For Immediate Release
December 11, 2019
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ABJ Digital


Celebration to be Held at Zucot Gallery, Including Chance to Win an Infiniti for a Weekend

(Black PR Wire) Atlanta, GA - Twenty-five Atlanta  power brokers who are steadily making societal impact through their work as community influencers in business, government, entertainment, media, religion,  education, etc.,  are being recognized as Top 25 Extraordinary Atlantans, presented by The Atlanta Business Journal (ABJ) Digital Magazine.


The annual new designation and accompanying commemorative issue, shares profiles  of  some outstanding Atlanta residents, who have exhibited excellence in their respective areas, and whose personal and professional efforts are contributing to the greater good of both the local and national community.


“Metro-Atlanta has so many incredible people who are working within their individual arenas to make our communities better places in which to live, work and play,” says Kevin C. Pride, co-publisher of the ABJ Digital. “The amazing individuals selected for this first annual recognition, represent an exceptional sampling of excellence in business and community leadership, and we are excited to celebrate them and share their stories in this special publication,” he said.


In addition to a special history maker profile on 2018 Georgia gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams, the Top 25 Extraordinary Atlantans being recognized, include: Political Commentator and Media Personality, Rashad Richey; Civil,Human Rights and Climate Change Advocate, Dr. Gerald Durley; Rapper and Entrepreneur, Michael Render; President, Urban League Greater Atlanta, Nancy Flake-Johnson;  Legendary Actor, Louis Gossett; Business Mogul and Fashion Designer, Lisa Nicole Cloud;  President, Beulah Heights University, Dr. Benson Karanja; Executive Director/Southern Regional Operations for Kia, Percy Vaughn; Zsa Zsa Heard, CEO, City of LaGrange; Chief Magistrate Court Judge Cassandra Kirk; Director, Small Business Development for Invest Atlanta, Lonnie Saboor; Zucot Gallery Director and Partner, Onaje Henderson; Southeast Regional Vice President for Boys and Girls Club of America, Tony Orr; President/CEO Atlanta Airlines Terminal Company, Dr. Kofi Smith; Executive Director, Georgia International Convention Center, Mercedes Miller. 




ABJ Top 25 Atlantans



Also being recognized,  Bishop Aaron B. Lackey, Sr.; Fulton County Solictor General, Keith E. Gammage; Georgia State Representative, Derrick Jackson; Women and Children’s Rights Activist, Sabrina McKenzie; CEO, Goodwill of North Georgia, Keith T. Parker; Political Strategist, Principal of Hicks Evaluation Group, Fredrick Hicks; Iconic Business and Community Leader, Owner, Bussey Florists, Dr. Alice Bussey; Entrepreneur and Media Personality, Michelle Taylor Willis; Chief Executive Officer, DeKalb County, Michael Thurmond and Territory Sales Director for Dignity Memorial, Raymond Burr.


The Top 25 Extraordinary Atlantans will be featured in the digital and printed commemorative issues, will each receive a proclamations from the City of Atlanta, will be featured on a billboard in downtown Atlanta and  a special reception will also be held to celebrate the honor,  on Thursday, December 12 at the Zucot Gallery, located at 100 Centennial Olympic Park Drive, Atlanta 30313, beginning at 7:00p.m.


Hosted by ABJ Digital and Influencer 365, an all inclusive digital brand marketing company, the reception will feature food, live entertainment and power networking.  Also, attendees will have an opportunity to win the opportunity to drive an Infiniti for a weekend, through the purchase of raffle tickets. This helps support ABEL 2, a 501c3 nonprofit organization working to create opportunities for performing artists with disabilities to share their gifts on stage.


“We are excited about the caliber of designees selected for the first annual Top 25 Extraordinary Atlantans, and are looking forward to identifying the next round of exceptional business and community leaders, for our 2020 commemorative issue,” said Pride.

Sponsors of the Top 25 Extraordinary Atlantans reception, include The ABJ Digital Magazine, Influencer 365, Zucot Gallery, Infiniti South Atlanta, Alliance Tax Solutions, Georgia Hospitality & Food Service Network, Roc Drinks Professional Bartending Service, Digital Ad Boards, Real 1100am and ETV Media.


 Tickets for the event are $75 and can be purchased at