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SIMON SAYS, LET’S TALK BUSINESS: Todd Evans of Jackson EMC and North Johnson of Gwinnett Braves

Al Simon, Todd Evans, North Johnson

Al Simon, Todd Evans, North Johnson

Todd Evans/Jackson EMC

Jackson EMC is a non-profit electrical service provider serving parts of 10 North Georgia Counties. The cooperative was started by farmers in Jackson County 77 years ago. They serve over 100,000 meters in Gwinnett County. Jackson Electric Membership Corporation, one of the largest electric cooperatives in Georgia and the nation, is headquartered 50 miles northeast of Atlanta in Jefferson, GA. The cooperative serves more than 219,400 meters in total.

North Johnson/Gwinnett Braves

The Gwinnett Braves are the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. Their 72 home games are played at Coolray Field and 2016 will be their 8th season in Gwinnett County. Opening Day is scheduled for April 14th against the Norfolk Tides. G-Braves alumni include Freddie Freeman, Craig Kimbrel, Jason Heyward, Julio Teheran, Matt Wisler and Mike Foltyniewicz.


OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Lauren Chaney and Ashlyn DiNardo from Birch Communications, Michael McClellan from Designs in Motion, and Courtney Spencer from the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce

Johnny Phelps, Courtney Spencer, Michael McClellan, Lauren Chaney, Ashlyn DiNardo

Johnny Phelps, Courtney Spencer, Michael McClellan, Lauren Chaney, Ashlyn DiNardo

Lauren Chaney and Ashlyn DiNardo/Birch Communitcations

Birch is a leading technology service provider to small, mid-sized, enterprise and wholesale businesses. They meet the needs of business customers that are under-served by other providers by offering a diverse portfolio of integrated technology solutions coupled with a relentless focus on customer service. Their mission is to provide high-quality, reliable communications, broadband, cloud and IT services to business customers at the best possible value while giving each of their clients the personal attention they deserve.

Michael McClellan/Designs in Motion

Designs In Motion is a full-service creative design firm, specializing in the enhancement of your company’s external and internal communication tools. Whether it’s print media, a unique web presence, or helping to create that dynamic ad campaign, you can rest assured that they will make your business stand out from your competitors. Their expertise in the creative arena has enabled their clients to achieve significant increases in visibility and brand awareness. Designs In Motion was founded in 1998 and is committed to offering excellent value to their customers through enhanced design solutions and outstanding customer service.

Courtney Spencer/Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce

The Gwinnett Chamber will be the forum for business, government, education, healthcare, arts/culture/entertainment, and philanthropic and public-service communities to come together to advance our region’s economy and enrich Gwinnett’s quality of life. The mission of the Gwinnett Chamber is to strengthen existing businesses, facilitate the growth of quality job opportunities, and enrich the community’s quality of life. The Gwinnett Chamber serves over 2,000 members throughout metro Atlanta by delivering pertinent and useful programs that strengthen and connect businesses locally, regionally, and globally. The Gwinnett Chamber uses its strategic marketing and communications capabilities to support its members, promote its programs, and enhance economic development efforts.

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WEALTH MATTERS: Exit and Succession Strategies for Closely Held Business Owners

Robert Port, Cardell McKinstry, Bryan Koepp, Adam Gaslowitz

Robert Port, Cardell McKinstry, Bryan Koepp, Adam Gaslowitz

On this week’s episode of “Wealth Matters”, hosts Adam Gaslowitz and Robert Port discuss “Exit and Succession Strategies for Closely Held Business Owners”.

Guests include Cardell Mckinstry, Director of M&A Tax Services for Habif, Arogeti & Wynne LLP, and Bryan P. Koepp, Regional Wealth Strategist and Senior Vice President of Regions Private Wealth Management.


Bryan joined Regions Private Wealth Management in August 2015 as its Wealth Strategist for its East region. Bryan’s major areas of expertise include advanced estate and trust planning, business succession planning, non-qualified benefit planning for companies and their employees, asset protection, and complex insurance transactions.

Prior to joining Regions Private Wealth Management, Bryan chaired PNC’s Wealth Management National Practice Group for Planning for the Business Owner as a Senior Wealth Planner for its Georgia wealth team. The Planning for the Business Owner group focused on the unique and often difficult planning needs of business owners including the development of a tax- efficient plan for business transition whether the transition is targeted for family members, outright sale, public offering, or other strategy. Bryan has also served as a group financial planning strategist with BB&T Wealth Management. While at BB&T, Bryan was the firm’s lead business transition planning strategist and also anchored BB&T’s wealth planning team in Georgia. Bryan has also served as a director and senior consulting attorney for AXA Equitable’s advanced markets team.

Bryan received his undergraduate degree (B.A.) with honors from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. He earned his law degree (J.D.) from The Ohio State University College of Law. He is admitted to practice law in the states of Georgia and Ohio. Bryan is also a Certified Financial Planner and a registered Trust & Estate practitioner (TEP) with the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) for international planning.




Cardell is the Director of M&A Tax Services for Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP.  Cardell has over 15 years of tax consulting experience serving clients across a wide range of industries, including construction, distribution, financial services, manufacturing and telecommunications. Prior to joining Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, Cardell was a Senior Director with the Alvarez & Marsal Transaction Tax Group and a former member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Transaction Services Group at Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Cardell focuses on advising financial and strategic clients on the tax aspects and structuring of taxable and tax-free transactions. These include mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, restructurings, leveraged buy-outs and recapitalizations. He has been involved in all aspects of due diligence, transaction structuring and reviews of transaction-related documents.

Cardell has assisted in providing tax solutions for companies going through different phases of their life cycle, such as mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, bankruptcies and ownership changes. The tax solutions provide a variety of structures to retain valuable tax attributes (e.g. NOLs, tax credits, etc.), maximizing value and flexibility for all parties involved.

Cardell earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in taxation from the University of Alabama.



GF logoGaslowitz 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 watch past episodes of “Wealth Matters”, please visit their You Tube Channel.

Remember to tune in on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 8:30 AM to listen live to their show!




Wealth Matters ON AIR

Brian McClellan with N2 Publishing, John Moss with Interactive Business Technologies and Stephanie Wolfe with The Whole Food Health Coach

Mike Sammond, Brian McClellan, Stephanie Wolfe, John Moss, Steven Julian

Mike Sammond, Brian McClellan, Stephanie Wolfe, John Moss, Steven Julian

Brain McClellan/N2 Publishing

N2 Publishing is the nation’s leading provider of newsletters for affluent communities. They create custom publications that transform places people live into places people love. Their publications give members of exclusive communities the opportunity to learn about their neighbors by reading their stories and seeing photos that are important to them. The result: quality publications that echo the voice of the neighborhood and reflect the community itself. Throughout the nation, communities who receive an N2 publication find that they know more about their neighbors and feel connected to them in ways that are meaningful and life changing.

John Moss/Interactive Business Technologies

Interactive Business Technologies can be your complete IT service management solution supporting all your servers, network appliances and desktops. Your systems are monitored and supported both remotely and locally by their managed IT services team.



Stephanie Wolfe/The Whole Food Health Coach

A holistic approach to wellness starts with understanding how your lifestyle, exercise, attitude and nutrition choices integrate and set the stage for your overall health. The Whole Foods Health Coach will teach you simple sustainable principles that will help you take charge of your health and achieve optimal weight correction and wellness. Fueling your body and feeding your family well shouldn’t be such a challenge. Learn how easy it can be to avoid nutrition related diseases, improve learning and behavior, control weight, increase energy levels, prepare healthy snacks/food and more!

To watch the video of this show, CLICK HERE.



John Ray of Bookkeeping Express/Ray Business Advisors, Tara Lamboley of REV Demand and Ann Hall of Own Your Idea

Mike Sammond, Tara Lamboley, John Ray, Ann Hall, Steven Julian

Mike Sammond, Tara Lamboley, John Ray, Ann Hall, Steven Julian

John Ray/Bookkeeping Express & Ray Business Advisors

John Ray, Bookkeeping ExpressClients come to Bookkeeping Express/Ray Business Advisors to reduce the stress and anxiety which often comes with day-to-day management of a business. They help clients by taking away the burden of bookkeeping and accounting and improving their business processes. They provide reports on their business which are both robust and easier to understand than traditional financial statements. They can also craft budgets and projections and help find opportunities for expense improvements.

In addition, owner John Ray enjoys making connections for his clients which help build their network and their business. He does all this for a flat monthly fee. His clients don’t worry about a meter running when they call. His company works with small to medium-sized businesses, non-profits, and solopreneurs.

Tara Lamboley/REV Demand

Tara Lamboley, REV DemandREV Demand was created with the goal of helping owners of business-to-business service organizations achieve the success they envisioned when starting out in business. REV Demand works with small to midsize companies to maximize their top-line revenue by implementing consistent lead generation strategies such as email marketing and Webinars to fill the sales pipeline. They establish well-defined and repeatable processes for lead generation and qualification. They also help executive managers to verify that the right people in the organization are reaching the right target audience with the right message.

Ann Hall/Own Your Idea

Ann Hall, Own Your IdeaOwn Your Idea is a sole practitioner consulting company providing writing, editing, and proofreading services and business administrative solutions for small business and entrepreneurs. Work can be performed on site or virtually. Their mission is to add value and create solutions.



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STRATEGIC INSIGHTS RADIO: Understanding Financial Statements (Part 2 of 2)


On this episode of “Strategic Insights Radio”, host Vlad Rusz, the CEO of Sterling Rose Consulting Corp, explains how to make sense out of income statements and balance sheets. “Strategic Insights Radio” is sponsored by Maid Right of Duluth and Sterling Rose Consulting Corp.


IMG_2811Sterling Rose Consulting Corp. is a Gwinnett County, GA based company that provides business plan creation and review, online and offline marketing, marketing plan creation and review, ongoing marketing services, accounting, bookkeeping, financial analysis, operations and business consulting. Sterling Rose Consulting Corp.’s staff has over 100 years of successful entrepreneurial experience. In addition, the CEO of the Company, Vlad Rusz, has launched and ran four successful businesses that currently range in age from 17 months to 7 years old with gross revenues ranging from $175,000 to over $5.0 million.

Sterling Rose Consulting Corp. prides itself on providing quality, investor ready documentation. The company takes it even one step farther to make sure that the client understands how to effectively present these documents, whether they are being prepared for internal use or outside investors. Sterling Rose Consulting also provides full loan SBA packages, Immigration Visa Business Plans, Commercial Lending Business Plans, Commercial Space, Growth, Not-For-Profit and Venture Capital/Investment Ready Plans.

In addition, Sterling Rose Consulting Corp also provides Zoho Customization, Design and Implementation, Custom CRM solutions, Payroll, Bookkeeping and Accounting Services.


Strategic Insights Radio” is intended to be an interactive radio show hosted by Sterling Rose Consulting Corp. Listeners can Tweet their questions for a live response on the radio to @sterling_rose1 or via @strategicradio. Also, suggestions on business topics that listeners would like to learn more about are welcome. Please send suggestions to


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Sonja Hackett of Certified Home Care of Georgia, Dorothy Kohn of Touchmark National Bank and Maria Mendillo of FarraTech

Mike Sammond, Sonja Hackett, Dorothy Kohn, Maria Mendillo, Steven Julian

Mike Sammond, Sonja Hackett, Dorothy Kohn, Maria Mendillo, Steven Julian

Sonja Hackett/Certified Home Care of Georgia

Sonja Hackett, Certified Home Care of GeorgiaCertified Home Care of Georgia has compassionate and highly trained caregivers who are ready to help
with your day-to-day living. Their focus is on developing customer relations, nourishing souls, preserving dignity, respecting their clients’ property and customizing their care.


Dorothy Kohn/Touchmark National Bank

Dorothy Kohn, Touchmark National BankTouchmark National Bank is a community bank that was established in 2007 and focuses on commercial customers such as business owners and real estate investors. The bank provides a full array of deposit products, working capital lines of credit, commercial mortgages, equipment loans and business expansion and/or business acquisition financing. As a community bank, their distinguishing factor is that they are not restricted to where they can lend geographically; their footprint can be found all over the state of Georgia and the southeast. They have the expertise to offer every type of loan program available which includes conventional loans, SBA 7A, SBA 504 and USDA programs. Don’t forget to check out their CD rates – they are currently the highest in the state!

Maria Mendillo/FarraTech

Maria Mendillo, FarraTechFarraTech, formerly known as Laser Supply & Service, was founded in 1990 and is based in Norcross, GA. FarraTech has one simple philosophy: to be the best customer service company in Atlanta. Whatever your laser printer, copier, service or repair needs may be, they invite you to experience for yourself what makes FarraTech an extraordinary company. Their people, their focus on quality, and their dedication to doing business with integrity is what they care about and strive for daily.

To watch this show on YouTube, CLICK HERE.

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GET IN THE GAME: Professional Sports in Gwinnett County


The state of professional sports in Gwinnett County is the topic on this special edition of “Gwinnett Business Radio“. Taped on the “Get In The Game” television studio at the Gwinnett Justice & Administration Center in Lawrenceville, host Mike Sammond interviews the leaders of Gwinnett’s professional sports entities.

Guests include:

Stan Hall – Executive Director of the Gwinnett Sports Commission
North Johnson – General Manager of Gwinnett Braves (baseball)
Alec Schimke – Director of Operations of Georgia Swarm (lacrosse)
Joe Gelderman – VP/GM of Business Operations of Atlanta Gladiators (hockey)
Elissa Dooman – Tournament Director of Mitsubishi Electric Classic (PGA golf)

Gwinnett County is unique when it comes to the professional sports landscape, but is the Gwinnett sports scene getting too crowded? Are there enough sports fans and corporate sponsorship dollars to go around? How do Gwinnett’s pro teams get noticed in the shadow of Atlanta’s pro teams? These issues and more are addressed on this special edition of “Gwinnett Business Radio“.