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Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Hosts Etiquette School of Atlanta and American Kidney Services

American Kidney Services

Ed Zito and Barbara Hickey

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Hosts Etiquette School of Atlanta and American Kidney Services

This week Amy Selby and I sat down with Barbara Hickey of Etiquette School of Atlanta and Ed Zito of American Kidney Services.  We talked about the upcoming Cobb County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo and Summer JAM, held May 4 at Cobb Galleria Centre.  Over 1000 attendees are expected at this year’s event; it’s a great opportunity for area businesses to be seen and meet potential clients.

Barbara shared how her business helps executives and individuals improve their communication skills and their ability to make a good impression while building rapport through her etiquette training services.  She also helps bring the Business Expo with Summer JAM together each year through her work with the Coalition of Cobb County Business Associations.

Ed Zito came by to talk about how American Kidney Services supports individuals with limited resources who are dealing with renal disease requiring dialysis and other care but would not otherwise be able to access treatment they need.  American Kidney Services is well-known for their blue trucks and collection sites where community residents can donate items that will be re-sold to raise money for the charity.

Ed explained clothing is one of the primary items they look for as a donated item but they can use functional furniture, appliances, and other items that can be re-sold.  Their pick-up services are free and the drivers will issue a tax receipt that allows donors to be able to effectively claim their items on their tax returns.

TopRight Partners and Hire Dynamics

TopRight Partners

Dave Sutton and Dan Campbell

TopRight Partners and Hire Dynamics

Transformational marketing firm, TopRight Partners, CEO Dave Sutton, sits in with CW Hall to host client and friend, Dan Campbell, founder of Hire Dynamics.  We talked about how Dan drew from his experiences in previous companies where the work relationships and culture often muted productivity and morale when he decided to place emphasis on creating a work environment designed to promote employee buy-in.

Dan commented on the irony of the fact that many staffing companies, who’s business is placing good people in good jobs as a service, often do a very poor job at creating a culture where the employees who are responsible for finding and filling jobs feel valued.  With a background in healthcare staffing of over 15 years, CW readily agreed, having experienced both good and bad work environments himself.

Hire Dynamics saw the opportunity to differentiate themselves from the competition through their focus on positive company culture and making employees feel valuable.  This translated into client and candidate relationships that frequently led to referred business.

The company’s fast, steady growth resulted in the recent acquisition by MSouth Equity Partners, an Atlanta based equity firm that typically invests in businesses from $25MM-100MM in revenues.

Cobb Chamber of Commerce Hosts KSU and Puckett EMS


Cobb Chamber of Commerce Hosts KSU and Puckett EMS

Puckett EMS was opened in 1984 as a medical transport (both emergent and non-emergent)
company in Powder Springs Georgia. Now with more than 60 ambulance and support vehicles
and over 340 employees, Puckett EMS has grown to provide 911 ground transportation in 6
counties in Georgia and Tennessee.

Puckett EMS Training Academy offers a fully accredited Advanced EMT Class as well as other
community medical trainings.  Puckett EMS provides a comprehensive Special Event Medicine Coverage that provides medical coverage for events ranging from high school and college athletics to mobile extreme sporting
events such as Iron Man, Mud Runs and Triathlons.

We built Puckett EMS with one thing in mind – providing the highest quality, reliable ambulance
services to the communities we serve. We accomplish this through rigorous hiring and selection
practices, continuous quality improvement, followed by a strong belief that to be the best you must
train to be the best.

Puckett EMS has been recognized twice within the past five years as the State of Georgia’s Emergency Medical Service of the Year. In addition, Puckett EMS has also been recognized as the Metro Atlanta EMS Agency of the Year three times within the past 6 years. Puckett EMS has been named one of the top 25 small businesses in Cobb County for several years. In 2013, Puckett EMS was honored as the Small Business of the Year by the Atlanta Journal and

The Kennesaw State University Sports and Entertainment Park spans across an impressive 88 acres and
serves both Kennesaw State students and members of the surrounding community as a state of the art recreation facility. Kennesaw State soccer, lacrosse and football as well as the Atlanta Blaze professional men’s lacrosse team are all housed in Fifth Third Bank Stadium which is the main venue in the sports park.  The park is also the home of the student-run company Night Owl Productions which grants KSU students hands-on professional experience in the event operations world.