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Solution Road and Mosaic

Life University

Stu Sheldon and Gilles LaMarche talk integrity

Solution Road

Sarah Smith raising awareness about HIV

Solution Road and Mosaic

This week marked the beginning of a bi-weekly series we’ll be hosting with Dr. Gilles LaMarche, VP of Professional Relations at Life University where we’ll be focusing on integrity in the business community and personal life.  This series will be leading into the Life Talks World Congress event coming up May 12-13, 2016.

Life Talks is about empowering leaders to create social change, make a transformational impact on the world and remove the interference to maximize their perfection within.  The event includes thought leadersin business and productivity, physical health, nutrition, compassion, forgiveness, vitalism, quantum healing, and more.

We will be featuring business leaders who are known to value integrity in their professional and personal lives, and we will introduce several high school students from the community who have also been recognized for exemplifying the trait in their personal and academic endeavors.

We were joined in studio by Sarah Smith and Stu Sheldon, of Solution Road and Mosaic, respectively.  Sarah has spent numerous years helping non-profit and for-profit organizations raise funding and public awareness for their respective work.  She draws on experience from healthcare as well as media and is very selective in the clients she and her team take on at Solution Road.

Stu is an expert in experiential marketing, in which brands look to engage a targeted subset of their customer base.  Their goal is to create an immersive experience that has a measure of exclusivity and hands-on interaction with elements of the brand.  In this way, the client company is able to leverage Earned Media to get people talking about their experience.  I first met Stu on the Midtown Business show talking about Escalate, the experiential marketing company that was recently acquired by Mosaic.

Special Guests:

Dr. Gilles LaMarche, DC, VP of Professional Relations at Life University  youtube logo linkedin_small1  twitter_logo_small-e1403698475314  facebook_logo_small3  smugmug LOGO

Life University

  • Doctor of Chiropractic, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
  • Author, The ART of Responsibility, Insight Publishing 2012
  • Certified Six Advisors Coach, Six Advisors Coaching Academy
  • Previous Vice President, Parker College of Chiropractic

Sarah K. Smith, CEO/Founder, of Solution Road 

Solution Road

  • Masters Degree, English, University of Essex
  • Previous Director, Corporate Marketing, Emory University
  • Former Vice President, The Emmy Awards Foundation
  • Previous Director, Special Projects, TEDx Peachtree

Stuart Sheldon, Chief Advocacy Officer at Mosaic  Linkedin  Facebook  Twitter  vimeo logo  youtube logo  instagram-logo-transparent-png-i11 (16x16)

Escalate

  • BA, English and Journalism, Washington and Lee University
  • Former Senior Brand Manager, Coca Cola Company
  • Founder and Former Evangelist Prime, ConnectUs Marketing
  • 2006 Coca-Cola North America Big, Bold & Inspiring Marketing award; Coca-Cola Worldwide Marketing Excellence award finalist

P Marshall and Associates

P Marshall and Associates

Carrie Dimino talks PM&A culture

PM&A

Brett Davis explains distributed antenna systems

P Marshall and Associates

On this week’s episode I featured long-time acquaintance, Carrie Dimino, and Brett Davis, of P Marshall and Associates, an Atlanta-based engineering firm.  The company initially started with a focus in telecommunications, providing services around antenna systems and other telecom needs.

As their relationships with their clients grew, their happy customers were frequently asking if the firm could provide engineering support for needs in mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and others, prompting P Marshall and Associates to expand their repertoire to include experts in these areas as well.

With Atlanta currently placing focus and energy on becoming a Smart City, and many builders and commercial property owners looking to integrate technology into their buildings, the firm is uniquely positioned to play a key role in helping to achieve these goals.

Brett explained how PM&A is able to design and install distributed antenna systems that integrate with existing structures and architecture as well as new construction.  So, they’re able to make a cellular antenna that becomes part of a light pole, for example, but is essentially unnoticeable.

We also talked about how the company places great attention to the culture of the company.  They have purposefully maintained a low-key, fun work environment to maximize employee satisfaction and creativity.  Carrie shared some of the characteristics the firm is looking for in engineering experts who are looking to join their growing, innovative company.

Special Guests:

Carrie Dimino, Catalyst, P Marshall and Associates facebook_logo_small3  linkedin_small1

P Marshall and Associates

Brett Davis, Director of Wireless Initiatives, P Marshall and Associates  linkedin_small1

P Marshall and Associates

Workman’s Compensation and Small Business Expo

Ken David and Associates

Jennifer Smith talks workman’s compensation

Workman’s Compensation

This week I sat down with attorney and workman’s compensation expert, Jennifer Smith, of Ken David & Associates to talk about important considerations employers should  think about to reduce their risk.  Workman’s compensation can present a real financial exposure for any company.  So, it’s vital that company leadership take steps in advance to handle employee injuries effectively when they occur.

Jennifer shared numerous tips that employers should be mindful of relating to the new hire process, to educate incoming employees about options for care should injuries occur.  We also discussed how managers and employers should handle employee complaints that could possibly related to work place stressors or injuries.  A major element of this is documentation about details of conversations about physical complaints or over injuries.

We talked about ways employers and managers should handle communications with employees and care team when an injury has occurred and employees are out of work or placed on limited work duties that can hasten employees returning to work, as well as decreasing likelihood of litigation.

The Small Business Expo is the largest multi-city expo of its kind.  I spoke with founder, Zach Lezberg about his inspiration for starting the event and how its grown to be so large.  I caught up with Zach leading into the 12/10 Atlanta show at the Atlanta Convention Center.

The free-to-the-public event featured over 100 exhibitors and offered numerous break out sessions and learning presentations, along with access to business experts for an opportunity to get questions answered.

The pro-business expo will be coming to 14 cities in 2016 and is so effective for fostering business relationships, several exhibitors travel to most or even all the event locations throughout the year.

Special Guests:

Jennifer Smith, Senior Associate, Ken David & Associates  facebook_logo_small3  linkedin_small1

Ken David & Associates

  • Juris Doctor, Georgia State University College of Law
  • Previous Intern, Georgia Justice Project
  • Former Director of Reimbursement, Resurgens Orthopedics

Zach Lezberg, Founder of The Small Business Expo  facebook_logo_small3  twitter_logo_small  google-plus-logo-red-265px  youtube logo  linkedin_small1

The Small Business Expo

Bowlfreak

Bowlfreak

Bowlfreak

This week I had the opportunity to sit down with long-time friend of mine, Michael Powell, founder of Bowlfreak.  Bowlfreak is a web-based app that allows bowlers who participate in USBC-sanctioned leagues simultaneously compete in bracket-style tournaments via the app with opponents they’re matched with based on their sanctioned handicaps.

Most leagues and even professional bowling tournaments will have bracket tournaments going on within the main event.  The Bowlfreak app creates very large bracket tournaments against similarly-skilled players, providing for potentially very large prize awards for winning/placing in competitions.

Michael shared how the idea for the app was born out of a conversation with a local league manager who opined that there ought to be an app for bowlers.  Given Powell’s previous work as a web designer and creator of numerous mobile apps, he and his colleagues readily possessed the know-how.

The Bowlfreak team is preparing to launch the app to the public for use within the next few weeks.  And, it is entirely possible that with the ability to significantly increase the ability to win sizable prize awards, along with a competitively-level playing field, will help increase interest in participating in USBC-sanctioned leagues.

Special Guest:

Michael Powell, Creator of Bowlfreak

Bowlfreak

Bowlfreak creator, Michael Powell