Council for Quality Growth Names Speakers & Chairs for 2022 Four Pillar Tribute

For Immediate Release:
Thursday, September 1, 2022

Media Contact:
Kathryn Jones 770-813-3388

Council for Quality Growth Names Speakers & Chairs for 2022 Four Pillar Tribute
Honoring UPS CEO Carol B. Tomé on October 20

ATLANTA – The Council for Quality Growth will honor Carol B. Tomé, Chief Executive Officer of United Parcel Service, with its 33rd annual Four Pillar Award. The reception and dinner is presented by the Arthur M. Blank Foundation, Chick-fil-A, Delta Air Lines, The Home Depot Foundation, the New York Stock Exchange – An ICE Exchange, and UPS, and it will be held on Thursday, October 20th, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. in the Georgia Ballroom at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Tomé’s chosen theme is LEAD to Inspire, SERVE to Create, and GIVE to Remain, a way she has also framed her personal and professional journey. This year’s event will feature special Tribute speakers David Abney, Arthur M. Blank, Virginia Hepner, and William R. Johnson to speak to Tomé’s demonstration of the Council’s ‘Four Pillars’ of Quality, Responsibility, Vision, and Integrity, respectively. Andy Stanley of North Point Ministries will provide an invocation, and Frank Blake, former Chairman & CEO of The Home Depot, will emcee the evening. Mayor Andre Dickens is also slated to provide welcoming remarks on behalf of the City of Atlanta, as well as Governor Brian Kemp for the State of Georgia. An esteemed group of Tribute Chairs have been selected to pay tribute to Carol B. Tomé for her extensive economic contributions to Atlanta and beyond, including:

  • David Abney
  • Ed Bastian
  • Frank Blake
  • Arthur M. Blank
  • Dan T. Cathy
  • Shan Cooper
  • Ted Decker
  • Larry Gellerstedt III
  • John Haupert
  • Virginia Hepner
  • Donna Hyland
  • William R. Johnson
  • Katie Kirkpatrick
  • Craig Menear
  • Hala Moddelmog
  • Russell Stokes
  • Hans Vestberg

The prestigious Four Pillar Tribute recognizes an outstanding individual who demonstrates the ‘Four Pillars’ of leadership – Quality, Responsibility, Vision, and Integrity – and exemplifies the Council’s mission of promoting balanced and responsible growth. The Council is proud to honor Carol B. Tomé with its Four Pillar Tribute. Sponsorship information is available at

What: 2022 Four Pillar Tribute
Andre Dickens, 61st Mayor, City of Atlanta

Special Remarks:
Brian Kemp, 83rd Governor, State of Georgia

Master of Ceremonies:
Frank Blake, Former Chairman & CEO, The Home Depot

Andy Stanley, Founder & Senior Pastor, North Point Ministries

Tribute Speakers:
David Abney, Retired CEO/Retired Chairman of the Board, UPS
Arthur M. Blank, Owner & Chairman, The Blank Family of Businesses
Virginia Hepner, Corporate Director, Cadence Bank
William R. Johnson, Chairman of the Board, UPS and Retired Chairman & CEO, HJ Heinz

Other Featured Speakers:
Al Edwards, Chairman, Council for Quality Growth
Michael Paris, President & CEO, Council for Quality Growth

When: Thursday, October 20, 2022
6:00 p.m. – Cocktail reception
7:15 p.m. – Dinner and Tribute presentation

Where: Georgia World Congress Center’s Georgia Ballroom

Attire: Black-tie Optional

Tickets are required for guests and are available at

Download the 2022 Sponsorship Brochure Here.

About the Four Pillar Tribute:

For 33 years the Council for Quality Growth has paid tribute to an outstanding individual in the metro Atlanta region who exemplifies the Council’s mission of promoting balanced and responsible growth through an annual leadership tribute gala that recognizes the ‘Four Pillars’ of leadership – Quality, Responsibility, Vision, and Integrity.

The Four Pillar Award and Tribute is an unparalleled honor that allows the opportunity for the metro Atlanta region and State of Georgia to celebrate the recipient’s significant contributions to quality of life, community leadership, and economic development. The gala and award have come to be known as the highest honor bestowed for the contributions. The event provides a platform to align the honorees’ impacts on the region and the state with the Council’s ambitions and serves as a beacon of inspiration to perpetuate our economic prosperity.

About the Council for Quality Growth:

The Council for Quality Growth is a trade organization that works to ensure continued growth and economic success for generations to come by providing advocacy, information, and education to its members. For 37 years, the Council has been committed to the mission of promoting balanced and responsible growth and is proactively involved in the formulation of policy and legislation critical to the growth and development industry. The Council addresses, head-on, strategic economic planning, infrastructure needs, and tough quality-of-life issues throughout the metro Atlanta region and state.