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KSU Entrepreneurship Center The Shrimp Tank Featuring Hanuman Nandanampati with SVK Systems

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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, Ted Jenkin and Lee Heisman

 

Hanuman Nandanampati / SVK Systems

Hanuman NandanampatiHanuman Nandanampati came to USA in 1993 as a student to complete his master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts. After graduation, Hanuman worked with several companies, including Inrange, ADC Telecom, and Regions, as a Software Engineer.

Hanuman started SVK Systems in 2003 providing Computer IT Solutions to various mid-range companies, primarily for help desk solutions. Today SVK has nearly 550 consultants working all over the USA for large companies such as Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Wells Fargo, FedEx, and Verizon.

SVK is a Gold certified partner for Microsoft and Oracle companies. SVK provides and supports IT solutions in business intelligence, data management, cloud and CRM applications. SVK is the fastest growing company in Georgia, and has been an Inc. 5000 certified company for the last several years.

SVK has nearly 50 million dollars in revenue with many branch office locations, including Fremont, CA, St Louis, MO, Houston, TX, and Rochelle Park, NJ.

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Neighborhood Business Radio Episode 2

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Jalal Lewis / Rolling Shades Painting

Born in Dayton, Ohio, Jalal Lewis was taught to be a leader at a young age. Jalal always considered himself to be an opportunist, and sold candy and mowed lawns in middle school to make money. In high school, he picked up painting and his ambition developed and transformed into an entrepreneurial venture that inspired him to start Rolling Shades Painting with his own capital.

The company’s goal is to make their clients happy and satisfied through their excellent service. With their commercial and residential painting services, Rolling Shades Painting gives your home and business establishment a new shade of color, and makes it a comfortable place to stay in.

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Stephanie Carvajalino / Cookies and Cookies

Stephanie Carvajalino is a young Colombian entrepreneur, author, trainer, motivational speaker, practitioner of Neuro-linguistic Programming, and investor. She started doing business with her sisters with $15 when she was 6 years old and founded Chococar, a home-based company that produced and sold chocolates.

When she was 9 years old, Stephanie gave her first lecture in a private university and started her career as a motivational speaker. She discovered a strong passion for fostering entrepreneurial spirit in young people and energizing individuals to achieve their best potential. Stephanie and her sisters also founded Quality Line, a groundbreaking speaking and training company that serves corporations, educators, students, parents and entrepreneurs. They have been able to reach and impact the lives of thousands of people with their message of success, leadership and entrepreneurship.

In 2009, at age 13, Stephanie, along with her sisters, published Parents and Coaches, a book that provides parents with very helpful and essential information on how to raise an entrepreneur. In 2012, they created a family investment group that operates in different industries. Today, Stephanie is 20 years old, and in addition to running her businesses, she is a crafting a revolutionary entrepreneurship education program for high school students that will be launched in the near future.

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Brandon Smith On March Madness — Businesses Should Embrace the Bracket

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Brandon Smith / Emory University’s Goizueta Business School
Professor, Workplace Health

Brandon Smith is a leading expert in workplace health and dysfunction. He currently serves as faculty at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School where he teaches and researches on topics related to healthy workplace dynamics, leadership and communication.

He is the founder of www.theworkplacetherapist.com – a resource dedicated to eliminating dysfunction at work, improving workplace health and restoring a sense of optimism and hope in the workplace.

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Biz Radio U Featuring Turner Levison with CommissionTrac

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Hosted by Adam Wozniak and Darren Parkinson

 

Turner Levison / CommissionTrac
CEO

Turner Levison focuses his time and effort in writing, building relationships and growing CommissionTrac. A 2012 graduate of The University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, Turner started his career as a marketing associate at JPMorgan. In 2014, he joined David Cummings’ software start-up, Rivalry, as the first hire and was tasked with creating and scaling the sales operations. In his time with Rivalry, Turner grew the sales from one customer paying $0 to over 35 customers and $150,000 in annual recurring revenue. During his time there, the company raised a series A investment of $500K in venture capital from Buckhead Investment Partner (BIP), which showed a valuation increase of $3.2mm in less than 18 months.

In 2015, a unique opportunity was presented that gave him the opportunity to co-found CommissionTrac with long time commercial real estate software engineer, Bill Crichlow of LeasCom. The two launched the cloud based commission management platform to the North American market in 2016.

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KSU Entrepreneurship Center The Shrimp Tank Featuring Dr. Alex Roig and Dr. Craig Taylor

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KSUEntrepreneurship

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, Ted Jenkin and Lee Heisman

 

Dr. Alex Roig / Dr. Weight Loss of Atlanta

Dr. Alex Roig is originally from Pennsylvania where he attended the University of Pittsburgh.  After that, he enrolled in Life University in Marietta, GA where he received a Doctorate of Chiropractic, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition.

Throughout his college years, Dr. Roig taught as a Personal Trainer, helping people exercise and diet more effectively while honing his passion for health. After graduating from Life University, he worked as a full-time chiropractor until 2002 when he decided to pursue his passion of helping people change their lives by weight loss. He has been helping people with weight loss for over 25 years.

 

Dr. Craig Taylor / Taylor Chiropractic and Wellness

Dr. Craig Taylor is the co-founder and owner of Taylor Chiropractic and Wellness, whose focus is to provide patient-centered care using a variety of integrative treatments. His Bachelor of Science was earned in Biological Sciences at the University of Georgia and became a Doctor of Chiropractic at Life University. He is certified in a wide range of Chiropractic techniques as well as physiotherapy exercises and modalities.

His expertise is not only helping relieve discomfort, but also finding the actual cause of the pain. He believes that detecting the origin of where the pain is coming from will remove the source of what’s causing the discomfort. He uses a number of highly-effective adjusting approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference. The approach he uses is based on the latest scientific research.

Growing up in a medical family, he always envisioned himself going to medical school. In college, he experienced a lacrosse injury which lead to two herniated discs in his mid-back. After months of seeing several medical doctors and physical therapists with minimal pain relief, he finally sought out to find a chiropractor. Within a month, his mid-back pain was completely diminished and hasn’t bothered him since. He feels fortunate to have gone through this life changing experience involving chiropractic care.

Being an Atlanta native, he is excited to give back to the community that has treated him so well. On his spare time, he enjoys playing and supporting the local sports teams and athletes. He also enjoys spending time with his family and friends, taking his dogs to the park, weight lifting, water sports as well as eating and living a healthy lifestyle.

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Anton Watt / Networth Realty
Wholesale Real Estate Salesman

A licensed agent with Networth Realty of Atlanta 2 years of combined experience. An unsurpassed level of market knowledge, contacts in the industry, and exceptional wholesale opportunities. He knows exactly He conducts business in the most honest, professional, and friendly way. The deal is never done until our investors are fully satisfied and we see to it with the utmost integrity and top-of-the-line customer service.

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Shari Morris / Law Office of Shari Morris, LLC

Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Shari’ Morris developed a passion for the law at the very tender age of nine. Her passion and interest stemmed from her personal experience of going through the aftermath of her parents’ divorce and a difficult child custody and support battle. The experience fueled her desire to not only educate but also to counsel and guide her clients through the stress of difficult matters with the utmost of ease. Throughout the years of practice, Shari’ has represented clients with difficult divorces, child support matters as well as heavily contested child custody disputes; all of which have resulted in the most favorable outcome for her clients as well as ensuring the child’s interest were considerably safeguarded.

Attorney Morris has been a resident of Georgia since 2013. She has been a practicing attorney for five years and she has been a solo practitioner since August 2016. She is licensed in three states(Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi). Her specific practice areas of law are Family Law and Personal Injury Law.

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Digital Marketing Series Episode 7

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Raychel Leong-Sullins / Maid Simple House Cleaning
VP of Operations

Raychel Sullins has been a part of Maid Brigade, Inc., since 1999. Her most recent position as VP of Operations, has provided the opportunity to oversee the Maid Simple concept since the first franchise opened in 2012. Raychel has worked in all aspects of the Maid Simple model, including new franchisee acquisition. Working with the franchise development team, Raychel assisted in locating and selecting AIS Media to be the SEM vendor for Maid Simple.

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Thomas Harpointner (Co-Host) / AIS Media

Thomas Harpointner is founder & CEO of AIS Media, Inc., an Atlanta-based, award-winning digital marketing firm. Thomas is a recognized subject matter expert on digital marketing strategy development and execution.

Thomas has served as a keynote speaker at trade organizations, conferences, and corporate events. He has appeared on Fox Business, Bloomberg Television, CNN Radio, CNBC, The Advertising Show, The Today Show and many other TV and radio programs. He’s been featured in publications such as Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, CFO, AJC, Fortune, and Wired.

At AIS Media, Thomas consults executives at leading companies on digital strategy. He’s led hundreds of digital marketing initiatives for clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations such as AT&T, Synovus Financial, Emory Healthcare, Wake Forest Innovations, Pfizer, and Maui Jim Sunglasses. Under his leadership, AIS Media has been recognized with dozens of prestigious industry awards.

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Biz Radio U Featuring Ben and Sammy Amor

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Hosted by Adam Wozniak and Darren Parkinson

 

Ben and Sammy Amor / Cloud 9 Smoke and Vape Co.

Ben Amor is graduating in May from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Management, while Sammy Amor is graduating in December of this year with a Management major. They are from immigrant parents that instilled an extreme work ethic and a passion to follow their dreams. Ben and Sammy own and operate Cloud 9 Smoke & Vape Co., SBK International, and Skyline Hookah Lounge. They started their hookah lounge, Skyline, in 2010. At the time, there were no hookah lounges in Cobb County.

In 2011 Ben and Sammy founded Cloud 9. Cloud 9 is a chain of smoke and electronic cigarette retail stores with 6 locations in the metro Atlanta area.  They vertically integrated to a wholesale company when they realized they needed a warehouse to store their products, and it only made sense to use their buying power to sell to their competition.

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David Sheehan with Robert Half Technology, Margaret Lisi with ST!R Marketing and Author Chris Butsch

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David Sheehan / Robert Half Technology
Branch Manager

David Sheehan is branch manager of sales and recruiting for 2 divisions within Robert Half, including The Creative Group and Robert Half Technology. His practice areas include contract, direct hire, consulting, freelance. David’s specialties include UX/UI, design, development, e-commerce, advertising, creative, social media, digital,  and ERP. He finds jobs for technology professionals that consist of software developers, project managers, database specialists, networking and infrastructure specialists, and help desk support professionals.

Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of skilled IT professionals, specializing in consulting services on a project or full-time basis. A combination of online recruiting activities for job seekers and personalized service enables us to identify and provide the talent our clients need – when they need it most. For more information about Robert Half Technology, please visit our website at rht.com.

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Margaret Lisi / ST!R Marketing
Owner

Margaret Lisi owns ST!R Marketing, a communications firm devoted to helping clients define and tell their stories to create a bond between people and business. A combination of disruptor, guide, corporate anthropologist and culture builder, Margaret uses these skills to help companies understand where they are and where they want to go, driving engagement, awareness and loyalty along the way.

Her expertise is around building dimensional programs of work for clients—whether it’s around a new or revitalized brand, changes to people, processes or technology, or simply building a strong culture. A constant learner, she’s touched virtually every aspect of communications and marketing, so she can see how to maximize the impact of a program on employees, customers and partners.

Margaret’s clients have ranged from major corporations to nonprofits and universities. She also has been committed to community service, serving on at least one nonprofit board at almost every point in her career.

Her efforts have resulted in successful marketing and advertising campaigns, millions of dollars in unearned media, and public speaking engagements on what she does and how she does it successfully.

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Chris Butsch / The Millennial’s Guide to Making Happiness
Millennial Correspondent

Chris Butsch is BRX’s official Millennial Correspondent. A Millennial workplace and psychology expert, Chris published The Millennial’s Guide to Making Happiness in January 2017 and now works to reconnect Baby Boomers and Millennials.

 

KSU Entrepreneurship Center The Shrimp Tank Featuring Ben and Sammy Amor

KSUEntrepreneurship

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, Ted Jenkin and Lee Heisman

 

Ben and Sammy Amor / Cloud 9 Smoke and Vape Co.

Ben Amor is graduating in May from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Management, while Sammy Amor is graduating in December of this year with a Management major. They are from immigrant parents that instilled an extreme work ethic and a passion to follow their dreams. Ben and Sammy own and operate Cloud 9 Smoke & Vape Co., SBK International, and Skyline Hookah Lounge. They started their hookah lounge, Skyline, in 2010. At the time, there were no hookah lounges in Cobb County.

In 2011 Ben and Sammy founded Cloud 9. Cloud 9 is a chain of smoke and electronic cigarette retail stores with 6 locations in the metro Atlanta area.  They vertically integrated to a wholesale company when they realized they needed a warehouse to store their products, and it only made sense to use their buying power to sell to their competition.

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