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Spotlight Episode Featuring the General Assembly Atlanta with our Special Guest Peter Franconi


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Peter Franconi/General Assembly Atlanta
Regional Director

11246981_1589701484623179_6417599524318891841_nGeneral Assembly is a global network of campuses for individuals seeking opportunity and education in technology, business, and design.  BrightWhistle Dir of Account Management February 2013 July 2014 (1 year 6 months)Greater Atlanta Area [Acquired for $20M+ by Influence Health]   BrightWhistle is working with many of the nations leading healthcare systems to transform their search and social footprint into viable channels for increasing revenue, acquiring new patients, directing patient populations, and influencing patient perception.  AirWatch Account Executive October 2012 February 2013 (5 months)Greater Atlanta Area  Tasting Table Business Development / Ad Sales December 2008 May 2012 (3 years 6 months)Greater New York City Area Joined organization as employee #3 and worked closely with the founder/CEO to lay the organizational groundwork and strategy, helping grow the team to 35+ employees  Developed KPIs, reporting metrics, and competitive benchmarks to measure performance and success   Established standard operating procedures for sales and client services collaboration, guiding the process from inception to deployment  Identified product-market fit creating demand for a nascent publication resulting in triple digit growth in revenue, year over year for four years | LinkedIn | Twitter @GA | Twitter @_GAAtlanta | Twitter (Pete) | Facebook (GA) | Facebook  (GA- Atlanta)



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Kids Business Radio April 25, 2015 Host Dirk Ebener with Global CIF, Matt Pye and Josh Mitton with Impossible Astronaut Productions, Madison & Clarke Potts with, Joshua Ford with McEachern High School

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Dirk Ebener/Kids Business Radio and Global CIF
Talk Show Host and CEO

Buckhead Business Radio 11-25-14 Dirk Ebener 1Global CIF is an International Small Business Consulting firm that contributes to the success of our domestic and global clients by providing business processes and market specific consulting services to help their business to become even more successful.

Global CIF will focus on consulting with start-up companies and start-up trade shows to make their entry into the international market place successful. Companies are seeking specific hands-on solutions, training in a variety of business segments and cross cultural expertise. Today’s show we’re spotlighting a new “first to market” trade show event, the Kids Business Expo!

We offer solutions, strategies, global thinking, working beyond the box.     Linkedin     Twitter

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Matt Pye and Josh Mitton/Impossible Astronaut Productions

18241_1584247255168602_3839907156159930722_nImpossible Astronaut Productions was founded in 2011 when filmmakers Matt Pye & Josh Mitton met.  Matt Pye came from a background of sound engineering and a fond interest in Film & animation.  Josh Mitton came from an animation and Film background as well  After working on a couple short films together, the two decided to form impossible Astronaut.  With the sole purpose of creating new and creative digital‐media both in the entertainment and commercial industries.  In 2014 they moved the company from Jacksonville FL. To Atlanta Ga. and  have seen much success.  After winning multiple awards for their short films, they are now preparing to produce a feature length motion picture set to release in the summer of 2016.


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Madison & Clarke Potts/MadisonClarke



Joshua Ford/McEachern High School
Assistant Principal







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Gina Bleedorn and Scott Hickman with Adrenaline, Tandelyn Daniel with Georgia Restaurant Association, Steph Palermo with Just Steph, LLC

Steph Palermo,Tandelyn Daniel,Scott Hickman,Gina Bleedorn


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Gina Bleedorn/Adrenaline
Executive Director

11178325_1583298125263515_6541689646071466636_nGina Bleedorn is Executive Director of Adrenaline, an experience design agency that spans from brand development to digital deployment to implementation in retail and virtual environments, connecting businesses and consumers. Her areas of focus include brand and marketing strategy, retail environments and holistic experience solutions. Adept in both traditional and interactive design, Gina has delivered outstanding brand and environmental solutions for financial institutions and retailers around the country. | LinkedIn | Twitter | Twitter (Gina) | Facebook





Scott Hickman/Adrenaline
Managing and Creative Director

18243_1583298051930189_3662141021532521890_nScott leads the branding group and focuses on agency operations while aligning creative efforts with client goals. With over 20 years of experience in brand strategy and development, print, interactive and motion design, Scott has been a key player in brand communications for clients such as Apple, Yamaha, Nike, Harley Davidson, IBM and AT&T. He attended Vancouver Film School for 3D Animation/VFX, has an MA in Global Politics and has taught at The Academy of Art in San Francisco. | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook





Tandelyn Daniel/Georgia Restaurant Association
Member Development

10404274_1583298341930160_6835723248485424136_n (1)The Georgia Restaurant Association represents the restaurant and food service industry at the state, county and city level to fight onerous legislation from materializing into law. Our top-notch government affairs team serves as the watchdog for your interests.  Our mission: Advocacy, Education and Awareness  Your support through membership shows your level of investment in your business and Georgia’s 16.5+ billion dollar food service industry. The GRA is sanctioned by the National Restaurant Association to operate Georgia’s only not-for-profit representing the state’s nearly 17,000 restaurants and food service locations.  We hold educational classes on topics (i.e. tax rulings to food cost to PCI compliance) impacting your operations a minimum of 2x per month.  Our core of endorsed services from our allied partners is sure to add money to your bottom line. From credit card processing, a United Health Care Partnership, music licensing and marketing tools, the GRA’s programs has your operational needs covered!  But perhaps the most important reason for joining–it’s just the right thing to do if you are in the restaurant and food service business. It’s your fair share contribution to make sure you operate in a favorable business climate.  From caterers with a commissary to mom-n-pops, to commissary management companies, to cafeterias to franchises, members enjoy a wide variety of services and benefits. | LinkedIn | Twitter | Twitter (Tandelyn) | Facebook (GRA) | Facebook (Tandelyn)



Steph Palermo/Just Steph, LLC
Author, Talk Show Host, Event Emcee

10015167_1583298148596846_5922211856393767151_nSteph Palermo is a local author, talk show host and event emcee. After successfully raising four boys and recognizing her own worth and potential, Steph decided to use her experiences to share her message. She has realized that everybody has two lives, and the second one begins when you acknowledge you only have one. Everyone deserves a fresh start and Steph points the way.

Steph’s dream is to share what it truly means to embrace life and live it to the fullest. Whether you are an empty nester, newly single or making new choices for a happier life, Steph’s message is for you, welcoming hope and promise for those over 40; life is just beginning.

Stephs anticipates becoming the very first television talk show host with a limb difference. She supports vast philanthropic endeavors with the message to educate and motivate her audiences to accept themselves and others despite our differences, seen or unseen. Steph promotes treating everybody with dignity and respect.

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Franchise Business Radio 04-15-15 Inaugural Episode! Host Pam Currie Guests: Jim Squire with Firestorm, Laurence Leopold SBA Industry, Pete Dosik with Shipe Dosik Law


Pete Dosik, Laurence Leopold, Jim Squire, Host: Pam Currie

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Pam Currie/Franchise Intellect, Inc

11150832_1576354345957893_2982872453116006697_nPam Currie has over 20 years in franchising and traditional corporate America; She has acquired business acumen from multiple perspectives of the franchise business model, starting at the franchisee level, then as a franchisor business support & trainer, to a franchisor launch & system developer, all of which included creating strategies for sales development and implementation of relevant training programs.

Her experience puts her in the role of training other franchise advisors. She founded Franchise Intellect and offers franchise consulting to individuals who are interested in pursuing franchise ownership and to franchisors that are looking to receive assistance in developing a franchise growth strategy and/or a training strategy. She specifically enjoys guiding her client’s in making a knowledgeable decision in selecting the best franchise based upon their criteria, with the objective of achieving financial health and life enjoyment. | Linkedin | Twitter | Facebook
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Jim Squire/Firestorm
EVP and Chief Development Officer

Jim Squire, Certified Franchise Executive, is Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Firestorm, overseeing franchise development and alternative channel expansion for the brand. Firestorm is a national franchise company specializing in crisis management, vulnerability analysis/threat assessment, and business continuity. Squire also serves as president and CEO of Franchise Marketing Advisors, LLC, a broad based franchise development consulting practice. Prior to Firestorm and FMA Squire was a senior executive with such well-known brands as the HoneyBaked Ham Company, Great American Cookie Company, Arby’s, Day’s Inns and the Howard Johnson. | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook


Laurence Leopold
SBA Industry Expert

Laurence has 20 years experience in SBA lending. He was formerly an attorney for the US Small Business Administration. After his time with the SBA, Laurence has worked as an SBA credit officer and as an SBA lender at several banks in the Southeast. Most recently he built the 50th largest SBA lending department in the country for a large community bank.

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Pete Dosik/Shipe Dosik Law LLC



Pete Dosik is a recognized leader in franchise law. He is a Franchise Times Legal Eagle and former Chair of the Franchise Section of the Georgia Bar Associations. Pete graduated from Duke Law School in 1997 and his background includes five years as in-house counsel to the Churchs Chicken brand, operating and franchising more than 1700 restaurants in 23 countries. He and his partner Kitt Shipe founded Shipe Dosik Law, a boutique law firm focused on franchise law, in 2013. | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook





Laurence Leopold, Pete Dosik,Pam Currie, Jim Squire,


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Jason Cronk and Stancil Johnson with Atlanta Bitcoin Consumer Fair, Kyle Valencia with Motivdeals and Valencia Productions,Wally Mlynarski with Elavon


Wally Mlynarski, Stancil Johnson, Jason Cronk, Kyle Valencia


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Jason Cronk/Stancil Johnson/Atlanta Bitcoin Consumer Fair


Jason Cronk is a serial entrepreneur with three businesses under his belt. He is a long time IT professional and a licensed attorney in Florida. He is been in the Atlanta area for over a year now but also lived here as a child when his Dad attended Georgia Tech. He runs a Bitcoin related legal blog and is the Co-organizer of the Bitcoin Consumer Fair.


Stancil Johnson long time entrepreneur interested in Bitcoin because it’s the next big thing. Originally from Pennsylvania but 21 year resident of Atlanta.

2015 Event is Saturday April 18th.

51% Discount with Promo Code: Radiox | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook


Kyle Valencia/Motivdeals



Naturally passionate about creating and building. A dynamic high-energy leader driven for business development and innovation. Has owned and operated Valencia Productions for 11 years now and currently is the Founder CEO of MotivDeals Fundraising. The digital version of those plastic fundraising cards.Where is it that you derive the day to day motivation needed to be successful in this cutthroat world of startups? | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook



Wally Mlynarski/Elavon
VP of Mobile Commerce Solutions

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Global payments company and subsidiary of US Bancorp. Wally also leads the mobile payments innovation center at Elavon, which is focused on developing new mobile payment products and services.




Rich and Ryan Review 7 Buckhead Business RadioX Shows!

Buckhead Studio Show Highlights!


a.k.a. Rich and Ryan…





               Buckhead Studio Show Schedule!


                          (Click on show title to view details)

Mon  10:30am Pro Advocate


Tues   8:00am Atlanta Legal Experts

Tues 10:00am Buckhead Business


Tues   2:00pm Simply Buckhead


Wed  10:00am Franchise Business


Fri     11:00am Georgia Business


Sat    10:00am Kids Business





See you on the Radio!!

Rich Casanova


Ryan “Redhawk” McPherson



Georgia Business Radio April 10th: Melissa Bauer with American Lung Association in Georgia, Claire Duncan with CBRE – Commercial Real Estate, Patrycja Siewert Towns with Alive Expo, Karen Porter with Roswell Nutrition, Samuel Hines with Up With Kids Sports dba Hoop N’ Sand

          Featuring Health and Fitness Leaders



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Melissa Bauer/American Lung Association in Georgia
Area Director

21986_1577492469177414_3637111650268984365_nMelissa Bauer is the Area Director for the American Lung Association in Georgia. Melissa has focused her non-profit work to the health related disparities and chronic illnesses. The mission of the lung association is personal to her as she has family members who suffer from lung disease. She has recently joined the Atlanta team and this will be her first CLIMB event ever. | Fight For Air Pledge | Facebook (Fight For Air Climb ATL) | Twitter (ALA Georgia) | Twitter (Climb ATL)



Claire Duncan/CBRE – Commercial Real Estate
Tenant Brokerage Services

10985859_1577492425844085_7443261956558423236_nComing from a long line of strong women who have always been involved in volunteering, the importance of giving back has been ingrained in Claire Duncan. But losing her Dad to lung cancer has fueled her passion for philanthropy that much more and taken her on a new mission to raise awareness and find a cure. Claire sought out a positive way to channel her grief and found the American Lung Association when she registered for the Fight For Air Climb in the Spring of 2013. That was the beginning of a wonderful relationship with the A.L.A. and since that time, in addition to participating in these events, she has served on the 2014 Atlanta Climb Committee as well as the 2014 Lung Force Chair Recruit and 5K Committee. In her professional life, Claire works in the Office Tenant Representation sector for CBRE, Inc., a global commercial real estate firm with offices here in Atlanta. | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Pintrest | Instagram | YouTube


Karen Porter/Roswell Nutrition
Owner/ Registered Dietitian

11026146_1577492512510743_4505035131959031080_nI believe that your health and wellness matters. I help people with many different conditions including: Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Weight Management, Sports Specific Nutrition Plans, Disordered Eating, Wellness Plans, GERD, plus more. I know firsthand how hectic life can be, making it a challenge to accommodate the many demands facing busy individuals and families. I have helped many navigate through these challenges. When it’s your turn to put your health first make an appointment to see me. | Facebook | Instagram




Patrycja Siewert Towns/Alive Expo
President & CEO

10003961_1577492529177408_6048118053949152157_nPatrycja has been working in the Natural Products Health & Wellness industry for over 20 years – from health food stores to manufacturers of natural products to national book and magazine publishers. With the great education and knowledge she has gained over the years, she decided to launch the Alive! Expo over 11th years ago – to help pass on the education and the experience to local Atlanta consumers. By bringing together companies, wellness professionals and educators and local non-profits – Patrycja hopes to pass on the great Health & Wellness tips to everyone interested in lifelong benefits of living a green, clean and healthy lifestyle. | Facebook | Twitter



Samuel Hines/Up With Kids Sports dba Hoops N’ Sand

11002639_1577492582510736_1748500101784378116_nMy goal is to create an atmosphere that will allow my program and counselors to utilize our knowledge of sports to enhance the individual and team character of each athlete on and off the court to be a successful & productive citizen.

Director & Trainer

Up With Kids Sports, Alpharetta, Ga. (Owner)


Sam Foundation
 | Up With Kids Sports | Hoops N Sand | Facebook | Twitter

Youth training facility for basketball, volleyball, sports performance and more Parties, court rentals, daycare field trips and corporate events. Teach youth the fundamentals of basketball while providing focus for the athlete’s intellectual, physical, social and ethical development. Private and group coaching-Coached players who have become the high scorers on their individual team. Basketball Club -After School Enrichment Program Fulton County School system.

Professional Basketball Experience

20092010 Massagno, Switzerland

2006 Cimberio Pallacanestro Novara, Italy

20042005 Reggio Emilia Pallacanestro, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Qualified for Italian Cup for 2006 season
Qualified for Italian Playoffs

2001-2004 Pallacanestro Cantu, Cantu, Italy
Inducted into the Hall of Fame (September 2006); Averaged 18 points, 6 Rebounds, 86% FT, 35% 3 pointers; MVP Honors; Numerous Player of the Game Honors; Qualified for Italian Cup four times;
Top five scorer of the Italian league 2001, 2002, & 2004; Team MVP Honors 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004; 2003 Champions; Italian First Team Selection

2000-2001 Ramat-Gan, Israel
MVP Honors; All-Star Team Selection; #2 Scorer in the League; Averaged 21 points, 6 rebounds

2000 Nike Summer League Invitational, Treviso, Italy
Summer League Champions, All-Star Team Selection

1999-2000 Kervanos Nicosia, Cyprus

1998-1999 Poissy Chatou, France
#1 Scorer in the League, Led team to the Playoffs

1998-1999 ALM Evereux, France
#2 Scorer in the League, Led team from 16th to 4th position

1996-1999 Ruda Slaska, Poland
All-Star Team Selection; #1 Scorer in the League, 3 point shooting Champion,
Best game: 49 points, 9 rebounds

1996 Atlanta Pro-Am Summer League Champion; Attended Atlanta Hawks Camp

1995 Isle of Margarita, Venezuela

1995 Atenas Cordoba, Argentina
#1 Team in the League; Played against Magic Johnson tour team; Played for Argentinas
World Champion Coach

1994 Monterrey, Mexico
Won Mexican Championship, #2 Scorer in the League, All-Star Team Selection;
Averaged 30 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals

1992-1993 USBL West Palm Beach, Florida

1992 Juarez, Mexico
Won Mexican Championship; MVP Honors; Averaged 23 points, 8 rebounds
Coaching Experience

Cambridge High School, Milton, Ga.
2013 Present

Liaison between Cambridge Mens Varsity Boys Basketball & Cambridge Boys Feeder Teams

Cambridge High School, Milton, Ga.

Assistant Coach Varsity Boys Basketball

1st year of school opening- teaching fundamentals and proper techniques of the game. Trained in the areas of passing, rebounding, dribbling and shooting of basketball. Instructed the fundamentals of basketball offense. Conducted drills that helped to improve athletes skills, stamina and techniques.

Mt. Pisgah Christian School, Alpharetta, Ga.

Assistant Coach Varsity Boys Basketball

Trained in the areas of passing, rebounding, dribbling and shooting of basketball
Region Champions
Caroling Day Christmas Tournament Champions. Coached individual player to the All Region Team
Instructed players in the fundamentals of basketball offense. Conducted drills that helped to improve athletes skills, stamina and techniques.

Mt. Pisgah Christian School, Alpharetta, Ga.

Coach – Junior Varsity Boys Basketball

Trained in the areas of passing, rebounding, dribbling and shooting of basketball. Instructed players in the fundamentals of basketball offense. Developed and executed practice plans Coached team to a winning season
Conducted drills that helped to improve athletes skills, stamina and techniques. Demonstrated the proper passing, shooting fast breaks and defense to the players. Monitored academic progress of members of the basketball team.

Up With Kids Sports – Ballerz Basketball, Alpharetta, Ga.

Director & Head Coach 5th Grade Boys Travel Team

League Champions 2012
Coached team to an undefeated season
Carson Tool Thanksgiving Tournament Champions 2011
Coached the East All Stars to a Championship 2012
Trained over 40 plus kids who made their local feeder teams, (Cambridge, Milton, Alpharetta, Chattahoochee) high school teams


2007-2010 Strayer University, Roswell, GA

Bachelors of Business Administration

1990-1992 University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL

Coach Ronnie Arrow, Coach Wright, Coach Price
Major: Business Management
Minor: Computer Science

1988-1990 Chipola Junior College, Marianna, FL

Coach Milton Johnson, Coach Nikita Johnson
Associate Degree in General Studies

Sam Foundation | Up With Kids Sports | Hoops N Sand | Facebook | Twitter


Neil Scott-Barbour Show Co-Host, Pam Currie with Franchise Intellect, Kevin Donovan with Renaissance Sports, Steven Eisenstein with Classic Tents and Events, Justin Walker with Friendly Human, and Dr. Bruce Salzinger w/ Chiropractic Healthcare of Buckhead


Bruce Salzinger, Justin Walker, Steven Eisenstein, Kevin Donovan, Pamela Currie, Neil Scott-Barbour (Show Co-Host)

Bruce Salzinger, Justin Walker, Steven Eisenstein, Kevin Donovan, Pamela Currie, Neil Scott-Barbour

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Neil Scott-Barbour/Scott-Barbour and Associates LLC
Founder (Show Co-Host)

11133750_1576354129291248_137828084453361725_nNeil 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.

Neil Scott-Barbour is a trained voice actor who uses his authentic British voice in many different ways including corporate voiceovers, audio and video promotions, on-hold messaging and audio-book recordings. But his most “rewarding” work is sharing his passion for joy, love, humor and inspiration by “expressively reading” to residents of senior care communities. He also reads to children. During his performances Neil uses both quirky facial expressions and movements along with a gift for unique character voices and accents from around the world. | LinkedInFacebook


Pam Currie/Franchise Intellect, Inc

11150832_1576354345957893_2982872453116006697_nPam Currie has over 20 years in franchising and traditional corporate America; She has acquired business acumen from multiple perspectives of the franchise business model, starting at the franchisee level, then as a franchisor business support & trainer, to a franchisor launch & system developer, all of which included creating strategies for sales development and implementation of relevant training programs.

Her experience puts her in the role of training other franchise advisors. She founded Franchise Intellect and offers franchise consulting to individuals who are interested in pursuing franchise ownership and to franchisors that are looking to receive assistance in developing a franchise growth strategy and/or a training strategy. She specifically enjoys guiding her client’s in making a knowledgeable decision in selecting the best franchise based upon their criteria, with the objective of achieving financial health and life enjoyment. | Linkedin | Twitter | Facebook
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Kevin Donovan/Renaissance Sports and Tour of America
President and Founder



Kevin Donovan is the President of Renaissance Sports and the founder of the Tour of America, a women’s multi-stage cycling race planned for June of 2016. Prior to starting Renaissance Sports in 2014, Kevin was a sports marketing consultant with Helios Partners, where he worked on several host city bids for the Olympic Games, and played a lead role in helping Golf become an Olympic sport. | Twitter | Facebook


Steven Eisenstein/Classic Tents and Events



WOLFGANG PUCK CATERING (Compass Group North America) Atlanta
Assistant Director of Catering, The Georgia Aquarium 2008 to 2010

Catering Sales Manager 2004 to 2008

Owner/Operator 2003 to 2004


Catering Sales Manager 2000 to 2003

Catering Sales Manager 1999 to 2000

JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY Providence, Rhode Island
Bachelor of Science, Food & Beverage Management 1995
Associate Degree, Hotel & Restaurant Management 1993 | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook


Justin Walker/Friendly Human
Chief Operating Officer




Managing business operations for the friendliest video marketing company worldwide! Friendly Human specializes in persuasive storytelling for human centric brands. We Shoot People!

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Dr. Bruce Salzinger/Chiropractic Healthcare of Buckhead
Doctor and Founder

11113276_1576365365956791_4457258205202523876_nIn 1974 Dr. Salzinger experienced a serious skiing related injury. After 3 months of traditional drug and physical therapy treatments for a herniated disc and bilateral severe sciatica he was scheduled for a low back surgery. Fortunately a good friend who was going to New York Chiropractic College at the time suggested he come in for a consultation and exam as “I could always go ahead with the surgery”. The explanation of my condition from the chiropractic perspective just made sense. I proceeded with a regimen of regular subluxation based chiropractic adjustments and the rest is history.

1974-1989 Vice President of the National Bolt & Nut Co. Inc.
1993 Graduated Life Chiropractic College, Marietta, GA with a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree.
2001 Diplomate, Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) program sponsored by Palmer Chiropractic College
2001 Member Medical Team at Central American Games, Guatemala
2001 First Physician in the United States certified in Functional foot Orthotics by the United States Sports Academy
2001 Member Medical Team at Costa Rica National Olympics
2006 Member Medical Team, Auburn Track & Field Team, NCAA Division 1 National Championships

Member of Buckhead Rotary, Buckhead Business Association, Americian Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, Georgia Chiropractic Council, Chiropractor’s Without Borders. | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook


Georgia Business Radio April 3rd: Matt Andrew with Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, Jim Silverman with Vienna Beef Ltd, Melissa Bunnen and Helen Cleveland with Piece Of Cake Inc, Denise Romeo with Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society

Featuring Food Industry Leaders

Melissa Bunnen, Helen Cleveland, Denise Romeo, Matt Andrew, Jim Silverman and Host Ryan McPherson

Melissa Bunnen, Helen Cleveland, Denise Romeo, Matt Andrew, Jim Silverman and Host Ryan McPherson

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Matt Andrew/Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint Franchise System

Founder, Chairman, President & Chief Pizza Maker

20728_959677534065476_6779034776619167902_nMatt Andrew founded Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint in March 2008, and serves as the companys Chairman, President & Chief Pizza Maker. Prior to founding Uncle Maddios, Andrew served as the Moes Southwest Grill President. Andrew was one of the original five founding members of Moes Southwest Grill having joined the company ten months after the concept was launched.

About Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint. With more than 1,000 Pizza Makers making more than 2,000,000 gourmet pizzas a year, Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint is category leader of the create-your-own premium fast casual pizza restaurants, operating 34 locations in 14 states. With 225 units in development, Uncle Maddio’s earned a 300 percent growth rate over the last three years and is projected to double in size in 2015. Uncle Maddio’s pizzas are customizable, made-to-order, and served up fast for under about $7. With four pizza sizes; three types of crusts, including gluten-free; six sauces and 48 fresh toppings, many vegan, organic, and hormone-free, Uncle Maddio’s has the freshest and largest menu in the category. The restaurant’s unique fast bake ovens offer the most throughput in the industry and can produce 200 pizzas per hour. Uncle Maddio’s also serves toasted paninis and gourmet salads – all prepared with locally sourced ingredients (when available) and salad dressings and 30 other menu items that are made on-site daily. Uncle Maddio’s ‘Served with Love’ philosophy and restaurant is for everyone -children and families, college students, the young and the young at heart – and serves the guests and communities it is a part of. Based in Atlanta, the Uncle Maddio’s management team has 50 years combined experienced in the fast casual category. Markets are available nationwide for franchise partner development including Florida, Ohio, and Massachusetts.

Andrew was responsible for running the company, overseeing operations, marketing, financial, franchise support, customer service and training departments. He has held various positions within the company acquiring skills and providing leadership. Since 2004, Andrew held the position of Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Services for Raving Brands Holdings, which included Moes, Mama Fus, Doc Greens, Boneheads and Monkey Joes. Andrew was responsible for managing the financial, legal, human resources and corporate administration functions for Raving Brands. Prior to this position, Andrew held the position of Vice President, Finance and Corporate Services for Moes. He provided leadership in building these departments from their inception.

Andrew earned an undergraduate degree from University of Florida. Matt enjoys traveling, fishing, golfing, mountain biking and studying American history. Matt lives in Atlanta with his wife, Esther. | Twitter | Facebook



Jim Silverman/Vienna Beef Ltd
Director Multi – Unit & Foodservice Sales, East



Jim is a Foodservice Industry veteran working in Restaurant operations, Franchise Sales and Foodservice Sales. Jim started his career at 14 years old as a part-time dishwasher at a Howard Johnson’s in Philadelphia. Since this time, he has never left the Foodservice Industry. | LinkedIn | Twitter | Twitter (Jim) | Facebook



Melissa Bunnen/Piece Of Cake Inc

11071420_959677294065500_620221069684154475_nMelissa Bunnen started Piece of Cake Inc. when she moved back to Atlanta from New York City in 1985, and found herself without a job. When living in NYC,Bunnen remembered reading an article that stated, More and more things will be delivered to homes and office instead of just Chinese food. Melissa Bunnen remembered this article and decided delivering cakes to offices would be a successful business. Bunnen and her business partner, Helen Cleveland, started with $500 and threw a launch party. The two women made cakes and delivered them one at a time, out of Bunnens tiny Atlanta apartment. After a year, Bunnen and Cleveland bought a storefront location in Howell Mill. Since then, Piece of Cake Inc. has expanded to 10 locations in the Atlanta area, including one in the airport. Bunnen has always taken pride in encouraging women leadership and the development of young women. Piece of Cake Inc. has won Atlanta Magazine’s, Best Of Atlanta many times and has been featured on CNN, TBS and Atlanta Business Chronicle. | Twitter | Facebook


Helen Cleveland/Piece of Cake Inc
Co Founder

11095362_959677340732162_6190344574275318471_nSince 1985, Piece of Cake has been baking gourmet cakes from scratch, wrapping them beautifully, and delivering them to our customers’ doors. Over the years, we’ve delivered tens of thousands of mouth-watering cakes all across the country. We’ve delivered to birthday parties, office parties and holiday parties. We’ve baked for clients, family and friends. And each cake is carefully made from scratch with only the finest, all-natural ingredients, just like you’d use at home.  And that’s when we got to thinking. If we can make delicious homemade cakes, what about delicious homemade cookies? And sumptuous cheese straws? And what about cupcakes? The rest is baking history. | Twitter | Facebook



Denise Romeo/Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society

11102772_959677360732160_6909810772719324848_nDenise Romeo is the founding editor and primary author of the award-winning blog: We Like To Cook! Five years ago, Denise and her husband started chronicling all the recipes and tricks they used in their home kitchen for their boys to have when they were grown; making memories and creating traditions with their own families. Needless to say the project snowballed.

Known in the Atlanta area for her communications skills, Denise has turned her attentions to the Atlanta Food Bloggers Society for whom she serves as President with the goal of promoting all things food in the city of Atlanta.

Speaker At TECHmunch Atlanta; Voted “Best Atlanta Food Tweeter” By Creative Loafing readers; New member of the Atlanta Press Club; serve as occassional Food Editor for the Virginia-Highland Civic Association. | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram |Pintrest






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