Named for the late Bill Hartman, Georgia’s long-time kicking coach and chairman of the Georgia Student Educational Fund, the Hartman Award has been given annually since 1992 and recognizes former Georgia student-athletes who have demonstrated excellence in their profession and/or in service to others by 20 or more years of superior performance after graduation. Only former varsity athletes who have received a baccalaureate degree from Georgia can be considered for the award.
“Mack epitomizes everything Coach Hartman stood for loyalty and support of the University of Georgia and the Bulldogs,” Director of Athletics Damon Evans said. “And, like Coach Hartman, Mack has given so much back to his school and his team.”
Guest will be presented with the award at the Georgia-Auburn football game on Nov. 10.
“Coach Hartman was someone I really respected, so it’s a tremendous honor to win an award that is named for him,” Guest said. “He left such a great legacy. When he talked, everyone listened. His dedication and discipline and work ethic were inspirational to all of us, and he was such a loyal Bulldog. This means so much to me.”
Guest, a native of Macon and a graduate of Central High, played on the offensive line for the Bulldogs from 1976-78. He was a member of the 1976 team that went 10-2 and won the Southeastern Conference title and he was the offensive captain for the 1978 “Wonder Dogs” team that went 9-2-1. He also earned All-SEC honors in 1978.
Guest has been in the transportation business since 1982. LAD Truck Lines Inc. in Watkinsville is a full-service transportation and logistics provider specializing in poultry, frozen foods, dry freight and flatbed as well as warehousing and distribution services.
Guest is the president of both the Georgia Lettermen Education Foundation and the UGA Football Lettermen’s Club as well as a member of the UGA Athletic Association Board of Directors. He also previously was the president of Athens Touchdown Club.
Guest has served the Athens community in several ways, including leadership roles with the Athens and Oconee County Rotary Clubs, the Athens-Clarke and Oconee County Chambers of Commerce, the Athens First Bank and Trust Advisory Board, the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation and the United Way.
Guest and his wife, the former Camilla Morris, have three children, Mack IV (Dutch), Laura and Amanda. Guest’s father, Mack Jr., his brothers, Judson and David, and his sister, June, also all earned degrees from Georgia.
“Anyone who has been successful in life and business has had strong support,” Guest said. “I have been fortunate to have a great family and excellent high school and college coaches. They helped me learn that hard work, fundamentals and discipline are the keys to success.”
Previous Hartman Award winners include former NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton (1992); Atlanta Olympic Committee CEO Billy Payne (1992); former Gov. Carl Sanders (1993); Atlanta developer Tom Cousins (1993); legendary former tennis coach Dan Magill (1994); former high school coach Billy Henderson (1995); former Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard (1996); noted amateur golfer Jimmy Gabrielsen (1997); physician Dr. Andy Roddenbery (1998); Athens businessman Hilton Young Jr. (1999); Harvard University Department of Dermatology Chief of Staff Dr. Becky Birchmore Campen (2000); vascular surgeon Dr. Thomas Lawhorne (2001); endoscopic laser surgeon Dr. Thomas Lyons (2002); neurosurgeon and former team physician Dr. Robert E. Dicks III (2003); Atlanta businessman William Young (2004); longtime juvenile court judge, the Hon. Aaron Cohn (2005); and housing developer Keith McSwain (2006).