Following more than 16 years with CNN, Sachi Koto launched a public relations and communications firm, Sachi Koto Communications, Inc. in Tucker, Georgia in July, 2005.
As a veteran of CNN, Koto served as a news anchor for CNN Headline News based in the network’s world headquarters in Atlanta. During her tenure at CNN, Koto anchored for CNN Radio, CNN Airport Network, CNN International and CNN QuickCast. She also produced, wrote and anchored for Turner South, Turner Entertainment Group’s entertainment network dedicated to southern style programming.
Before joining CNN, Koto worked as an anchor for Tokyo’s JCTV (Japan Cable Television) and for Nippon Hoso Kyoku (NHK) Radio, also in Tokyo. Previously, she was a reporter for WQXI radio station in Atlanta from 1974-1975 and for CNN affiliate WAGA-TV in Atlanta from 1975-1977.
Koto has received multiple honors and awards for her reporting, including the National Star of Asia 2002 Award. She also received the “Honorary Texan Award” by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the “Honorary Citizen Award” by Austin, Texas, Mayor Gus Garcia. She was awarded Honorary Member of the Japan America Society by Japanese Consul General George Hisaeda and was appointed as commissioner to the Asian-American Commission for a New Georgia by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.
Koto is a third-generation Japanese American, born and raised in Atlanta. Koto was the first Japanese on-air talent in the Southeast and the first Asian on-air talent in Atlanta.
Dr. Kenneth E. Jackson
Ken Jackson is a licensed Industrial/Organizational Psychologist specializing in the areas of individual, team and organizational assessment and development.
Jackson has conducted thousands of interviews and feedback sessions for the purposes of helping senior management recruit, select, promote, and develop manager talent and assess organizational needs. He frequently serves as coach to managers considered to be on a fast track as well as those experiencing obstacles to success. His work has led to the development of processes and programs for insight development, conflict resolution, stress management, team development and personal motivation. In addition, his background includes work in test development, validation, and interpretation and assessment center development and administration.
Jackson holds a Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and a Bachelors from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has received leadership training and management experience in the military, government, and private sectors. He is also a certified Birkman consultant and co-founder of Jackson, Wong & Associates. Over the past 25 years, he has served as a management consultant to numerous clients in a wide range of industries and has worked internally in production supervision and human resources management.
Jackson is a member of the American and Southeastern Psychological Associations, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the Atlanta Society of Applied Psychology.
Maiko Takara serves as the Marketing and Communications Specialist for Sachi Koto Communications (SKC). Her primary responsibility is to represent the voice of SKC in all matters affecting the company’s services and products through newsletters, website material, press releases, etc.; lead the strategic development, management and growth of the business into the Japanese market; and meet sales and financial goals for the Japanese division of the company.
Maiko plans, organizes, and controls the company’s televised (WWAAC Awards) the Who’s Who in Asian American Communities Awards from conceptual stages through launch in the U.S. and Asian markets.
Maiko translates from English to Japanese - the company’s marketing objectives into functional strategies and tactics.
Maiko has an Undergraduate Marketing degree and a minor in Communications from Arizona State University. Born and raised in Nagoya, Japan, Maiko completed her formal education in Japanese studies in Japan and has lived and studied for 3-years in Melbourne, Australia as a young girl.
Michelle M. Henson
Michelle M. Henson hails from Chino Hills, California, located 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles. She attended Diamond Bar High School and graduated—with honors—from Walnut High School.
When Henson graduated from high school, she attended the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Once Henson graduated in 1999 with a bachelor of arts in American Literature, she pursued a career in sales and marketing at Interep Radio Sales in Los Angeles.
After a brief stint with Interep, Henson enrolled in the teacher education program at California Polytechnic University in Pomona, California. When Henson acquired her California Teaching Credential in the subject of English, she secured a position as a 7th grade Language Arts teacher at Colton Middle School (CMS) in Colton, California.
In July 2004, Henson relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. She was intent to pursue new opportunities in what many refer to as ‘The Black Mecca.’ Currently, Henson is pursuing a lifelong dream of being in the field of art and entertainment, and is on a quest to make her mark in broadcast journalism. She has been employed with Steed Media Group as a copy editor since moving to Atlanta and is an independent contractor for a variety of businesses in Georgia including A Broader View, Sachi Koto Communications and Shoemaker and Associates.
A multi-faceted talent within the media production industry, Renee’ Jackson has gained a plethora of experience in occupations relating to television, film, and video production. Possessing inexorable adaptability and fervor for the endeavors comprised within the entertainment industry, Jackson has held a broad range of comprehensive and demanding positions in multi-media production. Her work experiences include video production coordination, film/video production assistance, office budget management, preparation of executive summaries, promotional traffic management, professional layout/design of business-related printed materials, and personal assistance in management and production departments.
Jackson has held the positions of Film and Video Production Assistant, as well as Production Coordinator for such popular movies as “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” and the Oscar Award-winning “Glory”.
Jackson obtained her first degree from DeKalb Community College in Clarkston, Georgia, graduating with an Honors A.S. in Marketing Management. While completing college-level video production courses and a course study of commercial music recording, she also received her second A.S. degree in Honors Teacher Education.
In a production-related position with the globally-renowned news leader, Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc., Jackson’s responsibilities included Promotion Traffic Management for WTBS, CNN, and CNNHL News; acting as Assistant to VP of Benefits and VP of Cable Sales; and working as a Library Assistant for the CNN Science Unit.
Jackson’s natural talent was recognized by numerous film and commercial companies with her work on various national commercials, guest spots on television programs, and promotional ads for broadcast radio. Her proficiency and competence gained the attention of major film corporations who recruited her talent to assist producers and directors with the varied duties involved in motion pictures
Ken Nelson began his career in communications in 1993 as an on-air personality for WWWZ FM radio in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1997 he entered into television as an intern turned production assistant for WCIV in Charleston. In 1998 Ken was hired as a video journalist by the company he had dreamed of working for--CNN. After moving to Headline News as an audio designer in 1999, Ken again pursued his passion for the microphone doing voiceovers for Headline News. Ken's voice can now be heard regularly on CNN promos and movie trailers originating out of Los Angeles.
Ken graduated from Charleston Southern University and Georgia Southern University. He and his wife Carmen reside in Lithia Springs, GA. www.kennelson.voice123.com