Atlanta Conference : Compass Award Honorees

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Hala Moddelmog, President and CEO, Metro Atlanta Chamber
Romaine Seguin, President , UPS Americas Region
Monica Pearson, Journalist, News Anchor

Hala Moddelmog, President and CEO
Metro Atlanta Chamber


The first female president and CEO in the 154-year history of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Hala Moddelmog serves as a catalyst for business partnerships and coalitions to drive economic growth in the region. Having served for more than two decades in president and CEO roles, Hala is a multi-dimensional leader, well-respected for her expertise in strategic planning, marketing, branding and assembling and managing high performance teams.

Prior to joining MAC, Moddelmog was president of Atlanta-based Arby’s Restaurant Group, an international quick-service restaurant chain with approximately 3,500 units and annual system-wide sales of approximately $3 billion.

In 2006, she was chosen as president and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest grassroots

organization working to eradicate breast cancer. While there, Moddelmog established a world-renowned Scientific Advisory Board with an annual grant of $100 million for scientific research.

Moddelmog was also the first woman to lead an international restaurant company when, in 1995 she was named president of Church’s Chicken, the world’s third largest chicken brand with more than 1,500 restaurants in 15 countries and nearly $1 billion in system sales.

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Romaine Seguin, President
UPS Americas Region


Romaine Seguin, president of UPS Americas Region, is responsible for all UPS package and cargo operations in Canada and more than 50 countries and territories across Latin America and the Caribbean. Additionally, she has oversight of the UPS Supply Chain Solutions operations throughout Latin America, Miami and the Caribbean. Romaine began her career with UPS in the Missouri district in 1983 as a part-time hub supervisor. She held a variety of operational and management roles in Missouri and was later promoted to hub manager. In 1989, Romaine accepted a five-year assignment in Europe as part of the integration team with F&A and operations, and lived in both the UK and France.

In 1994, Romaine returned to the U.S. as controller for the air district, based in Louisville, Kentucky. From 1996 to 1999, she returned to operations as the ramp and hub division manager in Louisville. In 1999, Romaine relocated to Detroit, Michigan as the operations division manager. In 2001, Romaine was promoted to managing director of the Gulf South district and in 2004, was named managing director of the Minnesota district.

In October 2007, Romaine moved to Milan, Italy as the managing director of UPS South Europe and was shortly promoted (March 2008) to Chief Operating Officer for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, based in Brussels, Belgium. In September 2010, Romaine was promoted to her current position as president of the UPS Americas Region based in Miami, Florida.

Romaine is a frequent speaker at community and business events and has received multiple awards and recognitions for her work in the international business community. She sits on several boards, including the Florida International University (FIU) School of Business Dean’s Council, the board of Trustees of William Woods University, the World Trade Center Miami’s board of Directors, the United Way of Miami-Dade board and the Conferencia Latinoamericana de Compañías Express (CLADEC) board – Latin America Conference of Express Companies.

Romaine holds a degree in Marketing Management from William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri and an MBA from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Monica Pearson, Journalist, News Anchor


Monica Pearson is a renowned Atlanta television personality, with over 45 years of experience in radio, TV and newspaper. After 37 years as a news anchor and reporter with WSB-TV Atlanta, Pearson retired in 2012. She now hosts a weekly radio show on KISS 104.1 FM, writes a column, “Monica Matters” for Southern Seasons Magazine, continues her Closeups interviews on and teaches at Atlanta Metropolitan State College.

She joined WSB-TV in 1975 as Atlanta's first woman and first minority to anchor the daily 6 p.m. news. She also has anchored the 4, 5 and 11 p.m. news during her career, debuting the 4 and 5.

Pearson began her professional career at The Louisville Times, followed by a position in the public relations department of Brown-Forman Distillers before joining WHAS-TV in Louisville for three years as a reporter and later anchor.

She has received numerous accolades and honors for her distinguished bodies of work, including 33 local and regional Emmys, including an Emmy for an exclusive interview with Georgia Congressman John Lewis in 2008. The interview garnered national recognition, as Lewis changed his U.S. presidential support from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. Among her many awards, Pearson was awarded the Legacy Award from the National Association of Black Journalist in 2012; The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Team Trailblazer Award in 2013 and also that year the Interdenominational Theological Center presented her with the James H. Costen Award for Excellence in Civic and Community Affairs.

Pearson is a member of numerous civic, community and professional organizations, including the NAACP (Life Member), The National and The Atlanta Associations of Black Journalists, The Atlanta Press Club, and the Screen Actors Guild, to name a few. She was the first African American and the second woman to serve as Chairman of the Metropolitan United Way in 1988. She also serves on the boards of directors for Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre

Company and Meals on Wheels Atlanta. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

She is a native of Louisville, Ky. and grew up in what is known as Smoketown. In addition to her BA from the University of Louisville (1975) and MA from the University of Georgia (2014), she holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University), Oglethorpe University and Doctor of Public Service from Young Harris College.

Pearson is married to John E. Pearson Sr., the mother of Claire Patrice, and step-mother of John E. Pearson, II.

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