27th Annual Hall of Fame Celebration

2011 Hall of Fame Celebration

27 Years of Honoring Georgia’s Business Legends

This event occurred on Thursday, May 11 at the St. Regis in Buckhead.

Compelling Story Lines Highlight Robinson Hall of Fame Ceremony

Sam Massell and Rene Diaz Inductions Captivate Record Crowd
The story lines were perhaps the most compelling ever – a Jewish man becomes mayor of a major city in the Deep South, and a Cuban refugee earns his place as one of Atlanta’s most respected CEOs.

Meet the 2011 Honorees

René M. Diaz and Sam Massell join the elite group of business executives who make up the Georgia State University Business Hall of Fame. Heralded for their business acumen and commitment to their community, each serves as a role model for today’s business students. We are proud to honor them as this year’s inductees into our Business Hall of Fame.

Presenting Sponsor

Bank of America logo

Watch Event Footage

Hall of Fame Reception


Hall of Fame attendees mingle at a reception prior to the ceremony.

Opening Remarks from the Dean


H. Fenwick Huss, Dean, Robinson College of Business

Opening Remarks from the President


Mark Becker, President, Georgia State University

Opening Remarks from the Board


Frank Blount, Chair, Robinson College Board of Advisors

Remarks from the Presenting Sponsor


Geri Thomas, Bank of America

Tribute Video and Acceptance Speech


Rene M. Diaz, President and Ceo, Diaz Foods

Tribute Video and Acceptance Speech


The Honorable Sam Massell, President, Buckhead Coalition, Inc.