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Vaughn Irons Interviewed on DeKalb Business Today

Business Radio X / July 2, 2015


On the inaugural episode of DeKalb Business Today, host Matt Holmes looks at the state of business affairs across DeKalb with three of the county’s top business minds.

Vaughn Irons Chief Executive Officer, APD Solutions

Atlanta Business Journal / December 2014


When Vaughn Irons began APD Solutions (APDS), a real estate consulting, program management and development firm, almost 6 years ago, he knew it would be an uphill journey. In 2012, Atlanta’s housing market suffered one of the largest declines among metropolitan areas according to the Standard & Poor’s/Case Shiller Home Price Index. 


Additionally, from February 2008 to August 2011, Atlanta lost approximately 60,000 development, construction and real estate jobs. This equated to almost 25 percent of all job losses in the broader metropolitan area during that period. “The challenge that we had when we created APD Solutions was we started our company during the worst economy that we will likely ever experience,” Irons began.

Ross Program diversifies next generation of real estate leaders

USC Price / April 2015


Garcia, Brielle Acevedo, Vaughn Irons and Dominique Sawyer were four of the 22 impressive individuals who put their lives on hold for four weeks to complete the intensive 12-hour-a-day, three-day-a-week program for the 2015 Winter Session that concluded in February. For more than 20 years, the Ross program has helped to increase diversity among leaders in the real estate industry with a comprehensive executive training program providing critical skills to women and minorities with an objective of fostering responsible development in underserved communities.


“The goal of the Ross Minority Program is to provide an entry for underrepresented minority groups into the real estate business, a business that remains overwhelmingly white and male,” said Richard Green, a USC Price School of Public Policy professor, who serves as director for both the Lusk Center and the Ross program.

Vaughn Irons lauded for helping county revitalize

CrossRoads News / August 2014


South DeKalb businessman Vaughn Irons was recognized recently for his many contributions to DeKalb County’s revitalization.  Irons, who lives in Lithonia, was recognized by DeKalb interim CEO Lee May at a celebration of the fifth anniversary of his company, APD Solutions. More than 400 people, including Rockdale Commission Chairman Richard Oden, Henry Commissioner Bruce Holmes, Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell and former Clayton Chairman Eldrin Bell, attended the event.  May presented Irons with a proclamation.


Irons launched APD Solutions, a neighborhood revitalization firm, in 2009 just as the recession got underway It has offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, and San Francisco.

Vaughn Irons Recipient of the CEO of the Year Award
Georiga Minority Business Awards / March 2014


On March 27th, 2014, an audience collected at the Georgia International Convention Center celebrating minority businesses and entrepreneurs from around Georgia. , for their accomplishments within their prospective communities. ‘Year of the Entrepreneur’ has been a running theme for Georgia Minority Business Awards’ (GMBA) Founder and Executive Director, Mr. Creed W. Pannell, Jr. “I started these awards to simply acknowledge and celebrate local are small business men and women and entrepreneurs who were trendsetters in their own right,” said Pannell. “These were people who deserve the recognition but who might not otherwise receive it.”



Vaughn Irons Recipient of 2013 Golden Hammer Award
Habitat for Humanity Dekalb / 2013


The Annual Golden Hammer Award Reception was held on June 13, 2013. The event featured live music, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and dessert. The Golden Hammer Award is given to recognize individuals and organizations that exemplify Habitat for Humanity – DeKalb’s mission of providing safe, decent and affordable housing to residents of DeKalb County and around the world. This year’s award recipients includedVaughn Irons, Brenda Pace, John Kielholtz, Jack Devos, who have all provided exceptional leadership in developing and improving affordable housing in DeKalb County. “As Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller said, every person who gets sleepy at night should have a safe place to rest their heads, on terms they can afford to pay,” said Bob Boyd, Habitat for Humanity – DeKalb’s Executive Director. “People like Jack, Vaughn, John, and Brenda – they are the ones who make that possible. 

APD Solutions Receives 2012 Pacesetter Award
Atlanta Business Chronicle / 2012


Even in a struggling economy, metro Atlanta companies found ways to not only survive, but shine, earning them a Pacesetter Award.  Our No. 1 Pacesetter, Southeast Gold Buyers LLC, found growth in gold, while our No. 50 Pacesetter, WhatCounts Inc., knows what counts when it comes to email marketing.  Contributing writer Giannina Smith Bedford provides a snapshot into each of the 50 companies that make up the 2012 Atlanta Business Chronicle Pacesetter award winners, the fastest-growing privately held companies in metro Atlanta.


Business partnerships, customer service and having the right talent all played big roles in the growth for the Pacesetter winners, who were expected to be honored April 27 at a ceremony at Cobb Galleria Centre.




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