Atlanta Gas Light and News/Talk 750 WSB to Honor Bernie Marcus with 2006 Shining Light Award
February 8, 2006
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 8, 2006--Atlanta Gas Light, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based AGL Resources (NYSE: ATG), today announced that Bernie Marcus has been selected as the recipient of the 2006 Shining Light Award by Atlanta Gas Light and News/Talk 750 WSB (NYSE: CXR).
Co-founder of The Home Depot, the Atlanta-based home improvement chain, Marcus is a renowned philanthropist and generous contributor to the Atlanta community. In November of 2005, Marcus saw his long-held vision of the world's largest aquarium come to fruition with the opening of the Georgia Aquarium. To Marcus, the joy of an aquarium is that "it welcomes everyone of all ages, colors, backgrounds and financial status."
Suzanne Sitherwood, president of Atlanta Gas Light and senior vice president of AGL Resources Southeastern Operations said, "Bernie Marcus has given so much to the people of this city. This year marks the 150th year that Atlanta Gas Light has served the citizens of Georgia. It was very important for us to name an outstanding Shining Light recipient to help commemorate our century and a half of community involvement and public service. There is no one better than Bernie to help us mark the occasion."
In its 42-year history, the Shining Light Award has become one of Atlanta's most cherished traditions recognizing and honoring the city's outstanding leaders.
"All of us with News/Talk 750 WSB are excited to recognize Bernie as this year's Shining Light Award recipient," said David P. Meszaros, vice president and general manager of News/Talk 750 WSB. "Bernie's passion for making Atlanta a truly great city is exemplified with his success in bringing the Georgia Aquarium to reality. Through his actions, he embodies the true spirit of the Shining Light Award."
Marcus joins an impressive listing of past honorees, including the late former Atlanta Mayor Maynard H. Jackson, former President Jimmy Carter, former Mayor and Ambassador Andrew Young, baseball legend Henry "Hank" Aaron and last year's recipient, Alana Shepherd.
Shining Light awards, eternally burning natural gas lamps, adorn many corners of Atlanta. The award is an old-time gaslight erected in a location that is meaningful to the recipient. For example, Shepherd's award is located on site at her Shepherd Spinal Center.
The Shepherd Spinal Center is yet another example of Bernie Marcus' ongoing commitment to improving the lives of others, particularly children. Marcus and his wife Billi are long-time supporters of the Center. They also are the founders of The Marcus Institute, which treats children with neurological disorders, autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, behavior disorders, and fetal alcohol syndrome. It is the only institute of its kind that enjoys a 100 percent success rate in curing children with eating disorders.
"The culture Bernie Marcus helped create at The Home Depot is one that every company with customers should emulate," said Raymond Riddle, interim chairman and chief executive officer of AGL Resources. "Training employees to work hard to please customers is what has always driven the success of The Home Depot.
"Bernie knows that along with success comes the obligation to share and give back to the community," added Riddle. "AGL Resources' core value of 'generosity of spirit' is seen in everything that Bernie Marcus touches."
Marcus will be honored at the Shining Light award luncheon on March 6 at the Georgia Aquarium. The location of the Marcus Shining Light gas lamp award will be announced at that event.About Atlanta Gas Light
Atlanta Gas Light, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: ATG), provides delivery service to more than 1.6 million customers in Georgia. In operation since 1856, the company is one of the oldest corporations in the state. For more information, visit www.atlantagaslight.com
. About AGL Resources
AGL Resources (NYSE: ATG), an Atlanta-based energy services holding company, serves 2.2 million customers in six states through its utility subsidiaries - Atlanta Gas Light, Elizabethtown Gas in New Jersey, Virginia Natural Gas, Florida City Gas, Chattanooga Gas, and Elkton Gas in Maryland. Ranked by Forbes as one of the 10 Best Managed Utilities and No. 250 in the Forbes Platinum 400 in 2006 as well as a Fortune 1000 company in 2005, AGL Resources reported revenue of $2.7 billion and net income of $193 million in 2005. The company also owns Houston-based Sequent Energy Management, an asset manager serving natural gas wholesale customers throughout the East and Midwest. As a 70 percent owner in the SouthStar partnership, AGL Resources markets natural gas to consumers in Georgia under the Georgia Natural Gas brand. AGL Networks, the company's telecommunications subsidiary, owns and operates fiber optic networks in Atlanta and Phoenix. The company also owns and operates Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, a high-deliverability natural gas storage facility near the Henry Hub in Louisiana. For more information, visit www.aglresources.com
. About Cox Radio
Cox Radio is one of the largest radio broadcasting companies in the United States, based on revenues. Cox Radio owns, operates or provides sales and marketing services for 79 stations (66 FM and 13 AM) clustered in 18 markets, including major markets such as Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Orlando, San Antonio and Tampa. Cox Radio shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol: CXR. About News/Talk 750 WSB
NewsTalk 750 WSB is Atlanta's source for news, weather, traffic, and entertaining and informative talk. WSB is also the home to nationally syndicated talk show host Neal Boortz and consumer watchdog Clark Howard. News/Talk 750 WSB has been ranked by Arbitron media research as the nation's number one news/talk station.
CONTACT: AGL Resources, Atlanta Martha Monfried, 404-584-3787 Cellular: 973-274-2269 email@example.com or Sally Eggleston, 404-584-3211 Cellular: 678-576-9355 SOURCE: AGL Resources