- Post 09 August 2012
- By Atlanta Daily World
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Who's Who In Black Atlanta welcomes Thomas W. Dortch Jr., author, entrepreneur and community activist as the foreword writer for the 14th edition.
"We are very excited to have Thomas W. Dortch Jr. join us as the foreword writer for the 14th edition of Who's Who In Black Atlanta," says Carter Womack, vice president of marketing and development. "His impact with the progression of the African-American community over the years falls right in line with the vision of Who's Who Publishing. We are excited about his contribution."
Dortch, who is the chairman and chief executive officer of TWD, Inc., and managing partner of FAD Consulting, LLC, established the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. and co-founded the Georgia Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (GAME) to fill a void as an advocacy organization for minority business development. In 1990 he became the first African American to serve in the role as state director and served as chief administrator for United States Senator Sam Nunn. He has served in other positions such as president of South West Investment Group (SWIG), chief executive officer of Atlanta Transportation Systems, Inc., chairman and chief executive officer of Cornerstone Parking and chairman of Lancor Parking Management, LLC. He was chairman of the 100 Black Men of America from 1994-2004 and is currently chairman emeritus.
The recipient of numerous awards, Dortch has been listed in the 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 May editions of Ebony magazine as one of The 100 Most Influential African Americans and has also been listed in the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of The 100 Most Influential Atlantans for the past 11 years. In 2008 he received the Community Service Professional of the Year Award and was inducted into the 2010 Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau's Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame.
Dortch earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and pre-professional social work from Fort Valley State University and a master's degree in criminal justice administration from Clark-Atlanta University.
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