COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Dallas Mavericks owner and ABC's "Shark Tank" star spoke to the group of community leaders at Columbus State University's Jim Blanchard leadership forum tonight.
This is the first night of the two day forum.
Tomorrow, August 26, other keynote speakers will take the stage including Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer for Facebook and Sara Blakely the founder of Spanx.
The organizer of the forum says the event helps to create community leaders across the state of Georgia.
"This is really part of a vision from our university and from Mr. Blanchard to benefit our community so that Columbus is better. Because our leaders have been exposed to this and indeed if you trail that on out to our state and nation," says Ed Helton, Executive Director of The Leadership Institute.
Tonight, Tom Cousin was announced as the winner of this year's Blanchard Award for outstanding stewardship and ethic in business.
Cousin is a commercial real estate developer who builds mixed income housing community Atlanta's East Lake neighborhood.