Geoff Cottrill joined The Coca-Cola Company on March 1, 2018 as Senior Vice President Strategic Marketing. Geoff leads integrated marketing strategy across creative content, media planning and investment, marketing capability, digital, marketing assets and entertainment, music and gaming in the United States. He is also responsible for building and maintaining partnerships while leading communications programs that drive integrating messaging across portfolio of brands.
Entertainment lawyer Steve Weizenecker serves as counsel on tax incentives and financing for film, television and videogame clients. He has also worked with numerous jurisdictions on developing or improving their economic incentives for the entertainment industry. Personable and patient, Steve takes the time to listen to what each client needs, understand their concerns and incorporate their goals into each step he takes.
He is the founder of Triangle Sounds Studios, Sessions Atlanta and owner of RZ3, an independent record label, based in Atlanta, Georgia. In a career spanning over 30 years, he has been the guiding force behind selling over 50 million records and instrumental to some of the most musical moments of this generation. Music has always been an important part of Stewart’s life.
Robb Pitts is the Chairman of Fulton County Board of Commissioners. He previously served on the Fulton County Board of Commissioners from November 2002 to December 2014. During his tenure, he advocated for diversification in revenue sources to relieve the tax burden on property owners. Robb previously served as a member of the Atlanta City Council for two decades, chairing the Finance and Community Development Committees for most of those years. He was elected to serve as the Atlanta City Council’s President in 1997. During his tenure as President of the Atlanta City Council, he was a strong supporter of initiatives leading to tax relief for the elderly. Robb encouraged efficiency in city operations and procurement procedures, earning a reputation as the “taxpayers’ watchdog” by scrutinizing spending and diligently reviewing the annual budgeting process.
As president and CEO of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB), William Pate is responsible for maintaining tourism as one of the city’s top economic drivers. The industry brought nearly 56 million visitors to metro Atlanta in 2018, generating $16 billion in visitor spending and sustaining approximately 300,000 jobs. A native of Atlanta, Pate is revered locally for his leadership and marketing prowess. In 2019, Atlanta Business League named him its Herman J. Russell CEO of the Year, Atlanta Magazine recognized him as one of the most influential leaders in Atlanta and Georgia Trend magazine included him on its list of 2019 Notable Georgians. Pate is very active in the Atlanta community, serving on the board of directors for Central Atlanta Progress, Chick-fil-A Foundation, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Children’s Museum of Atlanta, First Tee Atlanta, Metro Atlanta Chamber and Woodruff Arts Center.
Sticka, who first joined the organization in 2014 and formerly held the position of Executive Director at the GRAMMY Museum, will continue to lead the museum’s growth and strategy. He will also “oversee all aspects of Museum operations, including curatorial, development, marketing, grants and awards, public and education programs, and more,” a statement said. His contract will extend through 2022.
In only his seventh two-year term as state senator representing the 53rd district, Senator Jeff Mullis is proving to be one of Georgia’s most important political leaders. Sen. Mullis is currently the Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, Chairman of the Economic Development Subcommittee of Senate Appropriations, and a member of the Banking and Financial Institutions, Economic Development and Appropriations Committees. Sen. Mullis also chairs the Senate Music Committee and The Halls of Fame Joint Committee. Lastly, he is the Chairman Emeritus of the Sportsman Caucus.
With more than 40 years of experience, Bob is one of the most respected PR counselors in the country. His extensive background includes public relations director for the Atlanta Braves when Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record; vice president of both the Braves and the Atlanta Hawks teams, while also handling Ted Turner’s personal publicity; executive vice president with the global public relations firm, Burson-Marsteller, working with high profile products, companies and individuals, including: Wayne Huizenga, Fred Smith, Roberto Goizueta and Charlie Loudermilk, The Coca-Cola Company, Turner Broadcasting, Federal Express and General Electric. Active in the Atlanta community, Bob is a director of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Covenant House of Georgia, the Georgia Global Health Alliance, Wesley Woods Foundation and is co-chair of the executive committee of the Celebration Bowl. He is a founder of HAVE Foundation, which builds and maintains schools in rural Honduras.
Charlie Hendon is Managing Member of Hendon Properties, a full-service development, brokerage and management organization specializing in retail-oriented real estate. The company manages all aspects of brokerage and development including site selection, project budgeting, due diligence, engineering, architecture, construction, and leasing. He is also a co-owner of the well-regarded sushi restaurant Umi, and a new upscale Buckhead speakeasy Himitsu. And he recently became a co-owner of Smith’s Olde Bar. An avowed music fan – two of his sons are musicians who played the venue many times – and said that his involvement is all about the music. Charlie has been a generous supporter of Elton John’s Aids Foundation work for many years.
Christopher Fuller serves as Chief Communications Officer of Inspire Brands, a multi-brand restaurant company whose portfolio includes more than 11,000 Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, SONIC Drive-In, Rusty Taco, and Jimmy John’s locations worldwide. Fuller leads communications for Inspire and its brands, including internal and external engagement, meetings and events, creative services, government relations, community relations, and corporate communications. Fuller also served as the Executive Director of the Arby’s Foundation, the independent, charitable arm of Arby’s. During his tenure as Executive Director, the Foundation raised more than $25M through its National Restaurant Fundraiser and Partner Program. He also led expansion of the Foundation’s vision to include youth empowerment and career readiness, in addition to furthering its longstanding commitment to ending childhood hunger.
Shan Cooper is the Executive Director for the Atlanta Committee for Progress, which provides leadership on key issues important to economic growth and inclusion for the citizens of Atlanta. She is the former Chief Transformation Officer of WestRock in Norcross and former Vice President and General Manager of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Marietta. Shan was named one of Black Enterprise magazine’s Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America in 2017, the Most Respected Business Leader by Georgia Trend in 2015, and one of the 2015 Women of the Year by American Association of University Women.
Joycelyn Wilson is an integrative curriculum designer, essayist, music journalist, and assistant professor of hip hop studies and digital media in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech. She is an expert in African-American music and performance, Black maker culture, as well as African-American education and schooling in the American South. She also focuses on the culture, race, and technology of her home city Atlanta. Her scholarship has implications across STEAM, methodologies of humanistic inquiry, archival preservation, and curriculum design; and it has been published across academic and popular platforms including Teachers College Press, UGA Press, International Journal of Africana Studies, and Routledge. Her essays on culture, arts, and technology have been published by Billboard, The Root, InStyle, and Google Arts & Culture. Dr. Wilson is a co-producer of the Emmy-nominated docufilm “Walking With Guns, produced in collaboration with UN Ambassador and former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young. Her current research leverages the connections between hip hop’s techno-pedagogical affordances and relationships to design thinking in computational and creative media-making, which was recently highlighted in Amazon Future Engineer’s Your Voice Is Power”. YVIP is a learning experience and coding competition that uses hip hop as a design remix to explore how computer science, music, and entrepreneurship can help students learn to code and advance racial equity. The project is a collaboration with EarSketch, Pharrell Williams’s YELLOW, and Georgia Tech’s Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC). She has contributed commentary to MSBNC, Netflix’s Hip Hop Evolution, VH1’s ATL Rise, and TV-One’s UnSung. Beyond pop culture, Atlanta hip-hop and hip-hop’s intersection with politics and culture, Dr. Wilson can discuss the cultural histories of civil rights and social justice in the South, Black maker culture, media, and technology. She is the founder of the Four Four Beat Labs and HipHop2020 Innovation Archive, and available to broadly discuss topics related to digital archiving and preservation, VR, interactive narrative, and experimental digital art. Dr. Wilson received her BS in Mathematics and PhD in the Social Foundations of Education from the University of Georgia, and her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University. Outside of work, she enjoys time with family and friends, listening to music, traveling, and talking about fashion.
As senior executive director, she is involved in booking annual GRAMMY professional-development events for members, running the board and identifying those who qualify for membership (aka voting members of the GRAMMY Awards). Caplinger serves on many local boards and committees as well, including Friends of Georgia Music, the governing body that produces the annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Show; No Losing Inc., founded by CCM hip-hop artist Sam Collier, an organization that empowers young people to have a winning mindset in life to achieve their goals; and Georgia Music Partners, an advocacy group that promotes the music business in the state of Georgia.
The career of the multi-talented CHRIS “LUDACRIS” BRIDGES can best be described as remarkable. As a recording artist, he has sold more than 15 million albums domestically. A consummate businessman, Ludacris is enjoying success outside of entertainment in the hospitality and tech industries. Bridge’s philanthropic efforts rival his entertainment accomplishments. He started The Ludacris Foundation in 2001 which is a platform to serve youth and families in our communities. This year The Ludacris Foundation donated over 100K to the Bahamas for Hurricane Dorian relief. In addition, he has recently partnered with No Kid Hungry and Feeding America