ATLANTA, Ga. – Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau will recognize four new individuals during the 23rd annual Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 2.
Held at InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, the event will honor Michael Allen, Bill Bolling, Anna Hsu, and Mack Wilbourn.
“Our four new inductees have had a tremendous impact on not only our visitors but also those who call Atlanta home,” says William Pate, president and CEO of ACVB. “We are thrilled to welcome these individuals into the 2022 Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame and celebrate their lifetime achievements.”
Michael Allen is the bell captain at Atlanta Marriott Marquis. He was introduced to the Marriott brand in 1981 when he was hired as a bell person at Atlanta Airport Marriott. With the opening of Atlanta Marriott Marquis in 1985, Allen was promoted to assistant bell captain where he served countless guests from presidents to convention attendees.
Bill Bolling served as executive director of Atlanta Community Food Bank from founding the organization in 1979 until June 2015. During his time at the food bank, Bolling partnered with businesses throughout the city’s hospitality industry to launch Atlanta’s Table, a program that allowed Atlanta Community Food Bank staff and volunteers to pick up unused food inventory from hotels, restaurants, venues, and caterers and serve hot meals to those in need.
Anna Hsu created, owns, and operates two Asian-themed restaurant concepts in Atlanta: Hsu’s Gourmet and Pacific Rim Bistro. Hsu was also instrumental in establishing Atlanta’s restaurant community in the early 1990s. She has served in leadership positions for ACVB’s board, Atlanta Restaurant Marketing Association, Georgia Restaurant Association, and Georgia Hospitality & Travel Association’s Atlanta Restaurant Council.
Mack Wilbourn is the owner and president of Mack II, Inc., a quick-service restaurant management company. He has operated quick service restaurants since 1971 when he opened the first minority-owned McDonald’s franchises in the Atlanta area. Currently, his franchises include Atlanta Bread & Bar, Baja Fresh Mexican, Famiglia Pizza, Phillips Seafood, Popeyes, and We Juice It, which are all located at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
In addition to honoring the 2022 Hospitality Hall of Fame inductees, ACVB will present the fourth annual Spurgeon Richardson Member of the Year Award. This year’s winner is Brewed to Serve Restaurant Group.