Truett Cathy Awards and Recognitions

Awards     Affiliations    Honorary Degrees    Honorary Memberships   

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  • Georgia Trustees Inductee, Georgia Historical Society, presented by Governor Nathan Deal
  • Inaugural S. Truett Cathy Entrepreneurial Award, Morris Brown College


  • Annie Wittenmyer White Ribbon Award, National Women's Christian Temperance Union
  • Dreambuilder Award, Fayette County (Georgia) Chamber of Commerce
  • Heroes, Saints & Legends Honoree, Foundation of Wesley Woods
  • Our Stories Award, National Public Housing Museum


  • Legacy Award, City of College Park
  • Society of World Changers, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Children's Champion Award, Children's Hunger Fund


  • Life Achievement Award, World Chamber of Commerce 
  • American Patriot of Character Award, Character Education Partnership 
  • Martha K. Glaze Service Award, Georgia Council of Juvenile Court
  • Great American Award, College of the Ozarks
  • S. Truett Cathy Citizenship Award, The Study Hall
  • Thad and Alice Eure Hospitality Award, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
  • Friend of Education Award, Georgia Retired Education Association
  • Medal of Honor Award, Daughters of the American Revolution 
  • Eldridge McMillan Lifetime Achievement Award, University System of Georgia Foundation
  • Community Leader of Faith Award, Day 1 and the Alliance for Christian Media
  • Freedom Team Salute Commendation, U.S. Army


  • AMY Award - Atlanta Marketer of the Year, AMA Atlanta 
  • Hall of Fame Inductee, Chick-fil-A Bowl
  • Salute to Greatness Award, The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change
  • Legends Awards, Rotary Club of Atlanta   
  • Gold Good Citizenship Medal Award, Sons of the American Revolution
  • Laurel Crowned Circle Award, Omicron Delta Kappa Society 


  • The GRACE Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award, Georgia Restaurant Association
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, EEI CEO Roundtable
  • 2008 Big Voice Award, Voices for Georgia's Children
  • William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership, Philanthropy Roundtable
  • 13th Annual Hospitality Hall of Honor Award, University of Houston
  • The President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush Community Impact Award, Fellowship of Christian Athletes of Greater Houston
  • Foundation Legacy Award, Chattahoochee Technical College
  • The President's Award, Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.
  • Paul M. Kuck Legacy Award, Regal Marine Industries
  • Bobby Jones Award, Peach of an Athlete
  • Presidential Volunteer Service Award, The White House


  • Silver Buffalo Award, Boy Scouts of America
  • Inaugural Cecil B. Day Ethics Award, Florida State University and the Cecil B. Day Family
  • Heartbound Award, Heartbound Ministries
  • Tom Landry Excellence of Character Award, Greater Dallas-Ft. Worth Fellowship of Christian Athletes


  • Smart Marriages Impact Award, Smart Marriages Conference
  • Atlanta Legend, Business to Business Magazine


  • Distinguished Service Award, Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association
  • Candl Light Award, Candl Foundation
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, National Poultry & Food Distributors Association


  • Roaring Lambs Hall of Fame, Inductee, Presented by Roaring Lambs "Faith that Works at Work"
  • Family First Ambassador Award, Family First, President, Mark Merrill "Challenges & Champions Fundraiser"
  • Fatherhood Award, National Fatherhood Initiative


  • Norman Vincent & Ruth Stafford Peale Humanitarian Award
  • Most Influential Georgians Hall of Fame Inductee, Georgia Trend Magazine
  • Shalom Award, Peace Baptist Church
  • Catalyst Lifetime Achievement Award, Injoy/John Maxwell
  • Congressional Angel in Adoption, Awardee
  • College of Diplomat award, NRA Educational Foundation
  • Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame
  • Chairman's Award, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, Chairman's Award
  • Inauguration Speaker, Georgia Governor's Prayer Breakfast 


  • Guest Speaker, Baylor University President Economic Forum  
  • Beta Gamma Sigma 2002 Medallion for Entrepreneurship Award, Georgia College & State University
  • The Crystal Bell Award, Good Choices, Inc.


  • Finalist, Family & Children Division, Turner Broadcasting Systems Super 17 Service Award
  • Presenter, Edmond Outhier Leadership Lecture Series 
  • Board of Governors Award, 11Alive Community Service Awards
  • Salute to Excellence Award, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Humanitarian Award, Georgia Perimeter College


  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award


  • Ninth most admired Atlanta CEO and/or Company, Business to Business Magazine
  • Executive in Residence, Auburn University
  • Brotherhood Award, National Conference of Community and Justice
  • James H. Costen Award, Interdenominational Theological Center
  • Ember Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Category of Philanthropy, Camp Fire Boys & Girls
  • Atlanta Business Hall of Fame, Junior Achievement of Georgia
  • McDonough Road renamed the S. Truett Cathy Highway, dedicated by the Fayette, Clayton and Henry Counties of Georgia
  • The J. Whitney Bunting School of Business Executive of the Year, Georgia College & State University


  • Norman Vincent Peale Award, Horatio Alger Association


  • Newcomen Society Award, Newcomen Society of the United States
  • Business Statesman of the Year, Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta


  • "The NRN Fifty: A Hall of Fame" of History Makers in Foodservice, Nation's Restaurant News magazine
  • Georgia Freedom Award, Georgia Public Policy Foundation


  • National Business Commitment to Foster Care Award, National Foster Parents Association


  • National Caring Award/Hall of Fame for Caring Americans, The Caring Institute
  • Georgian of the Year Award, Georgia Optimist International
  • SMEI Academy of Achievement, Oklahoma City


  • J.W. Fanning Award, Leadership Georgia 
  • Shining Light Award, Atlanta Gas Light Company
  • Pioneer of the Year Award, MUFSO 


  • Most-Admired CEO, Business Atlanta Magazine
  • American Enterprise Award, National Exchange Club
  • Inspiring Excellence Award, The Executive Committee
  • Executive of the Year Award, University of Georgia


  • Horatio Alger Award, Horatio Alger Association
  • Big Heart Award, Atlanta Civitans
  • Exceptional Personal Ministry Award, Christian Council of Metro Atlanta


  • Silver Plate Award, International Foodservice Manufacturers Association
  • Entrepreneur of the Year, Venture Magazine
  • Outstanding Business Leaders Award, Northwood Institute
  • Friend of Children Award, Council of Children
  • Celebrate Literacy Award, Metro Atlanta Literacy Council


  • Blue Key Award, University of Georgia
  • Distinguished Leadership Award, Atlanta Sales & Marketing Executives
  • Entrepreneur of the Year, Business Atlanta Magazine
  • Georgian of the Year, Georgia Broadcasters Association
  • Community Service Award, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Community Service Award, 11-Alive TV


  • Community Service Award, Atlanta Better Business Bureau
  • Business Hall of Fame, Georgia State University
  • Liberty Bell Award, Clayton County Bar Association
  • Liberty Bell Award, Fulton County Bar Association


  • Executive in Residence, Auburn University






  • Lord’s Day Alliance of the U.S.
  • Paul Anderson Youth Home


  • First Baptist Church, Jonesboro, Georgia, and 50-plus-year Sunday school teacher

Trustee Emeritus:     

  • Clayton College & State University 


Honorary Degrees



  • Morehouse College, Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters (Atlanta)
  • Liberty University, Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters (Lynchburg, Virginia)


  • Columbia International University, Doctor of Humane Letters (Columbia, South Carolina)
  • Indiana Wesleyan University, Honorary Doctorate of Business Management (Marion, Indiana)


  • Charleston Southern University, Doctor of Commerce (Charleston, South Carolina)


  • Berry College, Doctorate Degree (Mount Berry, Georgia)
  • The Citadel, Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration (Charleston, South Carolina)


  • Blue Mountain College, Doctorate of Divinity (Blue Mountain, Mississippi)


  • Central Pennsylvania College, Doctorate of Humane Letters (York, Pennsylvania)
  • Anderson College,  Doctorate of Humanities (Anderson, South Carolina)


  • Georgia State University, Doctorate of Humanities (Atlanta)


  • Psychological Studies Institute, Doctorate of Humanities (Atlanta)


  • Cumberland College, Doctor of Laws (Williamsburg, Kentucky)
  • Mercer University, Doctorate of Humanities (Atlanta/Macon, Georgia)


  • Oglethorpe University, Doctorate of Humane Letters (Atlanta)


  • Troy State University, Doctorate of Laws (Troy, Alabama)


  • Tift College, Honorary Doctorate of Commerce (Forsyth, Georgia)


  • Oklahoma Christian University, University of Sciences and Arts, Doctorate of Humanities (Oklahoma City)


  • Campbell University, The College of Arts & Sciences, Doctorate of Laws (Buies Creek, North Carolina) 


Honorary Memberships


  • Pi Sigma Epsilon, 
Kennesaw State College (Kennesaw, Georgia)


  • Beta Gamma Sigma, Georgia State University (Atlanta)
  • Omicron Delta Kappa, Georgia State University (Atlanta)
  • Delta Sigma Pi, Georgia College (Milledgeville, Georgia) 


Authored Books

  • Wealth, Is It Worth It? (Looking Glass Books, 2011)
  • How Did You Do It Truett? (Looking Glass Books, 2007)
  • It's Better to Build Boys Than Mend Men (Looking Glass Books, 2004)
  • Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People (Looking Glass Books, 2002)
  • The Generosity Factor with Ken Blanchard (Zondervan Publishing, 2002)
  • It's Easier to Succeed Than to Fail (Thomas Nelson Publishing, 1989)


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