The Lowdown: Arthur M. Blank
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The Lowdown: Arthur M. Blank

Rolled out in 2018, The Lowdown column spotlights local “movers and shakers” Lean in to hear some off-the-cuff remarks about what makes Arthur Blank tick.

After 35 years with the Atlanta newspapers, Marcia currently serves as Retail VP for the Buckhead Business Association, where she delivers news and trends (laced with a little gossip).

Arthur M. Blank
Arthur M. Blank

Our readers have enjoyed The Lowdown column we rolled out in 2018 spotlighting local “movers and shakers” — some bent on creativity, empire building, activism and/or just celebrating what it’s like to live the good life. Lean in to hear some off-the-cuff remarks about what makes Arthur Blank tick.

Best known as a co-founder of The Home Depot, Arthur Blank is now recognized for his diverse businesses. He was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the World’s 100 Greatest Living Business Minds in 2017, SportsBusiness Journal’s 2017 Executive of the Year and one of its 50 Most Influential People in Sports in 2016.

Atlantans know him for his sports teams: the NFL Atlanta Falcons and the MLS champion Atlanta United FC. He seems to have the golden touch when it comes to sports and business. And more importantly, he gives so much back to the community to make long-lasting improvements, many of which are done behind the scenes. And did you know he has six children?

Get to know him better right here.

What was your very first job?

I began working at my father’s pharmacy in Queens, N.Y., in my early teens. I helped out wherever needed.

What advice would you give a 20-year-old Arthur Blank?

Never compromise your core values.

What’s your go-to snack?

Pretzels, probably.

If they made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?

My first choice would’ve been Clark Gable, but now I’m thinking Matthew McConaughey!

Last time I danced …

Was when Atlanta United won the 2018 MLS Cup Championship.

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