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08.12.2013

40 Under 40 Spotlight: Thomas Forsberg (BBA ’00, MBA ’10)

In his 13-year career with SunTrust Bank, Thomas Forsberg (BBA ’00, MBA ’10) has achieved steady professional growth. During that time, this exceptional graduate has also gone back to school, started a family, volunteered with a number of community organizations and helped foster relationships between fellow UGA alumni and their alma mater. And now, he’s been named to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2013.

After graduating from UGA with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2000, Forsberg became a credit analyst with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in Atlanta. Two years later, he became a SunTrust commercial banking portfolio manager. In 2004, he was named a first vice president and relationship manager for Diversified Commercial Banking, a role he still fills today in Atlanta and Columbus, Ga.

During his time with SunTrust, Forsberg has received numerous honors, including the Chairman’s Team Award, Peak Performer, Top Producer of Profits, Unsung Hero, and HERO Award.

In 2010, Forsberg became a Double Dawg when he graduated with his MBA from the Terry College of Business.

“While juggling my career, a growing family and the MBA workload, I received the highest performance recognition within our company. I attribute this success to the academic growth and personal development I experienced during the MBA program. I gained valuable work experience following my undergraduate degree; however, I excelled to new heights upon enrolling in the MBA program and have continued to grow since,” says Forsberg.

He is married to Ansley Mason Forsberg (BBA ’01), whom he met while attending UGA, and the couple has three children. In his free time, Forsberg serves as co-president of the Columbus Chapter of the UGA Alumni Association and was instrumental in the establishment of the Columbus Terry College of Business Alumni Network.

"Thomas is an outstanding chapter leader because he is diligent about planning, organizing, and making everyone feel welcome at events. He's also great at staying in touch with people. His dedication, energy, hard work and great attitude all make me proud to call him a fellow UGA graduate," says Assistant Director of Regional Programs Danielle Alexander (MSW '11).

His community involvement is extensive, as well. He is a Columbus Airport Commissioner, treasurer for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Historic Columbus Foundation Board of Directors, a graduate of Leadership Columbus, and a member of the Columbus Chamber’s Young Professionals.

Congratulations to Thomas on this honor. He is a dedicated alumni leader for our organization and I know the graduates that live in the Columbus area are appreciative of his leadership and dedication to UGA.

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12.11.2014

UGA’s Thank-a-Teacher Program

Did a teacher at UGA enrich your life or create a spark that inspired you to pursue your dreams? Was there a professor or teaching assistant that pushed you to do your best and helped you discover your passion for a certain subject? 

Now is the time to let that teacher - and the university community - know how grateful you are for their effect on your life. UGA's Center for Teaching and Learning invites current UGA students and alumni to particpate in the Thank-a-Teacher program.

What is Thank-a-Teacher? It is a program that allows students and alumni to express gratitude for teachers who have impacted their lives in a profound and meaningful way. If a teacher (professor, instructor, teaching assistant) made a positive contribution to your experience at UGA, please consider sending them a brief note. You may choose to remain anonymous or have your name attached to the note. 

You will be asked to fill out a simple form and acknowledge your appreciation for your teacher's work, dedication and extra effort. Share a simple thank you or an anecdote to let that teacher know what you enjoyed about their class and why it was important to you. 

Click here to complete the Thank-a-Teacher form

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12.10.2014

Former UGA football player gives back to the community

In recent years, the Lumpkin Street School in Hawkinsville, Georgia, one of 500 Georgia equalization schools built for African-American students during segregation, has fallen into disrepair. The town’s Deacons and Stewards Association wants to turn the space into a community center and museum, and a former Georgia football player is helping to make that happen.

Charles Johnson (M ’08), through the Charles Johnson Foundation (CJF), has issued a $25,000 challenge grant to renovate the school. The challenge, which states that CFJ will donate $25,000 to match the $25,000 that the Deacons and Stewards Association raises, has been instrumental in gaining donations for the project from other organizations.

Charles Johnson teaches a basketball clinic in his hometown of Hawkinsville, Georgia, during the Charles Johnson Foundation’s annual Community Weekend.

This isn’t the first time Charles Johnson has helped out his hometown. The captain for the Carolina Panthers has donated funds to support Parent Cafes for single mothers, sponsored women to attend the Pulaski Tomorrow program, donated to other middle Georgia foundations, and has provided scholarships to Pulaski County students during his organization’s annual Community Weekend in Hawkinsville.

For more information about the Lumpkin Street School project and how you can help, please email Greg Brown

Thank you for helping preserve the history of Georgia, Charles! The UGA Alumni Association is proud of your accomplishments on and off the field.

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12.08.2014

Spotlight on a Bulldog Business: FotoIN

Class of 2014 40 Under 40 honoree Sly Barisic (MBA ’04) and his brother, James Gates (AB ’01, MPA ’04), founded FotoIN in 2012, an automated mobile and management solution for capturing, documenting and filing site photos to a customer's storage repositories. 

The startup is located in Atlanta and Zagreb, Croatia, Sly’s native country. It serves an array of industries, including construction, real estate and property management.

James Gates

Sly Barisic

The company has seen growth in the construction industry,  managing projects for Brasfield and Gorrie, the lead company in the development of the new Atlanta Braves baseball stadium. Barisic was also invited to speak at tech conferences in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco last year.

The UGA Alumni Association is proud to showcase the success of hardworking alumni! For more information about startups founded by UGA alumni, click here. If you have an alumni-owned or -operated startup that you would like featured on this blog, please email Assistant Director of Communications Jamie Lewis (AB '12, AB '12) at jelewis@uga.edu.

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