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Citadel News Service
25 Oct 2005

Atlanta Falcons owner/Home Depot co-founder to speak

Arthur M. Blank, owner and CEO of the Atlanta Falcons and co-founder of Home Depot, will speak at The Citadel Tuesday, Nov. 29, as part of the Greater Issue series. The address will take place at 11 a.m. in McAlister Field House on The Citadel campus. The public is invited to attend.

Blank is chairman of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and the chairman, president and CEO of AMB Group, LLC. Both companies are part of The Arthur M. Blank Family Office and have the common purpose of giving to society through financial contributions and personal involvement.

After acquiring the Atlanta Falcons franchise in February 2002, Blank made significant changes. During his first year as owner, the Falcons generated a 100 percent increase in season ticket sales, the highest single-year increase in season ticket sales in NFL history. The Falcons have sold out every home game since Blank took over, and for the first time in the club’s 38-year history, there is a waiting list for season tickets.

In 1978 Blank co-founded Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer. When he retired as co-chairman in 2001, the company was a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and one of Fortune Magazine’s “Global Most Admired Companies.” During Blank’s 23 years with the company, Home Depot donated more than $113 million to communities and company associates provided hundreds of thousands of hours of personal volunteer time. In his role as owner and CEO of the Falcons, Blank is continuing the same benchmark for success by building a competitive and prosperous franchise and by the works of the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation and community involvement.

The Greater Issues Series was founded in 1954 to engage cadets’ interest and knowledge in important topics of the day. Since it was established, the series has brought presidents, heads of state, scholars, diplomats, journalists and distinguished business and military leaders to Charleston and The Citadel. The Greater Issues series is made possible by a grant from The Mills B. Lane Memorial Foundation.
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