William Porter Payne

Founding Member at Centennial Holding Co. LLC

William Porter Payne

William Porter Payne

Founding Member at Centennial Holding Co. LLC

Career Highlights

Georgia Amateur Athletics Foundation, Inc.
Atlanta Organizing Committee for 1996 Olympic Games
Centennial Holding Co. LLC

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10/13/1947 - Athens, GA, United States



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Co-Founder at Art19, Inc.

President & Chief Executive Officer at Lincoln National Corporation

Chairman at Mesa Capital Partners, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer, Director & Manager at Instawares Holding Co. LLC

Founder & Chief Executive Officer at PatrickPittard Advisors LLC

Founder at Boardroom Advisors LLC

President at Bil-Mar Collector Car, Inc.

Former Chief Executive Officer-Elect at Jefferson-Pilot Corp.

Chief Executive Officer at Grace Fey Advisors LLC

Former Chief Executive Officer at Dan River, Inc.

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Founding Member at Centennial Holding Co. LLC
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When the University of Georgia was incorporated by an act of the General Assembly on January 27, 1785, Georgia became the first state to charter a state-supported university. In 1784 the General Assembly had set aside 40,000 acres of land to endow a college or seminary of learning. At the first meeting of the board of trustees, held in Augusta on February 13, 1786, Abraham Baldwin was selected president of the university. A native of Connecticut and a graduate of Yale University, Baldwin -- who had come to Georgia in 1784 -- drafted the charter adopted by the General Assembly. The university was actually established in 1801 when a committee of the board of trustees selected a land site. John Milledge, later a governor of the state, purchased and gave to the board of trustees the chosen tract of 633 acres on the banks of the Oconee River in northeast Georgia. Josiah Meigs was named president of the university and work was begun on the first building, originally called Franklin College in honor of Benjamin Franklin and now known as Old College. The university graduated its first class in 1804. The curriculum of traditional classical studies was broadened in 1843 to include courses in law, and again in 1872 when the university received federal funds for instruction in agriculture and mechanical arts. Seventeen colleges and schools, with auxiliary divisions, carry on the university’s programs of teaching, research, and service. These colleges and schools and the dates of their establishment as separate administrative units are: Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, 1801; College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, 1859; School of Law, 1859; College of Pharmacy, 1903; D. B. Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, 1906; College of Education, 1908; Graduate School, 1910; C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business, 1912; Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, 1915; College of Family and Consumer Sciences, 1933; College of Veterinary Medicine, 1946; School of Social Work, 1964; College of Environment and Design, 1969; School of Public and International Affairs, 2001; the College of Public Health, 2005, the Odum School of Ecology, 2007 and the College of Engineering, 2012. The Division of General Extension, now the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center & Hotel, was incorporated into the university in 1947. In 1931 the General Assembly of Georgia placed all state-supported institutions of higher education, including UGA, under the jurisdiction of a single board. This organization, known as the University System of Georgia, is governed by the board of regents. The board of regents’ executive officer, the chancellor, exercises a general supervisory control over all institutions of the University System, with each institution having its own executive officers and faculty.


American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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Career History
Founding Member
2004 - Current

Centennial Holding Company acquires, manages and sells Class A multi-family properties.

Founding Member
President & Chief Executive Officer
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Boards & Committees
Chairman Emeritus, Board of Directors
2006 - Current

Augusta National, Inc. owns & operates golf club. It organizes and runs the golf Masters Tournament every year in April. The club was founded by Bobby Jones and Scotsman Alister Mackenzie in 1932 and is headquartered in Augusta, GA.

Vice Chairman, Board of Directors

Gleacher Fund Advisors LP is a private company headquartered in the United States that provides Investment Advice.

Director & Manager

Instawares Holding Co. LLC provides restaurant equipment and supplies online. The company was founded on October 9, 2009 and is headquartered in Kennesaw, GA.

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Member Emeritus, Board of Trustees

The University of Georgia Foundation accepts and manages donor funds on behalf of the University of Georgia to enhance academic programs and opportunities at the university. The foundation continues to be one of the most effective ways for individuals to support the University of Georgia. The foundation is overseen by a Board of Trustees that includes individuals of diverse backgrounds and experience, and includes leaders in business, community service and philanthropy. As a steward of donor funds, the UGA Foundation has an outstanding record of fiscal and financial management, with an investment portfolio that has outperformed key market indexes for more than 10 years. From its beginnings in 1937, the foundation today has amassed more than $1 billion in assets, and provides more than $40 million to the university each year to support student scholarships, chairs and professorships, academic research and other programs.

Prior - 2014

Located at the top of the One Liberty Square building in the heart of downtown Greenville, Commerce Club was established in 1984 and is a comfortable home with warm, gracious surroundings providing an ambience of distinction and relaxation.

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Senator from Georgia


Former Senator from Georgia


The Republican National Committee (RNC) is a U.S. political committee that provides national leadership for the Republican Party of the United States. It is responsible for developing and promoting the Republican political platform, as well as coordinating fundraising and election strategy. It is also responsible for organizing and running the Republican National Convention. Similar committees exist in every U.S. state and most U.S. counties, although in some states party organization is structured by congressional district, allied campaign organizations being governed by a national committee. Reince Priebus is the current RNC Chairman.

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Awards & Honors
Mercer University
Emory University
Oglethorpe University
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