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ATL leaders gather to share city’s success

by Gianna Carme | Jul 18, 2013
Pride and enthusiasm for Atlanta’s growth, success and innovation filled The Home Depot Headquarters as the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) hosted A Conversation with MAC Committee Chairs.
Committee chairs shared tales of accomplishment and progression stemming from MAC’s effort, including recognition as health IT’s capital of the nation, business higher education connections, Atlanta Sports Council’s aid with 2013’s Final Four tournament and more.

Among the accomplishments acknowledged during the conversation was AT&T’s plan to build a foundry in Atlanta, which will focus on expanding Digital Life services.

"The kind of investments like AT&T is doing helps make Atlanta move from good to great,” Alan Dabbiere, MAC chair and chairman of AirWatch, said.

Another hot topic of conversation was transportation in Atlanta, noting 2012’s TSPLOST defeat. However, chairs humorously agreed traffic in other cities is doubly unpleasant in comparison to Atlanta.

“I’m from LA, so traffic in Atlanta is relaxing,” Bob Voyles, MAC chair and CEO of Seven Oaks Company, said.

Sam Williams, MAC president, led the conversation with help from The Home Depot’s CFO and EVP of corporate services, Carol Tomé.  Joining Williams and Tomé on stage were MAC’s chairs:

  • John Brock, CEO of Coca Cola Enterprises
  • Mary Moore, founder and CEO of The Cook’s Warehouse
  • Alan Dabbiere, chairman of Airwatch
  • Kerry Kohnene, president of Kaiser Permanente
  • Bill Strang, chairman of TOTO Mexico
  • Ann Cramer, senior consultant of Coxe Curry and Associates
  • Phil Martens, president and CEO of Novelis
  • Bob Voyles, CEO of Seven Oaks Company
  • Chris Womack, EVP and president of external affairs of Southern Company

Did you miss today’s conversation? Check out MAC’s calendar to find more events that celebrate success and aid in the growth of Atlanta’s business community.

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