Award-Winning Film Producer & ABL Celebrate 78 Years Here

By Special to the Daily World
Award-Winning American Film Producer Will Packer keynoted the Atlanta Business League’s (ABL) annual meeting which commemorated 78 years of service to entrepreneurs. The celebration took place Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

Packer, an Atlanta-based film producer who has used the city as a backdrop for some of his films, has produced two box office hits grossing more than $100 Million in a single year. This includes the film, “Stomp the Yard” which was filmed on several Atlanta college campuses. He is noted as a dynamic and inspiring speaker who delivers educational and motivational speeches to industry groups, as well as youth and community groups nationwide.

Packer joined fellow entrepreneurs at the ABL’s annual meeting where many African American-owned businesses were recognized for conducting continuous business for more than 25 years. Each year, the annual meeting sets the stage as the driving force for business owners to take hold of “Big Visions,” especially through the address of keynote speakers who achieved success and continuously set milestones.

“Closing out the year with the theme ‘Big Vision for Growing Enterprises’ couldn’t have come at a better time,” says Leona Barr-Davenport, ABL’s president and CEO. “The excitement alone of being in a room filled with business owners drawing from those who continue to pave the way is enough to inspire any professional to do great things.”

Most importantly, ABL believes that in order for entrepreneurs and professionals to keep the momentum of being inspired and challenged is to get a clear understanding of their industry and its impact on the community.

Additionally, the following leaders were inducted into the 2011 ABL Hall of Fame: Cox Brothers Funeral Home, Carlton Webb, vice president, founded 1900; EGM Services, Inc., Arthur Queen, president & CEO, founded1986; Prestige Packaging, Inc., Michael Griffin, president, founded 1986; Premier Academy, Inc., Cindra Taylor, executive director, founded 1973.

Other highlights of the evening included: year-end review by the ABL Board Chair; election of the 2011 officers of the Board & Directors at large; recognition of partners & volunteers; extraordinary networking opportunities, and door prizes.

The Atlanta Business League (ABL) was established in 1933 as an affiliate of the National Business League (NBL), which was founded by Dr. Booker T. Washington. ABL serves as one voice for many small business persons using their collective power to influence the course of events politically and socially at all levels including government, business and civic communities.

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