Gordon Joins Reed as Atlanta COO

Dan Gordon was named Atlanta’s chief operating officer by Mayor Kasim Reed on Monday, Aug. 22. The appointment came a year after Gordon was named one of the Atlanta Jewish Times’ 40 Under 40 for 2014.

Gordon was working as a senior operating officer for the Home Service Store when Reed picked him.

Dan Gordon

Dan Gordon

“I am pleased to have Dan Gordon join the administration,” Reed said in announcing the pick. “He brings to us a wealth of senior leadership and operating experience, and I am confident he will enhance our administration’s focus on strengthening public safety, balancing the city’s budget and building its reserves, and improving customer service. His appointment marks an important step forward in continuing our city’s success.”

In his new role, Gordon oversees the following city departments: Aviation; Fire; Police; Corrections; Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs; Planning and Community Development; Public Works; and Watershed Management.

“It is an honor to serve the city of Atlanta in this capacity,” Gordon said. “I look forward to working with our talented staff to provide the highest level of service, efficiency and results. I would like to thank Mayor Reed for this opportunity, and I am determined to see Atlanta continue to thrive.”

In becoming Reed’s fourth COO in 5½ years as mayor, Gordon succeeds Michael Geisler, who resigned in July.

Before HSS, Gordon’s jobs included working as an executive at the Arthur M. Blank Family of Businesses, where he co-founded and ran the Atlanta Falcons Physical Therapy Centers. He holds an M.B.A. and a bachelor’s from Emory University.

Alterman to Play Two

Atlanta-area native Joe Alterman, an acclaimed jazz pianist, is playing a pair of concerts Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Marcus Jewish Community Center.

Alterman, who spends most of his time in New York or on tour, returns for several Atlanta concerts a year. These shows will be at 5 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $17 for JCC members and $22 for nonmembers; www.atlantajcc.org/boxoffice or 678-812-4002.

Human Trafficking Program

Greater Atlanta Hadassah is working with Covenant House, the Interfaith Children’s Movement and the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office for a panel discussion on human tracking Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Congregation B’nai Torah, 700 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs.

The program will start at 7 p.m.; light refreshments will be served at 6:30.

Hadassah will collect donations at the door and suggests $10. RSVP by Oct. 2 to gahprogramming@gmail.com.

Standard Club Seeks Members

One of the traditional Jewish gathering places in metro Atlanta, the Standard Club, has launched a campaign to significantly increase its membership in the next few months.

The debt-free club, founded the same year as The Temple, 1867, and in its current location in Johns Creek since 1987, is offering full-privilege initiation fees of $1,250 to $5,000, as well as a tennis initiation fee of $1,500 and a social/athletic initiation fee of $150.

“We are a private, self-sustaining club with a well-known, proud Jewish heritage, yet the Standard Club for decades has welcomed non-Jewish members,” club President Mark Elgart said. “Our club is open to people who are interested because our membership represents a diversified community of people.”

When the membership drive launched in August, about 30 percent of the nearly 400 current members were not Jewish. The club wants to add at least 100 members.

“The present membership value plan offers a terrific bargain for families; our club is absolutely a hidden gem not enough people in Atlanta know about,” Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus said. The membership prices today are just unrivaled.”

Marcus said he hopes more Jewish families will join.

Longtime member Amy Kaye of East Cobb, a family practice lawyer with Ellis & Funk whose marriage to Mitchell in 1988 was one of the first weddings at the Johns Creek facility, said the club has the best indoor tennis courts in the area.

For additional information email membership@standardclub.org, or call 678-638-6426.