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WIT Connect 2017

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WIT Connect is one of Atlanta’s most engaging and interactive events for STEM leaders! For the past 20+ years we’ve auctioned off some of Atlanta’s most highly visible technology executives and raised over $2 million to support the development of young girls and the advancement of women in STEM. WIT Connect is one of the premier fundraising and networking events of the year with over 600 top level executives in the technology field. In addition to our highly anticipated executive auction, it is also an evening where we focus on the mission of WIT. At this event, we highlight our WIT Girls and WIT Campus young women, along with the impact WIT programs has had on their advancement in STEM, which includes scholarship awards.

 

Vicki Hamilton and Danielle Joiner McPherson

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Madison Kenney

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Ben Hendrick

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Marva Bailer and Ramona Lopez

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Marva Bailer and Clint Bailey

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Rachel Alston and Keith Sciulli

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Rebecca Robinson

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Jamila Cowan-Wideman and Etienne Batiste 

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Tim Fraher and David Rodriguez

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Culinary Atlanta Series Featuring Seth Gragg with Thrasher Coffee, Steve and Cyndi Weinbaum with We Sell Restaurants and Paul McKeon with Team Building with Taste

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Seth Gragg is VP of Business Development with Thrasher Coffee Co. and has an extensive background in sales and operational management. Seth has been instrumental in the growth of Thrasher Coffee Co. Learn more on their website, and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Steve and Cyndi Weinbaum are restaurant brokers with We Sell Restaurants. Steve is a licensed real estate salesperson and Certified Business Broker. He has over 25 years of experience working with retail, dining, and financial industry leaders with a focus on Marketing, Business Analysis, and Relationship Management. The importance of establishing open and honest rapport with all his clients is, and will continue to be, paramount.

Steve has the ability to quickly and accurately review and evaluate financial data. This skill enables him to provide sound valuation feedback and business guidance. He has years of experience negotiating complex business to business contracts. Steve worked with most of the major Casual Dining and Quick Serve Franchise brands to help grow sales and customer engagement.

As a Certified Restaurant Broker, Steve is closing an average of two businesses per month and is skilled in complex lease negotiations.

Cyndi is a licensed Real Estate Agent who has been representing Buyers and Sellers for over a decade. And while her experience has been primarily in the residential market, both resells and new construction, her ability to negotiate complex contracts and perform valuation analysis also serves the commercial real estate and business community.

She is a certified negotiation specialist and has attended many workshops and seminars on sales and marketing and is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Club. She has also received instruction and testing leading to designation as a Certified Restaurant Broker.

Cyndi sharpened her negotiating and business analysis skills as a buyer for Macy’s where she collaborated on multifaceted deals in order to maximize return and further developing her ability to quickly and accurately review financial data to evaluate value and drive sales.

As a Restaurant Broker, Cyndi is now working with restaurant owners to accurately value, market and sell their restaurants for maximum value. She is also helping buyers identify the right business opportunity based on their financial goals and objectives. You can follow them both on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

 

Paul McKeon is CEO of Team Building with Taste, a hospitality company he co-founded in 2012. McKeon and his team have merged their love of food with their business experience building and running high performance sales and marketing teams. With custom team building kitchens in Atlanta and Dallas, Team Building with Taste has become the preeminent culinary team building program in the U.S. To learn more about Team Building with Taste, you can visit their website. You can also follow them on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

 

Amy Tully with Onelife Fitness and David Martin with VeinInnovations

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Amy Tully is the Marketing Director of Onelife Fitness, the Atlanta region’s fastest-growing fitness brand. She also serves as Social Media Director for US Fitness Holdings, the parent company of Onelife Fitness. You can find out more about Onelife Fitness on their website, and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

 

David A. Martin, RN is the Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of VeinInnovations in Atlanta. Since 2002, VeinInnovations has provided advanced, high quality in-office therapies for venous insufficiency; the root cause of varicose veins. VI has multiple locations in the Metro area.

David received his nursing degree from DeKalb Community College (now a part of GA State University) in 1980. Subsequent to a long and varied clinical career, which included working in Intensive Care Units, Emergency Departments, and a twelve-year stint as a clinical first-assistant for cardiac and thoracic surgeons, he now devotes his energies to running VeinInnovations. He has founded several other companies over the years including a non-profit tissue bank, which specialized in the procurement of human vascular tissue, a large first-assistant surgical practice, and a new medical device company.

David has long been a strong believer in, and supporter of, community-based healthcare delivery, and has served on the Board of Visiting Nurse Health System (VNHS) since 2011. In late 2016, David was nominated for, and accepted, the board chair position with VNHS.

He has lived in Atlanta since 1969, and currently resides in Druid Hills with his wife, Beth Finnerty. To find out more about David and VeinInnovations, visit their website. You can also follow them on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

 

Biz Radio U Featuring Brent Parkinson with Imbera Foodservice

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Brent Parkinson / Imbera Foodservice
Commercial Director

Brent Parkinson started as a simple farmer’s son in Zimbabwe. He survived two civil wars, and has traveled to more than 150 countries. Brent is now the Commercial Director for Imbera Foodservice. Imbera provides commercial refrigeration around the world.

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Culinary Atlanta Series Featuring Skye Estroff with Taste of Atlanta, Jackson Smith and Wes Jones with Honeysuckle Gelato and Naomi Green with The Giving Kitchen

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Skye Estroff / Taste of Atlanta 
Marketing and Media Manager

Skye Estroff is the marketing and media manager for Atlanta’s largest food festival, Taste of Atlanta. Skye manages all TV, radio and print media relationships, as well as strategizing and planning all social media. She is an Atlanta native, a University of Georgia graduate and an expert in Atlanta’s best food.

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Wes Jones and Jackson Smith / Honeysuckle Gelato
Co-Founder

Founded in 2011 by Jackson Smith, Wes Jones, and Khatera Ballard, Honeysuckle Gelato is a craft gelato manufacturer headquartered in Atlanta. Today, the company has 18 employees and its products can be found in retail locations across the Southeast. Additionally, Honeysuckle Gelato is served in restaurants throughout Atlanta and the company recently opened its first retail location in Ponce City Market. Since launching the Honeysuckle Gelato, the three founders have created more than 250 flavor combinations, their top seller being Sea-Salted Caramel.

Honeysuckle Gelato combines the rich and smooth texture of gelato with the decadent flavors and desserts of the South. All of the company’s gelatos and sorbets are made from scratch in Atlanta and use the finest and freshest local ingredients.

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Naomi Green / The Giving Kitchen
Director of Partnerships

As a life-long Atlanta native, Naomi Green is thrilled to join The Giving Kitchen team as Director of Partnerships and Strategic Events. Naomi brings extensive experience and knowledge of the restaurant industry which she’s gained over the past fifteen years. She has engaged in all dimensions of the restaurant business, rising from a server and bartender to senior management and event planning. Most recently, she was the Director of Events & Marketing at Fox Bros Bar-B-Q, where she signficantly contributed to the restaurant’s expansion initiatives. Previously, she was Event & Marketing Manager at the Palm Restaurant in Atlanta. Naomi also worked as a Corporate Trainer around the country and then as Banquet Sales Manager for Maggiano’s Little Italy in Atlanta, Charlotte, and Nashville.

Naomi has seen first hand the devastating impact of unanticipated hardship on Atlanta’s restaurant community. These experiences have motivated her to take on a leadership role in many industry related fundraisers, including launching Charlotte’s Web, The Pinky and the Team Hidi annual benefit events. Additionally, with the International Women’s House, Naomi works to serve immigrant and refugee women and their children who have been victim of domestic violence. She was also the chief organizer of the Palm’s sponsorship of the PGA’s TOUR Championship fundraiser, supporting the athletic engagement in golfing for children from low income families. Throughout these endeavors, Naomi has combined her pratical career experience with the skills obtained through her her studies at Boston University’s College of Communication and Journalism.

Naomi is excited to be able to blend her love for the restaurant community with her commitment to improving the lives of Georgians. She grew up in East Atlanta Village and Little 5 Points, attended the Atlanta Public Schools, and has remained a beloved fan of all things Atlanta. She currently resides near Decatur, and when she’s not out exploring some of Atlanta’s finest culinary hotspots and hidden dives, Naomi enjoys group running, spending time with her friends and family, and playing soccer regularly.

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Sangram Vajre with Terminus, Author Chris Butsch and “The Crossover Coach” Brooke Giguere

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Sangram Vajre / Terminus

Sangram Vajre has quickly built a reputation as one of the leading minds in B2B marketing. Before co-founding Terminus, a SaaS platform for account-based marketing, Sangram led the marketing team at Pardot through its acquisition by ExactTarget and then Salesforce. He’s the author of “Account-Based Marketing For Dummies” and is the mastermind behind #FlipMyFunnel.

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Chris Butsch / The Millenial’s Guide to Making Happiness
Author

Chris Butsch is Atlanta Business Radio’s “Millennial Correspondent.” Author of The Millennial’s Guide to Making Happiness, Chris educates other generations on how to decrypt and connect with his unique generation.

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Brooke Giguere / The Crossover Coach

Brooke Giguere is a Certified Professional Coach, Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner and Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer.  She currently enjoys helping soul centered creative types with procrastinating and time management skills so they get unstuck and take massive action to achieve their goals. Her professional career began as a social worker with experience ranging from adoptions to medical social work. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker and Accredited Case Manager with over 10 years in the acute care hospital setting. Brooke has the unique ability to marry her social work background and her love of coaching in a way that helps support her clients unlike any other.  Her passion and purpose is to help herself and others create the vibrant, balanced lives we only dare to dream about!

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Biz Radio U Featuring Andrew Levison with Mag-nificent Instant Photo Experiences

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Andrew Levison / Mag-nificent Instant Photo Experiences
CEO

Andrew Levison is CEO and Founder of Mag-nificent Instant Photo Experiences. He started the company in 2011 and has been a part of nearly 1000 events all over the country. Andrew was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. He has a BA in psychology from University of Maryland and an MBA from Georgia State.

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Women In Technology Celebrates 25th Anniversary and Prepares For WIT Connect 2017

 

Special Edition: Women In Technology

Featuring Maureen Davis, Assistant Vice President – Systems at State Farm

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.

WIT celebrates 25 years this month, WIT Connect 2017 is next week, and Business RadioX ® will be there Broadcasting Live !

 

Maureen Davis / State Farm

As a 30+ year State Farm employee and leader, Maureen is committed to achieving results and helping people grow and develop. She has served in leadership assignments in Accounting, IT, and as an internal consultant for State Farm Insurance Company in multiple locations in the midwest and east coast.

Ms. Davis has responsibility for State Farm’s Communications, Collaboration and Contact Center Technology delivery and support as well as executive leadership for State Farm’s Atlanta IT presence.

In addition to her other duties, Maureen has a passion for helping State Farm and their associates embed fitness and a healthy lifestyle into their lives and is actively engaged in their women’s networking group.

 

 

Special Edition: Rotary International Convention

Rotary is a volunteer membership organization that brings together a global network of professionals and community leaders dedicated to improving lives and bringing positive, lasting change to communities around the world. We channel our international resources into promoting peace, alleviating poverty, providing clean water and sanitation, supporting education, and growing local economies. The global eradication of polio has been Rotary’s top priority since 1985 – and since then, polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 37 confirmed in 2016.

 

Rotary’s international convention is an annual event held in a different city around the world, and brings members together to share projects, advice and friendship.  This year, Rotary will hold its 108th convention in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center from June 10-14 – and is expecting 40,000 Rotary club members from over 175 countries to attend. The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau estimates the Rotary convention will bring $52.3 million into the local economy. Because of our global scope and cultural diversity, our annual conventions are often described as a “mini-United Nations” – providing our members with a platform to share their cultures and traditions. Rotary members will engage in a full agenda of workshops and hear from world class speakers.

 

Bill Gates will be the keynote speaker. Through the “End Polio Now: Make History Today” campaign established in 2013, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is matching two-to- one every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication – up to US$35 million a year until 2018. Including the matching funds from the Gates Foundation, Rotary has donated $1.6 billion to polio eradication. More than 100 Rotary humanitarian projects will be on display at the Georgia World Congress Center that address polio, malaria, HIV/AIDS, poverty, hunger, illiteracy, the global water shortage and other challenges facing the world today.

 

Atlanta’s first Rotary convention took place 100 years ago, when The Rotary Foundation was established with its first contribution of $26.50 from the Rotary club of Kansas City, Missouri. The Rotary Foundation’s assets have grown to approximately $1 billion, and more than $3 billion has been spent on projects and scholarships that are transforming millions of lives around the world. Atlanta’s second Rotary convention was held in 1970. The Rotary Club of Atlanta was the first club in the state of Georgia, chartered by a founding group of 37 in August 1913. Today, the state of Georgia has 10,732 Rotary members with the city of Atlanta boasting over 800 members – including more than 500 belonging to the Rotary Club of Atlanta – making it one of the largest Rotary districts in the United States. Rotary clubs in Atlanta help homeless teens in partnership with Covenant House Georgia. Rotary clubs in Georgia have contributed more than $8.5 million to polio eradication – including $3.4 million donated by clubs in Atlanta. In addition to contributing funds, Georgian Rotary members have traveled at their own expense to immunize children against polio in India and countries in Africa.

 

Bill Nordmark is a recognizable name in the Atlanta community.  In addition to being a past board member to the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Nordmark recently created the Atlanta Friendship Initiative to help with race relations.  As a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta with 27 years of perfect attendance, Bill served as the club president from 2009-2010.  He was the chairman of the polio fundraising campaign, and he will be highly involved with the 2017 Rotary International Convention as it comes to Atlanta in June.

 

 

Biz Radio U Featuring Shawn M. Lewis with Power to Conquer

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Shawn M. Lewis / Power to Conquer
Author, Financial Adviser and Motivational Speaker

Shawn M. Lewis is a native of Dayton, Ohio, who grew up in the gang infested streets of South East San Diego and Spring Valley, California in 1989-2010. Having to survive through the day to day violent gang activity that was going on in the neighborhood where Shawn lived, he eventually grew tired of seeing the shootings and aggressive environment fueled by violent activity. Shawn knew he had to leave the streets and the gang activity that was consuming him. He wanted more out of life for himself and his family, so he enrolled into San Diego City College following the advice of a friend.

Once Shawn enrolled in college, he became friends with a professor who taught financial planning. Professor Lem Lemons took an interest in Shawn and introduced him to opportunities in business ownership and investing in real estate. This opened up a whole new world of possibilities for Shawn to explore. After studying at San Diego City College for two years, he got a job as a loan officer for a mortgage company in Mira Mesa, California. While working as a loan officer for four years, Shawn became one of the top producers in the mortgage company.

He eventually moved into real estate investing. Through networking, he was allowed to work on projects from San Diego, California to Atlanta, Georgia. Shawn worked on everything from multi-million dollar real estate deals to single family homes. Shawn was blessed to have been taught valuable wealth generating principals. Shawn has worked with banking and lending institutions for seven years, helping clients secure business and home loans. Through Shawn’s experience working in the mortgage industry, doing commercial and residential loans, he has had the opportunity to learn from multi-millionaire business men and motivational speakers. These relationships inspired him in writing the book, “The Right Approach to Financial Survival in America.” Shawn wants to empower people with the right tools to give them confidence in managing their finances successfully in a challenging economy.

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