ALPHARETTA, Ga. – North Atlanta’s best did truly gather Nov. 9 at the Metropolitan Club for the 2017 Best of North Atlanta awards presented by Appen Media Group.
For a decade now, Appen Media has been celebrating the people’s choices for the best businesses that bring a unique quality of life here in North Fulton and Forsyth County. This year featured the largest celebration yet as Appen threw its biggest party to date to celebrate100 categories of businesses the engendered more than 10,000 votes cast (our politicians should do so well).
“It’s always an honor every year to host this gala and showcase the award winning businesses in our community,” said Appen Media Group General Manager Hans Appen.
The difficulty was in limiting the categories as North Atlanta residents seem willing to vote for their favorites, he said.
“We received 30 percent more votes this year than last year. I think it also speaks to the quality of the award and the honor it bestows on those who receive it,” Appen said. “We are happy that Appen Media is able to show our readers how lucky we are to live in such diverse and vibrant local economy.”
There was another new wrinkle in the awards. This marked the first year Best of North Atlanta presented its Pillar Award.
“This award will honor a multi-time past winner who continues to exert a strong impact on the North Atlanta business community” Appen said. “Winners will exhibit the drive to exceed expectations, and by doing so have become a pillar of the community.”
The inaugural Pillar Award was presented to Dr. Jeffrey Jordan of Jordan Orthodontics. Jordan strategically chose to root his business in Alpharetta originally where Avalon sits today. Jordan grew up in North Fulton and has made it his home and the home of his business.
“It makes sense to present the very first Pillar Award to a person who was the first of his kind in our business community. As the first orthodontist in Alpharetta, Jordan has provided care for over 20,000 of our local residents and their families, some of them for more than one generation,” Appen said.
Jordan said he was “totally surprised” when he received the inaugural award.
“It’s humbling really. I just think of myself as Alpharetta’s orthodontist, not a pillar or anything,” Jordan said. “I’m just thankful to have so many patients and a wonderful staff who have worked with me all this time. It’s been a great ride, 30 years in Alpharetta.”
The Best of the Best introduced another new award, the “One to Watch Award.”
This award is to honor a newer business in the North Atlanta market – one striving for excellence both in their place of business as well as taking on the role of a growing leader in the community.
The inaugural “One to Watch” Award went to Gloria Mattei and her Nothing Bundt Cake franchise. Mattei, a 20-year resident of North Fulton, said it was an honor to serve the community.
She also uses her business as a way to instill a sense of community in her autistic son.
“I wanted to do something that was part of the community. And I was able to give my autistic son valuable work to do so he can be a part of society also,” Mattei said. “That is what I love most about this job.”
Best of the Best, we salute you all.