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Published on May 31st, 2016 |

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ALTA president heads up June list of strong BBA speakers on June 2

Atlanta Lawn & Tennis Association (ALTA) President Marla Michalewicz will be the principal speaker at the Thursday, June 2, breakfast meeting of the Buckhead Business Association and will discuss the impact of America’s largest tennis organization on Buckhead and Atlanta.

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ALTA President Marla Michalewicz

As ALTA president, Michalewicz is responsible for almost 60,000 members, 10,000 teams, 200 volunteers, 13 leagues and an office staff of 6.  She presides over the executive committee, the ruling body for all of the leagues, and is a member of the board of directors.

Michalewicz was born and raised in Texas, attended the University of Texas at Arlington and graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics and Minor in Accounting.  At that time, all students attending state colleges & universities were required to take 4 classes of Physical Education. One of those classes was tennis, where she discovered her love for the sport.

After graduation, she became an auditor for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.  Her responsibilities were to audit the tax records for businesses that sold “liquor by the drink”.

In 1994, her husband’s firm brought them to Atlanta.  They settled in a community with tennis courts, and she soon heard about an organization called ALTA.  Michalewicz became a member, joined as many teams as she could, and rediscovered her love of tennis.

After playing with ALTA for about 10 years, she volunteered as a coordinator.  After a few years, she became an overall coordinator, and then vice president for the Thursday Women’s League.  In 2014, she submitted her name in nomination for First Vice-President, and was elected by the membership at the annual meeting.

The First VP chairs the rules committee, is responsible for the certification and decertification of accepted ALTA facilities and transitions to the presidency the next year. When her year as president is completed, she will remain on the executive committee for two more years as an advisor.

The BBA has a strong lineup of speakers for its Thursday breakfast meetings in June in addition to Michalewicz.

On June 9, Dan Corso, Executive Director of the Atlanta Sports Council & Senior Vice President of the Metro Atlanta Chamber speaking about the Role of the Atlanta Sports Council and update on Atlanta winning the 2019 Super Bowl bid.

On June 16, Fredie Carmichael, Nuclear Development Communications Coordinator with the Southern Company speaking about the Vogtle Power Plant. Then on June 30, Michelle Nunn, president and CEO of CARE USA.

The BBA breakfast meetings are held Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. at The City Club of Buckhead, on the 18th floor of the office building at 3343 Peachtree Road NE. The cost to BBA members is $10 if they preregister and $12 at the door. The cost for visitors and guests is $20 and includes continental breakfast and validated self-parking.

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