Atlanta Business Chronicle has named our 2019 40 Under Forty honorees. The up-and-comers will be celebrated at an awards event Nov. 7 at The Fairmont in Atlanta. Here’s a Q&A with one of the honorees, Howard Franklin, founder and managing partner, Ohio River South.
Q: What has living in metro Atlanta meant to you professionally and personally?
A: Living in Atlanta has meant seeing diversity represented in every facet of my professional journey, and being both challenged and empowered because of it.
Q: What do you do to create community and common purpose with people who are different (ex., in race, gender, beliefs, politics, etc.) from you?
A: As a political professional, finding common purpose and creating community is second nature for me!
Q: Beyond material gains, credentials, titles, or etc., what gives you the greatest joy, why, and how do you share that joy with others?
A: My greatest joy comes from helping talented people reach their full potential. Growing and leading a team of seven has given me plenty of opportunities to nurture others’ careers and coach them toward their goals.
Q: If you had advice or a challenge for your 40 Under Forty Class of 2019, what would that be?
A: I would challenge the 2019 class to stay engaged at the intersection of business and community. It’s where the most good can be done in a city like Atlanta, but it’s also a place that many people eschew for one reason or another.
Q: What is needed for metro Atlanta to nurture the next generation of leaders to achieve the things you’ve achieved?
A: After all the success Atlanta has experienced, our city and its collective leadership has to figure out what Atlanta 3.0 should be, and set out on a path to achieve it.