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Massell to Deliver State of Buckhead Address Next Week

The highly-anticipated event is one of the most popular Buckhead Business Association events of the year.

Sam Massell. Credit: Buckhead Coalition
Sam Massell. Credit: Buckhead Coalition

From Patch Reports

Buckhead Coalition President and former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell will deliver his annual State of Buckhead address on Feb. 20, appearing at the Buckhead Business Association's weekly breakfast meeting.

The BBA meets each Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the City Club of Buckhead. Tickets are $10 for BBA members and $20 for visitors and guests.  Validated self-parking is available for all attendees. For more information, see the BBA website at www.buckheadbusiness.org.

The February 20th BBA Breakfast will also feature the swearing-in of the 2014 BBA Board by Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford.

A life-long resident of Atlanta and known as the "mayor of Buckhead," Massell has had successful careers in real estate brokerage, elected office, the field of tourism and association management, the BBA said. Massell spent 20 years as a Realtor, rising to vice president of Allan-Grayson Realty Co., then one of the city’s largest commercial brokerage firms. During that time, he was elected a charter member of the Atlanta Real Estate Board Million Dollar Club and honored three times by the Georgia Association of Real Estate Boards for the “Outstanding Transaction of the Year.”

He served 22 years in elected office, including eight years as president of Atlanta’s Board of Aldermen (now City Council) and four years as mayor of Atlanta. While Massell was mayor, he was named president of the 15,000-member National League of Cities. He served a four-year term on the board of MARTA and was a member of the board of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.

Among other achievements, Massell’s administration is credited with establishing MARTA, developing the the Omni Coliseum, and providing the Central City Woodruff Park at Five Points — all accomplished without calling on ad valorem taxes. He pioneered minority opportunities in Atlanta city government as the first mayor to appoint a female to City Council and to appoint African-Americans to lead city departments.

In addition to his work with the Buckhead Coalition, Massell serves on numerous boards, including the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Atlanta Historical Society, and Atlanta Speech School. He is a member of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau “Hospitality Hall of Fame”; Georgia Trend Magazine “Most Influential Georgians Hall of Fame”; International Civil Rights “Walk of Fame”; and Georgia State University Robinson College “Business Hall of Fame.”

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