Atlanta’s Commerce Club was the venue on the evening of October 5th for the annual James Magazine/InsiderAdvantage “2017 Influential Georgians” reception sponsored by the Atlanta law firm Hall Booth and Smith. Over 60 attendees– ranging from various state and local elected officials to prominent business, judicial and political leaders — were welcomed by James Magazine/InsiderAdvantage CEO and Publisher Phil Kent and Hall Booth Smith Managing Partner Alex Booth.
Kent presented the “2017 Influential Georgians Award” to Georgia Lottery Corp. CEO and President Debbie Alford, who assumed the position in 2012 and who presides over one of the most successful lotteries in the nation. In 2016 alone players won more than $2.7 billion in prizes, $1.1 billion was raised for Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship and pre-k programs, and retailers earned more than $270 million in commissions. Her husband is Dean Alford, successful businessman, former state lawmaker and a member of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents
Also honored with awards are three “2017 Lawmakers of the Year”: state House of Representatives members Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs and Calvin Smyre, D-Columbus and state Sen. John F. Kennedy, R-Macon. Presenting those awards was James/InsiderAdvantage founder and chairman Matt Towery, an attorney, former Georgia state lawmaker, one-time television pundit and author.
Attendees included influential businesspeople, several judges and lawyers, Republican and Democrat activists, various high-powered lobbyists of government affairs firms, prominent educators, some candidates running for public office and a bipartisan group of Georgia General Assembly members.
You can see pictures from the event HERE