Council for Quality Growth to Pay Tribute to Georgia Power CEO Paul Bowers

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Later this year, the Council for Quality Growth, an economic development industry trade association, will honor Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power, with its prestigious Four Pillar Tribute award. For nearly three decades, the Council has paid tribute annually to an outstanding individual in the metro Atlanta region who best exemplifies the Council’s mission of promoting balanced and responsible growth.

“The Four Pillar Tribute is a unique honor that celebrates the recipient’s philanthropy as well as their significant contributions to economic development and Atlanta’s quality of life,” said Michael Paris, president and CEO of the Council for Quality Growth. “This award is unparalleled in the Atlanta region and has come to be known as the highest honor bestowed for the honoree’s actions across what we consider the four pillars of leadership and success: quality, responsibility, vision, and integrity.”

As the Council’s 29th honoree, Bowers has chosen “Purpose” as his theme for the Tribute, fitting to both Georgia Power’s and his own values. He said it is a deeply held tenet of his faith and a personal conviction that he believes his life’s purpose is to leave a legacy of service to his fellow citizens, coworkers, and family.

“I believe we all have a responsibility to build a better tomorrow,” said Bowers. “That’s why, at Georgia Power, we remind ourselves daily that our role encompasses more than just keeping the lights on. It’s about being intentional, putting service before self and making choices that improve the communities we live in and serve every day.”

Georgia Power’s vision to be “A Citizen Wherever We Serve” still holds true more than 90 years after it was coined by the company’s first president and is a core value shared by all 7,000 Georgia Power employees, including Bowers himself. Every year, the company, its employees and retirees renew their commitment to building a better tomorrow for the communities they serve through efforts in economic development, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, education and charitable giving, among others. Last year, employees and retirees donated more than 147,000 service hours and the company invested $21 million dollars in Georgia communities.

Whether it’s Georgia Power’s longstanding stewardship of Georgia’s environment, or Bowers’ personal passion for education and improving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and literacy skills, you don’t have to look far to see how Bowers, his company and its employees live out the four pillars of leadership and success every day

Bowers was named chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power in 2011. Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation’s leading energy providers, and serves 2.5 million customers across the state of Georgia. The company has been recognized as a Most Trusted Brand by Market Strategies International and ranked No. 1 in J.D. Power residential customer satisfaction in 2018.

The Four Pillar honor is another recognition of Bowers’ leadership. In 2018, Bowers was inducted as a Georgia Trustee by the office of the governor and the Georgia Historical Society for exemplifying the highest standard of "Not for Self, but for Others" in his life and career. He has also received the American Jewish Committee's National Human Relations Award and has been inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame.

The evening of the event will feature tribute speakers Juanita Baranco, executive vice president and COO of Baranco Automotive Group; Andy Stanley, author and pastor; Frank Blake, former chairman and CEO of Home Depot; and the Honorable Governor, Nathan Deal.

Bowers joins past honorees, such as Dan Cathy, Gov. Nathan Deal, Arthur Blank, Senator Johnny Isakson and more, that have helped set the bar high for investing in and bettering the Atlanta region.