Dekalb County, Georgia , United States
|Last Modifed||Joshua L.|
Jan 01, 2004 01:26pm
|Info||LOU WALKER, Commissioner, Super District 7, was elected to the board of commissioners in a special election in August 2000. A long-time community activist, Commissioner Walker has lived and worked in the south DeKalb community for more than 25 years. |
In 1981, Commissioner Walker founded DeKalb-based Paragon Productions, Inc. Paragon provides a broad range of services including public relations, advertising, and marketing; business management and technical assistance; conference and event planning; and film and video production. Serving as part owner and president, Commissioner Walker shares daily operations with his wife and vice president, Theresa Walker
Under Commissioner Walkerís direction, Paragon:
∑ Organized numerous small business outreach programs designed to generate awareness of contract opportunities available with the many departments of Atlanta City Government..
∑ Designed and implemented the Surety Bonding Technical Assistance Program for the City of Atlanta.
∑ Provided consultant services for the Atlanta Mayorís Office of Contract Compliance; Purchasing; and Hartsfield International Airport.
Acting professionally for more 30 years, Commissioner Walker has been featured in more than 65 feature films and made-for-television movies. A few of his most recent credits include: Remember the Titans, The Firm; My Cousin Vinny, Academy Award nominated Mississippi Burning and In The Heat of the Night.
In addition to serving the citizens of Super District 7 and operating his own business, Commissioner Walker also serves as:
∑ Chairman and founder, Georgia Black Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) www.accessatlanta.com/community/groups/gbcc; an organization founded by the commissioner in December 1996.
Chairman, Association of Minority Chamber of Commerce Executives (AMCCE); a national organization consisting of African-American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American chamber CEOs form across the United States.
∑ Member, board of directors, Atlanta Workforce Development Board, Inc.
∑ Member, DeKalb NAACP
∑ Member, national board of directors, National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), www.nationalbcc.org; a trade association consisting of 157 affiliate local chapters representing more than 52,000 black owned businesses.
∑ Eastern & Southern division head, NBCC.
Other highlights include:
Charter Member, City of Atlanta Entertainment Commission (1993)
Member, Governorís Task Force on Effectiveness & Economy (1991)
Member, Governor Zell Millerís Georgia Film and Videotape Advisory Board (1991-95)
Vice President, Screen Actors Guild (1988-1990)
Member, Governor Joe Frank Harrisí Georgia Film and Videotape Advisory Board (1983-1991)
President, Chicago Southwest Community Action Coalition (1970-73)
Chicago Police Officer (1960-1970)
Former Member of:
Member, Atlanta Business League Board of Directors
Member, DeKalb County Primary Health Department Task Force
Member, DeKalb/Rockdale Red Cross Board of Directors
Member, South DeKalb Rotary Club
Member, Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council
Chair, Governorís Hospitality Committee of Georgia Film and Videotape Advisory Board
Chair, Governorís Public Relations Committee of Georgia Film and Videotape Advisory Board
Member, Samuel E. Jones Boys Club Board of Directors