#MadeInTheATL

Last night I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to volunteer the 2013 AiMA Awards show at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta. For those of you who don’t know, AiMA is the Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association. To say it was a great event would be a huge understatement. I have never had that much fun as a volunteer! It really set my sights on a career in the social/interactive marketing industry, and made me appreciate what these talented groups are doing for the city of Atlanta.

For example–a Nebo representative and fellow UGA graduate named Darien LaBeach introduced me to the Choose ATL campaign that was just recently introduced. The campaign illustrates why we love Atlanta and the reasons to live here, work here, and start-up here. Atlanta has been given a not-so-great reputation for some reason or another, and Nebo is out to fix this and re brand the city as one of America’s greats. So remember to use the hashtag #ChooseATL next time you post a picture to Instagram doing something around Atlanta! YOUR picture will become a part of Atlanta’s story seen around the world!

Here’s a picture of me at the event’s photo booth, holding up a Choose ATL sign (please excuse the picture quality).

Back to the event. My day began around 1:00 PM with gift bag distribution and banner hanging. Then we began loading in food from local Atlanta restaurants (P’Cheen, Bone Lick BBQ, and Highland Bakery). My personal favorite of the three was Highland Bakery, but Bone Lick BBQ was awesome too. They brought a whole hog! Here’s a picture of me holding its head up.

Another great thing about the event was how they showcased local talent. The DJ, live performer, food, desserts, and even the music during the awards show were ALL from Georgia! I thought this was a fantastic and creative idea. This is what the lobby area looked like while I was running food. (There was also an upstairs VIP area with a balcony overlooking the stage, but I neglected to take a picture of it.)

So, after loading in food and serving Hors d’oeuvres for about two hours (all while they were filling themselves with specialty cocktails from the local mixologists), the show began. AiMA President Steven Roe opened the ceremony, and from there introduced various speakers and gave away various annual awards. It was a lot of fun to watch. Here’s my view of the stage.

Following the show came dessert. Highland Bakery provided peanut butter french toast and there were cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and so forth. Last, but certainly not least, they cut the cake. This picture should say it all. I don’t think there was a single person there who did not take a picture of this enormous Georgia-themed creation!

All in all, it was a great night and I look forward to more events with AiMA; either as a volunteer or possibly a member!

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