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Past Speakers for March & April 2015

MAR 04 Open Mic 
  Testimonies by luncheon attendees.

MAR 11 Chris Roberts,
President of GPR Sales, Inc.
  GPR works with clients to grow existing revenue channels and to develop new markets. Chris is also a Partner of Converge Applications, LLC. Prior to this Chris has been involved in multiple industries including packaging, food industry, advertising and the service industry and has been the owner and CEO of various businesses. He has been a resident of Georgia since 1979. Chris is also developing “Free Birds,” an online resource terminal to help people 50 years in age and older understand God’s calling and purpose for their lives. Chris was saved while on business in Crossville, TN. He has remained focused on ministering the Kingdom of God as a businessman, in business, through business.

MAR 18 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 that 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.

MAR 25 Don Brown,
Founder and President of dBm Marketing, LLC,
  a manufacturer's representative firm. dBm provides top quality sales and support for a variety of manufacturers of components and test equipment while providing solutions for their customers within the southeastern U.S. With over 30 years of experience in the RF and Microwave industry, Don has held positions within manufacturing, distribution, and, for the last 12 years, as a Manufacturer's Rep. He has worked for M/A-Com, Avnet, and Arrow prior to starting dBm Marketing in 2009. He can say through that journey that "God is good."

APR 01 Open Mic 
  Testimonies by luncheon attendees.

APR 08 Kevin Smith
Senior Consulting Executive,
  offering a unique combination of Consultative Technology Experience, CRM, Project and Program Management, Marketing Solutions Leadership, and Client Services Delivery across different industries. He has over 20 years of partnering with clients across industries such as: Sales Performance Management, Healthcare, Consumer Package Goods, Financial Services, Utilities, Telecom, Healthcare, Hospitality, Supply Chain Distribution, Construction, Higher Education, State and Federal Municipalities, Insurance, Entertainment, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Device Manufacturing. Kevin is a member of High Tech Ministries via its Ambassador Leadership Development Program, mentor and advisor to college students at The Atlanta University and Georgia Tech Business Incubation Programs, and Strategic Advisor to the Atlanta High Tech Charter School, a certified Georgia State girls soccer coach, a graduate of Messiah College ( B.S. in Management Information Systems with a minor in Marketing) and is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

APR 15 Jeff Meyer,
Regional Manager for Provino's Italian Restaurants.
Jeff oversees four locations in the Atlanta area, seven managers, and approximately 150 employees. After "barely" graduating from high school in 1974, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with the 82nd Airborne in their Military Police unit. Subsequent to his service in the Army, Jeff spent time searching for direction doing odd jobs which included restaurant work, bartending, and managing a disco. He began his career with Provino's in 1981 as a bartender, working his way up to store manager, then area/regional manager. Since accepting Jesus in 2003, Jeff's focus and purpose has been to serve the Lord and share the Gospel at every opportunity which includes ongoing mission trips to Kenya and serving as a board member of the Hungry4Him Ministries.

APR 22 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.

APR 29 Dr. James S. Gray,
President of Gray & Associates, LLC,
  which provides engineering consulting services. Prior to his current position, Dr. Gray was President and Founder of Gray Laboratories, Inc. (GLI) which developed and manufactured over 30 products under the GLI brand name and 30 plus products for various corporations that were sold under their brand name. GLI was sold to Viasat in 2014. Prior to GLI, Dr. Gray was VP and Chief Scientist for Dover Technology Group of Dover Corporation and was a Principal Engineer at Scientific-Atlanta for ten and a half years where he developed sophisticated digital communications products.

MAY 06 Open Mic 
  Testimonies by luncheon attendees.