Edited by: Jerry Grillo
Henry Ward Beecher must have known a thing or two about influence. He was the subject, after all, of a 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography entitled The Most Famous Man in America.
According to Beecher, an obviously renowned 19th century preacher, speaker and abolitionist, “the humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others.”
The individuals on this 15th edition of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians list, many you’ve heard of and a few you may not know by name, are exerting lots of influence in the worlds they inhabit – business, philanthropy, politics. They are impacting how we live, how we vote, how we buy or how we give.
Is this the definitive list that completely reflects the realities of leadership in Georgia? It’s a start – it’s how we start every year. And if it generates discussion and debate, it’s a good start.
There’s been some turnover – 33 of these individuals weren’t on the list last year. If you didn’t make the list this year, take heart. You’re in good company, one of the 10 million other Georgians who, as the Rev. Beecher knew, are also exerting some influence.
Profiles were written by Stan Awtrey, Mary Anne Dunkin, Jerry Grillo, Karen Kennedy, Susan Percy, Don Sadler, Randy Southerland and Ben Young. Susan Percy and Christy Simo assisted in the editing process.
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