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Meet Your Market with Shark Branding and Team Fenom – Featuring Expert Guests: Phillip Boykin, Antonia Newman and Charlotte Newman

Today we explored how to capitalize on existing markets and create new ones with Expert Guests from Shark Branding and Team Fenom . . .


Phillip Boykin / Shark Branding

Phillip Boykin is the Creative Director for Shark Branding, a New York based advertising and marketing firm founded by Daymond John, CEO of FUBU and one of the stars of the hit ABC entrepreneurial reality show, Shark Tank.


Antonia Newman / Team Fenom

Dissatisfied with the coverage of women’s sports, two sisters, Charlotte and Antonia Newman, founded Team Fenom, with a singular goal, to create the most recognizable brand in women’s sports.

Team Fenom is an online community connecting fans and a destination for women’s sports news and fitness information. They derived the name Fenom from combining female and phenomenal. Team Fenom is an expression of the global community of individuals who support women’s sports.

Antonia Newman is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Team Fenom. She graduated with honors from Florida Southern College, earning a B.S. and MBA. Her athletic achievements include being a two-time Kodak/WBCA All-America honorable mention, holding school records in rebounds and blocked shots, and leading her team to four seasons of post-season play. Antonia also played professional basketball in Europe, served on the Euro-American Women’s Council Executive Global Advisory Board and was selected to develop a sports program to mentor Greek youth.  Antonia has over five years of sports management experience.

She worked in Basketball Development with the Atlanta Hawks and in Marketing and Fan Development with the Hawks & Thrashers. Given her devotion to athletics and passion for women’s sports, Antonia has volunteered her services with Florida Southern College’s women’s basketball program, the Atlanta Beat of Women’s Professional Soccer, the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream and the defunct Atlanta Glory of the American Basketball League (ABL).


Charlotte Newman / Team Fenom

CharlotteNewman is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Team Fenom. She is an entrepreneur with a penchant for communication. Charlotte holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and graduated from Harvard Business School (HBS). She is fascinated by digital media and has started two blogs, one a summary of the best stories in tech and digital. At HBS, she co-wrote a case on ProPublica, the first online news organization to win the Pulitzer Prize. Charlotte’s interest in digital media grew from communications experience as an advisor to two U.S. Congressmen, Chris Murphy and David Scott.

As the co-founder of Team Fenom, Charlotte draws on extensive experience writing opinion editorials, speeches, and policy statements on Capitol Hill. She sits on the board of the Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta. In her spare time, Charlotte is an avid runner and huge sports fan. She formerly played basketball and ran track.


TAG Special Edition: CEO Tino Mantella, Robert Anderson from BrightWhistle and Jeffery Spence from Innovolt

Tino Mantella / Technology Association of Georgia

Tino Mantella is the president and CEO of the Technology Association of Georgia. Since coming to TAG in 2004, Mantella has worked with a team of dedicated volunteers and staff to: build a prestigious board made up of 60 technology stakeholders, grown membership by more than 500%, and added a series of programs and services that support TAG’s vision of educating, informing and uniting the technology community.


Robert Anderson / BrightWhistle

Robert Anderson is a Marketing and Sales Analyst at BrightWhistle. The recent UGA graduate started with BrightWhistle in 2011. Before that he held a Production Assistant Internship at Curent TV as well as an internship with Turner Broadcasting as a New Products Group Intern.

BrightWhistle was inspired by the passion both founders shared for the convergence of digital media and online marketing. Founders Chad Mallory and Greg Foster shared one core belief – relevant content has the power to connect businesses with their prospective customers. When combined with advanced marketing science and a scalable technology platform, the resulting solution addresses the digital marketer’s most compelling challenge – how to generate and convert qualified leads for their business.


Jeffery Spence / Innovolt

Jeffery Spence joined Innovolt as President and COO in 2010 after more than 15 years in executive and corporate development roles growing worldwide companies in the energy, finance, telecommunications and technology sectors across five continents and dozens of countries. In addition to his leadership roles with Innovolt, Spence continues to consult to the industry regarding sales, corporate finance, technology, business incubation and international business development. He is an active speaker across multiple industries and disciplines, having appeared at high-profile conferences including Comdex, Networld+Interop, The Homeland Security Summit, and the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE). In addition, Spence has counseled policy groups including the United Nations, the European Union, and a host of other government and business groups on subjects ranging from economic development, entrepreneurialism, sales and marketing to government intervention and monetary policy.

Spence holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Electronic Engineering and Physics from California State University, Chico where he was a competitive decathlete. He currently serves on the board of a number of domestic and international companies and is actively involved in the financing and development of a number of charities and foundations.

Atlanta-based Innovolt is an electronics protection leader and first to bridge the gap between the power protection and asset service markets. Cost-effective, highly scalable and integratable, Innovolt’s proprietary and patented power protection technology is proven to significantly increase product lifespan and reliability.

Innovolt’s comprehensive technology platform is proven to help electronic equipment last longer, with fewer service interruptions, by keeping it safe from the common power disturbances that most often damage electronics. This patented electronics protection guards against damage from 99.5 percent of power interruptions, including infinite voltage and current variations. Innovolt’s technology also provides valuable real-time diagnostics recording both power levels and quality to help effectively manage electronic assets.



Special Edition Atlanta Real Estate Scene: Featuring Dan Forsman, Steve Palm, Mitch Kaminer, and Rick Darlington

Today’s Special Edition High Velocity Radio Show focused on the Atlanta Real Estate Scene, and was brought to you by Real Estate Connections ATL  . . .


Dan Forsman / Prudential Georgia Realty

Daniel T. Forsman is a visionary with a passion for success. His commitment to excellence, strong work ethic, tech savvy and innovative agent programs such as TeamBuilder and DreamBuilder combine to lead and grow Prudential Georgia Realty into the strongest, most agent-centric real estate company in Atlanta. Forsman previously held positions as executive vice president, CFO and COO before his installation as president in 1986. Since then, he has grown the company to 22 offices with over 1,200 agents, making Prudential Georgia Realty one of the largest and fastest growing real estate firms in the nation.

Forsman is widely recognized by his peers in the real estate and business  community. His many awards include being named one of the “Top 40 Businessmen Under the Age of 40”, the Gordon Brown Excellence Award for referrals and relocation, the coveted President’s Award and Five Star Circle of Service Award from the Atlanta Board of REALTORS and the Prudential Gibraltar Circle Award every year since 1992. In 2003, Forsman served as President of the Atlanta Board of REALTORS®, one of the largest boards in the Southeast. Forsman was recently named 2006 Broker of the Year for the entire Prudential Affiliates Network (1,600 offices).

Dan is committed to the company’s core values – To deliver service that exceeds expectations between each other and our customers, with an exemplary “We Care” spirit. That commitment earned Prudential Georgia Realty a Consumers’ Choice Award for Business Excellence five straight years. (2004-2008) Forsman and Prudential Georgia Realty associates believe in giving back to the communities they serve, supporting many worthwhile initiatives such as Habitat for Humanity, March of Dimes and The Sunshine Kids, an organization that helps children with cancer.

Dan Forsman lives what he believes… “Climb the ladder of success, take your family with you and enjoy the ride!” He is married with 4 children, and enjoys his active home life in the northern suburbs of Atlanta.


Steve Palm / Smartnumbers

Steve Palm is the President of Smartnumbers, which is an Atlanta based Company that provides information and reporting for the residential real estate market on 12 MSA’s (Metropolitan Statistical Areas) in the Southeast. His clientele include many Fortune 500 Companies. Some of these being: Pulte Homes, Wells Fargo, RE/MAX, and CB Richard Ellis. Smartnumbers also provides consulting  and data/information on a regular basis to the Federal Reserve, Wall Street Journal, and to Georgia State Economic Forecasting.

Steve has been a part of some major projects. These being Mall of Georgia Growth Analysis, Atlantic Station Marketing Analysis, and Keller Williams Franchise Territory Analysis. He has also been quoted on real estate in most major US publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution.


Mitch Kaminer / Atlanta Board of REALTORS® and RE/MAX Paramount Properties

New York transplant, Mitch Kaminer has been living in the Atlanta area since 1991 and has been in the real estate business since 1994.  Prior to that he was in the United States Air Force serving in Germany, then went through flight engineering school and flew on C-141’s in Desert Storm. Afterward he retired to seek a new career in civilian life.

Mitch’s first year in real estate was amazing.  He sold 28 homes and was hooked, and the numbers have only gotten better!   Mitch is the recipient of numerous real estate awards:  Atlanta Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club, 1994-2010; Atlanta Board of Realtors Platinum Club, 1998-2010; Re/Max Hall of Fame, 2002; and Re/Max of Georgia Top 25 Individuals, 2002-2010. He is also the owner of Kaminer Property Management, a full service property management business.

Mitch got involved with the Atlanta Board of REALTORS® in 2002 and went through their Leadership Development program.  Soon after, he became Vice President of the Board.  He enjoys giving back to the real estate community with his knowledge and experience.

Mitch, his wife, and three children live in Roswell.  When not keeping up with the latest trends and technologies in real estate, you can find him riding his bike around town or up in the sky flying an airplane.


Rick Darlington / Brand Mortgage

Rick is the Senior Vice President/Area Manager of Brand Mortgage. He is also the President of the Mortgage Bankers Association Atlanta Chapter.

The Mortgage Bankers Association of Georgia is a trade association composed of mortgage lenders, brokers and affiliated industry associates. This Association is dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the mortgage banking correspondent system. The Board of Governors of this association encourages its members to use sound and ethical business practices in the making, marketing and servicing of mortgage loans.

Atlanta Real Estate: Kim Ordono and Kelly Kirchner with USA Mortgage, and Boh Bohorquez with Women’s Council of REALTORS Atlanta Chapter

Today we explored the Atlanta Real Estate market. We opened the show with USA Mortgage’s Kim Ordono & Kelly Kirchner, and then invited WCR Atlanta President Boh Bohorquez to join the conversation . . .

Kim Ordono and Kelly Kirchner / USA Mortgage

Kim Ordono and Kelly Kirchner have recently opened a Georgia Branch of USA Mortgage. They have over 27 years of experience in the mortgage industry with roles ranging from Loan Originator, Regional Vice President, Director of Training & Development to Branch Manager. Kim entered the mortgage industry in 1992 and Kelly in 2005. Kim and Kelly have worked together for the past 6+ years and have grown to love working as a team.

The team concept is rather unusual in the mortgage industry and it’s only one thing that sets Kim and Kelly apart from everyone else. Kim and Kelly have seen a lot of ups and downs in this industry, but one thing has never changed – their passion for helping people save money. Whether it is a refinance to help save money monthly or saving on costs for a first time home buyer, Kim and Kelly always strive to give their customers the best deal the market can offer.


C. Boh Bohorquez / Harry Norman Realtors / WCR Atlanta

Boh Bohorquez began his career in Real Estate in 1978 but left in 1982 when the interest rate climbed to 22%. He worked in Corporate America as a Regional Director of Quality and Customer Service. After 22 years of this he returned to Real Estate. Ten years ago he became a member of GAR, ABR and NAR. Currently he is a Director with the Atlanta Board of REALTORS and President of the Women’s Council of REALTORS Atlanta Chapter.