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Don Glass with Tech Rentals, Sparrow Marcioni with Linux Labs and Blue Shift Wireless, and Mark Barlow with Finest Event Rentals, Services & Accessories

Mike Sammond, Don Glass, Sparrow Marcioni, Mark Barlow

Mike Sammond, Don Glass, Sparrow Marcioni, Mark Barlow

Don Glass/Tech Rentals

Tech Rentals AV is a full service audio visual rental, event production and staging company. Since 1985, Tech Rentals has supported meeting and event planners, associations, conventions and tradeshows, the hospitality market, production companies and the corporate community, in Atlanta and across the country.

Don Glass is currently the National Accounts Manager for Tech Rentals. Don’s daily activities include new business development, sales and marketing of the Show Services division. His responsibilities include selling and managing live events for corporate, associations and government

Sparrow Marcioni/Linux Labs & Blue Shift Wireless

Linux Labs International is a hybrid engineering firm specializing in technologies that expand the field of high performance supercomputing. They design and build high-performance supercomputers utilizing their proprietary NimbusOS™, optionally housing them in their own high-performance data center. The Linux Labs team is responsible for developing some of the most innovative Linux based technologies today and they remain on the forefront of secure operating systems, database development and search engine functions.

Blueshift Wireless offers proprietary long range wireless technologies, high speed content distribution services, broadcasting services and music on demand through their line of BlueShift Technology devices. BlueShift provides turnkey services for live event broadcasts as well as customized music services for their clients.

Mark Barlow/Finest Event Rentals, Services & Accessories

It is hard to tell the difference from afar, so come see and feel the difference of the products and services offered by Finest Event Rentals, Services & Accessories. Thirty years of expertise in event products has given them the edge in offering you the best products for the best quality and value. Offering the most comprehensive selection of crystal stemware, they supply all types of events. They also offer their Beverage Tending and Coordination services. Event coordinator, Mark Barlow, and the team of seasoned industry professionals welcomes the opportunity to meet with you.

Dr. Bill Williams with Suwanee Dental Care, Rich Casanova with Atlanta Business Networking and Ty White with Buffalo’s Cafe

Mike Sammond, Bill Williams, Ty White, Rich Casanova

Mike Sammond, Bill Williams, Ty White, Rich Casanova

Dr. Bill Williams/Suwanee Dental Care

Suwanee Dental Care is a full service dental practice where patients can get all dental care in one place or as they say, “All under one roof!” Four well-qualified and experienced dentists are available to complete orthodontics, cosmetic makeovers, TMJ, dental implants, reconstruction and sedation dentistry as well as root canals, gum treatment and laser dentistry. They have won “Best of Gwinnett” for ten straight  years

Rich Casanova/Atlanta Business Networking

Atlanta Business Networking (ABN) came about after eight years of networking in the Atlanta market. Known as the “Prince of Networking”, Rich Casanova wanted to create a resource for professionals as a way of giving back to the business community. The philosophy behind ABN is “Networking Builds Relationships, and Business Will Follow”. Launched in 2012, the ABN website features over 100 of Atlanta’s top business networking events. It’s FREE to register and many events are free or at a nominal cost to attend. Members receive a weekly list of events and are able to bookmark the site as a quick reference guide during the week to enhance their networking schedule and strategy.

Ty White/Buffalo’s Café

Buffalo’s Café offers world famous buffalo wings and classic American dining in a family friendly atmosphere.

Jason West with the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center and Andy Vabulas with I.B.I.S. Inc.

Mike Sammond, Jerry, Andy Vabulas, Steven Julian

Mike Sammond, Jason West, Andy Vabulas, Steven Julian

Jason West/Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center

The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center is a unique partnership among the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center Foundation, the University of Georgia, and the Gwinnett County Board of Education. The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center offers a unique mix of recreational, educational and rental opportunities. Visitors can enjoy an exciting experience in the misty, multi-sensory Blue Planet Theater and wet fun in the Discover H2O room. Various traveling exhibitions connected to the Center’s mission also provide informative and fun ways to explore both science and heritage programming. In addition, recreation opportunities are available such as bike riding, hiking and swinging through the trees on the Treetop Quest adventure course.

As Director of Programming for the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Foundation, Jason West holds a master’s degree in education with a concentration in social studies. He has experience as both a classroom teacher and school administrator. In addition, he has served in marketing and human resource roles in the corporate world. West has also held public office as a school board trustee.

Andy Vabulas/I.B.I.S. Inc.

I.B.I.S., Inc. is a premier provider of Microsoft Dynamics next-generation supply chain software and services. While other supply chain solution providers continue to retrofit yesterday’s technology for today’s needs, I.B.I.S. solutions are designed from the ground up to anticipate a new generation of ERP users and challenges. Based on 25 years of proven success helping midmarket companies optimize their supply chains for profitability and embedded with Microsoft’s next-generation ERP system, Advanced Supply Chain Software powered by I.B.I.S. is uniquely designed to address supply chain planning, management, and execution challenges for a new generation.

In this interview, Andy Vabulas, CEO of I.B.I.S., Inc., reflects candidly upon nearly 25 years of success helping midmarket companies optimize their supply chains for profitability. He also shares his thoughts on being named to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Best Places to Work list two years running, his greatest moments and challenges as CEO of a fast-growing company, and what he envisions for the future of I.B.I.S., Inc.

Judy Waters and Bill Short with the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia

Mike Sammond, Judy Waters, Bill Short

Mike Sammond, Judy Waters, Bill Short

Judy Waters & Bill Short/Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia

The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia is a charitable organization dedicated to strengthening the community for present and future generations through philanthropy. They believe that issues are best addressed when individuals, institutions and communities are engaged in the work for the GREATER GOOD of the region.

The Mission is to provide leadership on community solutions, and foster philanthropy that “connects people who care with causes that matter”.

Geoff Lee with Road Atlanta, Susan Ryles with Stone Mountain Village, Dr. Mark Newton with Gwinnett Tech, and Angela Nichols and Linda Murphy with The Hudgens Center for the Arts

Mike Sammond, Ashley, Pam, Pam, Newton

Mike Sammond, Angela Nichols, Susan Ryles, Linda Murphy, Mark Newton

Geoff Lee/Road Atlanta

Road Atlanta is recognized as one the world’s best road courses. Their multi-purpose motor sports facility is situated on 750 park-like acres in the rolling hills of Northeast Georgia. Road Atlanta is located 35 miles north of Atlanta and just minutes away from Chateau Elan, a 4-Star resort offering guests comfort and amenities such as three championship golf courses and a European-style Spa.

The facility is utilized for a wide variety of events, including professional and amateur sports car and motorcycle races, racing and driving schools, corporate programs and testing for motorsports teams. Road Atlanta is host to major events such as Petit Le Mans, Drift Atlanta, and the The Mitty, and is home to the Skip Barber Racing School.

Susan Ryles/City of Stone Mountain Downtown Development Authority

Stone Mountain Village is a “Cool Little Town Next To A Big Granite Rock!”. They have been diligently working on the redevelopment of the downtown commercial district with initiatives such as creation of an Urban Redevelopment Plan and Opportunity Zone to attract more businesses downtown, restoration of their Historic Old Train Depot, an Arts Incubator Program and regular events to showcase their cool little town.

Susan Ryles is the Executive Director for the Stone Mountain Downtown Development Authority and Main Street, Inc.(501c3). In her role she has responsibility for the renaissance and revitalization efforts of Stone Mountain Village. This includes economic development, management of various events and property redevelopment.

Dr. Mark Newton/Gwinnett Technical College

Dr. Mark Newton is the President of Newton’s LAW and is the Director of the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Program at Gwinnett Technical College. During the past 26 years at Gwinnett Tech he has taught courses and seminars such as Career Education, Event Planning, Energizing Professional Development as well as many other hospitality-related courses.

Mark started his own company, Newton’s LAW in order to meet the demand for his speaking and consulting services. The company name is based on the philosophy that Learning leads to Achieving, resulting in Winning; thus the acronym LAW. Mark is a member of the National Speakers Association – Georgia Chapter and won the Speaker of the Year award in 2002.

Angela Nichols & Linda Murphy/The Hudgens Center for the Arts

The Hudgens Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization that has been focused on supporting the arts in Georgia since its establishment in 1981. The Hudgens presents fine art exhibits year round, and offers art classes for adults and children through its Fine Arts School. It supports local community-based arts organizations through its programs, exhibits and partnerships. The Hudgens’ mission is to bring art lovers, leaders and learners together through quality programs and exhibits. The Hudgens Center for the Arts is located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Bldg. 300, in Duluth, in the Gwinnett Center complex.

Dr. Jeanette Altieri and Lynn Fonseca with AC Spine & Wellness Center, Janique Cook with Mobile Thermographic Imaging and Andy Morgan with The Morgan Law Group

Andy Morgan, Jeanette Altieri, Janique Cook, Lynn Fonseca, Mike Sammond

Andy Morgan, Jeanette Altieri, Janique Cook, Lynn Fonseca, Mike Sammond

Dr. Jeanette Altieri & Lynn Fonseca/AC Spine & Wellness Center

AC Spine & Wellness Center (formerly AC Chiropractic Life Center) is an integrated family wellness center, combining the benefits of chiropractic and functional medicine to achieve your optimal health. Functional medicine measures how the organs and systems of the body are functioning and then uses nutrition and other natural treatments to regain proper working of the body’s systems. Their goal is to identify those problem areas, restore deficiencies naturally and prevent them from leading to serious illness and disease.

Dr. Jeanette Altieri and Dr. Louis Cavallo have been serving the Gwinnett community for over 21 years and are dedicated to creating a healthier world, naturally! They specialize in family care, pediatrics and pregnancy, sports performance and Frozen Shoulder therapy. AC Spine & Wellness’ multi-specialty team provides you with a non-surgical approach to your pain or injury. They offer specialized in-house testing which allows them to look inside your body and see what’s going on, helping them effectively direct you in your quest for better health. Their goal is to achieve healing from the inside out as opposed to the medical model of healing from the outside in.

Janique Cook/Mobile Thermographic Imaging

Mobile Thermographic Imaging (MTI) is a company that provides clinical thermography screenings to all of metro Atlanta and GA. Breast thermography offers early detection of breast disease WITHOUT any pain, radiation, or compression and the reports are completed by a qualified medical doctor. After Janique’s mother developed breast cancer, breast health and educating women about this life saving technology became the reason for starting the company. With over 22 years combined experience, MTI takes pride in making sure each and every client’s visit is informative and comfortable. MTI likes to call October Breast ‘Health’ Awareness month and is offering significant discounts to help as many women as possible be screened.

Andy Morgan/The Morgan Law Group

The Morgan Law Group is a full service transactional law firm providing legal counseling and support services to businesses and business owners primarily in the areas of corporate law, business law and contracts law. Typical transactions would include business formation, drafting and negotiating transaction documents, agreements and contracts, deal structuring, private equity financing and business acquisitions and sales.

Lisa Anders with Explore Gwinnett, Bonnie Youn with Youn Law Group, Chris Paradise with Crown Communities and Mark Slipp with Golf 4 Millions

Brad, Mike Sammond, Lisa Anders, Bonnie Youm, Bill, Steven Julian

Chris Paradise, Mike Sammond, Lisa Anders, Bonnie Youn, Mark Slipp, Steven Julian

Lisa Anders/Explore Gwinnett

Explore Gwinnett (formerly the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau) is Gwinnett County’s official tourism organization and is dedicated to strengthening Gwinnett County’s economy by marketing the county as a destination for conventions, sporting events, meetings and leisure travel through sales, marketing and promotion. Explore Gwinnett also runs the Gwinnett Sports Commission, and oversees the management and marketing of Gwinnett Center.

Bonnie Youn/Youn Law Group

The Youn Law Group believes that an investment in a good immigration attorney is an investment in your family’s future. It may take many years to obtain your green card through employment or family sponsorship and subsequently to sponsor your relatives to come to the U.S. Many of their clients come to them after they have already encountered serious problems with their immigration cases. It is far better to build your case on a solid foundation, rather than have to fix your case after a shaky start. YLG provides a full range of immigration legal services. They specialize in applying for work visas, company and investor visas, US lawful permanent residency (green cards) and US Citizenship. YLG is committed to providing superior, dedicated guidance to clients lost in the complex maze of US immigration.

The Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA) is now 22 years old. Having started from a handful of attorneys who combed the GA Bar Directory for Asian names, they now have a reach of over 400 attorneys, judges and law students. As the organization has matured, and the APA population in Georgia has grown 83% over the past decade, justice in Georgia now has an Asian Pacific American face.

Chris Paradise/Crown Communities

Crown Communities is one of the top home builders in Gwinnett County. Over the past 12 months, the company has sold 177 homes in Gwinnett County alone. Crown is a true believer in Gwinnett County because of its diversified tax base,  economic development initiatives, proximity to Atlanta and all the great things that Gwinnett has to offer. Chris Paradise is a vice president of sales for Crown Communities. Chris has been active in real estate for the past 15 years and currently oversees Crown’s North Atlanta region.

Mark Slipp/Golf 4 Millions

Golf 4 Millions Events is hosting a Closest to the Pin Car Giveaway at The Georgia Trail at Sugarloaf. Shots are only $1, and the grand prize is a FIAT 500 for a guaranteed winner!

Golf 4 Millions is a golf networking and events company that celebrates golf pros. Their events provide club pros with the tools they need to increase member engagement and revenue. They help club events thrive supporting the golf community, growing participation and increasing revenue at local courses. They also promote community spirit through local and national competitions, inspiring clubs and communities to support their local club pros and amateur golf stars.

Dr. Marshall Nash and Cynthia Wolfe with and Susie Brown and Bill Hood with StarNeuroScience Foundation

Mike Sammond, Dr. Marshall Nash, Cynthia Wolfe, Bill Hood, Susie Brown

Mike Sammond, Dr. Marshall Nash, Cynthia Wolfe, Bill Hood, Susie Brown

Dr. Marshall Nash & Cynthia Wolfe/ is a clinical research group dedicated to improving treatment options for neurological conditions that grew from Dr. Marshall L. Nash’s medical practice, Dekalb Neurology Associates, LLC. At, they are actively involved in the investigation of new medications and therapies.

Their facilities include a -70 degree freezer, monitored by ADT Security, and their medications are double locked. Their successful medical practice and two research locations have developed into one of the top research centers with excellence in meeting and exceeding enrollment goals.

Dr. Nash has held the distinction of Certified Physician Investigator (CPI) with the Association of Clinical Research Professionals since 2002. He is one of only a few private practice neurologists worldwide who devote 100% of their clinical practice time to clinical research. As an expert consultant for many academic and pharmaceutical research projects, Dr. Nash is involved in some of the most promising and innovative research trials in neurology today, including Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Acute Stroke, Diabetic Neuropathy, Vascular Dementia and Migraine.

Susie Brown & Bill Hood/StarNeuroScience Foundation

NeuroScience Foundation was created in September 2010 and is dedicated to encouraging and opening the availability of neurological research by supporting clinical research, public outreach and education focused on neurological diseases. The goal of the foundation is to raise funds to enhance neurological research, start new medical research sites, train new research employees, encourage hospital research, and supplement existing research sites in Georgia and the Southeastern States.

Failure to support research will put people at risk and damage patient care of the future. The timeframe to conduct research and achieve approval from the FDA is a lengthy process which sometimes takes as long as 10 years, and is relatively slow compared to the progression of the disease itself. The foundation proposes to speed up the process by finding quality treatments for these diseases by allowing sites to participate in many neurological trials to include Stroke and Alzheimer’s disease that are currently financially out of reach.

Stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are some of the devastating diseases that strike patients in the prime of their life and cause great family and societal burdens. Dr. Marshall Nash is committed to research that will “pursue the disease and not the medication”. His goal is not to pursue medications that are already available, but to find new treatment options that will improve the patient’s life and disease.

Susan Johnson and Anthony Piniella with NCR Corporation and Sheri Snyder with Objet d’Art Gallery & Studios

Anthony Piniella, Mike Sammond, Susan Harris, Sheri, Steven Julian

Anthony Piniella, Mike Sammond, Susan Johnson, Sheri Snyder, Steven Julian

Susan Johnson & Anthony Piniella/NCR Corporation

Based in Duluth, NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, running the everyday transactions that make consumers’ lives easier and help businesses drive profitable growth by creating exceptional customer experiences. The company powers more than 450 million consumer transactions a day across multiple industries, and works with numerous professional sports teams, including the MLB, NHL, NBA and 65 percent of all NFL stadiums.

Today, stadiums have to work hard to lure fans as the rise of the stay-at home fan has become a real concern. In addition to spending hundreds of dollars on tickets and concessions at the stadium, fans are increasingly frustrated that they spend much of the game waiting in lines rather than watching the game. As a result, many are opting to watch the game from the comfort of their couch.

With a new four-year partnership, NCR and the Atlanta Falcons are teaming up to bring fans an exceptional game experience, leveraging new technology for NCR to drastically reduce time spent waiting in line for Falcons merchandise. This will make home games more enjoyable and convenient, and boost sales for one for one of the most well-known franchises within NCR’s local community.

Sheri Snyder/Objet d’Art Gallery & Studios

Step inside Objet d’Art Gallery & Studios and enjoy original work of more than 50 local and regional artists. The gallery is overflowing with painting, woodturned and wood carving, pottery, sculpture, photography, jewelry, glass and mixed-media art. They also have sketch artists who do portrait drawings from your favorite photo of family members or pets. These one-of-a-kind pieces are great for business or home decor, and gift giving!

In their “Fun Art” Studios, you can walk-in anytime for pottery painting and fused glass. They have regularly scheduled instructor-led canvas painting as well as glass and clay classes. Bring your refreshments and your friends and family… have fun and be creative! Groups of 10 or more can schedule private events anytime (based on availability). Call (678) 429-2550 to schedule your team building, Scouts (including badge work), birthday or bachelorette gathering. They have walk-in pottery painting every day!

Steve Dorough and Dave Gleim with the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce

Steve Dorough, Mike Sammond, Dave Gleim

Steve Dorough, Mike Sammond, Dave Gleim

Steve Dorough was the first Chairman of the Board of Directors for the new Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce which serves businesses in Berkeley Lake, Norcross and Peachtree Corners in southwest Gwinnett County. Dave Gleim is the current Chairman for the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber.

Steve Dorough/First Community Development

First Community Development (FCD) provides expertise and project management services for major fundraising campaigns of $1 Million or more to nonprofit organizations. FCD has distinguished itself from competitors by providing personalized service tailored to the individual needs of its clients and by offering innovative and effective approaches to fundraising initiatives.

 Dave Gleim/Hilton Atlanta Northeast

The Hilton Atlanta Northeast is the largest full-service hotel in the Norcross/Peachtree Corners sub-market with 20,000 square feet of meeting space to accommodate groups from five to 500 guests. The newly-renovated Basil’s Kitchen & Bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a full selection of beer, wine and fine spirits seven days a week.