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Past Speakers for March-April 2010

MAR 03 Open Mic 
Testimonies by luncheon attendees.

MAR 10 Jimmy Rogers,
President of Rogers-Wood and Associates, Inc.,

a metro Atlanta insurance agency. Jimmy began his insurance career in 1964 as a life insurance agent for American General Life Insurance Company and is a member of the Professional Insurance Agency of Georgia. He is past President of Feed the Hungry, been active in Kiwanis, and serves on the International Cabinet of Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International. He has attended Mt. Paran Church of God since 1951 and served on the Administrative Council there until last year.

MAR 17 Price Harding III,
Founding Partner of CarterBaldwin.
Price has a proven track record of leading successful searches and building executive teams in a broad diversity of industries ranging from construction and development businesses to high technology companies. His recruitment consulting focus includes searches for C-Level leadership, officers, and directors for both privately held and publicly traded companies. Prior to entering the recruitment industry, Price served as Director of Manufacturing Operations for Astechnologies, an Atlanta based company that produced hydraulic presses that were used in the manufacture of automotive headliners. He has an active interest in politics and in 2002 won the Georgia Primary for Senate District 27 before being defeated in a run-off. He serves in various capacities in several organizations including the Technology Committee of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Technology Executive Round Table, High Tech Ministries, and the AEA Southeast Council Executive Committee.

MAR 24 John M. White,
Associate Agent of the Jay Williams State Farm Agency,
where he is currently licensed in Home, Auto, Life, and Health while working to earn his securities licensing and his Chartered Financial Consultant's designation. John is originally from South Carolina where he graduated from Anderson University. While at Anderson, John played on the baseball team and went on to play for the San Francisco Giants. After his stint with the Giants, he decided to pursue his dream of working for State Farm Insurance and returned to his home to work in his mother's State Farm agency in Saluda, South Carolina. John eventually pursued an opportunity to work for State Farm's corporate office in John's Creek where he worked for 16 months before joining The Jay Williams State Farm Agency.

MAR 31 Tony Erwin,
Owner and President of Skyrocket Financial Solutions LLC.,
which provides knowledgeable business finance consulting to customers to "skyrocket" their business through access to capital, cash flow solutions, and commercial real estate financing. He works heavily with manufacturers and technology companies, as well as many other types of businesses in various stages of growth, to help them navigate the financial marketplace and find the best solution for their businesses. He also has over eight years of experience in advanced technology sales and consulting for a Silicon Valley based company were he sold and installed products for NASA, the military, universities, service providers, and financial institutions.

APR 07 Open Mic
Testimonies by luncheon attendees.

APR 14
John Hanger,
President and CEO, ContactAtOnce!

John enjoys building successful technology companies, and ContactAtOnce! is the fifth such company in which John has been involved at the senior management level. It is the leading provider of internet marketing tools for automotive sales, apartment leasing, and other industries where consumers conduct research online before visiting a dealership or office. His 20 years of leadership experience spans companies including Flamenco Networks, Inc., Atlas Commerce, Mercator, and SCT/Adage Systems. John started his career at Andersen Consulting after earning a BSEE degree from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

APR 21
Chris Morocco,
CEO of Petrus Brands.

Chris has been play calling since his days as Clemson's starting quarterback in the late 80's. Two decades later his business entrepreneurship has landed him in his position as CEO of Petrus Brands which owns and operates two national franchise concepts, Shane's Rib Shack and Planet Smoothie. Prior to assuming his current position, Chris was President of Innovative Brands, the holding company for the Planet Smoothie, PJ's Coffee and Shane's Rib Shack brands. Innovative Brands was later integrated into Raving Brands where he served as Chief Development Officer. Before establishing an expertise with franchising and the food and beverage category, Chris cut his teeth on technology and early stage companies such as C&M Enterprises, a company he established in the mid-90's, where he focused on developing, investing in, and operating start-up or early stage companies for sale to strategic partners.

APR 28
Wendell Bryant,
Principal of Bryant Solutions Group, LLC,
a firm that offers human resources consulting services in the area of recruiting strategy, executive and career coaching, and organizational assessment. Included among his clients are Capgemini, Pfizer, JM Huber, and the University of Georgia - Terry College of Business. His corporate career includes managerial and executive stints at The Procter & Gamble Company, General Mills, Inc., Ernst & Young LLP, and The Home Depot. He has been a blogger on the subjects of careers and leadership for Vault and CNBC. He is a graduate of Morehouse College.

MAY 05 Open Mic
Testimonies by luncheon attendees.