Ankush Tewari/Â LexisNexis Risk Solutions
Ankush Tewari is Director of Strategy and Market Planning for LexisNexisÂ Risk Solutions and Lead Integrity products. He has over 10 years of experience developing and executing strategies to maximize profits and manage risk using information solutions and analytics. He has worked with Fortune 500 clients in a wide range of industries as well as multiple agencies within the federal government.
Ankush holds an undergraduate degree in Management from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Duke Universityâ€™s Fuqua School of Business.
Andrew Katz/Â Thumb Friendly
Andrew is Founder and Chief Executive Officer ofÂ Thumb Friendly. Andrew’s areas of focus include capital management,Â strategic direction, new market development and establishing Thumb Friendly as the marketâ€™s leading mobile presence providerÂ for SMBs. Prior to founding Thumb Friendly, Andrew was a tenacious driver of growth in both start-up and publicly tradedÂ corporations. He has also helped launch, market and sell products that delivered over $200M in revenue. In addition to all of this, Andrew has broadÂ industry experience in internet advertising, web presence optimization, venture capital and private equity, and he has workedÂ with numerous other start-ups as an executive consultant to the leadership team.
When he isnâ€™t working, Andrew is probably on aÂ golf course, reading a book, or most likely spending time with his wife, two daughters and Chloe – his black lab.
Kent Reed/Â Murphy Business & Financial Corporation North Atlanta
Kent Reed, owner ofÂ Murphy Business & Financial Corporation â€“ North Atlanta, recently helped Bill Short, Atlanta entrepreneur, with buying a business.
Bill bought Lawrenceville, Ga.-based FiberTech using Kentâ€™s business buying/brokerage services to negotiate the purchase and acquire the business. Bill left the banking industry after 34 years to own his own company. He acquired the 20-person fiber-optic engineering and installation company last March.
Kent cut his teeth as a professional primarily in marketing. He rose to the top of his field.Â However, Kent craved more balance in life — and he kicked the corporate world to the curb. Putting more importance on lifestyle, Kent launched North Atlantaâ€™s Murphy Business & Financial Corporation.
Kent has immersed himself in his business and has become a statewide success story — recently earning a place in the Georgia Association of Business Brokers “Million Dollar Club.”
All of this, without losing focus on what is most important to him — more time with his family and enjoying life on a larger scale (loves time in the North Georgia Mountains and fishing with his twin boys).
Bill Short/ FiberTech
Bill Short is the Owner and CEO of FiberTech, Inc., a telecommunications construction company specializing in fiber optic based networks. Prior to purchasing FiberTech, he was a Banker in the greater metropolitan Atlanta area for 30+ years, most recently retiring as President & CEO of Touchmark National Bank. He did his undergraduate studies at Clemson University and completed his MBA at Duke University. He also completed graduate work at Dartmouth College and UNC at Chapel Hill. Bill has been active in and held leadership positions with many community and civic organizations over the years to include the Gwinnett Childrenâ€™s Shelter, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia, the Gwinnett Convention and Visitorâ€™s Bureau, the Council for Quality Growth, the United Way, the Robert D. Fowler YMCA, the Atlanta Athletic Club and the Peachtree Corners Rotary Club. He is a graduate of Leadership Gwinnett and served as the Assistant General Manager of Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics. Bill and his wife Joann live in Roswell, GA — he has three children.