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Past Speakers for July-August 2008

JULY 02 Open Mic
Testimonies by luncheon attendees.

JULY 09 Bird D. Blitch
Executive VP of Channel Alliances
Bird co-founded BroadSource in 2000, and as EVP of Channel Alliances, he has direct revenue responsibility through all of BroadSource sales channel partners. A leading technologist, Bird has formed BroadSource's reputation as the leading provider of telecommunications expense management solutions. Prior to BroadSource, he worked for Cable & Wireless PLC where he interfaced with such clients as CNN, The Weather Channel and Delta Airlines. Bird also currently serves as a Trustee Emeritus and founding board member of the Georgia Tech Business Network and is a graduate of Georgia Tech.

JULY 16 Dan Bowling
The 3M Company 
Dan moved from Minneapolis to Atlanta last year due to a promotion for his company and currently manages all key accounts in the southeast for the Construction and Home Improvements Division of The 3M Company. Dan has lived in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Australia, South Carolina, and Georgia. He has experienced tremendous success in the young 25 years of his life. He played Division IAA football for Drake University in Minnesota and he graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a double major in Prelaw and Sociology.

JULY 23 Sami Jajeh
Principal, Arketi Group
Sami provides Arketi Group's clients with senior-level expertise and marketing advice from a technology businessperson's perspective. He combines both an MBA's critical thinking skills and extensive technology marketing domain knowledge to solve tough strategic marketing questions. From comprehensive marketing plans to competitive analyses to corporate re-launches, his work positions companies to gain revenue momentum and strong growth. Sami's career began in computer science giving him a technology understanding to help clients "cut through the clutter" and create a compelling customer-centric value proposition. His career spans almost every aspect of creating great companies, but the greatest portion of his career has been spent in marketing, business development, and entrepreneurship.

JULY 30 Jason Smith
Founder and President , iStaff
Jason founded iStaff in 1995 after several years working in both branch, corporate and management positions at AccuStaff, and was part of their successful IPO. He has over 17 years of staffing industry experience. He is also the founder of GTAP (Georgia Technology Awareness Program), is involved with High Tech Ministries, C12, and advises and is involved with Rainbowvillage. He has a heart for mission trips and has served in Tanzania and Uzbekistan on teams with his church. Jason received his BA degree in Business from Florida State University.

AUG 06 Open Mic 
Testimonies by luncheon attendees.

AUG 13 Matt Eddy
President of Habersham Furniture Company, Toccoa, GA
The company started in 1972 in an old abandoned laundromat with no money and no credit and Matt and his brother working alongside their mother to make craft items to sell in their shop. In 1982, two men from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, placed a $5,000 order and not having the money to even purchase the wood, they asked for and received an advance of $3,500 which became their capital. Matt, his mother and brother worked 7 days a week from 7:00 to 11:00 reinvesting all the money they made back into the business. This business has now grown into a multimillion-dollar, multi-nation company. Matt is a testimony of God's grace--prior to this time, he was in 12 different jails in as many years for drug and alcohol abuse. God got his attention finally in 1982 in the Los Angeles County jail where Matt gave his life to Christ.

AUG 20
Mark Seeley
Director, Intellinet Corporation.
Intellinet Corporation is a consulting services firm that specializes in delivering business solutions through Microsoft-based technology solutions. Mark has started four companies in the area of logistics, real estate, and software. He started his career at Andersen consulting and has been with Intellinet for 12 years, currently focusing on business development. Mark has 16 years of experience in the consulting services industry and is a graduate of Georgia Tech.

AUG 27 John R. Harris
Partner, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, Attorneys at Law
John is a partner in the technology/intellectual property group and a registered patent attorney. For the past 20 years, he has advised clients in the electronics, computer, and Internet industries on intellectual property matters. John was a former computer system design engineer at Harris Corporation where he designed electronic printing and word processing systems, and he also contributed to early publications on Internet law. He has extensive experience counseling clients, preparing and prosecuting patent applications, rendering opinions, and negotiating transactions involving various technologies. John is a graduate of Georgia Tech and Emory University.