2019 BuckHaven Men’s Issue

The Musician

Tom Woods

T Woods is one of Atlanta’s most respected musician/composers – his latest recording, ‘Conversations,’ features nine original works spanning many styles from fusion to Latin Jazz and more and extends to almost one hour in length. The works range from mellow quartet crossover jazz to large scale arrangements featuring many musicians. Several pieces from this recording have been featured on The Weather Channel, the TeleMundo Network, and jazz radio in South America.   Additionally, many selections from his recording “Just In Time” have been featured on The Weather Channel and have received radio play in various places around the world.    Woods is currently at work on his fourth recording of all original music which will feature several vocalists on eight pieces.   He plays Friday nights and Sunday brunch at Le Méridien Atlanta Perimeter. 


The Giver

Jack Sawyer

A Buckhead resident, Jack Sawyer is senior vice president of Wilmington Trust, N.A. Jack is committed to the community and giving, including dedicating more than 15 years supporting Meals On Wheels Atlanta. A true ambassador, cheerleader and fan of the organization, Jack has been a co-chair of MOWA’s annual A Meal to Remember event for years. ”In my job, I specialize in multi-generational wealth preservation, administration and asset protection strategies, and I totally love what I do for a living.  But I was brought up by parents who taught us first-hand that you don’t have to have a lot of money to make a difference in somebody’s life.  As Dr. King told us long ago, ‘Everybody can be great …because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. All you need is a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love,’” says Jack.

The Journalist

Jeff Hullinger

Jeff Hullinger is a primary weeknight news anchor for 11Alive and also brings sports news to viewers all over Atlanta. For more than 30 years, Jeff has been one of Atlanta’s best known and most versatile broadcasters, winning 19 Emmys, and induction into the The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Silver Circle. He has also been selected for Leadership Atlanta 2019 — a 50-year tradition of sustained community leadership. Hullinger has received honors including Murrow Awards, Best of Gannett, and Associated Press recognition as a TV anchor and as the radio play-by-play voice of the Atlanta Falcons. He has also been named Best of Atlanta multiple times, Green Eyeshades and Georgia Sportscaster of the Year by his peers statewide. “I was honored to be selected for the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2019. A group of us has opted to assist the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy (GCCA), a nonprofit that champions the needs of children who have been physically or sexually abused. While the organization has reached over 18,000 children since its inception, it is imperative to continue increasing awareness of their important work throughout our metro area.”

The Givers

Bob Ward

Bob Ward has been instrumental in Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities’ growth and success as a supporter, volunteer, current board member and past chairman.  Through his leadership, ARMHC expanded its impact from a 16-bedroom house to two houses with 81 bedrooms, a Ronald McDonald Care Mobile and a Ronald McDonald Family Room that serves over 3,200 families annually. He first became involved in 1994 through his mentor, Bob Allen at Colliers International, who recruited him to help rezone the Peachtree Dunwoody Ronald McDonald House to support families receiving medical care at Scottish Rite.  From there, Bob began cooking dinners for families—an experience that continues to affirm his commitment to Atlanta RMHC’s mission of nurturing the health and well-being of children and families. “You meet the people and hear what they are dealing with, and it really tugs at your heart,” Bob shared. “I can’t think of anything better than helping families with sick and injured kids.” Bob is Senior Vice President and Principal of Colliers International, Atlanta.  A longtime resident of Historic Brookhaven, Bob has made Atlanta RMHC and volunteering with his wife, Ann, and daughters Caroline (21) and Annabel (20) a family affair.  He is also actively involved with the American Red Cross and Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.

Tom Kirbo

Tom Kirbo was born and raised in Bainbridge, GA where he developed a love for hunting and fishing. He now resides in Atlanta where he is the Managing Broker for SK Commercial Realty, a local, family owned, full service commercial real estate company. He and his wife, fashion extraordinaire, Vickie Kirbo, have two children. Tom’s mother and father instilled a belief that giving back with time and/or treasure is very important. He is thankful for their inspiring passion for giving back and how it shaped him and his siblings. After he moved to Atlanta, he served on several Shepherd Center boards and committees as well as the ARMHC. He is a former Board Chair of ARMHC and currently still serves on its board. His wife, Vickie, is a Board of Directors member at AGAPE and their daughter is a member of the National Charity League, a volunteer organization for high school girls.