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Jeffrey L. Portman Sr. named AMC Inc. vice chairman

Will continue to serve as president, COO

Jeffrey L. Portman Sr.Jeffrey L. Portman Sr.
The AMC, Inc., Board of Directors announced at the conclusion of its Jan. 21 quarterly meeting that Jeffrey L. Portman Sr. has been selected to serve as vice chairman of the corporation effective immediately.

Portman has served as president and chief operating officer of Atlanta-based AMC, Inc., parent company of Americasmart Atlanta, for the past 13 years. He will continue to serve in these capacities in addition to his new responsibilities.

Portman's AMC tenure dates to the mid-1960s, when he was first employed on the loading dock of what was then the Atlanta Merchandise Mart.

His professional career spans more than 35 years in commercial real estate development and management, including his leadership of the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) as general manager from June 1986 through July 1994, at which time he was appointed executive vice president of AMC, Inc. In 1996, he helped spearhead the rebranding of the former Atlanta Market Center as Americasmart Atlanta. His election as AMC president and chief operating officer followed in February 2001.

Under his presidency and leadership, Americasmart Atlanta and Light Fair International, for which AMC serves as managing partner, have been named to the Trade Show Executive magazine Gold 100 listing of the world's largest and most important trade shows. Americasmart's January and July markets have also been named to the Trade Show News Network Top-250 listing of the largest U.S. shows, ranking third and fifth, respectively, in consecutive years.

A native Atlantan, Portman is consistently named among the Top 100 most influential people in the U.S. home furnishings industry, and was named Atlanta Citizen of the Year by the Atlanta Police Foundation, with Mayor Shirley Franklin bestowing the honor. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau and on the board of The Lovett School, his alma mater.

Portman did undergraduate work at Mercer University and received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Georgia State University. He holds an executive Master of Business Administration from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

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