Robert R. Woodson, retired CEO, wins AICPA award.

Corporate Chairman Honored
The AICPAs business and industry executive committee presented its 1998 Outstanding CPA in Business and Industry Award to Robert R. Woodson, a 32-year veteran of John H. Harland, an Atlanta-based supplier of products and services to the financial industry. After a stint at Deloitte, Haskins & Sells (now Deloitte & Touche), he joined Harland and held a variety of positions before retiring as chairman in 1997. When Woodson became president, the company posted annual revenues of $300 milliona figure that more than doubled under his leadership.

Woodson did not devote all his time to the company, however. He also served as a director of the Atlanta Area Councils Executive Committee of Boy Scouts of America and as a trustee of several foundations. Woodson sat on corporate boards and participated in a number of professional and trade associations.

In a nomination letter, Ronald B. Bobo, president-elect of the Georgia Society of CPAs, said that Woodson has always demonstrated a sense of caring and a genuine interest in other people. He has the unique ability to inspire others to develop their potential. This interest in others is exemplified in Woodsons final letter to Harland shareholders: Presidents may set strategy, but it is the employees who achieve results.


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