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Past Speakers for January-February 2008

JAN 02 Open Mic
Testimonies by luncheon attendees

JAN 09 Larry Shrader
President of Five Star Properties, Inc.
Five Star Properties has owned and operated income investment real estate in the Atlanta metropolitan and north Georgia areas since 1991. He is an active realtor with RE/MAX Northeast. Larry is originally from Chattanooga where he was in management with J. C. Penny. He accepted a promotional transfer to Atlanta and later began his real estate career. He came into a new knowledge of how God can use businessmen in the work place when he was invited to a meeting by his wife, Deborah, shortly after they met. Larry and Deborah have four children and make their home in Lilburn, Georgia. He co-founded and co-hosts the Norcross Fellowship Luncheon which has met weekly since September, 1985.

JAN 16 Ganesh Persuad
President, Eagle Resource Group, Inc.
Eagle Resource Group is a Georgia-based staffing company. With over 50 years of combined experience, they provide experienced candidates for temporary, temp to perm, and permanent placement specializing in the insurance industry. Prior to his current position, Ganesh owned Toys Unlimited, an educational specialty toy store with six stores in the metro Atlanta area. Ganesh also has worked as a loan officer for the U.S. Government and accounting manager for Gay and Taylor, a firm owned by a Swiss company operating as a third party administrator to handle claims for others. Before becoming a Christian in 1977, Ganesh was of the Hindu religion.

JAN 23 Marty Byars
President of Byars Funeral Home
Byars Funeral Home & Cremation Services was founded January, 2004. Marty is an international speaker for the Funeral Directors and Cemetery Association and was in the Men of Mortuary Calendar, 2007, featuring men around the United States in the funeral business to raise money for breast cancer, having raised 1.8 million dollars so far. Marty stays very active in civic and community affairs having been on the boards of Keep Forsyth County Beautiful, Leadership Forsyth, Sawnee Cultural Arts and the American Heart Association. In addition, he has served the Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce as Ambassador of the Year in 2001, Chairman of the Ambassador Program in 2002 and Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee in 2005. Marty is a member of the Johns Creek Rotary Club and on the Board of Directors of the YMCA in Vickery. Marty said he will make his talk fun and interesting, NOT morbid!!

JAN 30 Brian Hill
Senior Account Executive, EMC Corporation
Brian has spent his entire working career in the Information Technology Industry. After graduating from Clemson University in 1984 he spent 18 years with Hewlett-Packard in a variety of sales and management positions. Brian spent four years working with start-up enterprise software companies before joining EMC in 2006 as a Sr. Account Executive. Brian has been married to his wife Lesley for 23 years and they have 3 children. He and his family live in Alpharetta and attend Crabapple Baptist Church.

FEB 06 Open Mic
Testimonies by luncheon attendees

FEB 13 Tim FitzGerald
Territory Vice President, RelayHealth, a division of McKesson Corp
McKesson is a Fortune 16 health care company and RelayHealth is a division within McKesson that provides solutions for the interaction between hospitals, physicians, insurance companies and banks. Tim manages the $80 million McKesson Corporate Account organization for RelayHealth. Tim has been in the Atlanta technology community for over 20 years in sales management positions with start up software organizations including Vantive Corporation, Epiphany and Talus. He is a graduate of Auburn University and currently resides in Suwanee.

FEB 20
Eddie Mayfield
President, Electronic Maintenance Associates, Inc., Norcross, Georgia, and Electronic Maintenance Associates of New York Inc., Groton, New York
EMA specializes in the repair of industrial electronics, with a particular emphasis on variable speed motor drives, and serves a national and occasionally international marketplace. Eddie received a BA degree from the University of Alabama in 1978. After receiving his degree, he was employed by IDM Controls in Houston, Texas. He founded EMA of Norcross in 1990 and acquired assets of Service Electronics Supply Company in Groton, New York, to form EMA of New York. Eddie also serves on the advisory board of Jesus Life Ministries, a ministry to indigent people in downtown Atlanta.

FEB 27
Ron Riley
  Owner/Broker of Nortap Associates, Inc.
Nortap Associates is a commercial real estate firm located in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Ron graduated from Georgia Southwestern College and is a former high school teacher and coach, coaching for 13 years, 10 as head coach for boys' basketball. He left coaching in 1985 and began a career in real estate. Ron currently brokers, invests, and develops real estate. A life-long Sunday school teacher, Ron and his wife, Pat, share a passion for marriage and the family which includes conducting seminars on the topic to various groups.