President & CEO, Georgia Chamber
As President and CEO of the Georgia Chamber, Chris Clark keeps the organization focused on its number one priority – ensuring the competitiveness of the businesses and people of our state. Working hand-in-hand with the Chamber’s volunteer leaders, who represent companies of all sizes and industry from throughout the state, Chris has made the organization an even stronger advocate for Georgia both at the State Capitol and in Washington, DC, expanded investor services, and strengthened partnerships with local chambers of commerce and other key stakeholders.
A Georgia native, Chris received his bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University and his master’s degree in public administration from Georgia College and State University. Prior to joining the Chamber, he served as Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and as Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Economic Development.
Chris is currently Chair of the Council of State Chambers’ State Chamber Policy Center and sits on the boards of the Technical College System of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Governor’s Rural Development Council and the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. Chris is a Trustee of Georgia Southern University and a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Georgia. He is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and has been consistently named one of Georgia Trend magazine’s 100 most influential Georgians and by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the 100 most influential Atlantans. He was also honored to receive the Georgia Economic Developers Association Zell Miller Public Policy Leadership Award in 2013.
He and his wife, Tiffany, and their son, Christian, live in Peachtree City.
Paul Bowers was named chairman, president and chief executive officer of Georgia Power, effective Dec. 31, 2010. The company is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation’s largest producers of electricity.
Bowers joined the Southern Company system at Gulf Power in 1979 and has held executive leadership positions at multiple subsidiaries.
Prior to his current position, he was chief financial officer of Southern Company, where he was rated by Institutional Investors magazine as one of the industry’s Top Three CFOs in America.
In 1998, Bowers was elected president and CEO of South Western Electricity plc, Southern Company’s former U.K. subsidiary. From 2001 to 2008, he served as president of Southern Company Generation, where he was responsible for the company’s overall operational activities. He also served as CEO of Southern Power.
Bowers serves on the boards of Nuclear Electric Insurance Ltd., AFLAC, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Research Alliance, the Georgia Historical Society, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation and the Atlanta Committee for Progress. He is the 2015 chair of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, as well as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Energy Policy Council and a trustee for The Woodruff Arts Center. He is the past chair of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.
A Pensacola, Fla., native, Bowers holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of West Florida and a master’s degree in management from Troy University. He is also a Harvard Business School Advanced Management graduate.
Greer is deeply involved in community organizations and holds leadership positions in numerous organizations, including serving as a member of the board of trustees of the Woodruff Arts Center and the board of directors of the Center for Civil & Human Rights as well as a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta and of the Buckhead Coalition.
Throughout his career, Greer has received many awards and accolades. In recent years, these have included: Atlanta Business Chronicle, "100 Most Influential Atlantans," 2012-2013; Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Georgia Super Lawyers, 2007-2013, "Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia," 2011, 2013 and "Rising Star," 2005-2006; Listed, Georgia Trend magazine, "Legal Elite," 2008-2013; Listed, Atlanta Business Chronicle, "Who's Who in Law and Accounting," 2012; Recipient, Business to Business magazine, "IMPACT Leader" Award, 2012; Recipient, "MCCA Rainmaker" Award, 2012; Profiled, Who's Who in Black Atlanta, 13th edition, 2011; and Selected, "Father of the Year," Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc., 2011.
He received his bachelor’s degree in government in 1988 from Harvard University, where he played varsity football, and received his law degree in 1991 from the Northwestern University School of Law, where he was a Patricia Roberts-Harris Fellow.
Georgia Transportation Alliance, Chair