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Israel to Speak on Medical Malpractice Crisis
February 16, 2004


George M. Israel III, president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, will speak at Mercer University's Executive Forum Tuesday, Feb. 24.
In his presentation, entitled "Georgia's Medical Malpractice Crisis," Israel will discuss civil justice reform.

He will give a breakfast presentation at 7:30 a.m. in Macon in the Religious Life Center on the Mercer University Campus. He will give a lunch presentation in Atlanta at noon in the Trustees Dining Room on the Mercer's Cecil B. Day Atlanta Campus. Israel's presentation is part of the 2003-2004 speakers series of The Executive Forum, a business outreach program of Mercer's Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and the Office of University Advancement.

As president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Israel is the voice of more than 3,300 businesses statewide, aggressively advocating the business viewpoint in the shaping of public policy.

He has proven an effective leader across a broad array of fields. The 54-year-old Macon native has 23 years experience as a chief executive officer with organizations ranging in size from six to more than 1,100 employees in the areas of government, real estate sales management and development, property management, and managed healthcare.

After attending Middle Georgia College and the University of Georgia, Israel began his career as a field underwriter for the life, health and accident insurance industry. From 1979 until 1987, he served as mayor of the city of Macon. In 1987, Israel became president & CEO of The Potomac Corporation, a European venture capital firm. During the early 1990s, he led Fickling & Walker Company in Macon before moving to Secure Health Plans of Georgia in 1994.

Israel's presentation is open to members of The Executive Forum and their guests.Anyone interested in becoming a member can call the Mercer University Office of Advancement at (478)301-2724 or (800)837-2911.