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Mike Sammond, Vlad Rusz, Katie Grubbs, Shevonn Willis, Malcolm Evans, Vince DeSilva

Mike Sammond, Vlad Rusz, Katie Grubbs, Shevonn Willis, Malcolm Evans, Vince DeSilva

Malcolm Evans/Sales Accent

Malcolm Evans, Sales AccentSales Accent is Malcolm Evans. He has been in sales since he could walk. He is described as an innovative and passionate Salesman’s Salesman, an advocate for businesses and customers alike. He grew up living in a pub in rural Wales surrounded by green fields and sheep. “I have been dealing with customers since I could reach high enough to pour a pint of beer.”

Originally in engineering, he transitioned to a sales life in the 1980’s. Pagers, fax machines, CRM and 5 pound mobile phones are some of the changes he has seen. His experience covers marketing, advertising and sales management. No stranger to the global market, Malcolm came to the United States in 2001 while employed by one of the largest engineering companies to focus on the challenges of global selling and international business development.

Malcolm is a business owner, sales trainer, aspiring writer and speaker. He is a Jeffrey Gitomer Certified Advisor and holds his own interesting perspectives on sales, customer relations and the entrepreneurial spirit. He is a driven individual motivated by the “American Dream” where anything can be achieved.

Vlad Rusz/Sterling Rose Consulting

Vlad Rusz, Sterling Rose Consulting CorpSterling Rose Consulting is a Georgia based Company that provides business plan creation and review, online and offline marketing, marketing plan creation and review, accounting, bookkeeping, financial analysis, operations, payroll services, Zoho CRM customization, Zoho CRM implementation and business consulting. Their staff has over 50 years of successful entrepreneurial experience. In addition, the CEO of the company has launched and ran three successful businesses that currently range in age from 2 to 7 years old with gross revenues ranging from $240,000 to $5.0 million.

Sterling Rose Consulting prides itself on providing quality, investor ready documentation. They take it even one step farther and make sure, you as the client, understand how to effectively present these documents whether they are being prepared for internal use or outside investors.

Sterling Rose Consulting Corp., also provides full Zoho CRM migration, customization, implementation and maintenance. The company is proud to be a Zoho Partner and Reseller.

They service both start-ups and established firms.

Katie Grubbs/SuperScribe

Katie Grubbs, SuperScribeSuperScribe is an elite team of educated professionals who aim to serve local physicians in efficiently and accurately completing their electronic medical records. They strive to become a valuable personal assistant to their clients to improve their revenue capture and flow of patients through their respective departments. Their team can tailor their services to focus on all clerical needs allowing physicians to return their focus to the patients.

Shevonn Willis/The Smith Willis Firm

Shevonn Willis, The Smith Willis FirmThe Smith Willis Firm concentrates on business law. They take the time to get to know their clients and understand their clients’ business needs and goals. Using this knowledge they are able to help clients find the right solutions that fit their particular needs. The Smith Willis Firm assists companies in matters related to business formation, as well as drafting and reviewing contracts. They also help clients understand and stay compliant with the multitude of federal and state laws that govern the workplace by providing advice on employment matters and developing company policies and procedures.

Additionally, their specialty is assisting business clients with the legal aspects and implications of insurance. They work with business clients from the beginning of the process to the end. This includes counseling clients on risk management through insurance, insurance policy review and evaluation, assessing areas of exposure, and once a claim has been filed, diligently representing clients in negotiating with insurance companies.

Vince DeSilva/Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce

Vince DeSilva, Gwinnett Chamber of CommerceThe Gwinnett Chamber is the forum where business, government, education, healthcare, arts/culture/entertainment, and philanthropic and public service communities come together to advance the region’s economy and enrich Gwinnett’s quality of life.



Eric Alimena with Alimena Limousine and Cal and Wendy Roberson with Married and Naked

Mike Sammond, Eric Alimena, Wendy Roberson, Cal Roberson, Steven Julian

Mike Sammond, Eric Alimena, Wendy Roberson, Cal Roberson, Steven Julian

Eric Alimena/Alimena Limousine and Worldwide Transportation

Eric Alimena, Alimena LimousineAlimena Limousine is a first class provider of professional, reliable, luxury limousine and worldwide transportation services that takes great pride in customer service and excellence.

They have the best chauffeurs in the industry, trained to the highest level of professionalism and customer service through their very own training program. They take great pride in their vehicles, ensuring they are always immaculate and very well-maintained with the best products on the market. Their reservationists are the friendliest, most personal and highly trained individuals in the industry willing to work diligently to meet all of your transportation needs better than anyone else.

Cal & Wendy Roberson/Married and Naked, Inc.

Calvin and Wendy Roberson,  Married and NakedIn 2009 Calvin and Wendy​ Roberson were inspired to start Married and Naked after encountering a great number of couples who were afraid to acknowledge their marital struggles. There was need for a platform to let couples know that it’s okay to not be okay. They promote the idea that we are not perfect people, so we don’t have perfect marriages, but we all posses the power within to achieve the happiness we deserve. Their continuing mission is to provide an open and “naked” environment where issues can be safely discussed, carefully dissected and real,
practical answers can be found and implemented. All this with the understanding that ALL things are possible for those who believe…

Services provided include Relationship Coaching, Marriage Workshops, Conferences and Bootcamps.

WEALTH MATTERS: How To Protect Our Aging Parents

Millie Baumbusch, Paul Black, Metta Johnson, Jeanne Canavan, Craig Frankel

On this episode of Wealth Matters, Craig Frankel and Millie Baumbusch discuss how to protect your aging parents with special guests Paul Black, Metta Johnson and Jeanne Canavan.


Metta Johnson, Metta Johnson & AssociatesMetta Johnson is Founder and CEO of Metta Johnson & Associates.  As an RN, Metta Johnson has served those with chronic and aging illness for over 25 years. After working in oncology for many years, she founded the first inpatient hospice in metro Atlanta, growing the program to one of the largest and most respected in the city. She is nationally certified in oncology, hospice and palliative care. She is a Certified Care Manager. Seeing the need for guidance for seniors in all areas of aging, Metta and her husband Clyde founded Metta Johnson & Associates in 2002. Metta Johnson & Associates provides comprehensive oversight and coordination of overall needs for seniors especially healthcare and living arrangements.



Jeanne Canavan, Dekalb County DA officeJeanne Canavan has been with the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office for twenty years, and she currently heads the white-collar crime/elder exploitation unit. Under Ms. Canavan’s leadership, the unit has aggressively prosecuted “travelers”, fraudulent repairmen, professional caregivers, investment advisors and family members who have victimized elder citizens. Ms. Canavan has lectured on elder exploitation to attorneys and judges both in Georgia and outside the state, and she frequently speaks to senior citizens to educate them about how to avoid being scammed.


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Paul Black, Brannon Black LLCPaul’s experience as the son of two parents with big health challenges is what led him to the work he does today. His mother has wrestled with Parkinson’s Disease for more than two decades. His father suffered a major stroke in May 2001. Paul’s active involvement in their care gives him first-hand knowledge of the challenges that many caregivers and family members face.

While attending Georgia State University College of Law, Paul gained invaluable experience interning at the two senior-oriented divisions of Atlanta Legal Aid Society, the Georgia Senior Legal Hotline and the Senior Citizens Law Project. After graduation from GSU Law, Paul was chosen from dozens of applicants nationwide as one of three 2010-2011 Borchard Foundation Law & Aging Fellows.

After completing his fellowship in late 2011, Paul launched his own private practice. He joined Chris Brannon to found Brannon+ Black in January 2014. Today, Paul finds great satisfaction in serving clients across Georgia who need help with elder law issues (including Medicaid & Veterans Benefits eligibility issues, guardianships and conservatorships), estate planning and administration, and special needs planning. Paul is the Young/New Attorneys member of the editorial board for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) News, the monthly news magazine for elder law attorneys.




estatedispute_1404936485_6Gaslowitz Frankel is an experienced trial practice firm specializing in all aspects of complex fiduciary litigation throughout Georgia and the Southeast. With a focus on representing individuals, companies, banks, and fiduciaries in dispute involving wills, estates, trusts, guardianships, businesses, and securities law, their experienced and highly qualified litigation attorneys have tremendous credentials and a proven history of success.

If you would like to listen to past episodes of “Wealth Matters’, please visit their You Tube Channel.

Remember to tune in the last Wednesday of every month at 8:30 AM to listen live to their show!




Hollie Mann and Jeff Skorput with Gainesville Physical Therapy, Tiffany Hill with Just the Right Place, Daphne Walker with Partnership Against Domestic Violence and John Miles with Law Offices of John M. Miles

Mike Sammond, Hollie Mann, Jeff Skorput, Tiffany Hill, Daphne Walker, John Miles, Steven Julian

Mike Sammond, Hollie Mann, Jeff Skorput, Tiffany Hill, Daphne Walker, John Miles, Steven Julian

Hollie Mann & Jeff Skorput/Gainesville Physical Therapy

Hollie Mann & Jeff Skorput, Gainesville Physical TherapyGainesville Physical Therapy is not your typical physical therapy clinic. Here, every patient receives personalized attention during each visit with a hands-on treatment program that has been carefully tailored to their specific needs and physical condition. Recovery from injury or surgery can be a difficult and trying process. They believe that the supportive relationship they establish with their patients, combined with their expertise in the treatment of physical ailments and pain relief, is responsible for the extraordinary outcomes that they routinely see. Their facility is fully equipped to provide a comprehensive spectrum of treatment modalities for all orthopedic conditions to improve mobility, strength, balance and pain relief.

Tiffany Hill/Just the Right Place

Tiffany Hill, Just the Right PlaceJust the Right Place offers organizing and productivity solutions for busy lives. They work with clients in business and residential settings. Tiffany Hill, Professional Organizer and Owner, improves lives by bringing a desire for helping others and a passion for organizing into her work. As a member of NAPO, she follows the Code of Ethics and values the relationships with her clients. She currently serves on the Executive Board as Treasurer for the Georgia Chapter. Offering customized solutions for every space, Just the Right Place helps people save time, save money and reduce stress!

Daphne Walker/Partnership Against Domestic Violence

Daphne Walker, Partnership Against Domestic ViolenceFor 40 years, Partnership Against Domestic Violence, the largest nonprofit domestic violence organization in Georgia, has provided professional, compassionate and empowering support to battered women and their children in Metro Atlanta.

PADV began as an all-volunteer agency in 1975 and incorporated in 1977. Today the agency has 40 full and part time staff with an administrative office and two 24-hour emergency shelters in Fulton and Gwinnett counties. PADV also provides education to the community about domestic violence awareness and prevention, and teen dating violence. (Georgia is number one in teen dating violence in the country.)

PADV’s mission is to end the crime of intimate partner violence and empower it’s survivors. PADV’s roster of services includes a 24-hour crisis line; two 24-hour emergency shelters with 96 beds; legal advocacy; supportive housing; a teen dating violence prevention program; outreach and prevention programs for battered women and children, a domestic violence in the workplace annual conference that equips companies to respond when domestic violence enters the workplace; and community education and training efforts. Annually they serve 19,000 women and children throughout Metro Atlanta. They are the largest domestic violence agency in the state of Georgia.

John Miles/Law Offices of John M. Miles

John Miles, John Martin Miles & AssociatesThe Law Offices of John M. Miles is a full-service law firm located in Suwanee, GA, John Miles has been in solo practice since 1976. Over the years, his practice has evolved as Gwinnett grew and his clients’ needs changed. John says that he practices preventive law, providing his clients with protection from legal entanglements. Since John is one person and there are quite an assortment of legal practice areas, he cannot be all things to all clients, but he can help point you in the right direction.

Wayne Baxter and Joe Dreher with Monkey Wrench Brewing, Anna Hopkins with Elevated Image and Connie Catalano with 31 Training

Gwinnett Business Radio - March 12, 2015

Steven Julian, Wayne Baxter, Joe Dreher, Connie Catalano, Anna Hopkins, Mike Sammond

Wayne Baxter & Joe Dreher/Monkey Wrench Brewing

Wayne Baxter & Joe Dreher, Monkey Wrench BrewingMonkey Wrench Brewing Co (MWB) is a craft brewery in planning for Gwinnett County, GA. This new microbrewery is launching as a result of the dreams and inspiration of a local home brewer Wayne Baxter and his fellow home brew friends. Now his team is taking this backyard operation to the big leagues and preparing plans for construction and launch of a new local brewery.

Baxter has been perfecting recipes for the past 17 years, collecting multiple awards along the way for beers like the Very Merry Monkey Ale. To compliment these proven products, Monkey Wrench boasts a powerful communications and marketing team led by in-house creative professional Joe Dreher plus sales expertise from local retail/distribution specialist Ashton Cheatham. Monkey Wrench Brewing has a rapidly growing social media following and has promoted at beer festivals across the state of Georgia for the last three years.

Monkey Wrench Brewing will handcraft Baxter’s delicious beers in limited, 30 barrel batches to begin. With a diverse portfolio of beers, spanning from IPA’s to Belgian Blondes to Imperial Stouts, the team plans to produce a staple of year-round selections along with special seasonal releases. Follow their start up progress as they “Wrench It UP a Notch” later this year with construction of a new brewery and fun tasting room.

Anna Hopkins/Elevated Image

Anna Hopkins, Elevated ImageElevated Image specializes in helping female business owners and executives look great, feel great, and love their wardrobe. We work with clients to create a personalized style that brings together her life, her personality, and her physical features. Having a personalized style means that she not only looks great, but she is comfortable and confident in her new look. Her style is not only flattering, it is authentic to who she is as a person. Elevated Image offers a variety of services from closet edits, to teaching you how to dress your best, to full service personal shopping

Connie Catalano/31 Training

Connie Catalano, 31 TrainingWhile working for a large training company, Connie Catalano ventured out to her clients to help them find answers to their business challenges only to hit a wall time after time with decreasing budgets. She would walk away thinking if only they could find some programs that met their immediate need and met their budgets as well!

After multiple attempts to work out some programs with her employer, there was no budging on prices and time after time she was walking away from companies who needed training. She had a client that she worked with years earlier who told her a story about how they started their company on the idea that they could lower their expenses and lower their prices and offer the exact same product as the bigger companies. They became successful overnight and managed to provide good paying jobs to many people. The success of this company never left Connie’s mind!

After much study and research, Connie started 31 Training and found a way to offer incredible training programs for less then half of what larger companies were charging and with more condensed sessions for quick results.

Lorrie Thomas Ross with Web Marketing Therapy, Vince Bailey with Vince Bailey Productions, and Kimyung Kim with Kimyung Kim Entertains

Mike Sammond, Vince Bailey, Lorrie Thomas Ross, Kimyung Kim, Steven Julian

Mike Sammond, Vince Bailey, Lorrie Thomas Ross, Kimyung Kim, Steven Julian

Lorrie Thomas Ross/Web Marketing Therapy

Lorrie Thomas Ross, Web Marketing TherapyWeb Marketing Therapy  is a digital marketing agency. They specialize in strategic advisory, training and marketing management. They get clients on the right path for success. Web Marketing Therapy helps entrepreneurs and small businesses grow and improve. They help their clients learn, grow and achieve with strategic marketing – sometimes tough love is required!

Vince “the Voice” Bailey/Vince Bailey Productions

Vince Bailey, Vince Bailey ProductionsVince “The Voice” Bailey of Vince Bailey Productions is a 30+ year media veteran who began his career as a United Way volunteer reader for the blind in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. He has provided voice over and narration services for hundreds of clients over the years. Services include voiceover for radio and television commercials and promos, training materials, audiobooks, telephone on hold systems, museum kiosks and tours, and much more.

“The Voice” is an announcer for professional sporting events and media broadcasts including the Atlanta Dream (WNBA Basketball team), the Georgia Force (Arena Football), Professional Boxing, and Professional Ballroom Dancing (NDCA Certified). He is the VOG (Voice of God) Announcer for several nationally televised awards programs, including The Trumpet Awards and The Stellar Awards.

Always willing to share, Vince offers Voice-Over lessons at educational institutions as well as private instruction. Contact Vince today to get your VO career started!

Kimyung Kim/Kimyung Kim Entertains

Kimyung Kim, Kimyung Kim EntertainsKimyung Kim is a modern day Renaissance Man. An Entertainer Extraordinaire, he performs comedy, freestyle rapping, and emcees events. He has traveled around America performing at various schools, conferences and company events. With a background in public speaking, Kimyung has learned the art of entertaining crowds.

Kimyung’s philosophy on art is that it can be both entertaining and edifying. His goal is to create art that does just that. For more information on Kimyung, you can visit his website at or email him at