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Popular Genius Spotlights Wegener Media

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Andrea Falls, Founder of Popular Genius, introduced Business RadioX listeners to special guests from The Netherlands, Wegener Media.

Brent Vicknair / Head of Innovation Linkedin

Global integrated marketing, integration and innovation consultant whose entrepreneurial leadership produces outstanding results for organizations and brands who must innovate in order to grow. Connecting the business case with the areas of brand strategy, product development and design, communications planning and execution consistently – and meaningfully – across all channels.

Dirk Henst / Innovation Consultant (Technology) Linkedin

Working in a lean and highly agile environment helping internal and external people to accelerate business with Wegener Media. Main focus on concepts, strategy and getting things done. Having a background in IT and being part of every innovation concept from a technology perspective to align with legacy environments and use the full potential of new technologies.

Paul Vereijken / Innovation Consultant (Content & Storytelling) Linkedin

Background in journalism – both print and online. Connects to power of content and art of storytelling to the ideas we work on at Innovation. Believes that the power of a story you can truly connect with is the one thing that will give you the strength to break the wall and make the change.

 

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Marti Carlson with Synergy HomeCare of Atlanta

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Marti Carlson is the owner of Synergy HomeCare of Atlanta. We offer home care services to all ages (and situations) including: post-hospitalization, family respite, expectant & new mothers, Alzheimer’s/Dementia, sports injuries, veterans, non-mobile individuals, etc. Our goal is to provide support, to those who wish to live independently, in the convenience of their own homes. Our services range from companionship to personal care. Our experienced and compassionate staff can assist with a wide range of services such as medication reminders, transportation to doctor visits/shopping, assistance with walks, light meal preparation, light housekeeping, bathing/grooming assistance, incontinence care, care for Alzheimers/Dementia, etc. Our licensed caregivers are available a few hours a day to 24 hours, 7 days a week. We are available to answer questions and provide the right caregiver to meet your individual needs! Please contact us at 404-474-8443.

 

 

J.R. McNair with Business Service Pros and Jeff Jahn with DynamiX Web Design

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J.R. McNair / Business Service Pros, Inc.  Facebook

J.R. McNair is an Atlanta native and hometown sports star that now resides in South Fulton County. J.R. McNair is one of Clayton County’s 1st Two Time State Wrestling Champions as well as Mt. Zion High school’s single season rushing record holder. After High school J.R. attended Wofford College and served on the board of trustees as its Student Body President, and Division 1 Student Liaison to the NCAA. During his time at Wofford College J.R. received numerous academic, civic, and athletic awards from both the state and national level. J.R. led the Terriers to its first Division 1 playoff birth and broke the Division 1 Single game rushing record by tallying 5 rushing touchdowns against UTC Chattanooga which gained him All-Conference & Second Team All-America Honors at running back. J.R. also enjoyed a record setting season in Europe as the starting running back for the Hamburg Blue Devils.

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.

In addition to his professional business career J.R. has also pursued the arts as professional singer that has sung for thousands at venues both nationally and internationally. J.R. McNair and his wife Casey have four children, William (5), Christian(2), and Twin Boys Elijah and Lemuel (1).

Jeff Jahn / DynamiX Web Design Linkedin Facebook Twitter

Jeff is recognized as an authority in web, mobile, social media and emerging online technologies. He founded his first business, DynamiX in 2005 as a college sophmore. Over the course of the past nine years, it has grown to be one of the largest and most successful development companies in Atlanta. In addition, Jeff has founded and co-founded several tech-focused companies and serves as a trusted advisor to businessess around the world.

Jeff’s approach has generated millions of dollars in new revenue for clients and dramatically improved the effectiveness of digital and traditional advertising. He is recognized as one of Atlanta’s 20 Rising Stars Under 40.

 

 

Entrepreneurial Commercialization, Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Physician Practice Management

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Lee Herron, Georgia Research Alliance, Bill Ritsch, GaMEP, Eric Christ, PracticeAdmin. Talking commercialization, manufacturing extension, and physician practice management

Lee Harron/Georgia Research Alliance Facebook Twitter

Dr. Herron is Vice President of Commercialization for the Georgia Research Alliance directing the activities of GRA Ventures. Through GRA Ventures, a milestone-based process is used to accelerate the formation of new companies around university research by offering a suite of services including academic entrepreneurial commercialization awards and loans to validate technology and business concepts. GRA Ventures funding is provided in sequential phases corresponding to increasing levels of risk mitigation. Prior to joining the GRA in July 2008, Dr. Herron worked with the Enterprise Innovation Institute at Georgia Tech and prior thereto spent many years in the start-up and developing company environment.

William Ritsch/Georgia Tech Manufacturing Extension Partnership   Linkedin  

Bill Ritsch is the North Metro Regional Manager for Georgia Tech Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The GaMEP provides support, coaching, education, and resources to Georgia manufacturers designed to increase top line growth and reduce bottom line costs. Our approach is to work with each client individually, understand your needs, and recommend a customized plan to meet your unique goals and objectives.  

Eric Christ/PracticeAdmin Linkedin  TwitterFacebook

Eric Christ’s 25-year career includes general management, marketing, and product management positions with leading information technology companies. Eric is currently the CEO of PracticeAdmin, a Software-as-a-Service provider of practice management software and services to medical billing companies and medical practices. Before joining PracticeAdmin, Eric served in senior management roles with Jackson Healthcare, McKesson Corporation, and Harbinger Corporation.

 

Dick Caillouet with Safari Club International

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Dick Caillouet of Safari Club International talks about their humanitarian program for wounded warriors suffering with PTSD.

In this episode we learned about Safari Club International and the humanitarian outreach program they offer for wounded warriors who are suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).  This program collaborates with the wounded warrior evaluation program at Fort Benning to identify veterans who are suffering significant decreased quality of life due to PTSD.  They bring them together with other similar veterans and a group of professionals and volunteers to take them on excursions to let them experience nature and positive, compassionate people who help to show them that there is value and hope in their lives; that they can return to a life that is closer to “normal” for them.  In this way these veterans begin to regain a sense of worth and purpose to carry on in spite of their past traumatic experiences.

As a non-profit organization, this program relies heavily on financial support from corporate sponsors who can help them expand the project and allow them to reach and help more of these heroes.  Great guest and information.

 

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Veteran of Viet Nam Conflict

President-Elect — Safari Club International 

Georgia Chapter & Chairman — Wounded Veterans Events

 

 

Thom Gonyeau with Mountain View Group, Kelley Durfee and Justin Knot with INTREPY, and Kyle Glave with NOVAtime Technology, Inc.

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Thom Gonyeau / Mountain View Group

Equal parts right-brain and left-brain. Operational guru. Works with clients to solve their business needs; works with MVG employees to solve our business needs. Avid photographer, tennis player, runner, writer. Had first brush with fame at age 8, when his poem “Things That Are Beautiful” was published in Highlights magazine. Is often told he looks like Sean Penn. Doesn’t find it particularly funny when people try to pronounce the ‘h’ in his name. Has birthmark on tongue. Ran for class president in 7th grade on the slogan “Vote for Thom. He’s a bomb.” (He lost, learning his first valuable lesson in the need for effective communications.) Always on the lookout for really good breakfast food.

Kelley Durfee / INTREPY LLC Linkedin Twitter

My name is Kelley Durfee. I am from Orlando, Florida with a background in PR and marketing. I recently started a healthcare marketing company with my business partner Justin Knott named INTREPY LLC. INTREPY LLC’s main goal is to increase practice revenues and public relations by driving higher physician referrals through personal marketing, designing and developing social media platforms, and strategic media & advertising. Creating active PR and connecting healthcare professionals with their local communities through philanthropy and other social events. I would love to connect with you via LinkedIn or Twitter please find the link to both below. Look forward to doing business with you!

Justin Knot / INTREPY LLC Linkedin Twitter

My name is Justin Knott. I am from Orlando, Florida with a background in finance and early stage invest- ing. I recently started a healthcare marketing company with my business partner Kelley Durfee named INTREPY LLC. INTREPY LLC’s main goal is to increase practice revenues and public relations by driving higher physician referrals through personal marketing, designing and developing social media platforms, and strategic media & advertising. Creating active PR and connecting healthcare professionals with their local communities through philanthropy and other social events. I would love to connect with you via LinkedIn or Twitter please find the link to both below. Look forward to doing business with you!

Kyle Glave / NOVAtime Technology, Inc. Linkedin Twitter

In 1999, NOVAtime Technology, Inc. was founded with the mission to continually research and develop the capabilities of Workforce Management solutions. Driven by forward-thinking people and the latest advances in technology, NOVAtime has gained recognition as a technical leader of the industry and is now one of the largest Time and Attendance providers in the United States. Our solutions automate and simplify time and resource management through the use of innovative technology that controls labor costs and promotes the growth of business.

 

Tom Catherall with Here To Serve Restaurants and Justin Miller with CARE for AIDS, Inc.

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Tom Catherall / Here To Serve Restaurants Linkedin Twitter

Tom Catherall has been one of the defining and influential forces of the Atlanta restaurant scene for nearly three decades. A certified master chef, Catherall’s Here to Serve Restaurants group is the successful hospital- ity umbrella for 11 unique restaurant concepts, from steak, seafood and sushi to Spanish tapas, with 14 loca- tions in the Atlanta area. H2SR is also the home of an in-house bakery that services each concept along with complete catering capabilities. Catherall has been the recipient of numerous awards over the years, including a gold medal with a perfect score citation from the 1988 Culinary Olympics in Frankfurt, Germany, and his 1985 Master Chef Certification by the American Culinary Federation and the Culinary Institute of America, among many others. In 1990, he came in first out of 50 chefs from 50 states in the American Seafood Challenge in New Orleans. He iwas nominated in 2013 for a Rice Award (Rising in Community Excellence), given to indi- viduals who exemplify professional excellence while edifying the community. This year marks Catherall’s 50 years as a chef.

Justin Miller / CARE for AIDS, Inc. Linkedin Facebook Twitter 

In 2007, Justin co-founded CARE for AIDS as a junior at Vanderbilt University. Despite being a full-time college student, he helped raise over $200,000 to open and operate four centers in Kenya for families affected by HIV/AIDS. He became the Executive Director in September 2009 and has since led the organization to grow to 20 centers, 54 employees, and more than 5,000 families served. Justin received a Bachelor of Science from Vanderbilt University in Economics and Human and Organizational Development. Justin and his wife of four years, Lindsay, live in Atlanta, Georgia. They are expecting their first child in September.

 

Meghan McAfee with Flo2s, Dave Basarab with Mobile Business Academy, Steve Wadley with Click Media, and Elizabeth Kunetz with BC Advisors

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Meghan McAfee / Flo2s Linkedin Facebook TwitterGoogle Bookmarks

Meghan left her massage practice in Alpharetta to join the FLO2S team, and we are delighted to have her on board. She is trained in numerous modalities and has over a decade of experience in bodywork. Besides being a licensed massage therapist, Meghan is certified in the Barbara Brennan method of energy work, is a certified neuromuscular therapist, and is proficient at deep tissue, hot stone, lymphatic drainage, myofascial release, reflexology, lomi lomi and sports massage. Her preference is to combine these modalities, creating an individualized treatment tailored to suit the unique needs of each client. Meghan’s deep interest in the healing arts and a holistic lifestyle stretches far beyond the massage table to include yoga, meditation, nutrition and beyond. Catch her in the right mood, and you may even get her to read your tarot cards. She believes that healing begins within, and that the best way she can affect change, growth and healing in the world at large is to help each of her clients to achieve their personal optimized level of health. Her passion for and enjoyment in her work is evident through her touch.

Meghan is honored to be a part of FLO2S, and is delighted to expand the healing potential of her massages and bodywork with the numerous benefits of infrared sauna therapy and floatation therapy. We urge you to design your own day of healing with a combination of our creative offerings.

Dave Basarab / Mobile Business Academy Linkedin Facebook Twitter

Dave Basarab has founded multiple consulting firms, including Dave Basarab Consulting and V.A.L.E. Consulting and LLC. Basarab has worked as chief learning officer and head of training and development for Fortune 100 companies like Motorola, Pitney Bowes, NCR and Ingersoll Rand. He has worked with clients like AT&T, The Cheesecake Factory, Ameriprise Financial, and many more. Basarab earned the Chief Learning Officer Innovator of the Year Award and helped Pitney Bowes earn a spot on the Training Magazine’s Top 100 Companies list. Basarab has developed many groundbreaking training and evaluation techniques and continues to do so with his new Mobile Business Academy. For more information, please visit www.mobilebizacademy.com.

Steve Wadley / Click Media Linkedin Facebook 

Steve has been an owner/CEO of three full service internet ad agencies from 1999 til 2013. Now retired from active employment, Steve is an consults for Click Media.

Elizabeth Kunetz / BC Advisors

In her current role, Elizabeth Kunetz is responsible for managing all phases of the engagements and works closely with the client and other staff to move the transaction through to closing.

Throughout her career, Elizabeth has managed deals ranging from $8 million to $70 million across a variety of industries. Responsibilities included identifying potential acquisition targets, initiating contact with potential sellers, performing business valuations, and providing assistance with due diligence investigations. In addition, she assisted with the placement of private capital, structuring valuations of business.

Elizabeth is Chartered Financial Analyst, a member of the Junior League of Cobb/Marietta and the Duke University Alumni Society. Shes graduated with a BA in Economics and English from Duke University. She received her MBA with a concentration in Finance from the Fuqua School of Business in 1988.

 

 

 

 

Nicole Siokis with Mom Corps Atlanta, Mark Molinari with 4th Source, Janelle Jolley with Sidewalk District and Blake Patton with Tech Square Ventures

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Nicole Siokis/Mom Corps Twitter Facebook

Nicole Siokis owns and operates the Atlanta franchise of Mom Corps, Inc., a WBENC certified, national staffing and career development firm that matches progressive employers with top tier, professional level talent looking for flexible work arrangements. Media outlets such as the TODAY Show, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and Forbes have all recognized Mom Corps’ unique approach as a catalyst for changing the traditional workplace. Mom Corps has received awards from Ernst & Young, Working Mother, Inc. 500, the National Worklife Institute, Bulldog 100 Fastest Growing Companies and more.

Nicole began her professional career in the Army’s Signal Corps as an officer supporting United Nations troops during the United States’ presence in Somalia. After a career with the military, she spent nine years at BellSouth Corporation in the positions of Small Business Marketing Director and Director of International Carrier Relations responsible for managing relationships with service providers across the globe.

Nicole earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from Clemson University on an Army ROTC scholarship. Currently, Nicole is an active board member for The Tritt Foundation and the Technology Association of Georgia’s Diversity Council. Previously, she served as an Executive Board Member for Dress for Success Atlanta. Nicole has been a featured speaker to several organizations including SHRM, The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Lee Hecht Harrison, The Women’s Mentor Network and Women in Newell (Rubbermaid).

Nicole enjoys being involved with her community, traveling internationally and raising money for organizations such as Susan G. Komen, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Dress for Success and The American Cancer Society. She lives in Marietta, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta, with her husband and daughter.

Mark Molinari/4th SourceTwitter Linkedin Facebook

Mr. Molinari is a co-founder of 4th Source. He was instrumental in establishing 4th Source’s delivery centers across Mexico and now onshore in the U.S. He is involved in company strategy, continuously introducing innovation into 4th Source’s delivery and solutions.

Prior to helping launch 4th Source, Mr. Molinari held key senior management positions with leading software and technology companies. He was vice president of North American professional services for Pegasystems, a leading provider of customer relationship management software for the financial industry. In addition, he was a regional vice president at Oracle Corporation, as well as a senior technology manager with MCI. Mr. Molinari holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Janelle Jolley/Sidewalk DistrictTwitter Linkedin Facebook

Janelle Jolley is originally from the DC metro area, and found herself in Atlanta in 2009 when she relocated for graduate school. It was in Atlanta that she serendipitously found herself in the tech world, because she was trying to solve a problem: make local shopping easy and convenient for everyone. It’s been a wild ride, but after more than a year of working on her startup full time, Sidewalk District will we be launching its private beta in February…answering the prayers of consumers everywhere!

Blake Patton/Tech Square Ventures Twitter

Blake is a technology entrepreneur and investor with 20 years of experience in startup, venture backed, and publicly traded internet, software, payments, and financial services companies.

Prior to founding Tech Square Ventures, Blake was General Manager of theAdvanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) at Georgia Tech – recently named by Forbes as one of the “Top 12 Incubators Changing the World”. Before ATDC, he served as President & COO of Interactive Advisory Software; CEO of iKobo; and EVP of iXL, an e-business consulting firm that he joined through the acquisition of Swan Media and was part of the executive team that grew the company from startup to over $300 million in annualized revenue and an IPO. Blake also founded, and later successfully sold, Siteman – one of the first application service provider (ASP) offerings in the online content management space. He started his career as an Associate at SEI Corporation.

Blake currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta CEO Council and Venture Atlanta and is aGeorgia Research Alliance (GRA) Industry Fellow. He earned a Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering degree from Georgia Tech, where he was Captain of the Swim Team. He was inducted into the Georgia Tech College of Engineering’s Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni and previously served on the Georgia Tech Advisory Board.