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Past Speakers for September-October 2007

SEPT 5 Open Mic
Testimonies by luncheon attendees

SEPT 12 Randy Thatcher
Mortgage Consultant - Southeast Mortgage
Southeast Mortgage is a full service residential mortgage lender offering FHA loans, VA loans, conventional and sub-prime loans. Southeast Mortgage professionals ensure that your purchase, rate and term refinance, cash out refinance, home construction or vacation home loan transaction is treated professionally and that all your needs are met. Randy served in the U.S. Marine Corps flying F-4 Phantoms from 1973 to 1985 after which he owned a Mexican restaurant in Beaufort, South Carolina, until 1988. He also worked at Shearson Lehman from 1989 to 2001 and has been in the mortgage business since 2001.

SEPT 19 Ron Sheintal
Stockbroker - Edward Jones Investments
After 10 years as a client of Edward Jones Investments, Ron joined the ranks of the more than 9000 others who have accepted the opportunity to represent the award-winning firm, and now operates the Buford office of Edward Jones. Prior to Edward Jones, Ron had a 35-year career in sales, sales marketing, and sales management, including having built a computer business from scratch and peaking at $4.5 million in sales before selling the business to the employees. Ron's parents came to America in 1948 from what is now Israel, and he is the first "American born" Sheintal.

SEPT 26 James B. Cichanski
Founder, President & CEO - Flex HR, Inc.
Jim has over 30 years of experience in human resources, holding senior level positions in companies that were privately held, pre-IPO, foreign owned, joint venture, Fortune 50 and one labeled the "fastest growing Fortune 1000 in America." He has a solid background in high tech, manufacturing, services, and management. Jim also spent 25 years in the Army National Guard achieving the rank of Colonel, was inducted into the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame, and received numerous awards including the Legion of Merit.

OCT 3 Open Mic
Testimonies by luncheon attendees

OCT 10 Edward R. Daihl
CEO - Surgical Information Systems LLC (SIS)
Surgical Information Systems provides automated intelligence across the entire perioperative continuum by empowering hospitals with surgical information solutions that combine their business and clinical know-how with feature-rich, fully integrated software, useful services, comprehensive support options and well-designed staff education and training. Ed is a proven executive with over two decades of success at building software and technology services companies into world-class solution providers. Prior to joining SIS, he served on the executive management team of Manugistics, a leading provider of enterprise revenue management, pricing and supply chain software solutions, and prior to Manugistics, he was President of CAPS Logistics, a provider of network design, routing and optimization software solutions.

OCT 17 H. "Buddy" Robinson
President/CEO - G&H Franchising Corporation
VCI was incorporated in February 1989 to provide project management, right-of-way acquisition, and regulatory permitting services to public utilities, state agencies, county governments, municipalities, private enterprises, and tele-communications companies. Buddy is past President of Georgia Chapter 22 International Right-of-Way Association and has over 36 years of experience in acquisition and project management.

OCT 24 Ed Flowers
Executive VP & Managing Director - DHR International
DHR International is a leading, privately held provider of executive search solutions with more than 40 wholly-owned offices spanning the globe with consultants specializing in all industries. Ed has over 25 years of experience as a human resources professional in the consumer package goods, life sciences, advanced technology and sports industries. Prior to joining DHR, he was Corporate Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Russell Corporation, and previous to Russell, Ed was the Global Vice President of Human Resources for Merisant Company, the maker of Equal sweetener.

OCT 31 Chip Pearson
State Senator
Senator Pearson represents District 51 which includes Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Pickens and Union counties. Senator Pearson is serving in his second term and is chairman of the Senate Economic Development Committee and secretary of the Senate Transportation Committee. He also serves on the Appropriations, Rules, Administrative Affairs Committee and the influential Committee on Assignments. Senator Pearson is also founder, president and CEO of Pecos, Inc. and Paramont Grading Co.