Who should be our next Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Speaker? Vote Now!

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Each fall and spring, we bring a distinguished CEEatGT alum to campus to share their insights and experience. So far, we've heard from some pretty amazing folks: G. Wayne Clough, Gen. Philip Breedlove and Wick Moorman.

Now we need your help deciding who's next.

Below are six alumni and a little bit about their background. At the bottom of the page, pick the three you'd most like to hear from next in the Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Speaker Series.

Gen. Dick BurlesonGEN. DICK BURLESON
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Vice President, Neel-Schaffer; Retired Major General, U.S. Army Reserves; Former SEC football official and referee

Currently the vice president of Mississippi-based engineering firm Neel-Schaffer, Burleson prides himself on his 25 years of experience serving as a football official with the Southeastern Conference, including working a full schedule of top SEC games each year as head referee. He rose to the highest rank in the Army Reserve – that of Major General – and after graduating from the Army War College, became Commanding General of the world’s largest Army Reserve Command. He oversaw eight states and 40,000 troops.

BSCE 1986, MSCE 1989

Vice President & Market Sector Leader, ARCADIS; Former Commissioner, Georgia Department of Transportation

Golden retired from GDOT in March 2015 after three decades and joined ARCADIS US as market sector leader to help transportation agencies improve mobility in the Southeast. He was appointed Commissioner of the Georgia DOT in 2012 after serving a year as interim commissioner. He is a licensed professional engineer in Georgia. Golden began his career with GDOT in the Planning Division and held numerous positions in the department overseeing planning, design and program delivery.

BSCE 1984

President, Environment Division, ARCADIS US

Hensley has been with ARCADIS since 1985 and is a licensed Professional Engineer in five states. As division president, he’s responsible for 3,000 environmental consulting professionals in 160 offices around North America. He previously served as Operations Director for the Environment Division and Director of Operations, Design and Construction in the Water Division. He has also been active in business development within ARCADIS.

BSCE 1982

Senior Vice President, Kimley-Horn and Associates

Montanye has more than 30 years of experience in civil engineering and project development in the Atlanta market in both public and private sector projects. Her practice is focused on master planning, entitlements, and sustainable engineering design for a broad range of projects ranging from complex urban redevelopments to suburban healthcare campuses. Some of her recent projects include Suntrust Park, future home of the Atlanta Braves; the new Atlanta Falcons Stadium; the Buckhead Atlanta mixed-use development; the College Football Hall of Fame; Piedmont Park’s Northwoods expansion and other projects enhancing the places we live, work and play.

BSCE 1983

CEO of Siebert Financial Corporation; CEO of Siebert Brandford Shank & Co.

Shank has served as CEO of Siebert Brandford Shank & Co. since its inception in October 1996. She is a founder and majority-owner of the firm and is chairwoman of the board of directors. A 25-year veteran of the public-finance industry, Shank has led the financings for large scale projects for a variety of issuers, including the cities of New York, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, among others. Most recently she was inducted into Georgia Tech’s Academy of Engineering Alumni, named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the National Association of Securities Professionals, and included in NBC’s “Grio 100 List,” which honors African American leaders nationally. Shank earned an MBA in finance from the Wharton School in 1987.

BSCE 1990

Offensive Coordinator, San Diego Chargers (NFL)

A former tight end and H-Back with the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins and New York Jets, Whisenhunt worked his way up the ranks as an assistant coach for 10 seasons.  He spent six years as tight ends coach with Baltimore, the Jets and Pittsburgh; one as a special teams coach in Cleveland; and three in Pittsburgh as an offensive coordinator. Whisenhunt landed his first head coach position with the Arizona Cardinals in 2007. He won a franchise-record 49 games over six seasons with the Cardinals and went 4-2 in the postseason, including an appearance in Super Bowl XLIII after a team-record 12-win season in 2008. He was head coach of the Tennessee Titans in 2014 and the first eight weeks of 2015. He returned to San Diego for his second stint as offensive coordinator earlier this year.

Please select three alumni (one from each drop-down list):