Maynard Jackson’s family wins fight to keep Atlanta Airport vendor certification

Maynard Jackson’s family wins fight to keep Atlanta Airport vendor certification
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights’ CEO Doug Shipman and board chair Shirley Franklin, accept a $250,000 donation pledge from Jackmont Hospitality Inc.’s Brooke Jackson Edmond, Valerie Jackson and Dan Halpern.

Atlanta Restaurant Partners, owned by former Mayor Maynard Jackson’s widow, Valerie;  his daughter, Brooke Jackson Edmond; and Daniel Halpern, all community stalwarts, have been under fire this year regarding their certification as a disadvantaged minority business.

The Federal Aviation Administration  rules say if the owner is a woman or minority and your business makes, on average, less than $56 million a year, and your personal net worth is less than $1.3 million, then you can qualify as a disadvantaged business.

The state Department of Transportation certified Atlanta Restaurant Partners as disadvantaged. But, following a complaint, the FAA investigated and deemed they weren’t.

The FAA reasoned Halpern’s Native American status didn’t qualify him as a minority and he is the one that actually operates the company because Jackson and Edmond didn’t have badges, airport credentials.

The pair tells Atlanta’s FOX 5 News:

“It was an inaccurate accusation that I never visited the stores.  I don’t need a badge to visit the stores. If I’m traveling, I go by the store,” Jackson says.

“We only own two restaurants at the airport, we own 18 restaurants total. We’re very busy,” says Edmond.

A hearing was held on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 before the DOT and after reviewing evidence, the determination was made that they do qualify.

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