Fri, July 19, 2024

Five Augusta business leaders named top influencers in the state

The online magazine James has released its annual list of the most influential business leaders in Georgia. There are names who are familiar across the state and across the country, including AFLAC CEO, Dan Amos, Home Depot co-founders, Arthur Blank and Bernie Marcus, Chick-fil-A CEO, Andrew Cathy, and UGA football coach, Kirby Smart, but five Augusta business leaders also made the cut.

Dr. Tom Clark, Executive Director of the CSRA Alliance for Ft. Eisenhower

“As an Army Signal Corps veteran, Dr. Clark was the perfect choice when Ft. Eisenhower became the home base for the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence. He serves as the liaison between the base and the business community that supports it,” according to the press release from James staff.”

President and CEO of Morris Communications

“William “Billy” Morris is the third generation of Morris men to lead the Augusta-based company. He has grown the company’s portfolio to include online news and services in addition to the print publication of the Augusta Chronicle.”

President and CEO of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce

“The Augusta Metro Chamber represents more than 1,200 businesses and organizations across the CSRA. Parr has served as the President/CEO for more than 19 years. She has focused on partnerships between education and business to develop a strong workforce.”

Executive Director of the Georgia Cyber Center

“An Army career, including experience with the Department of Defense, made Toler the perfect choice to direct the Georgia Cyber Center. He and his team have created a collaboration that makes the Center one of the most prestigious cyber security institutes in the world.”

President of the Augusta Economic Development Authority

“Cal Wray is the single point of contact for economic development projects across Augusta and Richmond County. He has brought a renewed and successful focus on military-related companies surrounding Ft. Eisenhower’s Cyber Command Headquarters.”

Congratulations to the Augusta superstars who continue to provide leadership for CSRA businesses.

Editor’s Note:
Mitzi Oxford is a veteran broadcaster and features writer who also worked at the same television station in Columbus, Georgia as Augusta’s Brad Means! If you have a South Carolina story idea for Mitzi, please email her at

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