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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Energy Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Face Reality As It Is,Not As It Was, Or As You Wish It Were.

Birthplace

Born:
10/17/1951
Birth Location:
Columbus, Georgia

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Energy Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Face Reality As It Is,Not As It Was, Or As You Wish It Were.

Birthplace

Born:
10/17/1951
Birth Location:
Columbus
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Biography

Richard Lewis Holmes, Georgia Power’s senior vice president of Corporate Services and Employee and Corporate Relations, was born in Columbus, Georgia on October 17, 1951 to Janice George Holmes and Carl J. Holmes. He attended integrated public schools in several southern cities including Clarksville, Tennessee and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and attended high school in Columbus, Georgia. From there, he enrolled at Columbus State University, graduating with his B.A. degree in business administration. He also earned his M.B.A. from Atlanta University and a certificate from the Program for Management Development at Harvard University.

While still attending college in 1972, Holmes began working summers at Georgia Power. After graduating in 1974, he was hired in the accounting department and worked over the next twenty-eight years in several capacities for Georgia Power; customer service, regional management, corporate relations manager, assistant to the CEO, vice president of Region Operations, and as vice president of corporate services. Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation's largest generators of electricity. Holmes also served as assistant to the late Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson.

Holmes serves as a board member of the Georgia Department of Community Health, the Kennesaw State University Foundation and Literacy Action. He also belongs to many organizations including One Hundred Black Men of Atlanta, Harvard Club of Atlanta, and the National Eagle Leadership Institute. In 1999, the Atlanta Business Chronicle named Holmes as one of the Most Influential Atlantans.

Holmes married, Linda McCrary, and they have two sons, Stephen and Mark.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Richard Holmes lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Richard Holmes describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Richard Holmes describes his mother's childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Richard Holmes describes his mother's childhood in Early County, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Richard Holmes describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Richard Holmes describes his father's experiences playing baseball
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Richard Holmes describes his father's experiences in the U.S. military
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Richard Holmes describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Richard Holmes describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Richard Holmes describes moving and changing schools while growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Richard Holmes describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Richard Holmes describes his various schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Richard Holmes describes his school experiences and favorite teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Richard Holmes recalls playing Little League baseball
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Richard Holmes describes his high school activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Richard Holmes recalls attending Columbus College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Richard Holmes describes his fraternity and student government activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Richard Holmes describes his favorite professors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Richard Holmes recalls his job interviews after college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Richard Holmes recalls the beginning of his career at Georgia Power Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Richard Holmes details his promotions at Georgia Power Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Richard Holmes describes his mentor, Jim George
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Richard Holmes recalls African American managers at Georgia Power Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Richard Holmes recalls the impact of a co-worker's suicide
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Richard Holmes describes moving back to Columbus, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Richard Holmes describes Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Richard Holmes recalls working with Maynard Jackson, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Richard Holmes recalls working with Maynard Jackson, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Richard Holmes describes Atlanta Mayors Maynard Jackson and HistoryMaker Andrew Young
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Richard Holmes recalls working as director of Atlanta's Corporate Volunteer Program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Richard Holmes shares an anecdote about Rich's department store in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Richard Holmes recalls his experiences at Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Richard Holmes recalls moving to Cobb County, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Richard Holmes recalls being Cobb County Chamber of Commerce chairman
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Richard Holmes describes Newt Gingrich
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Richard Holmes recalls his promotion to region vice president
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Richard Holmes outlines his corporate responsibilities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Richard Holmes describes his board memberships
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Richard Holmes shares his future aspirations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Richard Holmes describes assistance programs offered by Georgia Power Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Richard Holmes describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Richard Holmes reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Richard Holmes reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Richard Holmes reflects upon the importance of preserving history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Richard Holmes describes how he would like to be remembered