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6th Annual Leadership Character Awards - 2008

Winners Revealed at Sixth Annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards View Photo Gallery

Turknett Leadership Group recognizes six outstanding leaders of character from TSYS, the City of Atlanta, Alston + Bird, the American Cancer Society, Gainesville State College, and Georgia Women’s Institute.

ATLANTA, GA (February 16, 2009)—Turknett Leadership Group, partnered with Kennesaw State’s Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Character, announced the winners of the Fifth Annual Leadership Character Awards at a luncheon at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead. The awards were supported by Presenting Sponsor KPMG and Gold Sponsor Crawford & Company.

The Leadership Character Awards recognize the correlation between an organization’s ability to achieve and the character of its leadership. Nominated individuals demonstrate integrity; relate to customers, suppliers, co-workers and others with respect; and maintain a culture in which everyone takes responsibility for achieving results while upholding the organization’s core values.



Left to Right: Dr. Bob Turknett, Lyn Turknett, Phil Tomlinson, Michael Petrik, Dr. Martha Nesbitt, Jack Shipkoski, and Bill Curry. Nellie Duke, not pictured. Luz Borrero, not pictured.

44 nominees from 39 different organizations were recognized this year and over 420 of Georgia’s business, community and education leaders gathered to honor them and the top award recipients. Each award recipient was chosen for best exemplifying the standards set forth in the Turknett Leadership Character Model. The winners are:

Category: CEO/President/Managing Partner
Philip W. Tomlinson
CEO
TSYS
Nominated by:
Darlene Halstead, Marty Grueder


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Category: Executive/Manager
Luz Borrero
Deputy Chief Operating Officer
City of Atlanta
Nominated by:
Heather Alhadeff


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Category: Nonprofit
Jack Shipkoski
CEO
American Cancer Society - South Atlantic Division
Nominated by:
Nancy Dove, Gail Roddie-Hamlin, Paula Mohan, Catherine Mickle, and Patricia Hoge


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Category: Education
Martha T. Nesbitt, Ph.D.
President
Gainesville State College
Nominated by:
Penny B. Mills


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Category: Inspiritor
Nellie D. Duke
President and CEO
Georgia Women’s Institute
Nominated by:
Dr. Mary Lou Frank


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Category: Special Award
Michael Petrik
Partner
Alston + Bird, LLP
Nominated by:
Jamie Greene


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CEO/President/Partner Award
Philip W. Tomlinson

TSYS's Philip W. Tomlinson is honored in the CEO/President/Partner Category

ATLANTA, GA (February 2009) — Philip W. Tomlinson of TSYS was among the top six Georgia business, community and education leaders recognized at the Sixth Annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards Luncheon held February 16, 2009 at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead. Tomlinson was honored as the recipient of the 2008 Leadership Character Award in the CEO/President/Partner category. The awards were presented in partnership with Kennesaw State University’s Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics, and Character and sponsored by KPMG and Crawford & Co.

Nominators describe Tomlinson as a genuine leader who practices transparency, shares respect, and believes in the responsibility of contributing to the community. His leadership style of encouragement and accountability is one that celebrates lack of blame, ownership, and concerted involvement in the organization.


Executive / Manager Award
Luz Borrero

Luz Borrero of the City of Atlanta is honored in the Executive/Manager Category

ATLANTA, GA (February 2009) — Luz Borrero of the City of Atlanta was among the top six Georgia business, community and education leaders recognized at the Sixth Annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards Luncheon held February 16, 2009 at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead. Borrero was announced the recipient of the Leadership Character Award in the Executive/Manager category. The awards were presented in partnership with Kennesaw State University’s Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics, and Character and sponsored by KPMG and Crawford & Co.

Borrero was acknowledged as a role model of ethical behavior. She was described by her nominators as always seeking additional knowledge, open to the input of others, and deeply deserving of the respect of respect and appreciation from those around her. Her leadership is characterized by her steady consideration for the ideas of others and the necessities of the vision or goal at hand.


Nonprofit Award
Jack Shipkoski

American Cancer Society’s Jack Shipkoski honored in the Nonprofit category

ATLANTA, GA (February 2009) — Jack Shipkoski of the American Cancer Society was among the top six Georgia business, community and education leaders recognized at the Sixth Annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards Luncheon held February 16, 2009 at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead. Shipkoski was announced the recipient the Leadership Character Award in the Nonprofit category. The awards were presented in partnership with Kennesaw State University’s Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics, and Character and sponsored by KPMG and Crawford & Co.

Shipkoski is credited with making the South Atlantic Division of the American Cancer Society (ACS) a “leader in every category of work: mission delivery, advocacy, patient support, volunteer involvement, diversity, communication, and infrastructure.” He is described by his nominators as having the ability to laugh at himself and ensure that all endeavors of ACS are “conducted with honesty and respect.”


Education Award
Dr. Martha Nesbitt

Dr. Martha Nesbitt of Gainesville State College honored in the Education category

ATLANTA, GA (February 2009) — Dr. Martha T. Nesbitt of Gainesville State College was among the top six Georgia business, community and education leaders recognized at the Sixth Annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards Luncheon held February 16, 2009 at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead. Nesbitt was announced the recipient the Leadership Character Award in the Education category. The awards were presented in partnership with Kennesaw State University’s Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics, and Character and sponsored by KPMG and Crawford & Co.

Dr. Nesbitt’s nominators describe her as “a stalwart advocate for students” who “maintains her composure in even the most contentious meeting, and is often willing to compromise to resolve difficult situations.” She is recommended and respected for her open-door policy and desire for clear communication.


Inspiritor Award
Nellie Duke

Georgia Women’s Institute’s Nellie Duke honored in the Inspiritor category

ATLANTA, GA (February 2009) — Nellie D. Duke with Georgia Women’s Institute was among the top six Georgia business, community and education leaders recognized at the Sixth Annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards Luncheon held February 16, 2009 at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead. Duke was announced the recipient the Leadership Character Award in the Inspiritor category. The awards were presented in partnership with Kennesaw State University’s Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics, and Character and sponsored by KPMG and Crawford & Co.

Duke was recognized for her state-wide leadership through community involvement. Her nominators describe her as a “community minded servant who has sought to ensure every voice is heard.” Her leadership in numerous organizations has greatly influenced the well-being of countless individuals and developed in her “a responsibility to build bridges with diverse communities and partner to make Georgia a better place for all citizens.”

Special Award
Michael Petrik

Alston + Bird’s Michael Petrik is announced as a Special Awards Recipient

ATLANTA, GA (February 2009) — Michael Petrik of law firm Alston + Bird was among the top six Georgia business, community and education leaders recognized at the Sixth Annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards Luncheon held February 16, 2009 at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead. Petrik was announced as the recipient of a Special Award. The awards were presented in partnership with Kennesaw State University’s Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics, and Character and sponsored by KPMG and Crawford & Co.

Petrik was acknowledged for his extensive community involvement and leadership. His nominators recommended him for his personification of “integrity, respect, and responsibility.” His leadership within Alston + Bird and as a board member of numerous community endeavors is an inspiring example of his desire to engage in the “great social challenges of our times and to always think deeply upon them in making an assessment or giving advice.”


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Turknett Leadership Group is a character-based management and consulting firm in Atlanta, Georgia that focuses on aligning strategy, leadership and culture by providing services in the areas of Executive Development, Selection & Integration; Succession Planning; Team Assessment and Development; Ethics, Retention & Culture Consulting.

The Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics & Character, an academically based institute at Kennesaw State University, seeks to inspire, enable and promote ethical conduct, decision-making and leadership for the common good.

KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International. KPMG International’s member firms have 137,000 professionals, including more than 7,600 partners, in 144 countries. KPMG has more than 800 employees here in Atlanta.

Crawford & Company is the world’s largest provider of claims solutions with over 700 locations in 63 countries.


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