Atlanta Influencers celebrate ABJ Digital’s first annual ‘Top 25 Extraordinary Atlantans’

The ABJ Digital held its first annual “Top 25 Extraordinary Atlantans” reception on Thursday, Dec. 12, at The Zucot Gallery.

With over 200 people in attendance, the gathering was to celebrate the publications first annual Top 25 Extraordinary Atlantans commemorative edition, which recognized 25 power brokers in Atlanta who are steadily making a societal impact through their work as community influencers in business, government, entertainment, media, religion, education, law, etc.

“We fully understand the power and opportunities present in being an influencer and we are very happy with how well our first ‘Top 25 Extraordinary Atlantans’ event was received,” said Kevin C. Pride, co-publisher and founder of Influencer 365, a full-service digital marketing company.

“Atlanta always has something going on every night of the week, so we are excited that so many Atlanta influencers wanted to be part of our event.”

Among the attendees were both local and nationally known film, television, and sports celebrities, including actor Louis Gossett, Jr., Josh Norman of the Washington Redskins and reality TV stars Lisa Nicole Cloud and Sabrina McKenzie.

The ABJ Digital and the Top 25 Extraordinary Atlantans Commemorative Edition is the newest iteration of the Atlanta Business Journal Magazine, a quarterly business publication for African-American entrepreneurs and corporate executives, which began publishing over 20 years ago by renowned Atlanta Entrepreneur, Creed Pannell, who also produces the Georgia Minority Business Awards and Gospel Choice Awards.

In addition to being featured in both the digital and printed commemorative issues, each recipient are not only featured on a billboard in downtown Atlanta but also received a proclamation from the Georgia Secretary of State.

ABJ Digital 2019 Top 25 Extraordinary Atlantans

  • Stacey Abrams, 2018 Georgia gubernatorial candidate (Special History Maker Profile)
  • Rashad Richey, media personality and political commentator
  • Dr. Gerald Durley, civil, human rights and climate change advocate
  • Michael Render, entrepreneur and rapper
  • Nancy Flake-Johnson, president of the Urban League Greater Atlanta
  • Louis Gossett, actor
  • Lisa Nicole Cloud, business mogul and fashion designer
  • Dr. Benson Karanja, president of Beulah Heights University
  • Percey Vaughn, executive director/southern regional operations for Kia
  • Zsa Zsa Heard, CEO for City of LaGrange
  • Chief Magistrate Judge Cassandra Kirk, Fulton County Magistrate Court
  • Lonnie Saboor, director of Small Business Development for Invest Atlanta
  • Onaje Henderson, director/partner at Zucot Gallery
  • Tony Orr, southeast regional vice president for Boys and Girls Club of America
  • Dr. Kofi Smith, president/CEO at Atlanta Airlines Terminal Company
  • Mercedes Miller, executive director at the Georgia International Convention Center
  • Bishop Aaron B. Lackey, Sr
  • Keith E. Gammage, Fulton County Solicitor General
  • Derrick Jackson, Georgia State Representative
  • Sabrina McKenzie, women and children’s rights activist
  • Keith T. Parker, CEO at Goodwill of North Georgia
  • Fredrick Hicks, political strategist and principal of Hicks Evaluation Group
  • Dr. Alice Bussey, business and community Leader, Owner of Bussey Florists
  • Michelle Taylor Willis, entrepreneur and media personality
  • Michael Thurmond, chief executive officer at DeKalb County
  • Raymond Burr, territory sales director for Dignity Memorial

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