Atlanta Business Journal Names Goodworks International, International Business of the year
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 22, 2008 – Last evening in Atlanta, Georgia, GoodWorks International, LLC was named the “International Business of the Year” by the Atlanta Business Journal. The award was accepted by Wallace Ford, the President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), at the 11th Annual Georgia Minority Business Awards Gala.
According to Creed W. Pannell, Jr., Publisher of the Atlanta Business Journal, “The Georgia Minority Business Awards represent all people, races and cultures. Our speakers, CEO’s, awards and scholarship recipients represent the best throughout the state of Georgia. The awards committee recognizes these superior qualities in performance, citizenship, leadership, ethical behavior, diversity and teamwork. GoodWorks International was selected as our “International Business of the Year” Award because of its successful track record of building economic development in the Caribbean and Africa.”
Ambassador Andrew Young is the Chairman of the firm and Ambassador Carlton A. Masters serves as Co-Chair and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Headquartered in Atlanta, GoodWorks International was founded in December 1996 and fosters long-term economic development in Africa and the Caribbean by creating successful business alliances in those emerging markets. In addition to Atlanta, the firm has offices in Washington, D.C. and New York, NY and in six African countries: Nigeria, Rwanda, Angola, Côte d’Ivoire, Tanzania and Ghana. An office was also recently opened in Seoul, Korea and plans are underway to open offices in the Caribbean in the near future.
In accepting the award, Mr. Ford stated: “I thank the Atlanta Business Journal for this honor. We at GoodWorks are very proud of the fact that President Bush has just concluded a weeklong visit to three African countries where our firm has a formal presence: Ghana, Tanzania and Rwanda. By concentrating in six critical areas – financial services, energy, telecommunications, agribusiness, healthcare services and infrastructure development – we at GoodWorks will redouble our efforts to improve the quality of life for residents of Africa and the Caribbean by promoting public and private sector development.”
Several hundred individuals were in attendance at the gala, including Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, who delivered the keynote address.
Austin R. Cooper, Jr.
Vice President for Government Affairs
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