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Past Speakers for July-August 2006

JULY 12 Tom Sargeant
Owner - Imagicom
Imagicom is a creator of personalized gifts for various special occasions.  Tom is a 1987 graduate of Bradley University with Bachelor of Science degrees in Public Relations and Advertising and an emphasis on Business.  He also works in Special Education at Roswell High School.  Originally from Illinois, Tom has 19 years of sales, marketing and advertising experience in various industries including radio advertising, cable TV advertising, franchise marketing, special events, and personalized gifts.  He is a recipient of the 40 Business Leaders Under 40 Award and has been a longtime volunteer fundraiser for the St. Jude's Children's Hospital and Leukemia-Lymphoma Society.

JULY 19 Joshua Dobbins
Renovation Services, Inc.
Renovation Services mission is to increase business for existing hotels through efficient design and construction.  Josh has a background of multiple construction trades and retail management.  His duties at Renovation Services include designing and sending marketing packets, meeting with prospective clients, finding and evaluating vendors and contractors, and supervising the ongoing projects. Josh has also worked for Fire Arms Training System (FATS) as Parts Manager, Woody's Woodworks building decks, gazebos, etc., and BP Products where he opened and operated several BP Connect stores.

JULY 26 Will Gifford
Teacher & Coach - Shiloh High School
Will graduated from Presbyterian College in 2005 with a degree in Social Studies education.  While attending Presbyterian College he was a member of the men's soccer team for four years.  After graduation, Will accepted a job in Gwinnett County teaching freshmen Geography at Shiloh High School.  He was also the JV boys soccer head coach this past year and the Varsity boys assistant coach. In his upcoming second year at Shiloh High School, Will be teaching World History and working with the Varsity boys soccer program.

AUG 9 C. Tut Smith
Managing Partner - Clear Harbor
Clear Harbor provides services for telecom, technology, and financial services clients through revenue generation programs, customer contact management, and technical support.  Tut began his career with IBM, EDS and spent more than ten years as Divisional SVP with NEC Corporation.  Since leaving NEC and prior to joining Clear Harbor, Tut has helped to create several companies in service related industries.  He was a founder/investor with InterServ, Tax Partners, and Fitability Systems.

AUG 16 Michael G. Nelson
Global Director - e-Gate Solutions (a division of Gate Gourmet)
Gate Gourmet is a leading airline company with headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.  Mike is a senior information technology professional with over a decade of experience providing IT solutions to health care providers, manufacturing companies, telecommunications companies, medical institutions, financial service organizations, and global services firms.  Technically, Mike has performed at the global enterprise level as a business and system analyst, process architect, software and data architect, database administrator, configuration management specialist, and developer across a variety of platforms including IBM, Sun, Unisys, MS Windows and Oracle.

AUG 23 Rusty Gordon
CEO - Knowlagent
Knowlagent is an innovative software company with a strategic call center solution that drives revenue and customer loyalty initiatives. Prior to joining Knowlagent, Rusty has led numerous successful business turnarounds, startups and acquisitions over the last 25 years including Founder and CEO of iFleet Inc., CEO of Automated Design Systems, Inc., President of The Retail Alliance, Founder and CEO of Choice Retail Systems, and General Manager, Retail Sciences and Peachtree Software.  Rusty has also applied his business building skills to many local technology associations and non profits as a senior officer or board member including Technology Executive Roundtable and High Tech Ministries, and Southeastern Software Association.

AUG 30 Bob Ronka
Principal - Centurion Advisory Group
Centurion Advisory Group is a fee-only financial advisory and investment management company serving individuals and business owners, located in Duluth, Georgia. Bob moved to Atlanta in 1995 and became an independent contractor with MARTA during the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. After the Olympics, he served full time in various senior management positions in operations for MARTA. Prior to coming to Atlanta, Bob was a Senior Vice President with ATE Management and Service Co., Inc., a transit management and consulting company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Bob spent 8 years as a senior executive at ATE's headquarters, in addition to serving in various General Manager assignments for transit systems in the U.S. who contracted with ATE. Bob has two daughters and two grandsons.