Atlanta’s Commerce Club was the venue on the evening of September 29th for the InsiderAdvantage/James Magazine “2015 Influential Georgians” reception sponsored by the Atlanta law firm Hall Booth and Smith. Over 80 attendees– ranging from various state and local elected officials to prominent business, judicial and political leaders– were welcomed by InsiderAdvantage/James founder and chairman Matt Towery, Hall Booth Smith Managing Partner John Hall and IA CEO Phil Kent.
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who praised the role of the 11-year-old internet news agency and magazine in influencing public policy, joined Kent in presenting the “2015 Influential Georgians Award” to the husband-and-wife team of Jeffrey Sprecher and Kelly Loeffler of Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). CEO Sprecher acquired a failing Atlanta business 13 years ago and swiftly emerged as a business dynamo operating various exchanges and products when ICE acquired the New York Stock Exchange in 2013. Loeffler, the ICE vice president of corporate communications, marketing and investor relations., is the co-owner and co-chairman of the Atlanta Dream, the first female-owned professional sports team in Atlanta. Both are also involved as board members of various Georgia civic and philanthropic organizations.
John Hall and Matt Towery pose for a photo with the 2015 Legislators of the Year; Larry O’Neal, Bill Cowsert, and Jan Jones
Also honored with InsiderAdvantage/James awards are three “2015 Lawmakers of the Year”– state House of Representatives Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones of Alpharetta, state Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert of Athens and former state House Majority Leader (and now judge) Larry O’Neal of Bonaire.
Attendees included other top legislators, prominent businesspeople, members of the state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, various judges and lawyers, Republican and Democrat activists, and Public Service Commission members. Also in attendance were high-powered lobbyists of government affairs firms, as well as university presidents, members of the Board of Regents, members of the Atlanta City Council and former Atlanta Mayor and Buckhead Coalition legend Sam Massell.