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Dameion Harris with Advanced Credit Help, Wendy Pace with Pace Setting Media, and Sta-C & Paris Hale with Smokin Girls BBQ

Mike Sammond, Dameion Harris, Wendy Pace, Paris Hale, Sta-C Hale, Steven Julian

Dameion Harris/Advanced Credit Help

Advanced Credit Help not only strives to help make a positive impact on our clients’ credit, but they promise to educate them at the same time! If they don’t educate you on how to change your financial thinking habits, then how will you not end up in the same situation again? That’s why education is so important to them!


Wendy Pace/Pace Settings

Pace Setting Media is a social media management company that assists small to medium sized businesses manage their online presence, brand and reputation.




Sta-C and Paris Hale/Smokin Girls BBQ

A mother and daughter duo formed a professional bbq competition and catering team,  SmokinGirls BBQ. Paris led the team to various victories in 1st place BBQ sauce, 1st place Pork Loin, and many awards which include ribs, chicken, pulled pork, brisket, and BBQ desserts. Paris shines as: 2013 Georgia State BBQ Champion,  Youngest Competing Champion @ Las Vegas World Food BBQ Championship, #1 Pork Loin, #1 BBQ Sauce  GA Top 10 Team of the Year.  Ponytail Paris continues to pursue her cooking career in upcoming competitions and television shows which will display how barbecuing can easily be transferred to the kitchen.





STRATEGIC INSIGHTS RADIO: What is Strategic Technology Consulting?

Vlad Rusz and Dave Wilkins

Vlad Rusz and Dave Wilkins

Today’s topic: What does Strategic Technology Consulting actually mean, and what is included in providing that to a client.


Sterling 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.

Dave Wilkins/Sterling Rose Consulting Corp

Dave Wilkins: has over 30 years experience working for companies such as E&Y, Whitridge Associates, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and IBM in business and technology management and consulting . Currently, he is the Senior Vice President of Sterling Rose Consulting Corp and the Business Unit Manager for the Business Technology Division of Sterling Rose Consulting. Originally from Michigan, he has a BBA and MBA from the University of Michigan, but he has been a resident of Gwinnett County Georgia for over 20 years. Over his 30 years in business and technology, he has worked with clients in multiple business sectors including finance, manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and government, among others.

ABOUT “STRATEGIC INSIGHTS RADIOStrategic 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

WEALTH MATTERS: Getting Your Family Business Ready for Succession

Millie Baumbusch, Michael Blake, Don Bravaldo, John Monahon, Robert Port

Millie Baumbusch, Michael Blake, Don Bravaldo, John Monahon, Robert Port

The things you need to be prepared for when your family business is ready for succession are discussed on this episode of Wealth Matters.

Michael Blake/Arpeggio Advisors

Mike Blake is the founder of Arpeggio Advisors, a boutique business appraisal and corporate strategy advisory firm in Atlanta. Mike’s background has included work in venture capital, investment banking, and public accounting. For the first eight years of his career, Mike worked in venture capital and investment banking in the U.S. and abroad. Mike started his career running an entrepreneurship program for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to assist privatizing companies in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. He also worked for 2 years for Global Partner Ventures, a venture fund that invested in technologies related to the design, production or delivery of weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union, and converted them to civilian applications and market-driven businesses. Since arriving in Atlanta in 2003, Mike has been applying his venture capital and technology venture knowledge in the local ecosystem. Mike co-founded StartupLounge, a nonprofit that helped emerging technology companies in Georgia raise over $10 million through education and networking events. In addition, Mike serves as an educator for entrepreneurs and a competition coach, having helped 7 teams win over $300,000 in cash and $2 million in professional services, as well as helping one team secure funding through ABC’s Shark Tank. In 2005, Mike entered the business appraisal profession full-time, working most recently for Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP (the largest independent public accounting firm headquartered in Atlanta). Mike led HA&W’s effort to become the first appraisal practice in Georgia to earn the International Society of Business Analysts’ Gold Seal of Trust, the only peer review recognition for observing best practices in the business appraisal profession in the United States. Mike has particular expertise in the appraisal of firms in the fields of professional services, information technology, aerospace, and alternative energy. In addition, he has developed specific expertise in the appraisal of emerging technology firms, intellectual property, and intangible assets. Mike is an active educator. He is a Special Instructor of Business Valuation in the Georgia Tech/Emory University TI:GER (Technology Innovation: Generating Economic Results) program. In addition, he is regularly invited to provide instruction on entrepreneurship, corporate finance, and business valuation to graduate level classes at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, Kennesaw State University, the University of South Carolina, Georgia State University, and the University of Georgia. Furthermore, he regularly provides continuing professional education for his peers in the business valuation profession. Mike earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and French (Cum Laude) from Franklin & Marshall College, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. In addition, he holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Georgetown University. Mike is also a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2014. Mike’s additional professional and community-service passions include supporting entrepreneurship through education and nonprofit board involvement, raising awareness of and funding to combat Lou Gehrig’s Disease, promoting alternative energy development through market forces, advocating for de-stigmatizing mental illness and disorders, and expanding the inclusiveness of the Atlanta high technology community. Mike was recognized in 2009 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for being one of the top 40 Executives Under 40 in the Atlanta area.
Mike speaks Russian, French, and Ukrainian, lives near Atlanta with his wife and two sons, and plays keyboards and vocals for Kickin’ Off the Coverz, a working classic rock cover band.

Don Bravaldo/Bravaldo Capital Advisors

Don founded Bravaldo Capital Advisors in 2006 to provide full-service investment banking to middle market clients, a segment underserved by larger advisory firms. As managing partner, Don has led BCA through successful transactions across a wide variety of industries. Prior to founding Bravaldo Capital Advisors, Don led the middle market group at a Southeastern business brokerage and oversaw all North American mergers and acquisition activity for Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc., a large, publicly traded, consolidator of orthopedic and prosthetic service businesses. In these roles, Don administered all phases of the mergers and acquisition process, including identifying potential sell side opportunities, packaging businesses for sale, performing business valuations, extending and negotiating offers, conducting due diligence investigations, and managing the formal closing process. Earlier in his career as an auditor with Bennett Thrasher & Co., P.C. and Arthur Andersen LLP, Don coordinated financial reporting engagements and provided business consulting services to clients throughout the Southeast in industries including construction, service, manufacturing, and healthcare. Don is a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Accounting from Auburn University. Don is active in his church and enjoys golf, fishing and the outdoors.

John Monahon/Trusted Counsel

John serves as legal counsel to startups and growth companies on corporate and transactional matters. His practice focuses on the full life cycle of businesses, including entity organization, shareholder agreements, licensing agreements, securities offerings, employment agreements, intellectual property registrations and business succession planning. John’s clients include companies in a broad array of industries including technology, consulting, healthcare, media, and food and beverage. John received his B.A., cum laude, in finance and management and a joint J.D./I.M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina. During his studies, John worked in the international joint venture finance division of one of the largest law firms in Asia. His business and legal background gives him a unique perspective that enables him to assist clients in making well-informed legal decisions that achieve their strategic business goals. John is married to his wife Soo, and has 3 young children. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching college football and playing tennis.


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.

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OPEN FOR BUSINESS: David Cross with U.S. Asset Management, Brittany Buck with Hampton Inn & Suites Duluth, Arvell Poe with At Home, and Courtney Spencer with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce

Johnny Phelps, Courtney Spencer, Brittany Buck, David Cross, Arvel Poe

Johnny Phelps, Courtney Spencer, Brittany Buck, David Cross, Arvel Poe

David Cross/U.S. Asset Management

David Cross is a Certified Portfolio Manager and Wealth Advisor with U.S. Asset Management. His primary responsibility is portfolio management and client relationship management. After 25 years at major firms and leading a team that was responsible for managing over $220 million in client assets, he left the firm in 2016 to start his own firm. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Auburn University and earned the Certified Portfolio Manager designation through the Academy of Certified Portfolio Managers and Columbia University.  David has earned numerous distinguished service awards with his former employers and he has over 25 years of experience managing investments for individuals, businesses and charities. He is active in the business and civic community, serving in a variety of organizations.

Brittany Buck/Hampton Inn & Suites Duluth

The Hampton Inn & Suites Duluth is conveniently located near I-85 and Pleasant Hill Road. It is a beautiful, newly renovated hotel including complimentary Wi-Fi, hot breakfast buffet, on-site fitness center and fresh cookies in the afternoon.


Arvell Poe/At Home

At Home knows that no two people are the same, and they like it that way. From quirky to traditional, modern to exotic, they pride themselves on having something for everyone. Their wide variety of products allows customers to express their own unique style throughout their home in ways big and small. Add in the outstanding customer service that the Buford location provides and you’ll know why their customers consider this store their second home.

Courtney Spencer/Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce

The Gwinnett Chamber is the forum for business, government, education, healthcare, arts/culture/entertainment, and philanthropic and public-service communities to come together to advance the 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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SIMON SAYS, LET’S TALK BUSINESS: Dave McMullen with redpepper

Al Simon and Dave McMullen

Al Simon and Dave McMullen

Dave McMullen/redpepper

Dave McMullen is principal at redpepper, a creative services firm and innovation lab with offices in Atlanta and Nashville. redpepper helps companies adapt and grow in a changing world by specializing in the intersection of communication, technology, and human behavior.

He is a writer and speaker with expertise in leadership, innovation, and marketing and has been featured on 60 Minutes, NPR, CNN, Headline News, CNBC, FOX News, and numerous national publications.

Listed on Catalyst magazine’s ‘Top 25 Entrepreneurs’, Dave was named the Pinnacle Small Business Person of the Year as well as the American Marketing Association’s Atlanta Marketer of the Year.

He is a graduate of the Entrepreneurial Masters Program at MIT and served as the President of the Atlanta Entrepreneur’s Organization.

His company, redpepper, has been ranked on Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest-growing private companies for 6 years and has been recognized within the advertising industry with several local, regional, and national ADDY Awards.



David Kim with C2 Education, Shruti Dhawan with SmartPayroll Solutions, and Maria Horstmann with Be Fab – Be You

Mike Sammond, David Kim, Maria Horstmann, Shruti Dhawan, Steven Julian

Mike Sammond, David Kim, Maria Horstmann, Shruti Dhawan, Steven Julian

David Kim/C2 Education

C2 Education was founded in 1997 by David Kim and Jim Narangajavana, two Harvard students offering private tutoring programs from their dorm room. In 2000, C2 opened their first location in Maryland. As of 2016, the company has grown to over 160 centers nationwide, and will double the number of centers in the next three years. C2 serves over 15,000 students and their families each week. C2 is one of the premier SAT/ACT test prep and subject tutoring companies in the U.S., providing expertise with trained and often multilingual tutoring staff as well as customized curriculum. C2 was the first test prep provider to write and publish student workbooks for the new SAT.

Shruti Dhawan/SmartPayroll Solutions

SmartPayroll Solutions, serving Atlanta and the state of Georgia, is a full-service payroll company. Unlike any other service, they use a Consultative – Boutique – Transparent (CBT) model. They utilize cutting-edge payroll software backed by over 25 years of experience. their unique, personalized approach combined with this robust technology makes them the best choice for businesses of all sizes. With their Human Resources and workforce management tools such as onboarding, background checks, Time and Attendance and employee scheduling, SmartPayroll Solutions can also help you grow and manage an efficient, productive employee base.

Maria Horstmann/Be Fab – Be You

The opportunity to empower individuals, learn from each person’s uniqueness, be part of their growth, witness their transformation, and add value to their lives inspires Maria to stay the course! Choose from one-on-one coaching, small group settings, or corporate wellness solutions. Be Fab – Be You solutions are aimed at helping people achieve optimal wellness inside and outside the workplace.


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Stan Osbourne with Bahama Breeze, Todd Reddeman with Mocha My Day, and Tom Vooris with Choices To You

Mike Sammond, Stan Osbourne, Todd Reddeman, Tom Vooris, Steven Julian

Mike Sammond, Stan Osbourne, Todd Reddeman, Tom Vooris, Steven Julian

Stan Osbourne/Bahama Breeze

Caribbean inspired food, handcrafted tropical drinks, and a vibrant island atmosphere lets you feel a million miles from home, any day of the week. At Bahama Breeze, you can explore island flavors, discover legendary cocktails, and feel the energy of live music. Like sunshine on your face, it’s warm and welcoming. A place to gather with friends and share a tasty plate or two or five. No worries. You’ll find your favorite dishes here, but their chef delights in introducing you to tropical tastes and new recipes.

Todd Reddeman/Mocha My Day

Celebrate the wonder and romance of a real coffeehouse experience at your next special event with the hottest coffee bar catering service in Atlanta! A coffee and chocolate lover’s dream, Mocha My Day specializes in creating a delicious selection of espresso and non-espresso based drinks for you and your guests. Any season, any reason, whenever you want to have fun!

Tom Vooris/Choices To You

Let Choices To You bring the restaurant to you! If you live in the North Fulton or Gwinnett County area of Atlanta, they’re about to make your life a whole lot easier! If you ever ask yourself, “Where’s the best restaurant delivery near me?”, they have got you covered. Try their food delivery service today! Choices To You lets you pick take out from some of the best restaurants around you. Feel like Italian? Mexican? Chinese? Who doesn’t love take out food?










THE DR. DIONNE SHOW: Mental Health Challenges and Solutions

Cassia Gold, Dr. Dionne Poulton, Capt. Jay Eisner, Lori Brikman

Cassia Gold, Dr. Dionne Poulton, Capt. Jay Eisner, Lori Brickman

On this episode of “The Dr Dionne Show,” we address the issue of mental illness, its stigma, and why so many Americans are forced to suffer in silence without much needed compassion and support. You will hear expert commentary from representatives of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Georgia Crisis Intervention Team  (CIT) – Captain Jay Eisner, Dekalb County Police Department, and Ms. Lori Brickman, CIT Coordinator, as well as the emotional testimony of mental health public speaker, Ms. Cassia Gold.



Lori Brickman serves as a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training coordinator for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Georgia, connecting mental health professionals with NAMI GA CIT presentation opportunities. As a mental health advocate, she meets, partners with, and connects daily with individuals and corporations interested in, in need of, and committed to mental health resources, funding, education and advocacy. You may contact her at for any NAMI GA sponsorship inquiries.

Lori also serves as Board Chair of Creative Community Services, a nonprofit organization serving foster youth and adults with disabilities, based in Norcross, GA. She is also the Vice Chair of the Dekalb County Misdemeanor Mental Health Court Board of Directors.


fullsizerender-4Captain Jay M. Eisner is the Special Victims Unit Commander with the Dekalb County Police Department. He has gone through the CIT police training and offers a police officer’s perspective dealing with citizens with mental illness. He can be reached at



fullsizerender-3Cassia Gold is a spoken word artist, fashion designer and mental health public speaker. She can be reached at and on Twitter @iamcassiagold




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imgresDionne Wright Poulton, Ph.D., is an HR and Leadership Consultant, Educator, Author, Speaker, and Owner of Poulton Consulting Group, LLC (PCG), an HR and Leadership Consulting business specializing in diversity and inclusion, equity, bias, intercultural communication, adult learning, adult behavior, and conflict mediation. Since its inception in 2004, PCG has worked with a wide range of diverse clients in the US and Canada, including in the San Francisco tech and digital marketing industry, K-12 schools, higher education, and many corporate and service industries. Poulton Consulting Group (PCG) is also a government-approved business for local, state and federal level contracts.

Dr. Wright Poulton is also author of the acclaimed book “It’s Not Always Racist…but Sometimes It Is,” which is an extension of her PhD dissertation at the University of Georgia where she researched the racial biases and assumptions of teachers. Her book has received incredible attention, including an outstanding review from world-renowned Kirkus Media. She is also a certified K-12 teacher whose work is inspired by her 16 years of cumulative experiences as a high school teacher and university instructor in public and private institutions in Canada and the United States. Additionally, Dr. Wright Poulton has earned professional degrees from San Francisco State University (M.A.), the University of Toronto/OISE (B.Ed.), and from Rice University (B.A.) in Houston, Texas as a former NCAA Division I track and field scholarship athlete.

In 2014, Profiles In Diversity Journal identified Dr. Wright Poulton as “A Woman to Watch.” She has also been invited for social commentary in print media in the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as for numerous radio shows, including on CBS radio stations in Atlanta, Georgia, and on Tavis Smiley’s Radio Show. Excitingly, the “Dr Dionne Show” debuted in September 2016 on Business RadioX and with a focus on smart dialogue about diversity, leadership and behavior in the workplace and beyond.

Dr. Wright Poulton is originally from Toronto, Canada and is also a former member of Canada’s National Track and Field Team. She currently lives with her husband and their two daughters in Snellville, Georgia.

To book Dr Dionne Poulton as a Speaker for your next event, or for Dr Poulton to facilitate one of her innovative professional development workshops that are based on her PhD research, you can reach her at the following:


Phone: 404-323-3842 or 1-877-263-2227 (internationally)

Facebook- Poulton Consulting Group
LinkedIn – @Dr Dionne (Wright) Poulton
Twitter- @DrDionnePoulton

For more information, please visit Dr Poulton’s business website:



















GIVING BACK TO GWINNETT: Shena Tarie with Models to the Rescue and Marie Davis with Center Point

Lynn Robinette, Shena Tarie, Marie Davis

Lynn Robinette, Shena Tarie, Marie Davis

Shena Tarie/Models to the Rescue

Models to the Rescue brings awareness to abandoned, neglected and abused pets who are having a hard time getting adopted in shelters or foster homes. Through ongoing fundraising efforts they are able to provide shelters photo shoots with professional models and photographers. The photos of the animals are then shared across all social media outlets to give them the exposure they need to find forever homes. Models to the Rescue provides all services to rescue organizations at no charge.

Marie Davis/Center Point

Next year will be the 50th anniversary for Center Point.  This 501c3 entity was started by four Hall County Churches to provide time out religious education.  Over time, Center Point was asked to provide counseling, drug and pregnancy prevention and mentoring in the City and County Schools.  Center Point also offers family and individual counseling at both locations.




STRATEGIC INSIGHTS RADIO: The Importance of Understanding Return on Investment Applications

Dr. Jack J. Phillips and Dave Wilkins

Dr. Jack J. Phillips and Dave Wilkins

This episode of “Strategic Insights Radio” will delve into the importance of understanding Return on Investment otherwise referred to as ROI applications as they pertain to the success of a business.

Dr. Jack J. Phillips/ROI Institute

Dr. Jack J. Phillips is Chairman of ROI Institute, the leading provider of services for measurement, evaluation, metrics, and analytics. Former Learning and Development Manager, HR Executive, and Bank President, Phillips provides consulting services for over half of the Fortune 100 companies and workshops for major conference providers worldwide. Author of the first book on training evaluation in the USA, Phillips has authored or edited more than 75 books. He is the developer of the ROI Methodology, the most used evaluation system in the world. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fortune Magazine, and on CNN.

ROI Institute, Inc., founded in 1992 as a service-driven organization, assists professionals in improving programs and processes using the ROI Methodology developed by Dr. Jack Phillips . Dr. Jack Phillips and Dr. Patti Phillips are the leading experts on the use of return on investment (ROI) in non-traditional applications. They regularly conduct ROI workshops and provide consulting services, making the ROI Institute an industry leader in measurement and evaluation. ROI Institute, along with more than 100 ROI consultants, applies the ROI Methodology in 22 fields, which have been implemented in 60 countries. ROI Institute builds internal capability with a process to help individuals to achieve Certified ROI Professional (CRP), a designation respected by executives in various organizations.


Dave Wilkins/Sterling Rose Consulting Corp

Dave Wilkins has over 30 years experience working for companies such as E&Y, Whitridge Associates, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and IBM in business and technology management and consulting. He is currently the Senior Vice President of Sterling Rose Consulting Corp and the Business Unit Manager for the Business Technology Division of Sterling Rose Consulting. Originally from Michigan, he has a BBA and MBA from the University of Michigan, and he has been a resident of Gwinnett County, GA for over 20 years. In his 30 years in business and technology, he has worked with clients in multiple business sectors including finance, manufacturing, energy, healthcare and government, among others.

ABOUT “STRATEGIC INSIGHTS RADIOStrategic 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