2018 Award Winners
Each year at the Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration, CAP/ADID honors the leaders and institutions that have had an indelible impact on Downtown Atlanta.
This year, we are proud to honor Shirley Franklin, Mary Ann Hearn and Grady Health System.
The Dan Sweat Award
A champion of “doing the right thing” for Downtown Atlanta, Dan Sweat served as a past CAP President, leading the district through challenging seasons for Atlanta’s business and political communities.
The prestigious Dan Sweat Award honors his numerous achievements and celebrates those who presently emulate his best traits: iconoclastic leadership, forward-thinking public service, and humility of spirit. Each year, CAP selects a business and/or organizational leader who, like Sweat, demonstrates true leadership and advocates for “doing the right thing” for Downtown.
2018 Recipient: Shirley Franklin
"Shirley has been so involved on the civic scene going back to Maynard Jackson's first term. Her whole adult life has been dedicated to making Atlanta better." --CAP/ADID President A.J. Robinson
Shirley Franklin was elected the first African American woman mayor of a major southern city in 2002 and served two terms until 2009. Currently she serves as Executive Chairman of Purpose Built Communities, a non-profit consulting firm that works side-by-side with local leaders to plan and implement a holistic neighborhood revitalization effort.
She currently serves as President of Clarke-Franklin and Associates, Inc. She co-chairs the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta’s Regional Commission on Homelessness, serves as the Chair of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and serves on the board of the Volcker Alliance. Additionally, Franklin serves on the Board of Directors of Mueller Water Products and Delta Air Lines.
From 2013 to 2016 Franklin served as the inaugural Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values at the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas Austin and from 2010 to 2012 she served as visiting professor in Political Science at Spelman College.
During her eight years, the city of Atlanta experienced unprecedented growth and afforded Franklin the opportunity to partner and collaborate with many local and regional leaders in addressing urban policy challenges, which included urban planning, economic development and infrastructure. She is best known for advocating for and tackling major government operations and ethics reform, launching the Atlanta Beltline, planning and executing over $5 billion in airport and water infrastructure improvement, leading the acquisition of the Morehouse College Collection of Martin Luther King Jr. Papers, launching the Atlanta Regional Commission on Homelessness and developing successful business and public sector partnerships and alliances. Aside from her role as a public official, her community service spans over 40 years in Atlanta and includes her active participation in the arts, homelessness, higher education and politics.
The Turner Community Leadership Award
Established in 2003, the Turner Community Leadership award identifies and celebrates Downtown’s “unsung heroes.” Recipients embody the true meaning of quiet leadership, continually working on the community’s behalf to make Downtown a better place for all by means both large and small. While Turner award winners may not appear on the traditional radars of the corporate and organizational leadership world, their grassroots efforts make them all the more worthy of recognition.
2018 Recipient: Mary Ann Hearn
"Mary Ann Hearn is the ultimate concierge of Downtown Atlanta." --CAP/ADID President A.J. Robinson
Mary Ann Hearn has been a champion of Atlanta’s Hospitality industry for 38 years though her work with Atlanta Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and other local organizations. She is actively involved with Central Atlanta Progress and Concierge Society of Atlanta, frequently attending meetings where she greets each of her colleagues with a smile and a hug.
Mary Ann has lived in Atlanta for more than 40 years and was a member of the company that opened Alliance Theatre, appearing in many shows during their inaugural seasons. Her talents have also graced the big screen as she appeared in the Georgia-filmed Return to Macon County with Don Johnson and Nick Nolte, the latter’s first movie.
In 2015, Mary Ann was honored as a recipient of Where Atlanta’s Silver Plume Award. The designation honors the outstanding work and dedication of members of the hospitality community. She is one of the many ambassadors that welcomed 52 million visitors to Atlanta in 2016. Her love of the people of this city is unparalleled, who she describes as friendly, diverse and fun.
Friends and visitors can always count on Mary Ann to know where to have the best meals in the city from well-known Atlanta chefs to where to get the best burger. Her knowledge of the destination is expansive, whether it’s recommending the best venue to host an event or knowing about unique events happening in the city on any given day. She is always willing to share what makes her city so special.
The Marcus Downtown Economic Impact Award
Created in 2008 and renamed in 2016 to honor Bernie Marcus for his contributions to Downtown, the Marcus Downtown Economic Impact Award recognizes an individual, company, or project that has stimulated revitalization efforts that strengthen and advance Downtown at large. The award’s selection criteria include both quantitative and qualitative impacts, from increasing investment dollars to leaving a “positive mark” on the community. This award is given to the people and places we consider to be “game-changing” for Downtown’s development.
2018 Recipient: Grady Health System
"Because Grady is a Level I Trauma Center, it allows us to host all these big events in Downtown Atlanta. But sometimes we take Grady for granted. That's why we are giving it the economic impact award this year." --CAP/ADID President A.J. Robinson
Grady employs 1,311 Fulton and 1,381 DeKalb County residents – which represents nearly one-half of our workforce, and, each year, Grady generates $788 million in household earnings. Grady serves as the regional disaster coordinating body. Without Grady and our Level I Trauma Center, Atlanta could not host the Olympics, Super Bowl, Final Four or other large scale events and conferences that generate economic benefit to our region. Grady generates $1.7 billion in economic output each year.