Council for Quality Growth Announces Date and Time for Prestigious Four Pillar Award

Staff Report

Friday, August 14th, 2020

The Council for Quality Growth will honor Doug Hertz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of United Distributors, with its 31st annual Four Pillar Award virtually on October 1, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. His embodiment of the Council’s ‘Four Pillars’ of leadership – Quality, Responsibility, Vision and Integrity – and exemplification of the Council’s mission of promoting balanced and responsible growth sets an example for everyone.

“After careful consideration and in consultation with Doug, his family, and the Council’s Board of Directors, we collectively feel that a virtual event is in the best interest of public health and safety. Doug’s leadership from the onset of the discussion was always focused on the health of others – further testament to how deserving he truly is of this recognition,” said Council for Quality Growth President and CEO, Michael Paris.

Paul Corley Jr., the Council’s 2020 Chairman and Regional President at Empire Communities, stated, “We all want to be there to honor Doug in person, no doubt. Given this challenge, I think we all can show Doug just how much we support and recognize his impact on this community and state by saving the virtual event date on our calendars, tuning in, and giving him a really great audience for all he’s done for us. We hope you’ll join us in showing Doug how much we care.”

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The theme of this year’s Tribute is “Patience and Perseverance” and an esteemed group of Tribute Chairs have assembled to pay tribute to Hertz for his demonstration of the ‘Four Pillars,’ including:

Honorary Co-Chairs

  • Arthur M. Blank

  • Bernie Marcus

    Tribute Chairs

  • Paul Bowers, Chairman, President & CEO, Georgia Power

  • Shan Cooper, Executive Director, Atlanta Committee for Progress

  • Larry Gellerstedt III, Retired Chairman and CEO, Cousins Properties

  • Russ Hardin, President, Robert Woodruff Foundation

  • Virginia Hepner, Retired President and CEO, Woodruff Arts Center

  • Tommy Holder, Chairman and CEO, Holder Construction

  • Donna Hyland, President and CEO, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

  • Hala Moddelmog, CEO, Metro Atlanta Chamber

  • Pete Moraitakis, President, United Distributors

  • David Ratcliffe, Retired Chairman and CEO, Southern Company

  • Steve Selig, President and Chairman, Board of Selig Enterprises, Inc.

  • Comer Yates, Executive Director, Atlanta Speech School