John Thomas Grant, Jr.
NWF Board Member
John Thomas Grant, Jr. is the Chief Executive Officer of 100 Black Men of Atlanta (100) and has been a member of the organization for almost 20 years. In his position, Grant is responsible for managing the organization’s day-to-day growth and direction. Grant has garnered a reputation among his Atlanta-chapter colleagues for his ability to obtain “blue-chip” corporate sponsors and successfully manage their investments in the organization. Under his leadership, the 100 has attained a level of visibility and prominence that underscores the importance of its philanthropic mission established by its founding members in 1986.
Mr. Grant has a distinguished history of professional success and leadership. He joined Airborne Express in 1979 and just two years later he was promoted to Area Operations Manager in Greenville, S.C. with responsibility for the total operations of that facility. While there, he was active as a leader in the Chamber of Commerce. In 1984, he was relocated to Atlanta where he served in several areas including leading the Operations, Customer Service, and Sales organizations.
His personal achievements led to numerous company awards from Airborne Express, including several National Sales Awards for the highest growth ranking among his peers, Sky Courier District Sales Manager of the Year, and the company’s first and only Humanitarian Award in 1997. He also lead the development of the company’s internal mentoring program.
In 1988, just four years after migrating to Atlanta, Grant became the youngest member to join the 100 Black Men of Atlanta at the age of 30. He was voted its Man of the Year in 1989 and was elected as Secretary of the Board of Directors 1990. He served as an elected member of the Board until his selection as Chief Executive Officer in 2001. Mr. Grant also served as Chairman of the Atlanta Football Classic from 1999-2001. Under his leadership, the event has set record attendance levels each year.
Grant currently serves on several boards including, The Brain Train, True Colors Theatre Company the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Central Atlanta Progress and the National Wildlife Federation He also served on the working committee and now the Advisory Board for the Center for Civil and Human Rights along with the Early Learning Commission for the United Way.
Mr. Grant is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta 1992, Leadership Georgia 1995, The Diversity Leadership Academy 2002. He was selected by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of 100 Most Influential Atlantans from 2005 through 2009 and was selected as one of the 100 Most Influential in Hospitality in 2005. He was voted Outstanding Young Atlantan, has won the Harbourn Publishing & Gillette Company Pinnacle Award, been selected the WTBS Super Citizen of the Week, and is a winner of the President of the United States, President’s Service Award in 1995. Grant also is a recipient of the Atlanta Technical College’s 2005 Bridge Builder Award, which is given to outstanding community and business leaders. He was awarded the 2008 Chairman’s Award from the national Newspaper Publishers Association, and the 2009 Spirit of Sweet Auburn, Heroes and Heroines Award