Preparing students for a future in business is the cornerstone of the National Black MBA Association Atlanta Chapter (NBMBAA). Outstanding students will be recognized and awarded more than $25,000 in scholarships for exceptional achievements at the NBMBAA 28th Anniversary Scholarship Luncheon, Friday, November 9.
Distinguished Film Producer Will Packer, President and Co-founder of Rainforest Films will deliver the keynote address. The event is scheduled for the Hyatt Regency Atlanta at 11:30 a.m.
"Impact Education... One Student at a Time" is the theme for the program during which the scholarships will be awarded to high school, MBA and PhD students. Since 1982, the NBMBAA's Scholarship Program has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships.
"The NBMBAA, Atlanta Chapter thrives on preparing our young people for careers in business. Education is an important piece of the process and we are truly excited that we are able to assist in their journey to success," said Charmaine Ward, President of the chapter. "We are delighted to have Will Packer share his knowledge of the film industry in a time when movie making is becoming a major economic factor in our state. He has excelled academically and as a producer of some of the most successful films in the industry."
A Magna Cum Laude 1996 graduate of Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, Will Packer is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida. He and fellow FAMU Rattler Rob Hardy began filmmaking as students and participated in an internship with veteran film producer Warrington Hudlin.
As co-founder with Hardy and chairman of Rainforest Films, a film production and distribution company based in Atlanta, Will produces and oversees the company's studio financed and self- financed films and distribution projects. His film credits as producer include the blockbuster Think Like A Man (2012), Takers, (2010), Obsessed, (2009), This Christmas (2007), Stomp The Yard,( 2007) and The Gospel, Trois and Motives.
Sponsors for the NBMBAA Scholarship Luncheon include: AT&T, Bank of America, Chick-Fil-A, Fifth Third Bank, Georgia Power, Georgia-Pacific, Google, McKesson, Mesirow Financial, Nationwide, and United Healthcare.