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August 21 2013

TWD Chairman and CEO Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. Joins Operation HOPE’s Southeastern Board


ATLANTA – August 22, 2013 – Operation HOPE (HOPE) announced today that Directors Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of TWD, Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., is the latest edition to its Southeastern Board of Directors. 

During his two-year term as a “Silver Rights” Ambassador for the global nonprofit, Mr. Dortch will help promote HOPE’s brand, advance economic literacy initiatives and spread financial dignity on a local and global scale. 

Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TWD, Inc. In 1990, he became the State Director and served as Chief Administrator for United States Senator, Sam Nunn. Mr. Dortch was the first African-American to serve in this capacity.  Some of Mr. Dortch’s other accomplishments include: President of South West Investment Group (SWIG), Chief Executive Officer of Atlanta Transportation Systems, Inc., Chairman and CEO of Cornerstone Parking, Chairman of Lancor Parking Management, LLC, Managing Partner of FAD Consulting, LLC, establishing the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc., co-founding the Georgia Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (GAME) to fill a void as an advocacy organization for minority business development, and co-founding the Greater Atlanta Economic Alliance as a capacity building and business development organization for the construction and transportation industries. 

Mr. Dortch has had guest appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Fox News Channel the O’Reilly Factor, C-SPAN, The Montel Williams Show, Talk Back Atlanta, National Press Club, CNN, Good Day Atlanta, Black Issues in Higher Education National Video Conference, Lucent Technologies Video Conference and MBC Town Hall Meeting.  Mr. Dortch is the recipient of numerous awards and honors that celebrate his efforts, a partial list includes: listed in the 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 May Editions of Ebony Magazine as one of The 100 Most Influential African Americans; listed in Spring 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 Publications of Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of The 100 Most Influential Atlantans every year from 2001 until the current 2013 issue; 2008 Community Service Professional of the Year Award; 2008 FraserNet Community Service Award; 2008 Global Leadership Empowerment Award; Board of Trustees, Leadership Atlanta; Board Member, Grady Memorial Hospital, Chairman of the Board,  Friendship Force International,  Chairman of the Board, Fulton/DeKalb County Hospital Authority Board of Trustees, 2010 was inducted into Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame 2011 Chairman of The Board, The Atlanta Business League. 

Mr. Dortch is a much sought-after speaker on an international, national and levels to government entities, corporations and educational institutions including the Darden School of Business - University of Virginia, Southern University, Delaware State University, Jarvis Christian College, Florida A&M University, South Carolina State University, Georgia State University, Thomas University, Georgia Tech, Paine College, Tuskegee University, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Emerging Leaders Forum, White House Initiatives on Black Colleges, Federal Executive Board, Federal Aviation Administration, Lockheed Georgia Corporation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, United Negro College Fund, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), , Congressional Black Caucus, “The” Fort Valley State University (Commencement), Miller Brewing Company, United States Department of Energy, American Cancer Society, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Blacks In Government, and Anheuser-Busch Company. 

Mr. Dortch earned a B.A. Degree in Sociology and Pre-Professional Social Work from “The” Fort Valley State University in 1972, and a Masters of Art Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Clark-Atlanta University in 1986.  He also attended Georgia State University as a Ford Fellow in the Urban Administration Program. Mr. Dortch received Honorary Doctors Degrees from Fayetteville State University, Jarvis Christian College, Fort Valley State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Livingstone College. 

Comprised of some of the region’s most powerful executives, decision-makers, bankers and economists, HOPE Boards are made up of seven regional boards, a national board and global advisory board. A complete 2013 list of the organization’s boards may be viewed at www.operationhope.org