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Thomas Charles Zay, Sr., 85, formerly of Atlanta, died January 8, 2018 at Archbold Hospital in Thomasville, GA. He and his wife, Betty, had just moved to Thomasville in October. He enjoyed an exceptional 50-year career in executive search consulting, advancing corporate executive leadership teams with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Howard W. Voss & Associates, and Paul R. Ray and Company, where he served as Executive Vice President in Fort Worth and Atlanta from 1968 to 1982. He established Zay and Company International in Atlanta in 1982, an executive search firm that also specialized in management consulting, and affiliated with Boyden International in 1994. He led searches for senior management level positions across a broad spectrum of industries. He was ranked nationally in the top 250 executive recruiters as well as in the top 10 executive recruiters working with aerospace, paper, publishing and printing, textiles, and higher education industries, by John Sibbald in his Career Makers series, published by Harper Business.

Devoted to his alma mater, Tom founded the Atlanta area Northwestern alumni club and for many years was extensively involved in fundraising and other alumni activities. He served on the board of directors of Goodwill Industries, Atlanta, and most recently served as Chair of the Board of Governors of MAP International, a Christian organization headquartered in Brunswick, Georgia that promotes community health development and disease prevention and provides medicines and health supplies to people in need around the globe.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, children Tom Jr. (Houston), Tim (Atlanta), and Julia (Olympia, WA) and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Cathedral of Saint Philip in Atlanta on February 9, 2018 at 11:00 am. Full obituary and guestbook: http://www.allenfh.com/ Allen & Allen Funeral Home

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to MAP International or the Cancer Research Foundation.

Full obituary and guestbook: http://www.allenfh.com/ Allen & Allen Funeral Home
Published on January 12, 2018
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