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Talking Real Estate With AGLCC


Emma Foulkes, Lesley Robertson, Lori Gehring, Kevin Walts

Talking Real Estate With AGLCC

This week hosts Emma Foulkes and Bruce Logue of AGLCC featured three experts from the real estate industry who facilitate home sales/purchases.  Realtor with Keller Williams, Chip Ivey, joined us to talk about the Atlanta home market and shared some tips for buyers to think about.

Fifth Third Bank provides mortgage origination services as part of their suite of solutions provided to their customers.  Lori Gehring and Kevin Walts came by to talk about the mortgage process and gave some insight on what to look out for and how to best prepare for securing a mortgage.

Fifth Third Bank, established in 1858, is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest, and as of September 30, 2016, had $314 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $27 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit

In Georgia we have 32 Banking Locations- 29 in the Atlanta area and 3 In Augusta, Ga. 5/3 is a Full
Service Mortgage Lender- Conventional, FHA, VA,USDA and Jumbo Mortgages. 5/3 has it own Downpayment
Assistance program for Homes located in Low Tract or for Low Income Individuals- 3% of the Sales price up to

This program can be used in conjunction with other Down Payment Assistance Programs such as Atlanta
Housing Authority, ANDPI, Lawrenceville Housing Authority, DeKalb County DPA . 5/3 is also actively involved with the Urban League and RRC doing Empower U classes- including Mortgage Classes.

Lesley Robertson is an attorney with Shafritz & Dean LLC, specializing in real estate law in Atlanta since 1998.  She has closed large deals in both residential and commercial developments, working with the gamut of professionals and individuals with real estate needs.

Shafritz & Dean is a firm specializing in expertise in real estate in Georgia and Florida, estate planning, and corporate law.  The practice prides itself in what it describes as “Silver Lining Service” for each individual they encounter, in an effort to insure that everyone walks away happy.

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Hosts Etiquette School of Atlanta and American Kidney Services

American Kidney Services

Ed Zito and Barbara Hickey

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Hosts Etiquette School of Atlanta and American Kidney Services

This week Amy Selby and I sat down with Barbara Hickey of Etiquette School of Atlanta and Ed Zito of American Kidney Services.  We talked about the upcoming Cobb County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo and Summer JAM, held May 4 at Cobb Galleria Centre.  Over 1000 attendees are expected at this year’s event; it’s a great opportunity for area businesses to be seen and meet potential clients.

Barbara shared how her business helps executives and individuals improve their communication skills and their ability to make a good impression while building rapport through her etiquette training services.  She also helps bring the Business Expo with Summer JAM together each year through her work with the Coalition of Cobb County Business Associations.

Ed Zito came by to talk about how American Kidney Services supports individuals with limited resources who are dealing with renal disease requiring dialysis and other care but would not otherwise be able to access treatment they need.  American Kidney Services is well-known for their blue trucks and collection sites where community residents can donate items that will be re-sold to raise money for the charity.

Ed explained clothing is one of the primary items they look for as a donated item but they can use functional furniture, appliances, and other items that can be re-sold.  Their pick-up services are free and the drivers will issue a tax receipt that allows donors to be able to effectively claim their items on their tax returns.

TopRight Partners and Hire Dynamics

TopRight Partners

Dave Sutton and Dan Campbell

TopRight Partners and Hire Dynamics

Transformational marketing firm, TopRight Partners, CEO Dave Sutton, sits in with CW Hall to host client and friend, Dan Campbell, founder of Hire Dynamics.  We talked about how Dan drew from his experiences in previous companies where the work relationships and culture often muted productivity and morale when he decided to place emphasis on creating a work environment designed to promote employee buy-in.

Dan commented on the irony of the fact that many staffing companies, who’s business is placing good people in good jobs as a service, often do a very poor job at creating a culture where the employees who are responsible for finding and filling jobs feel valued.  With a background in healthcare staffing of over 15 years, CW readily agreed, having experienced both good and bad work environments himself.

Hire Dynamics saw the opportunity to differentiate themselves from the competition through their focus on positive company culture and making employees feel valuable.  This translated into client and candidate relationships that frequently led to referred business.

The company’s fast, steady growth resulted in the recent acquisition by MSouth Equity Partners, an Atlanta based equity firm that typically invests in businesses from $25MM-100MM in revenues.

Cobb Chamber of Commerce Hosts KSU and Puckett EMS


Cobb Chamber of Commerce Hosts KSU and Puckett EMS

Puckett EMS was opened in 1984 as a medical transport (both emergent and non-emergent)
company in Powder Springs Georgia. Now with more than 60 ambulance and support vehicles
and over 340 employees, Puckett EMS has grown to provide 911 ground transportation in 6
counties in Georgia and Tennessee.

Puckett EMS Training Academy offers a fully accredited Advanced EMT Class as well as other
community medical trainings.  Puckett EMS provides a comprehensive Special Event Medicine Coverage that provides medical coverage for events ranging from high school and college athletics to mobile extreme sporting
events such as Iron Man, Mud Runs and Triathlons.

We built Puckett EMS with one thing in mind – providing the highest quality, reliable ambulance
services to the communities we serve. We accomplish this through rigorous hiring and selection
practices, continuous quality improvement, followed by a strong belief that to be the best you must
train to be the best.

Puckett EMS has been recognized twice within the past five years as the State of Georgia’s Emergency Medical Service of the Year. In addition, Puckett EMS has also been recognized as the Metro Atlanta EMS Agency of the Year three times within the past 6 years. Puckett EMS has been named one of the top 25 small businesses in Cobb County for several years. In 2013, Puckett EMS was honored as the Small Business of the Year by the Atlanta Journal and

The Kennesaw State University Sports and Entertainment Park spans across an impressive 88 acres and
serves both Kennesaw State students and members of the surrounding community as a state of the art recreation facility. Kennesaw State soccer, lacrosse and football as well as the Atlanta Blaze professional men’s lacrosse team are all housed in Fifth Third Bank Stadium which is the main venue in the sports park.  The park is also the home of the student-run company Night Owl Productions which grants KSU students hands-on professional experience in the event operations world.

AGLCC Hosts AAA Travel Agency and The GPF Group LLC

AAA Travel

Bruce Logue, Dawnmarie Mannino, Marilee Feliciano, Glenn Paul Freedman, Hector Lopez, Dan Dunlop

AGLCC Hosts AAA Travel Agency and The GPF Group LLC

The GPF Group, LLC – offers consulting services that focus on clients’ most critical issues and
opportunities: * Political Campaign Logistics, * Operations & Compliance Management, * Financial
Services, * Political Event Planning, * Governmental Affairs, * Executive Management Services, * Project
Management, * Travel & Event Management Clients: * Georgia House Democratic Caucus, Democratic Party of Georgia & House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, * GeorgiaNext, Inc., * Grady Health System, * The LMB Group, LLC, * Upfront Megatainment Special Projects & Non-Profit Organizations: * Atlanta Pride Committee, * State Committee, Democratic Party of Georgia, * Georgia Equality, * Victory Fund, * Atlanta Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

AAA Travel is a full service travel agency that has been around over 100 years. We specialize in cruises,
tours, and packages. AAA members receive benefits that you can receive no where else, including personalized service, travel advice, and more.

Hector Lopez is a recently-joined new Allied member of AGLCC, and founder of Lopez Construction Inc.  A long-time expert in real estate, Hector saw an opportunity to meet the needs of his clients to renovate their properties.  In 1990, he apprenticed under 2 master builders, learning the in’s and out’s of the business of being a general contractor over several years, ultimately starting his own company in 1997.

CEB’s CMO Rob Chen Joins TopRight Partners Bill Fasig

transformational marketing

Rob Chen

CEB’s CMO Rob Chen Joins TopRight Partners Bill Fasig

CEB is a best practice insight and technology company. In partnership with leading organizations around the globe, we develop innovative solutions to drive corporate performance. We do this by offering advisory services and technology solutions that equip leaders to turn the right insights into actions that deliver the right outcomes,
upgrade processes and adapt culture to succeed in the new work environment, and apply precision to talent decisions for competitive advantage.


AGLCC Breaks Down 2016

Visionary Services

Emma Foulkes, Tasha Reid, Jack Kinley, Dan Dunlop

AGLCC Breaks Down 2016

I caught up with Emma Foulks and Jack Kinley to talk about what AGLCC accomplished in 2016 as well as what’s in store for 2017.  Former Division I basketball player, Tasha Reid, joined us from Visionary Services to talk about how she has built a business providing services to the Federal government.

Visionary Services is an 8(a) certified, woman-owned, minority-owned business enterprise based out of Atlanta, Georgia. In our six (6) years of facilities support services we have encountered a common goal with all of our customers, the motivation is to frame appealing , flawless project in a time sufficient manner and at the incomparable cost possible.

Visionary dominates with the experience and ability required to be more than aggressive in today’s facilities and support market and to assist you attain achievement in any project. We have made it a mission to serve the community, the government and surrounding industries with a quality expertise that is excellent in all areas of facilities support services.

Dan Dunlop, founder of Dunlop Productions, sat in for Bruce Logue and shared some information about a YouTube interview series he’s going to be doing with Emma Foulkes called, “Timely Talk” and “Sandwich Talk”, aimed at providing insights folks young and old should consider around life and wealth planning.

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Hosts MeetingAdvice and Smyrna Public Safety Foundation

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce

Amy Selby, Steve Goodman, Ramsey Wagner, Barb Allen

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Hosts MeetingAdvice and Smyrna Public Safety Foundation

This week Cobb County Chamber of Commerce VP of Marketing/Communications, Amy Selby joined me to host Barb Allen of Smyrna Public Safety Foundation and, Steve Goodman, Managing Director, and Ramsey Wagner Sales Director for MeetingAdvice.

MeetingAdvice is a full service meetings and event management partner specializing in meetings and
events of all sizes including group incentive travel, product training, venue & support sourcing, web-based
registration solutions, user events, and advisory board management. With over 30 years of proven,
successful experience, MeetingAdvice maintains a global network of vendors and partners ensuring your
company receives the benefit of our collaborations, buying power and clout while maintaining the
“hands on”, personalized approach you deserve.

Mainly servicing the corporate industry, MeetingAdvice’s client list spans the Fortune 500 ® list including
companies from the technology, hospitality, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, and retail vectors.
MeetingAdvice manages the full life cycle of events from the seedling of an idea to the post- event
evaluation. MeetingAdvice prides itself on being easy to do business with by eliminating all the work on
your end and offering a large menu of event and creative service from which to customize your program.

The Smyrna Public Safety Foundation encourages and strengthens the partnership between the community and its public safety personnel. The Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those who live, work, or play in the city of Smyrna and surrounding communities, and to generate growth within those communities.

AGLCC Hosts Action Cycling Atlanta, Aniz Inc, and Pride School Atlanta

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AGLCC Hosts Action Cycling Atlanta, Aniz Inc, and Pride School Atlanta

We continue our series with Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC), with Emma Foulkes and Bruce Logue joining me as co-hosts.  The focus of this week’s episode centered on several non-profit organizations and the work they are doing in the community.

Pride School Atlanta, for ages 5-18, is a nonprofit democratic school community that is free of homophobia and transphobia where LGBTQQIA & Ally youth, educators and families come together to create a thriving space where everyone gets to be themselves, regardless of gender identity, gender expression or affectional preference. In addition to our school, Pride School Atlanta, Inc. provides support, networking and training for LGBTQQIA & Ally youth, educators, families, and organizations. We partner with organizations around Atlanta and the U.S. to continue creating a world where ALL may thrive, regardless of gender identity, gender expression or affectional preference.

Action Cycling Atlanta is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) non profit that supports events that are used to raise money in support of AIDS Vaccine Research and other AIDS Supporting Organizations, as well as create awareness about the ongoing epidemic of HIV/AIDS. The money raised through these events is 100% donated to the charities they benefit.

Aniz, Inc. promotes emotional and physical wellness by providing mental health and substance abuse counseling, support services, and sexual health education. We do this work with the overarching objective of reducing risk behaviors in individuals and families affected by sexual health disparities including HIV/AIDS.


Vital Life Health Center Atlanta

Life University

Dr. Guy Riekeman

Vital Life Health Center Atlanta

On this week’s show, TopRight Partners COO and Managing Partner, Bill Fasig, joined me to host Dr. Guy Riekeman, President of Life University.  He stopped in to talk about the Vital Life Health Center Atlanta project Life University is collaborating with to bring their vitalistic wellness expertise and technology to the Midtown community.