Bahnson Stanley is a partner in the Atlanta investment firm Ellis, McQuary & Stanley ellismcqstanley.com. The firm is active in investing, acquiring and building both established businesses and early stage growth opportunities.
In his career, Bahnson has been involved in the creation, development, management and leadership of more than 15 substantial businesses in television, digital media, travel, publishing, retailing, manufacturing and marketing services, and plans to do this as long as he is breathing.
While in college, he promoted concerts and used the profits to subsidize other arts activities of the student union, and worked in successful campaigns for Governor and Senator of Virginia. He operated a contemporary art gallery during a portion of his corporate career. He remains interested in and active in a broad range of the arts.
Bahnson is a Director and serves on the Audit, Compensation and Governance- Nominating Committees of Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc. (OUTD) outdoorchannel.com , which operates Outdoor Channel television network and other media related businesses. He is a director and serves on the Audit Committee of Wheego Electric Cars, Inc. wheego.net , which manufactures one of the first completely electric automobiles in the world. He is a director and serves on the Audit Committee of Pinnacle Medical Solutions. He is an investor in numerous private companies and manages the commercial real estate properties of EMS. He manages the family office for his extended family.
He retired from Landmark Communications, Inc. in 2004, where he served in many roles, including Executive Vice President of Strategy and Development for The Weather Channel Companies (sold to NBCU and private equity firms) and General Manager of Travel Channel Networks (sold to Scripps Networks). Bahnson was a member of the team which created both networks. He also was a founding member of the Board of Food Network (also sold to Scripps Networks). He was Executive Director of the Landmark Foundation.
Early in his career, Bahnson was Publisher of weekly newspapers in Sanford, ME and Princeton, WV for Worrell Newspapers and Broadcasting. He joined Landmark in 1980, which led to founding The Weather Channel in 1981, where he headed sales and developed strategy until 1985. From 1985-1991, he was an investment banker and raised capital for many growth companies with Scott & Stringfellow, now a division of BB&T. He was a founding director of Everything’s A Dollar, which developed the dollar store concept and operated 57 stores before merging with a larger retailer, now Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. He returned to Landmark in 1991 to lead corporate development and strategy.
He has served on the boards and committees of numerous non-profit organizations: North Atlanta High School Foundation (as founding president), Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund (as chair), Atlanta Arts Recovery Initiative (as co-chair), UVA Jefferson Scholars Selection Committee, New College Institute Foundation, First Montessori School Atlanta, Darden School Capital Campaign Atlanta, Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing, Newspaper Association of America, Virginia Stage Company, Chrysler Museum, General Douglas MacArthur Foundation, Virginia College Fund and Congressional Awards Foundation. He is active in the Georgia chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
A native of Virginia, Stanley received his BA in Political Science, with concentrations in Economics and English, from Duke University, and his MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School.
He resides in Atlanta with his wife, Judith, who served as a television reporter, anchor, talk show host and series host, mostly with CBS and Travel Channel. She is active in raising awareness and improving services for people with disabilities with the Georgia Governor’s Council on Disabilities, All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD), and the Atlanta Community Foundation. She appears regularly before the Georgia Legislature. They have two children, Greta (27) an architect who attended University of Virginia and Yale University and Phillip (22), a student at the University of West Georgia.