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Truett Cathy Awards and Recognitions

  • 2013    

    • Georgia Trustees Inductee, Georgia Historical Society, presented by Governor Nathan Deal
    • Inaugural S. Truett Cathy Entrepreneurial Award, Morris Brown College

    2012    

    • Annie Wittenmyer White Ribbon Award, National Women's Christian Temperance Union
    • Dreambuilder Award, Fayette County (Georgia) Chamber of Commerce
    • Heroes, Saints & Legends Honoree, Foundation of Wesley Woods
    • Our Stories Award, National Public Housing Museum

    2011  

    • Legacy Award, City of College Park
    • Society of World Changers, Indiana Wesleyan University
    • Children's Champion Award, Children's Hunger Fund

    2010    

    • Life Achievement Award, World Chamber of Commerce 
    • American Patriot of Character Award, Character Education Partnership 
    • Martha K. Glaze Service Award, Georgia Council of Juvenile Court
    • Great American Award, College of the Ozarks
    • S. Truett Cathy Citizenship Award, The Study Hall
    • Thad and Alice Eure Hospitality Award, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
    • Friend of Education Award, Georgia Retired Education Association
    • Medal of Honor Award, Daughters of the American Revolution 
    • Eldridge McMillan Lifetime Achievement Award, University System of Georgia Foundation
    • Community Leader of Faith Award, Day 1 and the Alliance for Christian Media
    • Freedom Team Salute Commendation, U.S. Army

    2009    

    • AMY Award - Atlanta Marketer of the Year, AMA Atlanta 
    • Hall of Fame Inductee, Chick-fil-A Bowl
    • Salute to Greatness Award, The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change
    • Legends Awards, Rotary Club of Atlanta   
    • Gold Good Citizenship Medal Award, Sons of the American Revolution
    • Laurel Crowned Circle Award, Omicron Delta Kappa Society 

    2008     

    • The GRACE Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award, Georgia Restaurant Association
    • Lifetime Achievement Award, EEI CEO Roundtable
    • 2008 Big Voice Award, Voices for Georgia's Children
    • William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership, Philanthropy Roundtable
    • 13th Annual Hospitality Hall of Honor Award, University of Houston
    • The President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush Community Impact Award, Fellowship of Christian Athletes of Greater Houston
    • Foundation Legacy Award, Chattahoochee Technical College
    • The President's Award, Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.
    • Paul M. Kuck Legacy Award, Regal Marine Industries
    • Bobby Jones Award, Peach of an Athlete
    • Presidential Volunteer Service Award, The White House

    2007      

    • Silver Buffalo Award, Boy Scouts of America
    • Inaugural Cecil B. Day Ethics Award, Florida State University and the Cecil B. Day Family
    • Heartbound Award, Heartbound Ministries
    • Tom Landry Excellence of Character Award, Greater Dallas-Ft. Worth Fellowship of Christian Athletes

    2006      

    • Smart Marriages Impact Award, Smart Marriages Conference
    • Atlanta Legend, Business to Business Magazine

    2005    

    • Distinguished Service Award, Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association
    • Candl Light Award, Candl Foundation
    • Lifetime Achievement Award, National Poultry & Food Distributors Association

    2004     

    • Roaring Lambs Hall of Fame, Inductee, Presented by Roaring Lambs "Faith that Works at Work"
    • Family First Ambassador Award, Family First, President, Mark Merrill "Challenges & Champions Fundraiser"
    • Fatherhood Award, National Fatherhood Initiative

    2003    

    • Norman Vincent & Ruth Stafford Peale Humanitarian Award
    • Most Influential Georgians Hall of Fame Inductee, Georgia Trend Magazine
    • Shalom Award, Peace Baptist Church
    • Catalyst Lifetime Achievement Award, Injoy/John Maxwell
    • Congressional Angel in Adoption, Awardee
    • College of Diplomat award, NRA Educational Foundation
    • Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame
    • Chairman's Award, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, Chairman's Award
    • Inauguration Speaker, Georgia Governor's Prayer Breakfast 

    2002    

    • Guest Speaker, Baylor University President Economic Forum  
    • Beta Gamma Sigma 2002 Medallion for Entrepreneurship Award, Georgia College & State University
    • The Crystal Bell Award, Good Choices, Inc.

    2001     

    • Finalist, Family & Children Division, Turner Broadcasting Systems Super 17 Service Award
    • Presenter, Edmond Outhier Leadership Lecture Series 
    • Board of Governors Award, 11Alive Community Service Awards
    • Salute to Excellence Award, Morehouse School of Medicine
    • Humanitarian Award, Georgia Perimeter College

    2000     

    • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award

    1999      

    • Ninth most admired Atlanta CEO and/or Company, Business to Business Magazine
    • Executive in Residence, Auburn University
    • Brotherhood Award, National Conference of Community and Justice
    • James H. Costen Award, Interdenominational Theological Center
    • Ember Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Category of Philanthropy, Camp Fire Boys & Girls
    • Atlanta Business Hall of Fame, Junior Achievement of Georgia
    • McDonough Road renamed the S. Truett Cathy Highway, dedicated by the Fayette, Clayton and Henry Counties of Georgia
    • The J. Whitney Bunting School of Business Executive of the Year, Georgia College & State University

    1998     

    • Norman Vincent Peale Award, Horatio Alger Association

    1997    

    • Newcomen Society Award, Newcomen Society of the United States
    • Business Statesman of the Year, Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta

    1996     

    • "The NRN Fifty: A Hall of Fame" of History Makers in Foodservice, Nation's Restaurant News magazine
    • Georgia Freedom Award, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

    1994    

    • National Business Commitment to Foster Care Award, National Foster Parents Association

    1992     

    • National Caring Award/Hall of Fame for Caring Americans, The Caring Institute
    • Georgian of the Year Award, Georgia Optimist International
    • SMEI Academy of Achievement, Oklahoma City

    1991     

    • J.W. Fanning Award, Leadership Georgia 
    • Shining Light Award, Atlanta Gas Light Company
    • Pioneer of the Year Award, MUFSO 

    1990    

    • Most-Admired CEO, Business Atlanta Magazine
    • American Enterprise Award, National Exchange Club
    • Inspiring Excellence Award, The Executive Committee
    • Executive of the Year Award, University of Georgia

    1989     

    • Horatio Alger Award, Horatio Alger Association
    • Big Heart Award, Atlanta Civitans
    • Exceptional Personal Ministry Award, Christian Council of Metro Atlanta

    1988     

    • Silver Plate Award, International Foodservice Manufacturers Association
    • Entrepreneur of the Year, Venture Magazine
    • Outstanding Business Leaders Award, Northwood Institute
    • Friend of Children Award, Council of Children
    • Celebrate Literacy Award, Metro Atlanta Literacy Council

    1987     

    • Blue Key Award, University of Georgia
    • Distinguished Leadership Award, Atlanta Sales & Marketing Executives
    • Entrepreneur of the Year, Business Atlanta Magazine
    • Georgian of the Year, Georgia Broadcasters Association
    • Community Service Award, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    • Community Service Award, 11-Alive TV

    1986     

    • Community Service Award, Atlanta Better Business Bureau
    • Business Hall of Fame, Georgia State University
    • Liberty Bell Award, Clayton County Bar Association
    • Liberty Bell Award, Fulton County Bar Association

    1984     

    • Executive in Residence, Auburn University

    AFFILIATIONS

    TRUSTEE:        

    • Lord’s Day Alliance of the U.S.
    • Paul Anderson Youth Home

    MEMBER:        

    • First Baptist Church, Jonesboro, Georgia, and 50-plus-year Sunday school teacher

    TRUSTEE EMERITUS:     

    • Clayton College & State University 

    HONORARY DEGREES

    2012    

    • Morehouse College, Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters (Atlanta)
    • Liberty University, Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters (Lynchburg, Virginia)

    2011    

    • Columbia International University, Doctor of Humane Letters (Columbia, South Carolina)
    • Indiana Wesleyan University, Honorary Doctorate of Business Management (Marion, Indiana)

    2010        

    • Charleston Southern University, Doctor of Commerce (Charleston, South Carolina)

    2008        

    • Berry College, Doctorate Degree (Mount Berry, Georgia)
    • The Citadel, Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration (Charleston, South Carolina)

    2006    

    • Blue Mountain College, Doctorate of Divinity (Blue Mountain, Mississippi)

    2005    

    • Central Pennsylvania College, Doctorate of Humane Letters (York, Pennsylvania)
    • Anderson College,  Doctorate of Humanities (Anderson, South Carolina)

    2004   

    • Georgia State University, Doctorate of Humanities (Atlanta)

    2003     

    • Psychological Studies Institute, Doctorate of Humanities (Atlanta)

    2002     

    • Cumberland College, Doctor of Laws (Williamsburg, Kentucky)
    • Mercer University, Doctorate of Humanities (Atlanta/Macon, Georgia)

    1997    

    • Oglethorpe University, Doctorate of Humane Letters (Atlanta)

    1995     

    • Troy State University, Doctorate of Laws (Troy, Alabama)

    1994    

    • Tift College, Honorary Doctorate of Commerce (Forsyth, Georgia)

    1992    

    • Oklahoma Christian University, University of Sciences and Arts, Doctorate of Humanities (Oklahoma City)

    1991     

    • Campbell University, The College of Arts & Sciences, Doctorate of Laws (Buies Creek, North Carolina) 

    HONORARY MEMBERSHIPS

    1990

    • Pi Sigma Epsilon, ?Kennesaw State College (Kennesaw, Georgia)

    1982

    • Beta Gamma Sigma, Georgia State University (Atlanta)
    • Omicron Delta Kappa, Georgia State University (Atlanta)
    • Delta Sigma Pi, Georgia College (Milledgeville, Georgia) 

    AUTHORED BOOKS

    • Wealth, Is It Worth It? (Looking Glass Books, 2011)
    • How Did You Do It Truett? (Looking Glass Books, 2007)
    • It's Better to Build Boys Than Mend Men (Looking Glass Books, 2004)
    • Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People (Looking Glass Books, 2002)
    • The Generosity Factor with Ken Blanchard (Zondervan Publishing, 2002)
    • It's Easier to Succeed Than to Fail (Thomas Nelson Publishing, 1989)