Hospitality Business Expert Spoke Aug. 29 to GABB

Leonard A Jackson, Ph.D.

Leonard A Jackson, Ph.D.

Leonard Jackson, a professor in the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration  and the Enterprise & Innovation Institute at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business, spoke to the Georgia Association of Business Brokers on Aug. 29.

Hear a recording of Dr. Jackson’s presentation here.

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Dr. Jackson’s areas of expertise include business development and venture creation, revenue management practices, asset management and real estate investment trusts performance, information assurance and security in the hospitality industry, corporate responsibility and green practices in the lodging industry, pricing of lodging goods and services hospitality investments and hospitality business financial performance.

The GABB is the state’s only association of professionals who work to facilitate the purchase and sale of businesses and franchises. The group includes business brokers as well as lenders, attorneys, business appraisers, insurance agents, environmental specialists and other professionals. GABB’s member business brokers work with businesses of all sizes to help them through all steps of selling their company: valuation, marketing, financing, and closing. Aspiring business owners also work with business brokers to purchase existing businesses at a fair price.

GABB meetings start at 10:30 a.m. at the Atlanta Realtors Center at 5784 Lake Forrest Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30328. The meeting will be preceded at 9:45 a.m. with a free networking session with coffee and pastries sponsored by a GABB Affiliate.

GABB meetings are free and open to the public, but we ask that you let us know you are coming by filling out this form.

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Dr. Jackson’s academic background spans several business disciplines. In addition to his academic degrees, he also earned certificates in revenue management and hotel real estate investment and asset management from Cornell University and is certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (a United States intergovernmental organization that sets policy for the security of the U.S. security systems) as a certified risk analyst. Dr. Jackson also earned the following professional certifications: Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive, Certified Hospitality Revenue Manager, Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics, Certified Hospitality Technology Professional, and Certified Hospitality Educator. He also studied German at the Neue Sprach und Handelsschule, Basel, Switzerland.

Prior to entering academia, Dr. Jackson acquired extensive experience in the hospitality industry. He held senior managerial positions with leading hospitality enterprises including resorts and commercial hotels, a free-standing restaurant and a national airline. His corporate experience includes positions in the areas of financial controlling, accounting, auditing and lodging operations management. Dr. Jackson’s international experience includes living, working and studying in the Caribbean, North America, Central America and Europe. He also co-founded and managed his own venture.

Dr. Jackson earned a Ph.D. and M.S. from Oklahoma State University, a M.S.E. from the University of Florida, an MBA from the University of Guelph, an M.Acc. from  Florida Atlantic University, a B.A./B.Comm from Ryerson University, and an A.A. from George Brown College. He also holds a graduate certificate in information assurance from Oklahoma State University.

Directions to the GABB meeting location at the Atlanta Realtors Center:

From the South: I-75 north to I-285 east or I-85 north to I-285 west. Exit at Roswell Road south and turn right onto Northwood Drive. Turn right onto Lake Forrest. The Atlanta REALTORS® Center on the left at the stop sign (intersecting Allen Road).

From the North: Take GA 400 south and change to I-285 west. Continue as above via Roswell Road.

From East or West: I-285 to Roswell Road. Continue as above.

There is no charge for parking.

For more information about the GABB, contact Diane Loupe at or GABB President Mike Ramatowski at 770-634-0428.