Gary Marshall/POP Dynamics
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., an ad specialties distributorship. With a little money that was saved, a general knowledge of the industry and a lot of sweat equity, he 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.
Yuliya Bila and Ayaka Matsumura/AIESEC University of Georgia
AIESEC is a global student-run organization that connects local businesses to international talent from the top universities around the world. Through the Global Internship Program and a partnership with the US Department of State, AIESEC provides a direct link between growing companies and highly-qualified young professionals from more than 110 countries. Along the way, AIESEC sponsors visas, provides health insurance and housing arrangements and maintains administrative support for the entire duration of the interns’ stay in the United States.
Yuliya Bila is an undergraduate at the University of Georgia majoring in International Affairs, Russian and Spanish. A native of Ukraine, she has been involved at her local chapter of AIESEC for two years and was elected to run the organization in 2013. AIESEC has taken her around the country (Chicago, New York, Phoenix etc.) as well as to an international conference in Cluj-Napoca, Romania she is excited to help create further opportunities to travel for young people around the world.
Ayaka Matsumura is also an undergraduate at the University of Georgia. She is majoring in Exercise and Sports Science and aspires to become a physical therapist. She’s been involved in AIESEC for a semester and the developments within AIESEC has inspired her to become the Director of Business Development. She plans to go on an internship this upcoming summer.
Rick Meekins/Aepiphanni Business Consulting
Rick Meekins is CEO and principle advisor with Aepiphanni Business Consulting. Rick is an operations and strategy professional that focuses on helping business pursue extraordinary goals. He is a trusted advisor to small business leaders to help them create, design or build businesses that operate better, are more profitable and organized for sustainability and growth.
He enjoys working with younger, entrepreneurial companies that are seeking or experiencing expansion, and his best role is that of support for organizational leadership. Industries he enjoys working with include IT, Healthcare, Professional Services and Upscale Restaurants and restaurant groups. He has extensive background in management, leadership, marketing management, project management, development of strategic plans, marketing strategies, sales strategies and has a natural knack for learning and working with new software solutions.
Due to his accomplishments in business as an entrepreneur, he has the talents and abilities necessary to become an operations manager at a young company in IT, Healthcare, Professional Services or a restaurant or restaurant group or related industries.