The Real Men of Smyrna Vinings 5

Meet some of Smyrna-Vinings finest fathers. You may know them or not, but regardless, they are quietly being a strong presence in their families, churches, places of business, and communities. Vinings Lifestyle Magazine salutes all the dads working for the betterment of their children. Meet some area dads doing just that.

Preston Smith, Vinings

Preston is a seventh generation Georgian and lives in historic Vinings with his wife and four children ages 22 to 13. After attending Baylor University and the University of Georgia law school. Preston worked in healthcare and served four terms as a Georgia State Senator. He now spends his time with his children (human and canine), as well as writing humor columns with a distinctly southern flavor.  He has been a featured speaker at retreats and conferences and writes for publications about Southern culture and sentimentality. See more at SouthernReflections.com. 
Preston on fatherhood: “Being a father is the single most important role we have as men. The easiest way to make a big impact on a child is by being a good dad.”

Dr. Jaha Howard, Smyrna

Jaha is a pediatric dentist (A+ Pediatric Dentistry of Atlanta), education reformer, and is currently running to represent District 6 in the Georgia State Senate. He completed dental school at Howard University in Washington DC and received the distinction as a specialist in pediatric dentistry and a master’s degree in Oral Sciences from the University of Illinois – Chicago. Jaha grew up in Atlanta and is proud to call Smyrna home. He has been happily married for 8 years and has three children, the oldest of which will start kindergarten this Fall.  Jaha on fatherhood: “Our kids mimic our actions. They are watching us more than they are listening to us. That motivates me to try to be a better dad every day.”

Delmont Early III, Vinings

Delmont is the vice president of brokerage at Ackerman & Co. He’s worked in commercial real estate since 2004. As a commercial real estate advisor, his goal has always been to help businesses make sound real estate decisions in a strategic and cost effective manner. He is a member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors’ Million Dollar Club and serves on the Executive Committee of Families First, a 125 year old non-profit serving children and families across Metro Atlanta. Delmont is a graduate of Atlanta’s Morehouse College and Howard University’s School of Law in Washington DC. He is married with twin four year old boys. Delmont on fatherhood: “Fatherhood can be overwhelming, but it is the greatest experience I’ve ever had.”

David Wilkinson, Smyrna

David has been a sports anchor/reporter for 11Alive, the NBC affliliate, since August of 2014. Prior to his arrival in Atlanta, David was a sports anchor/reporter  in Columbus, OH, the weekend sports anchor in Waco, TX and Sports Director in Montgomery, AL. David attended Samford University in Birmingham, AL. He is happily married and thrilled to be raising his children (two girls and one more due this fall) in his home town. David on fatherhood: “Fatherhood is not a right. It’s a privilege. It challenges me to learn and be the best me for my kids.”

Joey Ahn, Smyrna

Joey is the executive chef and partner at 101 Steak, the newest restaurant from 101 Concepts. Prior to this endeavor, Joey spent 14 years as the executive chef at SoHo Vinings in Vinings Jubilee. His parents and grandmother, natives of Korea, and his three brothers were all skilled in the art of Korean, Chinese and Japanese cooking and took turns directing the kitchen at the family’s restaurant in Pennsylvania. Joey now lives in Smyrna with his wife, two sons and two dogs. He loves to cook (still) for his friends and family. Joey on fatherhood: “Fatherhood is evolving. It’s changing. I can only hope to do the fraction of a job my father did.”

George Coley, Smyrna

George is a sales manager for Russell Athletic/Spalding. An Alabama native and Auburn alumnus, he has lived in Smyrna for 13 years. He has over 20 years in the sports and entertainment industry, and has enjoyed building meaningful relationships with local sporting goods businesses, coaches, and athletes. He is a married father of three and enjoys outdoor sports activities with his family. He is in awe of his own father, whom he still thinks of as a super hero despite his failing health, as well as the super hero status his children, ages 8 to 4, have bestowed on him. George on fatherhood: “Fatherhood is a big responsibility. It’s humbling…But it’s also exciting.”