Arthur M. Blank is the owner and chairman of a dynamic portfolio of businesses that includes the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons; Atlanta United of MLS; golf retailer PGA TOUR Superstores; Montana’s Mountain Sky Guest Ranch; and Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, which will be completed in the summer of 2017. Blank also is chairman of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.
Blank is widely known in the business community for his success in building the world’s largest home improvement retailer. He co-founded The Home Depot in 1978 and retired from the company as co-chairman in 2001. At the time of his retirement, The Home Depot was a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and one of Fortune magazine’s “Global Most Admired Companies.”
Blank believes in the importance of making a difference – professionally and personally. In addition to the company’s financial success, during his 23 years with The Home Depot the company donated more than $113 million to communities, and Home Depot associates provided hundreds of thousands of hours of personal volunteer time. Blank is applying the same business acumen and values in building his competitive, successful and community-oriented businesses today. Through his generosity, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has granted more than $300 million to support early childhood development, education, the arts, and parks and greenspace. The foundation also leads giving programs for each of the for-profit businesses in Blank’s portfolio.
Blank serves on the Board of Trustees of The Carter Center, Inc.; the Board of Trustees of The Cooper Institute; and the Board of Trustees of The First Tee. He is currently serving the first of a two-year term as Honorary Commander of the Georgia National Guard and late in 2016, he was recognized by Sports Business Journal as one of the 50 Most Influential in sports.
Arthur and Angie Blank’s marriage in June of 2016 brought together their respective families, including nine children and five grandchildren.