DeKalb Chamber 81st Annual Meeting to Celebrate a New Era of Leadership March 11th

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Friday, March 8th, 2019

DeKalb Chamber will recognize five new company appointees to the Board of Directors at their 81st Annual Meeting & Business Luncheon. The meeting will take place on Monday, March 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort, 4021 Lakeview Drive, Stone Mountain.

The appointees include:

  • Virgil Fluud, Assistant General Manager, External Affairs, MARTA

  • Dr. Tavarez Holston, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College

  • Deana Levett, Vice President, Director of Marketing & Advertising, Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home

  • Rukiya Thomas, Vice President, Sr. Regional Business Development & Strategy Director, Atkins

  • And, Fabian Wilson, Vice President, Commercial Banking Relationship Manager, BB&T

“We are grateful to have these leaders serve on our Board of Directors,” said Katerina Taylor, President & CEO of DeKalb Chamber. “Their various skills and expertise will be crucial to our work to move DeKalb County forward and strengthen our business community.”

The pre-function reception will start at 10:30am and guests will experience the celebrity treatment with a free professional headshot and star in their own mini video. Guests will also view the Chamber’s history exhibit and see how the Chamber has helped shape DeKalb County.

Chair Brenda Reid, Media and Community Relations Manager at Publix Super Markets, will share her vision for 2019. Select companies and individuals will be honored for their exemplary contribution to DeKalb County and support of the Chamber.

Members will hear from Ryan Millsap, CEO and Chairman of Blackhall Studios, as he delivers his keynote on the impact of film and entertainment in DeKalb and Georgia.

Tickets to the event are $150 for members and $175 for nonmembers. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information and to register, please visit

Blackhall Studios is the largest purpose-built studio in metro Atlanta. It offers nine sound stages and more than 575,000 sq. ft. of space for millwork, special effects and storage. Blackhall recently added a 35-acre backlot for land sets and wooded area.

The film and entertainment industry has contributed a $9.5 billion economic impact in Georgia, with $2.7 billion direct production spending in Georgia. The industry has also contributed more than 92,000 jobs in Georgia.