Georgian of the Year

A who’s who of Georgia business, government, nonprofits, education and more were on hand at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta for Georgia Trend’s 2018 Georgian of the Year and 100 Most Influential Georgians event today.

Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry, the 2018 Georgian of the Year, was lauded for, among other things, getting I-85 back online in six weeks after last year’s fire shut it down. McMurry, when he spoke, gave all the credit to the unsung heroes at GDOT who, he said, are the real workhorses.

New Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms welcomed the attendees. Georgia Trend Publisher Emeritus Neely Young, who retired last year, received an award for his 18 years of leadership at the magazine.

The two new inductees into the Most Influential Hall of Fame, Philip Wilheit and T. Rogers Wade, were also honored. As were the 100 Most Influential Georgians and Notable Georgians.

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A big thank you to our event sponsors: AT&T, Lockheed Martin, Georgia Power, Georgia Chamber and Kennesaw State University.

Learn more about the people who keep the state humming in this month’s (and every) edition of Georgia TrendSee more photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Featured photo: Georgian of the Year Russell McMurry, left, with Georgia Trend Editor-in-Chief and Publisher Ben Young.

All photos by Jennifer Stalcup.