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Past Speakers for September-October 2012

SEPT 05 Open Mic
  Testimonies by luncheon attendees.

Kindred Howard
Founder of Family Upward,
  an organization devoted to building stronger families offering Christian counseling services via marriage, parent, and family life coaching to couples throughout the Atlanta Metro Area. Their professional coaches provide marriage and parent counseling services that are grounded in biblically-based principles and practical advice. Kindred is a published author and a regular contributing writer to Atlanta Parent Magazine, The Gospel Tribune Atlanta, and several smaller publications. Kindred is also a certified parent coach, having trained under the direct tutelage of Dr. John Rosemond, widely recognized as one of America's foremost authorities on parenting.

Jim Finch,
Director of Asset Recovery Services, Lord's Computer Group Partners.

Jim has been in the business of refurbishing, reselling and recycling computer equipment since 1981 including at one point owning his own computer business for 18 years. For over 36 years Lord's has been helping provide telecom and networking products by manufacturers like Lucent, Alcatel, Cisco, Nortel, Occam, Eastern Research, Juniper, IBM, HP, 3Com and others to companies all over the world. Jim has been involved in ministry to prisons, half way houses, youth groups, and also three day retreat weekends like Walk to Emmaus and Tres Dias in both English and in Spanish. Jim also has a 501-C3 non-profit called Smooth Stone Ministries International where he helps send PC's and notebooks all over the world and in Georgia.

Lynwood Maddox,
Attorney at Law with Maddox and Maddox.
Lynwood attended Middle Georgia College, Emory University and John Marshall Law School and was admitted to practice law in Georgia in 1954. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Lee College, was one of the hosts of 700 Club for CBN and served as Int.'l Director and President of the Atlanta Chapter of FGBMFI for more than 25 years.

OCT 03 Open Mic 
  Testimonies by luncheon attendees.

OCT 10
Richard Purgason,
Chief Operating Officer, Crystal Solutions.

Since 2006, Richard has worked with Crystal to build a production management team and implement production and QA/QC processes that will assure efficient delivery of high quality product to Crystal's customers. Since 2009 he has also guided Crystal's sales efforts. Prior to his position at Crystal, Richard was Owner of Purgason and Associates, LLC, which was a licensing agent for American Le Mans Series, Road Atlanta Motor Sports Center, Mosport Int.'l Raceway, Sebring Int.'l Raceway, Int.'l Motor-sports Assn., Panoz Motor Sports, Panoz Auto Development, US Auto Racing stock car racing series, and Sports Car Club of America.

OCT 17
Gary J. Pernice,  
Executive Manager of Commercial Funding for Platinum Business Group, Ltd. 

Gary has 26 years of business, mortgage funding, legal and real estate experience and also speaks to business and church organizations on a variety of topics from business and planning to finance and capital needs. Gary has appeared on numerous local, state, regional and national television and radio programs, published a number of articles on mortgage finance and his testimony of his climb back from catastrophic illness and personal failures in business and family. He is also Chairman of the CBMC Atlanta Metro Area Leadership Team and co-founder of the Austell Fellowship Luncheon (AFL). Gary graduated from Oral Roberts University and received his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law.

OCT 24 Rob Dowd,
  Principal Program Manager, Rockwell Collins, International & Service Solutions

Rob Dowd graduated from Eastwick College with a degree in Engineering. He has worked in telecom, internet and satellite companies for over 34 years. During that time he has served in Operations, Engineering,and Business Development roles running national organizations for companies such as McDonnell Douglas, Tektronix, Novadyne, Reed Business, and Cidera. Rob Currently serves as Principal Program Manager, International & Service Solutions at Rockwell Collins. Rob, his wife Kim, and their daughter Taylor live in Johns Creek.

OCT 31 George Wicker,
  Broadcast and Entertainment Senior Accounts Manager, TE Connectivity,
  a global $12.1 billion company that designs and manufactures over 500,000 products that connect and protect the flow of power and data inside the products that touch every aspect of our lives. George is also currently serving as a Section Manager for the Atlanta Chapter of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) where he will be responsible for developing subject material and location logistics for monthly meetings. Prior to his present position with TE, he has worked in sales management for companies such as ADC Broadcast and Entertainment Products, JVC, Fortel and Utah Scientific.

NOV 07 Open Mic 
  Testimonies by luncheon attendees.