Johns Creek Lifestyle’s Men of 2019
Robert Binkowski believes success is built on this foundation: perform your job with passion to the best of your knowledge and ability, do not be afraid of every day challenges, respect people so they can respect you, be proud of who you are and accomplishments you achieve. He studied industrial engineering, earning a double major in Business and Management. In May 2012, Robert, encouraged and supported by his brother-in-law, Adam Medrzycki, founded Euro Design, located in Johns Creek. He is encouraged by his wonderful wife and designer, Ewelina, and their entire family. Robert, Ewelina, and their son, Matthew to Shakerag two years ago and they soon became an important part of the community, advising or even helping new neighbors with various home related issues, and financially supporting local institutions and charity initiatives, including Shakerag Elementary School, Northview High School football team and Gwinnett Police Department. “Great accomplishments do not come easy and I am grateful for every experience in my professional journey that makes me a more skillful craftsman and a better human being,” says Robert.
Michael Garrison is a native Atlantan and began his ballet training in 1976 with the Ruth Mitchell Studio in Buckhead. After attending the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, he danced principal and soloist roles as well as contemporary and modern works. While performing as a guest artist for many companies, he began teaching throughout the Atlanta area and became a much sought after faculty member for many of the area dance schools. In 1997 he established North Atlanta Dance Academy in Johns Creek and the North Atlanta Dance Theatre, a 501c3 non- profit performing company, offering high level performance opportunities to pre-professional students. He not only is the primary trainer but the driving creative force staging full length ballets and original choreography. Scholarships are offered to selected students and although choreographers are paid for their time, he has always contributed his time and talents without compensation. He and his wife, Kitty are happy to have called Johns Creek their home for the past 22 years.
Mike Hendrickson and his wife Annette, have lived in the Johns Creek area since 2009 and have two daughters, Regin and Madelyne, who attend Autrey Mill Middle School and both play lacrosse. Mike started coaching after watching his daughters and their friends’ teams struggle to find coaches, so he volunteered to be an assistant at Newtown. Twelve years later, he is still coaching. In the fall, winter, and spring, he leads the Johns Creek High School Junior Gladiators Girls Lacrosse program as the head coach and, and in the summer, he coaches one of the Georgia Outlaws Girls Lacrosse teams. His passion for the game is only second to the passion he has for mentoring his girls on and off the field. He has learned over the years how important team sports can be as it teaches young girls how to put aside their differences and succeed as a team.
Tim Lemons and T.J. Lemons
Father and son, Tim Lemons and T.J. Lemons have been important figures in the lives of students at Chattahoochee High School and make education and leadership a priority. Tim is a physical education teacher in his 28th year at CHS. He is also head varsity baseball coach, landing from Auburn University where he was a draft choice for professional baseball. He has been Coach of the Year and most recently, was inducted into the 2017 Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame. T.J. Lemons is a teacher of exceptional children at Chattahoochee High School. Also an alumni of CHS and the baseball team (under his dad’s coaching), he is now varsity baseball coach. In 2005, both Tim and T.J. and the team won the AAAAA Georgia state championship for CHS – Tim as head coach and T.J. as player. As one player says, “I love how passionate Coach Lemons and Coach T.J. are about the game and developing the best in their players. They are both great mentors, and they taught me how to be a better man on and off the field. They stressed always doing the right thing even when nobody is looking. I am lucky and grateful to have had them as coaches.”
William C. “Bill” Lusk
William C. “Bill” Lusk has been president of the Milton Historic Society since its creation in early 2018. With the generous support of the City of Milton, the Society’s first project was the preparation and installation of 28 historical markers throughout the city. A Milton resident since 1999, Bill served on the Formation Committee to create the city and was a member of the City Council for the first 11 years. In Bill 1986 founded Lusk & Company, a general contracting firm specializing in the construction of churches. He served with the U.S. Naval Construction Battalions (Seabees) during the Viet Nam war.Bill and his wife Janie reside on Summit Road, adjacent to the historic Summit School site. They have twin sons, Matthew and Dr. Mark Lusk.
Mike Hendrickson and his wife Annette, have lived in the Johns Creek area since 2009 and have two daughters, Regin and Madelyne, at Autrey Mill Middle School, who both play lacrosse. Mike started coaching as a result of watching his daughters and their friends’ teams struggle to find coaches, so he volunteered to be an assistant at Newtown. Twelve years later, he is still coaching. In the fall, winter, and spring, he leads the Johns Creek High School Junior Gladiators Girls Lacrosse program as the head coach and, and in the summer, he coaches one of the Georgia Outlaws Girls Lacrosse teams. His passion for the game is only second to the passion he has for mentoring his girls on and off the field, even during holidays. He has learned over the years how important team sports can be as it teaches these young girls how to put aside their differences and succeed as a team.