Tocqueville Society Members
MR. & MRS. T.R. REDDY
Tocqueville Society Chairman
T.R. Reddy, a board certified engineer in South Carolina and Georgia, has been a resident of Augusta for over 40 years. He started his own companies, PowerControl Systems of Georgia Inc. and Power Line Inc. He has design-built over 200 control systems for commercial, industrial, and governmental organizations. Mr. Reddy’s last project was involvement as part owner in a 40 MW power plant in India. In 2008, he sold his energy saving companies and ventured into real estate development. His last project was converting a dilapidated downtown hotel into beautiful Holiday Inn. He received accolades for this project as it has cleaned up the entire block of downtown Augusta.
Mr. Reddy is a graduate of Leadership Augusta. He served on the boards of the Augusta and Columbia County Chambers of Commerce, Easter Seals, St. Joseph Hospital, and University Health Care Foundation. Mr. Reddy, in Addition to being Chairman of the United Way of the CSRA Tocqueville Society, serves on the boards of The Salvation Army, Augusta Visitors and Convention Bureau, and Trinity Hospital Board of Trustees as Chairman.
Mr. Reddy is founding trustee of the Hindu Temples in Augusta and Atlanta and the Vedic Center in Atlanta. In addition to establishing a family foundation, Mr. Reddy and a few of his friends started two charitable organizations, Palamoor.org and Telangana.org, to help the needy people in his native country of India in the areas of health and education.
Mr. Reddy and his wife, Anjini, who is a physician at the Medical College of Georgia, have a daughter Sudha and a son Arvind, both postgraduates from Emory University. The Reddy’s are blessed with five grandchildren.
MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM S. MORRIS III AND FAMILY
The Morris Family continues a long tradition of outstanding support of the Augusta community through their generous giving to United Way. For ten consecutive years, the Morrises sponsored the Tocqueville founding endowment, the largest single gift in the history of our local United Way. The Morris’ Tocqueville gift helped raise significant new dollars by elevating the standard of leadership giving for the entire community.
Billy Morris is Chairman of Morris Communications Company, headquartered in Augusta. Morris Communications publishes 13 daily newspapers as well as non-daily newspapers and shoppers around the country. Other divisions of the media company include radios stations, national and city magazines, visitor publications, book publishing, and online services.
Mr. Morris currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Columbia Theological Seminary and has served as President of the Newspaper Association of America and as a director of The Associate Press. In addition to many local board positions, he is Chairman of the Board of the Morris Museum of Art and has established chairs in art at Augusta State University and in journalism at the University of Georgia. Mr. Morris is also Director and President of the Atlantic Coast Cutting Horse Association.
A native Augustan, Mr. Morris is married to the former Mary Sue (Sissie) Ellis. They have three adult children: Will and Tyler Morris, and Susie M. Baker, and six grandchildren.
MR. AND MRS. BARNEY BARNETT
Barney Barnett is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Publix Super Markets, based in Lakeland, Florida. He is also Vice President and Director of Publix Super Markets Charities. His wife, Carol, is Chief Executive Officer of Publix Super Market Charities.
The Barnetts have been ardent supporters of United Way in their community of Lakeland as well as in other communities where Publix Super Markets are located. They are members of the United Way Million-Dollar Roundtable. The Barnetts are charter members of the United Way Tocqueville Society of Central Florida, where Mrs. Barnett co-chaired the United Way Leadership Committee and received the Award for Outstanding Leadership in the United Way Tocqueville Society.
The Barnetts are involved with many community and civic organizations in Central Florida. Mr. Barnett serves on the Board of Trustees for Florida Southern College and the Board of Directors of Florida Council of 100. He is also former Chair of the Board of Trustees of Florida Tax Watch.
Karen D. Fili
Karen Fili serves as Site Vice President for Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4. In this role, she is responsible for the overall operational readiness of the two new units. Karen joins Southern Nuclear from Xcel Energy, where she most recently served as Site Vice President of Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant. She began her career in the nuclear industry in 1986 at Entergy, where she held positions including Manager of Site Support and Superintendent of Mechanical Maintenance, both at River Bend Station, and Manager of Nuclear Projects at Cooper Nuclear Station. In 2007, she joined FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company, where her positions included Vice President of Fleet Oversight, Director of Fleet Operations, and Director of Fleet Projects. She moved to Excel Energy in 2011, serving as Vice President of Nuclear Capital Projects before assuming her most recent position in 2013. Karen has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University and an MBA from Mississippi College. She also attended the Wharton Executive Program, and she has a Senior Reactor Operator certification. She is a native of Pascagoula, Mississippi.
MR. AND MS. TENNENT HOUSTON
Tennent Houston is managing partner of Merry Land Properties, LLC, a real estate investment and development company headquartered in Augusta. Prior to the formation of this company, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Merry Land Properties, Inc. and President and Chief Executive officer of Merry Land & Investment Company, Inc. both of which are publicly owned developers, owners, and operators of multi-family communities throughout the South.
Mr. Houston received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Washington and Lee University, a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Georgia State University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Mary Houston, from Stapleton, Georgia, received a Bachelors and Masters in English Education from the University of Georgia. She taught high school English in Atlanta and Augusta before “retiring” to raise the couple’s five children. Mrs. Houston is an artist whose paintings can be found throughout Augusta.
The Houstons are active in many charitable, cultural, and religious organizations.
MR. AND MRS. JAMES M. HULL AND FAMILY
The Hull family is recognized throughout the Central Savannah River Area for their involvement in many civic initiatives and community organizations. Their support of United Way continues their family’s long tradition of significant support and dedication to the Augusta community.
James Hull is the founder and managing principal of Hull Property Group. He has led the acquisition, development, and redevelopment in excess of 70 big-box retail, neighborhood, and regional shopping centers, including the acquisition of 29 enclosed regional malls, many of which comprise the Company’s approximate 15 million plus square feet of owned retail portfolio located in 13 states.
Jim currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. He is also on the board of the Medical College of Georgia Foundation, AU Health System, State of Georgia’s REACH Scholarship Program, the Georgia Research Alliance, the Community Foundation of the CSRA, America’s Warrior Partnership (which he co-founded), and is the past Chair of the University System of Georgia Foundation. Jim endowed the Hull Scholars program at Paine College and Vanderbilt University.
He has been honored with United Way’s Founders Award, The President’s Award from Augusta University, the Liberty Bell Award from the Augusta Bar Association, and the Philanthropist of the Year Award from the Society of Fundraising Professionals, and has been inducted into Junior Achievement’s Business Hall of Fame and Beta Gamma Sigma’s Honor Society.
A lifelong resident of Augusta, Georgia, Jim is married to Karen Newton Hull. They are the parents of four adult children and have two grandchildren. Jim and Karen enthusiastically support the Augusta community through their philanthropy and their volunteer leadership in a number of organizations.
Dr. and Mrs. M. Vinayak Kamath
Dr. Vinayak Kamath opened his private practice, Augusta Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, in Augusta in 1988 after serving as a faculty member at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) in Cardiothoracic Surgery and at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He currently serves on the staff of University Hospital as Chief of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery.
Dr. Kamath received his medical degree from the University of Indore in Indore, India, and served his residency in General Surgery at the USC School of Medicine prior to coming to a MCG where he served his Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship. Dr. Kamath, a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon, is a member of the American Medical Association, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Medical Association of Georgia, and Richmond County Medical Society. In 2001, Dr. Kamath served as Honorary Co-Chairman for the State of Georgia National Physicians Advisory Board on HMO Reforms. He was appointed to the Georgia Medical Board in 2004 and is currently its chairman.
Dr. Kamath is married to Sheila Kamath, a Registered Respiratory Therapist, who is Clinical Coordinator of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at University Hospital. They have two sons: Vasant, a venture capitalist in Boston, and Jay, who is an advertising executive in Los Angeles.
The Kamath family is involved with a number of charitable causes within the community. Dr. and Mrs. Kamath are known for both their leadership in the medical community and for their philanthropy.
MR. AND MRS. ROBERT P. KIRBY AND FAMILY
The Kirbys lived in Augusta for many years where Mr. Kirby was the CEO of Murray Bakery Products and Castleberry Foods. Involved in numerous community activities, Mr. Kirby was a Director of Episcopal Day School, Augusta Tomorrow, Morris Museum of Art, and Springfield Village Park Foundation. He joined the Board of Trustees of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation in 2007 and was elected president in 2009.
Mrs. Kirby was a long time member of the Board of the Augusta Opera as well as the Augusta Symphony and Symphony Guild. She was a member of a special study committee of the Medical College of Georgia.
Mr. Kirby graduated from the University of Michigan and the Harvard Business School and was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He was a Director of Merry Land and Development Company and Gibson Greetings among other corporations and was on the Executive Committee of various industrial trade associations. Governor Roy E. Barnes appointed Mr. Kirby as a Trustee of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. He remained a Trustee in the Administration of Governor Sonny Perdue.
Mr. Kirby married the former Jean M. Wilson. The Kirbys have three children, Laura, Peter, and Robert J., and eight grandchildren. The Kirbys retired to Florida where they now divide their time between Amelia Island, Florida, Augusta, and Vermont.
Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Meybohm
E.G. Meybohm is a native of Harlem, Georgia. He began his real estate career in 1969 when he gave up coaching at Harlem High School and went to work for Southern Finance Corporation. In 1977, he purchased the residential sales department, and in 1980 the name was changed Meybohm Realty.
While growing his real estate business over the years, which presently has six offices and over 125 agents, Mr. Meybohm has taken an active role in various civic activities. He is a Past President of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, Augusta Board of Realtors, the Georgia Association of Realtors, and a Past Member of the Georgia State Board of Education. He was named Georgia Realtor of the Year in 1991.
E.G. is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame at Georgia Southern University and has also received the Alumnus of the Year Award.
Mr. Meybohm is married to the former Lynn Strickland. They have three children and six grandchildren plus a bonus of five.