ARTHUR M. BLANK
At the gala, we will honor Arthur M. Blank, Co-Founder of The Home Depot and Owner of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. Growing up in Queens, Blank dealt with stuttering throughout his childhood. He graduated from Babson College and started his career at Handy Dan Hardware.
He rose through the ranks at Handy Dan before parting ways with the company. He then founded The Home Depot with a colleague, and the store grew to become largest home improvement retailer in the United States.
Among his various awards and honorary degrees, Blank was named National Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2005. In 2009, he was named Georgia Speaker of the Year by the Barkley Forum debating society of Emory University.
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We look forward to honoring Arthur for his significant contributions to the world of stuttering. There will be more good news about the gala to come, and we’ll share that here as it happens!