John Stephenson is the 2018 chair of the board of directors for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. He joined Chick-fil-A Inc. in late 2015, directing strategic partnerships and special projects. He works closely with Chick-fil-A’s CEO, Dan Cathy, executive committee, board members, Cathy Family Office and Chick-fil-A Foundation on a variety of matters.
Prior to joining Chick-fil-A, Stephenson was president and CEO of the College Football Hall of Fame & Chick-fil-A Fan Experience. Initially as the project’s outside counsel and then as its CEO, he helped lead the relocation of the National College Football Hall of Fame from South Bend, Indiana to downtown Atlanta. He oversaw the design completion, funding, development, and construction of the state-of-the-art 95,000 square foot project, as well as its first full year of operations. Completed on-time and under-budget for the first day of the 2014 football season, he also built the company responsible for running the Hall attraction, building the operating pro-forma as well as hospitality, events/catering, retail, concessions, staffing and operating models. Before taking on the Hall of Fame project, he spent 13 years as a corporate attorney and was a partner at Troutman Sanders LLP.
Stephenson’s community service currently includes Chair of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau board of directors and executive committee; a gubernatorial appointment to the Georgia Telecommunications Commission (Georgia Public Broadcasting); Chairman of the GPB Foundation; and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation Board of Trustees. He has also served on Atlanta Sports Council, Emory University Board of Visitors, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Executive Committee and Team Selection Committee, and Woodruff Arts Center Corporate Committee. He is a double dawg and holds a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Science from University of Georgia. John currently resides in Atlanta with his wife and two children.