing award-winning mixed-use communities, Mark is constantly reimagining “place” by focusing on the street level energy and human experience.  With the recent repositioning of Atlantic Station, development of Alpharetta’s $1 billion Avalon project and redevelopment of Colony Square, Mark continues to fearlessly lead the NAP Atlanta team through uncharted waters, where together they are developing a new generation of experience-driven commercial real estate.

Ever engaged in helping to shape the future of metro Atlanta, Mark currently chairs Midtown Alliance’s Board of Directors and serves on the Boards of Woodruff Arts Center and City of Refuge, where he chairs the $25 million “Shining the Light” capital campaign.  An outspoken transit advocate, Mark was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of The ATL by Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor.  The newly formed authority will govern expansion of public transportation throughout the Atlanta region.

Mark has been named one of “55 Most Influential Atlantans” by Atlanta Magazine, recognized as one of the “Most Admired CEOs” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, presented with the Henry H. Robinson Award by Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, honored by the Hispanic American Business Leadership Association as Entrepreneur of the Year and named Citizen of the Year by Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce.   

Before cofounding North American Properties’ Atlanta office in 1996, Mark served in several leadership positions with Faison and Cousins Properties. He has acquired, developed or redeveloped more than 70 projects totaling almost 30 million square feet.

Mark attended Rutgers University, where he met his wife, Nancy. The Toros have two daughters and three grandchildren.

INTRODUCTION:  Norris Broyles
INVOCATION:  Heidy Brusitus
Officer and Director Installation Oct 01, 2019 12:00 PM
2019-20 President Sandy Welfare
2019-20 President Sandy Welfare
President Sandy Welfare
President-Elect David Moore
Vice President Marbury Rainer
Past President James Ottley
Secretary Karen Carlisle
Treasurer Carlye Dooley
2018-2020: Kathy Colbenson, Hank Fellows, Tim Kercheval, Rodgers Lunsford, George Wieder
2019-2021: Mary Pat Crouch, Tom Gay, Thornton Kennedy, Laura McCarty, Magen McRoberts
INVOCATION: Paul Anderson
Randy Davis, SVP/Gen Counsel, Phoenix Air Group Oct 08, 2019 12:00 PM
Flying Special Missions: From Explosives to Ebola
Flying Special Missions:  From Explosives to Ebola

Randall H. Davis is Sr Vice President and General Counsel of Phoenix Air Group, Inc., a worldwide provider of specialized jet aircraft services to government and industry.

Davis holds a BA degree from Amherst College and  a JD  degree  from  the Emory University School of Law.  Prior to joining Phoenix  Air, he was a partner  with the law firm of Neely  & Player in Atlanta, having practiced there for more than ten years. In that practice, he represented various insurance underwriters, air carriers, and manufacturers. His practice also included a concentration in the defense of FAA enforcement actions and transactions involving aircraft regulatory issues. 

Davis has authored numerous articles for publications on aviation law and has provided legal commentary on national television. He acted as an adjunct professor and consultant in aviation law at DeKalb Community College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Davis is an active pilot and holds FAA Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor  Certificates,  as well  as a helicopter rating.  He also holds type ratings for the Learjet,  Citation 500 series  and Gulfstream  159/1159 (GI, II and Ill) aircraft and is a qualified international captain in those aircraft.  He  has  accumulated  approximately 16,000 hours of total pilot flight time. Mr. Davis has also personally acted as a pilot on several  of Phoenix  Air's Ebola missions in their Gulfstream Ills. He also captained the only known civilian flights on the evening of 9/11, during a Phoenix Air Learjet mission taking government relief personnel to NYC. He grew up on a dairy farm on eastern Long Island and originally learned to fly on the family farm's small airstrip.

Davis is admitted to the Bar in the States of Georgia, Florida and New York. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Lawyer's Club of Atlanta, the International Air Transportation Safety Bar Association, and the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia. Some of his charitable and civic activities have included work with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and the Georgia Legal Services Program.

INTRODUCTION:  Jill Thornton
Dr. G. Wayne Clough, Pres Emeritus Oct 15, 2019 12:00 PM
Georgia Tech
INVOCATION: Fontaine Huey



Hon Andrew Staunton, Con Gen, United Kingdom Oct 22, 2019 12:00 PM
"Turbo-Charging Transatlantic Engagement"
"Turbo-Charging Transatlantic Engagement"
Andrew Staunton took up his appointment in Atlanta as Her Majesty’s Consul General in June 2018.  Andrew is the senior UK government representative in the Southeast United States responsible for relations with the states of Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama.  He leads a team which works to promote UK-US trade and investment, support British nationals, conduct public diplomacy on key issues, and build scientific and research co-operation. He also sits on the Marshall Scholarship selection committee.
Before taking up his posting in Atlanta, Andrew served four years as Deputy Head of Mission and Economic Counsellor at the British Embassy in Athens. He was also Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Dublin from 2009 to 2013. Throughout both of these postings, Andrew’s main focus was on the economic crises in Greece and Ireland, boosting bilateral relations, promoting the UK’s interests, and working on a range of issues linked to the European Union. Prior to this, Andrew worked in the Foreign Office as Deputy Director responsible for Security.  Andrew joined the UK’s diplomatic service in 1987. He has also served overseas in China, France, Romania and Canada.

Andrew was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He is accompanied in Atlanta by his wife, Rebecca. They have two adult children, both living in the UK.
INVOCATION: Gloria Tippin