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Pitch The Crowd

Pitch The Crowd

Pitch The Crowd

I met JR McNair a few months ago when I was just getting started here with the Midtown studio.  He is an Atlanta native and hometown sports star that now resides in South Fulton County.

While in College J.R. started a business development company that since its inception has helped over 3,000 small business owners. J.R. is an avid learner and prides himself on mastering a new business skill every 12 months. J.R. has helped incorporate almost 1,000 entities and as such is an expert in the field of corporate formations. J.R. McNair started his first business at the age of 10 years old and has  personally started, branded, invested or sold over 30 businesses since that time.

He came by to talk about his newest effort—Pitch The Crowd, a show he recently launched on cable TV here in Atlanta.  The show, which currently will air a new episode quarterly, is similar to the popular Shark Tank.  With Pitch The Crowd, the goal is to pitch your business or not-for-profit to the crowd funding space.

He brought along several guests who had appeared on the show’s first episode.  Emmenette Mason oversees a non-profit organization focused on giving Atlanta young people and adults education on entrepreneurship through a series of weekly workshops in the summer in addition to other educational offerings.  IXOYE Global Entrepreneurship Network, or IXGEN for short, has already seen success, with numerous young people who have gone through the program coming back to talk about how they have successfully launched their own small businesses based on what they learned from IXGEN.

IXOYE Global Entrepreneurship Network (IXGEN), is a Georgia nonprofit organization created to provide business support services to assist in creating, strengthening and expanding grassroots micro and small enterprises, and guiding them toward national and international levels of entrepreneurship.  IXGEN’s mission is to facilitate access to resources, provide information, technical assistance, training, counseling and other support services, to micro and small entrepreneurs to enable them to promote, strengthen and grow their businesses. IXGEN is committed to ‘promoting a global perspective for micro entrepreneurs in the USA and in Africa.

IXGEN passionately advocates (non-politically), the need for entrepreneurial education as an integral part of the middle and high school curricula throughout the USA and Africa. In this regard, IXGEN has initiated a youth empowerment program (iYEP), for youth in middle and high schools, as well as for young adults.  The Youth Empowerment Program (iYEP), is an annual Entrepreneurship, Leadership, & Life Skills Training that provides opportunities for the young people to develop the competencies they need to become successful individuals, and potential business owners.

IXGEN has developed strategic collaborations/partnerships with individual entrepreneurs, philanthropists, development practitioners, governmental and non-governmental agencies, and faith-based organizations that are engaged in economic and community development.

Deontae Trundle came by to talk about Indie Film Loop.  The Indie Film Loop is a three-day Film Conference and Creative Showcase that starts on Friday, August 7th, 2015 and ends on Sunday, August 9th. It is projected to be the Southeast regionʼs premiere marketplace for Independent talents within the film & media industries. Attendees will have the opportunity to discover new creative talents within the industry by seeing the showcased participants engaged in intense film related competitions and more. Participants will also be able to gain valuable knowledge from industry leading professionals through thought provoking panel discussions and keynotes, interactive workshops and collaborative opportunities making The Indie Film Loop a vibrant avenue for career development. Emerging professionals of today will be able to earn the right to become the industry elites of tomorrow!

Mark Cano was a Pitch The Crowd participant who is looking for crowd funding to support his efforts to launch a state-of-the-art cosmetology school in the Atlanta area.  Having been exposed to the industry of cosmetology education with his wife while living in Florida.  Mark’s wife, who has many years of experience in cosmetology was invited to help build a new school in their community and they became intrigued by the possibilities.

Mark has leveraged his background in investment banking, his wife’s experience, and their work as owners of the MedSpa in Johns Creek to develop a passion to build a cosmetology school the he hopes will be the go-to option for the region.

Special Guests:

JR McNair, Business Service Pros, Pitch The Crowd  facebook_logo_small3  twitter_logo_small  google-plus-logo-red-265px

Pitch The Crowd


  • Founder, Business Service Pros
  • Launched his first business, age 10


Emmenette Mason, IXOYE Global Entrepreneurship Network  facebook_logo_small3


  • MBA, Entrepreneurship Development, University of Akron
  • Founder, Youth Empowerment Program
  • Member, National Association of Professional Women
  • Counselor, SCORE (Business counseling of SBA, Georgia Chapter)

Deontae Trundle, Managing Partner, Indie Film Loop  facebook_logo_small3  twitter_logo_small  linkedin_small1



  • AA, Applied Business with focus in Graphic Design, Coyehoga Community College
  • Produced “Mr. Amazing”, 2009 Atlanta Film project Competition in Atlanta, Winning 5 “Best Of” Awards
  • Previous Creative Director, Upris Corp
  • Creative Director/Founder, Creative Synergy Design, LLC


BlueLeap Customer Experience, Kiwanis Club of Atlanta, Dimensional Solutions Managed IT, Jellyfish


Raleigh Burgess talks about how BlueLeap helps companies improve Customer Experience.

BlueLeap and Customer Experience (CX), Kiwanis Club of Atlanta and community service, Dimensional Solutions and Managed IT Services

BlueLeap integrates cloud-based telephony (voice and text) into your business process, automating communication tasks thereby saving your agents time, reducing customer wait and building brand loyalty. They provide an Oracle Validated Integration that uses the entire Twilio Platform inside the Oracle Cloud Service and brings deep enterprise functionality to large clients.   BlueLeap’s CX technologies are integrated into a few industry templates already.   Their Customer Experience solutions ares currently being used in over 50+ countries, across 1000+ agents.  One example of the exciting capabilities that BlueLeap gives their clients lies within their texting component.  It gives the client user the ability to send texts to their customers abroad in English and it’s then translated and displayed to the recipient in their native language.  This has proven to significantly increase customer engagement as shown by dramatic rise in text-backs from the recipients.  Oracle RightNow users can seamlessly integrate BlueLeap’s Oracle Validated services into their existing platforms and take full advantage of the Oracle cloud’s potential.

The Kiwanis Club of Atlanta has been serving the Atlanta community since 1915. The club’s motto is “Learn, Serve, Connect.” Members “Learn” about our community, our state, our nation and our world through the excellent and diverse speakers at weekly luncheon meetings.  Kiwanis Club of Atlanta “Serves” our community through members’ commitment to a variety of community charitable organizations. They “Connect” with each other through the myriad of social and business networking events held each month. The Kiwanis Club of Atlanta is more than a civic club, it is a place where friendships are formed and last a lifetime!

Dimensional Solutions Managed IT provides small- to mid-sized Atlanta businesses a full selection of IT expertise to manage parts or all of their IT needs.  With their ala carte menu of services, companies can tailor the level of engagement with Dimensional Solutions’ team of experts.  This enables companies to achieve the highest level of network reliability, security, and compliance while saving significant dollars spent on their IT needs.  For companies who are involved with a content provider using the “Bring Your Own Device” model for providing their services, Dimensional Solutions is able to insure that these “foreign” devices integrate into the client company’s network without disruption or risk.  And when the content project is complete their team will work to disconnect the devices completely and remove all proprietary information from the devices that will be leaving the business with the content consultants.  Dimensional Solutions provides a free consultation to determine the needs of the client company and identify areas of risk and/or ways they can improve their IT while saving cost.

Jellyfish is a global digital marketing agency, with offices in the US, UK and South Africa. The company’s award-winning combination of technology and talent deliver paid search, display/RTB, SEO, social media, analytics, optimization, creative, video and development solutions.   Jellyfish has worked across a wide range of industries, including property, pharmaceutical, financial and gaming.  Their impressive list of clients include Walden University, Fidelity, Carfax, Pfizer, Zipcar, Caesars and ADP.  Jellyfish has an international team, with industry recognized qualifications, combines a deep understanding of user interaction online combined with advanced technologies. The company’s team proud to create successful, performance-based campaigns.  Jellyfish we understands how the convergence of marketing channels, platforms and devices can be used effectively to create an overall winning strategy, and therefore the perfect digital journey for their clients.

Special Guests:

Raleigh Burgess of BlueLeap  Facebook  Twitter 16x16  Linkedin  google-plus-logo-red-265px


  •  TAG Diversity in Leadership Award Finalist 2012
  • 10 years experience consulting on ERP and other custom projects
  • Former CIO GE Capital
  • Advisory Board Member to Biotech Startup >10 years
  • 3x successful entrepreneur in software sector

Laura McCarty of Kiwanis Club of Atlanta  Linkedin  Facebook  Twitter 16x16

Kiwanis Club of Atlanta

  • Vice President, Georgia Humanities Council
  • Adjunct English Professor, Georgia Piedmont Technical College
  • Masters in Comparative Literature, University of Georgia

Mike Remy VP, Enterprise Solutions of Dimensional Solutions Managed IT Services  Facebook  Linkedin  Twitter 16x16

Dimensional Solutions Managed IT

  • Over 20 years of experience in enterprise/IT solutions
  • Self-funded, launched and ran his first IT company for 12 years before selling the business
  • Accomplished pilot and photographer

Eric Jones VP, Client Strategy with Jellyfish  Twitter 16x16  Facebook  Linkedin  youtube logo  google-plus-logo-red-265px


  • CEO, Avenue J Development LLC
  • Previous Board of Directors member, Toolbank Baltimore
  • >10 years in leadership roles in digital strategy/marketing companies