4/24/2014 – Guest Speaker – Mike Plant – VP for the Atlanta Braves

Mike Plant – Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the Atlanta Braves

Our speaker this Thursday will be Mike Plant, Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the Atlanta Braves. Mike was named the Braves’ Executive Vice President of Business Operations in November of 2003. His responsibilities include overseeing stadium operations, security, finance, personnel, special events and the operations of the minor league clubs. He is currently the Braves Project Leader of the new $672M stadium and mixed use development in Cobb County.

Since joining the Braves, Plant has implemented over $50M of improvements at Turner Field including the installation of the largest high-definition display in the world, and the upscale SunTrust Club. He also oversaw enhancements to Turner Field concessions, parking and traffic patterns. Plant also led the successful relocation of two Braves minor league teams to new stadiums in Pearl, Mississippi and Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Plant joined the Braves after having served as Executive Vice President of Turner Sports since February of 2002. In that position, he was in charge of the day-to-day operations of the division, a $500-million acquisition, promotion and production company that broadcast approximately 1,200 hours of sports programming on various Turner networks.

Before becoming Executive Vice President of Turner Sports, Plant was President of The Goodwill Games and Vice President of Events for Turner Sports. He was responsible for the overall direction and management of The Goodwill Games, Ted Turner’s multi-sport international Olympic style event.

Plant was a member of the 1980 U.S Olympic Speedskating team in Lake Placid, NY, and a six-time member of the U.S. World Championship Speedskating teams. Since 1980, he has served on numerous committees for the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), the U.S. International Speedskating Association, and USA Cycling.

Plant served on the Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games (ACOG) Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees for the Salt Lake City Olympic Bid Committee for the 2002 Winter Games.

Plant served an eight-year term on the USOC’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee (1984-1992) and as Chairman of the Athlete Performance Group (1992-1996), and worked on a number of other USOC Committees.

He and his wife, Mary, have two daughters, Erika and Maddie, and a son, Drew.

Judicial Conversations Meeting (aka JudiCon)

The NEW Judicial Conversations group will give us a chance to learn about the Judicial Courts and process in Georgia, and meet with Judicial candidates. We will come to understand their background and credentials, their judicial philosophy, and have an exchange that allows us to share our political philosophy and ask questions.

Our recent meeting was Monday, April 14. Our guest was Juanita Stedman, a candidate for the Cobb Superior Court Judge seat vacated by the retiring James Bodiford. Ms. Stedman is currently a Juvenile Court Judge.

Our next meeting will be Monday, April 28 at The House of Lu Restaurant, just north of The Strand Theater on Marietta Square, starting at 7pm. You are invited to come at 6:30pm for dinner and fellowship. We normally meet only the 2nd Monday of each month. However, we will be using the 4th Monday slot of the Federal Task force this month. In exchange, we will give them our 2nd Monday slot on May 12. Since early voting starts April 28, we did not want to disadvantage the 3rd candidate for Cobb Superior Judge that we will be meeting with on May 12.

Our speaker that evening will be Nathan Wade. A former prosecutor and a seasoned trial attorney, Nathan J. Wade is a candidate for Cobb County Superior Court Judge. Mr. Wade is a former Special Assistant Attorney General and Pro Hac State Court Judge. He currently serves as an Associate Municipal Court Judge for the City of Marietta, in addition to maintaining his responsibilities as a partner of The Wade & Bradley Firm in Cobb County.

To find out how you can be a part of the Georgia Tea Party’s Judicial Conversations group, or if you’re a GTP volunteer that would like to be a part of future meetings, please contact GTP Board Member JD VanBrink

Note that the Georgia Tea Party does not support or endorse any Candidate, and elected Officials and Candidates are not invited to speak at our Public meetings. Such Officials and Candidates may be invited to our Committee Meetings to learn more of their views.

County and State Watch

Our last meeting was held Monday April 21. During the first hour, we heard from Lauren “Bubba” McDonald Jr, a member of the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC). This 5-member Board regulates utilities in GA. During the second hour, we had a discussion with State School Superintendent candidate, Mrs. Nancy Jester. Mr. Fitz Johnson, also a candidate for State School Superintendent, was also scheduled to speak. Unfortunately, he was ill and sent his regrets. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Our next meeting will be Monday, May 19 at The House of Lu Restaurant, just north of The Strand Theater on Marietta Square.

Our start time is 6:30pm. We meet the 3rd Monday of each month.

Nancy Jester – Candidate for State School Superintendent
Fitz Johnson – Candidate for State School Superintendent

To find out how you can be a part of the Georgia Tea Party’s County and State Watch, or if you’re a GTP volunteer that would like to be a part of future meetings with other County or State officials or candidates, please contact GTP Board Member Steve Covert.

Note that the Georgia Tea Party does not support or endorse any Candidate, and elected Officials and Candidates are not invited to speak at our Public meetings. Such Officials and Candidates may be invited to our Committee Meetings to learn more of their views on Public Policy.

Federal Task Force

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, May 27. Our normal meeting day is the 4th Monday of the month. However, since the 4th Monday in May is Memorial Day, we’ve moved our meeting back one night, so that more can attend. As usual, it is at the House of Lu Restaurant, starting at 7:00pm.

Georgia Tea Party’s Federal Task Force recently concluded its meetings with the five leading candidates for the U.S. Senate and the four leading candidates for the 11th Congressional District. This has taken place over the space of about a year, during our monthly Task Force Meetings at the House of Lu restaurant in Marietta. It has been a remarkable experience to meet with each of these candidates for about 2 hours each, ask them questions and formulate our impressions and choices before we all vote in the Primary on May 20.

We are a month away from an extremely important primary election. Georgia Tea Party encourages citizens to engage with their public officials and support the candidates of their choice.

We have reached out to the leading Democrat candidate for the U.S. Senate and are waiting to hear back from her about a possible meeting in the future.

At the May 27 meeting, we will be discussing two projects that the Federal Task Force will concentrate on in the coming months. The first project is The Marietta Declaration. Here is a brief explanation of The Marietta Declaration, which you can also find on the website, http://www.themariettadeclaration.com

On February 18, 2012, the Georgia Tea Party unveiled The Marietta Declaration, a seminal document that enumerates governmental abuses of authority that over the past one hundred years have incrementally diminished the very principles upon which our nation was founded. The Marietta Declaration challenges presidential candidates of all political parties to end these abuses and establishes the principal tenets upon which to do so.

In the run-up to the 2016 Presidential Election, GTP will again be promoting The Marietta Declaration and its principles and asking presidential candidates to sign the document, thereby indicating their support for its principles. We will begin discussions on how we will do this at the FTF Meeting on May 27.

The second project is to begin developing a Georgia Tea Party approach and policy statement on U.S. National Security Policy, which would include defense and foreign policy concerns. We invite all who are interested to become part of our Federal Task Force and join us as we get these important projects off the ground.

To find out how you can be a part of the Georgia Tea Party’s Federal Task Force, or if you’re a GTP volunteer that would like to be a part of future meetings with other candidates, please contact GTP Board Members Jim Jess or Ronny West.

Note that the Georgia Tea Party does not support or endorse any Candidate, and elected Officials and Candidates are not invited to speak at our Public meetings. Such Officials and Candidates may be invited to our Committee Meetings to learn more of their views on Public Policy.

Future Thursday Meeting Speakers

Our speaker on May 1 will be Col. (Ret. Army) Michael Steele. He will illuminate us on military readiness, morale, and retention. Are our Armed Forces prepared to fight a two-front war? What are the effects of the Obama defense cuts and social engineering on our military?

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