Brian Farkas, managing partner of the Dunwoody Seasons 52, has attained Darden Restaurants’ Diamond Club status. He joins a group of top-performing managing partners recognized for their commitment to delivering guest experiences at the highest level, while making a difference in the lives of guests, employees and in their community. This is the second time Farkas has received this recognition.

“Brian shows strong passion, dedication and leadership,” said Brian Foye, President of Seasons 52. “He fully embraces Seasons 52’s commitment to offering an innovative dining experience in an upscale setting.” 

This year, Farkas joins an elite group of four Managing Partners selected from the 44 Seasons 52 restaurants in North America, making this a truly exclusive honor. 

The Dunwoody Seasons 52 is located at 90 Perimeter Center W.


The city of Sandy Springs hired Michelle M. Alexander, AICP as the new community development director. In this role, Alexander will oversee the city’s planning, building, environmental, redevelopment and code enforcement functions. Alexander brings more than 25 years experience in managing these operational areas, in addition to considerable work assisting cities with development of comprehensive plans and development code. 

“With our focus on sustainable growth, Michelle’s extensive background in planning and development of urban code will be a great asset for the Community Development department and the city,” said City Manager John McDonough.

“We went through an extensive and deliberate search to find the right candidate for Sandy Springs. The city is going through an exciting period of growth, which is at the same time one of the most critical times in balancing the needs of business and community desires,” added Ed Shoucair, president of the Collaborative and Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Sandy Springs Community Development contract. “Michelle has a proven track record, and her vast experience will contribute greatly in helping guide that process.”

Alexander previously served as a consultant to local governments in the area of infrastructure planning, comprehensive plans, unified development codes and zoning rewrites in addition to transportation planning. Alexander also directed planning efforts for Pond & Company, an architectural and engineering consultancy.  In working with local governments, Alexander has helped draft comprehensive plans for the cities of Peachtree Corners, Roswell, Dunwoody and Norcross.   She worked with the cities of McDonough, Brookhaven, Decatur, Clarkston as well as DeKalb and Forsyth counties in zoning code development.  Alexander previously served as development director in the city of Chamblee, and was responsible for guiding planning initiatives for the cities of Norcross, Peachtree Corners, Chamblee and Clarkston. 

Alexander holds a B.A. from UW-Madison and Friedrich Wilhelm Universität in Bonn, Germany with a double major in political science and German.  She earned her M.S. in development studies at Cornell University, and completed an ABD, Ph.D. in development studies; community and regional development; and city and regional planning from Cornell.  Alexander is a member of the Georgia Chapter of the American Planning Association.  

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