Mr. Bell brings a wealth of experience in corporate management, governance and leadership in both the public and private sectors.
Prior to becoming an advisor to SecurAmerica, Tom spent 8 years as Chief Executive Officer of Cousins Properties, a leading diversified real estate company (NYSE:CUZ) and retired as Chairman in July 2008. Prior to his years at Cousins, Tom spent 10 years at Young & Rubicam Inc. (NYSE:YNR), retiring as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He also served as CEO of Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm.
Tom serves as a board member for a variety of well-respected and diverse companies, including Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation, Emory University, Regal Entertainment Group, AGL Resources Inc., the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Bell served as the 2005 Chairman for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He most recently was appointed Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Bell is also a partner and Vice Chairman of Goddard Investments, a national real estate investment company.
During the Reagan administration, Mr. Bell chaired the “Committee on the Next Agenda”, which focused on prioritizing issues for President Reagan's second term. He also chaired the Workforce 2000 Advisory Committee for the U.S. Secretary of Labor. Early in his career, Mr. Bell served as Chief of Staff for former U.S. Senator William Brock (R-Tenn).
Mr. Bell has held other senior positions in business and government. He previously served as Vice Chairman of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Executive Vice President of Ball Corporation, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hudson Institute, and Chairman of the Board for the Center for Naval Analysis.