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Past Speakers for November-December 2007

NOV 7 Open Mic
Testimonies by luncheon attendees

NOV 14 Stephen E. Atkerson
Third generation Owner/ President of Ack Radio Supply
Ack Radio Supply Company, is a distributor of industrial electronic components. Started by Steve's grandfather in 1946, Ack's customer base includes radio and TV stations, elevator companies, research facilities (like Georgia Tech and Emory), communications firms, railroads, airlines, and the government. In short, Ack serves other businesses that maintain and repair their own equipment. In conjunction with some of their broadcast customers, Ack's current special project is the production of a series of shows for Chinese television. Steve is a 1978 graduate of Georgia Tech with a B.S. degree in Industrial Management.

NOV 21 Craig Cantrell
Test Engineer, Sunrise Telecom
Craig has been a test engineer since 1986, first for Outboard Marine Corporation and then Allen-Bradley between Chicago and Milwaukee. A-B (a Rockwell Automation company) transferred him and his family to Gwinnett County in 1998. After 3 years at the Intecolor facility designing industrial computing solutions, he declined an offer to go back to Wisconsin and remained in Atlanta on faith that God would provide. Just as Craig's severance pay ran out, he accepted a position with Electromagnetic Sciences in Norcross where he worked prior to accepting his position with Sunrise Telecom where he develops test solutions for large scale production of broadband cable test diagnostic equipment in Taiwan. For Craig, quality and customer satisfaction are BOTH #1. In Craig's words, "you can't have one without the other if you want to be successful."

NOV 28 Adam S. Mathis
Independent Associate of American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (Aflac)
Adam has been the CEO of his own one-man benefits company since 2006 and has the ability to listen, assess, and provide guidance to individuals, families, and companies regarding their supplemental insurance coverage. Adam "got out" of Georgia Tech in 1997 with a B.S. degree in International Affairs and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. After 3 years as a platoon leader in Short-Range Air Defense he "went home" to Military Intelligence. Adam is a brain cancer survivor and will tell you that God was driving that train, and he was just along for the ride!

DEC 5 Open Mic
Testimonies by luncheon attendees

DEC 12 John W. Hyche
Principal/Strategic Consulting, Level 5, LLC
John has over 20 years of experience in working with financial institutions in consulting and regulatory capacities. These roles have encompassed support functions, asset management, market analysis and strategy development, and financial analysis and forecasting. In John's present capacity with Level 5, he is charged with the management of interdisciplinary functions to investigate and analyze market opportunities and develop strategic plans and tactical projects to position financial institutions to take advantage of existing and emerging market opportunities. John received a B.S. degree in Architecture from Georgia Tech in 1982 and a Masters degree in Management from Georgia Tech in 1984.

DEC 19 Ed Johnson
Consultant and former Owner of Coldwell Banker Pioneer Realty and Baldridge Marina
Ed's background includes 15 years as an independent consultant and trainer as head of Johnson Consulting. Prior to his present consulting firm, Ed started Coldwell Banker Pioneer Realty which ranked in the top 5% of companies nationally in productivity achieving 17% market share. He owned and operated Baldridge Marina growing from 300 slips to 700+ and increasing sales from $2.5mm to $12mm. Ed has been past president of the Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce, Cumming Kiwanis, and Cumming Optimist. Ed wanted to be a career military officer from age 9 and was an officer and small unit leader in the 101st Airborne Division, 2nd Ranger Battalion. But after receiving an Army commission his plans drastically changed when he broke his back in a car accident and was told he would never walk again. By a miracle of God and Ed's determination, Ed walked out of the hospital 3 1/2 months later!


Dec 26 No Meeting
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