Tom Cousins

2001 | Civic Leadership AwardCompany: Cousins Properties Incorporated

As the founder of Cousins Properties Incorporated, Thomas Cousins is perhaps one of Atlanta’s most well-established and influential contributors to the commercial real estate industry. Cousins Properties developed such landmarks in Atlanta as the CNN Center, the Omni Coliseum, 191 Peachtree Tower, Bank of America Plaza, and Wildwood Office Park in Cobb County. The company donated the land, provided the preliminary architectural drawings and guaranteed the construction cost for the first stage of the World Congress Center, Georgia’s world-class convention and meeting facility. Current corporate projects include office buildings and shopping centers in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as Alabama, California, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. The firm has enjoyed joint venture relationships with The Coca-Cola Company, IBM, Bank of America, Temple-Inland, and Emory University. With a commitment to making the metro Atlanta area a premier destination for people to live and do business, Cousins has chaired and is on the board of the Georgia Research Alliance, and is a director emeritus of Total System Services Inc., and a trustee emeritus of Emory University. He previously has served on the boards of NationsBank (now Bank of America), First Union, Shaw Industries and Inland Container Corp. He has served as president of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and is a member of its board of trustees, and also served on the board of the Woodruff Arts Center. His business and civic board experience includes Central Atlanta Progress, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army and Rockefeller University. He has chaired the University of Georgia Foundation and has been awarded honorary degrees from the University of Georgia, Emory University, and Oglethorpe University.