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Dr. Jeff Rose with Fulton County Schools, Dr. Dionne Poulton with Poulton Consulting Group, and Gary Campbell with Hire Dynamics

John Ray, Dr. Jeff Rose, Dr. Dionne Wright Poulton, Gary Campbell

Dr. Jeff Rose/Fulton County Schools

Dr. Jeff Rose serves as Superintendent of 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.

 

Dr. Dionne Poulton/Poulton Consulting Group

Dionne Wright Poulton, Ph.D., is an HR and Leadership Consultant, Educator, Author, Speaker, and Owner of Poulton Consulting Group, LLC (PCG), an HR and Leadership Consulting business specializing in diversity and inclusion, equity, bias, intercultural communication, adult learning, adult behavior, and conflict mediation. Since its inception in 2004, PCG has worked with a wide range of diverse clients in the US and Canada, including in the San Francisco tech and digital marketing industry, K-12 schools, higher education, and many corporate and service industries. Poulton Consulting Group (PCG) is also a government-approved business for local, state and federal level contracts.

Gary Campbell/Hire Dynamics

Hire Dynamics is a 15-year-old Georgia staffing company putting 5,000 people to work every day. Last year they did 26,000 W2s. “It’s very rewarding providing jobs to people”. They specialize in Call Center, Supply Chain Logistics, Manufacturing and Office Clerical. Gary chairs the Greater North Fulton Chamber’s Talent Coalition whose mission is to improve the supply of skilled workers to fulfill business demand – to fix the regional skills gap!

 

Hans Appen with Appen Media Group, Melody Astley with FinListics Solutions, and Abe Colin with Humble Pie Pizza Company

John Ray, Hans Appen, Melody Astley, Abe Colin, Mike Sammond

Hans Appen/Appen Media Group

Appen Media Group is a multimedia news organization headquartered in Alpharetta. It publishes the Alpharetta-Roswell Herald, Johns Creek Herald, Forsyth Herald, Milton Herald, Northside Woman, Education Answer Book, Relocation Answer Book, Medical Answer Book, Seniors Answer Book, and operates northfulton.com and multiple other niche websites and social media platforms.

Melody Astley/FinListics Solutions

FinListics Solutions  is an Alpharetta based company that helps B2B sales and marketing organizations to speak the language of business with their clients.  Using software and education, they help sellers better understand their clients and clients industry, and help them to understand how their solutions align with their clients’ goals.  Once they know how their client thinks, they can engage in more meaningful executive conversations and articulate the financial and operational improvement that their solution delivers.  This leads to better client relationships and more sales.

Abe Colin/Humble Pie Pizza Company

Local Humble Pie Pizza Company Chef Abe Colin finished big in the International Pizza Challenge recently which featured contestants from all over the United States, Canada, Mexico, Italy, Greece, Austria, Scotland, and Japan. Chef Abe placed 5th in the World as well as 2nd in the Southeast region in the non-traditional pizza category. The Challenge is part of the annual International Pizza Expo which is billed as the best pizza-making contest in North America. Contestants bring their own ingredients and must bake a pie from their pizza menu on the spot and present it to a panel of judges. The panel scores each pizza based on crust, sauce, cheese, toppings, overall taste, creativity, and appearance. Humble Pie Pizza Company owner Elek Woodliff said “We’re thrilled that Chef Abe demonstrated his skills for Humble Pie on an international stage. We know how creative and delicious his recipes are and now that’s been recognized with this competition.”

 

Tyler Jones with Carmichael Consulting Solutions and Rob Peterson with Dave & Buster’s

Steven Julian, Tyler Jones, Rob Peterson, John Ray

Tyler Jones/Carmichael Consulting Solutions

Carmichael Consulting is a professionally-staffed Managed IT Services provider focused specifically on small and medium sized business (SMB) organizations. Carmichael Consulting is well positioned to support organizations that leverage any combination of Windows, mac OS, Android, and iOS based devices. As a full-service IT solution provider, Carmichael Consulting can provide IT support as well as technology planning for business requirements spanning your entire network: from server to desktop, or mobile device, and into the cloud. Carmichael Consulting is a proud member of the Google Cloud Partners program, Apple Consultants Network, they are also Dell Partners, Cisco Meraki Partners, and members of the Microsoft Partner Program.

Rob Peterson/Dave & Buster’s

Dave & Buster’s restaurant and entertainment venue will open its first location in Alpharetta, May 22, the fourth location in Georgia, and Dave & Buster’s 98th location. The 34,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility offers the very best in food, drink and entertainment in an upscale, modern interior. Guests can play more than 150 of the latest games including the new zombie-rrific The Walking Dead Arcade Game and Zombie Snatcher. The restaurant’s mouth-watering, chef-crafted menu combines fun and flavor in American fare with the Pepperoni Pretzel Pull-Apart, and legendary Buffalo Wing Burger. Dave & Buster’s offers an innovative cocktail menu including tropical Tiki Drinks, the Original CoronaRita, Adult Snow Cones, and Glow Kones, featuring a multicolored, flashing cube.

Steve Schilling with Digital Ignition, Roger Lusby with Frazier & Deeter, and Rose Sharif with Fidelity Bank

John Ray, Rose Sharif, Roger Lusby, Steve Schilling, Mike Sammond

Steve Schilling/Digital Ignition

Digital Ignition is a tech incubator designed to foster the growth of North Georgia’s tech community. Located in Alpharetta, Georgia, Digital Ignition is committed to launching the next big North Georgia success story by supporting and inspiring today’s entrepreneurs with 45,000 square feet of unique, flexible co-working space in which to innovate, create and collaborate, along with access to experienced mentors and investors.

Roger Lusby/Frazier & Deeter

Roger Lusby is the Managing Partner of Frazier & Deeter’s Alpharetta office. He is also a member of the Tax Department in charge of coordinating tax and accounting services for our clientele. His responsibilities include a review of a variety of tax returns with an emphasis in the individual, estate, and corporate areas. Client assistance is also provided in the areas of financial planning, executive compensation and stock option planning, estate and succession planning, international planning (FBAR, SFOP), health care, real estate, manufacturing, technology and service companies. Prior to joining the firm, Roger was a Tax Supervisor with an international accounting firm.

Rose Sharif/Fidelity Bank

Fidelity was founded in 1974 and is owned by Fidelity Southern Corporation, one of the largest bank holding companies based in Atlanta with $4.5 Billion in assets and over 15000 employees. Through careful, deliberate management, and their belief in “The Golden Rule” we have grown to over 60 bank branches throughout metro Atlanta and Florida. Additionally, Fidelity Bank operates Wealth Management as well as SBA, Commercial, Indirect Automobile Financing, Construction Lending, and Mortgage offices throughout the Southeast. Fidelity Bank’s mission is to be “The Number One Community Bank with The Best Customer Service In Town.”

Mike Healy with AAA The Auto Club Group, Peter Jundt with HR Value Partners, and Geoff Banta with IKOR of Alpharetta

John Ray, Peter Jundt, Geoff Banta, Mike Healy, Mike Sammond

Mike Healy/AAA The Auto Club Group

The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 57 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

Peter Jundt/HR Value Partners

Formerly an executive in the construction industry, Peter Jundt has become a leading insurance/benefits agent in the Atlanta area.  Licensed in multiple states, Peter helps businesses and individuals to understand and prepare for the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). Representing HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, Peter has access to the leading providers, technology and training to provide his clients with the highest level of service and expertise.  3 years ago, Peter joined forces with Brad Foley; long time friend and Chief Value Partner of HR Value Partners to broaden his portfolio of services. HR Value Partners helps businesses succeed by providing customized HR services. Whether the need is recruiting, retention, succession planning, organizational development, HR strategy, tactical support or any other HR need HR Value Partners stands ready to partner with you.  A sought out speaker, Peter has presented at various business events thought the midwest and southeast.

Geoff Banta/IKOR of Alpharetta

IKOR is a life care management company focused on maintaining or improving the quality of life for seniors or persons with disabilities. As life care managers, IKOR’s Advocates build a “Life Care Plan” based upon a client’s medical condition, financial needs, physical environment and emotional well-being. IKOR’s sole mission is to guide and assist their clients in achieving an optimal level of wellness. IKOR Advocates, which include Certified Senior Advisors, Registered Nurses and Financial Custodians can coordinate all aspects of a client’s care using cost-effective services, whether such services are provided directly by IKOR or coordinated using other senior market specialists.

Joe Iarocci with Cairnway, Dave Bernard with The Intellection Group, and Angela Ellington with Moistura Silk

John Ray, Dave Bernard, Angela Ellington, Joe Iarocci, Mike Sammond

Joe Iarocci/Cairnway

Cairnway is a collective of servant leadership promoters helping businesses apply the power of servant leadership in the workplace. Servant leadership is a powerful approach to achieving common goals in which the leader acts to serve those who are led. Cairnway offers practical servant leadership training programs for individuals and teams that seek superior results. Servant leadership works for those pursuing greater employee engagement, customer loyalty and innovation. Members of the Cairnway team appreciate every opportunity to share their expertise in management, leadership development, human resources, executive education, coaching and public speaking.

Dave Bernard/The Intellection Group

As they have done for 15 years, The Intellection Group fixes broken and stalled technology projects for CTOs, CFOs, COOs, and CEOs of organizations of all sizes. The company’s specialty is complex (and often, award-winning) SaaS projects, and they’ve become well-known as the “vendor of last resorts” for many of their clients. The Intellection Group’s work has won awards such as the TAG Excalibur Award, the TAG Top 40 Most Innovative Company Award, and the Virginia Governor’s Technology Award. The company is a recognized innovator in natural language and virtual reality technologies.

Angela Ellington/Moistura Silk

Moistura Silk hair care brand creates a sensorial approach to hair care, delivering a holistic beauty experience with an uncompromised look and feel of hair. A holistic beauty experience where technology and feelings coexist as one. The result is a hair experience that you can smell…see…feel the difference. Moistura Silk is a multicultural product for all textures of hair. The brand manufacturer is RTG Research Laboratories LLC, a personal care company located in Atlanta Georgia. RTG Research Laboratories, will focus on grassroots community efforts to include the commitment to educate young women in the field of cosmetic science.

 

Jack Berube with Zenergyst Technologies, Dr. Jyotir Jani with Piedmont Physicians at John’s Creek, and Chris LaMorte with Web Chimpy

John Ray, Chris LaMorte, Dr. Jyotir Jani, Jack Berube

Jack Berube/Zenergyst Technologies

Zenergyst is THE operating system for real estate agents – a single cloud platform with all of the necessary applications to run a real estate business entirely from the cloud. Agents can acquire and manage customers using Zenergyst’s lead capture, drip marketing and CRM, and can empower their business process with work flow checklists, integrated electronic signatures and shareable document storage. Also a one of a kind consumer dashboard introduces never before seen transparency for consumers into the real estate transaction. Zenergyst is a portfolio company of the National Association of REALTORS.

Dr. Jyotir Jani/Piedmont Physicians at John’s Creek

A private, not-for-profit organization serving nearly 2 million patients across Georgia, Piedmont is transforming healthcare, creating a destination for the best clinicians and a one-of-a-kind experience that always puts patients first. Today, more than 110 years since it was founded, Piedmont is known as a leading health system in cancer care, treatment of heart disease and organ transplantation with 7 hospitals, 19 urgent care centers, 94 physician practice locations – including Piedmont Physicians at Johns Creek – and 1615 Piedmont Clinic members. Our 16,500 employees dedicate themselves to making a positive difference in every life we touch and our commitment doesn’t stop there. In FY 2016, Piedmont provided more than $142 million in uncompensated care and invested an additional $9.6 million in community benefit programming.

Chris LaMorte/Web Chimpy

Web Chimpy is an innovative marketing company that builds websites for small businesses and helps market them online. They use a proprietary software that helps speed up their processes so they can get great results at an affordable price.

 

 

Brian Mock with Insured Benefit Plans, Robert M. Rosner with Robert M. Rosner and Associates and Tom Studer with Symmetry Benefit Solutions

John Ray, Brian Mock, Robert M. Rosner, Tom Studer, Mike Sammond

Brian Mock/Insured Benefit Plans

Insured Benefit Plans, (IBP) and Alternative Benefit Plans, (ABP) are focused on assisting employers in the development and administration of employee benefit programs, with a key focus on health insurance and the employee engagement required to educate plan participants about their benefits.  ABP handles all aspects of the administration of self-funded health plans, including plan design, network administration, re-insurance contracting, claims paying and plan reviews, typically for companies with 100 or more employees.  IBP’s focus is on fully-insured programs for small to medium businesses with anywhere from 2 to 2000 employees and the day to day administration of those plans for their clients.  Their product knowledge goes beyond health insurance, the key component of most employee benefit plans, to Life, Disability, Dental, Vision and Worksite insurance programs.

Robert M. Rosner/Robert M. Rosner and Associates

Robert M. Rosner, CLU is the owner and president of Robert M. Rosner and Associates. Rosner and Associates is an independent insurance agency, representing a variety of companies to obtain the right insurance policies for their clients.  Robert has over 40 years’ experience. He has earned the professional designation of Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU). Robert works with business owners, sales people, self-employed business people and professionals. He enjoys working with young professionals that are still in school or in training. Robert also works with other life insurance, property and casualty agents, and stockbrokers and financial planners. They appreciate his expertise and broad knowledge base in all areas of insurance.

Tom Studer/Symmetry Benefit Solutions

Symmetry Benefit Solutions provides employee benefits solutions for small to mid-size companies. Customizing a company’s benefit helps them to attract and retain the brightest and best employees. They do that by analyzing a company’s present plan and compare to companies in their industry. Once that is completed, they will provide solutions with an array of health plans as well as unique volunteer products which will improve their current benefits while lowering cost. They will run a wage and benefit compensation report for your industry at no cost.

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.