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Past Speakers for July-August 2010

JULY 07 Open Mic 
Testimonies by luncheon attendees.

Norm Johnson
Vice President, Business Development for EMS Technologies'
Defense & Space Division

Appointed in October 2009, Norm is responsible for profitable growth within the division by providing leadership to the marketing and sales teams while developing a strategic business plan and product-focused direction for the division. He joined EMS in 1982 and has spent his career in engineering, program management, and operations roles. During his more than 18 years of engineering management roles, Norm helped drive the expansion of EMS's capabilities in ASICs for space as well as the documentation and release of processes needed to obtain the company's first ISO certification. He holds a bachelor's degree in Applied Physics from Georgia Tech and a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Tom Sullivan,
Independent Business Consultant for Priority Payment Systems.
Tom provides consulting service for leasing of business equipment costing $25,000 to $500,000. He also provides consulting services for credit card processing for retail and business accounts. Tom has previously worked for Heritage Pacific Payment Systems, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America.

Jay Lin,
President and Owner of Pacific Ventures, Inc.,
which provides new construction, tenant build-out, and additions for commercial industrial facilities. Prior to that, Jay was VP and Owner of Forest Builders Group, Inc., which was a residential home builder in the metro Atlanta area. He has been an entrepreneur since 1989, having been involved in several business ventures including sporting goods importing, photo finishing, automotive aftermarket parts importing, export auto parts, buying and selling farm land, used car dealership, outdoor furniture retail, granite fabrication, metal recycling, and concrete and retaining wall contractor. Jay immigrated to the United States from Taiwan in 1987. He gave his life to the Lord in 1997 and currently serves in the Businessmen's Fellowship Luncheon at John's Creek.

AUG 04 Open Mic
Testimonies by luncheon attendees.

AUG 11
Oliver Tseng,
Java Programmer at CDC.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention works to protect public health and safety by providing information to enhance health decisions and promotes health through partnerships with state health departments and other organizations. Oliver has been with the CDC since September 2008. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and has worked in the computer industry for the past 20 years at various companies including Schlumberger, Scientific-Atlanta, HP, Accenture, zebramart, SP Richards, Datascan Technologies and VeriSign.

AUG 18
Demetrius Wilborn,
Senior Account Executive, Platinum Business Group, Ltd. and
CEO of DSW1 Consulting.
Demetrius is gifted in providing businesses with funding for business startup, expansion and proper capitalization. He has worked in the areas of residential mortgage funding, loss mitigation, credit rehabilitation, and business capitalization. After serving in the U.S. Army, Demetrius worked with several prestigious financial institutions including Global Mortgage Group, Mortgage Connections, Inc., and Branch Banking and Trust Bank (BB&T) in the loss/mitigation department.

AUG 25

Bob Ronka,

Principal, Centurion Advisory Group.


Centurion Advisory Group, located in Suwanee, Georgia, is a fee-only financial advisory and investment management company serving individuals and business owners. Bob moved to Atlanta in 1995 and became an independent contractor with MARTA during the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. After the Olympics, he served full time in various senior management positions in operations for MARTA. Prior to coming to Atlanta, Bob was a Senior VP with ATE Management and Service Co., Inc., a transit management and consulting company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. During his 25 years with ATE, he spent eight years as a senior executive at ATE's headquarters in addition to serving in various General Manager assignments for transit systems who contracted with ATE.

SEPT 01 Open Mic 
  Testimonies by luncheon attendees.