Atlanta Business League Names David Tann as its 2023 Entrepreneur of the Year

Atlanta Business League Names David Tann as its 2023 Entrepreneur of the Year

Organization to honor Tann for his exemplary service and innovative creativity that shapes Atlanta at 44th Annual CEO Awards Luncheon

ATLANTA - April 2023 – In celebration of its 90th Anniversary, The Atlanta Business League (ABL) has announced David Tann, founder and CEO of branding and creative consultancy Tantrum Agency, as its 2023 Entrepreneur of the Year. Established in 1990, the award recognizes proven leadership as evidenced by financial success and commitment to community service. 

Each year, Entrepreneur of the Year is awarded to one of Atlanta’s top minority business owners. On Tuesday, May 16, 2023, ABL will host its 44th Annual CEO Awards Luncheon to honor Tann and other distinguished business leaders. 

Tann joins a prestigious list of past ABL honorees including Georgia State Senator Emanuel Jones, T. Dallas Smith & Company founder and CEO T. Dallas Smith, Wade Ford President and CEO Steve Ewing, Bernard Bronner, Bronner Brothers, Inc., C. David Moody, C.D. Moody Construction, the late Maynard H. Jackson, Jackson Securities, Hank Aaron, Hank Aaron Enterprises, and many others.

The Atlanta Business League is honored to recognize and celebrate David Tann’s unique vision and valuable impact. This unique opportunity will inspire other talented entrepreneurs to make a difference and achieve success in the process,” said Leona Barr-Davenport, Atlanta Business League President & CEO.

Tann’s contributions to Atlanta’s ever-growing influence on global culture and passion for service have spanned over two decades and feature work with some of the world’s biggest brands and several of Atlanta’s most cherished institutions. From unveiling the new identity for the Atlanta Hawks during one of the franchise’s most tumultuous periods to the pivotal rebranding of the Atlanta Dream in 2019 to shaping critical campaigns for the CDC targeting minority communities, Tann has boldly made his mark on Atlanta and the branding and marketing industry. 

As a Black entrepreneur, Tann understands the importance of his barrier-breaking and door-opening work. According to statistics, 50% of small businesses do not make it to their fifth year, with this number even higher for Black-owned businesses. This year, Tann is proud to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Tantrum, a feat for any business owner in and of itself. Now, both the organization and Tann are celebrating this hard-earned success and setting an example for others along the way. 

Working in all of these different companies and for all these different brands, I didn't really see many other people in the industry that looked like me,” said Tann. “I felt if I didn't do well, there was the likelihood that another person like me getting that same opportunity might be slim. Now as a business leader, I can create a space that celebrates diversity, authenticity, and talent.”

In addition to Tann’s entrepreneurial spirit, he maintains a passion for service. Tann holds a keen focus on educating a new generation of communicators, designers, and creatives and has partnered and served communities within Atlanta Public Schools, Morehouse College, The Miami Ad School, and Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Schools

From boardrooms to classrooms, David Tann fosters spaces where diversity can flourish, and the next generation can grow through his unwavering entrepreneurial spirit. Atlanta’s business landscape hosts many shining stars, and Tann remains one of its brightest.  

The Atlanta Business League’s 44th Annual CEO Awards Luncheon will be held Tuesday, May 16, 2023. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event registration page. 

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About Tantrum Agency: Tantrum Agency is an award-winning, multidisciplinary branding firm and creative consultancy, founded by metro Atlanta native David Tann. Tann founded Tantrum 15 years after working in-house with some of the world’s most recognizable brands, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Bath & Body Works, Hallmark, OshKosh B’gosh and Carter’s. Prior to founding Tantrum, David served as VP, Creative Director for his hometown NBA basketball team, the Atlanta Hawks. Tantrum’s agency offerings include brand strategy, creative direction, digital strategy, graphic design, corporate partnerships, retail, and experiential. For more information, visit or follow on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @tantrumagency.

About the Atlanta Business League: Founded by Dr. Booker T. Washington in 1933, the Atlanta Business League (ABL) was established as an affiliate of the National Business League. The ABL was formed to enhance and expand the business community at large, to encourage civic pride, and to reinvest community money within the community. Serving the role of minority business developer and advocate, the ABL seeks to provide economic empowerment and business development opportunities for minorities throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area with specific emphasis on the development of African American businesses.

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