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Cyber Security

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David Katz

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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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Stellar Consulting Solutions and Orange Theory Fitness

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Sugra Naqvi and Varun Jhanjee talk IT

Stellar Consulting Solutions and Orange Theory Fitness

Today I had the pleasure of talking to Sugra Naqvi and Varun Jhanjee, founders and consultants for the growing boutique technology consulting and staffing firm, Stellar Consulting Solutions, LLC.  I also caught up with CEO/Founder of Orangetheory Fitness, Dave Long to talk about their very effective approach to helping their members achieve a higher level of fitness, regardless of their fitness level when they start.

Varun brings seventeen years of experience beginning as an engineer moving rapidly into the technology field working with several major Fortune 500 companies and has been in the Atlanta area for the past fifteen years.  I

Sugra makes contacting Stellar Consulting Solutions personal….letting potential clients/clients know she is only a click away from a response through any chosen media…a rarity in today’s depersonalized business world.

Our guests are two upwardly mobile entrepreneurs who saw a growing need in the business community: maintaining traction in the rapidly changing world of IT. Using their combined business acumen, they developed Stellar Consulting Solutions to help businesses alleviate the stress and strain of staying current in the IT world; imperative in today’s market.

SCS, LLC specializes in the IT field offering a resource pool of experts to assist on technology projects, provide experienced consultants, and deliver end-to-end recruiting staffing solutions, and the list is only the beginning of what this company can offer. Concentrating on the H2H factor allows Stellar to bring the right solution with the right talent to its clients. Varun feels the importance of not only providing quality IT answers but takes their expertise into the personal realm allowing companies to blend their needs with Stellar to build the perfect profile.

Sugra shared that Stellar Consulting assists those in the job seeking market to connect with companies looking for people to fill sort-term projects, fill full time positions, or fill contract jobs. Because the resource pool for specialized IT professionals is limited, SCS can offer businesses the freedom to concentrate on business while SCS provides quality staffing to respond to the data driven issues that arise daily.

Sugra and Varun also foster diversity in the workplace, as Stellar is a minority business enterprise (MBE). Authenticity matters to SCS. Our guests shared that SCS can bring the personal and the professional into the IT field of constant change and guarantee quality results.

Stellar Consulting Solutions also addresses specialty areas: ERP Systems Database, Social, Mobile Analytics, Cloud Project/Program Managers, Infrastructure technologies to name a few.

A little over a year ago, a long-time friend of mine began talking about Orangetheory Fitness.  I had heard of the fitness concept brand before but as I watched my friend’s physical and personal transformation before my eyes, and heard her rave about her experience with them, I wanted to learn more.

David Long graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy and an MBA from the University of Florida. David has an extensive, successful past as an entrepreneur and visionary. He has had management roles with GNC, Massage Envy VP of Operations, and is Partner and Founder of Orangetheory Fitness.

David has been immersed in personal fitness since he hit the retail scene in 2001 as a Director of Operations with Lifestyle Family Fitness. Reviewing David’s extensive professional background, it is apparent why he again is instrumental in leading the fitness industry to a unique new concept: Orangetheory Fitness.

Orangetheory Fitness combines interval, cardio, and a floor workout into a one hour session. What sets this concept apart is focusing on the individual working out within a community and using a Heart Rate Monitor for each client. Each studio is a “boutique fitness” location. Studios are conveniently located, franchise driven, and staffed with hand-picked experts in a variety of fields. Clients are exposed to a non-intimidating climate, a community, and can quickly blend in, therefore, removing the stigma of being “different” because they are newbies, walked in from a sedentary life style or have no clue about the world of physical fitness.

Personal is a key word at Orangetheory Fitness. Someone can go from zero experience in working out or be a seasoned fitness buff. No one is competing with anyone else: an important component to individuals hesitant to even walk into a fitness location.

Orangetheory Fitness empowers members to have more control over their effort level by having clients wear a Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) to track progress while working out. We have all heard “Get that heart rate up!”, but Orangetheroy Fitness makes tracking the heart rate an active component. Clients work toward a target zone that stimulates metabolism, increases energy, promotes extra calorie burn for up to 36 hours post-workout.

Clients WANT to return to the Orangetheory Fitness studio; the dread, lack of visible results, and overly aggressive tactics are gone. Simply stated: it works.

You can hear Dave Long’s Orangetheory Fitness interview on its own below:

Special Guests:

Sugra Naqvi, Vice President of Sales, Stellar Consulting Solutions  twitter_logo_small  linkedin_small1

Zydexo

  • BS, Sociology, Georgia State University
  • BS Nutrition Sciences, Kaplan University
  • Active Wellness/Lifestyle Coach
  • Fluent, Urdu/Hindi

Varun Jhanjee, SVP, Stellar Consulting Services  linkedin_small1

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  • BS, Electronics, University of Pune
  • Former Senior Programmer Analyst, Microtek International
  • Previous Development Lead, CAD Images, Government of India
  • Fluent, Hindi, Punjabi, English

Dave Long, CEO/Founder, Orangetheory Fitness  linkedin_small1  twitter_logo_small  facebook_logo_small3  youtube logo  instagram-logo-transparent-png-i11 (16x16)  Pinterest-logo  

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  • BS, Health Science/Physical Therapy, University of Florida
  • MBA, Management, University of Florida
  • Developer and Owner, European Wax Centers
  • Former Regional Developer–NY, Massage Envy

Talking IT Strategy with Atlanta’s CIO Samir Saini

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IT Strategy in Atlanta

This week I had the special treat of sitting down with a long-time acquaintance of mine, Samir Saini, Atlanta’s recently-appointed CIO (2014).  He shared the story of his professional journey, beginning as an IT program manager with General Electric and his experience of successful completion of their 2 yr leadership training program.
He spent 10 years with this well-respected organization before accepting the opportunity to step into the role of VP, Corporate Strategy in IT for the MGM International Resorts in Las Vegas.  They were in the middle of tackling the IT challenges that come with acquiring several established companies into an existing enterprise, in this case, several well-known hotels.

He was able to successfully lead them through the process of moving the hotels onto a common platform, allowing the company to begin to leverage their company’s size through its expanded buying power and maximize efficiencies in numerous other areas.

Samir returned to Atlanta several years ago, this time bringing his leadership and IT expertise to bear in the public sector, taking a role with Atlanta’s Housing Authority.  Four years later he was appointed to be the new CIO for the City of Atlanta by Mayor Kasim Reed.

We talked about the challenges a municipality the size of Atlanta faces, balancing budgetary constraints against a myriad of government agencies, the world’s busiest airport, large population and infrastructure necessary to support them, along with a fast-growing business sector.

Samir discussed several of the tech solutions he and his team are working on and several that are already implemented to the benefit of Atlanta residents.  Until we spoke I wasn’t aware that the city provides free Wi-Fi access in Piedmont Park, Grant Park, and numerous other hotspots (with more coming).

He shared the city’s plans to update the fiber optic network to allow for numerous tech upgrades such as synchronized traffic lights to alleviate gridlock, applications that allow drivers to easily locate available parking, and more.  I also had the chance to ask him about the priorities he has laid out for the city going forward to address the enormous tech needs of our city to prepare us for the years to come that will make the city a better place to live as a resident and a solid choice for businesses looking for a place to plant their flag.

Special Guest:

Samir Saini, CIO, Commissioner, City of Atlanta  facebook_logo_small3  linkedin_small1  twitter_logo_small  feed logo  youtube logo

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  • BS, Civil Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Previous Director, ERP, General Electric Energy Services
  • Former VP, Corporate Services, MGM International Resorts
  • Past SVP/CIO, Atlanta Housing Authority

Outsourced IT Solutions

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Outsourced IT Solutions

This week I sat down with two experts from Zydexo to talk about the variety of supplemental and outsourced IT solutions they provide.  Going in I knew the company placed a focus on providing supplemental and permanent placement of the gamut of IT professionals.  What I didn’t know before talking with Sugra Naqvi, Business Developement Manager, and Jerry Lawrence, Senior Talent Acquisition Manager, was the breadth and scope of the IT solutions they provide.  These include contract staffing of vital IT talent experts for key time-limited projects, but also software development, educational offerings, and IT consulting services.

Both of these folks have been with the company for over 11 years, a testament to the professional culture within the company.  And as you listen to this fun interview you can clearly appreciate their respective passion for their work and the brand they represent, as well as the pride they take in delivering what they know is a high level of professional service and customer experience.

Let’s face it–supplemental staffing can be a rather vanilla subject on some levels.  It can be as bland as, “I need an X Technician.”  “I find good ones.”  But when that sort of engagement is coupled with a measure of personal buy-in to the importance of what the “X Technician” will be doing and its financial impact on a client’s business and a high level of customer service, those can be long-term relationships.  And those are engagements companies readily feel as though revenue dollars invested to secure the X Technician was absolutely worth it.

Special Guests:

Sugra Naqvi, Business Development Manager,  Zydexo  twitter_logo_small  facebook_logo_small3  google-plus-logo-red-265px  linkedin_small1

Zydexo

  • BS, Sociology, Georgia State University
  • BS Nutrition Sciences, Kaplan University
  • Active Wellness/Lifestyle Coach
  • Fluent, Urdu/Hindi

Jerry Lawrence, Senior Talent Acquisition Manager, Zydexo  linkedin_small1

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  • Bachelor, Business Administration, Atlanta University
  • Former Licensed Commodity Broker, (Series 3 Certification), Risk Capital Trading
  • Previous Director of Admissions, Mithani Education Group, University of Atlanta

 

 

Payscape Advisors

Payscape Advisors

Payscape Advisors

According to the Atlanta Metro Chamber, “Georgia is 3rd in the nation, just behind New York and California in FinTech revenue. Georgia FinTech companies have produced more than $83 billion of shareholder value since 1995 and revenues are more than $34 billion annually.  Wages in Atlanta’s financial and IT industry are lower than competitive markets. Here, there is a convergence of three key sectors: finance, IT, and software, all of which have a strong presence in Atlanta, along with an abundant IT, software and financial labor force.”

Today I got to sit down with 3 of the folks on the team from Payscape Advisors, an Atlanta company through and through that is an important player in those amazing statistics.  I was joined by Rachel Lawrence, Technology Integration Specialists, Hunter Hudson, Director of Business Development, and Zach Wing, Product Manager.  Hunter Hudson has been with Payscape Advisors for a number of years and he shared the story of how Payscape Advisors was started and launched by two Atlanta residents, Jeremy Wing and Adam Bloomston.  They have since grown the company to include offices in 13 cities nationwide that also has clients and partners around the globe.  The company initially focused on payment processing but saw opportunities to expand their suite of services to include point-of-sale processing, access to working capital, SaaS services including Reg Point and Billing Orchard, international payment processing, web development for eCommerce sites (including compliant payment features) and more.  The company has striven to provide the gamut of services to merchants

As Hunter described why they’re different than many of the other merchant services companies out there, “We do have those feet on the street.  We have a team.  We have somebody you can call.  You’re gonna call their cellphone and you’ll have their email address.  We’re not just a 1-800 number.   You’re gonna have someone who’s going to be there for you.”  He went on to talk about the different service options they provide and how they collaborate with SaaS developers to provide the payment interface for their applications, enabling them to provide a more desirable, robust product to their users.

We talked about the innovative user registration software they make available to groups such as camps and other large events that provides a secure way for attendees to sign up and enter sensitive information and provide payment.  The company also offers several avenues for companies to access working capital when bank loans are not readily available.

As I sat with these 3 experts it was clear that they all share a passion for what they’re doing and take pride in engaging their clients and partners with a personable, professional approach with the goal of forging long-term, mutually-beneficial relationships.

Special Guests: Payscape Advisors LinkedIn  Twitter  google-plus-logo-red-265px  Facebook

Rachel Lawrence, Technology Integration Specialist, Payscape Advisors  Linkedin

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  • BA Communication, University of Georgia
  • WW IBM WebSphere GB and Partner Sales Executive 4/13
  • Recipient, Rep of Quarter Q1 2013, IBM

Hunter Hudson, Director Business Development, Payscape Advisors Linkedin  Twitter 16x16

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  • BA Finance, University of Alabama
  • Successful entrepreneur

Zach Wing, Product Manager, Payscape Advisors  Linkedin

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  • BA Marketing, University of Alabama
  • Former Manager, Direct Sales, Atlantix Global Systems
  • Former Owner/Partner, USA Payroll

Marketing Eye, SolTech, Cox Digital Solutions, and Pindrop Security

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Marketing Eye, SolTech, Cox Digital Communications, and Pindrop Security

Today, I had the opportunity to feature another four technology companies that help businesses grow and operate more efficiently.  I was pleased to host Marketing Eye, SolTech, Cox Digital Solutions, and Pindrop Security.  Mellissah Smith, founder and CEO of Marketing Eye brought along Veanne Smith, Vice President of SolTech, an innovative Atlanta technology company and client of Marketing Eye.  One of the digital strategy experts from Cox Digital Solutions, Drew Erickson, joined us to talk about why it makes sense to work with Cox Media and their digital team to maximize ROI on investing in a digital marketing strategy.  And Matt Anthony, VP of Marketing for Pindrop Security stopped by to talk about how they help companies avoid falling victim to phone fraud of a variety of types, protecting them and their customers from financial loss.

Marketing Eye is a disruptive marketing consulting firm that delivers small to medium-sized businesses with an experienced marketing team for a small, weekly fee. Their outsourced marketing solution delivers exponential growth to the companies we work with through a strategic approach and clear understanding of marketing strategy, creative, brand, lead generation, public relations, and sales and marketing automation.  Marketing Eye’s model is simple; they provide businesses with a marketing manager and outsourced marketing team dedicated to ensuring that your business achieves its marketing goals. Complete with branding, graphic design, web development, search engine optimization, social media, lead generation and direct marketing expertise – Marketing Eye is the ultimate results-orientated marketing solution in Atlanta.  Whether you need a marketing resource to accelerate your business growth, or a more strategic approached aligned to your business outcomes, Marketing Eye is well known for high performance, technology-driven marketing campaigns that deliver results for their clients.

SolTech is a Custom Software Development, Web Applications Services, IT Staffing and Technology Consulting Company in Atlanta, GA.   The company, now in its 16th year, helps companies fulfill visions of success and goals for growth through custom software development, strategic technology consulting, system integration, application infrastructure support, and staff augmentation. Using proven, structured methodologies to ensure outstanding deliverables, SolTech provides a quality alternative to high-priced consulting firms. Their promise to their staff and clients: to be honest about their capabilities, to stay focused on core services, and to remain committed to delivering quality results. To find out more about how SolTech can turn your company’s ideas into reality now and as you grow, visit their website.   The company is a Microsoft Gold Partner, Sitecore Partner and a Java certified developer.

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Drew Erickson, Digital Sales Manager for WSB-TV and Cox Media Group. He consults with clients to develop a strategy for digital marketing, advertising, audience insights and lead generation programs. He’s been with Cox Media Group for over 10 years, all in digital marketing and advertising.  Their staff, comprised of a team of highly-experienced digital marketing experts, work closely with their clients to determine what their goals are.  They review what they have been doing to date to grow awareness of their brand, how effective those measures have been, and come up with a comprehensive set of recommendations that encompasses the variety of media types at their disposal to create a campaign that gives the greatest likelihood the brand gets its message in front of their target customers.  Cox Digital Solutions takes full advantage of today’s mobile technology, enabling their customers to display ads to prospective customers based on geo-location, allowing their clients to be very specific about where and when their message is displayed.  Cox Digial Solutions also leverages their role as a Google Premier Partner to take advantage of the wealth of analytics data available to them to place Search Engine Marketing (SEM) and Pay Per Click (PPC) text and display ads that much more effectively.  They combine these tactics with recommendations for improvements to their clients’ websites to insure the landing page for displayed ads provides the highest likelihood of conversion once a prospective client visits the website.  As someone who has worked with the team at Cox Digital Solutions I can tell you it will quickly become apparent they are invested in your success as an advertiser investing money with them to grow your business.

Matt Anthony is the VP of Marketing for Pindrop Security.  I was fortunate to link up with them via Twitter and looked into what they do.  Prior to that I knew phone fraud occurs but I didn’t realize that it’s not only still going strong, it is as Matt put it, “a growth industry”.  Thieves have become experts at “social engineering”, meaning they are adept at personifying an authentic customer in an effort to obtain sensitive data from a helpful call center agent.  This puts any business that possesses sensitive information at risk for significant financial loss.  Pindrop Security has developed technologies that enable their client businesses to determine with a high degree of accuracy that a given call to their call center is likely a fraudulent attempt to breach their system.  The process of evaluating voice, originating device, and geographic location happens as quickly as 20 seconds into the call.  This means Pindrop Security customers are able to terminate those calls or lock down the account that the caller is attempting to access to prevent the theft before it happens.  This means that Pindrop Security clients are able to avoid significant  financial losses and potential legal issues that arise when their systems are breached, allowing sensitive data to be stolen.

Special Guests:

Mellissah Smith, Managing Director/Founder of Marketing Eye  Facebook  Twitter 16x16  Linkedin  Pinterest  feed logo

Marketing Eye

  • Founder/Owner, Insomnia Marketing and Communication
  • Founder, Marketing Eye Magazine
  • Author, “108 Ways to Market Your Small Business”
  • #2 Marketer to follow on Twitter, >47,000 followers on Twitter, >11,000 connections on LinkedIn
  • Hundreds of thousands of readers follow her blog

Veeanne Smith, Vice President/Founder of SolTech  Facebook  Pinterest  Twitter 16x16  Linkedin

SolTech

  • Former VP, Computer Management Services/Computer Associates
  • Former Professional Services Manager, Computer Task Group/ctg
  • CS Advisory Board Member, Kennesaw State University
  • BS, Computer Science, Illinois State University

Drew Erickson, Digital Solutions Manager, Cox Digital Solutions/ WSB-TV  Twitter 16x16  Facebook  google-plus-logo-red-265px  Linkedin

Cox Digital Solutions

  • Former Owner, Drew Erickson Productions and Marketing
  • Former Sales Account Manager, Cox Radio
  • Former Digital Web Master, Cox Radio
  • IAB Digital Media Sales Certification, Interactive Advertising Bureau

 

Specialties

Custom Software Development, Technical Recruiting & Staffing, Mobile Application Development, Hosting & Hardware Support, Strategic Consulting

 

BlueLeap Customer Experience, Kiwanis Club of Atlanta, Dimensional Solutions Managed IT, Jellyfish

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Raleigh Burgess talks about how BlueLeap helps companies improve Customer Experience.

BlueLeap and Customer Experience (CX), Kiwanis Club of Atlanta and community service, Dimensional Solutions and Managed IT Services

BlueLeap integrates cloud-based telephony (voice and text) into your business process, automating communication tasks thereby saving your agents time, reducing customer wait and building brand loyalty. They provide an Oracle Validated Integration that uses the entire Twilio Platform inside the Oracle Cloud Service and brings deep enterprise functionality to large clients.   BlueLeap’s CX technologies are integrated into a few industry templates already.   Their Customer Experience solutions ares currently being used in over 50+ countries, across 1000+ agents.  One example of the exciting capabilities that BlueLeap gives their clients lies within their texting component.  It gives the client user the ability to send texts to their customers abroad in English and it’s then translated and displayed to the recipient in their native language.  This has proven to significantly increase customer engagement as shown by dramatic rise in text-backs from the recipients.  Oracle RightNow users can seamlessly integrate BlueLeap’s Oracle Validated services into their existing platforms and take full advantage of the Oracle cloud’s potential.

The Kiwanis Club of Atlanta has been serving the Atlanta community since 1915. The club’s motto is “Learn, Serve, Connect.” Members “Learn” about our community, our state, our nation and our world through the excellent and diverse speakers at weekly luncheon meetings.  Kiwanis Club of Atlanta “Serves” our community through members’ commitment to a variety of community charitable organizations. They “Connect” with each other through the myriad of social and business networking events held each month. The Kiwanis Club of Atlanta is more than a civic club, it is a place where friendships are formed and last a lifetime!

Dimensional Solutions Managed IT provides small- to mid-sized Atlanta businesses a full selection of IT expertise to manage parts or all of their IT needs.  With their ala carte menu of services, companies can tailor the level of engagement with Dimensional Solutions’ team of experts.  This enables companies to achieve the highest level of network reliability, security, and compliance while saving significant dollars spent on their IT needs.  For companies who are involved with a content provider using the “Bring Your Own Device” model for providing their services, Dimensional Solutions is able to insure that these “foreign” devices integrate into the client company’s network without disruption or risk.  And when the content project is complete their team will work to disconnect the devices completely and remove all proprietary information from the devices that will be leaving the business with the content consultants.  Dimensional Solutions provides a free consultation to determine the needs of the client company and identify areas of risk and/or ways they can improve their IT while saving cost.

Jellyfish is a global digital marketing agency, with offices in the US, UK and South Africa. The company’s award-winning combination of technology and talent deliver paid search, display/RTB, SEO, social media, analytics, optimization, creative, video and development solutions.   Jellyfish has worked across a wide range of industries, including property, pharmaceutical, financial and gaming.  Their impressive list of clients include Walden University, Fidelity, Carfax, Pfizer, Zipcar, Caesars and ADP.  Jellyfish has an international team, with industry recognized qualifications, combines a deep understanding of user interaction online combined with advanced technologies. The company’s team proud to create successful, performance-based campaigns.  Jellyfish we understands how the convergence of marketing channels, platforms and devices can be used effectively to create an overall winning strategy, and therefore the perfect digital journey for their clients.

Special Guests:

Raleigh Burgess of BlueLeap  Facebook  Twitter 16x16  Linkedin  google-plus-logo-red-265px

BlueLeap

  •  TAG Diversity in Leadership Award Finalist 2012
  • 10 years experience consulting on ERP and other custom projects
  • Former CIO GE Capital
  • Advisory Board Member to Biotech Startup >10 years
  • 3x successful entrepreneur in software sector

Laura McCarty of Kiwanis Club of Atlanta  Linkedin  Facebook  Twitter 16x16

Kiwanis Club of Atlanta

  • Vice President, Georgia Humanities Council
  • Adjunct English Professor, Georgia Piedmont Technical College
  • Masters in Comparative Literature, University of Georgia

Mike Remy VP, Enterprise Solutions of Dimensional Solutions Managed IT Services  Facebook  Linkedin  Twitter 16x16

Dimensional Solutions Managed IT

  • Over 20 years of experience in enterprise/IT solutions
  • Self-funded, launched and ran his first IT company for 12 years before selling the business
  • Accomplished pilot and photographer

Eric Jones VP, Client Strategy with Jellyfish  Twitter 16x16  Facebook  Linkedin  youtube logo  google-plus-logo-red-265px

Jellyfish

  • CEO, Avenue J Development LLC
  • Previous Board of Directors member, Toolbank Baltimore
  • >10 years in leadership roles in digital strategy/marketing companies

 

 

SowGrow Public Relations and Dimensional Solutions Managed IT Services

Talking Public Relations with Stephanie Richards, MA, of SowGrow Public Relations and Managed IT Services with Mike Remy, CEO of Dimensional Solutions Managed IT

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Mike Remy of Dimensional Solutions Managed IT Svcs and Stephanie Richards of SowGrow Public Relations

This week we’ll learn how a good PR expert can help a company get exposure in local and national media outlets that helps expand their brand’s reach and recognition.  Stephanie Richards founded SowGrowPR in 2006 and focuses on B2B businesses in need of getting their stories told.  She has successfully obtained media coverage for numerous clients across a wide range of media outlets including Inc.com, Sold, and Selling Power, numerous speaking engagements at industry trade shows, and more.

Mike Remy, CEO of Dimensional Solutions Managed IT explains their ala cart menu of service options available to their clients.  This lets the customer choose only the elements of outsourcing they need to achieve the highest level of IT reliability, troubleshooting, help desk services, security assessments, and more.  By providing an in-depth free consultation with their client they are able to identify problem areas and help their client company reduce fixed costs, helping to prevent downtime or catastrophic data loss.  They give the small to medium company the ability to have large company IT performance without an onsite IT department.

Special Guests:

Stephanie Richards, MA, CEO/Founder of SowGrow Public Relations  Linkedin  Twitter 16x16  google-plus-logo-red-265px

  • Over a decade of experience in Public Relations
  • Author of numerous published articles on the topic
  • Numerous accolades from clients and media representatives for her quality of work

Mike Remy, VP, Enterprise Solutions of Dimensional Solutions Managed IT Services  Facebook  Linkedin  Twitter 16x16

  • Over 20 years of experience in enterprise/IT solutions
  • Self-funded, launched and ran his first IT company for 12 years before selling the business
  • Accomplished pilot and photographer