Dr. Kofi Smith serves as the President & CEO of the Atlanta Airlines Terminal Company (AATC). Since Kofi’s arrival, AATC has grown its employee base by 109%, creating more positions and employment opportunities for Atlanta residents. Under Kofi’s leadership, AATC has been recognized as one of the Top 20 “Best Places to Work” for medium size companies in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Kofi began his professional career at Milliken & Company, where he was the recipient of the “2002 Manager of the Year Award” for the Floor Covering Division. That same year, his department won the “2002 Team of the Year Award.” Prior to joining AATC, Kofi worked for Linc Facility Services from 2007 to 2010. The teams led by Kofi received the following awards: “2007 Best Mechanical Plant Award,” “2007 Hall Fame Award for Customer Service,” and “2008 Most Improved Mechanical Plant Award.”
In 2012, Kofi was named to the Atlanta Business League’s “2012 Men of Influence.” In 2014, Kofi was named to the 40-Under-40 list for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. In 2015, Kofi was named one of the recipients for the Georgia Trend’s 40-under-40 and was also a graduate of the 2015 Class of Leadership Atlanta. Kofi is also a proud graduate of the 2016 Regional Leadership Institute. In 2018, Kofi was the recipient of 100 Black Men of North Metro’s Image Award and the Atlanta Business League’s 2018 Trailblazer Award.
Kofi has sat on a research panel in Washington, DC evaluating the airline and airport industries under the Airport Cooperative Research Program of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and National Academies. He serves on the national board for the National Black Child Development Institute as the Board’s Second Vice-Chair and also sits on the Children’s Sports Network Corporate Board for the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation. Kofi also serves on the board of directors for the City of Refuge.
Kofi received his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999 and went on to receive an Executive MBA in Global Business at Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business in 2009. In 2015, Kofi entered the J. Mack Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University. He graduated in 2018 with an Executive Doctorate in Business Administration.