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Georgia Prevention Project Welcomes Two New Board Members

As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Balentine investment counseling firm, Robert Balentine is a valuable addition to the Georgia Prevention Project.

Robert began his career with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, where attheageof28,hewas elected the youngest vice president in Merrill Lynch history. In 1987, he and his father co-founded Balentine & Company, which grew to become the largest privately owned investment counseling firm in the Southeast.

An Eagle Scout, Robert was named by the Boy Scouts of America as the 2012 Atlanta Eagle Scout Centennial Class Honoree. Robert has held a variety of leadership positions in the community. He was Chairman of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Vice Chairman of the Woodruff Arts Center and Chairman of the Salvation Army Atlanta Boys & Girls Clubs.

A graduate of Washington and Lee University, Robert served on the University’s Board of Trustees for nearly a decade. In 2013, he received the Business Person of the Year Lifetime Achievement award from the Metro Atlanta Chamber and was named a “Notable Georgian” by Georgia Trend in 2015.

In his role as a member of the Georgia Prevention Project Board of Directors, Tom Lape brings many years of senior-management business experience to the organization.

As President of Mohawk Industries’ North American (NA) Residential Business,

Tom oversees all aspects of the company’s residential business, including a wide variety of flooring products marketed under the various Mohawk brands.

An industry veteran of 30 years, Tom has served in a variety of capacities, all related to the flooring industry. Headquartered in Calhoun, Georgia, Mohawk is a global leader in the supply of flooring products for both residential and commercial applications.

A graduate of Duke University, Tom earned degrees in Economics and Finance while also earning the John Ryan Memorial Scholarship for his leadership as a scholar athlete. He was a four-year letterman and captain of the golf team in 1986.