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Special Edition: Young Entrepreneurs

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Nicole Carter/Creative Flame Media 

Nicole Carter is the founder of Creative Flame Media, a full-service marketing agency  for small businesses and non-profits. She also serves as Executive Director of the Divine Authority Foundation (DAF), a non-profit that provides resources and programs for single mothers and their children. 

Spotlight on Acclaro

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Ryan St. John and Charlie Porter / Acclaro, Inc.

Ryan St. John has over ten years of consumer and business to business marketing experience. He has had the pleasure of working with a wide range of organizations from Fortune 10 to start ups raising seed money. His experience includes marketing for healthcare, technology, logistics, food service and public utilities to name a few. Ryan has built a strong portfolio of success in reaching and moving a variety of stakeholders through strategic engagements with executive leadership to tactical execution within business units. He has the benefit of experience in both MARCOM and product marketing engagements. His experience includes McKesson, AT&T, TruCode, DST, and Buckhead Beef to name a few.

Charlie Porter has 25+ years of combined experience in Corporate as well as Face to Face Marketing specializing in Trade Shows, Events, Corporate Meetings, Program Development and Management. Current and past clients include Searle, Wyeth, Home Depot, TSYS, Halliburton, Volvo, KBR and Nikon. Specialties: RFI/RFP development, performance standards and evaluation processes, design, fabrication, audience engagement, program development and management for trade shows, events, meetings.

 

 

Rebecca Rogers Tijerino with The Intersect Group, Michael Giglio with Georgia Life Settlements, Joe Lindenmayer with TSS Photography and Attorney Lenise Williams

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Rebecca Rogers Tijerino / The Intersect Group Linkedin Twitter Facebook

As Chief Executive Officer, Rebecca focuses The Intersect Group’s vision, empowers our capabilities, and drives sales and operational disciplines on a day to day basis.

Prior to her appointment as CEO at The Intersect Group, Rebecca was CEO of Astadia, a leading, global provider of innovative business and technology solutions with expertise in delivering full software development lifecycle and infrastructure solutions in several key areas of digital strategy, marketing automation, design, application development, application management, infrastructure services, and customer support.

Rebecca was previously with Adecco Group NA, where she began as Senior Vice President and rose to Chief Sales Officer for Adecco Staffing U.S., a leading National and International firm, where she served in a variety of leadership roles in Account Sales and Management, Alternative Delivery, Implementation, and Supplier Diversity. Prior to Adecco, Rebecca served as Chief Sales Officer with SeatonCorp, and as Vice President of Business Development and Principal for the ProStaff group of companies.

Rebecca holds bachelor’s degrees in business administration and psychology from Carroll University in Wisconsin.

Michael Giglio / Georgia Life Settlements

Michael Giglio is the owner of Georgia Life Settlements, LLC located in Milton, Georgia. Georgia Life Settlements offers life settlement services to seniors in North Fulton county. A life settlement is the sale of a life insurance policy on behalf of a senior, to a third party, for more than the policy’s cash surrender value. On average, life settlements return many times more cash than a policies cash surrender value and is a great option for seniors who plan to surrender or lapse their life insurance policies. The Georgia Life Settlements team has two decades of experience brokering nearly 24,000 policies with a face value of approximately $1 billion. Leveraging an innovative life settlement exchange, Georgia Life Settlements provides its clients access to more than 20 institutional investors who compete to purchase their policies. The outcome is a competitive bidding process that drives up the commercial value of a client’s life insurance policy. Michael is also a licensed life, accident, and sickness agent. He has partnered with the Crump Insurance Group, one of the largest brokers of insurance products in the United States. Michael enjoys helping individuals and families address their life, disability and long term care insurance needs. Michael is a 29 year veteran of the United States Coast Guard. He commanded several ships, was the chief of the Coast Guard’s Office of Law Enforcement, and served as a member of the National Security Council staff. Michael is a current member of American Legion Post 201 in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Joe Lindenmayer / TSS Photography Linkedin

Employment & Volunteer Activity:  COO/President TSS Photography 2006 – Present  Chairman IFA’s VetFran Committee 2012 – Present  CEO/President Young Masters, Inc. 2008 – 2014  Vice President – Sales TSS Photography, Inc. 2000 – 2006  Board of Directors KV Foundation 2005 – Present  Vice-Chair Southeast Franchise Forum 2012 – Present  President, Berkeley Hills CC Board of Governors – 2006-2008; 2013 – Present

Education: West Canada Valley Central School  B.S. – Oneonta State University, NY  United States Marine Corps 1988 – 1996 (Active Duty & Reserves), Operation Desert Storm Veteran
Family: Wife Kristen, Daughter Riley. Youngest of 7 children (6 boys & 1 girl)

Lenise Williams / Attorney Twitter Facebook

Lenise Williams is a mother, entrepreneur educator, Small Business Attorney and Business Consultant. She provides female entrepreneurs with legal and business consulting to navigate them through the challenges of launching their business and building a lucrative brand. She also assists entrepreneurs in protecting their brand through proper legal agreements, federal protection through trademark and copyright, investor agreements, contract review, legal formation and much more.

Lenise also provides resources and guides to the aspiring and existing entrepreneur. She travels nationally speaking to women about building and growing their own business. Her goal is to launch 1,000 women into entrepreneurship over the next 3 years. She further seeks to aid an additional 500 female owned businesses with expanding their business & their income.

 

 

Walt Carter with Generation Mortgage, Carl Sweat with good2grow and In Zone Brands, and Jay Reeder with Georgia CALLS

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Walt Carter / Generation Mortgage Company Linkedin

With more than twenty-five years in technology leadership roles, Walt specializes in technology visionography and turnaround leadership. While CIO at Generation Mortgage, Walt’s team has received positive press from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, Bloomberg and MarketWatch for innovative use of technology as a key differentiator for the company. A proven technology executive, Walt is adept at working through complex business technology challenges and has successfully implemented several enterprise-wide packaged software solutions. Walt is frequently asked to speak to professional groups on the topics of leadership, governance, risk management and compliance.

After earning a BS in Physics from Guilford College, he began his career as a technical officer in the US Air Force, and over the years he has served in a variety of technology leadership roles with companies such as Fidelity, Gannett, BDM, TRW, and Ajilon Consulting. Walt earned a Master’s degree in Public and Private Administration from Central Michigan University in 1991. While at TRW, he won the President’s Award for his leadership on their largest commercial project. Recently, Walt was named winner of the prestigious Georgia CIO Leadership Association’s Corporate CIO of the year for 2014.

Walt makes his home just outside of Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Eileen and their children.

Specialties: Leadership Development, Technology Acquisition & Support, IT Risk Management, Governance & Compliance, Technology Services.

Carl Sweat / good2grow and In Zone Brands, Inc. Linkedin TwitterFacebook

Jay Reeder / Georgia CALLS Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Jay Reeder has built his career by creating innovative solutions to real-world challenges. With over 23 years in telecommunications, his software development skills and leadership abilities lead to his success in launching VoiceNation in 2002. As President of the virtual phone and live answering service company, Mr. Reeder has created a company culture that thrives on staff development and personal growth. He believes success is more than a privilege; it is a responsibility. It is not only the purpose of his company, but also of his heart, to make the world a better place for those in it. With such great passion to get involved and help others, Mr. Reeder has launched two non-profit organizations, Voice4Nations and Georgia CALLS, to empower individuals to help make a difference in the lives of others.

Mr. Reeder resides in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains on his Apple Mountain Alpaca Farm with his wife and three young boys. Raising his alpacas has been a rewarding adventure for Mr. Reeder and his family. He also volunteers at a local homeless shelter for men in downtown Atlanta on a regular basis and spends several weeks each year traveling on mission trips to impact the lives of others around the world.

 

 

Errol Greene with Clear Harbor and Kenzie Biggins with Uniquely Virtual

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Errol Greene / Clear Harbor Linkedin

Errol Greene is BizDev Manager for Clear Harbor, a specialty outsourcing company based in Alpharetta, with operations in the Caribbean. He’s a published customer support best practices author in publications such as MyCustomer and CRM Magazine amongst others. He’s also owned and sold his own research company that focused on customer experience and what made customers buy.

Kenzie Biggins / Uniquely Virtual, LLC Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Kenzie Biggins is a recognized Business Leader and Advocate for Social Change. After creating a collection of businesses all geared to “giving back” to the community, she developed a service-driven holding company, named KEMBI.

Ms. Biggins and her team at KEMBI – “Uniquely Served Businesses for Social Enterprise” – work together to help empower, enable and engage the community in addressing urgent social needs and problems that affect us all.

The KEMBI collection today includes: *Uniquely Defined: A social media consulting firm founded in 2011 works primarily with nonprofits and small to midsize business and business leaders to create branded strategies and lifestyle messaging that connect with each company’s target market. *Uniquely Virtual: This regional resource founded in 2013 helps busy professionals maximize their time by completing executive administrative tasks with the help of a high powered platform, uvique. As part of their social mission, Uniquely Virtual employs qualified professionals who were impacted by the downturn of the economy. This firm integrates seamlessly with clients’ work lives to improve their productivity and satisfaction.

Before starting her own businesses Ms. Biggins held various leadership positions with multiple Fortune 500 Companies, including Target and Bank of America. With each company, she quickly developed a reputation as a trusted business partner in talent strategy, brand management, and operational excellence.

Ms. Biggins holds a B.S. in Fashion Merchandising from Florida State University and her M.A. in Luxury and Fashion Management from Savannah College of Art and Design. Her educational background has allowed her to accelerate in branding and creative solutions. She believes that “Engagement leads to ROI,” both in business and in community service.

Kenzie Biggins demonstrates her professional and community commitment in many ways. She serves through Atlanta’s St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and was selected as a member of The Vestry. She serves on the board of directors for The Training and Counseling Center and ArtsATL and as an advisory board member for Neil Asks and the Atlanta World Kite Festival and Expo. Additionally, she is a member of the Dogwood City Chapter, The Links, Inc. and serves as the elected corresponding secretary.

 

 

Special Edition: TiE Atlanta

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Dick Ingwersen / Warren Averett Linkedin

Dick Ingwersen is a Member of the Warren Averett Tax Division and serves on the Firm’s Executive Committee. Dick brings to clients extensive experience in individual tax and financial planning, estate and fiduciary planning, retirement plans, employee compensation, partnership taxation, private investment partnerships and closely-held corporations.

Matthew Frooman / Warren Averett

Matthew Frooman is a Member in the Tax Division of Warren Averett where his practice includes a wide variety of business and individual client matters. In addition, he is a Technical Compliance Firm Best Practices Leader. He has extensive experience with income tax compliance and planning for corporations, partnerships, trusts and individuals, including having worked with a number of multi-state and inbound and outbound foreign business clients, many with heavy capital and/or personnel investments. Some of Matthew’s special projects have included detailed analysis and mediation relating to litigation support (including divorce) matters, purchases and sales of businesses and Internal Revenue Service examinations. Additionally, he has led the roll-out of various specialized tax services for the Firm in conjunction with alliance partners, such as cost segregation studies, Georgia retraining tax credits and Section 412i defined benefit plans. He’s particularly adept at locating and executing opportunities to amend new clients’ prior tax returns for tax refunds, and at identifying improved tax filing positions on a current and ongoing basis for continued tax savings. Clients have called him “tenacious” in his approach to finding the best results for them. They value the creativity and acumen he brings to the table, along with his integrity and commitment to the Firm’s 5-STAR client service. Matthew resides in Atlanta with his wife of 30 years, and they have four children and one grandson.

Vikas Verma / Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing Linkedin

Vic Verma is the Chairman & CEO  for Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing Co. He is also Managing Partner with  The Radiology Group LLC.

Vic is an Entrepreneur, Real Estate Developer & Investor. He arrived in the US from India in 1977 after finishing his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering & Associate Degrees in Marketing Management and International Marketing. He started with the San Antonio based Alamo Insulation Co. as Junior Estimator & rose to the President’s position in 3 years. Vic established Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing in 1982 in San Antonio. The company headquarter was moved to Atlanta in 1989. Alpha now has 9 offices throughout Texas, Georgia, Carolinas, Tennessee, Florida & Alabama. He currently oversees business and market development & finance for Alpha’s operations.

He invested in The Radiology Group (TRG) & Women’s Imaging Centers (WIG) in 2011 & took over the role of Managing Partner in 2013 after making critical changes in company’s personnel & culture and making them profitable. TRG is an Atlanta based Radiology Services company serving Clinics and Hospitals in 9 states. WIG has 3 current locations and is exploring national franchise options to stimulate rapid growth.

Over the years, he’s been actively involved with various trade organizations & served as President of Georgia Walls & Ceilings Association & Charter Mentor of The Indus Entrepreneur (TiE). He currently is a board member of the National Association of Minority Contractors (Atlanta) & Cobb Chapter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Atlanta. Vic also serves as advisor emeritus for Cobb Chamber CEO Roundtable Blue group. He is past chairman of Indo American Cultural Association and Founder of Senior Citizens Group for Asian Indians in Atlanta. Vic has over 37 years of business startup & management experience and served on the Advisory Boards of Bank of N. Georgia (formerly Charter Bank & Trust), Owens Corning & Johns Manville, a Berkshire company. Vic is also a graduate of Leadership Atlanta Class of 2005.

 

 

Special Edition: Georgia Society of CPAs

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Today’s episode features guests who are members of the Georgia Society of CPAs. We also welcomed into the studio a group of Ashish Sood’s students to observe the show.

Joel Pascaner/Stephen M. Berman & Associates Linkedin

Joel L. Pascaner is a tax partner specializing in high net worth individuals, privately held entities, partnerships, S corporations, estates and trusts, not-for-profit organizations, and state and local tax matters. He also has extensive experience representing taxpayers before the IRS as well as numerous other taxing jurisdictions.

Joel is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and The Leaderhship Team of the Tax Section of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. He has been an at-large member of the GSCPA Council. In addition, he has served as the Chairman of the Tax Section of the GSCPA as well as both the Federal Tax Legislation and the Georgia Tax Legislation Subcommittees of the GSCPA Tax Section, where he was involved in the drafting and introduction of proposed legislation. He is also a Past Chairman of the Depreciation Committee and the Tax Accounting Problems Committee of the NYSSCPA. Mr. Pascaner was a member of the GSCPA 2006 Tax Forum Planning Committee and served as Moderator at the Forum’s Luncheons with Georgia Tax Commissioner Bart Graham. He was awarded “2006 Distinguished Section Leader” by the GSCPA and served on their Task Force on Employment. Joel is a member of the Atlanta Tax Forum and the Atlanta Estate Planning Council. He is a graduate of the Philanthropic Advisor Leadership Institute and was awarded the “Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Manager” by Atlanta Magazine for years 2009, 2010, and 2011.

Joel has authored numerous articles in professional and industry publications including the CPA Journal and the Taxation for Accountants.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Disabilities Network and is currently on the Board of Trustees of Georgia Shakespeare.

Prior to joining Stephen M. Berman & Associates, L.L.C., Joel practiced as a tax professional with Laventhol & Horwath and Peat Marwick.

Joel is a CPA and received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania as well as his Masters of Science in Taxation at the Long Island University.

John Masters, CPA, PC Linkedin

John Masters earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1969, followed by his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1975, and finally his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1979. During this period he was employed eight years in the Computer, Aerospace, and Electronics industries. During 1979 he was admitted to the Georgia Bar and received his certificate to practice as a Certified Public Accountant in Georgia and Alabama.

John has been active in professional, civic, and political activities throughout his career. He presently serves on the Georgia Society of Certified Pubic Accountants Professional Ethics Committee, and recently completed his term as Chairman of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants Tax Section. He has served as a SBA Score/Ace Volunteer Consultant, taught in the Junior Achievement Program and been a Future Business Leaders of America sponsor. He administered the “Call the Expert” on taxation program for 21 years at WGST News Radio where he also appeared as Tax Series Guest/Host. He has participated in various other radio and television tax related programs, testified at administrative hearings including the Georgia Special Council on Taxation, and held positions in other organizations.

John has taught courses at Oglethorpe University, Clayton Junior College (now Clayton State College) and the Becker CPA Review Course. For the last several years he has been an active member of the Dekalb Peachtree Squadron, Georgia Wing, of the Civil Air Patrol where he currently holds the rank of Major, and has been an active member of the Northside Atlanta Jaycees and the Decatur Dekalb Kiwanis Club. His is currently a member of the American Bar Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Georgia Bar Association, Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

John practices in Atlanta, Georgia principally in the areas of taxation and accounting, taxpayer representation before administrative bodies and tax tribunals, and related fields.

Douglas MacGinnitie / Georgia Department of Revenue Linkedin

Douglas J. MacGinnitie was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to serve as Georgia’s State Revenue Commissioner on January 18, 2011.

Professionally, Doug was an executive in the insurance brokerage industry. He co-founded and served as COO of Beecher Carlson and was a senior executive at Hobbs Group.

Prior to that he worked as a corporate attorney at both Alston & Bird and Georgia-Pacific Corporation.

Doug grew up in Dunwoody, Georgia. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Dartmouth College, where he was also voted the Ivy League Soccer Player of the Year. Doug received his J.D. from Emory School of Law, where he was Woodruff Fellow.

Doug is a former member of the Sandy Springs City Council. Doug serves on a number of governmental and non-profit boards, including the Truancy Intervention Project, a non-profit based in Atlanta, and St. Martin’s Episcopal School.

Doug and his wife reside in Sandy Springs with their three children.

 

 

Christine Hunsaker with Hunsaker Partners, Mike Walsh with Amp’d Entertainment, and Erik Dowdy with W Residences

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Christine Hunsaker / Hunsaker Partners Linkedin

Christine Hunsaker is a well-respected figure in the funeral and cremation industry and one of the nation’s leading cremationists. She has more than 25 years of experience in the cremation, funeral, and cemetery business and has been a corporate officer for two of the largest publically traded funeral companies in the United States.

Since entering the workforce after graduate school, all but two years of her 25-year professional career has been in the death care industry. Hunsaker has worked in every facet of the funeral, cemetery and cremation business. This includes but not limited to waiting on families, sales, marketing, management, leadership, cemetery operations, funeral home operations, crematory operations, market expansion and executive management. She also has extensive experience in acquiring and operating funeral homes and cemeteries.

Hunsaker belongs to the following professional organizations in the death care industry: Cremation Association of North America; International Cemetery and Cremation Funeral Association; and the National Funeral Directors Association.

Mike Walsh / Amp’d Entertainment Twitter Facebook

Mike Walsh is the owner of Amp’d Entertainment, A Full Service DJ/Entertainment company for Weddings and Special Events. A preferred vendor of over 50 venues and 20 plus event planners, these pros recommend Mike and his staff as his concept of “Remix’d Weddings” offers a unique alternative to the “Traditional Wedding DJ” Experience.

Amp’d Entertainment performs around 200 events per year and is the winner of the Knot.com’s “Best of Weddings” for 2013, and 2014 as well as the recipient of the “Couple’s Choice Awards” for 2013, and 2014 by Wedding Wire.

Erik Dowdy / W Residences Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Associate Broker at The Residences at W Atlanta – Downtown, Erik Dowdy, is ranked among the nation’s top realtors. A native of Evanston, IL, Erik studied Business Operations at DeVry University and pursued a real estate career in 2002. Erik earned his Broker’s license from Barney Fletcher School of Real Estate and went to work with the Novare Group in Atlanta, GA, before moving to The Marketing Directors.

Essentially an empty community when Erik arrived in 2012, a record 42 homes were sold at The Residences at W Atlanta – Downtown in 2013. For closing over 23 million dollars in 2013, Erik achieved sixth place in the “Atlanta Top 10” agents citywide. He was also named a lifetime multimillion-dollar club member by the Atlanta Board of Realtors® for consecutive multi-year closing totals.

 

 

Special Edition: Annona Enterprises Trusted Advisors

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Soyini Coke / Annona Enterprises   Linkedin Twitter youtube

Larry Kihlstadius / Vistage International

Mr. Kihlstadius leads the Southeast Vistage region which includes Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina. He assists the Vistage Chair community in growing and improving their individual practices. Vistage International is the world’s leading peer group membership organization for CEOs and senior executives with over 18,000 members.

Mr. Kihlstadius is a graduate or the United States Naval Academy and served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He has held senior leadership positions at Accenture, Monster, American Woodmark, and Randstad.

Linda Gabbard / Vistage International Linkedin

A high- performing Chair and Chair Coach, Linda Gabbard is known for driving growth and results in large global companies, start-up businesses, and turnarounds. She has deep experience in the manufacturing space, with experience in product marketing, sales, general management, leading international business units, and change management. She runs a successful consulting practice specializing in strategic execution, change management, and executive coaching. Recognized as a change agent and strategist, she combines teamwork, creative problem solving, and a sense of humor in supporting clients and members in the resolution of complex issues in fast-paced environments. Winner of Chair Excellence Awards, Master Chair Award, and 2012 National Chair of the Year, she is a certified Co-Active Coach (CPCC and ACC) and Leadership Circle 360 Practitioner.

Nat Padget / Shareholder Solutions, LLC

H. N. “Nat” Padget began his 36 years career in banking and finance as a federal bank regulator before moving to the private sector where he worked in various executive capacities from credit approval to business development to executive management.

In 1998, founded and served as CEO of CNB Holdings, Inc., a public company that owned what was Chattahoochee National Bank, First Capital Bank and later merged into Flag Bank, which was sold to RBC Bank in 2006 (a $457 million transaction). CNB Holdings original investors who held until its final sale to RBC enjoyed an average annual return of 47%.

During Mr. Padget’s time as CEO, CNB Holdings was awarded the Atlanta Journal/Constitution’s “Top 100 Public Companies of Georgia” four out of its last five years based on financial performance factors including shareholder value. In 2003, He received the “Financial Advocate of the Year” award from the U.S. Small Business Administration for Georgia.

Padget has been the subject of cover story articles in Georgia Trend magazine; Inc. Magazine and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. His marketing initiatives garnered an AMY award in 2005, while his banks received the highest ratings for credit quality from regulators. In 2010, Padget was a finalist for the Vistage Leadership Award.

Today he is owner of Shareholder Solutions, LLC., a consulting practice to aid executives, boards, and owners in enhancing the value of their companies. Padget is also managing partner of Sophisticated Solutions, LLC, a commercial loan company. Padget has been a guest lecturer at Georgia State University and various business associations. He enjoys accurately predicting outcomes in the financial sector well ahead of established pundits.

Specialties: Fractional CFO, banking and finance consulting, board and executive management assessments, shareholder representation, debtor representation, risk management, market strategies, strategic planning, and expert witness in business litigation.

 

 

Nancy Glube with Dale Carnegie Training, Jack Canouse and Chris Albano with Stars and Strikes, Tonya Lanthier with DentalPost and Dontaira Terrell

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Nancy Glube / Dale Carnegie Training Linkedin

Jack Canouse and Chris Albano / Stars and Strikes Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Jack Canouse and Chris Albano are the founders and Managing Partners of Stars and Strikes Family Entertainment Centers. It was a rainy, cold weekend in November 2003 that these two neighbors came up with the Stars and Strikes concept over a few drinks. Their dream: A clean, safe environment that their children and others around the Metro Atlanta area could go to have fun and hang out with the friends. They imagined a place with top notch customer service, thousands of square feet of FUN, a nice restaurant with delicious food, bartenders that call you by name and remember your drink, and much more. In June 2005 they opened their first center in Cumming, soon followed by Lawrenceville, Dallas, Stone Mountain and Sandy Springs. They employ over 400 people, and are very active in the surrounding communities of their centers.

Tonya Lanthier / DentalPost Linkedin Twitter Facebook

A long-time resident of Atlanta, Georgia and Registered Dental Hygienist since 1995, Tonya’s involvement in dentistry goes way beyond the dental practice. Aside from being a member of the Academy of Dental Hygiene (ADHA), Entrepreneurial Organization (EO) and Academy of Dental Management Consultants (ADMC), she is on the planning committee for the Northern District Dental Society (NDDS) Gala for Smiles, public relations liaison for the Georgia Dental Hygiene Association (GDHA), and volunteers for the Georgia Mission of Mercy and the Ben Mansell Clinic. Tonya also works with the Georgia Department of Education’s Business Advisory Committee. She is a talented and engaging public speaker, using her boundless energy and enthusiasm to deliver her message about helping practices find and hire the right team member; while assisting job seekers with career coaching.

With the arrival of twin girls, it led Tonya to create a new identity as a successful “intrepreneur,” building her business while continuing to work as a Registered Dental Hygienist for dental practices. While maintaining multiple temp positions, she discovered that the process of looking for work in her field was itself a full-time job. Always an enthusiastic networker, Tonya built up a large database of contacts with whom she shared information about possible jobs; she even started hearing from practices looking for people, and made introductions, helping to connect job-seekers with employers.

Dontaira Terrell / Journalist Linkedin

Dontaira Terrell is a Florida A&M University graduate, former broadcast producer and journalist, with a penchant for journal writing, health and wellness, pop culture as well as entrepreneurship. Her love for documenting life’s best moments happened as a youth, consuming local and national news and engrossing herself in a variety of magazines, newspapers and books to read. Writing in her journal is a thing of the past, as she now provides her insights and reporting for companies including The Huffington Post, Ebony online, Spirituality & Health and B*Real which is an entity of BET.com.