About Us

The Atlanta Business Journal (ABJ) is proud to serve as a catalyst for a new generation of business owners, a valuable trend indicator for established African American businesses, particularly for the black female sector, whose very powerful populous in Atlanta can be seen everywhere as they continue to rise to the top of their professions and industries.

The name of our magazine reflects our dedication to help generate awareness about the positive changes and the collective success of the African American community, and we look forward to continuing to share that collective success for years to come.

creedpannellPUBLISHER, CEO, & FOUNDER
Creed W. Pannell, Jr. has a background as an entrepreneur, author and philanthropist. With a reputation as a true visionary, he is recognized in the business community as an astute and influential business man who’s paving the way for others to reach the highest levels of entrepreneurship and to fulfill their own career aspirations. His passion and experience for growing business relationships has fostered trusted business contacts from around the globe.

As a business pioneer, Creed launched several successful start-ups including the CEO of Pannell Sales, Inc., a manufacturing sales rep firm specializing in black hair products where reps had the opportunity to sell and represent each of their own product lines including Bronner Bros. & Soft Sheen Care Free Curl. He later created the National Sales Rep organization in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C.

Since that time, he formed the largest Black Bridal Show in the U.S., focusing on blacks in the bridal industry and paving the way to ensure that black brides and models be featured in magazines. Also, during that time period, the Atlanta Metro publication, the Atlanta NewsLeader newspaper and the Clayton Leader newspaper was created focusing on educating, business ownership and inspiring the African American community.


PRESIDENT/CFO
Rochelle R. Pannell


AnnAlmondEDITOR
Ann Almond has spent more than 10 years working in all forms of the media as a journalist, author, editor, and public relations specialist. Along the way, she has written extensively as a speechwriter and executive communications writer for a host of public officials, CEO’s, corporate executives and city government agencies. In addition, Ann has served as Managing Editor for the Clayton Leader Newspaper and contributing writer for Positive Publications. Ann is a member of the National Journalism History Society, Atlanta Association of Black Journalist and the National Association of Black Journalist. Ann studied at Georgia State University and has a B.A in Journalism. She is the CEO of the Function Junction, a boutique event and over the top, creative event consulting firm. She may be contacted at aalmond@atlbusinessjournal.com


GRAPHICS & DESIGN
Media Savvy Consulting


Sliders_Box2DIGITAL MEDIA AGENCY
Full Circle Group, LLC

TRAVEL EDITORS
Creed W. Pannell, Jr.
Ann Almond


CONTRIBUTING WRITERS
Charles Merritt
Fredrick Russell


BunnieBUNNIE JACKSON-RANSOM is the founder and president/CEO of First Class, Inc. a 32 year old marketing and public relations firm. The professional career of Jackson-Ransom spans some forty-six years during which time she has been a college professor at Bennett College and Georgia State University; a governmental agency official during the days of Economic Opportunity; a business consultant, and an entrepreneur. During the 1980s, she managed performing artists, and assumed the reigns of Atlanta Artist Management as its president. She has served her community in many capacities and has received many awards and honors for her work. Bunnie Jackson-Ransom is a native of Louisburg, North Carolina. She is a graduate of North Carolina College in Durham, N.C. and received her MBA from North Carolina Central University.


Bekitembe_Eric_TaylorBEKITEMBE ERIC TAYLOR has been a fixture in the pages of Positive Publications since his graduation from Clark Atlanta University in 1997 as a reporter, editor, and contributor. When he’s not writing about business, commerce, or the local economy, he is the father of two, enjoys performing poetry, singing, and African dance. Bekitembe is also a lifetime member of Ndugu-Nzinga, Inc. African Rites of Passage, which teaches self-mastery and self-empowerment, since 1994.

kimKIMBERLY SHEFFIELD is a Marketing Communications Specialist and Journalist. For more than 20 years she has provided marketing services for businesses and written feature stories on individuals and non-profit organizations for local newspapers and magazines. Her expertise includes graphic design, copy editing, web content management and email campaigns. She is the founder and editor of Esteem Magazine, an online publication for women. She is a native Atlantan and a graduate of the University of Georgia with a BA in Journalism.

PHOTOGRAPHERS
Rose Mascotti – Photography by Rose
Grenard Smith – Dream Photography Group


ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE
Creed W. Pannell, Jr.


ADVERTISING CONSULTANTS
Kokayi Olushola – VP of Business Dev.
David Israel
Doug Anthony
Derek Griffin
Fredrika Douglas
Mable Myree


CIRCULATION
The News Group
Publication Marketing & Distribution


Strategic Alliances

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