Jennifer Rusz/Sterling Rose Consulting Corp
Jennifer Rusz/Sterling Rose Consulting Corp
Josh Shirley/The Shirley Law Firm
The Shirley Law Firm is dedicated to providing expert counsel on Estate Planning matter and excellent client service. Their services include comprehensive Estate Planning, Estate (probate) Administration, Guardianship and Conservatorship, Business Succession and Estate-based Litigation (contested Wills and Trusts).
Kevin Gibson/Infinite Energy Center
Infinite Energy Center is a 90-acre lakefront campus just minutes outside of Atlanta that can accommodate a variety of events from concerts, performances, meetings, trade shows, conventions, banquets, and celebrations. The multipurpose campus includes an amazing 13,000-seat arena (Infinite Energy Arena), a 708-seat theater (Infinite Energy Theater), 23 versatile meeting rooms, a 50,000-square-foot exhibit hall, and a 21,600-square-foot grand ballroom (Infinite Energy Forum). The campus, operated by the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau, distinguishes itself by hosting a diverse range of events, including the ECHL’s Atlanta Gladiators, NLL’s Georgia Swarm, Carrie Underwood, Justin Timberlake, Menopause the Musical, JapanFest, Romeo Santos, Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Strait, Eric Clapton, NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships, Disney On Ice, Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull, Orange Conference, Beyoncé and more.
A glimpse inside the day to day operations, initiatives, and challenges of growing, sustaining, and enriching a county.
Nicole Hendrickson/Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners
Nicole Love Hendrickson was appointed as the Community Outreach Program Director for the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners in 2015, and has developed a comprehensive outreach plan that involves engaging diverse constituents in County Government. In her first year, Nicole launched two notable programs such as the Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy and Dinner & Dialogue with Chairman Nash both gaining popularity with residents across Gwinnett County. Prior to her role with County Government, Nicole has served as the Associate Director for the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services for 8 years. In that capacity, Nicole spearheaded the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute, providing grassroots community leadership training to residents and led the annual Gwinnett Great Days of Service which is known as one of the largest volunteer initiatives in the country. She is actively involved in the community, serving in a variety of capacities. Her current involvement includes serving on the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Gwinnett Community Board; the United Way Gwinnett Advisory Board and the Gwinnett Young Professionals Board of Directors. Nicole is a graduate of Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2010, the Georgia Center for Non-profit Leadership Program, the 2016 Regional Leadership Institute, and the Georgia Hispanic Chamber’s Cultivating Hispanic Leaders Institute. Nicole is a recipient of the 2017 Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Annual Public Service Award.
Nicole’s work has been featured in Gwinnett Magazine, the Atlanta Business Chronicle the Gwinnett Chamber’s Edge Magazine. She served as a recent panelist on diversity & inclusion for the Partnership Gwinnett Summit.
Nicole resides in Duluth, Georgia with her husband and 3-year old son.
Brandy Swanson/Smith & Howard CPA
Brandy Swanson is an associate with Smith & Howard CPA Firm. With over 20 years’ experience in small business leadership, development and management, she has proven skills in senior leadership, business development, budgeting, recruiting, profitability, accounting, sales, customer service and human resources.
Brandy earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University and is a proud graduate of Leadership Gwinnett. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart for 27 years, have a daughter and a son. Her hobbies include reading, gardening, tennis and traveling.
Her passion is growing people and businesses, as well as serving her community. She is an active member of the Gwinnett Rotary Club and has been a Rotarian for over 24 years. Their motto, Service above Self is her mantra. Over the years, she has served as president, treasurer, vocational chair, youth services chair and international chair. She is a Stephens Minister and past treasurer for a local Methodist church.
Prior to Smith & Howard, Brandy was Vice President at Accent Creative Group, Executive Vice President at Sandler Training; the Chief Operations and Financial Officer at Lloyd Pro Group; Vice President of Operations at VIP Auto Care, and a Sales Manager for Administrative Managers, Inc. Her financial planning and advanced skills in contract negotiation significantly increased profitability and guided the sale and purchase of several businesses.
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Mike Sammond/Gwinnett Business RadioX
Longtime Atlanta resident and veteran broadcaster Mike Sammond is the owner and operator of the Business RadioX studio in Duluth, GA – known as the Subaru of Gwinnett studio. He is also the co-host of the weekly program “Gwinnett Business Radio” which airs every Thursday at 10:00 AM. Since opening the studio in the Fall of 2012, over 1,200 local business leaders have come through his doors to talk about the great work they are doing in their community.
Mike began his broadcasting career in radio while attending the University of Georgia. He has worked as a sports director at radio and television stations throughout the Southeast including three years at WRBL-TV in Columbus and three years as a sports anchor at CNN Headline News.
Mike is also an award-winning play-by-play announcer with extensive experience announcing high school, college and professional sports including baseball, basketball, hockey and football. Over the years, he has announced sports for the University of Georgia, Atlanta Braves, Gwinnett Braves, International Hockey League and Arena Football League among others.
On the international sports stage, Mike serves as an announcer for Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS). He has covered the Winter Olympics in Vancouver (2010), Youth Olympics in Singapore (2010), Summer Games in London (2012) and Summer Games in Rio (2016). He also announced basketball and table tennis at the 2015 European Games in Azerbaijan.
Away from the broadcast booth, Mike has been a part-owner, team president and front-office executive for professional teams in minor league hockey and arena football. He also spent four years in charge of corporate sponsorships for the Gwinnett Center before joining Business RadioX.
HOST: DR. DIONNE WRIGHT POULTON
Dionne Wright Poulton, Ph.D., is an HR and Leadership Consultant, Educator, Author, Speaker, and Owner of Poulton Consulting Group, LLC (PCG), an HR and Leadership Consulting business specializing in diversity and inclusion, equity, bias, intercultural communication, adult learning, adult behavior, and conflict mediation. Since its inception in 2004, PCG has worked with a wide range of diverse clients in the US and Canada, including in the San Francisco tech and digital marketing industry, K-12 schools, higher education, and many corporate and service industries. Poulton Consulting Group (PCG) is also a government-approved business for local, state and federal level contracts.
Dr. Wright Poulton is also author of the acclaimed book “It’s Not Always Racist…but Sometimes It Is,” which is an extension of her PhD dissertation at the University of Georgia where she researched the racial biases and assumptions of teachers. Her book has received incredible attention, including an outstanding review from world-renowned Kirkus Media. She is also a certified K-12 teacher whose work is inspired by her 16 years of cumulative experiences as a high school teacher and university instructor in public and private institutions in Canada and the United States. Additionally, Dr. Wright Poulton has earned professional degrees from San Francisco State University (M.A.), the University of Toronto/OISE (B.Ed.), and from Rice University (B.A.) in Houston, Texas as a former NCAA Division I track and field scholarship athlete.
In 2014, Profiles In Diversity Journal identified Dr. Wright Poulton as “A Woman to Watch.” She has also been invited for social commentary in print media in the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as for numerous radio shows, including on CBS radio stations in Atlanta, Georgia, and on Tavis Smiley’s Radio Show. Excitingly, the “Dr Dionne Show” debuted in September 2016 on Business RadioX and with a focus on smart dialogue about diversity, leadership and behavior in the workplace and beyond.
Dr. Wright Poulton is originally from Toronto, Canada and is also a former member of Canada’s National Track and Field Team. She currently lives with her husband and their two daughters in Snellville, Georgia.
To book Dr Dionne Poulton as a Speaker for your next event, or for Dr Poulton to facilitate one of her innovative professional development workshops that are based on her PhD research, you can reach her at the following:
Phone: 404-323-3842 or 1-877-263-2227 (internationally)
For more information, please visit Dr Poulton’s business website: www.poultonconsultinggroup.com
Lee Kantor & Mike Sammond/Business RadioX
Business RadioX interviews dozens of innovative entrepreneurs and successful leaders each week. Its mission is to help local businesses “Get the Word Out” about the important work they’re doing for their market, their community, and their profession. With a pro-business slant and a long-form interview format, guests don’t have to worry about being ambushed or talking in “sound bites.” Guests have enough time to tell their whole story and to share their insights and experience without interruptions. Business RadioX hosts are business professionals interviewing their peers, drilling down on the critical issues, and delivering practical information to an engaged business audience.
Jennifer Rusz/Sterling Rose Consulting Corp
Lisa Zaken/Leadership Gwinnett
Leadership Gwinnett is the region’s most trusted resource for leadership development and civic engagement. For 32 years, the learning and network they offer has enabled thousands to change anything – from themselves to the world. At the very core, their vision is to develop and sustain a network of effective leaders who will address current and future challenges and opportunities in Gwinnett and the region. Aligned with that is their mission which allows them to educate, equip, and engage existing and emerging leaders through a diversity of people, thoughts, and experiences that lead Gwinnett to a better future. They do this through leadership programs, events and programming designed to inspire, challenge and connect people at all levels of leadership development.
A staple to Gwinnett’s pursuit to be a safe and healthy community since 1986, GUIDE was created as a partnership between the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners and Gwinnett County Public Schools to serve as the county’s prevention agency. Over the last 30+ years, GUIDE has been that and more as the organization works to improve community conditions by preventing substance use and abuse and promoting positive youth development. GUIDE’s numerous strategies in these areas include community level work to reduce underage access to alcohol, training and capacity building around these important topics and facilitating youth leadership development opportunities.
Kevin Sirface & Dipa Janardanan/Atlanta Water Store
Atlanta Water Store is dedicated to teaching the principles and benefits of drinking hydrogen rich, alkalized, anti-oxidant, micro-clustered water. Their motto is “We Teach – We Share – You Decide”. They offer a 21-day FREE trial of their water. Atlanta Water Store offers weekly classes, and you can even schedule your own private class. Owners Dipa Janardanan and Kevin Sirface welcome you and help you separate the hype from the truth and help you fully understand the harmful effects of drinking bottled water or tap – and why YOU should be drinking this water!
KM Howard/Ekthesi Advertising & Consulting Firm
Ekthesi Advertising & Consultant Firm offers you the ability to have quality advertising commercials and top notch business consulting for an affordable cost. Their target market is the new, small and midsize business, as well as new authors and nonprofits, that can’t afford the tens of thousand dollars, but still need the same services to grow their business.
Denise Peck/Design House of Flowers Weddings & Events
Design House of Flowers is a full service custom floral design studio. A one-stop shop! Their professional event and wedding floral designers are based out of Buford, GA near the Mall of Georgia. They are able to achieve the freshest and newest trends in floral design by using the finest elements. Unique rental props, luscious fabric and table linens, and beautiful blooms all combine to make your wedding or event a treasured memory. Flawless events begin with a vision. Color, season and personal style are some of the elements that go into custom floral design. With a wide selection of seasonal styles and color palettes, they can create your vision. Design House of Flowers Weddings & Events offers an endless selection of flower varieties, designs, styles, and event decor to express your vision.
Nate Turner/CTR Partners
CTR Partners represent tenants — the people leasing or buying space — in commercial real estate. They are your advocate, helping you navigate every aspect of commercial office and industrial real estate. Their goal is to make the process easier: from selecting the ideal work environment, to managing complicated lease/purchase negotiations, to ensuring the deal is completed to your satisfaction. Above all, one difference with CTR is their intentional development of long-term, ongoing relationships with every client.
Amanda Shook/Advanced Furniture Services
When Advanced Furniture Services was established in 1995, their main focus was to provide the highest quality service and dedication. It has always been more than a promise, it has been a commitment. Many prestigious financial institutions, Fortune 500 Companies and emerging growth firms have successfully turned to them to meet their office furniture needs. At the end of the day, they are confident that they will be able to deliver superior value and quality service to satisfy their customers.
Charity Estes & Chelsea Larko/Cornerstone Coworking
Cornerstone Coworking is a coworking, meeting & event facility. Coworking is about building a community of professionals within our members who are more productive, innovative and successful because they can collaborate. Cornerstone is not only a space to bring in and impress clients but it’s also a network of businesses sharing new ideas, learning opportunities, and networking possibilities. They also offer a very unique and modern atmosphere that can be transformed to fit your event needs. It is Cornerstone’s goal to truly help their community grow through successful small businesses and creating a professional atmosphere for their member’s to thrive in.
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Tiffany Krumins/Ava the Elephant
Tiffany Krumins, the first Shark Tank winner, is an Atlanta native and the inventor of Ava the Elephant, a child friendly dispenser that takes the fear out of taking medicine. Called a modern day Mary Poppins, Tiffany has gone from nanny to entrepreneur, and has seen her passion to help children grow into a business that is now known and loved all over the world.
Tiffany’s success story began when she was a nanny to a little boy with Down’s syndrome who was terrified of “medicine time”. To help alleviate his fear, she constructed an animal made of fabric, sponges, a store bought medicine dropper, and a recordable sound chip from a greeting card – and Ava the Elephant was born. Knowing that she would need to find a way to produce her invention, Tiffany began searching the internet and found a casting call on Craigslist that said: “Do you have the next million dollar idea but don’t have the funding to make it happen?” She immediately applied for the casting and was invited to be on the first ever episode of Shark Tank.
Her story has been a roller coaster ride as she went from being on a national TV show and receiving $50,000 to start her company, to learning just months later that she had thyroid cancer. While working from a hospital bed, she struggled through the growing pains of building a business and fighting cancer.
Tiffany’s appearance on Shark Tank and the success following continues to provide countless opportunities for her and her brand. Her story has received unparalleled exposure. Some of her more notable appearances and acknowledgements:
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Dameion Harris/Advanced Credit Help
Advanced Credit Help not only strives to help make a positive impact on our clients’ credit, but they promise to educate them at the same time! If they don’t educate you on how to change your financial thinking habits, then how will you not end up in the same situation again? That’s why education is so important to them!
Wendy Pace/Pace Settings
Pace Setting Media is a social media management company that assists small to medium sized businesses manage their online presence, brand and reputation.
Sta-C and Paris Hale/Smokin Girls BBQ
A mother and daughter duo formed a professional bbq competition and catering team, SmokinGirls BBQ. Paris led the team to various victories in 1st place BBQ sauce, 1st place Pork Loin, and many awards which include ribs, chicken, pulled pork, brisket, and BBQ desserts. Paris shines as: 2013 Georgia State BBQ Champion, Youngest Competing Champion @ Las Vegas World Food BBQ Championship, #1 Pork Loin, #1 BBQ Sauce GA Top 10 Team of the Year. Ponytail Paris continues to pursue her cooking career in upcoming competitions and television shows which will display how barbecuing can easily be transferred to the kitchen.
Stan Osbourne/Bahama Breeze
Caribbean inspired food, handcrafted tropical drinks, and a vibrant island atmosphere lets you feel a million miles from home, any day of the week. At Bahama Breeze, you can explore island flavors, discover legendary cocktails, and feel the energy of live music. Like sunshine on your face, it’s warm and welcoming. A place to gather with friends and share a tasty plate or two or five. No worries. You’ll find your favorite dishes here, but their chef delights in introducing you to tropical tastes and new recipes.
Todd Reddeman/Mocha My Day
Celebrate the wonder and romance of a real coffeehouse experience at your next special event with the hottest coffee bar catering service in Atlanta! A coffee and chocolate lover’s dream, Mocha My Day specializes in creating a delicious selection of espresso and non-espresso based drinks for you and your guests. Any season, any reason, whenever you want to have fun!
Tom Vooris/Choices To You
Let Choices To You bring the restaurant to you! If you live in the North Fulton or Gwinnett County area of Atlanta, they’re about to make your life a whole lot easier! If you ever ask yourself, “Where’s the best restaurant delivery near me?”, they have got you covered. Try their food delivery service today! Choices To You lets you pick take out from some of the best restaurants around you. Feel like Italian? Mexican? Chinese? Who doesn’t love take out food?