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Lisa Kennedy with the Bobby Dodd Institute, Gary Marshall and Trevor Smith with JCI Atlanta

November 8, 2012 6:02 pm

Lisa Kennedy/Bobby Dodd Institute

Lisa Kennedy is Chief Development Officer for Bobby Dodd Institute, a nonprofit organization that creates job opportunities for people with disabilities and disadvantages in our community.  BDI achieves life-changing results for people with disabilities and disadvantages by helping them gain job skills, secure permanent jobs, and achieve financial self-sufficiency. BDI helps people success by identifying their strengths and interests and then tailoring job skills training with those strengths and interests – so that people can secure good jobs where they will excel.

Lisa joined BDI in 2009 and has been active in the nonprofit sector as a volunteer and staff member since 1999. Lisa is a Certified Fundraising Executive and is the current president of the Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Gary Marshall/JCI Atlanta

Adept at combining his business acumen with a little Southern charm, Gary Marshall has paved the way for anyone to succeed in the extremely competitive milieu of marketing and advertising. Gary got his first taste of entrepreneurship in his early twenties, running a direct wholesaling business for about five years. Exceptionally hard working, over the next few years he carved out a string of successful corporate jobs.

Never feeling quite satisfied working for others, eventually Gary created Write Here Right Now, Inc. With a little money that was saved, a general knowledge of the industry and a lot of sweat equity, Gary grew that company into a successful multi-channel national organization.  He quickly learned the distributor and supplier nuances of the ad specialties industry. Capitalizing on an opportunity to turn an ordinary piece of real estate into an extraordinary advertising vehicle, Gary created POP DynamicsTM which offers a new, innovative outdoor advertising solution. Gary now serves as CEO of POP DynamicsTM, tirelessly building the PromoPolesTM brand.

When not working his businesses, Gary enjoys spending time with his family, serving as President of JCI Atlanta, helping other young professionals and giving back to the community.

Trevor Smith/JCI Atlanta

Trevor Smith is a native of Hernando, Mississippi. At a young age, he learned what hard work and ingenuity can bring to any business enterprise.  He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2009 with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Real Estate Finance.

Trevor currently  works as a Commercial Real Estate Agent for The Wesley Company and is pursuing his CCIM designation.  He represents companies such as Viacom, Paramount Pictures and MTV by consulting their real estate needs; whether it’s office, retail or industrial space.

Trevor is actively involved in the Atlanta Junior Chamber of Commerce.  He served as Executive Vice President in 2012 and will serve as President of the organization in 2013.  He is also an active member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

In his spare time, Trevor enjoys the thrill of motocross racing, cheering on his Ole Miss Rebels, and sharing spontaneous adventures with his friends.

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