Howard J. Morrison Jr. to speak at the First City Club CEO Lecture Series on January 24, 2007

December 06, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
(SAVANNAH, GA) The First City Club is pleased to have Howard J. Morrison, Jr., board secretary and chair of the Innovation and Technology Committee, of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) as the upcoming speaker in their CEO Lecture Series. The
lecture is at 12:00 PM on January 24, 2007.

The title of Morrison’s lecture is “A Vision for Savannah in 2030”. The
Savannah native, loves the city and wants to help guide a discussion about
Savannah’s future as we approach the city’s 300th
anniversary in 2033. He has been described as a community visionary, and
organizer who prefers to work quietly behind the scenes to motivate the
discussions that need to take place in order to achieve a true community
Morrison currently serves as the board secretary, and chair of the
Innovation and Technology Committee of the Georgia Department of Economic
Development (GDEcD), chairman of the Skidaway Marine Science Foundation, a
member and past co-chair of the advisory board
of Georgia Southern University's Allen E. Paulsen College of Science and
Technology, a board member of the Savannah State University's College of
Sciences and Technology, a trustee of South University, a board member of
the Georgia Tech Research Corporation and Georgia Tech Applied Research
Corporation, a board member of Georgia Tech Ireland, a trustee of the
Savannah Fund for Excellence in Public Education, a board member of the
United Way of the Coastal Empire, a
board member of The Savannah Community Foundation, Inc. and a board member
of Quadrant Financial Corporation and Digitel Corporation and its subsidiary
Neonova. Most recently Morrison has helped to reorganize and restructure the
Herty Advanced Materials Development Center.

Morrison’s banking career spanned nearly 30 years including being the
chief financial officer of the NYSE listed Citizens and Southern Realty
Investors (Southmark Properties) and in helping to develop
the C&S Bank's (now Bank of America's) High Technology Banking Group and
Atlanta's high technology business community. Morrision was the founding
president of the Business & Technology Alliance (B&TA) in Atlanta in 1983,
was instrumental in establishing the Southeastern Chapter of the American
Electronics Association in Atlanta. Morrison has also served on the boards
of the Southeastern Software Association, the Georgia Biomedical Partnership
and on two occasions
as a trustee of the University of Georgia Research Foundation.

In recognition of his years of dedicated service in promoting the
development of the high technology business community in Georgia, Morrison
was inducted into the Georgia High Technology Hall of Fame in 1995. He was
awarded a Governor's Award in the Humanities, in 2001, in recognition of his
contributions to Georgia history. Morrison is past president of the Planned
Parenthood Association of the Atlanta Area, the Atlanta Humane Society, the
Georgia Historical Society, chairman of the Georgia Foundation for
Independent Colleges and has served as chair of the Southeastern Savoyards
Light Opera Company. He has also been on the boards of the Georgia
Humanities Council, the Georgia Conservancy, the Brandon Hall School, a
trustee of the Armstrong Atlantic State University Foundation, and is
chairman emeritus of the Advisory Board for the Georgia Tech Savannah

After retiring from banking in July1996, Morrison returned to his
hometown of Savannah where he was instrumental in establishing the Coastal
Business, Education & Technology Alliance (CBETA) and the Georgia Tech
Savannah campus. In recognition of Howard's contributions to the growing
technology community in the Savannah area, in October 2003 CBETA established
an Outstanding Leadership Award in Howard's name with Howard being honored
as the first recipient. In October 2005 based upon respect, integrity and
excellence Howard was inducted into the Savannah Business Hall of Fame by
Junior Achievement of Georgia - Savannah.

Morrison was born in Savannah, and graduated from The Choate School >in
1961 and Yale University in 1965. He served three years active duty in the
United States Navy retiring in 1969 as a Lieutenant. In 1970 he married Mary
T. Reynolds, an Atlanta native. They have two
children Howard, III and Mary.

First Chatham Bank opened for business on January 23, 2002 and became
the first locally owned full service commercial bank chartered in Chatham
County since 1989. The majority of financial
institutions in Chatham County have been acquired by large out-of-state and
out-of-area bank holding companies. First Chatham Bank was created by 18
local business and community leaders in
response to the local demand for a more personalized banking service backed
by local bankers and decision makers.
The First City Club lecture series, featuring Howard Morrison, Jr., is
open to the public. The cost is $16.95 per person and includes lunch and the
lecture. Call 238-4548 for reservations. The First
City Club is located at 32 Bull Street. The CEO Lecture Series is sponsored
by the First City Club and the Business Report & Journal