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Atlanta CVB Leader to Speak to GABB on Jan. 27

William Pate, president of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB

William Pate, president of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

ATLANTA, GA. –William Pate, president of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB), will speak about marketing and tourism to the Georgia Association of Business Brokers on Tuesday, January 27. The GABB is the state’s largest professional organization dedicated to buying and selling businesses and franchises.

Pate is in charge of maintaining tourism as one of the Atlanta’s top economic drivers, an industry that attracted more than 45 million visitors to metro Atlanta in 2013, generating more than $13 billion in visitor spending and sustaining more than 230,000 jobs.

Prior to joining ACVB, Pate served as president of Career Sports & Entertainment, a national sports marketing and representation firm. He is the former chief marketing officer of BellSouth, where he spearheaded national and international development and marketing of the BellSouth brand. Pate also held positions at MCI, supervising domestic and international advertising and public relations, and at Knapp Inc. He produced advertising and marketing programs at the Southeast Dairy Association.

He began his career in non-profit, working in public relations positions with Goodwill Industries and the American Red Cross. Pate has received many awards and honors from both Advertising Age and the American Marketing Association. He was named 2010 corporate marketer of the year by the Atlanta Chapter of the American Marketing Association and was named one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle's 100 Most Influential Atlantans in 2009 and 2010. Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International recognized Pate as one of the 2011 Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing.

Pate is a past chairman of the board of the Atlanta Sports Council, the Chick-fil-A Bowl and ACVB. He serves on the board of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, College Football Hall of Fame, Commerce Club, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Chick-fil-A Bowl, as well as on the Board of Councilors of the Carter Presidential Center and the Industry Advisory Board for Georgia State University’s Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration. Most recently, he was named to the Woodruff Art Center’s Board of Trustees.

GABB members represent owners of Georgia businesses and help them establish the sales price of their business, create marketing plans and strategies for the sale of their business, identify and qualify potential buyers, and work to protect the confidentiality of the entire process. Many of today’s business buyers are individuals who have decided not to re-enter corporate America, but are ready to control their own destiny by purchasing and operating a Georgia business.

The GABB’s monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. at the South Terraces Conference Center is preceded at 9:45 a.m. by a free light breakfast and networking session. The South Terraces Conference Center is at 115 Perimeter Center Place, Atlanta. For more information about the GABB, contact GABB President Greg DeFoor at 678-644-5983 or gdefoor@defoorservices.com.

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