ATLANTA, GA – April 21, 2022 – PwC has announced that technology pioneer Ben Chestnut, CEO and Co-Founder of Mailchimp, has been selected as the 2021 Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia inductee.
Chestnut will be honored at the Technology Association of Georgia’s (TAG) The Georgia Technology Summit event on April 27, 2022 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Sponsored by PwC since its inception in 1993, the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia includes a long list of visionaries, including: Georgia Gov. Zell Miller, technology industry leader Tom Noonan and CNN founder Ted Turner.
Chestnut is an Atlanta-based tech entrepreneur and co-founder of Mailchimp, now part of Intuit following a $12B acquisition (the largest of its kind for a private company), who pioneered email marketing enabling SMB’s to thrive in the digital age. Chestnut also serves on the advisory board for the Emory Center of Ethics.
“Ben is an entrepreneur who has delivered an innovative all-in-one platform built for small business growth, servicing customers worldwide, and powered by marketing automation and customer relationship management tools,” said Kevin Kelly, PwC Atlanta office Managing Partner. “It’s an honor to welcome him into the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia. I’m excited for the continued growth of this community and the innovative ideas it provides to Georgia and the world at large.”
Chestnut was born in Augusta, Georgia and attended high school in Hephzibah, Georgia. He studied physics at the University of Georgia and industrial design at Georgia Institute of Technology.
“I’m humbled and honored to be inducted in the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia,” said Chestnut. “Georgia’s had an incredible impact on my life and the journey to build Mailchimp alongside my co-founder Dan Kurzius. I’m especially grateful for all of our incredible employees who listened hard, and changed fast to build innovative tools for our customers to start and grow their businesses.”
Ben is a visionary and a champion for small business in Georgia’s technology ecosystem and beyond,” said Larry K. Williams, President and CEO of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). “It is through the vision, drive and support of leaders like him that our technology community continues to grow, break barriers and set global industry trends.”
Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia
Each year an inductee is chosen by the current Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia members from a slate of nominees, in recognition of his or her contributions to the industry and impact on the state. Potential nominees are selected based on an individual’s impact on the technology industry in the state of Georgia, such as establishing and growing successful technology companies and organizations; job creation and economic impact; developing breakthrough technologies; innovation and entrepreneurship; etc. PwC has been a sponsor of the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia since its inception in 1993.
Previous inductees :
David Cummings (2019)
Christopher Klaus (2018)
Dr. Bud Peterson (2017)
Jeff Sprecher (2016)
Jim Kennedy (2015)
Alan Dabbiere (2014)
Ted Turner (2013)
Jeff Arnold (2012)
Dr. Raymond Schinazi (2011)
Peter J. Kight (2011)
Wayne Hodges (2011)
Tripp Rackley (2010)
Ken Byers (2009)
Wayne Clough (2008)
Sig Mosley (2007)
Tom Noonan (2006)
Said Mohammadioun (2005)
Charles “Garry” Betty (2005)
Charles D. Moseley (2004)
Sid Topol (2003)
Shirley Mewborn (2003)
Tycho Howle (2002)
Dr. Edward Roberts (2001)
William J. Todd (2000)
Donald L. House (2000)
Dr. H. Allen Ecker (1999)
Ben J. Dyer (1998)
Gov. Zell Miller (1997)
Richard K. Snelling (1996)
James C. Edenfield (1996)
Leland Strange (1995)
Howard J. Morrison, Jr. (1995)
Bill Goodhew (1995)
Jacquelyn M. Ward (1994)
Parker H. Petit (1994)
John P. Imlay, Jr. (1994)
Glen P. Robinson, Jr. (1993)
Dr. John E. Pippin (1993)
Dennis C. Hayes (1993)
Gov. George Busbee (1993)
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The Georgia Technology Summit is designed to help celebrate and fuel the innovation economy. It will be held April 26-27, 2022 at Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta and is expected to draw more than 1,000 technology professionals, entrepreneurs and academic leaders.
The event will feature nationally recognized keynote speakers, 12 breakout sessions focusing on the most important global tech trends, winners of the Top 40 and Top 10 Innovative Georgia Companies competition, the newest inductee into the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia, networking opportunities, and a two-day exhibitor showcase.
TAG’s mission is to Connect, Promote, Influence and Educate Georgia’s technology ecosystem to advance the innovation economy. Through those four foundational pillars TAG serves the technology community, helping to support, grow and ignite tech leaders, companies and the overall Georgia economy.
TAG serves more than 30,000 members statewide through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG hosts more than 150 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for over 20 professional societies.
TAG provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies, and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology.
Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive.
For more information visit the TAG website.
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