Atlanta Metro Area Businessman Shelley "Butch" Anthony III Recognized by GA State Legislature for Contributions

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Anthony distributes book “God Has a Plan for the Underdog” to all members of the GA House of Representatives

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"It was my honor to recognize Butch at the Georgia House of Representatives and introduce him to our state’s leaders. His story of overcoming obstacles to build a successful restaurant empire is a must read for anyone in need of inspiration in life and in business." - Rep. Josh Bonner

On Tuesday, March 27th, Atlanta metro-area entrepreneur, author, and founder, President and CEO of restaurant chain This Is It! BBQ & Seafood Shelley “Butch” Anthony III was recognized by the Georgia State Legislature for his contributions to the Atlanta-metro area, as well as for the publication of his inspirational new book, God Has a Plan for the Underdog (available on Amazon). The book tells the story of Anthony’s rise from humble beginnings to successful entrepreneur through faith in God, self-respect, persistence, and courage. Anthony gave copies of his book to every member of the Georgia House of Representatives.

Georgia House Representative District 72 Josh Bonner introduced Anthony and his book to the members of the House of Representatives. "Mr. Anthony has been a friend of my family for a number of years and serves as a true role model for our community. It was my honor to recognize Butch at the Georgia House of Representatives and introduce him to our state’s leaders. His story of overcoming obstacles to build a successful restaurant empire is a must read for anyone in need of inspiration in life and in business.” (see recorded presentation on YouTube)

Georgia House Representative District 63 Debra Bazemore said, “I believe first and foremost that he allows our young people to see what is possible. He’s teaching all of us, not just through his words but through his actions, how to be good citizens in our communities.” Anthony’s corporate headquarters is in Rep. Bazemore’s district.

Mr. Anthony’s restaurant chain This is It! BBQ & Seafood has a legacy that spans 65 years, with ten restaurants (the eleventh soon to open in Stockbridge, GA), a state-of-the-art events center, catering services, and national recognition as consumers' choice for "Best BBQ" by CNN and the Wall Street Journal. Anthony is the recipient of many awards, including the Tenacity Award (GA Minority Business Association, 1999), Self-Made Millionaire Award (Women of Wealth Magazine, 2016), Appreciation and Commitment Award (American Culinary Arts Association, 2007). Shelley "Butch" Anthony will be featured on the cover of the June 2018 Father's Day issue of Faith & Soul News Magazine.

For more information or to inquire into booking Mr. Anthony to speak to your group or event, please contact Melinda Sylvester at 770-412-2331.

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