Board of Directors

Joel Babbit


Prior to launching NARRATIVE, Joel spent over 30 years in the advertising and public relations industry. He began his career at McCann-Erickson, where he worked on The Coca-Cola Company account, and was a co-founder of Babbit & Reiman Advertising (acquired by Gold Greenlees Trott) and 360 (acquired by WPP's Grey Global Group). He also previously served as President of WPP’s GCI Group and Executive Vice President of Chiat/Day. Following Atlanta’s selection as host for the 1996 Olympic Games, Joel took a leave of absence from the private sector and was appointed as the City’s first Chief Marketing and Communications Officer and a member of Mayor Maynard Jackson’s cabinet.

He has been active in numerous civic and non-profit organizations including Young Presidents Organization, The CDC Foundation Board of Visitors, Management Executive Society, GCAPP, The Atlanta History Center, and The Anti-Defamation League. He is a Director of Primerica (NYSE: PRI), GreenSky Credit, and The National Health Museum. In 1992, Joel received the John Drewry Award for Distinguished Achievement in Journalism and was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist in 1997. In 2015, he was awarded The John Holliman Lifetime Achievement Award by his alma mater – The University of Georgia’s Henry Grady School Of Journalism.

Thomas D. Bell, Jr.

Chairman of Mesa Capital Partners, a real estate investment company focused on multi-family assets. Bell has held top positions with some of the world's leading companies, including President and Chief Executive Officer of Cousins Properties (NYSE:CUZ); Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Young & Rubicam Inc. (NYSE:YNR); CEO of Burson-Marsteller and Young & Rubicam's Diversified Communications Group; and Vice Chairman of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. He serves on the boards of Emory Healthcare, Regal Entertainment Group, AGL Resources, Inc., and Norfolk Southern Corporation. He was elected Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2010 and chaired the Committee on the Next Agenda during the Reagan administration.

Gerald R. Benjamin

Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Atlanta Equity Investors, LLC, a middle market private equity firm focused on control and growth capital investments in the Southeast. Prior to co-founding Atlanta Equity, he served as a Managing Director at Navigant Capital Advisors, LLC, the corporate finance practice group of Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:NCI), where he directed the firm’s national Investment Banking Practice, along with leading the firm’s Private Equity Advisory Practice. He currently serves as a Director of Marshall Physician Services, LLC, Consumer Financial Services, LLC, National Dental Services, Inc., Office Images, Inc. along with serving on the Board of Trustees of The Woodward Academy, The University of Kentucky College of Business and Economics, and also serving as Chair of The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.

A.D. "Pete" Correll

Co-Founder and Chairman of Atlanta Equity, a private equity firm focused on control investments in middle market companies throughout the Southeast. He previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Georgia-Pacific Corporation from 1993 until his retirement in 2006. He is the Chairman of the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation’s Board of Directors, as well as an outside Director on the boards of Norfolk Southern Corporation, SunTrust Banks, Inc. and The Georgia Aquarium.

Doug Hertz

President and CEO of United Distributors, Inc., one of the leading beverage distribution companies in the U.S. and ranked as one of the 25 largest private companies in Atlanta. He also serves on the boards of The Marcus Foundation, Inc., SunTrust Bank of Atlanta, Mayer Electric Company and Tulane University. In 2007, he was named Chairman of the Board of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the largest pediatric healthcare system in the country and is the Founder and Chairman of Camp Twin Lakes, a camping facility designed for chronically ill and disadvantaged children. He is also part owner of the Atlanta Falcons.

Chuck Leavell

Chuck Leavell has been the keyboardist for The Rolling Stones for more than 30 years. Prior to joining The Stones, he was a member of The Allman Brothers Band – receiving a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2012 for his tenure with the band. Chuck was also a founder of the critically acclaimed band Sea Level and has performed and recorded with many of the world’s most prominent musicians, including George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and John Mayer. A solo artist in his own right, his latest CD, "Back To The Woods,” is a tribute to the pioneers of blues piano. In addition to his musical career, Chuck is one of the nation’s most respected voices for land conservation and the environment. He has been a board member of several important and influential organizations including the American Forest Foundation and The U.S. Endowment for Forests and Communities. Well known on Capitol Hill, his testimony to the U.S. Congress played a critical role in forming the past two U.S. farm bills. In 1999, Chuck and his wife Rose Lane were named National Tree Farmers of the Year for the management of Charlane Plantation, their 2,500-acre farm near Macon. In 2012, the U.S. Forest Service appointed him an Honorary Forester, only the second person to ever receive that honor. He is the author of four books – "Forever Green: The History and Hope of the American Forest," "Between Rock and a Home Place," "Growing a Better America," and "The Tree Farmer," which received the American Farm Bureau’s Book of the Year award. In 2009, Chuck co-founded Mother Nature Network.

Advisors to the Board

James D. Robinson III

Mr. Robinson is a co-founder and General Partner of RRE Ventures, LLC, a private information technology venture investment firm. He also serves as President, J. D. Robinson, Inc. Mr. Robinson served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Express Company from 1977 to 1993. Mr. Robinson held several executive positions within the Company. Prior to American Express he was a general partner with White Weld & Co., and Assistant to the Chairman and President of Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. He was a director and Chairman of the Executive Committee of First Data Corporation until FDC was taken private by KKR in 2007. Mr. Robinson was Non Executive Chairman of Bristol-Myers Squibb from 2005 to 2008 and is a former director. A former director of Novell, Mr. Robinson is now an Advisor; he is also an Advisor to Mother Nature Network. Mr. Robinson is Presiding Director of the Coca-Cola Company. He serves on the boards of PrimeRevenue and On Deck Capital. Mr. Robinson is an Honorary Trustee of the Brookings Institution, a member Council on Foreign Relations and Honorary Chairman of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Partnership of New York City and the World Travel and Tourism Council. He is a former member of the Business Council. Mr. Robinson served as Co-Chairman of the Business Roundtable and as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations. Mr. Robinson has an M.B.A. from Harvard University (1961) and a B.S. from Georgia Tech (1957). He was an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1957-1960.

Frederic M. Seegal

Chairman of Peter J. Solomon Company, a leading banking advisory firm. He joined PJSC after spending most of his 35 year investment banking career at Wasserstein Perella, where he served as President, Salomon Brothers, and Lehman Brothers. In recent years, Mr. Seegal has advised such companies as eBay, Time Warner, AT&T, and Viacom. He serves as a director of Digital River,, IBeam, and Spectradyne, as well as Chairman of the Parrish Art Museum and Vice Chairman of The James Beard Foundation. Mr. Seegal received his BA from Cornell University; an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an LLB from Harvard Law School.