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Past Speakers for November-December 2008

NOV 05 Open Mic 
Testimonies by luncheon attendees.

NOV 12 David Pattillo,
CEO, PODO Technology.

PODO's integrated components work together to create in-store marketing systems that grab shoppers' attention, entice them to look more closely at your products and help guide them through the buying process. David earned his retail stripes when he cofounded and served as CFO and board member of Harry's Farmers Market (HFM), a fresh food retailer that David led from startup through IPO. It became a publicly traded company on NASDAQ and was eventually acquired by Whole Foods Market, Inc. During his tenure, HFM was ranked by Fortune magazine as one of the 100 fastest growing companies in America. David earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Georgia and a BBA from Clemson University.

NOV 19 Dick Hamby,
President of Rising Fawn Equestrian Center, LLC.
Rising Fawn is a state-of-the-art equestrian training center with 69 stalls, 50 horses, and three professional trainers on a 200-acre facility providing training for adults and children. Dick's background is in the chemical business, and he bought his first company, Multi-Chem, Inc., from the founders. He sold this company and also started Chemical Finishers, Inc. which provides flame-retardant additives for clothing and furniture and MCI Bonded Warehouse, for customers needing a shipping point and storage. Dick currently also owns Artistic Stone which is a manufacturer of light weight decorative stone.

NOV 26 Paul Odomirok,
MEd., Transformation Systems, Inc.
Paul is an Associate with Transformation Systems, Inc. For the last 30 years, he has been involved in several careers from academia to corporate leadership to consulting to entrepreneur. In his "first career" Paul taught mathematics and computer science at all levels of learning from preschool to post-PHd. His second career began in 1985 with NCR where he moved up the ranks to Director of Quality and Corporate Coach. He left NCR in 1995 to pursue a consulting career in the areas of leadership, team development, strategy, structure, systems and organization performance. Over the past 10 years, Paul has worked with more than 30 companies on over 50 different performance improvement projects and programs and during this time he's created and operated several businesses. 

DEC 03 Open Mic 
Testimonies by luncheon attendees.

DEC 10 Mark Whitley,
Athletic Director and Coach, Parkview High School.
Mark has been an outstanding addition to Parkview High School's coaching staff since 1999. He was recently made Athletic Director and is also the school's strength and conditioning coach. In the past, he has been selected as National High School Strength Coach of the Year by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society. Coach Whitley also works with the defensive linemen and serves as the boys' and girls' track and field coach, and has been a head football coach and athletic director in the past. Mark and his family attend Mountain Park First Baptist Church where he teaches the church's largest co-ed Sunday School class.

DEC 17
Stacy Burton,
Owner/Broker, RE/MAX Northeast.

RE/MAX Northeast is a real estate company providing mostly residential brokerage and mortgages. A native Atlantan, Stacy taught high school and coached prior to entering the real estate business in 1971. Stacy was the first RE/MAX broker in the state of Georgia. Stacy and his wife, Jeannie, have two daughters and now reside on Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia.

DEC 24
No Meeting
Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

DEC 31 No Meeting
Happy New Year!