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Matt Meeks Founder of m6media a Digital Marketing and Training Company



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Matt Meeks/m6media

11800139_1616769538583040_3318264334089050519_nMatt is a lover of all things tech – So he decided to take his love of technology as well as digital marketing and make it a full-time job, thus creating m6media. Now he gets to use his expansive knowledge of both every day and he couldnt be happier. The best part about Matt though is his uncanny way of making it all look simple. If you have a technology question, he can explain it to you in a way that makes even the most technology challenged person feel tech smart. | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook


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Kids Business Radio 07-25-15 Host Dirk Ebener with Kids Business Expo and Global CIF Interviewing Guests: Megan Lynch with Apprentice Minds and Pete Kane with RevLocal




Megan Lynch/Apprentice Minds

unnamedMegan Lynch, high school English teacher turned entrepreneur and co-founder Ragan Lynch Simmons are part of Apprentice Minds, an organization that helps young entrepreneurs discover, develop, and demonstrate their passions to the world. Apprentice Minds and the AMEC, Apprentice Minds Entrepreneurial Co-op, made up of 30 entrepreneurs from 5 states launched a Kickstarter campaign  to support he next generation of entrepreneurs.  | Twitter | Facebook


Pete Kane/RevLocal
Business Development Manager

11061187_1616399528620041_1223392568423235071_nBorn in Philadelphia lived in Asheville NC and Richmond Va for 25 yrs and the last 26 years in Marietta. Attended Virginia Tech, enjoy golf, tennis, running and doing Google reviews for local businesses and friends.  Married to Carolyn for the last 31 years. We met on the Carnival Cruise lines ….yes the “love boat”.  Have two daughters Sarah and Mary Rachel age 28 and 24. and having the time of my life enjoying our almost 2 yrs old granddaughter Ellison.

Most of my career is been in sales and sales management consumer goods companies like Nabisco and food distribution companies like Sysco and US foods.  The last 2 years I’ve spent with Revlocal based out of the Columbus Ohio area. A digital marketing company.  Pete’s passion has been to help entrepreneurs and small-business owners be successful using new digital strategies.  I also love helping people over 50 who didn’t grow up with all this technology to become more productive, less stressed, and lead a more balanced life using Evernote. | LinkedIn | Twitter (Pete) Twitter (ReLocal) | Google+ | Tumblr

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Isabel Marques with Startup Pirates Atlanta


Isabel Marques/Startup Pirates Atlanta
Chief Pirate

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Startup Pirates is a non-profit global initiative with success in many cities in Europe, Asia and South America, with over 50 programs so far and more than 80 startups created. The Startup Pirates Atlanta program is an intense and fast paced one-week program that enables aspiring entrepreneurs to get inside the startup world and learn how to develop a business idea. With a combination of training, mentoring and idea development, we help participants structure and develop their early stage business ideas. In the end, they have the opportunity to pitch to investors and successful business leaders and receive prizes that enable them to continue their work. | Twitter | Facebook


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Georgia Business Radio July17th Host Ryan “Redhawk” McPherson: Guests Henna Inam with Transformational Leadership Inc, Mike Watkins with Verifyd, Foreclosure Software Company

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Henna Inam1Henna Inam/Transformational Leadership Inc.

Henna Inam is CEO of Transformational Leadership Inc. As an executive coach and speaker, she brings twenty years of global senior leadership experience with Fortune 500 companies. She graduated from the Wharton School with an MBA and participated in executive education programs at the Harvard Business School.    Facebook   Twitter   LinkedIn





Mike WatkinsMike Watkins/Verifyd, Foreclosure Software Company

Founder of Traditional Title Services, Georgia’s Largest Title Company and creator and founder of Verifyd, the first and only digital and compliant foreclosure auction platform.

Mike has a degree in Accounting from the University of Texas in Austin and is a Registered Investment Advisor. He started Traditional Title Services in 1994 when he was just 22 years old and has gone on to pioneer changes in that industry in both processes and technology. A few years ago he spun off a new company called Verifyd that is changing the way the foreclosure process works, ensuring that the borrowers due process is protected and confirming that the foreclosure sales have been conducted in a legally verifiable manner.




Franchise Business Radio 07-15-15 Host Pam Currie: Guests Paul Macaluso with FOCUS Brands and Southeast Franchise Forum, Joe Kelly with TalentServed, Sean McGarry with FranchiseDirect, Chris Sloan with Insperity

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Paul Macaluso/FOCUS Brands Restaurant Group
SVP Marketing, McAlister’s Deli, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Schlotzsky’s Bakery-Café
Marketing chair for Southeast Franchise Forum

11695803_1614756002117727_415113989662560846_nMacaluso joined Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands in 2011 as chief marketing officer for Moes Southwest Grill, where he led the team to achieve 13 consecutive quarters of same store sales increases. In addition, he spearheaded the opening of 185 restaurants and entered seven new states and four new countries marking several significant achievements for the brand. In November 2014, he was named senior vice president of marketing for the Restaurant Group; he oversees the brand marketing and strategy processes for all brand-level marketing resources including culinary, public relations and creative services for McAlisters Deli, Moes Southwest Grill and Schlotzkys Bakery Café. Prior to his tenure at FOCUS Brands, he held executive positions at Sonic Drive-Ins, Taco Bell and Burger King. He has achieved numerous internal awards at FOCUS Brands and serves on the advisory board for the Franchise Consumer Marketing Conference.

He has just been appointed as Marketing Chair for the Southeast Franchise Forum, a regional organization established to foster professional relationships throughout the franchise community and to enhance the reputation of franchising through the exchange of information, ideas and solutions.   Twitter (Paul)   Twitter (MoesHQ)
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Joe Kelly/TalentServed, LLC
Director of Recruiting

22022_1614756252117702_3036769740975922647_nJoe lives in the metropolitan Atlanta area and helps many of the city’s top restaurateurs and emerging hot concepts to find strong leaders. He also works with several regional and national organizations where he helps to source top talent at many levels. | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook






Sean McGarry/FranchiseDirect

Managing Director

10981735_1614756952117632_5357451065244406245_nSean Mc Garry, an economics graduate, has worked in the franchise industry for the past 20 years. Initially as a management /Franchise consultant. For the past 15 years as the founder and managing director of FranchiseDirect. Franchise direct operates a network of franchise recruitment site that operate in North America, Europe and Asia.



Chris Sloan/Insperity
District Manager

11219662_1614756765450984_1471695823581971410_nChris Sloan is a district manager in one of Insperitys Atlanta sales offices. He has been with the company since 2011, and helps oversee sales efforts in the Greater Atlanta area. | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook




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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Sales Influencers Radio 07-14-15 Show Host: Jeff Sheehan, Guests: Barbara Giamanco with Social Centered Selling and Rob Armstrong with InsideView



Barbara Giamanco/Social Centered Selling
Speaker, Author, Advisor
Barb Giamanco heads up Social Centered Selling. Shes the co-author of The New Handshake: Sales Meets Social Media and authored the Harvard Business Review article Tweet Me, Friend Me, Make Me Buy. Known internationally as a thought leader in Social Selling, Barb is a sought after Sales and Social Media Advisor and Speaker. She has won numerous sales awards and was named a Top Sales Influencer by Top Sales World for the 3rd year in a row.

Barb has a proven, 30-year track record in generating sales and capped a corporate career at Microsoft, where she led sales teams. Barb and her team at Social Centered Selling have trained over 30,000 sellers and her company was recently named one of the Top 25 Social Selling Companies in the United States. | | LinkedIn | Twitter



Rob Armstrong/InsideView
Alliance Director

RobRob Armstrong is an experienced and accomplished sales leader who leverages established relationships, interpersonal skills, commitment to integrity and teamwork to achieve business objectives. After a 25 year career in Telecom, Rob moved into software solutions about 8 years ago. He is currently responsible for running the Channel Alliance at InsideView for data partner, Equifax He is passionate about selling in the B2B space and understanding how harnessing the power of big data helps his customers tackle sales and marketing challenges. | LinkedIn | Twitter



Show Host: Jeff Sheehan/Sheehan Marketing Strategies

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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 ranks in the top 1% of people on LinkedIn and over 310,000 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 co-authored the book: “HIRED! Paths to Employment in the Social Media Era.”   Linkedin   Twitter



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Rob Herget was born and raised in Miami Florida. He owned an insurance business for 30 years before selling it and creating He has 2 boys, Steven who is 20 and in
college in Texas. Matt who is 24 and is a very successful artist in Los Angeles, with galleries in Miami, NY, LA, San Francisco and Dallas. Rob moved to Atlanta from Miami last year to
live out at Reynolds Plantation where he had been a member for about 13 years. He is dedicated to making a huge impact in the Atlanta are with his company   Facebook   Twitter   Linkedin (Rob)  Linkedin (Monkeydough)






John ShaffnerJohn Schaffner/


After a life-time career in newspaper journalism, and with no intention to ever “retire,” John Schaffner launchedBuckheadView, 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 74 recently and has no intention of retiring anytime soon.     Linkedin     Twitter     Facebook



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Georgia Business Radio July 10th Host Ryan “Redhawk” McPherson: Guests Tricia Whitlock with Hypepotamus, Blake Nations with Over 50 Job, Harold Alexander with Alexander Software, Inc.

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Trisha WhitlockTricia Whitlock/Hypepotamus
Editor In Chief

Tricia Whitlock is the Editor of Hypepotamus, THE publication for Atlanta’s thriving startup scene. She grew up in Atlanta, is a two time Georgia State grad, and ran her own small business during her college years. Now she writes about the movers and shakers in our local tech ecosystem. You can check her out on the Atlanta Tech Edge on Sundays and hustling around Midtown every day of the week.   Twitter   Facebook





Blake NationsBlake Nations/Over 50 Job

Blake is a professional recruiter with more than 25 years of experience recruiting for professionals ranging from physicians and more. Not long ago, he found himself out of work and with limited prospects due to his age. Finding employment after age fifty became a challenge, despite his deep experience.

He recently joined the internet start-up Over 50 Job to lead the organization and provide guidance on how the company can best serve Baby Boomers as they continue to seek gainful employment.

Just prior to joining Over 50 Job Board, Blake was compelled to take a retail job in order to keep busy.   Twitter   Facebook





Harlod AlexanderHarold Alexander/Alexander Software, Inc.

Alexander Software, inc is producer of TimeCUE the online time clock that allow employees to clock in and out from their smart phone. With TimeCUE an employer can enter in addresses and after their employee downloads the app, that employee can only clock in and out from the addresses entered in by the employer. Their time can then be uploaded to your payroll software to process paychecks





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Food and Beverage Radio Show! Mark Haidet with Orderly, Jaime Foster with Georgia Grinders, Fabrice Vergez and Chef Philippe Haddad with F&B Atlanta, Kevin Peak with CaJa Popcorn


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Kevin Peak, Fabrice Vergez, Philippe Haddad, Jaime Foster, Mark Haidet

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Interviewing industry experts and thought leaders about the latest trends and F&B news. Tune in to our LIVE stream 3:00 PM (EST) on the second Wednesday each month.

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Mark Haidet/Orderly

11709600_1611422032451124_8430673551853342556_nMark Haidet has spent his career helping businesses improve. His background includes consulting, launching an independent restaurant group, investing in hospitality and technology businesses, chairing a non-profit organization and serving as the CFO of a publicly traded technology company. He is a perpetual builder, operator and problem solver with a passion for small business. He has built companies, bought businesses, transformed organizations and designed new products. He helped launch Orderly to address the fact that independent restaurants were being left behind by technology, and it was time for a change. | LinkedInTwitter | Twitter (Mark) | Facebook | Instagram


Jaime Foster/Georgia Grinders

11707603_1611422049117789_8977223185474582731_nAfter more than a dozen years of climbing the corporate ladder, Jaime Foster decided to leave Corporate America in 2012 and pursue her entrepreneurial aspirations of launching NaturAlmond.  The recipe for  NaturAlmond was based on her grandfather’s prized Almond Butter that he started making in the 1970’ s as part of an initiative to combat his genetic predisposition for Cardiac Disease.  Using only the highest quality almonds and natural sea salt, Grandpa Hinsdale perfected the ideal roasting and grinding process to create this  delicious product.  With the encouragement of family and friends, Foster began the company with the Original Almond Butter recipe in early 2012 and through tireless efforts  personally selling the product to stores and at Farmer’s Markets, NaturAlmond was greeted with tremendously positive response, production steadily increased and the product became available in grocery stores and gourmet retailers nationwide. “Instead of outsourcing production to a co­packer, we made the decision early on to create our very own state of the art commercial kitchen in Atlanta.  This investment allows us to maintain control over the production process and ensure that our almond butter is produced with the finest quality products and in small batches,” reflects Foster.  “These key differentiators provide us with a much higher caliber product and therefore a competitive advantage,” Foster concludes. As a result of customer feedback, in July of 2013, Foster added three additional NaturAlmond flavors; Honey Roasted, Maple­Caramel and a Salt­Free version.

Soon after adding these additional flavors, NaturAlmond was featured in  Oprah’s Magazine on “The O­List,” which dramatically increased national exposure  and as a result, online sales. As the result of her tireless efforts and passion to create the highest quality small batch nut butters, Foster, 38, dramatically increased the size of her Atlanta area production facility, creating a completely separate facility for the production of  other types of nut butters, beginning with Peanut Butter, under the new company moniker, Georgia Grinders. Georgia Grinders has embarked on plans for product expansion in the future, beginning with the introduction of Cashew Butter and Individual Squeeze Packets of  NaturAlmond Butter and Peanut Butter in the first quarter of 2015. With her hand crafted nut butters in all of The Fresh Market stores nationally as well as Whole Foods in the Southeast and Florida Regions, 100 Kroger stores and include Sprouts Farmer’s Markets, as well as The Central Market stores in Texas.  In addition, hundreds of specialty gourmet retailers across the country feature this hand crafted nut butters, proving Foster to be a dynamic force in the  gourmet food arena.  In addition to creating the highest quality craft Almond and Peanut Butters, Georgia Grinders also sells Naturalmond Almond Flour, which is available online as well.  For more information about Jaime Foster, NaturAlmond and Georgia Grinders, please visit | Twitter | Facebook


Fabrice Vergez/F&B Atlanta

11745836_1611422269117767_1353085161845778976_nFabrice Vergez brings more than 29 years of industry experience to his role as co-owner of F&B Atlanta.  Vergezs affair with the restaurant and hospitality industry began in the early 80s in Cannes, France. Vergez started his work as a busboy at the Carlton Hotel, but soon worked his way up to a maitred position. As Vergez gained experience, he knew that if he wanted to grow his career he would need to improve his English. It was with this in mind that he decided to leave the hotel that had taught him so much and move to England to work at the Mendip Lodge Hotel in Summerset. After spending six months at the Mendip, Vergez was ready to make a move.  He first settled in Florida where he waited tables for the Chefs de France in Orlando. It was not more than a year later when Vergez was ready for more opportunity. Hungry to build his career, he moved to New York City. Shortly thereafter Vergez caught wind of a French restaurant scheduled to open in the city, so he applied for a job. Vergez was offered the position and became part of the original staff that opened the iconic, Le Bernardin. Throughout those nine years Vergez dedicated himself to the restaurant tirelessly learning the ins and outs of the industry.  Apparent that Vergez was ready for the next step in his career, the Le Cozes approached him about becoming the front man to their brasserie in Atlanta, called Brasserie Le Coze. In 1994 he packed up his bags and headed back down South to run the French restaurant. Vergez did not disappoint. He built up the location housed in Lenox Mall to become the French dining experience in Atlanta. In 2004 he chose to purchase the restaurant from Maguy Le Coze. Vergez had two strong years running the business as owner before Neiman Marcus was granted expansion rights and Brasserie Le Coze was forced to close their doors.  This was not the end of Brasserie Le Coze, but Vergez decided he would take this time to reinvent the restaurant. A year later, he and his team found an ideal space to open up a more modern version of Le Coze in downtown Atlanta. Vergez transformed a 15,000 square-foot space into an authentic French-American bistro called F.A.B. Over the next four years F.A.B.s delectable French cuisine brought Le Coze natives and celebrities alike to the downtown location.  In 2011 the building that housed F.A.B was purchased. Vergez and life partner Cindy Brown decided this was their chance to bring French cuisine back to Buckhead F&B Atlanta, a rustic neighborhood bistro, was born. | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Philippe Haddad/F&B Atlanta
Executive Chef

11745775_1611422162451111_4796184297308262954_nChef Philippe Haddad brings more than 38 years of global, culinary and hospitality industry experience to F&B. Born and raised in Belgium, Haddad began his culinary journey in cooking school, and shortly thereafter attended the most renowned hotel institute in Belgium, Hotel School Ter Duinen. Haddad’s passion and elite training has had him work in regions all over the world, with some of the most renowned chefs. His journey brought him to Atlanta where he now leads the kitchen at F&B Atlanta. His involvement with local charities and organizations in addition to his fun-loving spirit makes him a vital member of not only Atlanta’s society but also the F&B team. | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


Kevin Peak/CaJa Popcorn
Chief Popper

11141199_1611422369117757_1931982783607562217_nCaJa Popcorn produces gourmet popcorn in interesting flavors using high quality ingredients, and we are focused on creating delicious popcorn, providing excellent customer service, and building lasting relationships throughout our community. Our first retail location is open at Peachtree Battle Shopping Center in Atlanta, and orders can also be placed via our website. | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram





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Rich Casanova/Business Radio Talk Show Host
Host of the Food and Beverage Radio Show

Rich CasanovaRich Casanova began his broadcasting career in California’s central valley at KSKS-FM. While in California he also ran a successful entertainment company whose staff and crew entertained over 100,000 people.  After moving to Atlanta and selling his entertainment company, Casanova ventured into publishing as the Publisher and Franchise Owner of Coffee News, based in Bangor, ME.

Rich is currently a Radio Talk Show Host and Studio Operator at the Business RadioX® studio in Buckhead (Atlanta, GA). | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook


Kevin Peak, Fabrice Vergez, Philippe Haddad, Jaime Foster, Mark Haidet

Kevin Peak with CaJa Popcorn, Fabrice Vergez and Philippe Haddad with F&B Atlanta, Jaime Foster with Georgia Grinders, Mark Haidet with Orderly


Laurie Ford with ARF Financial, Guy Thomson with Pittypat’s Porch, Mike Hill The Cowboy Chef, Justin Anthony with 10 Degrees South, Yebo and Biltong Bar, Greg Davis with Metcalf/Davis and Buckhead Business Association


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Karen Bremer with Georgia Restaurant Association, Josh Brass with US Foods, Archna Becker with Bhojanic, Mark Haidet with Siftit & Takorea, Stephanie Everett and David Audrain with Exposition Development Company