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Orange Theory Fitness of Georgia


Stacie Vaillencort and Laura Salatino of Orange Theory Fitness

Orange Theory Fitness of Georgia

I hosted the Area Developers for Orange Theory Fitness of Georgia, Laura Salatino, and Stacie Vaillencort.  These two entrepreneurs brought the fitness concept to the Atlanta area and they’ve grown rapidly in the metro and in Georgia.

Orangetheory Fitness ( is the energizing group personal training, interval fitness concept that is sweeping the nation. Backed by the science of excess post-­‐exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC)
, Orangetheory Fitness is a 60-­‐minute workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. Participants burn from 500 to 1000 calories per 60-­‐minute training session (individual results vary), using a variety of equipment including treadmills, rowing machines, TRX suspension training™ and free weights.  I burned 818 calories in my workout session at OTF.
The physiology behind the Orangetheory Fitness workout involves heart-­‐rate -­‐monitored training designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. The result is the Orange Effect– more energy, visible toning and extra calorie burn for up to 36 hours post-­‐workout. Orangetheory Fitness studios are designed to motivate.
Highly qualified personal trainers inspire participants to beat plateaus and stick to their goals. The dynamic created by working out in a group setting has proven benefits– support, energy, endurance and accountability. This is the
psychology behind Orangetheory Fitness. Each modern studio welcomes participants with upbeat music, state
-­‐of-­‐the -­‐art equipment, contemporary lighting and art. Studios are spacious and clean, with separate men’s
and women’s locker rooms and showers.
And, if you are a business owner or executive, OrangeTheory Fitness offers corporate group rates that allow you to simultaneously provide a terrific benefit to your employees while enjoying decreased healthcare benefits costs as your employees become more and more fit!

Special Guests:

Laura Salatino



Stacie Vaillencort


Life University and Solution Road

Life University

Sarah K. Smith and Teresa Roth of Solution Road

Life University and Solution Road

We continue our series with Dr. Gilles LaMarche of Life University, focusing on business leaders with integrity.  I had the pleasure of featuring my publicist, Sarah Smith, Founder of Solution Road, and her creative director, Teresa Roth.  Having gotten to know Sarah over the past year I can readily say she fits the theme of integrity in personal and professional life.

Her consultancy, Solution Road, brings clients expertise in branding and message, fund raising/development, a speakers bureau, advocacy, and more.  The company has worked with clients in biotechnology, health sciences, and the business sector, among others.

We talked about how important integrity is in branding and message, along with the importance of presenting useful information via social media platforms.  Peruse any marketing-related sites these days and it’s quickly clear that providing high-quality, engaging content that informs your customer with insights they can use is necessary to succeed in today’s digital world.

Special Guests:

Sarah K. Smith, CEO/Founder, of Solution Road  linkedin_small1  facebook_logo_small3  twitter_logo_small  feed logo

Solution Road

  • Masters Degree, English, University of Essex
  • Previous Director, Corporate Marketing, Emory University
  • Former Vice President, The Emmy Awards Foundation
  • Previous Director, Special Projects, TEDx Peachtree

Teresa Roth, Creative Director, Solution Road  linkedin_small1

life university

  • BA, Communications, University of Arkansas
  • Previous Executive Producer, WSB-TV Channel 2 Atlanta
  • Founder, Teresa Roth Productions

Dr. Gilles LaMarche, DC, VP of Professional Relations at Life University  youtube logo linkedin_small1  twitter_logo_small-e1403698475314  facebook_logo_small3  smugmug LOGO

Life University

  • Doctor of Chiropractic, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
  • Author, The ART of Responsibility, Insight Publishing 2012
  • Certified Six Advisors Coach, Six Advisors Coaching Academy
  • Previous Vice President, Parker College of Chiropractic

Nelson Mullins and City of Atlanta Department of Procurement

Nelson Mullins

Ann Murray of Nelson Mullins

Nelson Mullins

Adam Smith, ATL Chief Procurement Officer

Nelson Mullins and City of Atlanta Department of Procurement

We talked about important business considerations regarding ACA requirements this year, along with the opportunities to do business with the City of Atlanta through the Department of Procurement.  I was joined in the studio by Ann Murray, attorney with Nelson, Mullins, Riley, and Scarborough, and Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Atlanta, Adam Smith.

The ACA business mandates have begun to be implemented on larger scales over the past two years.  As we know, some of the requirements have been pushed back a couple of times, delaying their impact.  But those times are behind us and business owners need to be spending time with legal experts such as those at Nelson Mullins, to assess what their obligations will be regarding providing health insurance benefits to some or all of their employees.

Ann explained the basics of some of these requirements around health benefits for the small business.  She also discussed new reporting requirements that business owners must compile from multiple sources to be in full compliance with the law.

Murray talked about the fact that many business operators mistakenly think they’re exempt from the law’s requirements, failing to see that being a small unit that is part of a larger whole, as in the case of some multi-site businesses, potentially exposes them to have to offer benefits.  Failure to comply can result in significant financial penalties that could literally threaten the business’s viability.

Atlanta’s Chief Procurement Officer, Adam Smith stopped by to share information about the upcoming Business Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center March 31st.  This free-to-the-public event will feature a wealth of information about the numerous needs the city has for a wide variety of goods and services to operate the city’s 15 departments, including the Atlanta airport.

The expo will have sessions where small business owners can learn what is required to be able to bid on these opportunities, as well as how to fully complete the necessary documents contained in a bid to have their bid received and considered.

Adam explained that the city’s needs range from culinary services at the airport, to commodity supplies such as paper, pens, cleaning supplies, etc.  Additionally, the city is looking for engineering services, cleaning services, construction, and numerous others as well.

Smith also talked about certifications available to disadvantaged business enterprises that once obtained, provides these businesses with access to opportunities ear-marked for diversity suppliers.  He went on to distinguish these certifications businesses may obtain from county or state governments, as well as other certification bodies such as GMSDC.

Register for the upcoming Business Expo, hosted by Atlanta’s Department of Procurement at the Georgia World Congress Center, MARCH 31st HERE

Special Guests:

Ann Murray, Attorney with Nelson Mullins  facebook_logo_small3  linkedin_small1  feed logo  twitter_logo_small  

nelson mullins

  • JD, LL.M. Tax, Tax Law, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Author, numerous published articles on business law topics
  • Rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized as “Georgia’s Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend magazine

Adam Smith, Chief Procurement Officer at City of Atlanta  facebook_logo_small3  youtube logo  twitter_logo_small  linkedin_small1  

nelson mullins



Emma Foulkes and Bruce Logue of AGLCC


I recently hosted Susanne Baugh, of Q&A Events on Midtown Business Radio.  As we got to talking, she mentioned that I should meet Emma Foulkes, Presidnt of the Atlanta Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.  Because the respective missions of the chambers of commerce and Business Radio X have such overlap in the business environments we serve, I was pleased to reach out to her.

As the AGLCC’s website explains, “The AGLCC exists to promote the economic growth and advancement of our LGBT and allied business members, our non-profit organizational members as well as our corporate partners and their employees, through advocacy, leadership, education and support.”

When not overseeing AGLCC activities, Emma is Managing Partner at Commonwealth Business & Retirement Services.  She’s a Certified Financial Planner, and has been advising entrepreneurs and high income earners in the Atlanta area since 2001.  She provides retirement and business transition planning services in addition to others.

Bruce Logue is Director of Networking for AGLCC, and Managing Partner/Realtor at The Corbel Group at Keller Williams.  The firm is comprised of a team of residential real estate specialists who use a unique combination of technology, creative and effective marketing, and tailored customer service to help their clients buy, sell, and invest in real estate.  The Corbel Group offers a boutique style approach to real estate services while providing world class results.

Jan Stepp has been in the promotional products business for many years, and is the founder of Pizazzz Promotions.  She shared how she takes a consultative approach with her clients to determine who they are trying to reach, the mission of their brand, and makes recommendations for how to best position themselves in front of prospects most effectively.  She is also actively involved in AGLCC, hosting the chamber’s Vinings networking events.

Pizazzz is your one stop source for creative advertising specialty, promotional items and printed materials! The company can provide literally any item you can imagine with a logo on it!  They have the perfect idea for: customer appreciation, trade show giveaways, sales meetings, grand openings, sales incentives, safety programs, open house, mail enclosures, event promotions, political campaign items, fund raising promotions, banners, table covers, labels, forms, stationary, brochures, holiday gifts, food gift items, non-profit donor gifts, embroidered and screen printed items, cards for any occasion, calendars…if it can be logoed, they have it 🙂

Pizazzz Promotions prides themselves on creative ideas, personal service, competitive pricing and on-time delivery! They work within your guidelines and budget to provide the perfect marketing and promotional items to fit your needs.

Alicyn McLeod is a CPA and Tax Partner with FinLogic, a tax and business advisory firm focused on growing service-based enterprises.  She’s an ambassador for the AGLCC as well as a corporate partner.  FinLogic employs a forward-thinking approach and their experts focus not just on where your company has been, but rather where you want your company to go.

The firm assists businesses in becoming more profitable, more streamlined and helps them resolve technical issues associated with financial reporting, taxation, debt acquisition and capital acquisition strategies.  Whether you are in the process of starting your own business, selling your business or are somewhere in between, the professionals at FinLogic have the experience you need to navigate the issues faced in today’s business world.

David Olt is a doctor of chiropractic and the clinical director of Integrated Chiropractic Center, a Buckhead‐Atlanta practice he founded in 2000.  A Georgia‐licensed chiropractor certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Dr. Olt has been in practice for 21 years. He has provided pain and wellness care to thousands of patients.

He applies an integrated approach to pain care and health care that combines the effectiveness of several disciplines to support “whole person” care including chiropractic care, spinal and postural screening, corrective exercise instruction, nutritional counseling and massage therapy.  His practice offers a one‐to‐one approach to spine and extremity pain relief that is non‐surgical, non‐pharmaceutical and focused on long‐term health and wellness.

Dr. Olt is a frequent speaker at lunch and learns and hosts the AGLCC Buckhead business builder luncheon. He has earned recognition for chiropractic care (Top 10 Chiropractors in Atlanta) and for business and community involvement (Four Avenues of Service, AGLCC Member of the Year 2014). Dr. Olt also serves as an examiner for the Chiropractic National Boards.

Special Guests:

Emma Foulkes, Managing Partner, Commonwealth Business & Retirement Services  facebook_logo_small3  twitter_logo_small


  • BA, Information Systems, University of Phoenix–San Diego
  • Executive Program in Financial Planning, University of Georgia
  • Atlanta Business Chronicle/NAIFA – Top Female Financial Advisor in Atlanta, 2013 & 2014
  • Advocacy Chair, Financial Planning Association of Georgia

Bruce Logue, Managing Partner, The Corbel Group at Keller Williams  linkedin_small1


  • Previous Fulfillment Account Manager, Palm Coast Data
  • Former Methods/Procedures Training Manager, AT&T/CitiBank Universal Card Services
  • Previous Graphic Designer, Westinghouse Electric Company
  • Active volunteer, Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption

Jan Stepp, President/Founder, Pizazzz Promotions  linkedin_small1 facebook_logo_small3


  • Former Board of Directors, Atlanta Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
  • Previous Sales Account Manager, Freight Forwarders
  • Former VP Sales/Marketing, Gunold & Stickma

Alicyn McLeod, Tax Partner, FinLogic LLC  linkedin_small1  


  • CPA, University of Georgia
  • CGMA
  • Previous Tax Manager, Moore Colson
  • Former Tax Senior, Bennett Thrasher

David Olt, DC, Integrated Chiropractic Center  linkedin_small1  google-plus-logo-red-265px  YELP


  • DC, Life University
  • BS, Marketing & Management, Miami University

NOVAtime Technologies

workforce management

Brian Mehaary, of NOVAtime Technologies

NOVAtime Technologies

On this episode of Midtown Business Radio, I sat down with Vice President of Business Development for NOVAtime Technologies, Inc., Brian Meharry.  NOVAtime is a Workforce Management Software Company that specializes in providing employers of all sizes access to tools that will enable them to track, monitor, report, and schedule their employee’s time.  These tools are contemporary and adhere to all compliance needs.

Brian explained how time keeping has evolved to be an important component in a cloud of data points from an employee’s work-related activities for an enterprise.  In the old days, an employee walked in, punched a clock or physically signed Time In and Time Out.

Today, signing in and signing out triggers regulated elements such as health benefits, time off accrual, tax requirements, and a host of other business, industry, and/or union rules that come into play that must be accurately tracked and reported upon.

The technology NOVAtime provides meets workforce management demands for a wide range of business sectors from government, to healthcare, manufacturing, oil & gas, and numerous others.  The company is privately-owned and has enjoyed rapid growth over the past few years, due to the consultative approach the company takes (called Sure Path) when bringing a new client on board.  NOVAtime is serving over 16,000 businesses of all sizes and over 1,000,000 employees.

In this way the company is able to identify all relevant workforce-related concerns and geographic issues to be addressed for a disperssed workforce and determine the needed software functions, hardware needs, and relevant apps to achieve the greatest compliance, efficiencies, and strategic decision-making.

Special Guest:

Brian Meharry, Vice President of Business Development, NOVAtime Technologies, Inc.  twitter_logo_small  linkedin_small1  facebook_logo_small3  google-plus-logo-red-265px

  • Former President, CPI-hr
  • Previous President and COO of Mangrove Employer Services
  • Former President, BenefitOne of America

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