Speaker Date Topic
Mary Blackmon, Founder, Farm Star Living Nov 20, 2018 12:00 PM
Thanksgiving Program with Mario Cambardella,
Thanksgiving Program with Mario Cambardella,

Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, is a fourth-generation farm owner from the border of Arkansas and Louisiana. She left her hometown Monroe, Louisiana, to pursue a career in advertising sales and marketing in Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York City, working with notable publishing houses and internet companies, including Wired, Walt Disney Internet Group and Vivendi-Universal Internet.

In 2002, she founded Spa-Addicts.com, the first national discount site for the spa & wellness industry. The site quickly grew to become a multi-million-dollar business and leader in the industry, attracting hundreds of thousands of women, as well as numerous sponsors including Proctor & Gamble, Johnson

& Johnson, General Motors, and American Express. As the innovator behind the pre-“Groupon model” for the spa industry, Mary was featured in OPRAH Magazine, EXTRA, TV Guide, and more.

In a pivotal moment in 2008, Mary made the decision to take over her family farm because there was no one available to run it and thus it would need to be sold. Her brother gave his nod of agreement; and as a result, she moved back South, rediscovered her roots and developed a new love for farming and deep respect for farmers. Several years later, she was inspired to start Farm Star Living and launched it in 2013.

Today, Farm Star Living (accessible online as well as via its own app) offers a national directory of farms searchable by fun activities for all, a national guide of farm to table restaurants, plus monthly content on Farm Stars™ food health, seasonal recipes, educational and entertaining videos and more. Celebrating farms, farm-fresh foods and healthy living, Farm Star Living has been recognized as a trend-setter and leading content provider on the farm to table movement nationwide. Since launching her lifestyle   brand, Mary has received recognition from CBS, SHAPE, MNN, Best Self Magazine, ATLANTAN, Jezebel, among others, and was chosen as one of the most inspiring women in the US by Country Woman Magazine, naming her one of the most important farm voices in the country. She also hosts her own segments on iHeartRadio called the “Farm Star Living Minute.” She recently hosted a new television  pilot to educate audiences on where their food comes from and tackle food questions more in-depth.

INTRODUCTION: James Ottley
INVOCATION: Jeb Howell
Michael J Egan, III, SVP & Gen Counsel, AMB Group Nov 27, 2018 12:00 PM
Mercedes-Benz Stadium: One Year In and the Year Ahead
Mercedes-Benz Stadium: One Year In and the Year Ahead
Mike Egan joined AMB Group, the holding company for the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United, Mercedes­ Benz Stadium, PGA TOUR Superstores and Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in January 2015. In addition to serving as general counsel for all Arthur Blank’s business interests, Mike provides executive oversight for the construction and operational readiness of Mercedes-Benz Stadium and The Home Depot Backyard.

Prior to joining AMB Group, Egan was a partner in the Corporate Practice Group of the law firm of King & Spalding for 25 years and led the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions practice. Egan acted as primary outside counsel to Arthur Blank and his businesses, including representing Mr. Blank in the acquisition of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United as well as the negotiations with the Georgia World Congress Center Authority and the City of Atlanta for the development of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Egan also acted as outside counsel to The Home Depot during Mr. Blank's leadership of that company.

Egan serves on the Board of Trustees of The Westminster Schools in Atlanta and the Honors College Board at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Egan is a native Atlantan and received his J. D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and clerked for former Chief Judge Elbert P. Tuttle on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate and Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

INTRODUCTION: Mason Stephenson
INVOCATION: Dan Gerding

 

 

Admiral Robert F. Willard (USN, Retired), Dec 04, 2018 12:00 PM
Pres/CEO, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, "Top Gun"
Pres/CEO, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, "Top Gun"
Robert F. Willard was elected President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), located in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 9, 2012.   INPO, sponsored by the commercial nuclear industry, is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the highest levels of safety and reliability ¾ to promote excellence ¾ in the operation of commercial nuclear power plants.  On May 1, 2012, Admiral Willard completed a distinguished Navy career as the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.
 
Willard is a Los Angeles native and a 1973 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.  He has a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University and is an MIT Seminar XXI alumnus.
 
An F-14 aviator, Willard served in a variety of west coast fighter squadrons; VF-24, VF 124, VF-2, and VF-51 aboard the aircraft carriers USS Constellation, USS Ranger, USS Kitty Hawk and USS Carl Vinson.  He was Operations Officer and Executive Officer of Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN).  He later commanded the "Screaming Eagles" of Fighter Squadron 51.  Following nuclear-power training, Willard served as Executive Officer of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), commanded the amphibious flagship USS Tripoli (LPH 10) in the Persian Gulf during “Operation Vigilant Warrior” for which Tripoli received a Navy Unit Commendation and commanded the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).
 
As a Flag Officer, Willard twice served on the Joint Staff, was Deputy and Chief of Staff for U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, commanded Carrier Group Five aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and commanded the U.S. Seventh Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan.  In March 2005, Willard became the 34th Vice Chief of Naval Operations; in May 2007, he assumed command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet; and on October 19, 2009, he became the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.
 
His decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and various other awards.
 
INTRODUCTION:  Bill Whitaker
INVOCATION: Scott Sikes
Dr. Lora Sallman, VP, Asia-Pacific, EastWest Inst Dec 11, 2018 12:00 PM
China-U.S. Trade and Tensions
China-U.S. Trade and Tensions

Dr. Lora Saalman is Vice President of the EastWest Institute’s Asia-Pacific program. Formerly, she served as the director of the China and Global Security Program at SIPRI, an associate professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, an associate in the Nuclear Policy Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, an adjunct professor at Tsinghua University, a research associate at the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control, a visiting fellow at the Observer Research Foundation and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, as well as a fellow at the IAEA. 

Dr. Saalman remains an associate senior fellow at SIPRI. She earned her bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Chicago, her master’s degree with a certificate in nonproliferation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and her Ph.D. at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where she was the first American to earn a doctorate from its Department of International Relations, completing all her coursework in Chinese.

INTRODUCTION:  Joel Cowan
INVOCATION: Firooz Israel

 

Annual Holiday Luncheon Dec 18, 2018 12:00 PM
Distribution of 2018 Kiwanis Foundation of Atlanta Grants
Distribution of 2018 Kiwanis Foundation of Atlanta Grants
 
 
PRESENTATION OF GRANTS:  Sandy Welfare, Chair, Grants Committee and President-Elect, KCA
                                                               Gene Pearce, Chair, Kiwanis Foundation of Atlanta
INVOCATION:  Emily Acker
NO MEETING TODAY Dec 25, 2018 12:00 PM
Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!
NO MEETING TODAY Jan 01, 2019
Happy New Year
Happy New Year


 

5th Tuesday Social and Networking Meeting Jan 29, 2019

No Luncheon Meeting Today

Dr. Seymour Goodman, Regents Prof, GA Tech Feb 05, 2019 12:00 PM
Cyber Security
INTRODUCTION: Firooz Israel
INVOCATION: 

 

 

Bobby Heneby, CEO Heneby Blockchain Feb 12, 2019 12:00 PM
Blockchain
INTRODUCTION:  Joel Cowan
INVOCATION:  
Glen Jackson, Co-Founder, Jackson-Spalding Feb 19, 2019 12:00 PM
STAR STUDENT DAY: Preeminence
INTRODUCTION: Bo Spalding
INVOCATION: 
Hershel Greenblat Feb 26, 2019 12:00 PM
Holocaust Survivor
INTRODUCTION:  Henry Bauer
INVOCATION:  
Joe Bankoff, Chair, Sam Nunn School, GT Mar 12, 2019 12:00 PM
INTRODUCTION: Firooz Israel
INVOCATION: 
Easter/Passover Program Apr 16, 2019 12:00 PM
INTRODUCTION: 
INVOCATION: 
Law Day May 07, 2019 12:00 PM
INTRODUCTION: 
INVOCATION: