2019 Men’s Issue
Sandy Springs resident and Cox Media Group consultant Sterling Davis is a dedicated and passionate advocate for Easterseals, having served on the board of directors for the North Georgia affiliate since 1999. Easterseals, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year is known for its focus on children, a cause close to Davis’ heart. “Our goal is to ensure that all children with disabilities and special needs – and their families – have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their community.” The local Easterseals affiliate provides impactful services to more than 5,000 children annually across 44 counties in metro-Atlanta and northeast Georgia. “Seeing the positive impact on these families and the incredible benefits Easterseals programs provide is the ultimate inspiration. A real need is being met daily in the community for those with no other assistance available.” Davis is also passionate about his family’s Sandy Springs home, where citizen involvement and a sense of community make it an ideal place to live. He and his wife raised three children in the area and have stayed in the same neighborhood ever since.
With three all-original jazz recordings (tunes from which have been used on The Weather Channel, Telemundo and elsewhere) to his credit and a fourth on the way, T. Woods keeps busy in Atlanta and elsewhere as composer, studio musician, performer and producer. Besides locales in the USA and Canada, gigs have taken him to numerous venues in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. His very popular series, T. Woods Sessions at 800 East Studios, showcases top Atlanta talent. T Woods’ Fridays Jazz series at Le Méridien Hotel, featuring some of Atlanta’s top jazz vocalists and instrumentalists is now in its fourth year – and Méridien Sunday Jazz Brunch featuring the trio is a hit with locals. Additionally, Woods and company perform all over Atlanta in various other venues and have done benefit concerts for numerous organizations such as Amnesty International and Habitat For Humanity. TWoodsmusic.com
Matt Fowler was born and raised in East Cobb with loving parents and three brothers who are all very close. He owns Georgia Water and Fire Restoration where there is a strong sense of community and loyalty. Matt, and his wife, Tina have a daughter Morgan who makes them so proud and they enjoy their family time together. Tina and Matt founded Polo in the Pines to give back and to honor family through the Sharon McCollum Knight, Polo in the Pines Pediatric Cancer Research Fund at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Polo in the Pines is a two-day charity Polo Event held in Atlanta, October 5 and 6. Along with Polo in the Pines, Matt is involved with Younglife and Agape in Atlanta from which he takes great inspiration in being able to give. Matt is pictured with our all-time favorite man of the year, publisher Jim Newman. Jim is always generous to use our magazine platform to support efforts near and dear to his big heart.
Christian Lopez is theTitle I Liaison for Lake Forest Elementary School who has galvanized the parent community to become involved and enthusiastic participants in their children’s education. Since LFE has a primarily Hispanic population with many immigrants, he works directly with parents to bring awareness of the American educational system with all the opportunities for involvement, ultimately for the students’ success and parents’ empowerment. Parents love him and have increasingly taken on leadership to build a strong school community. “I was born in Mexico City, Mexico. I came to the United States of America, when I was 11 years ago and attended Ridgeview Middle School, East Cobb Middle School and graduated from Wheeler High School with dual seal diploma. I continued my post-secondary education at North Metro Technical College where I earned a Health Care Certificate and a nursing assistant certification in 2009. After college, I starting working in residential property management. I held multiple roles from leasing consultant to assistant manager. In 2014, I decided to join the education field. I started as teacher assistant, and in November of 2016 I was promoted to family engagement coordinator, which is the role that I currently hold with Fulton County Schools.
Jay du-Sauzay grew up in St. Lucia in the Caribbean and moved to Atlanta for high school. He attended the University of Virginia, where he developed a passion for the game of polo. After graduating, he began working as a Construction Manager at SK Commercial Realty in the Consulting Division and has been serving in this role for six years. Since his days at UVA, he has dreamed of owning a horse farm to house several polo ponies. He recently built his 14-acre dream farm from the ground up including a barn, 10 acres of pasture and a 3-acre practice polo field. He rides his horses and practices his polo technique every day after work. He also dedicates much of his time to charities including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in which he helped raise $125k alongside the Peachtree Society. He enjoys playing polo in charity polo tournaments including Polo in the Pines and has also recently accepted a position on the board of Virginia Polo, a nonprofit dedicated to keeping the game of polo alive at UVA.