Former Eastern Region and Global VP of Public Affairs for AT&T, Billy Linville has spent decades delivering successful public affairs management for clients like AT&T, Oracle, Earthlink, Cisco, Delta Airlines, and campaigns for Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and Georgia Senator Zell Miller.
Founder of renowned advertainment studio BARK BARK and former Marketing and Creative executive at Viacom, Brian has spent his career managing billions in partnership marketing initiatives, multi-platform branding and content strategy for distributors like Sony, NBC Universal, and Google, as well as marketers such as P&G, Unilever, Clorox, Citigroup, Target, Microsoft, Starbucks, Mercedes, Chevron and GM.
Mr. Tolleson was recently named to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2018 Power 100 annual special report naming Atlanta’s 100 most influential people.
Former Emmy Award Winning Political Reporter, Lori Geary has spent decades in the media industry covering local, state and national campaigns along with state government.
Lori joined the reporting team of WSB-TV in 1997 while anchoring at CNN Headline News. She stays active in the broadcasting world as a panelist for WAGA’s “The Georgia Gang” and Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “Political Rewind.” Her expertise is now in media training, media strategy, corporate communications, crisis communications and storytelling.
R. Jackson Kelly is an Investor Relations executive with international marketing and entrepreneurial expertise, and a record of persuasive influence with investors, analysts and C-suite executives. A six-year Chief Investor Relations Officer who partnered directly with the CEO, CFO and Board of Directors at The Coca-Cola Company, Jackson built a world-class IR function while participating at the highest level in core strategic initiatives.
A leader in the field of infrastructure and development, Malaika Rivers helps build communities while maximizing partners’ ROI. Her expertise bridges the technical, political, and financial engagements that comprise successful public-private partnerships.
A key player in creating the conditions for the Atlanta Braves’ $1.3B ballpark and mixed-use development, SunTrust Park, Ms. Rivers led the efforts of Georgia’s first community improvement district (CID), the Cumberland CID, for 22 years. During this time the submarket successfully leveraged $140M in commercial real estate value into more than $2B in transportation capital improvements, experienced more than $5B in public and private investments, and grew an additional 6M SF of commercial and residential space.
Rachel is a seasoned journalist and communications professional who has worked with the leading publications, corporations and nonprofits in the Southeast and nationally. With a passion for helping organizations tell their stories, Rachel works with her clients to craft a public relations plan that meets their strategic business goals to get desired results. From media relations and community affairs to social, paid or owned media, Rachel’s creative ideas will amplify client messages with an efficient and seamless approach.
Joe Slade White
In 2014, Joe Slade White was named National Democratic Strategist of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC). White has served as the media strategist for Vice President Joe Biden for the last 22 years and has won more “Pollie Awards” for excellence in political television than any other Democratic media consultant. A proven veteran of over four hundred political campaigns nationwide in a career spanning more than thirty years, Mr. White has compiled a lifetime winning record of over 75%.
Clients have included Presidential candidates, U.S. Senators, Governors, Members of Congress, and Mayors, as well as statewide and local initiatives, and Fortune 500 corporations throughout the country.
During Shirley Franklin's eight years as Mayor of Atlanta, the city experienced unprecedented growth and afforded Ms. Franklin the opportunity to partner and collaborate with many local and regional leaders in addressing policy challenges, which included urban planning, economic development and infrastructure.
Ms. Franklin is best known for advocating for and tackling major government operations and ethics reform, launching the Atlanta Beltline, planning and executing over $5 billion in airport and water infrastructure improvements, leading the acquisition of the Morehouse College Collection of Martin Luther King Jr. Papers, launching the Regional Commission on Homelessness and developing successful business and public sector partnerships and alliances.