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Join us for the second forum in our 2018 Thought Leadership Series.

The Power of Unexpected Relationships

James H. Reese, President and CEO, Atlanta Mission

As I reflect over my long business career and experience leading The Atlanta Mission, I have seen the incredible influence on my life and the lives of others from relationships that I never expected, never planned for and in many cases just came out of nowhere!  - James H. Reese

In our session, Jim Reese, CEO of The Atlanta Mission, will share and challenge our audience around those “unexpected relationships”, what they can mean to us and how they have the power to change our lives forever.

Thursday, June 21, 2018, from 7-9 a.m.
7:00 a.m. - Check-in, networking, breakfast
7:35 a.m. - Presentation
8:45 a.m. - Q&A
ROAM Dunwoody
1155 Mount Vernon Hwy, Unit 800, Atlanta, GA 30338

To RSVP, please click here. We’re looking forward to seeing you there.


Jim is President and CEO of Atlanta Mission, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. He joined the organization in August 2008. His primary focus is to ensure that Atlanta Mission achieves its mission to: Transform, through Christ, the lives of those facing homelessness.
Before joining Atlanta Mission, Reese held the following key business leadership positions:

He was a member of the Executive Board of Netherlands-based Randstad Holding NV, and the Chief Executive Officer of Randstad North America with oversight for Randstad United Kingdom. As CEO of Randstad North America, Reese had responsibility for more than 500 offices and 2,300 staff members, who together put more than 53,000 individuals to work each week across the United States and Canada. Randstad United Kingdom put an average of 8,500 people to work each week with over 65 branch offices. Other positions held at Randstad were Chief Operating Officer of Randstad North America and Managing Director of Operations for Randstad North America's Southeast Division, the company's largest operating division.

Prior to joining Randstad, Reese was Chief Operating Officer for the Honeybaked Ham Company. He was responsible for the company's more than 125 retail stores, as well as its catalog business, new business development, business-to-business services, corporate gift services, real estate, store construction, purchasing and quality assurance.

Reese served as Division Vice President of Operations for Frito-Lay, the $5+ billion Snack Food Division of PepsiCo. In addition to overseeing the company's engineering and quality assurance programs, Reese was responsible for supporting sales in excess of $900 million through eight manufacturing plants, 22 distribution centers, all sales warehouses and the driving fleet. Prior to working at Frito-Lay, Reese managed the General Food's Maxwell House Coffee Plant, in Jacksonville, Florida – "the world's largest coffee plant." In 1989, Reese co-founded the First Coast Manufacturers Association, which today includes more than 300 Florida manufacturers.

In 1980, Reese earned his B.B.A. in Marketing and Business from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Reese is a board member of the Chick-fil-A Foundation, D&W Fine Pack, Matchstic, Chair of Association of Gospel Rescue Missions and a past member of the Board of the American Staffing Association. He is also a member of the Downtown Rotary Club and past Chairman of the Elders at Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia. Recognized in 2015 and 2016 in Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 50 Influential Non-profit Leaders, Reese has addressed audiences at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and at Western Michigan University, and at various business conferences on a variety of topics including: "The Challenge of Leadership," "Business Ethics," and "Today's Workforce - Current Trends and Challenges of the Future". Reese lives in North Atlanta with his wife, Dina. They have three daughters, two sons-in-law and five grandchildren.

Atlanta Mission transforms, through Christ, the lives of those facing homelessness. Established in 1938, Atlanta Mission provides overnight shelter, temporary shelter, employment support, recovery programming and transitional housing for more than 950 homeless men, women and children daily. Atlanta’s largest and longest-running provider of homeless services, Atlanta Mission operates four facilities and five thrift stores. www.atlantamission.org.