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Nexus Research Group, Social Impact Advisor, Marketing Eye, Mazzone and Associates

Nexus Research Group

Que Frazier and Kelly Burton talk non-profits

Nexus Research Group

Mellissah Smith, Stuart Sanford, Gilles LaMarche

Nexus Research Group, Social Impact Advisor, Marketing Eye, Mazzone and Associates

We talked non-profit consulting/optimization with Kelly Burton of Nexus Research Group and Que Frazier of Social Impact Advisor, learned about small business marketing through an innovative outsourced model with Mellissah Smith, of Marketing Eye, and talked mid-market M&A and capital resources with Stuart Sanford.

More info coming soon!

Special Guests:

Kelly Burton, Founder of Nexus Research Group

Nexus Research Group

Quinetha “Que” Frazier, President of Social Impact Advisor

Nexus Research Group

Mellissah Smith, Founder of Marketing Eye  

Nexus Research Group

Stuart Sanford, VP at Mazzone & Associates  

Nexus Research Group

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

The Ice Box and Encore Recycling

Business Radio

Gary Blase and Jordy Gamson talk shredding autos and effective brand marketing

The Ice Box and Encore Recycling

Guest co-host, Bo Wilkins from SoundRiver Advisors sat in with me as we interviewed one of the founders of The Ice Box, Jordy Gamson, and his good friend, Gary Blase, of Encore Recycling.  Learn how valuable the right promotional product can be for keeping your company top-of-mind for your customers.  And, learn about technology that can grind a car—yes, a CAR, into bits in 8 seconds.

Check back soon for more info!

Special Guests:

Bo Wilkins, Partner, SoundRiver Advisors  Linkedin    

SoundRiver Advisors

  • Former Executive Managing Director, Wealth Management, Reliance Trust Company
  • Former Partner, Nease, Lagana, Eden, & Culley
  • BA, History & German, Hampden-Sydney College
  • CLU – Chartered Life Underwriter; ChFC – Chartered Financial Consultant; CAP – Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy

Jordy Gamson, CEO/Co-founder, The Ice Box  Twitter  LinkedIn  Facebook  Pinterest  instagram-logo-transparent-png-i11 (16x16)  

The Ice Box

Gary Blase, Managing Member of Encore Recycling  facebook_logo_small3  linkedin_small1 

Encore Recycling


Reinventing Yourself

IRC Wealth

Debi Buckland and Dave Ragland talk reinventing yourself.

Reinventing Yourself

On this week’s episode we continued our monthly series with IRC Wealth.  CEO, Dave Ragland, and VP Business Development, Joe Schum, joined me in studio along with Debi Buckland, a certified therapist and professional coach.  Our topic was reinventing yourself.

Many of us adults know the feeling of, “I need to make a change,” when it comes to thinking about one’s job.  It’s hard to truly know what your true self is/wants when you’re graduating from high school and selecting an academic and professional path.  That means that for a lot of us, we find ourselves wanting to transition to something else that will be more in line with our spirit and personal values.

With his background as a financial planner and wealth adviser, David talked about how important it is for individuals to consider their personal values and wants relating to their quality of life and standard of living when thinking about making changes that will affect their income.  Clearly, leaving one’s job to pursue a dream, whether that’s a new career move or retirement will involve a measure of financial risk.

By sitting down with experts such as David when in the planning phase, risk can be mitigated by understanding obligations, getting a plan for debt elimination, potentially making changes in standard of living expenses, and developing a time line that will facilitate addressing these issues as well as allowing the individual to enjoy their new pursuits.

As a therapist who spends much time speaking with individuals who are wanting to make a change in their lives, she talked about how important it is to be moving toward something more than running away from something.  We also discussed how important it is to talk to one’s partner about the changes they’re contemplating since they will also affect their life as well.

As we talked through the show, it was clear that all our experts agree–it can be a great thing for us to find The Thing that allows us to be more authentic, more who we really are.  And it was also obvious that sitting down with an expert to craft a plan isn’t simply going to end in being told, “No, you shouldn’t do that.”  With some diligence and some planning with qualified pros, you might find you can make that transition to the new you sooner (and more safely) than you think.

David Ragland, CEO/Founder, IRC Wealth


Joe Schum, VP Business Development, IRC Wealth


Debi Buckland, LMFT, LPC, CPCS


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


Motif Investing

Midtown Business Radio

Motif Investing

This week I caught up with Peter Andes, VP of Research for Motif Investing.  They’re an online investment platform that gives its clients the ability to invest in “motifs” built around particular themes or company types.  Each motif consists of up to 30 unique company stocks and the investor has the ability to tailor the breakdown of percentage of funds that gets put into a given stock in the motif.  In this way, Motif Investments clients get to achieve investment diversity as well as having a high level of control over the stocks in a given motif.

Here’s a link to an overview of Motif Investing.

Motif Investing’s experts have created numerous motifs, based upon market research and trends, that have potential for positive return when investors select that particular group.  Should the investor wish to swap out companies or create a motif from scratch based on their own knowledge of market trends/data they have that ability.  And trades are inexpensive, with investing in a given motif costing only $9.95 with a minimum starting investment of $250.  For users to swap out companies in existing motifs it’s only $4.95 per company to do so.

Another benefit of this investment platform is that investors are actually holders of the respective stocks in these companies, not just investors in a fund that holds the stocks.  That means that the investor can transfer their shares to a traditional investment agency should they choose to do so.  Motif Investing doesn’t provide investment advice–it’s up to the investor to educate themselves on the stocks/market sectors they want to invest in.  But their innovative approach to online investing makes participating in the stock market attainable for pretty much everyone who wants to do so.  Check it out!

Special Guest:

Peter Andes, Director of Investment Products & Analytics, Motif Investing  facebook_logo_small3  twitter_logo_small  google-plus-logo-red-265px  linkedin_small1  youtube logo  feed logo 

Motif Investing

  • BSc Computer Science, University of British Columbia
  • Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA Institute
  • Former Software Engineer, Google
  • Previous Associate, Equity Fundamental Strategies, Goldman Sachs