John Parkerson Sworn In As Honorary Hungarian Consul

John Parkerson Sworn In As Honorary Hungarian Consul

John Parkerson being sworn in by Imre Helyes, Head of the Consular Section at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, D.C., as the Hungarian Honorary Consul representing Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 - ATLANTA, GA - John Parkerson was sworn in by Imre Helyes, Head of the Consular Section at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, D.C., as the Hungarian Honorary Consul representing Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.  Ambassador Andras Simonyi presided over the event and expressed his appreciation and respect for the State of Georgia and the exciting opportuntities he sees for a relationship between Georgia and Hungary.

The reception was held at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and hosted by: Delta, Powell Goldstein, MACOC, The Intercontinental Hotel Group, Lauer Learning...  Approximately 150 people were there to celebrate the appointment.

In addition to local businesspeople and Georgia-based Consuls, members of the local Hungarian American community were also in attendance.  A corp of representatives from the embassy accompanied Ambassador and Mrs. Simonyi. They included: Gabos Szabo, Economic Advisor, Imre Helyes, Head of the Consular Section, Zoltan Feher, Cultural ..., .

Bela Fleck, a local musician from Tennessee, was also honire as he was poronounced an Honorary Hungarian by Ambassdor Simonyi.  Fleck, who was in Atlanta for a concert with his band Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, then played two selections on his banjo.

Earlier that day, Parkerson toured the embassy entourage around local sites, such as the Georgia Aquarium, and met with local officials, including Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin.  The Ambassador was also presented the key to the city of Morrow by Mayor... and hosted by local businessman Wayne Reece, to a lunch of local Hungarian leaders in the community.  Attendees included: Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos and her husband, Elizabeth Kiss, President of Agnes Scott College, Andrew Gajari, General Manager of the Intercontinental Hotel and Andrea Lauer Rice, Lauer Learning and a founding member of the Hungarian Club of Georgia.

The evening ended at Sambuca's Jazz Club where Ambassador Andras Simonyi, known for his role as lead guitar in the rock band of Ambassadors who raised money for victims of Katrina, Coalition for the Willing, played 4 songs with local blues band, the Breeze Kings.

The Ambassador's trip ended on Wednesday May 30, following a breakfast meeting at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerec where business and investment opportuntiies were discussed.  Approximately 60 people were in attendance.

updated: 4 years ago