Past Inductees

Honorees – 2019

Leona Barr-Davenport
Atlanta Business League

Ed Bastian
Delta Air Lines

Renee Perdue
Atlanta Downtown
Ambassador Force

Gary P. Stokan
Peach Bowl, Inc.

Honorees – 2018

Nathan Deal
Governor of Georgia

Kathleen J. Bertrand
BronzeLens Film Festival

Claudia Lalinde
Atlanta Marriott Marquis

Benedict (Ben) Shanley
The Coca-Cola Company

Honorees – 2017

The Honorable Kasim Reed
Former Mayor, City of Atlanta

Tony Conway
Legendary Events

Ed Baker
Georgia State University
J. Mack Robinson College of Business

Honorees – 2016

Vincent Anthony
Center for Puppetry Arts

Phil Noyes
Proof of the Pudding, Inc.

Erica Qualls-Battey
Atlanta Marriott Marquis

Honorees – 2015

Bob Hope
Hope-Beckham, Inc.

Karen Bremer, CAE
Georgia Restaurant Association

John Grant, Jr.
100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.

Honorees – 2014

Jim Barto
Hilton Atlanta

Ken Jefferson
Georgia Dome

Bill Marriott Jr.
Marriott International

Alexis Scott
Atlanta Daily World

Honorees – 2013

Ken Bernhardt
Marketing Consultant
& Regents
Professor of Marketing Emeritus, GSU

Debra Cannon, Ph.D.
Director, Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration, GSU

Herman Russell
Founder, H.J. Russell & Company

Honorees – 2012

Patti Young
Peach Bowl, Inc.

Dante Stephensen
Dante’s Down the Hatch

Mary Rose Taylor
Founder, Margaret Mitchell House and Museum

Honorees – 2011

Arthur Blank
Atlanta Falcons

Khalil Johnson
Retired, Georgia World Congress Center Authority

Nancy Oswald
Ruth’s Chris Restaurants

Honorees – 2010

Judy Claxton
Atlanta Convention &
Visitors Bureau

Thomas W. Dortch, Jr.
TWD, Inc.

Dan Graveline
Georgia World Congress Center Authority

Honorees – 2009

Clisby Clarke
McCann-Erickson and Chairman, Fitzgerald + Company

The Honorable
Shirley Franklin
Former Mayor,
City of Atlanta

Ed Paradine
Marriott International

Walton Wade
Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Honorees – 2008

Stephanie Hughley
National Black Arts Festival

George McKerrow Jr.
Ted’s Montana Grill

Abner Nelms
Ritz Carlton – Buckhead

Spurgeon Richardson
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Honorees – 2007

Cindy Fowler
Presenting Atlanta

Tim Lindgren
Hyatt Hotels

Robert “Sarge”
Omni Hotel at CNN Center

Steve Nygren
Serenbe Development

Honorees – 2006

Mari Jo Ford
Stone Mountain Park

David B. Kenney
Kenney Hotel Group

Robert R. King
Georgia Hospitality & Travel Association

Richard M. Stormont
The Stormont Companies

Honorees – 2005

Julia Emmons
Atlanta Track Club

Bernie Marcus
Marcus Foundation

Robert Paschal
Paschal’s Restaurant

James Paschal
Paschal’s Restaurant

Honorees – 2004

Hank Aaron
Atlanta Braves

Truett Cathy

Margaret Lupo
Mary Mac’s Tea Room

Sam Massell
Buckhead Coalition

Honorees – 2003

The Honorable Maynard Jackson
Former Mayor,
City of Atlanta

Marge McDonald
Tour Gals, Founder & President

Erby Walker
The Varsity

Honorees – 2002

John Aderhold
Aderhold Properties, Inc.

The Honorable
Ivan Allen Jr.
Former Mayor,
City of Atlanta

Walter Banks
Atlanta Braves

Bill T. Hardman
Southeastern Tourism Society

Honorees – 2001

Ruth and Ruby Crawford
Hospitality Community Activists

Billy Payne
Gleacher Partners, LLC

Horst Schulze
West Paces Hotel Group

Honorees – 2000

James Jones
Sheraton Atlanta

Pano Karatassos
Buckhead Life
Restaurant Group

The Honorable Thomas B. Murphy
Georgia House of Representatives, Speaker

Honorees – 1999

The Honorable William B. Hartsfield
Former Mayor,
City of Atlanta

John C. Portman Jr.
John Portman & Associates

R. (Ted) Turner, III
Turner Enterprises

Albert “Smitty” Smith
Atlanta Marriott Marquis

The Honorable Andrew J. Young
Good Works International

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