Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to Address Georgia Business Brokers on Jan. 28

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

ATLANTA, GA. – Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will discuss the city’s business climate when he speaks to the Georgia Association of Business Brokers on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 10:30 a.m. at the South Terraces Conference Center.The GABB is the state’s largest professional organization dedicated to buying and selling businesses and franchises.

Re-elected in 2013 to a second term, Mayor Reed is intricately involved in the issues of both Atlanta and the metropolitan Atlanta region.  He chairs the Regional Transit Committee of the Atlanta Regional Commission, and is a member of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2000, and Leadership Atlanta Class of 1998. Mayor Reed has been recognized nationally as a preeminent leader. He chairs the Transportation and Communications Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and he is a member of the Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship Class of 2007.

Among his many accolades since taking office, Reed received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Forum for Black Public Administrators in July 2012. The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington D.C. honored him in May 2012 with the Louis E. Martin Great American Award, saying he “heralds a new and creative approach to leadership.” Governing Magazine named Mayor Reed one of the year’s top state and local government officials in November 2011. Georgia Trend magazine recently names Mayor Reed as Georgian of the Year.

Atlanta’s 59th mayor received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Howard University in Washington D.C. As an undergraduate member of Howard University’s Board of Trustees, he created a fundraising program that has contributed more than $10 million to the school’s endowment since its inception. Mayor Reed was appointed as Howard University’s youngest General Trustee in June 2002 and remains a dedicated member of the Board of Trustees.

GABB members represent owners of Georgia businesses in extremely important transactions: the sale of their businesses.  GABB members help business owners determine the asking prices of their businesses, create marketing plans and strategies for the sale of their businesses, and identify and qualify buyers of their business while keeping the sale confidential from employees and customers. 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. Many business buyers are also current business owners who saw 2013 as an opportunity to grow their revenues through purchases of competitors or strategic partners.

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 C. David Chambless at or 404-627-4454 or GABB Executive Director Diane Loupe at 404-374-3990 or