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Class Notes: Falcons CEO caps off speaker series
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On Nov. 1, North Georgia College & State University will host the president and CEO of the Atlanta Falcons, Rich McKay, capping a lineup of speakers for the 2012 Cottrell Speaker Series.

McKay oversees all of the football team’s business operations, including working on contract negotiations and managing the team’s salary cap.

He will speak on the economic and competitive structures of the National Football League.

He is entering his 21st year in the NFL and his eighth as president of the Falcons. He has co-chaired the NFL’s Competition Committee since 1994, and on March 1 McKay was named chairman by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The Competition Committee, made up of NFL head coaches and league executives, studies the game and recommends rule changes and modifications that ensure player safety while promoting competitiveness.

Through examining the competitive and economic structures of the NFL, McKay will showcase the reasons the NFL has become the dominant sports league and brand in the United States.

McKay earned a bachelor’s degree in 1981 from Princeton University and graduated from Stetson’s College of Law in 1984. He worked at the Tampa law firm of Hill, Ward, and Henderson, P.A., from 1986 to 1992, where he served as general counsel for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Other speakers in the series have included Shirley Powell, executive vice president of communications for The Weather Channel Cos.; Doug Keith, president of Drive Technologies Division, Siemens Industry Inc.; David McNeill, president and managing director of 4th Strand; and Penny McIntyre, president of Newell Consumer Group.

All presentations in the series are open to the public and free. Each session will be held in the second floor auditorium (room 232) of the university’s Health and Natural Sciences Building at 159 Sunset Drive, Dahlonega.

Sessions begin at 12:55 p.m. and conclude at 1:50 p.m.

Click here for a description of each speaker’s topic and footage of prior series presentations.

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