Published on April 5th, 2016 |1
Massell to discuss ‘State of Buckhead’ at BBA meeting April 7
The BBA’s breakfast meetings begin at 7:30 on Thursday’s at The City Club of Buckhead, located on the 18th floor of the office building at 3343 Peachtree Road in Buckhead. Because of the popularity of Massell’s annual address, it is recommended to show up early in order to get a good seat.
Massell, a life-long resident of Atlanta, has had successful careers in real estate brokerage, elected office, the field of tourism, and association management. He unabashedly refers to his role at the Buckhead Coalition as being akin to being president of the chamber of commerce, if Buckhead had one.
He spent 20 years as a Realtor, becoming vice president of Allan-Grayson Realty Company, then one of the city’s largest commercial brokerage firms. During that time, he was elected a charter member of the Atlanta Real Estate Board’s Million Dollar Club and was honored three times with the Cates Trophy by the Georgia Association of Real Estate Boards for creating the “Outstanding Transaction of the Year.”
While in real estate, Massell became extremely active in a wide range of civic work, which eventually led to the political arena. He served 22 years in elected offices, including eight as president of Atlanta’s Board of Aldermen (now known as the City Council) and four as the city’s mayor.
While mayor, Massell was also chosen as president of the 15,000-member National League of Cities. In addition, he served a four-year term on the Board of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, and was a board member of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.
Among other achievements, Massell’s mayoral administration is credited with establishing MARTA (Atlanta’s mass transit program), with developing the city’s first enclosed arena (the Omni Coliseum), and with providing the “Five Points” Central City Woodruff Park, all with no call on ad valorem taxes.
Massell also pioneered minority opportunities in city government, appointing the first female to Atlanta’s City Council and the first Blacks as city department heads.
After leaving full-time public service, Massell entered the tourism business in Buckhead where he operated for 13 years under the name of Your Travel Agent Sam Massell. He is a Certified Travel Counselor (CTC), and a former president of the Travel Industry Association of Georgia.
Mayor Massell now manages a nonprofit civic organization since 1988 as the founding President of the Buckhead Coalition. The Coalition is an association of chief executive officers of major businesses in this area on the north side of Atlanta who have pooled their strengths to nurture the quality of life and guide the orderly growth of Buckhead.
He has been honored by induction into the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau “Hospitality Hall of Fame;” Georgia Municipal Association “Government Hall of Fame;” Georgia State University Robinson College “Business Hall of Fame;” Georgia Trend Magazine “Most Influential Georgian’s Hall of Fame;” and International Civil Rights King Center “Walk of Fame.” He is also a recipient of the coveted Council for Quality Growth “Four Pillars Award” and Wesley Woods “Heroes, Saints and Legends Award.”
The cost for attending the meetings is $10 for BBA members who pre-register online and $12 paying at the door and $20 for visitors and guests. The cost includes continental breakfast and free validated self-parking. To register online, click here.