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Come Hear Mayor Sam Massell's "State of Buckhead Address"
Maggiano's Buckhead
3368 Peachtree Rd
Atlanta, GA 30326
United States
Thursday, March 26, 2020, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM EDT
Category: Business Empowerment Breakfast

 

The Business Empowerment Breakfast Series is brought to you by the Buckhead Business Association.


Business Empowerment Breakfasts take place on Thursday mornings from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Maggiano's Buckhead, and feature thought leaders and influencer from all over the country. Past speakers have included business and civic leaders, authors, entertainers and representatives from some of the City’s finest cultural establishments.  Networking takes place beginning at 7:30 a.m. with a call to order promptly at 7:45 a.m.

Members: $15 Pre-Registration, $25 at the Door
Non-Members: $25
Pre-Registration is required to guarantee a seat

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BBA Breakfast: Featuring Mayor Sam Massell- President of the Buckhead Coalition                                          

Sam Massell, a life-long resident of Atlanta, has had successful careers in commercial real estate, elected office, the field of tourism, and nonprofit civic service.

He spent twenty years as a Realtor, becoming Vice President of Allan-Grayson Realty Company, then one of the city's largest office and retail leasing firms. During that time, he was elected a charter member of the Atlanta Real Estate Board's Million Dollar Club and was honored three times with the Cates Trophy by the Georgia Association of Real Estate Boards for creating the "Outstanding Transaction of the Year."

While in real estate, Massei! became extremely active in a wide range of volunteerism, which eventually led to the political arena. He served twenty-two years in elected offices, including eight as President of Atlanta's Board of Aldermen (now known as the City Council) and four as this city's Mayor. While holding that office, he was also chosen as President of the 15,000-member National League of Cities.  In addition,  he served a four­ year term on the Board of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, and was a Board Member of the  Atlanta  Committee  for  the Olympic Games.

Among other achievements, his administration as Mayor is credited with establishing MARTA (Atlanta's mass transit program), with developing the city's first enclosed arena (the Omni Coliseum), and with providing the "Five Points" Central City Woodruff Park, all with no call on ad valorem taxes. He also pioneered minority opportunities in city government, appointing the first female to Atlanta's City Council and the first Blacks as City Department heads.

After leaving full-time public service, he entered the tourism business in Buckhead where he operated for thirteen years under the name of Your Travel Agent Sam Massei!.  He is a Certified Travel Counselor  (CTC),  and a former President of the Travel Industry Association of Georgia.

Mayor Massell now manages a nonprofit civic organization as the 1988 founding President of the Buckhead Coalition. This is a prestigious association of Chief Executive Officers of major businesses in this area on the north side of Atlanta who have pooled their strengths to nurture the quality of life and guide the orderly growth of Buckhead.

He has been honored by induction into the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau "Hospitality Hall of Fame"; Georgia Municipal Association "Government Hall of Fame"; Georgia State University Robinson College "Business Hall of Fame"; Georgia Trend Magazine "Most Influential Georgian's Hall of Fame", and National Center for Civil & Human Rights "International Civil Rights Walk of Fame".

His life is chronicled in a biography ("Play It Again, Sam") by Charles McNair and Mercer University Press.

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