Annual Luncheon

The BBA hosts an Annual Luncheon each January, which brings together BBA members, community and civic leaders, business executives and local media.   The Annual Luncheon features a keynote address by one of Georgia’s business elite as well as the presentation of several community awards, including the prestigious Buckhead Business of the Year Award.  Each year, the BBA honors five Buckhead businesses that fill a niche in the market, showcase excellent customer service, and demonstrate a commitment to the community.  Other BBA annual awards include Bullish on Buckhead, the Buckhead Beautification Award and Entrepreneur of the Year.

Join us on Thursday, January 12, 2017 for our 2017 Annual Luncheon featuring Jesse Itzler, Entrepreneur, Author, Endurance Athlete and Former Rapper. He is also the Co-founder of Marquis Jet , Founder of The 100 Mile Group and an owner of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks.

About Jesse:

Jesse Itzler only eats fruit until noon, loves Run-D.M.C., and enjoys living life “out of the box," actually, he doesn't even have a box. He cofounded Marquis Jet, the world’s largest prepaid private jet card company in 2001, which he and his partner sold to Berkshire Hathaway/NetJets. He then partnered with Zico coconut water, which they sold to The Coca-Cola Company in 2013. He is a former rapper on MTV and he produced and sang both the NBA’s Emmy Award-winning “I Love This Game” music campaign and the popular New York Knicks anthem “Go NY Go.” Itzler is also the author of the best selling book “Living With A SEAL.” When he is not out training for his next 100 mile run or being a dad to his four kids, Jesse can be found at the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks games, where he is an owner of the team. He is married to Spanx founder Sara Blakely and the couple and their 4 children live in Atlanta, Georgia.

Individual tickets and corporate table sponsorship's (including tickets for ten guests) are available. Click here to register

Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center
Tickets: $85 for member seats/ $700 for a table of 10
             $95 for non-member seats/ $765 for a table of 10

Online Registration is now closed.

Keynote Speaker Jesse Itzler will be selling his book, Living with a Seal, at the luncheon. They will be $10.00 each, cash only, if you are interested in purchasing a book onsite.

Ticket includes garage self parking and a 3 course lunch.

Recent Keynote speakers at BBA Annual Luncheons have included notables such as:

  • Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons and co-founder of Home Depot
  • Harvey McKay, author
  • Clark Howard, consumer advocate
  • Governor Sonny Perdue
  • Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House
  • Dene Oliver, CEO of Oliver McMillan
  • Jan Singer, CEO of Spanx
Annual Luncheon Featuring Dene Oliver, CEO of Oliver McMillan, speaking on Buckhead Atlanta Development


Photo Credit Karen Burns Photography.


Past BBA Annual Luncheons


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