Mr. Buonanotte has extensive entrepreneurial and corporate management experience. He has founded several successful companies that continue to operate throughout the southeast and has served as Chief Executive Officer for each of them.
Mr. Buonanotte formed Party City of Atlanta (PCA) in 1992 and, under his direction it has become the largest and most successful franchisee of Party City Corporation. PCA operates 27 superstores, in Georgia and Tennessee, selling paper goods and party supplies at deep discount prices.
Under Mr. Buonanotte's leadership from its formation in 1984 until his retirement in 2003, The Shopping Center Group (TSCG) grew to become the dominant retail real estate service provider in the southeast. With offices located in 17 cities throughout the region, TSCG serves its clients in the areas of tenant representation, shopping center leasing, asset & property management, land & investment property sales, development, syndication and consulting.
Prior to his entrepreneurial experience in real estate & retail, he was as an executive with several different companies including Six Flags Corp. and Bell & Howell. Mr. Buonanotte's corporate experience included management and senior management positions in corporate development, marketing, advertising & promotion, and sales.
He has completed the YPO President's Program at the Harvard Business School as well as the YPO President's Program at The Aspen Institute.
Mr. Buonanotte and his wife, Michele, have two terrific children. Alexandra (Alyx) is 20 and Eric is 16. When not spending time with the children; Mr. Buonanotte enjoys flying helicopters, sailing, reading, golf and tennis. He and Michele love to travel and have visited many “off the beaten path” destinations all over the world.
Mr. Buonanotte has served on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics of Georgia. He has hosted an annual golf tournament to benefit Children's Health Care of Atlanta. He has served on the Gentlemen's Committee for Cystic Fibrosis and the Gentlemen's Committee for Scottish Rite Children's Hospital. Mr. Buonanotte is actively involved in supporting Special Olympics, National Public Radio, The Galloway School, and Pace Academy.