Shortly after his election, Commissioner Holmes established the Commissioner Bruce Holmes Youth Foundation (CBHYF) with a mentoring component called “Project Exposure” which helps to guide youth in a positive direction through exposing them to environments meant to open their minds to potentially new possibilities and horizons. The athletic component of the foundation works in conjunction with the Henry County Parks and Recreation Department and has attracted nearly 500 youth in baseball and basketball year after year.
As District 5 Commissioner, Bruce has had an even greater opportunity to serve and support his community in areas of public safety, quality of life, transportation infrastructure and business development.
Commissioner Bruce Holmes has three adult children and two granddaughters. He is currently the Director of National Accounts for a molecular diagnostic biotech company. He is a member of the Prince Hall’s St. James Lodge #4, Nabbar Temple #128 in Atlanta, GA., the Atlanta Consistory #24A, the Stockbridge-Jonesboro (GA) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Henry County NAACP and The Dekalb One-Hundred Black Men.
He was named the 2013 Commissioner of the Year by the Georgia Minority Business Awards (GMBA). This award is presented to individuals who exemplify leadership, commitment to industrious and professional growth, charity towards their fellow man and most importantly their belief in living “success.” The GMBA Awards began 16 years ago as a way to recognize outstanding minority owned businesses in Georgia for their achievements in community, personal and company growth. Since then, it has grown to include other awards in different industries and business sectors, including entertainment, technology, education, non-profit, and government.
Commissioner Holmes is also one of more than 300 prominent black business leaders named in the Who’s Who in Black Atlanta this year. This is the 14th edition of the publication in Atlanta by the Who’s Who Publishing Company, which was founded in 1989. The publication highlights the positive achievements of African Americans who have made their mark in their professions or in service to others in their community while also providing a valuable resource and networking guide for the community.
Commissioner Holmes was most recently honored by the Henry County Chapter of the NAACP at its 2013 Freedom Fund Banquet, where he was presented with the President’s Award. The President’s Award is given to an individual or group to recognize special achievement in furthering the cause of civil rights and public service. Commissioner Holmes was selected to receive the award because of his work as County Commissioner to help create jobs and promote economic development in the County and for his service to the community, particularly for his work on behalf of young people through the Commissioner Bruce Holmes Youth Foundation. Commissioner Holmes was also presented the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) Community Service Award.