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Decatur Rotary Club Meeting Information: Bob Hope: PR Counselor

Date: 5/20/2016 at 12:15 PM

His extensive background includes public relations director for the Atlanta Braves when Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record; vice president of both the Braves and the Atlanta Hawks teams, while also handling Ted Turner’s personal publicity; executive vice president with the global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller working with high profile products, companies and individuals, including Wayne Huizenga, Fred Smith, Roberto Goizueta, and Charlie Loudermilk, as well as top companies like The Coca-Cola Company, Turner Broadcasting, Federal Express, and General Electric.

Active in the Atlanta community, Bob is a director of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Covenant House of Georgia, the National Monument Foundation, the Atlanta Sports Council and the Ovarian Cancer Institute. He is on the advisory board of the Georgia Special Olympics; and is a member of the Committee of 100 at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology; a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta and was selected District Rotarian of the Year for 2012. He is a founder and vice chairman of HAVE Foundation, which builds and maintains schools in rural Honduras. He is on the board of councilors for the Carter Center, and has represented the Carter Center twice as an international election observer in Nepal.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle named him one of the 100 Most Influential Business Leaders in Atlanta in 2015 and he was recently inducted into the Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame.

Bob received a B.A. in journalism from Georgia State University. He has written two books: We Could Have Finished Last Without You about his early years with the Braves and Greater Late Than Never about people who achieve success after age 50. He organized the effort to build and donate the statue of Hank Aaron that currently stands outside Turner Field.

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