The Buckhead Business Association kicks off 2011 with new leaders, its annual luncheon and presentation of the Buckhead Business of the Year award.

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who co-founded Home Depot, will be coming off a successful Falcon’s season as he speaks to some 300 Buckhead business leaders at the Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road, on Jan. 20 during the BBA’s annual luncheon. The gathering is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Another highlight of the luncheon will be the formal passing of the BBA gavel from outgoing president Heather Wright, principal of The Wright Firm LLC, to Lolita Jackson of Georgia Power Company, who becomes the first African-American president in the 60-year history of the business organization.

The annual luncheon also is the event where the BBA presents the Buckhead Business of the Year award, the Buckhead Beautification Award and the Bullish on Buckhead Award.

The four nominees this year for Buckhead Business of the Year are:

Bistro Niko: One of Buckhead Life Restaurant Group’s newest Buckhead eateries, which the company describes as “a true neighborhood restaurant” in the heart of Buckhead at 3344 Peachtree Road.

Fab’rik Boutique: The women’s clothing and accessories boutique owner Dana Sinola encourages customers to clean out their closets four times a year so those in need can fill theirs at “free fab’rik” events.

Holeman & Finch Public House: Late night dining is one of the hallmarks of one of the latest offerings from Buckhead native and acclaimed chef Linton Hopkins.

The St. Regis Atlanta & Residences: The St. Regis staff volunteers time and money with Meals on Wheels, the LifeSouth Blood Drive, Hosea Feed the Hungry, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Mothers Advocates Against Violence. The St. Regis is located at 88 West Paces Ferry Road.

Tickets cost $75 for members and $100 for non-members. Call 404-467-7607 or email

John Schaffner was founding editor of Reporter Newspapers.