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Special IMPACT: Neil Asks Program

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Wednesday, April 12



Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business

800 West Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
LeCraw Auditorium


Please join the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship, Alpha Kappa Psi, and The Neil Asks Program as they host a special panel of speakers. The three speakers will be Larry Gellerstedt, CEO at Cousins, John Brock, CEO at Coca-Cola Enterprises and Hala Moddelmog, president of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, along with Steve Salbu of Georgia Tech as the moderator. To learn more about the Neil Asks Program, you can visit their website

Hala Moddelmog


Hala Moddelmog became the first female president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) in January 2014. She has spent the last 20 years of her career in president and CEO roles. As a multi-dimensional leader with areas of strength in strategic planning, marketing, brand and product development, and assembling and managing high performance teams, she revitalizes brands and is known as a transformation specialist.

Prior to joining MAC, Moddelmog was president of Atlanta-based Arby’s Restaurant Group, was chosen as president and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 2006, and was the first woman to lead an international restaurant company, Church’s Chicken, in 1995.

Larry Gellerstedt


In June 2009, Larry Gellerstedt was named president and CEO of Cousins Properties. Previously, he served as his firm’s, The Gellerstedt Group’s, President and Chief Operating Officer before Cousins acquired the firm in 2005.

During his tenure at Cousins, Gellerstedt has steered the company to focus on acquiring, developing, and operating urban trophy office towers in Sunbelt markets while maintaining a conservative balance sheet. In 2016, he led the largest deal in Cousins history – the merger with Parkway Properties, Inc. and subsequent spin-off of the combined companies’ Houston-based assets into a separately traded REIT. From 2009 to 2016, Gellerstedt led Cousins from an equity market cap of $665 million to over $3.4 billion.

Spanning a career of more than 35 years, Gellerstedt has received numerous accolades including Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Atlanta Business League’s CEO of the Year, and Georgia Trend magazine’s Georgia’s 100 Most Influential People.

John Brock

Former CCE CEO John Brock

In April 2006, John joined Coca-Cola Enterprises as CEO, and in April 2008 was named Chairman of the company.

Under his leadership, Coca-Cola Enterprises sold its North American operations to The Coca-Cola Company and acquired bottling operations in Norway and Sweden in October 2010, forming the world’s third-largest independent Coca-Cola bottler. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Coca-Cola Enterprises is the leading Western European marketer, distributor, and producer of bottle and can liquid nonalcoholic refreshment.

The company is the sole licensed bottler for products of The Coca-Cola Company in Belgium, continental France, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. 

Steve Salbu


Steve Salbu, a professor of law and ethics, is the chair of Cecil B. Day in Business Ethics at Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business, which was established in 2013. Salbu joined Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business in July 2006 as dean and the Stephen P. Zelnak chairholder, positions he held until July 2014. During his tenure as dean, numerous advancements were made, including substantial faculty growth, the endowment of numerous faculty chairs, professorships, scholarships, and fellowships, and the naming gift branding Scheller College. Prior to joining Scheller College, Salbu served as associate dean for graduate programs at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas and was named its Bobbie and Coulter R. Sublett Centennial Endowed Professor in 2000. He also served as director of the McCombs School Business Ethics Program and editor in chief of the American Business Law Journal.

A native of New York, Salbu holds a B.A. in psychology from Hofstra University, a M.A. in liberal studies from Dartmouth College, a law degree from the College of William and Mary, and M.A and P.h.D. degrees in organization and strategy from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

The panelists will speak at Georgia Tech's IMPACT Speaker Series on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

About the Impact Speaker Series:

Since 2002, the IMPACT Speaker Series has brought highly successful business leaders from a variety of industries to campus to share their experiences and give advice to students and other entrepreneurs on topics ranging from "building a venture around intellectual capital" to "successful entrepreneurship in large organizations" and "socially responsible leadership." The weekly series provides Georgia Tech students, alumni and the Atlanta business community an opportunity to network and learn from successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and notable business and non-profit leaders. The lecture series is sponsored by the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship and Alpha Kappa Psi.

The series is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

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