Christian Addison

Business Development Manager

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Strengths: communication | serving others | teaching | achiever

His personal motto – “I’m not here to mess around, let’s get it done”

Organizations he supports – International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters. (IABPFF)

His unique ability – His charming personality and gift of magnetism gives him a unique ability to connect with people with diverse backgrounds and all walks of life. He has a strong drive that empowers him to get things done very efficiently. These two qualities together made Christian the perfect fit for GIA’s new Business Development Manager.

Christian grew up in Dayton, Ohio where his dad, Chuck Addison, was a local Football legend and community leader. Shortly after Christian moved to Georgia in 2010, his dad passed away in 2011. He decided not to move back to Ohio to take over the family Custodial enterprise. Years later, after marrying his high school sweetheart, Tionah, Christian decided to create his own path and start a new family legacy. Prior to working at GIA, Christian has been an ordained minister and carried out a full time ministry for 2 years, an EMT for 6 years and a Firefighter for 4 years. A vital moment that changed Christian’s trajectory was seeing his son walking around in his EMT uniform. “He looked at me the same way I looked at my Dad, and I knew I had to make sure that I was worth looking up to.” He has since curated a life that he is proud of and he knows his dad would be as well. He and his wife, Tionah, live in Mableton with their son Levi.

On Saturday mornings you will most likely find him watching old Tom + Jerry cartoons with his son Levi. Other fun indulgences are his love for a good book, bourbon, and fragrance (he has a huge collection of colognes).

If he could spend one day doing anything  – “I would take my family to Dubai and I would spend the day golfing with my son and going on the 600ft zipline with my wife. Then we would go to dinner where I would order a delicious medium rare Ribeye and drink some EH Taylor Small Batch.”

If he could share one message with the world it would be – “Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war, love is a growing up.” – James Baldwin

If he could have coffee with one person – “I would love to see my dad again, because I have a ton of questions I want to ask him and we have a lot of catching up to do.”

One lesson he keeps relearning – “people don’t care how much you know, they just want to know how much you care.”

One movie he wishes life was more like – “Black Panther, I wish Wakanda was real”

Favorite books:

The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley

48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison