Four from Columbus among Georgia Trend's 100 most influential


Four Columbus residents are among Georgia Trend magazine’s list of the 100 most influential Georgians for 2016.

Aflac CEO Dan Amos, Chamber of Commerce President Brian Anderson, Synovus CEO Kessel Stelling Jr., and Mayor Teresa Tomlinson were named to the list.

Fifty-two of the people on the list are from metropolitan Atlanta, including places such as Marietta, Decatur and Sandy Springs. Thirty-seven of those were listed as being from Atlanta proper. Among Georgia’s second-tier cities, Athens had six, Columbus had four, Savannah had three and Macon and Augusta had two apiece.

Tomlinson was among six mayors named to the list. The others are Hardie Davis of Augusta, Nancy Denson of Athens, Kasim Reed of Atlanta, Robert Reichart of Macon and Steve Tumlin of Marietta.

Georgia Trend notes that, “Amos has overseen operational changes to help the insurance company grow its successful brand in the United States and continue its trend of strong sales in Japan.”

The magazine mentioned Anderson’s appointment by Gov. Nathan Deal in 2014 to serve on the State Workforce Investment Board.

In its naming of Stelling, it mentions that he, “led the bank – named a 2015 Most Reputable Bank by American Banker – to a 23 percent rise in profit in 2014.”

And it noted that, “Tomlinson, in her second term, is leading an effort to thaw a property tax freeze in place for more than 30 years in Georgia’s second-largest city, which has seen much revitalization during her tenure.”