(WTVM) - Dan Amos, Kessel D. Stelling Jr. and Mayor Teresa Tomlinson are three local people who've have been named to the list of 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend magazine.
Aflac CEO Dan Amos joined the company in 1973, and has served as CEO since 1990. He has also been listed on Chief Executive magazine's Wealth Creation Index as one of the top 50 CEO's since the index was created in 2008. Last year, Amos was also named by Ethisphere magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics for the second time. Aflac has also appeared on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work for list for 16 consecutive years.
Kessel D. Stelling Jr. joined Columbus-based company Synovous in 2006, and was named President and CEO in 2010. This is the third time that Stelling Jr. has been named to the list. He's also been named to the list each year since 2009. Synovus Financial Corporation was founded in 1888 and has approximately $27 billion in assets.
Teresa Tomlinson was elected the 69th mayor of Columbus in 2010, and was sworn in as the first female mayor of the city in 2011. This is the third time that Tomlinson has made the list of most influential Georgians. Since taking office, Mayor Tomlinson has collaborated with council and stakeholders to reform the city's pension plan, saving taxpayers $27 million over 15 years. She has also reformed the city's employee healthcare system saving taxpayers $4.5 million annually.
Columbus recently passed Augusta for the second-largest city in Georgia, with a population of 202,824 for the 2013 census.
The issue is already available on newsstands. For the full list, click here.