ATLANTA - Arthur Blank hosted a networking session with senior members of the U.S. Army, and over 70 CEO's, Atlanta business leaders, and other members of the NFL on Monday.
Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons and chairman of AMB Group, hosted the event along with AMG Group CEO Steve Cannon and Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn at the Blank Family Office.
The goal of the event was to connect U.S. Army leadership to global and national executives, and key influencers based in the Atlanta region. It allowed businesses to learn how to best engage with the Army in relation to veteran's affairs, recruitment efforts, and support for active member families.
“Today is about creating alignment and understanding between our most senior military leaders and our most senior business and civic leaders,” noted Cannon. “The challenges we face around the globe have only gotten more diverse and complex so it’s important to understand the impact that is having on our military and our soldiers.”
U.S. Army attendees included General Daniel Allyn, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, Major General Eric Wesley, Commanding General, U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence of Fort Benning Georgia and Command Sgt. Major Walter Tagalicud, Command Sergeant Major, 3rd Infantry Division of Fort Stewart, Georgia.
“Today our Army is the smallest it has been since WWII, but our commitment level continues to rise, and that disconnect bears a burden on our soldiers around the globe," said General Allyn. "Therefore, events like this are important to show leaders like you what this Army can do.”
Governor Nathan Deal opened the session, and described the importance of partnership between the private sector and the armed forces. The session continued with a few words from Arthur Blank, who was standing next to a life-size sculpture of a Sioux Warrior, an elite Strongheart Society.
“Today, we’re going to meet and learn about the Stronghearts of our day, the American soldiers that defend our country. Supporting the armed forces has always been a priority for Steve Cannon, Coach Dan Quinn and myself, as well as my wife Angie and our family. We hope that today’s inaugural symposium will be the first of many like this across the country," said Blank.
Quinn closed the event by thanking the Army attendees for their service, and for those who came to participate in the symposium. Quinn was the 2017 NFL “Salute to Service” Award recipient for his efforts to honor and support members of the military community.