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Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, IAG Forensics and Valuation, Georgia Trade School

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Amy Selby, Pat Salem, Sean Quinton

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, IAG Forensics & Valuation, Georgia Trade School

This week we continued our monthly series with Cobb County Chamber of Commerce.  Cobb CoC’s Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Amy Selby, sat in with me as we hosted Pat Salem, CPA, CFE, Forensic Accountant, with IAG Forensics & Valuation, and Sean Quinton, Vice President, with Georgia Trade School.  Both of these businesses are among the Top 25 Businesses for 2016 for the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce.

Pat Salem joined IAG Forensics in July 2010 as a forensic accountant. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).  Pat previously worked in information technology as a software developer for Lockheed Martin for a number of years before she learned about forensic accounting.  Intrigued, she set off on a new career, going back to school for an accounting degree.  She has a Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) from Georgia State University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont.


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The technical chair of the Skills USA Georgia Welding and Fabrication Competition since 2012, Sean Quinton is the Vice President of Georgia Trade School. Mr. Quinton’s career in welding education began in 2008 as the Director of Operations for the Center of Industry and Technology. In this role, Sean was responsible for increasing gross revenues by 152%, increasing net profits by 520% and student enrollment by 215%. A Certified Welding Inspector, Sean oversaw welding operations at CIT to insure quality assurance and to document all tests are conducted in accordance with industry standards. A member of the American Welding Society since 2009, Mr. Quinton has completed contract inspection and welding work for Rockdale Pipeline, McKinney Drilling, Work Installation Design Services and HEMI Systems. Prior to being named the Executive Chair of Skills USA Georgia, Sean served as a judge in the welding and fabrication sections from 2008 to 2012. In 2015 Mr. Quinton was named a National Judge at the Skills USA Welding and Fabrication Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.

With a love for fabrication and motorsports, Mr. Quinton has immersed himself in the welding industry and gets to wake up every day looking forward to what he gets to do! Sean has attended FabTech the trade’s largest convention in each market (Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas) that it travels to. At GTS, Sean is responsible for the welding laboratory, welding instruction staff, curriculum and certification testing. Mr. Quinton has also worked on some high profile projects right here in the city of Kennesaw. The Metro areas first whiskey distillery, Lazy Guy commissioned Sean and GTS instructor James Spinner to build their tanks and barrel holders. The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, A Smithsonian Affiliate had this combination build stairs for their attractions. Mr. Quinton has also starred in a national commercial for Jackson Safety’s Balder Welding Hood which was filmed at Georgia Trade School. Jackson Safety has also hosted Sean in their booth at FabTech in both the Chicago and Atlanta Markets where he performed welds in front of 25,000 plus convention attendees.

Special Guests:

Amy Selby, VP Marketing & Communications, Cobb County Chamber of Commerce


Pat Salem, CPA, CFE, IAG Forensice & Valuation


Sean Quinton, VP CWI, Georgia Trade School


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Emma Foulkes, Rick Kern, Bruce Logue

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More info soon!