In the hospitality industry, his name is synonymous with the Georgia World
But after 33 years, Dan Graveline is hoping to concentrate a little more on
his golf game and catching fish. The 68-year-old announced that he will
retire from his post as longtime executive director of one of the nation’s
largest convention complexes — including the Georgia Dome and Centennial
Olympic Park — at year’s end.
“It’s been fun,” Graveline said. “But you know what, it’s not so much what I
did for the place, but what the place did for me. Where else could you go
and have as much fun as I’ve had for 33 years?”
Hired as general manager of the GWCC in 1976 while the original building was
under construction, Graveline has been a fixture at the facility more than
He’s seen the ups — winning the 1996 Summer Olympics — and the downs — the
bombing at Centennial Olympic Park during those Games and last year’s
tornado, which blew out windows and sent rivers of water rushing down steps
at the GWCC.
Authority board chairman Bob Prather, who praised Graveline’s leadership,
said the board will set up a search committee to find Graveline’s
“[Since I’ve been on the board], I have not had one person that wouldn’t say
wonderful things about Dan,” board member Doug Tollett said. “They say he’s
the No. 1 guy in the business.”
A Lawrenceville pastor wants his congregation to know the good news about the Gospel of Mark. Dean Sweetman, senior pastor of the C3 Church, has challenged his members and anyone else interested to read the New Testament book in its entirety over the next year and post Instagram photos of their notes.