Ten Questions for... Mark Pettit
Name: Mark Pettit
Occupation: President & CEO of Creaxion
1. How long have you lived in Atlanta?
I’ve lived in Atlanta since 1988. I was born in Calhoun, about an hour north of Atlanta. My former career in TV news took me to Chattanooga, Tennessee and then Omaha, Nebraska. My dream was to always come home to Atlanta.
2. In one sentence, what’s the best thing about your job?
We’ve been fortunate to promote some of the best-known events and exhibitions in Atlanta’s history including “King Tut,” “Titanic,” “Princess Diana” and most recently “Dali: The Late Work” at the High Museum of Art. It’s wonderfully fulfilling to see our city host these world-class events and millions of people enjoy them.
3. What’s one thing that’s changed about the city that you wish hadn’t?
I really miss the Mom & Pop restaurants like “Bobby and June’s” and “The Silver Grill” that have gone out of business. The Silver Grill had some of the best fried chicken you’ve ever tasted. Another thing I really miss is the Carne Tampiquena they used to serve at Sundown Café on Cheshire Bridge Road.
4. What phone app can’t you live without?
Facebook. I’m addicted. So much so, that the TV show “Intervention” is now following me on Twitter.
5. 404, 770, or 678?
404! That’s like asking a New Yorker to choose 718 over 212.
6. CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, WSB-TV, or Twitter?
I love Justin and Jovita over at WSB-TV and my friends down at CNN, but Twitter is right up there with them. I’ve gotten more breaking news from Twitter in the past few months than any major news organization.
7. Best spot for a business lunch?
Murphy’s in Virginia-Highland. My lucky meal is the brisket sandwich and a side salad with blue cheese crumbles. Followed by a glass of wine when the deal is done.
8. What’s your commute like?
Pretty dang easy. Through Virginia-Highland and over to Inman Park. It takes all of about 10 minutes. Don’t hate me Alpharetta.
9. What’s the city’s worst enemy?
Graffiti. It signals crime and apathy. No one loves a good wall mural more than me—but we’ve got to get a grip on graffiti or we’ll lose control of our neighborhoods.
10. In one sentence, describe your vision of Atlanta in a decade from now.
I see Atlanta as a green and great place to live for people of all kinds and creeds.
Bonus: Is there anything else you think we should know or would find interesting?
In my spare time, I love playing competitive softball (2nd base) and writing country music. I’ve also produced the pilot for a comedy show called “Laugh Out.” Leslie Jordan was our special guest host and Lady Bunny flew down from New York to perform and we did a parody of Nancy Grace. It was really magical and a lot of fun to produce. Logo, are you listening?