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Velvet Suite Marketing Consulting Group ®, a brand leadership firm unveils the 2012 Powerpreneur in Media & Entertainment honorees. Hosted in partnership with The Mayor’s Office of Special Events, this event will take place on Wednesday, March 21st and Thursday, March 22nd from 6pm – 9pm at 201 17th Street in Atlantic Station.

“Powerpreneur is a breakthrough concept recognizing outstanding achievement in our city,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. The goal of Powerpreneur is to create a unique event series designed to build strategic relationships with international influence in key industries to accelerate economic development in Atlanta.

According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the economic impact of entertainment industry projects handled by Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment office in 2011 was approximately $2.4 billion. Powerpreneur will honor fourteen leaders who are contributing to the vitality of our economy in the areas of music, film, television, radio, gaming, new media, venture funding and more.

“Atlanta is a rising city influence in media and entertainment. It is crucial for the City of Atlanta to nurture connections to spur economic opportunity in these challenging times” said Melissa Dawn Johnson, Creator of the Powerpreneur series and President of Velvet Suite Marketing.

The event will include: Complimentary hors d'oeuvres, drinks and desserts, celebrity presenters, Welcome Reception, VIP Reception, Intimate and In-depth Conversations with honorees and social media activation through the HP™ media lounge hosted by E. Vincent Martinez, as well as a post-event party on Thursday evening hosted by Eboni Elektra L!VE. 2012

Powerpreneur Honorees
Roger Bobb (President, BobbCat Films), Genevieve Bos (CEO, IdeaString), Vicky Free (Executive Vice President Marketing, BET Networks), Canton Jones (Artist, President of CAJO International), Brian Leary (CEO and President, Atlanta BeltLine Inc.), Noni Ellison-Southall (Senior Counsel, Turner Broadcast System), Michael Tavani (Co-Founder, Scoutmob), Nadia Bilchek (Anchor, CNN International), Corbett Gilliam (Angel Investor and Co-Founder,, Charles King (Partner/Agent, Motion Picture, William Morris Endeavor), Mariela Romero (Community Affairs Director, Univision), Dr. Joseph Saulter (Founder, Entertainment Arts Research Inc.), Jan Smith (Acclaimed Vocalist and Vocal Producer), Bert Weiss (“The Host” The Bert Show)

Other sponsors and partners include:
The Mayor's Office of Special Events, HP, Infiniti of South Atlanta, CBRE, Hennessy, Belvedere, Image Concepts as well as media including: Modern Luxury's Men’s Book, Uptown and Channel 2. Local business partners include: Executive Women’s Golf Association, A.H. Entertainment, Elle's Carpet, KheeseKakes By Kelli and Eboni Elektra L!ve.

The Emcees for the evening:
Jovita Moore, Channel 2 News Anchor and Vince Canlas, Acclaimed Actor.

Host Committee members include:
James Brashears – Corporate Code; Grace Lee – Atlanta G Spots; Terrinee Briggs – Collective Renaissance Guild; Freddy Cameron – Georgia Entertainment Association; Les Roberts – The BluePrint; Ryan McNeil – OT Enterprises; Corey Moore – Fortune Financial Group; Tashia Stafford – ICON Studios; Lentheus Chaney – Urban Lux; Shanti Das – Press Reset; Torarie Durden – and Daniel Dickey – The Garner Circle.

Visit to register to attend. Get social at powerpreneurs on Twitter and /powerpreneurs on Facebook.

About Velvet Suite Marketing
Velvet Suite Marketing Consulting Group, Inc. ® ( is a brand leadership firm unleashing brilliant brand solutions from the inside out that transform lives. The firm has launched leadership development training programs for companies including: Kraft, Time, Citi Procter & Gamble, NFL, NCAA, NBA and more. @velvetsuite on Twitter.

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