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Alumni feature series | Atlanta, Georgia

Commonly known for its rich history, bustling international airport, and big-name sports teams- Atlanta, Georgia, is quickly becoming a hub for vibrant city culture and industry innovation. Recently, U.S. News and World Report ranked the southeastern metropolitan city as one of the 25 best places for young professionals to live. 

Ahead of the trend, there’s a strong network of Flagler College alumni who have found their way to Atlanta over the years and a growing network of recent graduates who call the city home.  

“I have moved around several times with work,” Rusty Harrington, ’91, said. “But I have continued to come back to Atlanta.”

Saints have succeeded in the city regardless of major, background, or passion. 

There are so many opportunities for everyone from medicine, media, and marketing to aviation and IT! You name it, Atlanta has it,” Ake Tayong ’20 said. “A lot of these big-name companies have their brick-and-mortar offices right here in Atlanta.” 

Check out how these Flagler College alumni are thriving professionally in Atlanta and why they decided to make the city their home:

Ake Tayong

Ake Tayong

Class of 2020 | Business Administration, Marketing
Certified Scrum Master | Chick-fil-A Corporate Support Center



Alumnus Dan Pavlu headshot

Dan Pavlu

Class of 2018 | Sport Management
Dashboard Engineer | Fitzco Marketing Agency
Marisa Meadows

Marisa Meadows

Class of 1997 | Communications
Global Communications Strategist, Partner- Client Success | Chirp PR Agency

Ryan Buffa

Class of 2013 | Journalism and Media Production
Filmmaker, Assistant to Executive Producer | Stalwart Films
Rusty Harrington alumnus headshot

Rusty Harrington

Class of 1991 | Psychology
Physician, Senior Medical Director | JenCare Senior Medical Center
Kelly Smith

Kelley Smith

Class of 2008 | Theatre Arts, Business Administration
Operations and Technology Director | The Coca-Cola Company
Eileen Pagan alum headshot

Eileen Pagan

Class of 2013 | Psychology, Fine Art
Owner and Therapist | Awareness Rising, LLC