2011 Press Release

14th Annual Georgia Minority Business Awards “Focusing on Entrepreneurship in Our Youth”

ATLANTA, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 —Local and global attendees will turn out to witness the 14th Annual celebration of multi-cultural achievers in business. The famed business event will roll out and welcome an international cast of attendees, award winners, presenters, and sponsors in the arenas of healthcare, politics, real estate, technology, community advocacy, education, international business, hospitality, entrepreneurship, non-profit organizations, and entertainment.

The 14th Annual Georgia Minority Awards will be hosted by Jennifer Keitt, President & CEO of Today’s Black Woman and will be held at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, GA. Doors will open at 6pm with a VIP Reception beginning at 5pm.

Guests in Attendance:

Special Guests:

  • Mr. Opher Aviran – Consul General of Israel
  • Ms. Cynthia Blanford Nash – Republic of Liberia
  • Mr. Youssoufou Bamba UN Ambassador – Cote D’ Ivoire
  • Mr. Daouda Diabate US Ambassador – Cote D’ Ivoire
  • Mr. Mark Butler New Labor Commissioner – GA Department of Labor

Political Award Recipients:

  • Mr. John Eaves, Fulton County Chairman of Commissions
  • Mr. Ralph Moore, Mayor of Union City
  • Ms. Florence Acevedo, President & Founder of Guatemalan American Chamber of Commerce

Political Presenters:

  • Eldrin Bell – Clayton County Commissioner
  • Jack Longino – Mayor of College Park
  • Ceasar Mitchell – Atlanta City Council President

Award Recipients:

  • Alvin Merrifield, CEO, 3-FI Limited
  • Dr. Barry Mangel, CEO Wellstar Cardiac Network
  • Carol Henderson, Director of Healthcare, Life Sciences & Advanced Technologies Georgia Department of Economic Development
  • Leroy Courseault, CEO, Courseault Commercial, Inc.
  • Adreene Allen, General Manager, Holiday Inn Select Airport South
  • Ray Smith, CEO, Computer Source
  • Chedonna Trimble, CFO, Donald Trimble Mortuary, Inc.
  • John Eaves, Chairman, Fulton County Commission
  • Jerome Derrickson, CEO, Ground Support Entertainment
  • Florence Acevedo, Guatemalan American Chamber of Commerce
  • Ralph Moore, Mayor, City of Union City
  • Samuel Jackson, Founder & CEO, Economic Empowerment Initiative, Inc.
  • Dr. Kim Williams, CEO, Life Foundation Inc.

Award Presenters:

  • Lee Rhyant, Vice President & General Manager, Lockheed Martin
  • Sheilah Montgomery, President & CEO, 1st Choice Credit Union
  • Curtis J. Martin, II, Miller & Martin Law Firm
  • Dr.Wayne Kong, Former Executive Director, Association of Black Cardiologists
  • Lou Cortez, Diverse Markets Sales Manager, Allied Insurance
  • Chantel Francois, Director, Trinidad Convention Bureau
  • Selina Beene, Director, Hope Through Divine Intervention
  • Jerome Edmondson, President, Urban Hope Community
  • Ray Evans, President & CEO, Intermix Digital
  • Tiffany Bussey, Director, Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center
  • Pamela Adams, Regional Development Director, Constant Contact

The Atlanta Business Journal’s goal is to reach the next generation of college students with backgrounds in global business development, business schools, and MBA programs. This is the next generation of entrepreneurs and students that will learn, meet, and be introduced to successful business leaders, politicians, and corporate CEOS.

This event benefits the Business Development Initiative, Inc. – an entrepreneurial school / program for youth, middle and high school students. The school building located in Decatur, GA was donated by Wells Fargo to launch this initiative.

For Press or Media Credentials – please forward requests to atleditorial@bellsouth.net .

Esther S. Evans, Event Administrator
Jeanie Webb, Event Coordinator
4405 Mall Blvd. Suite 521
Union City, GA 30291
T: 770-969-7711 * F: 770-969-7811
E: atleditorial@bellsouth.net

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