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2016 Health Connect South Event

Health Connect South

Dan Cerutti

2016 Health Connect South Event

I had the opportunity to sit down with several presenters and attendees at the 2016 Health Connect South event.  On this week’s show I share three segments with

IBM Watson Health,

VP of Population Health and Cognitive Decision Support, Dan Cerutti


Dan Shook, National Park Service–Kittyhawk


Jim Schwoebel, founder of NeuroLex Diagnostics.

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AGLCC Community Awards Dinner

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Bruce Logue, Doug Roberts, Cindy Brown, Sharon McMahon, Tony Kearny, Dan Dunlop

AGLCC Community Awards Dinner

On this week’s episode, Bruce Logue and guest co-host, Dan Dunlop, of Dunlop Productions, hosted Cindy Brown and Sharon McMahon, Doug Roberts, and Tony Kearny, and shared information about the upcoming AGLCC Community Awards Dinner September 23.

Doug Roberts is a Certified Financial Planner with Ameriprise.  He helps his clients achieve their dreams for today,
tomorrow, and well into the future — using Ameriprise’s exclusive Confident Retirement ® approach.  It starts with a
personalized conversation about covering essentials, ensuring lifestyle, preparing for the unexpected and leaving a legacy. By breaking your financial goals down into doable steps, Ameriprise financial planners can help take the uncertainty out of planning for your financial future.

A dynamic duo of wedding photographers in love, Cindy and Sharon, are ready to tell your love story. They’re
photographers by craft, but story-tellers at heart. And are dedicated to documenting marriage equality one
ceremony at a time. Well-known for C. Brown Photography, the ladies saw an opportunity to serve the needs of same-sex couples seeking photography for their weddings.

They’ve been civilly unionized in Vermont, married in Connecticut and vow-renewed here in Atlanta and would
love to share what they know about same-sex weddings with you.

Tony Kearny is Director of Corporate Partnerships with Planned Parenthood Southeast.  The organization believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout our service area, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual’s income, marital status, race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, or residence.

Planned Parenthood believes that respect and value for diversity in all aspects of the organization are essential to their well-being. They also believe that reproductive self-determination must be voluntary and preserve the individual’s right to privacy.  Additionally, Planned Parenthood further believes that such self-determination will contribute to an enhancement of the quality of life and strong family relationships.

Special Guests:

Cindy Brown and Sharon MacMahon, Co-Founders, Same Sex Wedding Photograpers


Doug Roberts, Certified Financial Planner, Ameriprise


Tony Kearny, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Planned Parenthood Southeast


Dr. Dionne Poulton and Jermaine Pettis of Brand Bank

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Jermaine Pettis and Dr. Dionne Poulton

Dr. Dionne Poulton and Jermaine Pettis of Brand Bank

This week I hosted Dr. Dionne Poulton of Poulton Consulting Group, and Jermaine Pettis, Commercial Relationship Manager for Brand Bank.

Poulton Consulting Group, LLC (PCG) is an HR and Leadership Consulting business specializing in diversity and inclusion, equity, bias, intercultural communication, adult learning, adult behavior, and conflict mediation. Since its inception in 2004, PCG has worked with a wide range of diverse clients in the US and Canada, including in the San Francisco tech and digital marketing industry, K-12 schools, higher education, and many corporate and service industries.

Dr. Poulton’s offer onsite and off site company retreats and team-building activities, brown bag discussions, “talks,” specialized trainings, professional development workshops, and keynote addresses, all based on Dr. Poulton’s PhD research and experience. Poulton Consulting Group, LLC (PCG) is also a government-approved business for local, State and Federal level contracts.

Jermain Pettis is a commercial banking relationship professional that leverages extensive financial product and services knowledge, diverse banking experience, and result driven financial advisement for small to medium size businesses in the metro Atlanta area.

Brand Bank, a local area bank founded over 100 years ago, shares this about their history on their website,

The Brand Banking Company (BrandBank) was chartered in 1905, after county officials told E.M. Brand that he could no longer loan money on the courthouse steps. He did not move far. He built his bank on the courthouse square. At over a century of service, we are proud to say we are the oldest locally owned bank in Gwinnett, combining old-fashioned personal service with the benefits of modern technology. With employees who live in or are native to the area, we boast a very stable staff. Our employees are encouraged to participate in community service and activities.

We appreciate your business and look forward to handling all your financial needs.

Vision:  To be the best brand in banking.

Mission:  Exceed customer expectations.

Values:  Integrity | Innovation | Teamwork

Special Guests:

Dr. Dionne Poulton, PhD, HR and Leadership Consultant, Poulton Consulting Group


Jermaine Pettis, Commercial Relationship Manager, Brand Bank


Gas South’s New $15 Minimum Wage, TopRight Partners

Gas South

Dave Sutton and Kevin Greiner

Gas South’s New $15 Minimum Wage, TopRight Partners

This week I hosted Gas South CEO, Kevin Greiner, to talk about the company’s recent move to raise the rate of pay for employees to a $15 minimum wage.  He explains why they chose to do it, the business case for it, and how it’s going for them.  Dave Sutton, Founder of TopRight Partners, whose beautiful, lofty office suite plays home to the Midtown Affiliate Studio of Business Radio X.  Dave explains what TopRight Partners is all about, and how they like to focus on transformational marketing strategies.

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Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, IAG Forensics and Valuation, Georgia Trade School

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Amy Selby, Pat Salem, Sean Quinton

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, IAG Forensics & Valuation, Georgia Trade School

This week we continued our monthly series with Cobb County Chamber of Commerce.  Cobb CoC’s Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Amy Selby, sat in with me as we hosted Pat Salem, CPA, CFE, Forensic Accountant, with IAG Forensics & Valuation, and Sean Quinton, Vice President, with Georgia Trade School.  Both of these businesses are among the Top 25 Businesses for 2016 for the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce.

Pat Salem joined IAG Forensics in July 2010 as a forensic accountant. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).  Pat previously worked in information technology as a software developer for Lockheed Martin for a number of years before she learned about forensic accounting.  Intrigued, she set off on a new career, going back to school for an accounting degree.  She has a Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) from Georgia State University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont.


Direct dial: 770.635.1698

The technical chair of the Skills USA Georgia Welding and Fabrication Competition since 2012, Sean Quinton is the Vice President of Georgia Trade School. Mr. Quinton’s career in welding education began in 2008 as the Director of Operations for the Center of Industry and Technology. In this role, Sean was responsible for increasing gross revenues by 152%, increasing net profits by 520% and student enrollment by 215%. A Certified Welding Inspector, Sean oversaw welding operations at CIT to insure quality assurance and to document all tests are conducted in accordance with industry standards. A member of the American Welding Society since 2009, Mr. Quinton has completed contract inspection and welding work for Rockdale Pipeline, McKinney Drilling, Work Installation Design Services and HEMI Systems. Prior to being named the Executive Chair of Skills USA Georgia, Sean served as a judge in the welding and fabrication sections from 2008 to 2012. In 2015 Mr. Quinton was named a National Judge at the Skills USA Welding and Fabrication Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.

With a love for fabrication and motorsports, Mr. Quinton has immersed himself in the welding industry and gets to wake up every day looking forward to what he gets to do! Sean has attended FabTech the trade’s largest convention in each market (Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas) that it travels to. At GTS, Sean is responsible for the welding laboratory, welding instruction staff, curriculum and certification testing. Mr. Quinton has also worked on some high profile projects right here in the city of Kennesaw. The Metro areas first whiskey distillery, Lazy Guy commissioned Sean and GTS instructor James Spinner to build their tanks and barrel holders. The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, A Smithsonian Affiliate had this combination build stairs for their attractions. Mr. Quinton has also starred in a national commercial for Jackson Safety’s Balder Welding Hood which was filmed at Georgia Trade School. Jackson Safety has also hosted Sean in their booth at FabTech in both the Chicago and Atlanta Markets where he performed welds in front of 25,000 plus convention attendees.

Special Guests:

Amy Selby, VP Marketing & Communications, Cobb County Chamber of Commerce


Pat Salem, CPA, CFE, IAG Forensice & Valuation


Sean Quinton, VP CWI, Georgia Trade School


AGLCC Extreme Small Business Makeover


Emma Foulkes, Rick Kern, Bruce Logue, Gabrielle Claiborne, Linda Herzer, Dwayne Keller, Brian Ettelman


Gabrielle Claiborne, Linda Herzer, Dwayne Keller, Brian Ettelman

Extreme Small Business Makeover

Gabrielle Claiborne and Linda Herzer


Emma Foulkes, Rick Kern, Bruce Logue

AGLCC Extreme Small Business MakeoverAGLCC Extreme Small Business Makeover

AGLCC’s Emma Foulkes and Bruce Logue host one of the winners of the AGLCC Extreme Small Businessman Makeover presented by First Data, Gabrielle Claiborne, and Linda Herzer, of Transformation Journeys Worldwide.  Also featured were InterContinental Hotels Group Buckhead’s Dwayne Keller and Brian Ettelman, and AGLCC Small Business of The Year Award winner Rick Kern, of MixIt Marketing.

More info soon!


AGLCC Procurement Spotlight


Emma Foulkes and Sheila Merritt


Dan Dunlop, Sheila Merritt, Bruce Logue

AGLCC Procurement Spotlight

On July’s episode of Midtown Business Radio with Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) co-hosts, Emma Foulkes, of Foulkes & Steele Wealth Management, and Bruce Logue, of Corbell Group–Keller Williams, hosted Sandy Mollett, of First Data, Dan Dunlop, of Dunlop Productions, and former AGLCC President, Sheila Merritt.

One of the highlights of the show focused on the recent Procurement Spotlight hosted by Cox Communications.  Dan Dunlop talked about participating in the Shark Tank competition featuring 3 area businesses vying for the top spot, selected by Cox Communications executives doing the judging.  The entrepreneurs had 5 minutes each to pitch their business solutions before the winner (Dan Dunlop) was selected.

The Procurement Spotlight allowed attendees to meet Cox Communications procurement executives and learn about supplier opportunities and hone their ability to share their businesses with prospective clients.

We were also joined by Sandy Mollett of First Data.  First Data is a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, serving approximately six million business locations and 4,000 financial institutions in 118 countries around the world. The company’s 24,000 owner-associates are dedicated to helping companies, from start-ups to the world’s largest corporations, conduct commerce every day by securing and processing more than 2,500 transactions per second and $1.9 trillion per year.  Around the world, First Data simplifies institutions and their customers.

Sandy shared how First data is hosting AGLCC University on August 2nd for networking with First Data’s SVP of Strategic Sourcing and members of his team. Stay for a dynamic presentation of small businesses pitching for a Small Business Extreme Makeover and learn how they’re preparing their businesses for the next wave of growth!

Emma and Bruce were also very pleased to re-introduce Sheila Merritt, a former President of AGLCC, who is coming back to the AGLCC leadership team as Corporate Partner Relationship Manager to foster relationships with enterprises in the community and promote engagement with LGBTBE entrepreneurs.

Special Guests:

Sheila Merritt, Corporate Partner Relationship Manager, AGLCC linkedin_small1  twitter_logo_small  facebook_logo_small3


Sandy Mollett, SVP, Strategy & Programs / Co-Chair, Atlanta Diversity & Cultural Council, First Data  linkedin_small1  twitter_logo_small  facebook_logo_small3  youtube logo


Dan Dunlop, Founder/President, Dunlop Productions  linkedin_small1


Flawless Execution

Flawless Execution

Jim “Murph” Murphy

Flawless Execution

On this week’s episode I sat down with founder of Afterburner Inc., Jim “Murph” Murphy stopped by to talk about their innovative Flawless Execution strategy for leadership and sales growth.  Murph has a unique and powerful mix of leadership skills in both the military and business worlds. After initially spending a couple of years in sales after college, successfully helping his company significantly increase their sales, he happened to meet an Air Force pilot who made a big impression on him.

He joined the U.S. Air Force where he learned to fly the F-15, ultimately logging over 1,200 hours as an instructor pilot in the F-15 and accumulated over 3,200 hours of flight time in other high-performance aircraft. As the 116th Fighter Wing’s Chief of Training for the Georgia Air National Guard, Murph’s job was to keep 42 combat-trained fighter pilots ready to deploy worldwide within 72 hours. He also flew missions to Central America, Asia, Central Europe and the Middle East as a Flight Leader.

Before his service in the U.S. Air Force, Murph had a successful career in imaging equipment sales, where he helped increase his company’s sales by 500%. Years later, he became Director of Sales for a small paint company. The concepts he developed and utilized in business and the U.S. Air Force would become known as Flawless Execution. By applying Flawless Execution’s continuous cycle of planning, briefing, executing, and debriefing, he increased his new employer’s sales from $5 million to $52 million per year.

It was clear that any business or organization could benefit from these same concepts, so Murph launched Afterburner Incorporated in early 1996.

Today, the Afterburner team shares their story and their Flawless Execution approach to improving leadership, team cohesion, and sales to executives at over 200 events per year.

Special Guest:

Jim “Murph” Murphy, CEO/Founder, Afterburner Inc.  facebook_logo_small3  twitter_logo_small  google-plus-logo-red-265px  linkedin_small1  youtube logo



Spectrum Science

 Spectrum Science

Amanda Sellers

Spectrum Science

This week I sat down with Executive Vice President of Spectrum Science’s recently-opened Atlanta office, Amanda Sellers.  Amanda has been with the Washington DC-based communications firm for over 11 years and has been focused on communications strategy throughout her professional career.

Amanda came by to talk about how award-winning Spectrum Science focuses their work primarily on health and science aspects of their clients’ businesses, typically consumer products companies, pharma, medical technology, and research organizations.  With a team comprised of experts from a variety of backgrounds such as health and science, of course, and communications/journalism, they are uniquely qualified to help these organizations highlight the value of their products or research findings to distinguish them in the marketplace and achieve greater customer loyalty and appreciation for their quality.

We talked about the fact that the firm is able to handle new product launches and introductions of innovations to existing product lines, as well as effectively managing public relations communications during crisis or negative events around a client’s products.  And they have filled these roles for numerous well-known enterprises.

Amanda explained that Spectrum Science is accustomed to collaborating with an enterprise’s marketing team, R&D, and any external creative/ad agencies to be able to effectively craft and tell the company’s story.  A full-service firm, the company is able to produce the full gamut of media formats needed, along with expertise necessary to distribute/amplify the message across the intended target audiences.

The team at Spectrum Science has been the recipient of numerous awards for their work, including Sabre Awards, and The Holmes Report 2016 Healthcare Agency of the Year.  As their announcement of The Holmes Report award states, “Our independent agency has grown tremendously in the last two years – we’ve opened offices in New York and Atlanta, won significant new business, and welcomed some of the PR industry’s most respected senior communications counselors to make their home at Spectrum. The “One Spectrum” ideology drives the agency’s culture, bringing together the best talent and expertise regardless of geography to deliver the best thinking for clients. We operate as one firm across all offices, sharing teams and resources, with a single P&L.”

Special Guest:

Amanda Sellers, EVP, Spectrum Science facebook_logo_small3  linkedin_small1  twitter_logo_small

Spectrum Science


Cobb CoC Small Business of the Year 2016

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce

Wendy Bunch, Mike Whittle, Laura Higginbotham


Cobb County Chamber of Commerce

Andy Crowe, Ashley Warner

Cobb CoC Small Business of the Year 2016

On this week’s Cobb County Chamber of Commerce episode of Midtown Business Radio we talked about this year’s Small Business of the Year awards for 2016.  We featured 3 of the Top 25 businesses who were also finalists to receive the award.

Check back soon for more information.