Bob Rathbun/FOX Sports South
An eight-time Sportscaster of the Year and nine-time Emmy award winner. Former Voice of the Detroit Tigers on 760 WJR and a 17 Year Veteran TV Play-by-Play Announcer at FOX Sports, Currently the Voice of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, SEC College Football, ACC College Basketball and Baseball. As a Motivational Speaker and Author of ‘Fast Forward Winner’ Bob teaches the lessons of competition and success gleaned from the broadcast booth. Audiences are informed and inspired with stories on leadership, personal growth, and teamwork from one of America’s top play-by-play television broadcasters. From students to large corporations, Bob reaches both hearts and heads with a high-energy, high-content presentation
Debra Thompson/Georgia Tech Alumni Association
Debra Thompson, Sr. Manager of Affinity Groups at the Georgia Tech Alumni Association. Employed 16 years at Georgia Tech. Responsible for managing the Georgia Tech Alumni Affinity Groups and creating unique ways to engage Alumni and Friends back to Georgia Tech. The Affinity Groups are groups formed because of a common interest in their Tech experience. These groups include professional, academic, cultural, and sport groups. The groups offer professional and social networking, mentoring to students, raising funds for scholarships, and supporting the mission of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association. Biztech was created as another unique way for the Affinity Groups to engage Alumni and Georgia Tech Friends back to Tech. Learn how to launch and grow a successful business at BizTech 2014.
Joanne Hayes/Simply Buckhead
Simply Buckhead, the definitive resource for Atlanta’s most dynamic in-town neighborhood. With a commitment to journalistic excellence, the magazine serves as the authority on who to know, what to do and where to go in Buckhead and the surrounding communities. Focusing on the neighborhood’s best and brightest, especially those typically ignored by other media outlets. Published 8 times a year, 24,000 copies in over 250 locations, also available online. Proud Member of: Buckhead Business Association, World Trade Center Atlanta, Buckhead Heritage Society, Atlanta Hawks Sponsors of: CURE Childhood Cancer and Share Our Strength
Melanie Romanaux/Somedia Solutions
Social media manager, educator and speaker Melanie Romanaux, is the CEO and creative director of Somedia Solutions. Her master’s degree in education makes her passionate about empowering business owners to use social media effectively, and her entrepreneurial spirit inspires business owners to move out of their comfort zones to improve their presence and relationships online. Romanaux has led strategic social marketing campaigns for global corporations, restaurants, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, consultants, retail stores, and local businesses. A student of technology and former Apple Genius, she is fascinated by the myriad of ever-evolving social communication tools and continues to be on the forefront of innovation in adopting and mastering new tools. Her approach to social media management makes social marketing manageable, affordable and effective. Experience Romanaux is passionate about connecting brands with their existing audience and reaching new audiences to: • Gain brand and top-of-mind awareness • Provide excellent customer service • Share valuable information and remarkable content • Develop community and loyalty among fans and followers • Establish credibility, trust, reliability, and consistency as a brand within social communities • Develop and nurture relationships with influential community members An educator at heart, she also hosts conferences, workshops and lectures on such topics as: • LinkedIn for Professionals • Marrying Your Business to Facebook: How to Get Customers to LOVE You and SHARE It • Rising Above the Noise: Social Media Best Practices • Social Media & the Job Search: Advantages & Disadvantages • The Art of Engagement in 140 Characters: Understanding Twitter and Using It to Build Your Business Personal Since 2011, Romanuax has donated her time and expertise to a group called Stick it 2 Cancer, a team of business owners who come together to host fun events to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In just four years, the team has raised over $300,000 for cancer research and patient support. In 2014, she was nominated for the Man & Woman of the Year campaign, hosted by LLS. For 10 weeks, she will embark on a localized, friendly fundraising competition with a dedicated team of family and friends. Romanaux owns Somedia Solutions with her husband Randy. They make their home in Roswell and spend their spare time exploring Georgia with their miniature Australian Shepherd, #pennythewonderdog.