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theLuxAve

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Antonio James discusses theLuxAve

theLuxAve

theLuxAve is an online platform where fashion enthusiasts can search inventory from niche fashion boutiques around the world.  I met Antonio James at the recent Atlanta Startup Awards.  As we chatted about our respective businesses, I knew I needed to have him on to talk about his innovative platform for fans of hard-to-find, boutique-produced clothing.

Think of an aggregator that makes finding a great deal on travel possible by pulling data from a wide range of sites into one interface.  theLuxAve works in a similar fashion, alerting users to availability of styles and sizes from boutiques across the country in a single portal.

Antonio is actively seeking partnership with funding sources that will help him get his platform to the market. Contact: theluxave@gmail.com

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AGLCC Hosts Tyler Ogburn Photography and KEYLAY Design

photography

Emma Foulkes, Kyle Strahl, Bruce Logue, Tyler Ogburn

Tyler Ogburn Photography and KEYLAY Design

This week, co-hosts Emma Foulkes of Greenwood Wealth Management, and Bruce Logue, of Common Ground Real Estate, and members of Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC), were joined in the studio by Tyler Ogburn of Tyler Ogburn Photography and Kyle Strahl, of KEYLAY Design.

Tyler Ogburn shared how he developed a passion for capturing images of people when he was young, ultimately deciding to make a career in photography.  Ogburn’s website describes his work this way, “The images you and I create will always have an upscale fashion flair. These are techniques and styles I crafted from my experience living in incredible cities around the world: from Melbourne, Australia to New York to Atlanta. My style can be described as high-contrast and dynamic with a coy play between shadow and light.

KEYLAY Design describes their firm, “KEYLAY is a full-service, Atlanta graphic design agency that specializes in big ideas for small businesses. Those ideas are produced by an expertly crafted team built on innovation, experience, reliability and passion for creative work. Together, we deliver an experience to our clients based on several principles…”

Emma Foulkes recently rebranded her wealth management firm to Greenwood Wealth Management.  Greenwood Wealth management is a merging of different individual companies and financial advisors who have come together to be the beacon of light in the murky waters of the financial industry. Said Foulkes, “We get in the face of the industry when they try to work in the gray areas of putting their best interest above the needs of the clients. At Greenwood our clients come first.”

Bruce Logue talked about the new realty office he became part of, Common Ground Real Estate.  Bruce explains, “I have a true passion for real estate and I’m never too busy to help you find your way home! Prior to entering the real estate profession, my focused on marketing implementation and fulfillment. I have also engineered processes to enhance customer satisfaction for various businesses in the financial services and utility industries. I’m active in many business associations throughout the Greater Atlanta area and considers myself a professional networker. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, I also lived in the St. Augustine, FL area for 20 years before relocating to Atlanta in 2006 and deciding that I’d finally found my way home.”

 

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.

CEB’s CMO Rob Chen Joins TopRight Partners Bill Fasig

transformational marketing

Rob Chen

CEB’s CMO Rob Chen Joins TopRight Partners Bill Fasig

CEB is a best practice insight and technology company. In partnership with leading organizations around the globe, we develop innovative solutions to drive corporate performance. We do this by offering advisory services and technology solutions that equip leaders to turn the right insights into actions that deliver the right outcomes,
upgrade processes and adapt culture to succeed in the new work environment, and apply precision to talent decisions for competitive advantage.

 

AGLCC Breaks Down 2016

Visionary Services

Emma Foulkes, Tasha Reid, Jack Kinley, Dan Dunlop

AGLCC Breaks Down 2016

I caught up with Emma Foulks and Jack Kinley to talk about what AGLCC accomplished in 2016 as well as what’s in store for 2017.  Former Division I basketball player, Tasha Reid, joined us from Visionary Services to talk about how she has built a business providing services to the Federal government.

Visionary Services is an 8(a) certified, woman-owned, minority-owned business enterprise based out of Atlanta, Georgia. In our six (6) years of facilities support services we have encountered a common goal with all of our customers, the motivation is to frame appealing , flawless project in a time sufficient manner and at the incomparable cost possible.

Visionary dominates with the experience and ability required to be more than aggressive in today’s facilities and support market and to assist you attain achievement in any project. We have made it a mission to serve the community, the government and surrounding industries with a quality expertise that is excellent in all areas of facilities support services.

Dan Dunlop, founder of Dunlop Productions, sat in for Bruce Logue and shared some information about a YouTube interview series he’s going to be doing with Emma Foulkes called, “Timely Talk” and “Sandwich Talk”, aimed at providing insights folks young and old should consider around life and wealth planning.

Vital Life Health Center Atlanta

Life University

Dr. Guy Riekeman

Vital Life Health Center Atlanta

On this week’s show, TopRight Partners COO and Managing Partner, Bill Fasig, joined me to host Dr. Guy Riekeman, President of Life University.  He stopped in to talk about the Vital Life Health Center Atlanta project Life University is collaborating with to bring their vitalistic wellness expertise and technology to the Midtown community.

 

 

ArtsBridge Foundation

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce

Amy Selby, Natalie Barrow

ArtsBridge Foundation

ArtsBridge Foundation, the arts education non-profit outreach of Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre,
has served over 300,000 students from 54 Georgia counties as well as Alabama, Florida, South Carolina
and Tennessee. With a mission to educate, inspire and motivate Georgia’s youth through the arts,
ArtsBridge is committed to providing high quality performing arts experiences for students of all ages.
ArtsBridge programs include Field Trips to Cobb Energy Centre for performances by leading national and
international artists, the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards – The Shuler Awards, which celebrate excellence in high school musical theatre programs, master classes and the ArtsBridge FamilyPerformances Series.

This week, Amy Selby of Cobb County Chamber of Commerce and I hosted Natalie Barrow, Director of Arts Education & Community Outreach, for the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre’s ArtsBridge Foundation.  She shared great information about the ways she and her team are working to foster the arts for our community, particularly for our young people.

She explained the value of arts education in overall academic performance, with students who participate in developing artistic expression, skills, and thinking demonstrating higher achievement than peers who do not.  We talked about how the variety of innovative services they offer require significant financial resources to be able to sustain them.

The ArtsBridge is actively seeking partners in the philanthropic community, be it with enterprises or individuals/families, to be able to maintain, and indeed grow the reach and extent of services they can provide.

Special Guests:

Natalie Barrow, Director of Arts Education & Community Outreach, ArtsBridge Foundation  linkedin_small1  facebook_logo_small3  twitter_logo_small  instagram-logo-transparent-png-i11 (16x16)

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Cobb County Chamber of Commerce

 

Cobb Co Chamber Hosts Six Flags and Cobb Travel and Tourism

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce

Gene Petriello and Megan Stambaugh

Cobb Co Chamber Hosts Six Flags and Cobb Travel and Tourism

This week Amy and I hosted Megan Stambaugh, Partner Services Director, Cobb Travel and Tourism, and Gene Petriello, Properties Communications Manager for Six Flags Atlanta to learn about economic impacts of attractions such as Six Flags and others, as well as what efforts are under way to foster continued growth.

Some will describe Six Flags Over Georgia as Thrill capital of the South. 290-acre thrill-park with some of the fastest, tallest and wildest rides in the country. Features more than 40 rides, shows and attractions and 12 world-class roller coasters.  New for 2016, North America’s First Virtual Reality Roller Coaster- The New Revolution, Bugs Bunny Boomtown and DC SUPER Friends.

Two new interactive kid’s zones themed after everyone’s favorite Looney Tunes cartoon characters and DC SUPER heroes featuring 12 new rides and attractions that the entire family can enjoy together.  Free with park admission, Six Flags Over Georgia features Hurricane Harbor, a 7-acre waterpark with the world’s first hybrid zero-gravity waterslide, Tsunami Surge. Six Flags Over Georgia features its seasonal Fright Fest Halloween event and recently added Holiday in the Park winter celebration featuring more than one million LED lights. Visit www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia for more information.

Cobb County remains a regionally and nationally known travel destination providing a rewarding and memorable experience to all visitors. Cobb County will continue to be recognized as a preferred destination among planners of conventions, trade shows, and special events, as well as leisure travelers.

The Cobb Travel & Tourism website talks about the organization’s vision for what it hopes to achieve on behalf of the Cobb County economy this way,

Cobb Travel & Tourism focus:

• To be the main source of quality leads for hotel that will enable consistently higher occupancy rates than regional competitors

• To be the primary destination marketing organization for Cobb County

• To remain instrumental in creating strategic partnerships and alliances among industry stakeholders

• To remain a leader among convention & visitors bureaus with similar budget classifications

• To remain committed to partnership growth through providing valuable benefits and excellent customer service

• To be financially stable and efficient in delivering services

AGLCC’s Emma Foulks Talks Out In The Kitchen

AGLCC

Carlton Brown, Angel Touwsma, Elizabeth Odem

AGLCC

Emma Foulkes, Vadam Clementi, Carlton Brown

AGLCC’s Emma Foulks Talks Out In The Kitchen

On this week’s episode, AGLCC’s Emma Foulks Talks Out In The Kitchen with Occasional Occasions’ Chef Carlton Brown and Chef Vedam Clementi, author of “Vedam’s Gluten Free & Fabulous! Recipes From A Southern Gay Househusband.”  Both chefs are contributing their culinary treats for the upcoming Out In The Kitchen event December 7 at the W Midtown.  Also joining us were Elizabeth Odom and Angel Touwsma from the W’s sales and marketing team to talk about why the W enjoys hosting this and other AGLCC events.

Chef Vedam Clementi is a gluten free personal chef and the author of “Vedam’s Gluten Free & Fabulous! Recipes From A Southern Gay Househusband.” After suffering for over two decades with misdiagnosed health issues, Vedam was diagnosed with Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, and had to learn to cook a new way – completely gluten free. The cookbook not only offers Southern dishes but also includes gluten free basics, how to create your own flour blend, how to set up a gluten free kitchen and home, breakfasts, soups, side and main dishes, desserts and some of his and his husband’s favorite dishes and cuisines.

Chef Vedam is a personal chef providing delicious gluten free meals customized to your tastes and needs and conveniently prepared in your home. Whether you want to plan a special dinner, or to have frozen, easy-to- reheat prepared meals for those days you are too busy to cook, he will work with you to develop a delectable gluten free menu. Vedam also offers customized gluten free hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and complete meals for parties and corporate events.

Understanding the challenges of gluten free living, Vedam offers in-home cooking classes and guidance on setting up a gluten free kitchen and home. He is also busy creating new recipes for his next gluten free cookbook which will focus on more vegetarian and health-conscious recipes.

Offering boutique-style catering services for your private, corporate, or non-profit affair, Occasional Occasions by
Carlton will make your Occasional Occasion truly memorable. Founded in 1994 by Carlton A. Brown, Occasional Occasions by Carlton has been serving clients, corporate and private, throughout the Atlanta Metropolitan area. What we offer you is not only great food, but elegant presentations and impeccable service. Visualize all of this and you will foresee how Occasional Occasions by Carlton will create your event, personalized to your needs and operating comfortably within your budget.

W’s 14th Street address places you in the heart of Atlanta’s most dynamic neighborhood, Midtown, with
over 22 miles of urban redevelopment at your fingertips, picturesque Piedmont Park in our backyard, and
world-class shopping, dining and nightlife surrounding. you’ll appreciate having the city at your fingertips.

Ignite your stay in one of W’s 466 unique, spacious guestrooms and suites with unmatched floor to ceiling
Atlanta skyline and park views.  Upon arrival, guests walk into a dramatic open air Living Room, amplifying the energy that W Hotels are known for with sounds from impromptu and often intimate performances featuring what’s new/next from the Atlanta music scene. Delight in classic and modern twists on New South favorites at TRACE, our Midtown Atlanta restaurant.

The W scene continues to unfold as the guests arrive to the signature glass lift and connect instantly with SPG keyless room access.  Weekend adventurers escape here to indulge in Bliss spa and FIT, W Atlanta Midtown’s 24/7 gym. For those seeking outdoors, grab a bike and hit the Beltline or take a walk on the natural side exploring Piedmont Park. And when the sun sets, free your inner night owl at some of Atlanta’s chicest clubs.