Published on February 19th, 2016 |


Buckhead Business Assn. Annual Luncheon ticket deadline is Feb. 22

Who will be the Buckhead Business Association’s pick for its 2016 Business of the Year Award: Mountain High Outfitters, Keri Gold Salon, King+Duke restaurant, Sally B’s Skin Yummies or Seven Lamps restaurant?

The announcement will be made Thursday Feb. 25 during the BBA’s Annual Luncheon and awards presentation event, which this year will feature Georgia State University President Dr. Mark

Georgia State President Dr Mark Becker

Georgia State President Dr Mark Becker

Becker as the keynote speaker. Only a limited number of luncheon tickets remain available and the deadline for purchasing them is Monday, Feb. 22.

In addition to the Business of the Year Award, the BBA will also be presenting the Buckhead Business Beautification Award, Entrepreneur of the Year and Bullish on Buckhead awards.

Nominees for the Business Beautification Award are Garden Hills (neighborhood) Pool, which in 2014 unveiled an upgraded facility; Lenox Square for its renovated facade; and the Restoration Hardware facility that opened in 2014 on Peachtree Road.

Monday, Feb. 22 is the last day for ordering tickets for the event—which yearly draws hundreds of the Buckhead community’s top business and civic leaders—that will be held this year in the new Flourish by Legendary Events facility, starting at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets for the Annual Luncheon are $80 for members or $720 for a table of 10 and $90 for nonmembers or $810 for a table of 10. For more information, visit buckheadbusiness.org/annual-luncheon.

“Our Annual Luncheon gives the community an opportunity to reflect on the businesses that help make Buckhead great and also hear from a newsmaker who is helping to positively shape the community,” said David Coxon, president & CEO of Georgia Primary Bank and the BBA’s 2016 president.

“We look forward to hearing from Dr. Becker about his vision for Georgia State and how it will continue to help transform the city,” Coxon added.

The past several months have been busy ones for Dr. Becker at Georgia State University.

Earlier this year, the Board of Regents agreed to the consolidation of Georgia State and Georgia Perimeter College (GPC). The combined university will have more than 52,000 students, making it the largest university in the state system, and will be fully operational for fall 2016 classes.

In addition, Georgia State in December won the right to redevelop Turner Field and approximately 70 acres surrounding the stadium. The school is planning to develop the property for a mix of uses, including student housing and athletic facilities, according to reports.

Dr. Becker will have a great deal to talk about during his presentation, including the rapid growth of Georgia State and transformation from a school that primarily catered to a commuter school for local students into a full-fledged university with several dormitories, a full array of sports teams and a reputation as one of the finer inner city universities in the country.

“This past year was a great one for businesses and entrepreneurs in Buckhead,” said Smita Solanki, executive director of the BBA. “We are looking forward to celebrating these successes while also looking toward the future of the Buckhead community.”

Flourish is located across Piedmont Road from the original Buckhead Legendary Events facility (the former Anthony’s restaurant). The entrance to Flourish is at 3143 Maple Drive.

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