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Release Date: 09.20.2012 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Turknett Leadership Group

Atlanta's Best Named at 9th Annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards

Yesterday, Turknett Leadership Group announced the recipients of its ninth annual Leadership Character Awards at a luncheon held at the Georgia Aquarium.

This year’s award recipients are:

CEO/President/Managing Partner - Large Company category
Larry Gellerstedt III, President and CEO, Cousins Properties Incorporated

CEO/President/Managing Partner - Small Company category
Stuart Johnson, Managing Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Executive Manager category
Tracy Garner, VP - Core Installation & Maintenance, East Region, AT&T

Education category
Dr. James Wagner, President, Emory University

Non-Profit category
Steven Gottlieb, Executive Director, Atlanta Legal Aid Society

"Inspiritor" category
Karen Robinson Cope, SVP Sales & Marketing, NanoLumens Inc.

Additionally, a special Connecting the Community award was given to Milton Little, President,United Way of Greater Atlanta.

Frank Skinner, who retired as the chief executive officer of BellSouth Telecommunications, received the first Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership Character. The award recognizes leaders who exemplify the highest standards of character and integrity over a lifetime of service to a firm and to the larger community.

Turknett Leadership Character Awards recognize individuals who demonstrate integrity; relate to customers, suppliers, co-workers and others with respect; and maintain a culture in which everyone takes responsibility for achieving results while upholding the organization’s core values.  

“The opportunity to recognize leaders of character is the highlight of the year for us. We believe that by celebrating role models of leadership character, we inspire character in others,” said Lyn Turknett, co-founder of the awards and her husband and partner Dr. Robert Turknett.

The nominees were judged by a four-person advisory group which consists of Kent C. "Oz" Nelson, retired chairman and CEO of UPS; Conchita Robinson, president and CEO of C Robinson Associates, Inc.; Dr. Betty Siegel, president-emeritus of Kennesaw State University; and Tom Crawford, Former Chairman and CEO of Crawford and Company.

About the Leadership Character Awards:
Since 2003, the Turknett Leadership Character Awards have recognized individuals who demonstrate character in leadership by maintaining integrity while consistently balancing respect and responsibility. GV Financial is the silver sponsor and Kroger and Morris, Manning and Martin are the bronze sponsors of this year's awards.

About Turknett Leadership Group:
Turknett Leadership Group (TLG) is a talent management firm based inAtlantathat has assessed, coached, and developed high level leaders and their organizations throughout theU.S.for more than 25 years. TLG’s clients range from start-ups to American icons.

Using sophisticated assessment tools and the Leadership Character Model™ as a foundation, the TLG professional staff combines extensive psychological expertise in the behavioral sciences with practical business sense and executive management experience.  All TLG consultants stay at the forefront of their fields through research and writing.

Bob and Lyn Turknett are co-authors of Decent People Decent Company: How to Lead with Character at Work and in Life and creators of the Leadership Character Awards, which celebrates its ninth year in 2012. For more information visit:;; and

Media Contact:
Alison Ilg
EOS Marketing & Communications for Turknett Leadership Group
(770) 565-5440


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Contact Name: Alison Ilg

Company: EOS Marketing & Communications for Turknett Leadership Group

Phone: (770) 565-5440