ATLANTA (July 13, 2018) – Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO and President Gary Stokan was selected this week as one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Most Admired CEOs for 2018. The award recognizes established local leaders who have a strong vision for their companies, have shown commitment to culture in the workplace and made significant contributions to the metro Atlanta community.
“Gary has been instrumental in solidifying Atlanta’s place as the Capital of College Football,” said Peach Bowl, Inc. Chairman Bob Somers. “From the countless lives that have been touched through the organization’s charitable donations, to helping the local economy, Gary has been a driving force in giving back to the city over the years.”
During his tenure with Peach Bowl, Inc., Stokan led the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl’s strategic growth and ascension to the College Football Playoff and to its position as college football’s most charitable bowl game. Stokan is credited with reshaping college football’s opening weekend with the creation of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game and with having the vision and leadership to relocate the College Football Hall of Fame to Atlanta. In his 20 years with Peach Bowl, Inc., the organization has driven more than $1 billion in economic impact and $60.3 million in direct tax revenue for Atlanta and Georgia, has provided $199 million in team payouts and given an additional $31 million in charity and scholarship.
“It’s truly an honor to be recognized with such an esteemed list of individuals who have done so much for the city of Atlanta,” Stokan said. “I humbly share this award with our staff, Board, volunteers and sponsors who continue to ensure Peach Bowl, Inc. events leave a lasting mark on the community.”
The 42 executives in 21 categories and industries will be honored at an awards dinner on Aug. 23 at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta.
About Peach Bowl, Inc.:
Peach Bowl, Inc. operates the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, one of the New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. Last year, the Peach Bowl celebrated its Golden Season, including its 50-year history of traditions and successes as the nation’s ninth-oldest bowl organization. The Bowl has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 54 percent of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $240.5 million in team payouts over its 50-year history. Peach Bowl, Inc. also leads all other bowl game organizations in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $31 million to organizations in need since 2002. Peach Bowl, Inc. also runs the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament, manages The Dodd Trophy national coach of the year award and led the relocation and financial foundation of the College Football Hall of Fame to Atlanta. For more information, visit Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com or follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl and find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/CFAPeachBowl.