Here in Georgia, we have a lot to be proud of: a strong economy, top-rated universities, nationally recognized restaurants – the list goes on. And while it can be easy to take all this for granted, it’s because of many of this year’s Most Influential Georgians that we are happy to call Georgia home.
Some work behind the scenes and some wield their influence in the limelight, but every one of the 100 people you’ll find on the following pages have an enormous impact on the daily lives of Georgians.
At Georgia Trend, they do not take the task of selecting the most influential people in the state lightly. It’s pretty much a year-round process and entails lots of meetings and discussions. The original list is always more than 100, and we think the final group – subject to retirements, course corrections and shifts in power, not to mention late-in-the-year hirings and firings and a controversy or two – represents the realities of leadership, power and influence in Georgia.
Here are the top 100 Georgians who are making an impact in the state or have made an impression on the Georgia Trend staff this year. Individual profiles were written by Stan Awtrey, Candice Dyer, Lori Johnston, Karen Kirkpatrick, John McCurry, Tom Oder, David Shivers, Christy Simo and K.K. Snyder. – The Editors
Georgia Restaurant Association
Inducted this year into the Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame, Bremer represents one of the largest industries in the state, reporting annual total sales of $17.1 billion and representing more than 420,000 jobs. She has more than 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including 18 years as president of Atlanta-based Peasant Restaurant Inc. Bremer is also credited with helping to create the Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week. – KKS