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Gene Wright with Northstar Consulting, Steven Keck with SRCC, Jim Hogan with Jim Hogan Consulting, and Charles and Angela Perry with Tior Media


Gene Wright/Northstar Consulting

Gene Wright is a seasoned business executive and advisor to many small and mid-market businesses in the US and abroad. As a founder and owner of multiple businesses, Gene has successfully raised capital and helped many clients prepare their business to attract investment capital to help realize their growth potential.

Gene recently founded the Georgia Crowdfunding Association (GCA), a non-profit organization focused on crowdfunding advocacy and providing education and awareness to Georgia’s crowdfunding ecosystem and serves as GCA’s executive director.

He is a Trustee and certified advisor with The Organization for Entrepreneurial Development (OED) a non-profit organization dedicated to providing local business assistance to Atlanta area businesses.



Steven Keck/SRCC

Steve Keck has been an advocate for business owners his entire career. Inspired by the creativity and ingenuity he saw, Steve worked through banking to help clients navigate the process of financing and cash management. He began to see each office he worked in as a relational sphere where clients could solve problems for clients and build a stronger community. Intrinsically developing “relational maps” and business networks, Steve realized that helping business owners solve their non-bank related problems often stabilized their business finances and improved the lives of the owners and their employees. And thus, an idea was born.

As Chief Navigation Officer, Steve created a methodology to identify what is needed to foster a business idea, bring resources to protect it, and ultimately stabilize that idea for greater profitability. The primary focus of his methodology filters through the belief that business success should not rob the personal lives of a business owner or their employees.

Steve graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Industrial Management and Finance. He became a branch manager 14 months into a banking career and spent a decade as a “branch turnaround specialist,” taking struggling offices and sales people and putting them on top production trajectories. The last several years he focused specifically with business owners as a Business Cash Strategist and SBA Lender helping clients navigate the recession. He has watched first-hand how difficult the lending environment has been for business owners and teaches his clients how to navigate it.


Jim Hogan/Jim Hogan Consulting

Jim Hogan Consulting, LLC., a small business advisory group that develops and implements training programs for sales driven organizations and helps companies integrate CRM technology into their sales cycles. For the Small Business Executive, they offer facilitates mastermind groups and to tackle the tough problems facing every growing company.

Jim is available to speak to companies, associations and civic organizations throughout the on Business Networking, Minding the Gap Between Marketing and Sales, the Power of Influence and Personality/Relationship Selling, using DISC.

Jim is twice a published author through collaborative efforts, “Improv to Improve Your Business; Using the Principles of Improvisation to Foster Communication, Creativity & Innovation” and “The 28-Day Thought Diet” He successfully completed the Ironman® Florida Triathlon in November of 2012 and is a graduate from the University of Delaware with a BS in Business Administration. Jim is married and has been an Atlanta resident since 1992.



Chalres & Angela Perry/Tior Media

Tior Media is a Veteran and woman owned Media Market firm. Tior Media is owned by Charles and Angela Perry who believes in building better business on the foundation of faith.

We have been providing original, effective web development solutions to our clients since 2009. In that time our staff has grown, including roles focused on design, programming, SEO & Internet marketing, project management, and business development.

Offering fresh redesigns, complete site overhauls, new functionality, and everything in between, our staff has the experience and answers necessary to get it right the first time. With in-depth knowledge of both creative and technical aspects of web design, development, and search engine optimization, we’re prepared to make your web project smooth and successful.

We approach projects with the awareness that, just like our customer’s businesses, each website brings a set of unique goals and challenges. That’s why we’ve developed, tested, and relentlessly improved our client experience. No project is handled with a cookie-cutter approach.





Guest host Johnny Walker joins Rich Casanova for this episode of Buckhead Business Radio. Johnny is an executive coach working with both individuals and companies. Through coaching he has been able to assist professionals and teams navigate through difficult changes in company culture, increase job satisfaction, increase job performance, reach goals faster, and increase life satisfaction.

With a Masters Degree in Agency Counseling and Bachelors Degrees in both Religion and Sociology, he has been counseling and coaching clients for over 20 years.

Johnny is also a business associate with Integrity Solutions which offers companies increased growth opportunities through their Integrity Selling, Integrity Coaching, Integrity Service and Understanding Behavior Styles programs. Many clients see a 20% increase in sales and greater employee retention through the use of these programs.

Utilizing the Integrity Selling model, Johnny went from law enforcement into sales, into an industry he had no previous experience in, and within 18 months was the number one sales person in his division nation wide.

You can learn more at www.JohnnyWalker.Co. Johnny offers a free 30 minute coaching session for individuals interested in coaching. You can also view Johnny’s LinkedIn profile, or contact him via Twitter.





Adrian Provost with Coldwell Banker Buckhead, Doug Grady with High Achievers, Michael Moore with The Brand Farm, Rich Goidel with Dangerous Kitchen and Corey Moore with ProNetworker


Adrian Provost/Coldwell Banker Buckhead

Adrian Provost is a high-end real estate marketing specialist and investment property virtuoso. Adrian is currently CEO of Provost International Realty, Associate Broker of Coldwell Banker Buckhead and Chairman of American Estates Inc.




Doug Grady/High Achievers

Doug Grady has been studying and teaching the pathways to personal potential for over 20 years. Doug is a professional speaker, musician, and President of High Achievers. He is the author of The Ripple Effect. His companies, writings, trainings, and music are designed with one purpose: to help people reach their God-given potential.

Doug gives a significant portion of his time and money to local and global causes. He has been on several mission trips, most recently to Ecuador where he was part of a twelve man team building homes for the poorest of the poor. Doug is an active member of Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA.




Michael Moore/The Brand Farm




Rich Goidel/Dangerous Kitchen

Rich Goidel is a strategic and graphic facilitator with extensive credits in marketing, technology and media. A “whiteboard and big-paper guy” with deep experience in creative, production, sales and operations, Rich combines visual thinking techniques with Agile/Scrum methodologies to help management teams generate ideas, solve complex problems, develop highly flexible strategies and grow their businesses.



Corey Moore/ProNetworker

Corey Moore passionately encourages entrepreneurs and sales associates to increase there businesses through active face-to-face networking. His company, ProNetworker, is an online resource center for business events such as networking events, seminars, expos, etc. Mr. Moore’s mission is to help professionals locate events where they can find the ‘Business Building 3 Cs’: A Client, A Collaborator, A Competitor.

ProNetworker takes this notion a step further by also creating networking events, workshops, and business events that featured speakers like Daymond John & Kevin Harrington, stars of ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’. Mr. Moore attributes all of his success from networking. He is a firm believer that it is not what you know, nor who you know, but who knows you…


Guest host Neil Scott-Barbour joins Rich Casanova for this episode of Buckhead Business Radio. Neil is a successful Business Development Executive with over 27 years of sales and management experience in major sports event corporate hospitality and tour creation including 5 Olympic Games, Has also run conferences, meetings and seminars. Now using his authentic and distinctive British voice, Neil offers the following voice services: Voice-Over, Voice Messaging,  Voice Performance/Voice Acting, Voice Presentation.












Marc Hamm with Procurement Websites, Reginald Batiste with Mama’s Prayer Gospel Play and Michael Moore with Club e


Marc Hamm/Procurement Websites

Marc Hamm ‐ Entrepreneur, Actor, Model, Photographer, Talent extraordinaire. Marc is from Orange, NJ.

Founder and principal, Marc Hamm, has taken his 15 years of corporate experience as the lead web developer and graphics designer with Citibank/Solomon Smith Barney, combined it with entrepreneurial acumen and a talented team to create a full‐service business imaging firm. From concept to implementation, our team can help you build the business that you want.

His entrepreneurial spirit hails from his father, Jerry Hamm, shoe repair owner and operator for 31 years and his brother, Jerry Hamm, Jr. a Greek Paraphernalia business owner since 1988. Being groomed for business at age five, by working in the family shops, assisted him to understand the needs of the customer, for Marc, it was better than receiving a Masters Degree. Marc graduated from Upsala College in East Orange NJ in 1995. He also attended Bloomfield College and Rutgers Newark.

Now a fulltime resident in Atlanta, GA Hamm now owns 3 Businesses ‐ Procurement Websites, Break a Leg Talent Management and Mojos Intimates. Procurement Websites was founded on February 2, 2005. PW is a web design and graphics company that gives great customer service to it’s clients.

Hamm is a Partner in Break a Leg Talent Management, they represent Actors, Models, Singers, Writers & Directors. “BAL is supposed to be my retirement business, it just came 15 years early”.

Mojos Intimates is an online perfume and cologne business that caters to gifts for women.

Hamm is also currently writing 3 books ‐ “Jerry’s Shoe Service”, “Muse ‐ Poetry Inspired by women” and “Muse II “.

Marc Hamm is a true entrepreneur and strives to live out his passion through his talents and business savvy.


Twitter: @ProcWebsites


Reginald Batiste/Mama’s Prayer Gospel Play

Twitter: @mamasprayer

Michael Moore/Club e

Michael E Moore is a farm kid from Alabama, an Eagle Scout, a military officer during an unpopular war, a recovering banker and entrepreneur. Michael received his BS degree in accounting and finance from Auburn University in 1972 and served his country as a U.S. Army officer. He relocated back to the South (Atlanta) with his wife Karen in 1975 to work for the Citizens & Southern National Bank. Michael has been involved with business since the age of 8 as a farm kid running a produce stand and more recently he’s helped to found and fund new and grow companies for the benefit of our economy. Michael has a passion to help people develop their skills and connect with the right opportunities to derive a high value from their experiences.

Mr. Moore shares beliefs that to succeed you must invest with those close by and use the skills on the team to set and accomplish objectives (goals). Michael brings over forty years of diverse experience in leadership, banking, manufacturing, retailing and business start ups to the table. He also can burn up, tear up or just about destroy old paradigms of thinking as that relate to execution of an idea while keeping the team moving forward. Michael has been involved with professional growth as a personal and business coach for his entire career. Michael currently is involved as an ambassador for the Ritz Group a board member of the Atlanta Micro Fund and the College Park Entrepreneur Fund.

Important items in his daily activities are to identify the operational efforts and connections of those involved in Club E and “ Turn up the Volume “ on results, growth and success.


Jeff Sheehan with Sheehan Marketing Strategies, Emily Rowell with Crowne Office Suites, Charlotte Merritt with Offices at 1100 Peachtree, Jim Silverman with Vienna Beef Ltd. and Emile Paradis with Referral Institute



Inaugural episode of Buckhead Business RadioX!

Host Rich Casanova, guest co-host Jeff Sheehan, Charlotte Merritt, Emily Rowell, Jim Silverman and Emile Paradis

Jeff Sheehan/Sheehan Marketing Strategies

Jeff is a marketing consultant and job search mentor, as well as the volunteer director of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church Career Ministry in Atlanta.  Jeff Sheehan ranks in the top 1% of people on LinkedIn. With over 260,000 followers on Twitter, he has been recognized as the #1 Marketer In The World To Follow On Twitter  #2 in Social Media and #1 in Sales. Ranked number 6,481 out of 554,000,000 users on Twitter, Jeff is ranked number 23rd in Atlanta right after The Weather Channel, ahead of both Diet Coke and the music group Collective South. He is the co-author of the upcoming book “HIRED! Paths to Employment in the Social Media Era.”   Linkedin   Twitter   Facebook

Jim Silverman/Vienna Beef Ltd.

Jim Silverman was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and has lived in Cobb and Cherokee counties since 1988 and is proud to be a resident of the Metro Atlanta area. He took a voluntary transfer to the Metro area when he was working with the franchise expansion of the Bain’s Deli chain. Jim has been in the food business for 35 years and currently resides in Canton with his wife Brenda and their dog Katie Jo.

Linkedin: Jim Silverman  Twitter: @jimsilverman  Facebook: jamespsilverman

Emile Paradis/Referral Institute Atlanta

Emile combines his experiences as a Marine, forester, financial advisor, and director of a nonprofit, to bring a unique perspective to marketing and sales. His approach to creating business success through building lasting relationships resonates with many sales professionals.

He is currently the owner of Referral Institute Atlanta and is the managing partner of RPM Advisors. Emile is also certified as a DISC Practitioner by Personality Insights, Inc. and has conducted DISC training for businesses both large and small.

Emile is the also Executive Director for Fast Forward Restart, a nonprofit organization which works with small businesses and nonprofits in their recovery from major disasters.

Emile’s fundamental principle of marketing is the belief that to know me is to love me   Twitter: @emileparadis

Emily Rowell/Crowne Office Suites

Crowne Office Suites started in Atlanta, in 1979 by a friend of the family’s, Lydia Howren. Lydia and Emily’s mom, Bonnie, were Girl Scout leaders together. It started as a secretarial service and turned into an Executive Office Suites business within the first year.

Throughout college, Emily answered phones for Lydia at several of the locations and also did administrative work. In 2000, Lydia had sold offices to several Dot Com businesses and then lost the majority of her clients after the Dot Com boom. By 2002, Herb, Emily’s father, bought the 3 locations inside the perimeter.

Emily was in the restaurant business as well from her senior year in high school until she got married in 2000. She quickly made it to the top in sales, won several contests and was head wait and front of the house manager. When she got married, she became a stay at home mom and also homeschooled for 2 years. In 2008, she ended up at NYL. (long story) Emily began earning top sales awards within 6 months of starting in the business. She became “Agent of the Year for NYL in 2010.” This was a huge accomplishment being that she was in a “foreign land” (didn’t know anyone) and didn’t know anything about the business.

Herb soon snatched her up to start building the business he was going to leave to her anyway. Today, Emily and her sister Julie work together to build the business and get their parents to the beach, permanently. Emily knows she’s exactly where she is supposed to be helping people build their business and succeed.


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Charlotte Merritt/Offices at 1100 Peachtree

Offices at 1100 Peachtree is a new expansion/partnership of Crowne Office Suites.