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Past Speakers for January-February 2007

JAN 10 Marvin Fuller
Regional Field Trial Manager - Cingular Wireless, SE Region
Marvin has had 17 years of experience in the wireless telecom industry and currently manages a group of engineers who test and approve new handsets and data devices for Cingular where he has spent the last 11 years.  He started his career with BellSouth Mobility  where he was responsible for overseeing the handset test lab, and before that worked as a Product Engineer for OKI Telecom in Suwannee, Georgia.  Marvin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Polytechnic State University.

JAN 17 Matthew DiBenedetto
A/V Productions Systems Designer/Consultant - True A/V Services
True Audio Visual Services provides sales, rental and installation of all types of audio/video equipment.  Matthew is the chief designer of the systems provided.  He has been in the live production business for 20 years as a concert audio engineer, in video production management, lighting design, and project management.  He has done work with companies such as IBM, AFLAC, Campus Crusade for Christ, Microsoft, and Entertainment Design Group.

JAN 24 Dareyl Lisle
CEO/President/Agent/Appraiser - NVision
NVision is an umbrella company over NVision Realty, Inc., NVision Appraisal Associates, Inc., NVision Environmentals, Inc., and NVision Company, Inc. NVision Realty, Inc. is a full service real estate company providing residential and commercial purchase/sales, leasing and management expertise. NVision Appraisal Associates, Inc. perform commercial appraisals, value consulting, and construction draw inspections. NVision Environmentals, Inc. performs Phase I, II, and III Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) for commercial or investment grade real estate. NVision Company, Inc. is a church consulting group which consults 501(c)(3)'s on how to remain healthy and be good stewards of the resources God has provided through a growth transition as that growth pertains to real estate.

JAN 31 Franklin Jones
President - Jones & Rowell Real Estate, Inc.
Jones & Rowell Real Estate handles sales and management of commercial and residential real estate.  Franklin started the company in 1970 and works mainly in Atlanta but also manages vacation rental homes in Florida, Costa Rica and North Georgia.  Prior to starting his own business, Franklin worked for Georgia Power.  He graduated from UGA with a BBA in Real Estate in 1966.

FEB 14 Stephen M. Carlson
President - XI Interactive
Stephen has worked in several capacities in Information Technology and after a layoff from a dot-com era web company, he started XI. The company specializes in full-life cycle design and development of web sites for entities from small businesses to large enterprises such as Emory University and  Emory Healthcare.  Steve and his wife live in Lawrenceville and have 3 children.

FEB 21 Gary J. Pernice
Executive Director - Pernice & Associates Business Consulting
Gary's responsibilities include Executive Manager of the Platinum Business Group, Ltd. and Executive Manager of Church and Ministry Finance International.  Gary is skilled in creating small enterprise business plans and setting up small enterprises and domestic corporations, partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability corporations, and I.R.C. section 501(c) corporations.  Gary has conducted lectures around the country and appeared on television on numerous occasions.  He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oral Roberts University, and received a Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University.

FEB 28 Frank Payne, PMP
Senior Vice President - Wainscott Finch Associates
Wainscott Finch Associates is an Atlanta based professional service practice specializing in Performance Optimization and Improvement Management.  Frank is a Chief Problem Solver, Author, Training Practitioner, International Motivational Speaker and Management Consultant. His over 20 years of extensive experience include mentoring and coaching project teams, project recovery and optimization, performance management, methodology development and deployment, process mapping and assessments, and mediation management. His clients include Procter & Gamble, Heinz, Kenner, Hasbro, General Foods, Jim Beam, Borden, Kraft-General Foods and other Fortune 1000 companies. Prior to this he worked for Procter & Gamble and served in the Army Corp of Engineers. Frank has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Tuskegee Institute with graduate studies at Oklahoma University and Amos Tuck Graduate School.