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Brad Serff with Providence Bank, Jenn Graham with Aha! Strategy also Civic Dinners and Betsy Hall with Hall’s Flower Shop & Garden Center


Brad Serff / Providence Bank

Brad Serff is the President, CEO and a Founding Director of Providence Bank in Alpharetta Georgia. He began his 28 year banking career in 1988 with Citizens & Southern National Bank (C&S) here in Atlanta Georgia and spent the next 28 years working as a banker in Georgia. Mr. Serff left Exchange Bank based in Milledgeville Georgia in 2005 to return to Atlanta and open Providence Bank. He is currently the Chairman of the Community Bankers Association of Georgia. He is also active in the local community the Vice Chairman of the Milton First Responders Foundation, Chairman of YMCA Camp High Harbour and a member of the Milton / Windward Rotary Club.




Jenn Graham / Aha! Strategy and Civic Dinners
CEO and Social Innovation Designer

Jenn Graham is the founder and CEO of Aha! Strategy, an Atlanta-based social innovation design firm, that works exclusively with nonprofits—at a city, state and national level—to move the needle on important social and civic issues, from early childhood education to transportation to community engagement. She is also Co-Founder of Civic Dinners, a civic engagement platform designed to bring new voices to the table around conversations that matter.

Through her work, Jenn has helped raise the Millennial voice by leading the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Millennial Advisory Panel and sparked a week-long conversation on regional transit leading the The Great Exchange on Transportation in Gwinnett. In partnership with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Jenn helped raise the visibility of bicycling in Atlanta by rebranding and reorganizing Atlanta Streets Alive, which is now the largest open streets event in the country. She’s led the brand strategy, communications and community engagement for Get Georgia Reading and Talk With Me Baby, a coalition funded by United Way working to bridge the 30 million word gap by training nurses to coach parents on the power of language nutrition.

Jenn’s community leadership roles include branding and project lead for (co)lab summit, a Collaborative Leadership Summit organized by Leadership Atlanta in 2013 and TEDxAtlanta co-organizer for 5 years, and over 10 events, helping over 100 speakers prepare for the talk of their life.

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Betsy Hall / Hall’s Flower Shop & Garden Center

Hall’s was founded in 1946 in the Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta by Wayne and Mildred Hall; their outstanding reputation for flowers and plants is carried on by their son Kenneth and his wife Betsy.  As a florist, we’re given the honor of being a part of life’s precious moments; birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduation and funerals.  Even a gift for a simple get well or “I’m thinking of you” has special meaning when expressed with flowers. We get to know our customers and the trust they give us is humbling.  Give Hall’s a call and let us show you what a difference a Real, Local Florist can make when sending flowers and plants.

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CyberSecurity Month


Cause & Affect Radio Brought To You By
UHY Advisors


David Barton / UHY Advisors
Managing Director

David Barton is a Managing Director with the firm in the Southeast and serves as leader in the Internal Audit, Risk & Compliance and Management & Technology Consulting groups. He has more than 25 years of practical experience in information systems and technology risk and controls.



Dave King / UHY Advisors
Senior Manager

Dave King is Senior Manager within UHY’s Technology and Risk Management consulting practice. He has over 15 years of experience in governance, risk, and compliance management. He is responsible for
advising business and technology executives on Cybersecurity, PCI Compliance, and technology risk management initiatives.



Glenise Moore / Ventiv
Director of IT Security, Compliance, and Privacy

Driven and Innovative leader with expertise in information systems security analysis and management. Seasoned in internal and external audit, risk mitigation and enterprise security posture. Keen understanding of IT and non-IT integrated issues and adept at bridging the gap between IT and business constituents. Proven ability to quickly understand key business drivers, and develop strategies to leverage and streamline continuous organizational development and growth, while delivering tangible results for all stakeholders.



Tony UcedaVelez / Internap

Tony is the CEO and Founder of VerSprite, a global security consulting firm offering strategic services offerings around information security, including virtual CISO services.  He currently is acting CISO for Internap, an international hosting and network service provider.  He is author to Risk Based Threat Modeling (Wiley 2015) and the PASTA risk based threat modeling methodology. Tony runs the OWASP Atlanta chapter and hosts monthly talks in Atlanta around emerging threats to application environments.  He has spoken at numerous international security conferences, including OWASP, ISSA, ISC2, ISACA, BSides Security Conference, Cloud Connect, and EC-Council. Tony’s 20 years of IT and Security experience across various industries has made him a strategic consultant for multiple Fortune 500 leaders.



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KSU Entrepreneurship Center The Shrimp Tank Featuring Ashley Daniele Carestia


 Where can a young entrepreneur figure out how to turn their dreams into reality? Just take a step into the Shrimp Tank. The Shrimp Tank brings you interviews with some of the most successful business owners in the United States to learn the do’s and don’ts of starting and running a successful business. Then, the fun really starts when we bring in high school and college students to pitch their business ideas to the Shrimp Tank. We don’t fund any business, but we do teach kids how to turn their business ideas into a successful business.

Hosts of The Shrimp Tank Chris Hanks and Ted Jenkin.




Ashley Carestia / Bark Fifth Avenue

Ashley Daniele Carestia is a Florida native and has been a successful fashion model since age four.  She is currently signed with CLICK models and has been making headlines and covers with her new business venture, Bark Fifth Avenue LLC, a luxury dog boutique in Buckhead Atlanta. With Ashley’s strong passion for fashion and dogs, she has created a world where upscale pet owners can treat their four-legged family members to only the best in fashion, travel, and accessories.


Walking runways and dressing pets are things that Ashley has done since childhood.   As a model turned CEO, she balances work, play, and family life in Buckhead with her husband, prominent litigator Michael Carestia. The two were married in 2015 in Bora Bora. Ashley has her degree in Nutrition & Exercise Science, which she decided to change after three years of pre-law.  She felt very “Legally Blonde” during her path toward her legal career, so she refocused her course of studies.


Today, she serves as Proprietor of Bark Fifth Avenue and continues her career as a fashion model. Ashley started Bark Fifth Avenue in 2013 as an online boutique and opened her first brick and mortar in October 2015. Since then she has been asked to sponsor many pet events including Star 94.1’s famous Woofstock where she was the sponsor of the VIP (Very Important Paws) area and the Atlanta Pet Expo where she took on the sponsorship and creation of their VIP area. Ashley has graced several covers of local area magazines and is now the fashion columnist for Atlanta Pet Life magazine where she writes about current trends in the pet fashion world. In addition to her various commitments and world travels, Ashley is involved socially and politically in Atlanta.  She supports many charitable and church organizations, including The Humane Society, GlobalX, and Angels Among Us. She currently serves as a mentor at Woodson Park Academy through her church at Northpoint Ministries (Buckhead Church).


Ashley lives by the motto that “Everything happens for a reason” and the philosophy that “Money will never make you happy. Love your friends, love your family, and love the things that make you happy. Have morals and values. Hold strong to the things you believe in.  If puppies, glitter, and rainbows make you truly happy, then chase those as they are more attainable.  Most importantly, love yourself and never let anyone ever make you feel bad about yourself.” Ashley’s determination to succeed as well as her sense of humor and spirituality allow her to live life to the fullest.


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Bark Fifth Avenue

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Atlanta, GA 30324


Also on today’s program, Ali Farnum, student at KSU majoring in Business management and with a minor in  entrepreneurship.

Grant Wainscott with the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Lara O’Connor Hodgson with NOW Corp


Money20/20 is the world’s biggest, boldest and best event covering payments and financial services innovation for connected commerce at the intersection of mobile, retail, marketing services, data and technology. 



Grant Wainscott / Metro Atlanta Chamber
Director of Technology

Helping build and globally promote metro Atlanta’s technology ecosystem within the clusters of FinTech, Cyber Security, Software, and Digital Media/Entertainment Tech.

Seasoned global executive with extensive experience in economic and community development, chamber of commerce and organizational development. Significant international trade mission knowledge, including planning and executing successful cross-border initiatives and partnerships.

Excellent background in business and entrepreneur development, project management, and commercial real estate site selection.

Detailed film industry experience, specializing in community film office management, location scouting, pre and post production assistance, production recruiting and sound stage leasing.

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Lara O’Connor Hodgson / NOWaccount Network Corporation
Founder, President and CEO

Lara has launched product and service businesses, raised capital, and served in executive management roles with Nourish (a patented consumer product for children), Insomnia Consulting LLC (an infrastructure development company), Dewberry Capital Corporation, DCH (a $400M private equity firm in which she was a founding principal), Dunk (a performance footwear and apparel brand), and iXL, an Internet development company. Lara has extensive experience in brand development, corporate strategy, business development, marketing, and operations, Lara has worked with companies such as Nike, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Keds, and others.



Atlanta’s Most Trusted Advisors Features Donna Grindle

Atlanta’s Most Trusted Advisors interviews industry experts from in and around the Metro Atlanta Area. Our goal is to provide valuable information that all business owners and managers can use in their day-to-day work to help them succeed.




Donna Grindle / Kardon Compliance
Founder & President

After 30 years in IT, Donna Grindle has seen a lot of changes.  As a self-professed techno-nerd, she has been thrilled to test out new tech as it has come along.  Donna started in Healthcare IT as a programmer for Atlanta based, Millard-Wayne, Inc. in 1987.  When the company was acquired in 1997, Donna was Vice President of Operations.  

In 1999, Donna formed the technology consulting firm, Kardon Group, LLC, with her now wife and business partner Karla Kreitner.   Today, doing business as Kardon Compliance, they help companies manage their HIPAA compliance programs.

Donna is also a speaker, blogger, and podcaster on topics concerning HIPAA compliance as well as technology and cybersecurity for small business.  Donna and Karla are active in a variety of community organizations such as For The Kid, Health Initiative, Atlanta Independent Women’s Network, and more.  They live in the Tucker area with their sheltie, Chantz.



Bonnie Buol Ruszczyk (Host) / bbr Marketing

Bonnie Buol Ruszczyk has been a member of the creative and marketing services community for over 20 years and does not appear to be leaving it anytime soon. As president of bbr marketing, she has relished the challenges of entrepreneurship as she worked to grow and nurture a new business. Since the firm’s inception in 2009, Bonnie has led the young company to become widely recognized and respected within the professional services marketing niche, with award-winning client websites and an outstanding history of business success having worked with clients in 23 states and 2 Canadian provinces.

Veterans Connect Radio Episode 017

Veterans Connect Radio

A spotlight episode of Atlanta Business Radio and powered by Business RadioX. Co-Hosted by Ryan “Redhawk” McPherson and Brandon Skolnick with Gathering Of Angels. Featuring veteran entrepreneurs, support organizations, outreach groups and more in the Atlanta area continuing to serve our families, our communities and our country. 


Veterans Rally in the Woods
Dec. 09-11 2016

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Matt Gob, Damon Gabriel, Clayton Still



Matthew A. Grob / United States Department of Labor
Veterans’ Employment and Training Service Office of Strategic Outreach
Atlanta, Georgia / Veterans.Gov

VETLANTA / Director of Stategic Planning

Matthew Grob entered on duty as the Atlanta Regional Veterans’ Employment Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) on June 29th, 2015.  As the Regional Veterans’ Employment Coordinator Matthew provides employment resources and expertise, through outreach to businesses, employer groups, Veterans’ organizations, state workforce partners and government agencies to promote Veterans’ employment opportunities and coordinate veterans employment initiatives with the DOL VETS and state workforce agencies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Matthew enlisted in the US Army in 1989 and served as an Intelligence Specialist in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and tours in Germany and Italy from 1990 through 1996.  He then separated from active duty and enrolled in the Simultaneous Membership Program in the Wisconsin Army National Guard and the Army ROTC program.  He was a Distinguished Military Graduate and commissioned a Second Lieutenant in July, 1999.  Matthew’s recent assignments include directing a Human Resources department of a transportation agency and commanding a regional Human Resources unit in Germany and Kuwait.  He culminated his military career managing Army-wide transformation programs over a 6-year period as the Senior Program Manager and Force Development Officer for Headquarters, US Army Europe. 

Upon retirement, Matthew and his family relocated from Heidelberg, Germany to the Atlanta, Georgia area and found most meaning and purpose in serving his fellow Veterans, their families and the military community.  He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of the Atlanta Chapter of Team Red, White and Blue, and is actively involved in numerous local veterans’ organizations.  In September 2015, Matthew was elected to the position of Executive Secretary and Executive Committee Member of VETLANTA, and in August 2016 he assumed the new role of Director of Strategy.  He most recently served as a Veteran Transition Specialist with Hire Heroes USA, a nationwide non-profit organization providing personalized transition and career coaching to US military Veterans, service members and their spouses. 

Matthew is currently in the Executive MBA Program at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.  He has a background in Program and Project Management with Lean Six Sigma training and experience.  His career is supported by a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management & Communication from Concordia University – Wisconsin, and a Master of Arts in International Relations from Webster University. 




Clayton Still / Power Home Remodeling
Marekting Mentor

Clayton Still, I am currently a Marketing Mentor for Power Home Remodeling Group. I was born and raised in Snellville, Georgia where I attended South Gwinnett High School. After graduating with a 3.8 GPA from South Gwinnett High School I attended Middle Georgia College in Cochran GA on a full academic scholarship. I received an associates degree from Middle Georgia College in 2008 and I transferred to Georgia State University. Upon transferring I enlisted into the Georgia Army National Guard where I served 6 years as a 31B or Military Police. I graduated from Basic and AIT from Fort Leonardwood Missouri. After graduating basic I served in the 178th MP Co, 190th MP Co, 179th MP Co. In 2011-2012 I deployed to Bagram Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. I also deployed in 2013-2014 with the 179th MP Co to Kabul Afghanistan doing Security Escorts and Quick Reaction Forces also in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. I was honorably discharged from the  Georgia Army National Guard in 2015 as a SGT. I am currently a Marketing Mentor in the Atlanta office for Power Home Remodeling Group. I have been with Power Home Remodeling for two years and I’m excited to not only continue to grow as a professional but also to be able to help veterans find a place where they can truly accomplish their american dream utilizing Power’s Veteran Initiative.



Damon Gabriel / Power Home Remodeling
Quality Assurance Manager
Originally From Seattle Washington, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps when I was 17. Shortly after graduation from High School I shipped out for boot camp in San Diego California.
After a full work up with my unit I deployed to Afghanistan in the spring of 2010. While on deployment I was struck by IEDs twice which ultimately lead to the end of my unfortunately short Marine Corps career. I sustained severe spinal injuries due to the strikes and was not able to re-enlist in 2012 as the Marine Corps felt I was no longer fit for duty in my occupation.
After transitioning out of the Marine Corps in 2012, my girlfriend at the time who is now my wife and I decided to move to Atlanta to start our new lives. She is originally from Atlanta so it was nice to have her family here to help us out while we got on our feet.
I had a job prior to working for Power for about a year but I never really got that sense of purpose that I had while in the Corps. I was laid off in the end because of industry regulation that destroyed the small company I was working for at that time and within two weeks I had found Power.
When I started with Power I was in the entry level marketing position which served me really well while I was getting immersed in the culture and figuring my life out. Right from the start I knew I was going to love working here because of the commradarie you could feel in the office. It felt very similar to the Marine Corps and I really liked that.
As time went on I found myself in a management position in the marketing department and then was able to be promoted and transferred into the sales department where within a year I was mentoring our new consultants and helping to develop our leadership/and office.
Now adays I’m married to my beautiful wife Samantha and we have a home in Brookhaven that we share with our son Theo… I say share because it has quickly become his house and we just live there, clean it and pay the bills!.. As for my Career with Power I’m in the Quality Assurance department as a manager where I go out to our active installs and ensure that our customers are having the five star experience that we talk about during our initial consultation and make sure that all our products are going in per spec.





Clint Brewer with U.S. Commercial Service, Bettina Gardner with The City Of Atlanta, Angelica F. White with ZIPPYAR LLC,


Clint Brewer / U.S. Commercial Service
U.S. Commercial Officer

After graduating from Syracuse University in May 2003 with a degree in International Relations
and Spanish, Clint Brewer moved to New York City where he started his career in international
business working with the second largest insurance broker in the world, Aon Risk Solutions. Soon after completing a two
year training program with Aon, Clint was selected to participate in a foreign exchange program that placed him in Madrid, Spain for a period of three years, where he acquired professional language proficiency in Spanish and obtained experience advising multinational clients on their commercial insurance needs in Spain.




Bettina Gardner / City Of Atlanta
Deputy Director Of International Affairs

A native of Stone Mountain, GA, Ms. Bettina Gardner is a proud alumna of Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Multinational Business and Spanish. Shortly after undergrad, Ms. Gardner completed her MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.

Ms. Gardner has taught English abroad in both Spain and Chile, as well as worked at the US Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal. She spent 6 months in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil studying Portuguese as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.

Ms. Gardner has worked at the Georgia Department of Agriculture in the International Trade office,  managing inbound buyer delegations and planning trade missions for Georgia and southeastern agricultural companies. Her role included assisting Georgia food businesses in their exporting endeavors.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Gardner worked as a Global Business Meeting Consultant for the largest educational travel company in the US, WorldStrides Capstone. There she organized high level business meetings across the globe for top MBA programs and universities, serving as the liason to C-suite executives at companies such as Maersk, Coca-Cola, Port of Valparaiso, Gulfstream Aerospace, Bank of England, the London Stock Exchange, the Intercontinetal Exchange and many more.

As Deputy Director of International Affairs for Mayor Kasim Reed, Ms. Gardner organizes meetings with inbound/outbound delegations, coordinates overseas trips and interacts with the City of Atlanta’s global community, including the over 70 Consular offices located in the metro area. A few of the  key programs she has organized include: the  2014 Inaugural Americas Competitiveness Exchange, Mayor Reed’s trade mission to Brazil, FinTech Trade Mission to London, Mayor Reed’s Mission to the Inauguration of President Varela of Panama, Young African Leaders Initiative in Atlanta, and the annual export seminar. Ms. Gardner holds an MS in International Affairs from Georgia Tech. She has over ten years of experience in government, educational and corporate foreign exchange programs, speaks Spanish and Portuguese and has lived in both Europe and Latin America. She currently serves as Interim Director of International Affairs.

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Angelica Figueiredo White / ZIPPYAR LLC
Founder and CEO

“Angelica White is the founder and chief executive officer of ZIPPYAR, which enables products to directly stream unique video messages to consumers. We also allow consumers to respond in a crowdsourcing like platform using mobile devices. We believe customers are one of a kind and so is the message we empower brands to deliver. ZIPPYAR patent pending technology is at the intersection of Near Field Communication, QRCode, CLOUD, Augmented Reality (AR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) augmenting the relationship of brands and consumers.

Angelica likes to identify herself as an inventor, entrepreneur, business consultant and mother.  She holds a bachelor of science in Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Executive MBA from Goizueta Business School. She is the 2010 class Entrepreneurship Award recipient and LaunchPad2X 2015 program graduate. Angelica has extensive experience delivering innovative solutions to companies such as Titleist, PepsiCo Brazil and Fidelity Investments. She is visionary, strategist, personable and determined.  Angelica relocated from Brazil to the US to immerse herself in an English program with final objective of attaining an MBA to starting her own business. She was awarded her first patent acting as her own patent lawyer, and is passionate about delivering social good while developing profitable businesses.

In September of this year,  ZIPPYAR was accepted into the Amazon AWS Activate Portfolio Program joining notable startups, including Airbnb, Lyft and Spotify, to name a few. Participation in this program will allow ZIPPYAR to accelerate its product development, and provide the infrastructure to quickly scale.”

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KSU Entrepreneurship Center Presents The Shrimp Tank


Where can a young entrepreneur figure out how to turn their dreams into reality? Just take a step into the Shrimp Tank. The Shrimp Tank brings you interviews with some of the most successful business owners in the United States to learn the do’s and don’ts of starting and running a successful business. Then, the fun really starts when we bring in high school and college students to pitch their business ideas to the Shrimp Tank. We don’t fund any business, but we do teach kids how to turn their business ideas into a successful business.

Hosts of The Shrimp Tank Chris Hanks and Ted Jenkin.



Richie Knight / HW Creative Marketing 


Richie Knight is a driven entrepreneur who has spent years honing the art of marketing and management. His affinity for people helps him turn professional thinkers into spirited experts. Years of experience working with people, learning their businesses and celebrating their obsessions have turned a young ideator into a marketing guru. 
In 2010, Richie co-founded HW Creative Marketing, a fully integrated inbound marketing agency with a concentrated passion for people and the dedication that drives their business. At the helm of the HW team, Richie brings years of marketing experience to businesses dedicated to sharing their carefully-crafted products and services with devoted customers. Each Spring, Richie coordinates the Success Summit in the heart of Downtown Athens, Georgia, an all-day event giving creative thinkers the opportunity to learn, connect and be inspired.


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Women In Technology (WIT) Special Episode

The work of Women in Technology has an incredible impact.

Since 1992, Women in Technology has had a mission dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in Georgia’s technology community. Through the WIT COMMUNITY, WIT Also educates and encourages girls and young women to pursue careers in STEM.


Sandy Welfare /  WIT 

Sandy D. Welfare is the Executive Director of Women In Technology (WIT). Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of Cool Girls Inc, an award-winning early intervention after-school program dedicated to the empowerment of girls (2009-2015).

Sandy’s career began in 1989 in Greenwich, Connecticut where she joined Rand Insurance as the Controller. Six years later, she accepted a position with Lucent Technologies, an international telecommunications leader, holding a number of positions including serving as Accounting and Treasury Manager in Singapore (1999-2000) and then as Senior Manager in Australia and New Zealand (2000-2002). Sandy returned to Atlanta in 2002 as Senior Manager of Global Financial Services.

In 2003, Sandy accepted a position as Director of Operations for Xchanging, a business processing outsourcing company. In 2006, her career took her to London, England as Managing Director for professional services, where she managed global business processing services for bank financial transactions, insurance and retail.

Sandy received her undergraduate degree from St. John’s University in New York, and a Master of Business Administration from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. She serves on the board of several non-profits, including Kiwanis Club of Atlanta. Sandy resides in Marietta, Georgia with her husband, Cliff and son, Soloman.

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Featured on this program:

Lindsay Hawkins / It Staffing Consultant and WIT Connect Event Chair

Joye Nettles / Consultant Developer with ThoughtWorks

Duvall Smith / CTO with Event Tent 



Independent We Stand Special Episode


Andy Darnell / Howard Brothers Hardware
Director of Marketing and Communications

I am the Director of Marketing for Howard Brothers, a locally owned and independently run True Value Hardware store and Outdoor Power Equipment company with several locations in the Atlanta area. I’ve also had the opportunity to help develop and implement web content strategy with some of the largest hospitals and healthcare systems in the country.

On a personal level, I help small businesses develop and implement best practice web presence strategy. This involves architecture, design, content creation, web development, SEO, SEM, social media integration… Basically tell the story of who they are and why they are passionate about their business.

I live in Peachtree Corners, Georgia with my incredible wife and two amazing daughters.


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