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Past Speakers for September-October 2004

SEPT 8 Edward W. Gadrix, Jr.
Attorney at Law
Ed is a seasoned trial attorney in resolving conflicts and disputes in personal and business matters.  He is a registered mediator with the office of Dispute Resolution, State of Georgia, and a member of the Collaborative Law organizations in Georgia.  He is also a member of the Reconciler Program of Peacemaker Ministries, a national organization of Christian attorneys dedicated to resolving conflict through Christian mediation and methods where Christians are involved, and is an Allied attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund.  Ed received his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Georgia State University and obtained a Doctorate of Law Degree from John Marshall Law School.

SEPT 15 Eric Fichtner
President and CEO - Fusion Broadband, Inc.
Fusion Broadband is a broadband service provider headquartered in Atlanta since 2001.  Eric's professional background crosses a variety of disciplines.  After graduation from Davidson College, he spent two years in full-time missions.  Thereafter, he was a PHD student and then instructor at Northwestern University in communications, literature, and theatre.  Eric worked professionally in theatre and film as an actor, director, and writer in Chicago and Pittsburgh until 1996, while simultaneously managing a low-voltage systems consulting firm.  In 1996 he and his family relocated to Atlanta where he sold his consultant business to Suntech Systems and served as EVP of Business Development until 2001.

SEPT 22 Scott Rowe
New Business Development - Classic Real Estate Systems
Based in Norcross, Georgia, Classic Real Estate Systems has devoted 100% of its resources over the past ten years to create the best software package available for the affordable housing industry.  More than 800 companies nationwide trust Class to be their automation partner.  Prior to his position at Classic, Scott was the District Sales Representative for Internet Security Systems in Atlanta.  Scott attended high school in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is a graduate of Florida State University.

SEPT 29 Mike Mitchell
Chief Financial Officer - Vesdia Corporation
Vesdia is a widely recognized global leader in the field of leading-edge loyalty solutions.  In addition to serving as the "savings engine" behind award-winning programs, the company's patent protected technology is also licensed by financial institutions, retailers, and credit card issuers to facilitate  customer loyalty.  Mike is a financial services industry veteran.  Prior to his position at Vesdia Corporation, he served as Vice President of Finance and Division Controller for Wachovia Bank's $6 billion credit card portfolio.  He also was a Senior Analyst with AT&T Universal Card Services and was part of the company's original credit card product launch team.  Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Florida State University.

OCT 20 Steve Bartkowski
Former NFL Quarterback - Atlanta Falcons
Steve was the starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons for 11 seasons and led the Falcons to their first play-off game in 1978 and again in 1980 and 1982.  He still holds virtually all the passing records for the Atlanta Falcons and was the NFL's highest rated quarterback for three years. Since retiring from pro football, Steve hosted the popular outdoor television series on TNN, "Backroad Adventures with Steve Bartkowski" and was also host of a top rated series called "Suzuki's Great Outdoors with Steve Bartkowski" on ESPN for three years.  His business background is in marketing and he currently works for DPR Construction, Inc., a multi-billion dollar, national commercial contractor/construction manager committed to delivering the highest level of service and superior quality products to valued customers around the world.

OCT 27 Thomas V. Chorey, Jr.
Attorney at Law - Chorey, Taylor & Feil
Chorey, Taylor & Feil is a full-service law firm with expertise in litigation, commercial real estate, bankruptcy, asset-based financing and leasing, beverage law, sports and entertainment law, and administrative and regulatory matters.  Tom has practiced business law in Atlanta for more than 30 years and has extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, governance, employment, financing, contracts, securities, tax, and estate matters.  He earned his Juris Doctorate and Aerospace Engineering degrees from the University of Virginia and his Masters in Taxation from Emory University.