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Gene Norman with WeatherCall, Donna Crawford with the Crawford Law Group and Alan Moise with Thrive Senior Living

John Ray, Gene Norman, Donna Crawford, Alan Moise, Mike Sammond

Gene Norman/WeatherCall

WeatherCall is a personal weather alarm, instantly, accurately and precisely letting individuals and businesses know when dangerous storms or lightning are coming an exact location. Unlike other methods, WeatherCall is unique because notifications are made by both a phone call and a text message.

Gene is a broadcast meteorologist with over 20 years’ experience with a passion for public safety. He particularly enjoys educating a wide variety of audiences on the value of planning and preparing for dangerous weather.

Donna Crawford/Crawford Law Group

Crawford Law Group is a law firm serving small- to medium-sized businesses and individuals throughout Georgia with respect to transactional matters and estate planning. The firm’s transactional practice offers a wide range of legal services, from entity formation to dissolution, and routinely advises clients on the selection of the appropriate type of entity for their business, the preparation of buy-sell and shareholder agreements between co-owners of businesses, and the purchase/sale of existing businesses. The firm also advises clients on various types of business-related contracts, including independent contractor and employment agreements, vendor/supplier agreements, covenants not to compete, leases, etc. Crawford Law also offers estate planning services, including Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, and Advanced Health Care Directives.

Alan Moise/Thrive Senior Living

Thrive Senior Living is a privately-owned operator of senior living communities in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic United States.  Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Fulton County, Thrive employs over 600 team members in 8 states.  Thrive has grown exclusively through the development of new properties, and has adopted a unique and disruptive approach to senior care through the use of innovative technology and resident engagement programs to enhance quality of life for residents and their families.  See how Thrive is setting a new standard for senior living by stopping by The Georgian Lakeside, located at 1070 Hardscrabble Rd in Roswell, GA or on the web at www.georgianlakeside.com.

Lesley-Ann Drake with Path to Shine, Dr. Rob Anderson with Fulton County Schools, and Denise Townsend with United Way of Greater Atlanta

 

John Ray, Lesley-Ann Drake, Denise Townsend, Dr. Rob Anderson

Lesley-Ann Drake/Path to Shine

Path To Shine provides free after-school mentoring and tutoring for under-served, elementary school children once a week. Working with small groups of children, and no more than 2 children per adult volunteer, Path To Shine programs build trusting relationships between adult volunteers and the children. Since beginning in 2010, Path To Shine has grown to 13 programs around the state of Georgia serving 173 children and engaging more than 140 volunteers. Some of our programs are in their 5th or 6th year! The program is a commitment for all concerned but it is a commitment well worth making.

Dr. Rob Anderson/Fulton County Schools

Dr. Rob Anderson serves as Deputy Superintendent of Academics for the Fulton County School system.  As the fourth largest school system in Georgia, Fulton has more than 10,500 full-time employees, including more than 7,500 teachers and other certified personnel, who work in 101 schools and administrative and support buildings.

 

Denise Townsend/United Way of Greater Atlanta

United Way of Greater Atlanta works to tackle complex issues and drive sustainable positive change. It brings together donors, volunteers, businesses, nonprofits and others to work as a team and make things happen where it is needed most. United Way is the platform that enables individuals, groups and companies to make a difference – individually and collectively – in whatever way they wish to contribute their time, talent and treasure.

Communities can thrive today and reach their greatest potential only if our children are thriving. That’s why United Way’s focus is on creating a community where “all the children are well.” By ensuring that every child in their community has the opportunity to reach his or her potential, they are building a strong future for Greater Atlanta.

MASTERMIND YOUR LAUNCH: Carole Williams & Gina Gentilozzi with 48in48.org

Carole Williams, Stefanie Diaz, Gina Gentilozzi

Carole Williams & Gina Gentilozzi/48in48.org

Carole Williams comes to 48in48 with six years of experience in nonprofit management. She has worked with large-scale and recognizable nonprofit brands. Most recently Williams worked in Major Gifts with United Way of Miami-Dade while building corporate campaigns in the legal industry. Previously, Williams also worked in nonprofit fundraising and events with the American Diabetes Association. Currently, Williams has moved back to her roots in Georgia and has taken on running the start-up nonprofit, 48in48, as Executive Director, bringing marketing and technology to nonprofits in, now 4 cities across the country.

Gina Gentilozzi has worked in hospitality and entertainment for three decades. Gina has started several small businesses in entertainment management and event logistics. Her most recent launch was Whiskey and Redheads Music, specializing in songwriter resources, brand creation and career management. Gentilozzi has joined 48in48, as Manager of Events and Development, to aid with the worldwide expansion of their mission to impact citizens in need everywhere through the skills of digital/technology professionals. Gina looks forward to working with each new city to make a difference.

Stefanie Diaz/Mastermind Your Launch

Stefanie Diaz has always had a keen ability for developing marketing strategies for entrepreneurs, but it’s her ability to position startups for accelerated momentum through personal branding and content marketing that has become the cornerstone to her professional success. Her background includes being a strategic adviser to CEO’s spanning startup phase to over $100 million in annual revenue. She has led strategic partnerships with global retailers and Fortune 500 companies, as well as facilitated multi-million dollar government contracts. There is something magnetic about the energy of startup founders that draws Stefanie in. They’re hungry, driven, and committed to making positive change for themselves and the greater community. After conducting over 60 interviews to date, Stefanie is excited to bring Mastermind Your Launch to the Business Radio X platform. Learn more at MastermindYourLaunch.com.

 

 

Kris Cavanaugh Castro with Shift Inc., Derak Rawlings with Roswell Infiniti, and Jessica Onorato and Alvaro Arauz with NorthPoint Executive Suites

John Ray, Kris Cavanaugh Castro, Derak Rawlings, Jessica Onorato, Alvaro Arauz, Mike Sammond

Kris Cavanaugh Castro/Shift Inc.

Kris Cavanaugh Castro is the B.O.S.S. Coach (Helping Business Owners Set bold goals and Secure amazing results to successfully thrive at work and at home!).  Her company, Shift Inc., has been in business since 2007 and her background includes over 20-years of experience training, mentoring, and coaching Business Owners, Senior Executives and Teams in a variety of industries.  She is a certified ICF Coach and expert strategist with an amazing ability to pull her clients through difficult challenges – allowing them to produce more consistent results, increase their effectiveness, and achieve their long-term goals more easily.  To view a short video about Kris and her company – or request a Coffee & Conversation meeting to learn more about her coaching programs – go to www.ShiftBossCoach.com / www.BeginToShift.com.

Derak Rawlings/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.

Jessica Onorato and Alvaro Arauz/NorthPoint Executive Suites 

NorthPoint Executive Suites offers turnkey office and virtual solutions to fit every need.  From start up companies to large corporations, their clients appreciate the flexibility, convenience and affordable solutions they provide. their all inclusive office rentals provide furniture, internet, coffee and conference rooms, and a fantastic community for professionals to network and do business with one another.

Pat Check with Latitude 34 Company Communications, Steve Manley with Manley Land Design, and Lynne Davis with NterNow

John Ray, Steve Manley, Pat Check, Lynne Davis, Mike Sammond

Pat Check/Latitude 34 Company Communications

Latitude 34 Company Communications offers companies senior-level expertise on how to effectively communicate with customers, potential customers, employees, the press, the community, and other key audiences. The company’s team-based approach is unique in that it customizes teams that have specific knowledge and experience to service a particular client. Each team is assembled by Pat Check, an accredited public relations professional, who is the owner and president of Latitude 34 Company Communications. Pat has more than 25 years in the PR industry with work experience in the corporate world, agency side, and non-profit organizations.

Steve Manley/Manley Land Design

Manley Land Design is a landscape architecture and land planning  based in Alpharetta, Georgia. They have been in business since 1989 offering quality land planning and landscape design across the southeast.

 

 

Lynne Davis/NterNow

Ever wanted to tour a home in a New Home Subdivision but all you could do is peer in the windows of the locked home? Wouldn’t it be great if you could tour it on the spot without having to bother a Realtor to unlock it for you? Real Estate Entrepreneur Lynne Davis recognized the Do-It-Yourself mode of Homebuyers today and invented a way to do just that! The service, NterNow (pronounced ENTER NOW) is used by dozens of homebuilders in the south today. Here in Atlanta you can DIY tour homes built by Edward Andrews, The Providence Group, Brock Built, Lennar, Pulte and others just by calling in or using the handy app! Easy, convenient and fun!

 

MASTERMIND YOUR LAUNCH: Lauren Patrick with PrettySouthern.com and Terminus

Stefanie Diaz and Lauren Patrick

Lauren Patrick/PrettySouthern.com and Terminus

Lauren Patrick is the Editor of PrettySouthern.com and the Storyteller at Terminus: Account-Based Marketing. She’s a graduate of UGA’s Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication, where she served as Editor of The Red & Black. Since her graduation from UGA in 2007, Lauren worked for Naylor publications, Jezebel magazine, AutoTrader.com, and RaceTrac convenience stores before making her “pivot” to the startup world.

Lauren is passionate about helping early-stage technology companies launch their marketing programs. As Storyteller for Terminus, Lauren manages PR, marketing communications, and social media for the brand. 2016 was a big year for Lauren, as she helped Terminus win Best Place to Work from the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Startup of the Year from the Atlanta Chapter of the American Marketing Association, and the TAG Social Savvy award. Terminus is her fourth startup in addition to Pretty Southern, and helping her husband, Kevin, with his car company Exomotive.

Twitter: @Pretty_Southern / @Terminus
Website: www.PrettySouthern.com /  www.Terminus.com

Stefanie Diaz/Mastermind Your Launch

Stefanie Diaz has always had a keen ability for developing marketing strategies for entrepreneurs, but it’s her ability to position startups for accelerated momentum through personal branding and content marketing that has become the cornerstone to her professional success. Her background includes being a strategic adviser to CEO’s spanning startup phase to over $100 million in annual revenue. She has led strategic partnerships with global retailers and Fortune 500 companies, as well as facilitated multi-million dollar government contracts. There is something magnetic about the energy of startup founders that draws Stefanie in. They’re hungry, driven, and committed to making positive change for themselves and the greater community. After conducting over 60 interviews to date, Stefanie is excited to bring Mastermind Your Launch to the Business Radio X platform. Learn more at MastermindYourLaunch.com.

Jennifer McGilton with SelecSource Staffing Services, Donald Mitchell with Donald Mitchell Design, and Becky Berry with Becky Berry Career Coaching

John Ray, Jennifer McGilton, Donald Mitchell, Becky Berry, Mike Sammond

Jennifer McGilton/SelecSource Staffing Services

This year SelecSource Staffing is celebrating their twentieth Anniversary! SelecSource specializes in light industrial, administrative, clerical, skilled trades, electrical, and direct placement staffing. Their branch locations in the Atlanta area include: Suwanee, metro Atlanta, and McDonough. They also have locations South Georgia and Savannah. In two thousand sixteen, SelecSource Staffing employed over five thousand people! They are recognized among the top one percent of staffing firms nationwide, having won the industry’s coveted Best of Staffing award several years in a row.

Donald Mitchell/Donald Mitchell Design

Donald Mitchell Design is a small boutique firm specializing in high-end residential, secondary homes and small business/commercial. A premier interior design firm dedicated to providing their clients with clever ideas, innovative designs and a creative professional atmosphere.

 

 

Becky Berry/Becky Berry Career Coaching

Becky Berry coaches women who are at a crossroads in their lives. Her extensive experience in career change, including multiple careers and 12 years at home, gives her deep insights into how women can discover and access meaningful careers. Her most recent program, The Women’s Tech Conservatory, is designed to help women access careers they wouldn’t typically consider, particularly in technology. Becky’s unique take on exploring tech careers is the result of her own tech experience, including founding, with her late husband, a tech startup. She is also a social entrepreneur. Becky works with clients both locally and remotely. She’s a North Fulton native, and currently serves on the Education Committee of the STAR House Foundation in Roswell. Find out more about her at beckyberrycoach.com.

 

 

 

 

NORTH ATLANTA’S BIZLINK: Ralph Pasquariello with Snellings Walters Insurance Agency and John Mamon with mPowered IT

Ralph Pasquariello, Deborah Lanham, John Mamon, Mike Sammond

Ralph Pasquariello CLCS, Snellings Walters Insurance

Ralph is dedicated to many things; Cyber/Data/Network Liability Insurance is one of them. For the past 5 years Ralph has been hosting, moderating, and speaking at dozens of conferences on Cyber Liability & Data Breach Risk Management. Ralph is the committee Chairman for the Tech Forum’s annual Cyber Symposium, an advisor to the Georgia Tech Research Institute, and also a member of various organizations including the GNFCC, Technology Association of Georgia, Tech Forum and several special interest groups. SWIA is also a member of Globix International, providing clients with International Liability Coverage and representation.

Ralph Graduated from Villanova University and is active in the Atlanta alumni chapter.  In the evenings he coaches High School Football, and is very active in his community.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ralphpasquariello/

John Mamon/mPowered IT

John Mamon is the President and CEO of mPowered IT, a leading Managed Services Provider in Metro Atlanta. Mr. Mamon has over 20 years of experience in all areas of Information Technology leadership including engineering and sales. He has been the part of several start-ups, including his last organization which was successfully incubated and sold in Atlanta, GA. His specialties include service design, team creation and oversight, increasing operational effectiveness, harnessing cloud and data center services, network security, and providing objective guidance and consulting to small business owners.

Mr. Mamon currently chairs the Tech400 committee for the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and is in the process of publishing a book on customer service. He resides in Woodstock, GA with his two daughters and wife of over 20 years.

 

MASTERMIND YOUR LAUNCH: Melanie Romanaux with Somedia Solutions

Stefanie Diaz and Melanie Romanaux

Melanie Romanaux/Somedia Solutions

Melanie leads a team of social media specialists who are passionate about connecting brands with their existing audience and reaching new audiences to:

– gain top of mind brand awareness
– provide excellent customer service
– share valuable information and remarkable content
– crowdsource to improve products and services
– develop community and loyalty among fans and followers
– establish credibility, trust, reliability, and consistency as a brand within social communities
– develop and nurture relationships with influential community members and every customer or client

Here’s how it works:

Somedia Solutions helps you form a strategy (based on their Discovery of your brand) that will place you in the right places (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Youtube, etc…) and attract prospects who will not only buy what you’re selling but who also will talk about you and recommend you to their friends, family, and colleagues.

When the strategy has been drafted and your goals are aligned – they help you execute that plan in 1 of 3 ways:

1. Training – they’re passionate about empowering business owners, athletes, entertainers, and authors to successfully and proactively navigate the social media waters

2. Consulting – your marketing team wants to work with Somedia to hear new and innovative ideas and strategies to create an even more engaging and remarkable brand experience for your fans on social networks. Bring them in for the day, pick their brains, and then your team can take those ideas and run with them.

3. Management – they’ll do the heavy lifting for you and manage all the points of a successful social media strategy:

– listening and monitoring
– responding to questions, customer service inquiries, and reaching out to new opportunities
– building your audience
– managing the conversation
– creating and publishing original content
– creating your social media policy
– reporting

Stefanie Diaz/Mastermind Your Launch

Stefanie Diaz has always had a keen ability for developing marketing strategies for entrepreneurs, but it’s her ability to position startups for accelerated momentum through personal branding and content marketing that has become the cornerstone to her professional success. Her background includes being a strategic adviser to CEO’s spanning startup phase to over $100 million in annual revenue. She has led strategic partnerships with global retailers and Fortune 500 companies, as well as facilitated multi-million dollar government contracts. There is something magnetic about the energy of startup founders that draws Stefanie in. They’re hungry, driven, and committed to making positive change for themselves and the greater community. After conducting over 60 interviews to date, Stefanie is excited to bring Mastermind Your Launch to the Business Radio X platform. Learn more at MastermindYourLaunch.com.

 

 

 

Essie Escobedo with Office Angels, Amanda Wilbanks with Southern Baked Pie Company, and Amy Holcomb with SkyMedicus

John Ray, Amy Holcomb, Essie Escobedo, Amanda Wilbanks, Mike Sammond

Essie Escobedo/Office Angels

Office Angels’ mission is to restore joy to the life of small business owners, enabling them to focus on what they do best. At the same time, Office Angels honors and supports at-home experts who wish to continue working on an as-needed basis. Not a temp firm or a placement service, Office Angels matches a business owner’s support needs with professionals who have the skills and experience necessary to handle work that is essential to creating and maintaining a successful small business. For over sixteen years, Office Angels has been helping small business owners, associations, and non-profits with administrative tasks, bookkeeping, marketing support, presentation preparation, speaking engagements, business development, document formatting, database management, research, writing services, and much more.

Amanda Wilbanks/Southern Baked Pie Company

Founded in Gainesville, Georgia in 2012, Southern Baked Pie Company (formerly Buttermilk Pie Company) was launched by University of Georgia graduate and creative entrepreneur, Amanda Wilbanks. With family recipes, Southern charm and an all-butter pie dough that melts in your mouth, Amanda and her team of bakers create gourmet sweet and savory pies for all of life’s special occasions and celebrations. Southern Baked Pie Company masterfully creates a variety of decadent flavors and specialty selections utilizing seasonal fresh fruit from local Georgia farmers and businesses. They offer pies in a variety of sizes including: whole pies, petite pies, and bite-size tassies. While they’re born and baked in Georgia, Southern Baked Pie Company ships pies to corporate and individual clients nationwide.

Amy Holcomb/SkyMedicus

Have you ever considered having dental work done in Mexico, a hip surgery in India or Plastic Surgery in Brazil? SkyMedicus offers the first online, patient-driven healthcare marketplace that allows patients and credentialed physicians across the globe to directly connect in a secure and private forum.  Patients can get procedure approvals, costs and even book their appointments and travel accommodations directly online, while being supported by their very own medical concierge.