17 Facts About Tom Cousins


Thomas Grady Cousins was born on December 7,1931 and is a real estate developer, sports supporter and philanthropist, primarily based in Atlanta, Georgia.


Tom Cousins was a leader in shaping the skyline in Atlanta, and he purchased and brought the Atlanta Hawks to the city.


Tom Cousins is known for his community redevelopment and his desire to help local neighborhoods.


Tom Cousins graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1952 from the Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia in Athens.


Tom Cousins developed buildings such as the CNN Center, the Omni Coliseum, 191 Peachtree Tower, the Pinnacle Building in Buckhead and the first phase of the Georgia World Congress Center.


Tom Cousins helped revive and redesign the home course of golfing great Bobby Jones, East Lake Golf Club, which had fallen into disrepair.


Tom Cousins hired Rees Jones to redesign the golf course, which has since hosted the PGA Tour's season ending Tour Championship several times, and become one of the leading golf courses in Atlanta.


Tom Cousins retains air rights over the CNN Center parking deck in Atlanta's massive railroad gulch.


Tom Cousins stepped down as head of Cousins Properties in January 2002.


In 1995 Tom Cousins founded the East Lake Foundation in Atlanta.


At the time Atlanta did not have pro-ball facilities, but Tom Cousins was building a local arena complex.


Tom Cousins owned the Atlanta Flames until he sold them in 1980 for approximately $16 million to a consortium from Calgary.


Tom Cousins purchased the original Atlanta Chiefs soccer club of the North American Soccer League from the Braves in 1973, during this time they were renamed the Atlanta Apollos.


In 1993 Tom Cousins was the recipient of the Bill Hartman Award which recognises former varsity athletes from the University of Georgia who have demonstrated excellence in their profession.


On March 8,2010, Tom Cousins was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 Atlanta Sports Awards for his role in promoting sports in Atlanta.


In 1995 Tom Cousins purchased East Lake Golf Club and restored it to its former glory.


Tom Cousins helped to establish East Lake as the permanent home of the TOUR Championship which is the season ending tournament for the PGA TOUR.