OUT Georgia Business Alliance is saddened to share that longtime Member and friend Dillard Jones passed away on August 8, 2020.
After years in the hospitality industry, Dillard created his own business The Concierge Guy with the slogan, “Leave it to Dillard and Consider it done.”
He was incredibly active over the years as a Member of the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and the new OUT Georgia Business Alliance, and he was nominated for Member of the Year in 2016 and Business Man of the Year in both 2017 and 2018.
Dillard was a kind and gentle soul, with an infectious smile, laugh, and amazing spirit. A very positive and optimistic person, everyone he touched will remember his friendship, selflessness, and energy…including his dancing moves!
Georgia Voice, May 2017: Atlanta gay chamber member Dillard Jones on becoming The Concierge Guy
“When I first heard about the AGLCC, I started attending the Business Builder Luncheons that were held at the Barrelhouse Restaurant in Midtown. Dillard was one of the very first connections I made, and his kindness and generosity helped me realize that this “networking thing” wasn’t as daunting as I originally thought,” said Bruce Logue, OUT Georgia Member and Friend of Dillard.
“The experience made me look forward to making new connections and networking became more of an exciting adventure than just a requirement for building a business. Everyone always looked forward to seeing Dillard at one of our events. He was able to easily make everyone feel comfortable and always reached out to make connections with visitors and new Members. He was truly made our business organization feel more like a family,” Logue added. “He had a gift for having fun while always remaining professional.”
His obituary can be found here, and services are being planned for a later date. His family intends on celebrating Dillard’s life by organizing an annual event in his name, and OUT Georgia will be sure to share this information once it’s available.
Dillard, you will be missed. You were a true inspiration, and OUT Georgia is better because of your energy and passion. Keep on dancing, our dear friend.
About OUT Georgia Business Alliance
OUT Georgia Business Alliance proudly serves as Georgia’s only LGBTQ+ and Allied Chamber of Commerce.
Since 1994, OUT Georgia Business Alliance (formerly the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) has served the LGBTQ+ and Allied business community by advocating for the most inclusive and equitable business environment; providing support and resources to fuel economic growth; and driving meaningful community connections and impact across the State of Georgia.
OUT Georgia Business Alliance is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., and is a proud affiliate of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact us at OUTGeorgia.org or info@OUTGeorgia.org.