Each year, the Atlanta Business League (ABL) recognizes local chief executive officers for their outstanding participation in minority vendor development and community activities during their annual CEO Appreciation Luncheon. These CEOs are recognized, in part, for their vital support of the ABL’s work of promoting economic equality for minority-owned enterprises. In addition to CEOs, ABL has recognized a number of individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions in the development of minority business in the metro Atlanta area.
On Tuesday, May 15, ABL hosted its 40th Annual CEO Appreciation Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s honorees included: Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta Air Lines; Ernest Hodge, CEO, EH Automotive Group; Vickie R. Palmer, President, The Palmer Group; Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, President, Morehouse School of Medicine; and, Kofi Smith, President, Atlanta Airlines Terminal Corporation.
Delta Air Lines CEO Edward Bastion received the Herman J. Russell CEO Of The Year Award, the most prestigious recognition any CEO can receive. This award recognizes a CEO’s commitment and fairness to people, and ability to maximize shareholder profits. During the event, Delta CEO Ed Bastion announced Delta’s commitment to give a $500,000 grant to ABL. The Atlanta Business League is the South’s oldest and most influential minority business development and advocacy organization. Formed in 1933, the Atlanta Business League seeks to provide economic empowerment and business development opportunities for minorities throughout the metro Atlanta community with specific emphasis on the development of African-American businesses.
Peachtree Providence Partners was a bronze sponsor of the event and proudly salutes all 40th Annual CEO Appreciation Luncheon honorees.