2017 National Human Relations Award

honoring

Larry Gellerstedt III

President & Chief Executive Officer
Cousins Properties

Loews Atlanta Hotel
1065 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

Monday, October 30, 2017

6pm - Cocktails
7pm - Dinner/Program

 

 

HONORARY CHAIR
Jim Hannan
Executive Vice President, Chief Executive Officer - Enterprises
Koch Industries

DINNER CHAIRS
Paul Bowers
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
Georgia Power

Doug Hertz
President & Chief Executive Officer
United Distributors, Inc.

TRIBUTE CHAIRS
Frank Blake
Former Chief Executive Officer
The Home Depot

Egbert L. J. Perry
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
The Integral Group

Click here to see the Tribute Committee list.


ABOUT LARRY GELLERSTEDT

In June 2009, Larry Gellerstedt was named President and CEO of Cousins Properties. He previously served as the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing Cousins’ leasing and asset management efforts as well as its development initiatives. Larry joined Cousins in 2005 following the acquisition of his firm, The Gellerstedt Group.

 

During his tenure at Cousins, Larry has steered the Company to focus on acquiring, developing and operating urban trophy office towers in high-growth Sunbelt markets while maintaining a conservative balance sheet. In 2016, he led the largest deal in Cousins history – the merger with Parkway Properties, Inc. and subsequent spin-off of the combined companies’ Houston-based assets into a separately traded REIT. From 2009 to 2016, Larry led Cousins from an equity market cap of $665 million to over $3.4 billion.

 

Larry began his career at Beers Construction Company (Beers) in 1978 as an estimator and project manager. Eight years later, he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Beers and led the company to annual revenues in excess of $1.2 billion and the company’s eventual sale to Skanska AB. He also has held positions as President and Chief Operating Officer of The Integral Group, recognized nationally for its visionary urban mixed-use development, and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Business Products, a NYSE-listed manufacturer of packaging and printed office products.

 

Spanning a career of more than 35 years, Larry has received numerous accolades including Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Atlanta Business League’s CEO of the Year, and Georgia Trend magazine’s Georgia’s 100 Most Influential People.