A fifth generation Atlantan, Andre D. Dickens was raised in the Adamsville community by his mother Sylvia, who retired from Southern Bell after 30 years of service. The product of Atlanta Public Schools, Andre attended L.P. Miles Elementary, Southwest Middle School and Benjamin E. Mays High School where he graduated in the top 2% of his class.
Dickens went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1998. While at Georgia Tech, he held various leadership roles. Positions included: President of the African American Student Union, President of the Diversity Forum, President of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and the Student Government Association’s Chemical Engineering Representative. As a result of his outstanding contributions to the University, Andre was also inducted into the ANAK Society– Georgia Tech’s highest honor.
In 1994, Dickens began his professional career as a Chemical Engineer for BP-Amoco. In 1999, Dickens began work as a Sales Engineer for DSM Engineering Plastics. While at DSM, Dickens became the youngest person and first African-American to win DSM’s prestigious salesperson of the year award in 2002.
In 2002, he co-founded City Living Home Furnishings in Atlanta, a family-run operation that grew into a multi-million dollar business with two locations and over 20 employees. City Living won numerous awards including Atlanta’s Best Contemporary Furniture store (2005) and one of the top 50 furniture retailers in the nation by Home Accents magazine. Dickens oversaw City Living’s operations, finance, and marketing efforts until 2010.
That year, Andre decided to return to his alma mater to serve as the Assistant Director of Outreach Initiatives for Georgia Tech’s OMED: Educational Services, a department within the Office of Institute Diversity. In this role, he manages the graduate recruitment program and helps hundreds of undergraduate students and their parents successfully transition into college life.
For the past decade, Andre has lived in the lovely Underwood Hills neighborhood, where he was elected president and is recognized for his ability to build consensus. He has also served as the NPU-D (Neighborhood Planning Unit) rep for Underwood Hills. He is an alumnus of the United Way VIP Program and the Diversity Leadership Academy of Atlanta. He currently sits on the boards of the Jeremy Feaster Foundation while also serving as a mentor in the Pentorship Program and Southwest Atlanta Youth Business Organization.
Andre was ordained a deacon at Antioch Baptist Church North in 2007 and was responsible for overseeing all financial elements of the newly established New Horizon Baptist Church and construction of the church sanctuary. Dickens currently serves as Deacon, Sunday school teacher, and Finance Chairperson.
With an undying quest for knowledge, Andre is also currently pursuing his Master’s of Public Administration with a concentration in Economic Development at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and is set to graduate in December 2013.
Andre resides in Underwood Hills/West Midtown with his wife Kimberly, a real estate attorney and law firm owner, 8 year-old daughter, Bailey, and their dog Kola.