Don Johnson, the chief textile negotiator of the U.S. and a former U.S. Congressman representing the 10th District of Georgia, will speak at a luncheon of the Atlanta Women in International Trade (AWIT) to be held Friday, Aug. 21, at The Georgian Club, 1009 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1700.

      Mr. Johnson was named chief textile negotiator on March 9 and the luncheon marks his first formal visit to Atlanta since his appointment.

      As chief negotiator, Mr. Johnson serves as the principal advisor to the U.S. Trade Representative and the President on all textile and apparel trade matters and negotiates all trade agreements covering trade in textiles and apparel.

      Trade in textiles and apparel between the U.S. and its trading partners amounted to more than $70 billion last year.

      Mr. Johnson currently has a residence in Hart County.  He was elected as U.S. representative for the north Georgia district in 1992 and served one term.  He also has served six years in the Georgia Senate.

      The luncheon is sponsored by the Georgia Textile Manufacturers Association (GTMA) and the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI).  The cost is $30 for AWIT, GTMA and CRI members and $40 for other attendees.

      To register please fax your name, company name, address and phone number to (404) 523-2978.  For more information, call Deborah Temples of the local law firm Wendt, Weinberg and Temples at (404) 523-2980.