Portrait Unveiling of Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal at State Capitol

On Thursday, Jan 3, an unveiling of the official portrait of Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal was held at the Georgia State Capitol. Gov. Deal and Mrs. Deal were joined by chief of staff Chris Riley, House Speaker David Ralston, and many others to celebrate this pivotal moment.

Gov. Deal has a multitude of achievements when it comes to driving forward Georgia’s successes. However, painter Thomas Nash, added his touch of remarkable symbolism to highlight some significant achievements of Deal’s time in office, including:

  • The scales of justice representing Deal’s leadership on criminal justice reforms.
  • A toy car representing economic development achievements and Georgia’s distinction of the No. 1 state for business for six consecutive years. During Deal’s time in office, companies including Mercedes-Benz USA, Kia Motors and Porsche North America located major operations in Georgia.
  • An apple on top of a children’s book representing investments in education and Mrs. Deal’s visits to 1,000 schools across the state.
  • A copy of “Memories of the Mansion,” authored by Mrs. Deal with co-authors Dr. Catherine M. Lewis and Dr. Jennifer Dickey, that shares the history of the Governor’s Mansion through the stories and experiences of former first families of Georgia.
  • A construction crane representing the ongoing construction of the new 224,500-square-foot judicial complex on the corner of Capitol Avenue and Memorial Drive.

“We should all be mindful that the accomplishments of the last eight years are not something I did alone,” said Deal. “No single office or person should seek credit for such efforts. All of the things symbolized in this portrait were made possible by unsung heroes who had important roles in bringing various initiatives to fruition, and for that I am truly thankful. So many people are a part of this portrait, as we are all committed to furthering the gains we have made, and we are all dedicated to a stronger economy, better opportunities through education and a state that values justice. I am indeed proud of what we have achieved, together, these last eight years.”

The portrait will be displayed outside the governor’s office on the second floor of the Capitol.

For more information and additional photos of the ceremony, click here or visit www.gov.georgia.gov

Farewell to our Recent Retirees!

This month’s featured retiree is Ed Finnegan,  Director of Office of Fleet Management with the Georgia Department of Administrative Services. Prior to joining DOAS full time, Mr. Finnegan was a contractor setting up the in-house Auto Liability Program. Since joining the state, he has overseen the Report My Driving Program, created two safety/coverage videos viewed by over 65,000 state employees, revamped the Recovery Program, and supervised the Indemnification Program as well as the Unemployment Program. Mr. Finnegan has a Bachelor’s degree from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York and has spent nearly 40 years involved in Risk Management and Fleet issues. He has served the State of Georgia for 11 great years, and has given weekly Fleet Blast readers lots of laughter and joy.

After long careers of faithful service to the State of Georgia, please join us in extending congratulations and farewell to Ed and all of Team Georgia’s December 2018 Retirees!

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Calvin Rhodes receives the 2018 CIO of the Year ORBIE® Award

Calvin Rhodes, Chief Information Officer for the state of Georgia and Executive Director of the Georgia Technology Authority, is the winner of the 2018 Georgia CIO of the Year ORBIE Award for Nonprofit/Public Sector in the nonprofit, government and education organizations category.

CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards is the premier technology executive recognition program in the United States. This annual honor, presented by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GeorgiaCIO), recognizes chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership in eight key categories – Lifetime, Super Global, Global, Enterprise, Corporate – Large, Corporate, Nonprofit/Public Sector and Healthcare.

Mr. Rhodes was among 35 finalists and eight award recipients chosen through an independent peer review process led by prior ORBIE winners. Selection is based on scope of responsibilities, leadership effectiveness, business value created by innovation, and engagement in industry and community endeavors. The ORBIE awards were presented on October 26 at the 20th Annual Georgia CIO of the Year® Awards at the Cobb Galleria.

As state CIO, Mr. Rhodes chairs Georgia’s statewide cybersecurity board and oversees the construction and programming of the Hull McKnight Georgia Cyber Center for Innovation and Training. He is a member of the Georgia CIO Leadership Association and serves on various committees throughout the state.

Mr. Rhodes was appointed to his position in January 2011 by Governor Nathan Deal to lead the state’s public/private partnership IT transformation effort. Although a massive undertaking, he was successful in leading the completion of a multi-year, $1 billion initiative to consolidate and modernize Georgia’s IT enterprise. The state now has strengthened security, modernized infrastructure and networks, improved reliability, increased transparency, and a solid foundation in place for agencies to easily benefit from changes in the IT marketplace and improve services state government provides to the citizens of Georgia.

Please join Team Georgia in congratulating Calvin Rhodes on this well-deserved honor!