Billy Payne Hired by NationsBank -- October 1, 1996
Billy Payne, who brought the 1996 Olympics to Atlanta, was hired by NationsBank Corp. They were major corporate sponsors of the 1995 Pan Pacific Championships and the Centennial Olympic Games. The hiring by the large regional bank, whose headquarters are in Charlotte, N.C., ended a long guessing game over what Payne would do after the Olympics. Payne quit his law practice nine years ago so that he could lead the bid to bring the 1996 Olympics to Atlanta.