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Past Speakers for July - August 2014

JULY 02 Open Mic 
  Testimonies by luncheon attendees.

JULY 09 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 International Director and President of the Atlanta Chapter of FGBMFI for more than 25 years.

JULY 16 Craig Bland,
Group Vice President - Gwinnett and Branch Manager for
Southeast Mortgage of GA,
  a full service Georgia mortgage lender offering FHA loans, VA loans, and conventional loans, and one of the few Georgia mortgage lenders with processing, underwriting, and document preparation all housed in Atlanta, Georgia, to serve their clients better. Craig is one of the top producing loan officers in Georgia and oversees a team of ten loan officers. In the past, he has worked with SunTrust, Countrywide, Bank of America and Brand Mortgage over his ten-plus years in the mortgage industry.

JULY 23 Marcus Graham,
CEO, GM Voices.
  Since 1985, Marcus has been helping Fortune 1000 and communications companies develop and enhance their images through a variety of audio programs, personas, and voice branding solutions. Providing high quality pre-recorded voices from professional actors for telecommunications applications was the company's foundation, and since that time, the telephone, computer, and television have converged to create a vibrant communications environment that requires millions of pre-recorded recordings, prompts, and messages. Marcus' professional career included a number of years in commercial radio (WFOX and WSB) and cable television marketing and sales.

JULY 30 Richard S. Burgess,
Owner, Broker, Priority Business Acquisitions, Inc., and
Priority Real Estate Services, LLC.
  Richard is a licensed business and real estate broker with more than 17 years of successful experience handling the sale, acquisition and financing of privately held companies and real estate in Georgia and Alabama. He has a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Maryland, and he and his agents use a Christ-centered, straight forward approach to their brokerage services. Priority Brokers know that choosing the right firm to accomplish one's goals can be a difficult and anxious experience, and their goal is to make the process as smooth and rewarding as possible through clear communication and attention to the client's objectives.

AUG 06 Open Mic 
  Testimonies by luncheon attendees.

AUG 13 Clyde L. Strickland,
Founder and CEO, Metro Waterproofing.
  Clyde founded Metro Waterproofing in 1972 and in 40 years it has grown from 4 employees to 240, and is now the largest restoration and waterproofing corporation in the southeast. Prior to his current company, he started out at Glenoit Textile Mills in North Carolina as a technical machine mechanic, was transferred to Wamsutta Knitting Industries and then transferred to Borg Manufacturing Co. in Rossville, Georgia. After various other jobs he went to work for Holbrook Waterproofing Company in Charlotte, NC, transferred to Georgia to start another company for them, and then is when Clyde and his family moved to Gwinnett County. Clyde is the author of a book “What Can I Do? Simple Advice to Change You and Your World”, and he and his wife, Sandra, are Executive Producers of the film, “American Made Movie”, a documentary examining the factors contributing to the decline of the American manufacturing workforce and the integral role consumerism plays in getting the economy back on track. He is very active in his community and serves on the Board of Directors for the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation, is a board member of the Hope Clinic in Lawrenceville, and received the Gwinnett Magazine 2010 Man of the Year Award.

AUG 20 Larry Okeson,
Owner and Executive V.P. of Software Search,
  an information technology recruiting agency co-founded by Larry in 1978 in Minneapolis specializing in the nationwide recruitment, placement, and contracting of IT professionals. With a senior recruiting staff, Software Search is dedicated to finding suitable matches between client companies and job candidates, and works closely with various sized companies to provide a large database of IT positions for job seekers. Larry moved to Georgia in 1986 to open the Software Search office here. Larry was previously manager for a large distribution center for Sylvania Electric in Minneapolis. He has been involved with CBMC for 45 years and enjoys starting small Bible study groups and also was a past leader of Seekers Fellowship.

AUG 27 Randy Ongie,
VP of Operations, MAG Bookkeeping.
  Randy joined the MAG Bookkeeping team in summer of 2013 and has quickly become a solid fixture for both the MAG Bookkeeping team and the Miles Advisory Group (parent company of MAG Bookkeeping) leadership team. MAG Bookkeeping exists to glorify God by sourcing people and services that ignite a leader's possibilities and results. It helps busy pastors and growing churches by serving as their virtual church bookkeeper connected to the duties of church accounting and payroll. Prior to starting with MAG Bookkeeping, Randy worked as a project consultant for Cogun, Inc., a national church construction company. Prior to Cogun, he served as Executive Pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Johnson City, Tennessee. Randy and his wife, Claranne currently reside in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

SEPT 03 Open Mic 
  Testimonies by luncheon attendees.