Tom Bell became Chairman of Mesa Capital Partners in 2010. Prior to Mesa Capital Partners, Bell served as Chairman and CEO of Cousins Properties (NYSE: CUZ), an Atlanta based REIT that developed and owned commercial and residential properties throughout the Sun Belt. He was named Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Cousins Properties in January 2001, President and CEO in January 2002, and Chairman of the Board in December 2006. Tom retired as Chairman and CEO in July 2009.
Prior to his years at Cousins Properties, Tom spent 10 years at Young & Rubicam Inc. (NYSE: YNR), a global advertising and marketing communications firm, retiring as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer when it merged with WPP. Before becoming Chairman of Young & Rubicam Inc., he served as Chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Advertising and as CEO of Burson-Marsteller and Young & Rubicam's Diversified Communications Group.
During his career, Tom has served as a member of the Board of Directors of 13 NYSE companies. He presently serves on the boards of Regal Entertainment Group, AGL Resources Inc., Norfolk Southern Corporation, Emory University, Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation, 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 and the 2010-2011 Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where he presently serves as Chairman of the Compensation Committee.
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).
During his 40 year career, Mr. Bell has held other senior positions in business and government, including 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.