The Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS (ACBR) named its next president and it just so happens to be the first Black man to lead the 112-year-old organization.

T. Dallas Smith & Co. founder and CEO T. Dallas Smith was named president of the ACBR this week. He will officially begin his history-making tenure on New Years Day 2023. Upon accepting the honor Smith said in a statement, “I am honored to be chosen to lead this organization that is both a foundation and lighthouse for commercial real estate professionals in Atlanta.”

Founder and CEO of one of the largest Black-owned commercial real estate brokerage firm in the country, Smith will also be a beacon to many in the profession or starting in the profession. A 15-year-old company, T. Dallas Smith & Co. has a negotiated $15 billion in projects, according to the company website.

“It is not only my mission to not only carry on the great legacy laid by the past (ACBR) presidents but to create an opportunity for exposure with young people who may not have seen this industry as a possibility before now,” he said in a statement.

T. Dallas Smith (right) is handed the gavel at the ACBR annual meeting and awards program earlier this week. Photo courtesy of ACBR

As ACBR president Smith will represent over 2,500 members in Atlanta and throughout the state, along with the organization’s board of directors.

T. Dallas Smith & Co. Principal and COO Dexter Warrior was also awarded the ACBR REALTOR of the Year award.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Donnell began his career covering sports and news in Atlanta nearly two decades ago. Since then he has written for Atlanta Business Chronicle, The Southern Cross...