Larry Gellerstedt III, Executive Chairman of Cousins Properties Honored at Council for Quality Growth’s 30th Anniversary Four Pillar Tribute

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Monday, October 14th, 2019

On October, 10, 2019, the Council for Quality Growth honored Cousins Properties Executive Chairman Larry Gellerstedt III with its 30th Anniversary Four Pillar Tribute – themed “Strength Through Diversity” at the Georgia World Congress Center.

The Council’s 2019 Chairman and Executive Director at Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs) presented Larry Gellerstedt with the award and, in accepting the award, Gellerstedt noted, “If our country and region defined ourselves by our differences, we wouldn’t be the Atlanta we are now.

Democracy depends on compromise and respect, usually, it’s the last resort after we’ve tried everything else before we get the right thing. If we do not respect or compromise and learn from each other, this will not work. Where better to show it than Atlanta, we can’t assume that it’s here, diversity requires you to get out of your comfort zone mentally. Diversity is a huge competitive advantage.”

“Larry epitomizes the Four Pillars of excellence that the Council has recognized in Atlanta’s leaders for the past 30 years,” said Council for Quality Growth President & CEO Michael Paris. “Larry’s dedication to business excellence and diversity, coupled with his contributions towards civic good, illustrate the positive influence and impact our leaders can make on the community and world around them.”

Hosted by Hala Moddelmog, President & CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, an esteemed group of Tribute Speakers assembled to pay tribute to Gellerstedt for his “Four Pillars,” including:

• Russ Hardin, President, Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, Inc.

• Doug Hertz, Chairman & CEO, United Distributors, Inc.

• Donna Hyland, President & CEO, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

• Egbert Perry, Chairman & CEO, Integral Group Speakers at the event recognized Gellerstedt for his success in meeting each of the Four Pillars, noting several contributions Georgia’s economic development and fiscal health, including:

• Larry' is truly the only person in my career that I've ever called a true mentor. He is always taking action to solve problems and find a solution.

• Atlanta is a better place because Larry has always called it home.

• Larry has never shied away from paying Civic rent and embraces the opportunity for responsibility.

• Larry is a born leader and a visionary, always steadfast, calm and deliberate.

• Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta would not be the system of today if it wasn’t for Larry’s leadership, and vision.

• Larry is a servant leader and his name comes to people's mind when they're thinking about difficult but important things.

The Council is proud to honor Larry Gellerstedt III with its Four Pillar Tribute. Event information is available at

“It’s such an honor to recognize Larry for his continued emphasis on diversity in the workplace,” said Council for Quality Growth Chairman of the Board, Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs) Executive Director Ann Hanlon. “As a leader of a world-class organizations such as Cousins Properties, he sets the tone and example for others leaders to follow.”