By Special to the Daily World
Mayor Kasim Reed received the “CEO of the Year” award at the Atlanta Business League’s (ABL) 33rd Annual CEO Appreciation Luncheon on Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. The “CEO of the Year” award is the most prestigious award a chief executive officer can receive from the ABL. This marks the first time in the organization’s 78-year history that it has given the CEO Award to a seated mayor.
“I applaud the Atlanta Business League for honoring local business executives who are committed to cultivating excellence in the African-American business community,” said Reed. “For nearly 80 years, the Atlanta Business League has been dedicated to providing economic empowerment and business development opportunities to minorities, which have helped to shape our great city.”
“This award is truly a special recognition, and I am honored to be among the many distinguished past recipients,” Reed said.
The ABL serves as the leading advocate for minority business development and advocacy in metro Atlanta.
Each year the ABL recognizes local chief executive officers for outstanding participation in minority vendor development and community activities.
“Mayor Reed’s firm resolve in his decision making during his first full year in office makes him a standout for this top leadership award,” said Leona Barr-Davenport, president & CEO, Atlanta Business League. “He had some tough issues to face in 2010; however, he has not wavered in doing what he views is best for the city. He consistently speaks out on local, national and international issues with confidence and precision. His dedication to moving Atlanta from where it is to where it needs to be is ‘job one.’ He is forging ahead with a force that is unparalleled. We salute his tenacity.”
ABL members nominate leaders in the city for the various awards, and a selection committee reviews the nominations and makes a final decision based on the best qualifications for the award descriptions.
In addition to the tribute to Reed, the ABL will also honor Mack Wilbourn, president of Mack II LLC (Corporation of the Year); The Honorable John Eaves, chairman, Fulton County Commission (Catalyst); Tirrell Whittley, principal/founder, Liquid Soul Media (Entrepreneur of the Year); and Tad Hutcheson, vice president of sales and marketing, AirTran Airways (League Leadership).
The luncheon is a fundraising event. This year’s proceeds will be used to support the Youth Entrepreneur Programs and the Business Enrichment Seminar Series for Entrepreneur Development.
For more information on the Atlanta Business League, visit www.atlantabusinessleague.org.