For the seventeenth year,
on Friday, November 22, in Atlanta, Georgia, a grand airport tradition
occurs as Atlanta Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders throw open
their doors for a couple of hours starting at high noon to share the love.
It’s an open house where everybody is invited for a free, old-fashioned
This annual party reaches out far and wide
to host several hundred people to a homemade turkey dinner with all the
trimmings, as the United States looks forward to celebrating the wonderful
American holiday Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is a great day in the United
States —the only thing that matters is family and the meal.
No gifts or presents needed; just show up
Families openly invite friends and other
guests, many believing that no one should dine alone on Thanksgiving.
Perhaps the best thing is that, carrying
forward a tradition begun by the Pilgrims who landed on these shores in
1620, you can greet any American with the words “Happy Thanksgiving”
and not fear offending anyone, much less evoking the common holiday retort,
“that is not my holiday!”
In this land made up of so many different
people from all over the world, Thanksgiving represents a day that everybody
can celebrate simply, as Americans.
For many years in Atlanta, Georgia, ACB
founder and military veteran Harold Hagans (an absolute stalwart of the
air cargo community for decades, now happily retired) continued this annual
holiday party for his friends and colleagues at the airport.
As a true Southern Gentleman, Harold knew
all about hosting and preparing a meal out of turkey. But even more, Harold
cherished the values of community spirit and sharing, and folks simply
trying to good for one another.
Happily, in 2019 his daughter Deborah, who
today serves as President of Atlanta Customs Brokers, has taken the baton
to continue the grand tradition.
While nearly everybody else puts the bird
into an oven, ACB digs back into the past and sets up a unique and imaginative
deep-frying operation for turkey right inside the ATL air cargo facility.
“We love to do this, to show our appreciation
and share our good fortune with others at Thanksgiving,” Deborah
“It’s a real open house and
everyone should drop in, eat until your hands get tired, and have some
“In the spirit of giving back, we
ask that everyone bring an unexpired canned good for donation to the food
We asked Deborah how it happened that so
many women work at ACB.
“We actually work very well together.
We are like a family.
has always been that way, even when Harold was here. Since he retired
the only change is that I have added Freight Forwarding to the mix and
we now move freight all over the world import and export for our customers.”
As for how Deborah came into the air freight
industry, she laughs and says, “I was born into this business. Harold
Hagans married my mother when I was 7 years old. I have twin daughters
myself and hope to have them on board after their college is completed.
“At ACB we are actively involved in
this community, following in Harold’s footsteps. We hold important
positions in the Atlanta Air Cargo Association. Our Vice President Adriana
Trueba (left) is the Chairwoman of the Board of the AACA and our Senior
Import Specialist Hope Chavez (right) serves as President.
Deborah and her crew will be opening up
the facilities at Atlanta Customs Brokers on November 22, from 12:00-14:00
hrs. Atlanta Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Tel: 404-762-0953.