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Cobb County Chamber of Commerce

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce

I hosted Cobb County Chamber of Commerce’s Events Manager, Ashley Warner, along with Kennesaw State University College of Continuing and Professional Education’s Andrea Cochran, The UPS Store’s Joe Malbrough, and Jeff Morris, of WealthSpan Financial Group.

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Special Guests:

Ashley Warner, Events Manager, Cobb County Chamber of Commerce  facebook_logo_small3  twitter_logo_small  linkedin_small1  youtube logo  WP logo

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce

Andrea Cochran

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce

Joe Malbrough

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Morris 

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce

AGLCC, Occasional Occasions, TP Corporate Lodging, Lab Monkey

AGLCC

Jack Kinley, Carlton Brown, Tim Miller

AGLCC, Occasional Occasions, TP Corporate Lodging, Lab Monkey

3rd Tuesday means the AGLCC is with us in studio.  Co-hosts, Emma Foulkes and Bruce Logue sat down with Occasional Occasions’ Carlton Brown, TP Corporate Lodging’s Tim Miller, and President of Lab Monkey and new AGLCC President, Jack Kinley.

Emma shared some upcoming events hosted by AGLCC, including the Procurement Expo held 5/23, where entrepreneurs can learn about the procurement process around supplier diversity that, should they obtain certification as LGBTBE’s, can truly help them grow through those supplier relationships.

Carlton Brown has been providing catering services for over 24 years in the Atlanta area.  He learned how to cook when he was in his 20’s coming out of the military.  He decided to go to culinary school to learn while working in corporate jobs.  He explained he was pulled into the catering business somewhat by accident, when a friend asked if he would prepare some food for a party.  He was called with inquiries about providing catering services by guests who had attended the event.

From there his business continued to grow by word of mouth and he ultimately decided to leave the corporate world to be a full time caterer running his own business.  We talked about how he enjoys the way the catering business flows over the challenges of having a brick and mortar restaurant.  Carlton also explained how he had to learn how to market his business and the value of networking, which was aided greatly through his involvement with the AGLCC.

TP Corporate Lodging was founded when Tim Miller purchased the firm and ultimately changed the name after having worked with the company for a number of years.  He explained the name was inspired by his childhood goal of having a chain of “TP Inn’s”, named after his name, Timothy Paul.  He worked in the hotel business for a period of time and learned of the challenges and stresses around it before going to work in the corporate housing space, where he found he enjoyed the business model.

The company provides executives and other individuals/families who need a nice, furnished home for a period of time that exceeds what a hotel’s cost would reasonably bear.  Tim explained that they have housing options that span the range of upper-middle to high end apartment residences, both in-town and in the suburbs, depending on the needs of the clients.

He talked about the fact that this type of housing is frequently utilized by the movie industry, giving him the opportunity to have provided residences for several well-known celebrities.  Tim is also an AGLCC member and shared the fact that  his experience as a member has also provided relationships that have helped his business grow.

Jack Kinley founded Lab Monkey, a creative consultancy, helping to craft and share a business’s story effectively, primarily with their internal clients across large enterprises.   The name was a college nickname he earned in college, working all-nighters in the computer lab.  He enjoyed the free-spirited, creative environment of his experience in college working on various projects and thought it would be a name that was both interesting as well as representing the dynamic of his firm.

The company hires high-level executives who are still interested in working.  They leverage their experience and credibility to serve the needs of their clients (typically businesses with 1000 employees or more) to effectively identify and share their stories with the employees who work for them to increase engagement and buy-in with the brand.

Jack is also the incoming President for AGLCC and explained his involvement with advancing the AGLCC’s ability to increase awareness of the organization to the community.  Having gotten to work so closely with the executives through the process, which was actually done through an engagement with Lab Monkey, he was inspired to become part of the leadership team himself.

Special Guests:

Carlton Brown, Owner, Occasional Occasions By Carlton  facebook_logo_small3  twitter_logo_small  linkedin_small1  

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Tim Miller, President/Owner, TP Corporate Lodging  linkedin_small1  facebook_logo_small3

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Jack Kinley, Founder/CEO, Lab Monkey  linkedin_small1  twitter_logo_small  google-plus-logo-red-265px  facebook_logo_small3  

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Emma Foulkes, Managing Partner, Foulkes & Steele Wealth Management  facebook_logo_small3  twitter_logo_small

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Bruce Logue, Managing Partner, The Corbel Group at Keller Williams  linkedin_small1

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Cyber Security

cyber security

David Katz

cyber security

Brian Mikes

Cyber Security

Breaches to enterprise data and information are making news with troubling regularity these days.  Businesses of all sizes need to be aware of their security status, plans for handling breaches if they occur, and how to mitigate the risk of exposure for the company if it happens.  I talked to two experts on the subject, David Katz, partner with Nelson, Mullins, Riley, and Scarborough, and Brian Mikes, VP with Marsh USA, a highly-regarded insurance company that has expertise in cyber security.

David and Brian shared information on the importance of having a plan of action in place for businesses large and small, for the necessary steps to take in the case of an actual breach of an enterprise’s network or data.  They emphasized how vital it is to have such a plan in place well in advance of problems occurring.  Given the variations in legal requirements for how to handle information breaches when they occur it is essential that the enterprise secures the expertise of a legal consultant familiar with the various laws affecting such data breaches.

Brian explained some of the nuances of risk reduction and policies designed to protect the business in the event data breaches do occur.  We also got into the steps to take if it is discovered that a company’s network or data has been compromised.

David and Brian discussed some of the typical areas of weakness they discover when engaging businesses to evaluate their cyber security plan, policies, and procedures.  With the extent of the internet of things, devices connected to the internet via networks, and vendor portals, there are a host of points of entry for hackers and other bad guys looking to engage in nefarious activities by penetrating an enterprise’s network.

Special Guests:

David Katz, Partner, Nelson, Riley, Scarborough, and Mullins  twitter_logo_small  linkedin_small1  facebook_logo_small3  feed logo

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Brian Mikes, Vice President/Advisor, Marsh USA  linkedin_small1  youtube logo  facebook_logo_small3  twitter_logo_small

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Harrison Ray and Aaron Avers

 Aaron Avers

Harrison Ray of Pace Academy

Aaron Avers

Harrison Ray and Aaron Avers

On this episode I featured Pace Academy senior and Integrity for Life Award nominee, Harrison Ray, and Aaron Avers, Executive Chef of The Establishment’s new Midtown location in Colony Square, along with VP Professional Relations, Dr. Gilles LaMarche, of Life University.

Harrison Ray is a graduating senior at Pace Academy. At Pace, he has participated in the theater program, both appearing on stage in fall musicals and backstage as a member of tech crews. He has also played French horn in the concert and pep bands. Harrison earned varsity letters in cross country and swimming and was a member of the AA State Championship swim team in 2016. At Pace, Harrison was a peer leader, the president of the PASS club, a member of the National Honor Society and was a delegate to Georgia Boys State.

Since 2012, Harrison has been actively involved in Teen Corp, a program sponsored by the Emory Medical School’s physician’s assistant program and led by Jodie Guest that provides free health care to migrant workers in south Georgia. For more information on how to participate in the Teen Corp program contact Jodie Guest at jodie.guest@yahoo.com.  In the fall, he will attend Georgia Tech on a four-year Naval ROTC scholarship. Harrison intends to major in nuclear engineering and hopes to be commissioned in the Navy after graduation.

Aaron Avers has been passionate about cooking since before he was 10 years old.  He has spent his professional life since graduating high school to pursue a career in culinary arts.  Aaron worked at a number of well-known establishments over the years before ultimately deciding to formalize his place as a professional chef and attended culinary school to get his degree.

For a number of years, The Establishment was well-known as a great meet-up spot in Buckhead to hang with friends and share high-quality cocktails.  This year, the owner, Brandon Lewis, decided it was time to elevate the business’s focus on its food offering as well.  The restaurant relocated to Colony Square and Aaron was given the opportunity to serve as Executive Chef, crafting and designing the full menu with selections from a variety of global influences.  Aaron also described their premier burger called “The Chub” and showed us some mouth-watering pics of it as well. We can’t wait to try it!

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

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Harrison Ray, Graduating Senior, Pace Academy  facebook_logo_small3  linkedin_small1  instagram-logo-transparent-png-i11 (16x16)  twitter_logo_small  vimeo logo  Pinterest-logo  

Aaron Avers

Aaron Avers, Executive Chef, The Establishment  instagram-logo-transparent-png-i11 (16x16)  facebook_logo_small3  linkedin_small1

Aaron Avers