Gingrich to give keynote speech at BBA luncheon

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will be the keynote speaker at the Buckhead Business Association’s annual luncheon Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Atlanta History Center.

Gingrich was elected to Congress in 1978 and served Georgia’s 6th District for 20 years. In January 1995 he became the first Republican elected speaker of the House in 40 years.

“We are thrilled that Mr. Gingrich’s busy schedule allows him to speak to our members and guests,” said Elizabeth Gill, the incoming president of the BBA. “What an opportunity for us to gain insight into the inner workings of Washington and to kick off the new year.”

In addition to Gingrich’s address, the event features the Buckhead Business of the Year Award. Finalists are Deka Athletics, Entebello Apothecary & Spa, Just the Thing, MF Buckhead and Secure America.

The Buckhead Beautification Award and the Bullish on Buckhead Award also will be presented.

The annual luncheon will be held in the Grand Overlook Ballroom at the Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road. Registration is 11:15 to 11:40 a.m. Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. and concludes at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are $75 for members and $100 for others. Call the BBA at 404-467-7607.

Burge appointed to state commission

Gov. Sonny Perdue has appointed Buckhead resident David Burge to the board of the Georgia Real Estate Commission, which licenses and regulates real estate brokers, salespeople and property managers.

Burge is a partner with Smith, Gambrell & Russell, where he practices commercial real estate law. He lives on Parkside Drive.

Borders to head Grady Foundation

Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders recently was named president of the Henry W. Grady Health System Foundation, a charitable organization established 15 years ago to raise money for the hospital system.

Borders, 51, will continue in her council position at least until the end of her term this year.

She is taking over the nonprofit foundation just as the board that runs the hospital is poised to kick off a capital campaign with a goal of more than $100 million. That will supplement a $200 million pledge for capital projects made last year by the Woodruff Foundation.

A.D. Pete Correll, the chairman of the board of the private nonprofit corporation that runs the hospital, said Borders will be asked to focus on planning an annual campaign that will bring in $10 million to $15 million.