Our 2011 Benefit Gala honoree: 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!

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  2. jane ackerman November 9, 2010 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Would it not make more sense to honor the producers of “King” instead of the actor how played him?

    Colin does not stutter in real life and it was some producer who found the guts to make this movie?

    Why does AIS have such a need to associate with movie stars since its inception and before?

  3. matt austin March 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    I hope this finds arthur blank:
    I just want to thank you personally Authur for the inspiration that you have given to me and many others. Here is my story:
    I am a stutter. I have been all my life. I was allways so scared to do anything, wither it be in class when I was in school or to get a job. I didn’t know anyone even had what I had so I was relucant to do anything that had to interact with people. I wanted to get a job but I didn’t know what I could do. I put my application in to alot of places and figured if I got an interview I wouldn’t be hired because of how I talk. I put my application in for home depot and they called me. Got an interview and was hired. I was so scared cause at 18 I didn’t know if I could do it. I had a scheduled orientation which I knew they probably would let me go if they found out I couldn’t talk normal so I tried to pretend I was thinking. The second day we had to fill out all the paperwork so I had go with a store manager, I remember her name like it was yesterday, anna campo, and we started the process. Like many stutterers this terrifies them. All I wanted was to prove I could do things the same if not better than everyone else. So there we sat, her asking me questions. I stammered and blocked up, so close to walking out cause I knew I couldn’t do it. Anna then said the words that changed not only my life but the lives of people I interact with everyday, ” Arthur, the co founder of our great company stuttered too, take your time”. A feeling came over me like I’ve never had before. Someone had the same thing I had and has made such a great impact on peoples lives. I went home thinking to myself if he could do it I can. From that day till today I still think about you and what you have accomplished, and what your inspiration has lent to me and so many others. I haven’t given up and I am still going the way that you went. I went from being hired as a lot associate which I was thankful for cause I thought I wouldn’t have to interact with customers to wanting to go as far as you did. I was a supervisor at 19, assistant store manager at 21 and now im a store manager at 28. I want to thank you personally for being my inspiration, my mentor and even though I’ve never met you my savior. Without you I know I wouldn’t be where I am today. Thank you so much!! God bless you.

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