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Past Speakers for May & June 2016

MAY 04 Open Mic 
  Testimonies by luncheon attendees.

MAY 11 Dave Mahloy,
Sales Executive, IBM.

Dave is a global business development executive with IBM responsible for software sold to enterprise clients worldwide. He has traveled to 45 countries in the past ten years, where he works with country-level and regional leaders to improve team performance through the application of best practices. Prior to his current position, Dave was Product Sales Representative for Oracle Corporation and before that he was the Southeast Territory Manager for BBN Planet. Dave and his wife, Lynn, are involved in Riverside Church which serves northeast Atlanta and where their son, Dale, is the pastor. Dave also has an amazing story surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

MAY 18 Richard Purgason,
Senior VP Sales, Crystal.
  Since 2006, Richard has worked with Crystal in several executive roles including COO, Business Development, and leading Crystal's Sales team. The past two years Richard has been focused on building Crystal's channel network around the world which has taken him to the Middle East, Europe, SE Asia, South American, India and Africa. Prior to Crystal, Richard's career was to build and grow new companies and technologies in the environmental engineering, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, motor sports, satellite and television broadcasting areas at companies such as SPP Services, American Lemans Racing Series, Aquatic Bio Enhancement Systems, and Elan Pharma.

MAY 25 Jesse Appling,
Cashier/Server, Provino's Italian Restaurant.
  As a cashier, Jesse is responsible for running the front of the store including accounting of all the checks, calculating the servers' tips, and filling out a set of daily paperwork. He has also worked as an intern at Deserted Road where he learned valuable information about networking, virtual machines, TCP/IP, and Windows Server 2012. He was also a former sales associate for TJMaxx and has served as an audio engineer for First Redeemer Church since October of 2015. Jesse is currently enrolled at Georgia Perimeter College where his major is Business Management Information Systems.

JUNE 01 Open Mic 
  Testimonies by luncheon attendees.

JUNE 08 Drew Bolton,
Vice President of Business Development, nuVizz Inc.,
  a leading provider of mobile business software solutions and supply chain consulting services. In this role, Drew manages business strategy, partnership development, and platform growth for GoJentha, nuVizz's industry-leading enterprise crowd-enablement workforce solution. For more than 15 years, he has served as a technology business leader in consulting, business development, marketing, and operational roles for a publicly traded supply chain software leader, a multi-billion-dollar telecommunications firm, a wireless hardware and software Internet of Things (IoT) startup, and venture capital investment firm. Drew holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech.

JUNE 15 Tim Koenning,
Investment Advisor Representative, Investment Advisors International.
  With 29 years' experience in the financial services industry, Tim joined Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc. in August of 2010 to recruit, train and mentor a team of independent financial advisors while continuing to maintain his own personal advisory practice. After graduating from Georgia State University in 1986, Tim worked for noted financial services firms such as Bear Stearns, Prudential Securities, and Raymond James, prior to going independent in 1997 with American Wealth Management. In 2003, Tim helped form Magnolia Financial Advisors, an independent investment advisory firm in Buford, Georgia. In 2005, he became President of Buford Business Alliance. During his six years at the helm, the organization grew from less than 20 to over 250 members while promoting Buford with special events that drew thousands of people to the city.

JUNE 22 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.

JUNE 29 Mitch Ambler,
President of Fusiion Software Technology LLC.
  Mitch is an IT professional providing strategic counsel and outstanding solutions for clients. Fusiion Software Technology serves as a dependable and entrusted partner, working to provide solutions for many businesses. Mitch was the local sales manager at Salem Radio for eight years and is on the board of Bethany Christian Services. He has a degree in Economics from Western Michigan University.

JULY 06 Open Mic 
  Testimonies by luncheon attendees.