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David Cummings is ATP’s Keynote | *Drops Mic*

by Taylor Erwin

The ATP Awards Gala is gathering hundreds of Georgia’s most prominent executives in communications and technology to honor 30+ leaders for their impact in 2015. The keynote speaker for the evening will be given by one of the most influential Atlantans. Don’t know David Cummings? Well come on out from under that rock…

While in college at Duke University, Cummings founded Hannon Hill, a company for small to mid-sized businesses specializing in web content management. After graduating in 2002, he moved to Buckhead and helped start Shotput Ventures, a tech startup accelerator fund specializing in capital-light web services companies. Then, in 2007, he and Adam Blitzer co-founded Pardot, an Atlanta-based marketing automation company that became one of the nation’s fastest-growing businesses. Pardot filled a niche by giving marketing professionals software designed specifically for them. In 2012, the company was sold to ExactTarget, an Indianapolis-based marketing software company, for nearly $100 million (that’s a nice chunk of change).

After that was said and done, what does David do? Sleep for a year? Buy a yacht? Nope. He created Atlanta Tech Village. The Village was created as a resource for technology companies and startups in the Southeast. It  is currently home to over 200 startups with 50 individual desks, 63 private office spaces, and 44 multi-room suites. Ten thousand square feet of meeting/event space allows for frequent networking opportunities and the Village plans to use this collaborate environment to create 10,000 jobs over the next decade.

David is also a member of YPO Southern 7, the Atlanta chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), Rotary Club of Atlanta, and plays an active role on the board of both the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and Buckhead Coalition. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, David earned a bachelor of science degree in economics from Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Mercer University.

Go hear David Cummings speak at this year’s ATP’s Award Gala on Thursday, October 15th at Cobb Galleria. The Jetsons inspired theme, “Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur,” will look to the future and imagine what’s possible. Learn more about the event and RSVP before it’s too late.

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