2013-2014 Speaker Archive

Spring 2014 Speaker Series

April 25: WorkMatters Workshop

Marietta WorkMatters hosted its first-ever “WorkMatters Workshop” on April 25. Two local business leaders, Brandon Hutchins of Gaskins Surveying and Dr. Bryan Robinson of Marietta Dental Associates, facilitated an interactive discussion about the purpose of work. They discussed: What does the world think the purpose of work is? What does the Bible say the purpose of work is? What is God teaching me through my work?

The intent of the WorkMatters Workshop is to provide a forum for people to engage with other business leaders and talk about how they Close the Gap Between Faith and Work. Hebrews 3 says, “..exhort one another every day, as long as it is called today..” The discussions were led by an experienced business coach who has successfully integrated his faith and his work.

Brandon Hutchins operates an engineering and surveying firm with deep roots in Marietta. His passion is to help business people become effective leaders in all aspects of their life.

Dr. Bryan Robinson is a partner in a dental practice located just off the square in Marietta. He and his wife are regular small group leaders in their church while also guiding their four young children at home. His zeal is to help others discover their true purpose for life.

March 21: Jack Hall

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By popular demand, Marietta WorkMatters returned to Traton Homes on March 21 for another breakfast meeting in the popular Speaker Series. Local business leaders gathered to network, enjoy coffee, and hear from Walker’s Head of School, Jack Hall.

Jack Hall began serving as Walker’s Head of School in June 2011, succeeding former Headmaster Don Robertson who retired after 26 years as Walker’s chief administrator. Mr. Hall “is off to a great start and has brought new energy and passion to the school.” In 2013, Walker was named a Top Atlanta WorkPlace by the AJC. About working at Walker, employees said the following:

  • “I am respected by my managers and given freedom and authority to do what I think is right.”
  • “I feel valued as a faculty member. I can go to anyone with any concerns that I have, without fear. The people I work with truly care about each other. Most of all, they care and love the students.”
  • “The congruence between Walker’s mission and the day-to-day life of the school is very high.”
  • “How vested they are in the students, parents and faculty. They are constantly thinking “How can we make this work better for students, faculty and parents?””

Mr. Hall previously served as Head of School for the Augusta Preparatory Day School from 1999 to 2011. Over his educational career, Mr. Hall has served as Director of Admission & Financial Aid, Head of the Upper School and Middle School and Grade Chair. He has taught history, social studies, drama and religion and coached basketball, baseball and football. Mr. Hall has worked in a variety of independent schools including The Westminster Schools, The Lovett School and Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School. In addition, Mr. Hall has served as both Vice President (2004-2006) and President (2006-2008) of the Georgia Independent School Association.

Mr. Hall received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at Davidson College. In addition, he secured two advanced degrees: a Master of Science in Athletic Administration from Georgia State University in 1988 and in 1992, a Master of Arts in Education Administration from Columbia University. Mr. Hall was also a Klingenstein Fellow at Columbia University.

Jack and his wife, Cathy, have been married for more than 25 years. They have two children, Joseph and Alice.

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Fall 2013 Speaker Series

December 13: Reynold Jennings

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Wellstar Health Systems President and CEO Reynold Jennings joined Marietta WorkMatters to talk about how he integrates his faith into his work. Business leaders gathered for coffee and a light breakfast, networking, and learning from a seasoned veteran of the healthcare industry.

A native of Dalton, Georgia, Mr. Jennings’ earned a degree in pharmacy at the University of Georgia. His first job was working for former Marietta Mayor Bill Dunaway at the Dunaway Drugs in Dalton. Jennings later worked for Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, starting as a pharmacist and rising to senior vice president and chief financial officer. From 1983 to 1991, he served as CEO of a number of acute care hospitals, including Doctors Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, which is now part of Emory Healthcare; Clearwater Community Hospital in Clearwater, Fla.; and Palms of Pasadena Hospital, a St. Petersburg, Fla., facility.

Jennings served as chief operating officer of the for-profit Tenet Healthcare from February 2004 until December 2006, where he was responsible for operations of Tenet’s 69 core acute care hospitals and other facilities in 13 states. He worked there for 10 years and is credited with helping Tenet survive the wake of lawsuits brought against it for alleged Medicare overbilling in 2002. He serves on the board of Jackson Healthcare in Alpharetta, a doctor-staffing firm. He is also an owner of a small company called Impact Benefit Management Solutions in Alpharetta, an insurance firm, which is now in its third year. He was named as the President & CEO of Wellstar Health System in August of 2011.

Jennings has lived in Kennesaw for 11 years and is active at Marietta First United Methodist Church. Jennings and his wife, Patsy, were high school sweethearts at Dalton High School. The couple has three children and seven grandchildren, all of whom live in Cobb County.

WellStar, a not-for-profit health system, includes Cobb, Douglas, Kennestone, Paulding and Windy Hill hospitals; WellStar Medical Group; Urgent Care Centers; Health Place; Homecare; Hospice; Atherton Place; Paulding Nursing Center; and WellStar Foundation.

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November 15: Wayne Hoover

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Download the audio for the dynamic and encouraging teaching given by Chick-Fil-A executive Wayne Hoover. He taught a group of local business leaders at Marietta WorkMatters how he employs the biblically based Chick-Fil-A leadership principles to integrate his faith into his work.

Mr. Hoover is a graduate of the University of Georgia with Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Masters in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University. He has 29 years of experience working with Chick-Fil-A. Two years were spent as a restaurant team member. He then spent four years as an Operator before moving on to be a Business Consultant at inside Chick-Fil-A for a decade. Wayne served 13 years as Director of Field Operations and is currently serving operators in the West Region. Chick-fil-A’s Western Region comprises locations in 11 Western states.

Wayne Hoover resides in Powder Springs, Georgia. He has been married for 27 years to his wife, Robin. They have two children. Their daughter, Wrenn, is 26, and their son, Grant, is 21. Wayne is a Member of Roswell Street Baptist Church where he has served on the board of trustees. He has previously been a Middle School teacher and involved in Hospitality Ministry.

In addition to his work and church activities, Wayne is active in the community. He is a board member for Global Leadership, an international training organization that equips business and community leaders to integrate their professional skills with moral and ethical practices informed by a Christian worldview. He also serves as an Advisory Board member for Care for Aids—a non-profit organization that partners with local Kenyan churches to operate life transforming centers that serve the physical, spiritual, economic, and social needs of men and women living with HIV/AIDS. He is also on the Advisory Board for All4Brasil, a global missionaries serving on staff at Capela de Graca church in Londrina, Brazil.

Mr. Hoover is also an avid runner. He has completed two marathons and 16 half-marathons.

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October 18: Hunter Hill

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Marietta WorkMatters had the honor of hearing from State Senator Hunter Hill. Mr. Hill talked about how his faith has impacted his work, both inside and outside the political realm.

Senator Hunter Hill is a native of Vinings and Buckhead, and he and his family live in Smyrna. After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Management and Civil Engineering, Hunter became a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. He went on to graduate from the Airborne, the Air Assault, and the US Army Ranger Schools. In June 2001, Hunter took command of a rifle platoon with the 101st Airborne Division, which he led into battle in Afghanistan in 2002. Hunter subsequently led another platoon into battle in Iraq in 2003, and he commanded 3 different teams on other deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to his combat roles, Hunter also served as a General’s aide in Iraq, and earned two Bronze Stars, the Meritorious Service Medal, and two Army Commendation Medals.

Like his Army career, Hunter’s business career is about leadership development. Hunter is currently the President of Tommy Newberry Coaching, where he leverages his military, real estate development, and security industry experience to lead and grow his business. Senator Hill was elected to the State Senate in 2012, and was appointed by his colleagues to serve as deputy whip. He was chosen to serve as Vice Chairman of the Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee, and Secretary of the Senate Finance Committee and the State and Local Governmental Operations Committee. He is also a member of the Judiciary Non-Civil, Retirement, and Reapportionment and Redistricting committees. He was also appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to sit on the MARTOC Committee.

In his first year in the Senate, Hunter was awarded by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce as the Freshman Legislator of the Year. He was also given a 100% rating from the American Conservative Union.

In addition to his leadership roles, Hunter is active in the community. He has volunteered to assist the Smyrna Veterans Committee, the Cobb County Citizens Oversight Committee for the T-SPLOST, and the Georgia Energy Forum. Hunter graduated from the inaugural class of the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute in 2010.

Hunter is married to Shannan Reese Hill. They are the proud parents of Hunter Bradley Hill, Junior and Annie Christine Hill. The Hills attend Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Buckhead.

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Fall 2013 Speaker Series Schedule

October 18, 2013: Hunter Hill, Tommy Newberry Coaching & State Senator
November 15, 2013: Wayne Hoover, Chick-Fil-A
December 13, 2013: Reynold Jennings, Wellstar