2nd Annual Bridge Builder Awards
March 16, 2002
2002 Builder Co-Hosts
Belatti founded AFC Enterprises in 1992 and since its inception; AFC has employed an aggressive worldwide expansion strategy. The result of that effort has been more than 2,100 commitments for future development and over 1,800 new restaurant openings from 1999 to 2003.
Belatti has also instituted an operating philosophy at AFC that has become a model for the corporate world called the "New Age of Opportunity®." This operating philosophy is based on the belief that the inclusion and equality of opportunity allows the best talent to surface and gives everyone the chance to set and pursue their own goals in an open, real world environment.
Belatti has received numerous awards and industry recognition. In 2003, Belatti was the recipient of the Community Leadership Award from the Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta; honoree of the Anti-Defamation League's 2001 Torch of Liberty Award; received the Ernst & Young 2000 Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the High Impact Leadership Award from Restaurant Business; received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the International Franchise Association (IFA) in 1999; and the 1999 Trailblazer Award from the Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF).
Under his leadership, AFC Enterprises won the 2001 Racial Justice Award from the Greater Atlanta YWCA, 1998 Equal Opportunity Award from the Atlanta Urban League, 1997 Golden Chain Award for excellence in foodservice management and the 1996 International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) Silver Plate Award for outstanding achievement and innovation in the foodservice industry.
Prior to joining AFC, Belatti successfully completed a commitment to build Hospitality Franchise Systems (HFS) into the largest hotel franchising company in the world. In his role as president and chief operating officer, Belatti oversaw the merger of the newly acquired Howard Johnson and Ramada Franchise Systems with Days Inn of America.
Along with his duties as chairman of the AFC Foundation, Belatti is also a member of the board of directors for The Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation, The Schenck School, the Atlanta Urban League and The Carter Center. Additionally, he serves on the RadioShack Corporation and Galyan's Trading Company, Inc. Board of Directors and is on the Executive Steering Committee for Habitat for Humanity International, where AFC is completing a commitment to build 500 Habitat homes around the world. Belatti received his bachelor's degree from Notre Dame University and a post graduate degree from New York University. He also received his M.B.A. from Fordham University in New York.
Helen Smith Price is assistant vice president and director of Corporate Contributions for The Coca-Cola Company. She also serves as the executive director of The Coca-Cola Foundation, managing the day-to-day operations of the contributions function.
Helen joined the company in September 1993 as the director of Corporate External Affairs. She managed the Community and Civic Affairs area and served as the department's budget director. Her responsibilities included overseeing the review process for requests from community and civic groups and managing financial resources for non-philanthropic activities with national and local organizations.
Helen earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Spelman College and a master's degree in business administration from Atlanta University.
She serves on the advisory boards of the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Girls' School, the Atlanta Metropolitan College Foundation, The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College and the National Urban League Black Executive Exchange Program. Helen is a member of the 25th Anniversary Class of Leadership Atlanta, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
2001 Builder Honorees
HENRY L. "HANK" AARON
Henry L. "Hank" Aaron is senior vice president of Atlanta National League Baseball Club, Inc. He also serves as vice president of business development for the CNN Airport Network, a division of Turner Broadcasting System. The CNN Airport Network provides customized news and information programming at airports around the United States.
Prior to joining Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Hank enjoyed a 23-year major league career, during which he rewrote baseball’s hitting record book. He holds more major league batting records than any other player in the game’s history, including most home runs – lifetime, 755, and most runs batted in – lifetime, 2,297. On May 17, 1970, Hank became the first player to compile both 3,000 career hits and more than 500 homers. Along with Frank Robinson, Hank was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, NY, on August 1, 1982.
Hank is currently president of Henry-Aaron, Inc., a licensed product business and chairman of Henry-Aaron Uniform Company, a national manufacturer and distributor of uniforms. He is a long-time Church’s and Arby’s restaurant franchisee. He is also president of Hank Aaron BMW. Hank sits on the board of Value City Department Stores, Inc., Atlanta Technical College, and Port Authority of Georgia.
Hank’s commitment to community service is at the very core of his admirable character. He is a member of the Board of Governors for Boys and Girls Clubs of America. And, with his wife Billye, he is the founder of the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation a charity fund they established in 1994 to provide grants for children with special talents and limited financial resources.
Hank has received numerous civic awards, including the Presidential Citizens Medal, which was awarded by President Clinton.
SALLY ADAMS DANIEL
Sallie Daniel is Senior Vice President and the MidSouth Contributions Manager for the Bank of America Foundation. In addition, she has responsibility for Corporate Affairs for Georgia and Tennessee. Sallie was raised in Atlanta and attended the Lovett School and the University of South Carolina where she majored in history.
Sallie joined Bank of America in 1976 and has worked in several areas including Branch Banking, Operations, Marketing, Personnel, and Treasury Management. She managed both the Branch and Corporate Management Training programs and led the Bank’s College Recruiting efforts. Additionally, Sallie managed the Trust Department’s Charitable Funds Management Group until 1992 when she became Manager of Community Relations.
Involved in many civic and charitable organizations, Sallie is an active fundraiser. She has chaired the Chastain Friends campaign for the Atlanta Symphony, the Girl Scout Friendship Circle, City of Atlanta Camp Best Friends fund drive, the Cathedral of St. Philip’s Stewardship Campaign, and has been on the United Way Annual Campaign Cabinet. Sallie is on the Board of the Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges, the Woodruff Arts Center, and the Georgia Women’s Forum. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Lovett School and was past President of the Lovett Alumni Association. She was recently appointed to the Atlanta Technical College Board of Directors.
Sallie is the Chair of the Fulton County Arts Council and the Chairman of the Board of the Atlanta College of Art at the Woodruff Arts Center, as well as on the Advisory Boards of the Alliance Theatre Company and Georgia Shakespeare Festival. In 2000, Sallie was the Chair of the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern’s successful Capital Campaign. Sallie was honored as the 1999 Lovett Distinguished Alumna and in 1998, the Women Looking Ahead Racial Justice Award. In 1997, Sallie was honored with the Morehouse School of Medicine’s Salute to Excellence Award, and received the YWCA Salute to Women of Achievement Award.
Sallie lives in Buckhead, where she enjoys reading and traveling.
Mr. David Yu is the founder and organizer of the Summit Bank Corporation and The Summit National Bank. He served as President and CEO of the Company until December 1989, at which time he was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank.
Before organizing Summit Bank Corporation and The Summit National Bank, Mr. Yu worked for The Citizens and Southern National Bank (C&S) and First National Bank of Atlanta. From 1976 to 1980, Mr. Yu was employed as an Assistant National Bank Examiner by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Atlanta.
Mr. Yu is actively involved in civic and community activities. He is currently on the board of the Salvation Army, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Theatre of the Stars, Georgia Council for the Arts, Emory Board of Visitors, and a member of the Chinese American Lions Club of Atlanta. Presently, he is chairman of the International Village Cultural & Community Center. Also, Mr. Yu was recognized in Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the ‘100 Most Influential Georgians’ in 2000.
Mr. Yu is founder and past Chairman of the Board of the Chinese Community Center. He also has served on the Board of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Metro Atlanta Community Foundation, United Way, Zoo Atlanta, Arts and Business Council, Latin American Association, and Leadership Atlanta. He also served on the Georgia Human Relations Commission and Atlanta Sister Cities Commission.
Mr. Yu received his MBA degree in International Business from Georgia State University and his BS degree in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He and his wife, Enying, have two children, Jennifer and Michael.