Latino Council Salutes ‘firstClass’ Founder Bunnie Ransom, Feb. 28


Bunnie_Ransom.jpgBy Special to the Daily World
The Black Latino Council salutes its 2011 honoree, Bunnie Jackson-Ransom, on Monday, Feb. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Mansion at 3367 Peachtree Rd.

Jackson-Ransom is the president and CEO of firstClass, Inc. – a full-service public relations and marketing firm.  She has been the driving force behind firstClass for the past 35 years –conceptualizing the company, working with clients and implementing its programs.

Jackson-Ransom’s professional career spans some 40 years. At  firstClass Inc., she has worked on accounts ranging from sausages to shoes,  patients to politicianss. She has worked with clients as large as Waste Management Inc. to the sole entrepreneur whose business is just as important and twice the challenge.  Clients she has worked with are too numerous to list; however, a few include The National Conference of Black Mayors (29 years), Waste Management Inc. (14 years),  Burger King Corp. (12 years) and the Trumpet Awards (7 years).

Jackson-Ransom is a member of the National Council of Negro Women; Atlanta Association of Black Journalists; the Atlanta Branch of the NAACP; the Azalea Chapter of The Links Inc.; the Metropolitan Atlanta Coalition of 100 Black Women, and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, where she served as past local chapter president and past chairman of the National Projects Committee. She is a past president of the Metropolitan Atlanta Coalition of 100 Black Women, and a past chairperson of the Georgia Human Relations Commission.  She was the organizer of the Cascade Heights branch of the League of Women Voters, and remains politically active in her community and the City of Atlanta. In the early 1970s she served the City of Atlanta as its first Black “First Lady” during her marriage to the late Mayor Maynard Jackson.

In 2010, Jackson-Ransom put her unique  combination of public relations and marketing knowledge, her vigorous professional skill, and her 35 years of experience into a book titled “Getting the Word Out:  How to Market Your Ministry.” She has been on the speaking circuit at various church conferences and conventions presenting seminars and workshops on this subject.

Jackson-Ransom is the mother of three daughters, Beth Jackson Hodges, Brooke Jackson Edmond, and Rae Yvonne Ransom; and the mother of one son, Maynard H. Jackson III.  She is the grandmother of Isabella Daisy Jackson, Luke Benjamin Jackson, Hayes Jackson Edmond, Brooke Lee Irene Edmond and Cassandra Elizabeth Edmond. She is an active member of the Cascade United Methodist Church.

The Black Latino Council strives to bring together African-American, Latino and Hispanic professionals to cultivate business opportunities, to bridge the economic gap in minority communities, and unite each community’s economic and social power.

The Black Latino Council wanted to recognize a successful African- American owned business and for nearly 40 years. The Council said  Jackson-Ransom has been the epitome of hard work, determination and focus.


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