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Past Speakers for May & June 2017

MAY 03 Open Mic 
  Testimonies by luncheon attendees.

MAY 10 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.

MAY 17 Yakob K. Adhanom
  Yakob was born in Eritrea, East Africa. Early in life he was involved in a wholesale business, mainly traveling between Eritrea and Ethiopia. Due to the political instability, he left his country and became a refugee. At the refugee camp, he became a born again believer. He graduated from Pan Africa Christian University in Bible and Theology. He works for Gwinnett County Public Schools as a bus manager and is also a philanthropist, lay minister and an author with his latest book entitled "Diverge: Wake up to the purposeful life you are meant to live".

MAY 24 Gary J. Pernice,
Executive Manager of Commercial Funding for
Platinum Business Group, Ltd.
  Gary has 31 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.

MAY 31 Michael Coffey
Chief Operating Officer of H-E Parts.
  Michael Coffey is the Chief Operating Officer of H-E Parts. H-E Parts was founded 10 years ago and financed by private equity prior to a sale that was completed in December 2016. Mr. Coffey has oversight over the businesses and has over 20 years experience in heavy equipment fleet management, equipment distribution and construction / aggregate support services to the company. Mike leads company strategy in developing and leveraging H-E Parts competitive advantage, while capitalizing on individual company synergies for growth and value marketing to the mining and construction industries. Coffey also assists in company acquisition and due diligence efforts. Prior to joining H-E Parts, Mr. Coffey was Vice President Equipment Services, Oldcastle Materials (CRH - NYSE) a global leader in aggregates and construction. As Vice President, Coffey lead strategy, policy, procurement and operating metrics for a multi-billion dollar heavy equipment fleet, consisting of 42,000 assets. Coffey earned his Bachelor of Science from Nyack College (CMA - Christian Missionary Alliance), Nyack, New York and his Masters of Business Administration from the Goizueta School of Business, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

JUNE 07 Open Mic 
  Testimonies by luncheon attendees.

JUNE 14 Rick Cope,
Founder and CEO, NanoLumens, Inc.
  a global company that designs and builds scalable LED display solutions which was ranked #267 on Inc. Magazine's 2015 list of the nation's fastest growing companies. Rick is a visionary leader with over 40 years of leadership experience and results. He has held the positions of CEO, President, CTO, COO, Combat Commander, Venture Capitalist, Investor and Fundraiser. As a CEO, he has run public and private technology companies including one of the largest companies for electric and hybrid vehicles, one of the first companies to commercialize fuel cells and build a lithium ion battery plant in China. In his 20 years as a Marine Corps officer, he served as a Special Ops Advisor to General Schwarzkopf in the first Gulf War. Rick holds over 30 patents and is a board member of both private and non-profit boards including the National Christian Foundation of Georgia.

JUNE 21 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.

JUNE 28 Travis Howe,
President and Owner of Experimac, Cumming, GA

Experimac is the Cumming, Georgia, area authority on Apple product repairs and trade-ins and offers a wide selection of refurbished desktop and laptop Apple Macintosh computers and devices. Before that,Travis was Vice President of Sales for One2One Communications. Travis has extensive experience in digital and on-demand printing in statement production and direct marketing. Before joining One2One Communications, he served as Vice President of Sales for Wise Business Forms. While at Wise, Travis was instrumental in launching their integrated marketing campaign management strategy in the technology areas of web-to-print, targeted email campaigns, and personalized URL's. Prior to Wise, he served as President of GBS Document Solutions, a provider of document and information management services. Travis has over 29 years of management and operations experience in the print industry and holds a BA degree from the University of Georgia and JD degree in law from Woodrow.

JULY 05 Open Mic 
  Testimonies by luncheon attendees.