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Georgia Food and Beverage Radio! David Audrain and Stephanie Everett with Exposition Development Co., Karen Bremer with Georgia Restaurant Association, Josh Brass with US Foods, Mark Haidet with Siftit & Takorea, Archna Becker with Bhojanic

Karen Bremer, Josh Brass, Archna Becker, Mark Haidet, Stephanie Everett, David Audrain
Karen Bremer, Josh Brass, Archna Becker, Mark Haidet, Stephanie Everett and David Audrain


David Audrain/Exposition Development Company Inc.
President & CEO

Buckhead Business Radio 08-26-14 David Audrain 3David Audrain is President & Co-owner of Exposition Development Company, Inc. (ExpoDevCo), a  privately held business producing trade shows and conferences in North America that include owned  events, licensed shows, and show management contracts. Previously, Audrain was President & CEO of Messe Frankfurt North America, where for more than six  years he led a team of 40 staff spread across the USA, Mexico and Canada. This team was responsible  for the production of nine exhibitions, including six launches, as well as exhibitor sales and attendee  promotion to the North American markets of more than 100 worldwide shows. In 2010, Tradeshow  Executive recognized four of the Messe Frankfurt shows as Fastest 50 events. Over his more than 20 year career in the exhibition industry Audrain has managed international shows,  in multiple industries, including eight of the Top-200 shows in North America, such as the annual SEMA  Show. Audrain was COO of private show management firm ConvExx from 2001 through 2005, having  come from his position as General Manager for the Men’s Apparel Division of MAGIC, part of Advanstar  Communications. As Vice President at Hanley-Wood Exhibitions Audrain directed the Surfaces and NACE trade show  teams, and at Miller Freeman he was Vice President responsible for the Sewn Products / Decorated  Apparel Group, which included nine trade shows and four monthly trade publications. Audrain joined Miller Freeman in 1997 after seven years with the Texas Restaurant Association, where  under his direction the Southwest Foodservice Expo grew more than 75%.  Audrain is a Past Chairman of the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO), a Past Chairman of the  International Association for Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), and serves on the Board of Directors of the  Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR). He earned his Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM)  designation in 1995.  Linkedin  Twitter  Twitter /David   Facebook


Stephanie Everett/Exposition Development Company Inc

Buckhead Business Radio 08-26-14 Stephanie Everett 1Stephanie Everett is COO & Co-owner of Exposition Development Company, Inc. (ExpoDevCo), a privately  held business producing trade shows and conferences in North America that include owned events,  licensed shows, and show management contracts. She has more than 12 years of experience in the tradeshow industry including all areas of operational,  marketing and sales functions which has involved the management of over 30 tradeshows with 8 of those  being new show launches. Stephanie now leads the ExpoDevCo show teams, which include the Atlanta Foodservice Expo.     Linkedin     Twitter     Facebook


Karen Bremer/Georgia Restaurant Association
Executive Director

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Karen I. Bremer Executive Director, Georgia Restaurant Association With over 35 years in the hospitality industry, Bremer is the Executive Director of the Georgia Restaurant  Association, representing one of the largest industries in the state. The GRA serves as the unified voice  for over 16,000 foodservice and drinking places in the state of Georgia with total sales in excess of $16.5  billion which provides more than 405,800 jobs.  Bremer is a founding member of the GRA, Past President of the GRA Board and has served on the board  of directors for the National Restaurant Association, Atlanta Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (ACVB) and  Team Georgia. Currently, Bremer serves on the Industry Board of Georgia State University’s Cecil B. Day  School of Hospitality, Board of Directors of DeKalb CVB, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Council of State  Restaurant Associations and the Arby’s Foundation. She has also been inducted to Les Dames d’escoffier  International and the International Women’s Forum. Bremer was the former owner of Dailey’s and City  Grill restaurants and was a top executive with the Peasant Restaurant Group, starting out as a manager  and ultimately being named its President.  Bremer has garnered numerous awards including the ACVB Member of the Year Award in 2002 for her  role in founding Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week. In 2009, Bremer received the Lifetime Achievement  GRACE (Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence) Award for her outstanding contributions  to Georgia’s restaurant industry. Recently, Bremer has also been listed as a notable Georgia by Georgia Trend Magazine for back to back years in 2012 and 2013.     Linkedin     Twitter     Facebook     YouTube


Josh Brass/US Foods
Director of Sales Support

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Mark Haidet/Siftit and Takorea
Founder & CEO / Co-Owner

Buckhead Business Radio 08-26-14 Mark Haidet 1Executive leader and entrepreneur with broad experience including technology, restaurant operations, operations management, acquisitions, transaction structuring and execution, sales and account management, finance, strategic planning, IT strategy and implementation.  Specialties: Technology Start Up, Restaurant Start Up, Mergers and Acquisitions, Negotiation, Operational Management, Deal Structure, Finance, Investor Relations, Technology Implementation. Siftit:  Siftit provides a mobile technology platform for restaurants and suppliers to  connect more efficiently in the ordering process. The Siftit mobile ordering  platform provides a drastic difference in the way independent restaurants  manage their food and supplies; reducing time, saving on food cost, and providing  valuable data insights. TaKorea: Takorea is fusion of Korean and Mexican flavors in a fun and energetic atmosphere. Chef  Tomas Lee developed Hankook Taqueria which has evolved to Takorea with the idea  of making Korean flavors available to everyone in a familiar format of Mexican food.  Takorea offers the best of Asian fusion flavors with fresh ideas and fresh ingredients with a  location in Midtown and one in Dunwoody.     Linkedin     Twitter     Facebook     Twitter     Facebook

Archna Becker/Bhojanic Restaurant

Buckhead Business Radio 08-26-14 Archna Becker 1As the creative force behind the tantalizing food of Bhojanic, one of the most awarded and popular Indian food restaurants in the greater Atlanta area, Archna Becker has earned an amazing amount of accolades in her 20 year restaurateur career. She has garnered “Best” Indian restaurant awards from countless prestigious magazines, blogs and other publications including Creative Loafing, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta Cuisine, City Search and Atlanta Magazine, which named Bhojanic one of Atlanta’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2011.  Archna (pronounced “urch-na”) is on the board of the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA). She has been a regular guest host on a local radio talk show for foodies and has taught private and public cooking lessons in association with a national cooking equipment retailer. In 2013, she was nominated for Restaurateur of the Year by the GRA.  Growing up in India Archna was the little one in the kitchen, always asking questions and helping her grandmother cook the food she loved. “In our family, everyone ends up in the kitchen, cooking, eating and listening to music,” said Archna.  She was 11 when her parents brought the family to America. In the early 1990s Archna convinced her parents to co-found with her a catering business. Atlanta North Indian Cuisine (ANIC) would bring to Atlanta the authentic tastes that made up their Indian food heritage.  ANIC won ongoing catering arrangements from Grammy-winning musicians that perform frequently in the Southeast, and became a popular caterer for major events at the Atlanta Convention Center, Emory and other large Atlanta area businesses.  After her catering success, Archna opened Bhojanic, a full service restaurant that offers authentic home-style Indian menu items that can be ordered as full meals or as individual tapas-style small plates. The concept is so popular that Bhojanic has quadrupled its size in 10 years.  Both her parents continue to ensure the authenticity of the food. The family works well together, and has built a business concept that is capable of tremendous growth. Bhojanic has won Creative Loafing’s Reader’s Choice “Best Indian Restaurant – 2013”, making them a winner now in each of the past six years. They recently opened to much fanfare a second, 120-seat Bhojanic location in the upscale Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta.  Through the ANIC catering and Bhojanic restaurant operations, Archna Becker is quickly becoming one of the most recognized Indian food purveyors in Atlanta.     Linkedin     Twitter     Facebook


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Special Episode: “Atlanta Realtor Radio” Gloria Williams and Joe Grier with PEMCO Realty, Beth Cruikshank with Cruikshank Ersin, LLC and Mike Rose with WR Starkey Mortgage

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Gloria Williams, Beth Cruikshank, Joe Grier, Mike Rose (Show Host)


Gloria Williams/PEMCO Realty
Managing Broker

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Responsible for establishing and managing a residential brokerage focused on Senior Sales, REO and short sales. By recruiting REALTORS, implementing procedures and processes, monitoring real estate  transactions and Client service and increasing business development. I have represented homeowners,  buyers and Investors in the purchasing or selling of real estate in Metro Atlanta since 2006. I am short  sale certified by the National Association of Realtors and the CDPE Institute. I am a Bank of America  Preferred Agent. I have Successfully closed dozens of short sales helping home owners avoid foreclosure.

2011 -2012 REALTOR, Keller Williams Realty, Cityside, Smyrna, Georgia  I represented buyers & sellers of real estate in the State of Georgia. I re-designed my personal marketing strategy to include establishing a database of 2,000 real estate agents and 750 sphere of influence contacts  Certified as a Corporate Relocation Specialist & Seniors Real Estate Specialist

2006 – 2011 REALTOR, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Atlanta, Georgia  Representing buyers & sellers of real estate in the State of Georgia. Named Rookie of the Year 2006,   Selling over $1,000,000 in real estate within 8 months of service. Certified as a Corporate Relocation   Specialist & Seniors Real Estate Specialist. Many of my clients were seniors or their families, selling   Family-owned property or probate related property.

2003 – 2005 Director of Marketing AccuClean, Inc.  Managed new business development, database management, prepared internal and external   communications, Created quality-control inspection system & new employee orientation. Established  purchase order system, Attended networking events for trade associations. Managed human resource  records, assisted in the hiring of Employees. Prepared and monitored procurement bids for federal and  state contracts. Generated over 1 Million dollars in revenue for this start up, commercial janitorial service  company.

2000-2003 Corporate Sales Manager, Intercontinental Hotel Group Prepared and monitored online contract bids. Identified and exposed corporate meeting planners  to the Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn Atlanta Airport North and the Holiday Inn Select. Established  relationships with potential corporate clients through sales calls, social events, networking events, and  participating in trade shows. Planned and coordinated marketing events. Responsible for selling the  largest corporate meetings at the Crowne Plaza and the Holiday Inn Atlanta Airport.

EDUCATION  Bachelor of Science, Speech Pathology & Audiology – Kent State University  Marketing (MBA Program) – Georgia State University  Certified Distressed Property Expert, Seniors Real Estate Specialist

AFFILIATIONS Providence Baptist Church, Atlanta Board of Realtors, National Board of Realtors, Georgia Board of Realtors, Toastmasters International     Linkedin     Twitter     Facebook


Joe Grier/PEMCO Realty

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Joseph is an Atlanta native with over 25 years of experience working with buyers, sellers and investors.     Twitter     Facebook


Beth Cruikshank/Cruikshank Ersin, LLC

Buckhead Business Radio 08-21-14 Beth Cruikshank 1Beth Cruikshank is one of the owners of Cruikshank Ersin, LLC. They are located in Sandy Springs on the  corner of Roswell Road and Hammond Drive. They are a general practice with a focused area on real  estate. Beth has been in the real estate industry for over 15 years. She started her career as a paralegal  while she attended Georgia State Law School at night. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Clemson  University. She has worked for 3 of the largest real estate firms in the Metro Atlanta area before opening her  practice with her law partner, Abby Ersin. Abby has also been in the industry for a substantial period of  time. Beth has worked in both the default industry practice as well as retail and commercial. Both Abby  and Beth have extensive knowledge on real estate matters, contract disputes, landlord/tenant issues,  estate planning, civil litigation and even some criminal defense work. They are always happy to discuss your matter with you to determine how they may be able to move  effectively assist you and/or your client. They believe in giving access to your file 24-7. Their website  gives a good understanding of their practice. Please check it out at or call them  at 770-884-8184 for your consultation.     Linkedin     Twitter     Facebook


Mike Rose/WR Starkey Mortgage (Show Host)
Sr. Loan Officer

Buckhead Business Radio 08-21-14 Mike Rose 2Currently, a Senior Loan Officer with Starkey Mortgage.  He was a successful loan officer for many years with both Wells Fargo and Bank of America. His business network include real estate agents, financial planners, builders and many satisfied clients. He has closed millions of dollars worth of loans and helped many people purchase their first home. In 2008 and 2009, he reached Platinum Club status as in the top 5% of producers for Bank of America.   Before starting his career in mortgage banking, he worked primarily in talk radio broadcasting As a producer, talk host and finally Program Director at News Radio WGST in Atlanta, Mike has proven experience in creating the best radio programming in the business.  He spent many fun years as part of the team that helped to create brand names out of radio personalities such as consumer guru Clark Howard, Neal Boortz, Sean Hannity, and Kim Peterson . In 1999 and 2000, Mike took on the challenge as General Manager of the eclectic Voice of the Arts, 1190 WGKA.   Mike is also a radio personality in his own right.  He hosted the daily issue oriented talk show, on Talk Radio 1340, WALR-AM .  Creative Loafing readers voted The Mike Rose Show the “The Best Radio Show to Seek Out” in 2003.     Linkedin     Facebook


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Lauri Strauss with Atlanta Press Club, Adam Ragusea with Mercer University, Joanne Hayes with Simply Buckhead, Lisa Senters-McDermott with Jet Senters Aviation, Christian Ross with Keller Williams, Molly Darby with Bert’s Big Adventure


Lisa Senters-McDermott, Christian Ross, Molly Darby, Adam Ragusea, Lauri Strauss, Joanne Hayes

Lisa Senters, Christian Ross, Molly Darby, Adam Ragusea, Lauri Strauss, Joanne Hayes

Lauri Strauss/Atlanta Press Club

Executive Director

Buckhead Business Radio 08-19-14 Lauri Strauss 1Lauri Strauss is the executive director of the Atlanta Press Club. APC is one of the largest and most dynamic professional journalism associations in the country. The membership encompasses Atlanta’s media community, including print, broadcast and online, large and small, national and local media outlets. More than half the Club’s nearly 600 members are working journalists, the balance consist of public relations professionals, educators, retirees and students. The APC’s mission is to serve the professional and social needs of Atlanta’s journalism community, foster journalistic excellence and advance the public’s interest in and understanding of a free press. The Atlanta Press Club is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2014.   Linkedin   Twitter     Facebook


Adam Ragusea/Mercer University
Visiting Assistant Professor at the Center for Collaborative Journalism

Buckhead Business Radio 08-19-14 Adam Ragusea 1Adam Ragusea is Journalist in Residence and Visiting Assistant Professor of Journalism  at Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism, which unites a commercial  newspaper, a public broadcaster, and an undergraduate journalism program in a “teaching  hospital” model of journalism education and practice. Ragusea is often heard reporting stories for public radio shows, including NPR’s Morning  Edition and All Things Considered, NPR/WBUR’s Here & Now, APM’s Marketplace, and PRI/ WNYC’s The Takeaway. He also writes reported commentaries for the public media trade  publication Current, and contributes local reports to Georgia Public Broadcasting and The  Telegraph newspaper of Macon, Georgia. At Mercer, Ragusea teaches introductory and advanced journalism and media production  classes. Previously, he served as Macon Bureau Chief for Georgia Public Broadcasting  (2012-2014), Associate Producer / Reporter / Host at WBUR in Boston (2008-2012), and  Announcer / Reporter / Interim News Director at WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana (2005- 2008). Prior to his career in journalism, Ragusea studied music composition at The Eastman  School of Music, Penn State, and Indiana University. His chamber work “Jiahu” won  Columbia University’s Joseph H. Bearns Prize in Music in 2004. Much of the music Ragusea  uses in his radio productions is original, and he continues to create and post music in  various forms at Ragusea lives with his wife, YA author Lauren Morrill, their baby son (on the way) and dog Lucy in the historic Vineville neighborhood of Macon, Georgia.   Twitter   Twitter (Adam)     Facebook


Joanne Hayes/Simply Buckhead
Publisher and Founder

Buckhead Business RadioX 06-03-14 Joanne Hayes 1Simply 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     Linkedin     Twitter     Facebook     Facebook


Lisa Senters-McDermott/Jet Senters Aviation
CEO/ Founder

Lisa SentersPrivate aviation executive and veteran Lisa Senters-McDermott has founded Jet Senters Aviation (JSA), a private charter brokerage company dedicated to safety, impeccable service and cost efficiency. Created from listening to clients’ feedback from years in the aviation industry, Senters-McDermott is offering a new brand of full-service global private aviation.  “I’m thrilled to be able to utilize my 18 years of private flight experience to benefit Jet Senters Aviation clients,” says Senters-McDermott, “our vast network, resources, relationships and industry insight will provide our customers with total efficiency, zero hassle or hidden fees and limitless possibilities.”  Jet Senters Aviation has access to approximately 4,000 jets worldwide to secure the safest, most cost-efficient and luxurious flights in as little as four hours notice. Brokering Wyvem and Arugus-approved aircraft, the globally-recognized gold standard of aviation safety, JSA has no membership fees, fuel surcharges, acquisition costs, blackout dates or monthly maintenance charges.  Founder of a charter brokerage company in 2001 and Marquis Jet/Net Jets executive from 2003-2011, Senters-McDermott is known as the go-to resource in private aviation. She believes in the personal service side of flying and can accommodate flights for individuals or more than 300 passengers.  Senters-McDermott is a trusted advisor to all of her clients and JSA is a referral only business. WIth over 100 clients she advises each client large or small through the process of buying a plane, purchasing a share or simply booking a trip. Senters-McDermott has spoken throughout the country on aviation and entrepreneurship and is known as one of the country’s top experts.   For more information, go to or call TOLL FREE 1-855-2-FLYJSA     Linkedin     Twitter     Facebook


Christian Ross/Keller Williams
Realtor, 2014 President Women’s Council of Realtors’ Atlanta

Christian RossChristian Ross is the 2014 President of Women’s Council of Realtors’ Atlanta – a  network of successful Realtors dedicated to advancing women as professionals and  leaders in business, the industry and the communities they serve.  She is the youngest president in the chapter’s 54 year history and sits on the Board of  Directors at the Atlanta Board of Realtors. Specializing in intown Atlanta real estate and global property ownership, her client  base includes Atlantans as well as people across the globe investing in Atlanta and  purchasing abroad.  Christian has been featured on HGTV’s House Hunters, was recently featured on the  cover of Atlanta-based Simply Buckhead magazine (current issue) in the Bold Women  feature and has provided her real estate expertise for many media outlets including The Atlanta Journal Constitution and     Linkedin     Twitter     Facebook


Molly Darby/Bert’s Big Adventure
Executive Director

Molly Darby 2Molly Darby, Bert’s Big Adventure- Executive Director While pursuing a career in public relations and after a first job as PR coordinator for  Habitat for Humanity International, Molly Darby was introduced to Bert’s Big Adventure.  “Once I saw the opportunities that Bert’s Big Adventure was giving these families and  the happiness the organization brought to their lives, I knew that getting more involved  was the only way I could feel fulfilled,” she says. Now, after serving in many roles with  the organization over 8 years, at only 31 years old, she was recently named Executive  Director. On any given day, Darby is working her magic to provide underprivileged  and terminally ill children and their families support through programs, like the Fairy  Godparent Program, where every Bert’s Big Adventure child who is in a hospital gets a  visit by a volunteer every single day. Those who know Darby know her not only for her  kindness and philanthropy, but also for her great sense of humor, a trait that makes her  beloved by Bert’s Big Adventure families. Case in point: She named her Goldendoodles Peter Frampton and Tina Turner.     Linkedin     Twitter     Facebook


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Special Episode: Ritz Group Radio! John Main with AlphaGraphics, Angela S. DeCaires with BookLogix, Michael Darden with A Deeper View, Tres Crow with The Ritz Group

Michael Darden, Angela DeCaires, John Main, Tres Crow (Host)

Michael Darden, Angela DeCaires, John Main, Tres Crow (Host)


Show Host:  Tres Crow/Ritz Group

Ritz Group Radio 07-08-14 Tres Crow 1Director of Membership and Ambassador for The Ritz Group, the premier electronic and physical networking organization in the state of Georgia. With over 2500 members, monthly networking and pitch events, hundreds of opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors.


Primary responsibilities include:

  • Growing and managing the membership community of 400 people, ensuring members are using all of the tools that the Ritz Group offers.
  • Maintaining the website, producing physical and electronic collateral and communications to the broader audience of  2,500.
  • Signing up sponsors for all Ritz Group venues, and meeting monthly sales quotas. Sponsorships range from $349 to $5000.
  • Selling licenses for Capital Expo, a privately licensed virtual trade show.
  • Developing new products, services, and marketing opportunities.
  • Organizing monthly Shark Attack networking events and presentations.
  • Organizing and hosting the Ritz Group Radio Show.     Linkedin     Twitter


John Main/AlphaGraphics
Vinings, Cumming and Gainsville

Ritz Group Radio 08-12-14 John Main 2John has 21 years of experience in the Retail, Software as a Service (SaaS), Telecommunications,  Consulting, and Government sectors with focus in Technical Help Desk Operations, Call Center Process  and Technology, CRM, Enterprise-wide Application Deployments, and the entire Software Development  Life Cycle (SDLC). He has worked for organizations such as NASA, Nortel, Accenture, Cingular, and  Genuine Parts Company. His focus in the last year has been entering the small business world by  purchasing an AlphaGraphics franchise.   Linkedin     Twitter     Facebook


Angela S. DeCaires/BookLogix
Publishing Director

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Angela DeCaires Publishing Director, BookLogix Angela DeCaires is the Publishing Director at BookLogix. She oversees Marketing Communications for  BookLogix, as well as the book marketing, eBook, and distribution departments. Angela’s background  includes experience in public relations, writing, broadcasting, and journalism, having held positions in  public relations and working for a number of years as a TV news producer and news writer. She holds a degree in Communication/Journalism from St. John Fisher College.     Linkedin     Twitter     Facebook


Michael Darden/A Deeper View, LLC
Managing Member

Ritz Group Radio 08-12-14 Michael Darden 1Michael is ​a resident​ of ​Georgia a serial​ entrepreneur​ who​ has started​ and run a public company​, the​ father ​of three​ sons and husband to ​R​enee​’​ for the past 21 years.  Two of ​Michael and Renee’s​ boys​ are on the autism​ spectrum ​and Michael has been​ gathering ​quantitative methods of​ ​measuring​ progress ​for non​-traditional learners using observation​ and proven​ data collection techniques​.  Michael is the solution ​integrator​ for ​Dartfish V​ideo ​S​olutions in the inventor of​ a​ system ​of ​dynamic progress monitoring that was initially develop​ed at George Mason University​.​     Linkedin     Twitter


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Smita Solanki with The Buckhead Business Association, Collette McDonald with RE/MAX Around Atlanta , Jake Sherrill with Tier 4 Advisors, John Schaffner with BuckheadView, Mike Rose with WR Starkey Mortgage

Smita Solanki, Collette McDonald, Jake Sherrill, John Schaffner, Mike Rose (Co-Host)

Smita Solanki, Collette McDonald, Jake Sherrill, John Schaffner, Mike Rose (Co-Host)


Mike Rose/Starkey Mortgage (Co-Host)

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Currently, a Senior Loan Officer with Starkey Mortgage.  He was a successful loan officer for many years with both Wells Fargo and Bank of America. His business network include real estate agents, financial planners, builders and many satisfied clients. He has closed millions of dollars worth of loans and helped many people purchase their first home. In 2008 and 2009, he reached Platinum Club status as in the top 5% of producers for Bank of America.   Before starting his career in mortgage banking, he worked primarily in talk radio broadcasting As a producer, talk host and finally Program Director at News Radio WGST in Atlanta, Mike has proven experience in creating the best radio programming in the business.  He spent many fun years as part of the team that helped to create brand names out of radio personalities such as consumer guru Clark Howard, Neal Boortz, Sean Hannity, and Kim Peterson . In 1999 and 2000, Mike took on the challenge as General Manager of the eclectic Voice of the Arts, 1190 WGKA.   Mike is also a radio personality in his own right.  He hosted the daily issue oriented talk show, on Talk Radio 1340, WALR-AM .  Creative Loafing readers voted The Mike Rose Show the “The Best Radio Show to Seek Out” in 2003.     Linkedin     Facebook


John Schaffner/

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After a life-time career in newspaper journalism, and with no intention to ever “retire,” John Schaffner launched BuckheadView, an online news site covering news of interest and importance to residents of Atlanta’s Buckhead community. Schaffner launched his professional journalism career in the early ’60s, when he joined the St. Petersburg Times fresh from Florida State University. In the years that followed, he moved from there to The Palm Beach Post and then to The Philadelphia Inquirer prior to joining The Atlanta Constitution as Managing Editor in 1977. Since moving into Atlanta community journalism a dozen years ago, Schaffner has attended nearly every major community meeting and event in the areas he has covered. The Atlanta City Council, the Buckhead Coalition, the Buckhead Business Association and the Northwest Community Alliance have all recognized BuckheadView Editor John Schaffner for his hands-on community journalism. As a resident of Buckhead and active participant in local meetings and events, Schaffner’s coverage provides a perspective that goes far beyond any other community news organization. Schaffner turned 73 recently and has no intention of retiring anytime soon.     Linkedin     Twitter     Facebook


Jake Sherrill/Tier 4 Advisors
Founder and CEO

Buckhead Business RadioX 08-05-14 Jake Sherrill 1I am overly passionate about what I do for a living. I believe if you love what you do, naturally you’re probably pretty good at it and others probably enjoy working with you in that capacity.   We (Tier 4 Advisors) take a tremendous amount of pride in being overly efficient and helping our clients drastically compress timelines. Additionally, we not only get to witness the immediate results from our efforts but we also get the opportunity to cultivate new relationships that last forever.  Tier4 Advisors was founded on the principal of helping others achieve what they want to achieve and doing so in an efficient manner

TIER4 ADVISORS has changed the way organizations purchase IT services. We are “THE” sourcing partner for all of your Data Center, IT Infrastructure and Telecom needs. We do not replace your IT staff; we’re an extension of them.  We utilize our solid relationships with hundreds of the top regional and international IT solution partners to provide time-saving project out-tasking, leading IT solutions, an unlimited geographic footprint, leveraged contract negotiation, and competitive pricing.  If you have a data center (colo/cloud) or telecom (calling/connectivity) project (or expiring contract) on the horizon you should contact Tier 4 Advisors and explore how we can assist.     Linkedin     Twitter


Collette McDonald/ RE/MAX Around Atlanta

Buckhead Business RadioX 08-05-14 Collette McDonald 1Collette and her family live in Brookhaven. Prior to serving as the District 1 Planning  Commissioner for DeKalb County, Collette served on the Board of Zoning Appeals for  the district.  Collette served on the Board for Citizens for North DeKalb (CFND) that researched the  viability of a “City of Brookhaven.” Collette was integral part of the victory that created  the largest new city in the metro Atlanta area and continues to stay involved in order to  assist the Governor, State Representatives and public officials.

Realtor For The Atlanta Falcons. #1 Brookhaven Realtor 2013, Top 1% Metro Atlanta.  HGTV Consultant & On Air Expert; she is a regular on HGTV shows like Design to Sell, My  First Place and Bang for the Buck.

What sets Collette & Associates apart from other agents: Professional stager and design team on staff to help sellers stage their homes  effectively and quickly. Professional photographer is used for all homes listed.  24/7 dedicated 800 number for immediate response, follow up.     Linkedin     Twitter     Facebook


Smita Solanki/Buckhead Business Association
Executive Director

Buckhead Business RadioX 08-05-14 Smita Solanki 1The Buckhead Business Association (BBA) is a non-profit organization which brings together and promotes business in Buckhead, Focused on the economic and cultural vitality of Atlanta’s Buckhead community, the BBA began in 1951 with casual meetings among various shopkeepers. Today, the BBA is composed of a diverse group of major corporations, midsize and emerging growth businesses, entrepreneurs, professionals, and individual members. Our members are focused on common goals; getting to know others in Buckhead business, hearing informative weekly speakers and staying involved in the Buckhead community.     Linkedin     Twitter     Facebook


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