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Pat O’Rourke with Practice Quotient, Mary Becker with Best Deal Movers, and Nick Patel with Salsarita’s

Mike Sammond, Pat O'Rourke, Mary Becker, Nick Patel, John Ray

Mike Sammond, Pat O’Rourke, Mary Becker, Nick Patel, John Ray

Pat O’Rourke/Practice Quotient

Patrick O’Rourke of Practice Quotient began his career at a dental & vision insurance company in Florida, which after several acquisitions and mergers, is now MetLife. He spent five years at Humana in Atlanta selling in the large group segment (100+ employees). He was responsible for all lines of insurance coverage for these groups including fully-insured and self-funded (ASO) medical, dental, life, disability, stop loss, pharmacy (PBM), wellness, and worksite/voluntary portfolio. It seemed that spiraling group healthcare costs pushed ancillary lines into the periphery. This tendency became magnified after the PPACA paradigm shift that left everyone on information overload. He positioned himself as an industry resource by earning several certifications, including Disability (DIA) and Dental (DBA). Understanding the nuances involved with all aspects of risk management helped business partners rely on his expertise to guide client recommendations. He is an insurance insider that has built dental networks, worked in operations management, designed plans, and opened markets. This allows him to provide valuable insights to his dental practice clients.

Mary Becker/Best Deal Movers

Best Deal Movers began as a dream that Mary’s son David had. He, along with two of his brothers, had worked at moving companies during the Summer when they were home from college. In the spring of his sophomore year, David injured his arm while pitching on the college baseball team. When surgery and rehab did not bring the necessary results to be able to continue in the sport, David had to reconsider what he wanted to do. He brought the idea for a moving company to his dad – and Best Deal Movers was born. They started with one truck and an office in their home. The business has continued to grow. Today they have seven trucks and are continuing to expand. They are proud to provide excellent service to their clients, having been chosen to receive The Best of Kudzu Awards for the past three years and having been voted by Angie’s List members to receive their Super Service Award for 2013 and 2014.

Nick Patel/Salsarita’s

At Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina, they’re building a dynamic and authentically inspired fast casual Mexican brand, offering delicious food that is made the way you want it and prepared every day in-house. From Wildly Addictive Chips that their guests truly rave about, to queso, customizable burritos, tacos, salads, bowls, quesadillas, nachos, signature salsas and fresh-made guacamole, Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina thrives on making great Mexican fare fresh daily. Since their beginnings in Charlotte, NC in 2000, they have worked to perfect the notion that a restaurant should not only be fast and friendly, but also casual and delicious like no other. Today, they have locations in 19 states and are rapidly growing!

Lisa Machado of Visiting Angels, Brad Serff of Providence Bank and Dan Simmons of Virtual Management Technologies

John Ray, Lisa Machado, Dan Simmons, Brad Serff

John Ray, Lisa Machado, Dan Simmons, Brad Serff

Lisa Machado/Visiting Angels

Lisa Machado, Visiting AngelsVisiting Angels is a non-medical home care company where Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) – “the angels” – provide assisted living services in the home or a facility for seniors. Assisted living services include such things as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, personal care, mobility assistance, transportation, med reminders and meal prep. Care plans are customized as each person is different, but care plans have general scopes of services and are RN supervised. Most services are provided in the care recipients’ home.

Brad Serff/Providence Bank

Brad Serff, Providence BankProvidence Bank is a locally owned community bank located in Alpharetta Georgia.  The bank opened on April 10, 2006 and just celebrated its 10 Year Anniversary.  Providence Bank offers a wide array of Deposit, Savings and Loan products.  The bank’s use of technology allows customers to monitor their accounts, pay their bills and even make deposits with their phone.  Providence Bank customers appreciate individualized attention and local decision making when working with a staff that live in and support the local community.

Dan Simmons/Virtual Management Technologies

Dan Simmons, Virtual Management TechnologiesVirtual Management Technologies (VMT) is an Information  Technologies company focused on data protection. They provide data backup and patch management and anti-virus protocols are up to date, assuring data is well protected and secure. They monitor their customers’ infrastructure 24/7/365 correcting problems as they may occur in real time. They also maintain a data center at their location in Alpharetta where they provide hosting services, colocation services, and private cloud services. VMT also maintains a 24/7/365 help desk to solve desktop problems for their customers.

Mayor David Belle Isle with the City of Alpharetta, Gregg Burkhalter “the LinkedIn Guy”, and Dale Sizemore with Voterworkz

John Ray, Gregg Burkhalter, Mayor David Belle Isle, Dale Sizemore, Mike Sammond

John Ray, Gregg Burkhalter, Mayor David Belle Isle, Dale Sizemore, Mike Sammond

Mayor David Belle Isle/City of Alpharetta

Whether you’re new to Alpharetta or a lifelong resident, there’s just so much to discover in this beautiful and vibrant Southern city. Alpharetta truly has it all. A unique blend of excellent schools, incredible job opportunities, great shopping and cultural events and abundant green space. It’s no wonder Alpharetta is one of the hottest markets in both commercial and residential real estate. Through all of its progress, the city has kept its down-to-earth character. Which may be why people who live here usually stay here. And why there’s always something new and exciting happening. Welcome to Alpharetta. Enjoy exploring all that this amazing city has to offer.

Gregg Burkhalter/”the LinkedIn Guy”

Gregg Burkhalter is an active networker who understands the importance of building business relationships in the digital realm. He has trained countless professionals across the U.S. and Canada to effectively brand themselves and market their businesses on LinkedIn. Gregg is known around these parts as “The LinkedIn Guy”. He provides LinkedIn Training (and Branding Coaching) via one-on-one and group training sessions, corporate presentations and webinars. He is also a frequent speaker at civic and chamber events and area universities.

Dale Sizmore/Voterworkz

Dale Sizmore, VoterworkzVoterworkz breaks down barriers to running for political office. That makes it easier and more affordable for people to participate in the process and bring new voices to the discussion. They do that by providing customized reports about the most engaged voters, by analyzing voter history patterns to identify those most likely to vote in upcoming elections. That saves time, money and shoe leather for candidates. And they do it for a fraction of the cost of other methods.

Deborah Lanham with the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Jessica Onorato with NorthPoint Executive Suites, and Casey Frames with Roswell Infiniti

John Ray, Deborah Lanham, Casey Frames, Jessica Onorato, Mike Sammond

John Ray, Deborah Lanham, Casey Frames, Jessica Onorato, Mike Sammond

Deborah Lanham/Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the North Fulton Chamber is to be the catalyst for economic development, business growth, and quality of life in North Fulton. The GNFCC promotes the interests of their members by assuming a leadership role in making North Fulton an excellent place to work, live, play and stay. They provide one voice for all local businesses to influence decision makers, recommend legislation, and protect the valuable resources that make North Fulton a popular place to live.

Jessica Onorato/NorthPoint Executive Suites

At NorthPoint Executive Suites, they believe every professional deserves top quality in every aspect of their business. They have committed themselves to equipping them with the tools needed for their success. They are proud to offer the best quality in technology, amenities, meeting rooms, environment, and service. Their staff is committed to serve their clients. The support you will receive at NorthPoint Executive Suites is second to none. NorthPoint’s on demand support team will save you time and money as they deal with the everyday typical “housecleaning” tasks of running an office for you. They pride themselves on running a seamless business center with exceptional reliability in the IT department. They take the headache out of the logistics to ensure smooth operation and handle any issues that may arise with urgency allowing you to focus on your business.

Casey Frames/Roswell Infiniti

As one of the nation’s original Infiniti dealers, they have witnessed the growth of our area and how today’s customers expect and demand more than ever before.  Their goal is to exceed your expectations.  Their satisfied customers, many of them repeat customers, come from all over Georgia and the Southeast because buying or leasing a new Infiniti from Roswell Infiniti is both a pleasant and rewarding experience.


North Fulton Business Radio Launches on Tuesday May 10th at 11:30am EST!

Join us for the inaugural episode of North Fulton Business Radio on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 11:30am Eastern.

Each week from the Roswell Infiniti studio, hosts Mike Sammond and John Ray will interview the area’s top business leaders to spotlight companies and entrepreneurs from across the region.

North Fulton Business Radio is presented by North Point Executive Suites, the home of the Business RadioX studio in Alpharetta.