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Georgia Bulldog 100 Winners for 2012

The Georgia Bulldog 100 is a program that determines and awards the 100 fastest growing businesses that are owned or operated by University of Georgia Alumni each year.

Honorable Steve Jones/UGA Alumni President

On January 5, 2011, Judge Jones was nominated by President Barack Obama to become a United States District Judge. Judge Jones was sworn in as a district judge on March 4, 2011. In this role, Judge Jones presides over cases that involve the United States government, the United States Constitution, federal laws, controversies between citizens of different states, and other matters.

Prior to his nomination to the district court, Judge Jones served as a Superior Court Judge in the Western Judicial Circuit (Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties, Georgia). Judge Jones was appointed to the Superior Court in 1995. In this role, Judge Jones presided over civil and criminal cases. In addition to his regular caseload, Judge Jones also presided over the Western Judicial Circuit Felony Drug Court Program, a program that integrates alcohol and substance abuse treatment with court supervision. Prior to his 1995 Superior Court judicial appointment, Judge Jones served as a Municipal Court Judge (1992-1995), as an Assistant District Attorney (1987-1991), and as the Director of the Child Support Recovery Unit (1978-1985).

Judge Jones is a “Double Dawg” and earned his Bachelors degree in Management in 1978 and his Juris Doctor in 1987.

In addition to all of his accomplishments, Judges Jones  also serves on the Board of Directors for the UGA Alumni Association as President. Judge Jones is married to Lillian Kincey.

Anthony Moore/jobTopia

Anthony Moore is with jobTopia, a recruiting, executive search and contract staffing firm.  Anthony graduated from the University of Georgia in 1993 with a degree in Marketing.  He is an Atlanta native who grew up in Gwinnett County and went to Riverwood High School in Fulton County.  Anthony is politically active in the GOP.

John Shurley/GH&I

John Shurley is an Audit Partner and leader of the fraud, forensic and litigation support service team with GH&I, Gifford, Hillegass & Ingwersen,LLP. John has conducted numerous fraud and forensic examinations. He provides clients extensive experience in the review and preparation of audited financial statements and the development of accounting systems for various business concerns.

John began his working career with Ernst & Young in Atlanta, where he was a member of the audit department for five years. While at Ernst & Young, he was responsible for audit engagements of nonprofits and public and privately-held companies in the manufacturing, construction, distribution, healthcare, textile and soft drink industries.

John received his B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Georgia. While attending college, he received several honors and held various elected offices in student organizations.

Stacey Anderson/Queen of Hearts Antiques & Interiors

Stacey Anderson is the owner of Queen of Hearts Antiques & Interiors, along with her husband Jim.  Stacey is a 1980 graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Journalism.  While a student at UGA, she was a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority, serving as Treasurer & Standards President.  Stacey and Jim have been married for 26 years and have two grown sons, Tyler and Keaton.  Stacey was born and raised in Atlanta.

Meredith Carr/UGA Alumni Association

Meredith Carr serves as the Associate Director of Alumni Relations at the University of Georgia.

Special Edition: Georgia Bulldog 100 2012 Winners

High Velocity Radio welcomes Darrick Wilkins and Bob Pinckney, Georgia Bulldog 100 2012 Winners.  The Bulldog 100 is a program that determines and awards the 100 fastest growing businesses that are owned or operated by University of Georgia Alumni each year.  Also appearing on today’s program is Joe Harper and Chris Goodwin.

Darrick Wilkins/LTC Tree

LTC Tree is a national Long Term Care Insurance agency founded by Darrick Wilkins. Darrick grew up in Stone Mountain, GA and then attended The University of Georgia. He graduated from UGA after majoring in Economics and then joined John Hancock Financial for two years before leaving and founding LTC Tree. LTC Tree has grown over the past 13 years to be the nation’s number one virtual Long Term Care Insurance agency. Darrick currently lives in Sandy Springs, GA with his wife Natalie and daughter Ella.

Bob Pinckney/EvoShield

Robert H. “Bob” Pinckney, IV, is the CEO of EvoShield, an emerging Georgia based company with a new kind of athletic protective gear – gear that actually custom molds to the athlete. EvoShield is one of the fasted growing sports brands in the country, doubling sales every 9 months. Following graduation from the University of Georgia with a Business Degree in Economics, Bob attended the prestigious Harvard Business School earning his MBA. After Harvard, he returned to Georgia as Director of Development with Portman Properties in Atlanta and San Francisco. Bob went on to a career with Probursa Investment Bank in New York and Mexico City as the President and CEO of their International Broker-Dealer. He eventually left Probursa to create and build several global high-technology Telecommunications companies with a client base spanning Asia, Latin America, and the US. With his passion for creating global companies and recognizing the potential for impacting the lives of many with EvoShield’s unique protective apparel, Bob led a group of investors in 2010 in providing EvoShield with growth capital and became the CEO. He currently serves on the Alumni Board of the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and is a guest lecturer for the Terry College.

Joe Harper/Harper, Inc.

Joe Harper is a sales and marketing professional working in the Atlanta area. Over the past eight years, Joe has led several companies’ efforts to conceptualize, build and implement complete sales and marketing programs. His latest venture, Harper Inc., is the evolution of a traditional business founded two decades ago by his father Steve Harper. Before joining Harper Inc., Joe served as the Director of Marketing for Milner/Comsquared, a technology company based in Norcross, GA, where he implemented both CRM and marketing automation for the entire sales organization. With a passion for business process automation, he enjoys tackling difficult problems with a mix of business knowledge and the right tools for the job. Joe is also an avid photographer, world traveler and adventurer and added “Dad” to his list earlier this month.

Chris Goodwin/Qsource Networks

Chris Goodwin is the Director of Sales at Qsource Networks and has been serving businesses with their technology support needs for about 5 years, with a focus on the SMB space. In addition to maintaining current technical certifications, Chris applies his experience from being a business owner in understanding his clients’ technology and budgetary needs.


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Dara Albright with NowStreet, Fred Rich with Cooper Global, Bob Sleppy with Nuci’s Space, and Andrea Borden with National Association of Women Business Owners

Dara Albright/NowStreet

Dara Albright is the Founder of NowStreet Media, a leader in financial markets’ reform. Dara is a thought provoker and frequent speaker on topics relating to the private markets and crowdfunding. She is the author of the NowStreet Journal, a primary provider of analysis and insight into the private company marketplace as well as the legislation and innovation currently fueling it. Based on her original hypothesis that directly correlates advancements in mass communications with stock market growth, NowStreet highlights the dynamic economic impact of a purely growth marketplace rising during the most ground-breaking period of mass media and regulatory reform. Prior to founding NowStreet, Dara has held a distinguished 20 year career in investment banking, investor relations and institutional sales. She has organized and managed hundreds of road shows and conferences for Wall Street’s elite. She has worked closely with a number of institutional and accredited investors providing investment and trading strategies as well as restricted transaction services. Dara has helped raise financing for companies across the globe in a variety of industries at various phases and rollouts.  She is a graduate of the George Washington University and holds securities industry Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.

Fred Rich/Cooper-Global Chauffeured Transportation

Fred Rich is the President of Cooper-Global Chauffeured Transportation.  Cooper-Global has been in existence since 2005 and in a very short amount of time has been ranked by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as the number one limousine company in Atlanta.  Fred is a native of Atlanta and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1975.  In his “first life” Fred owned an advertising agency in Atlanta called Rich/Gardner Advertising which he sold to in 2001.  He is an avid sports fan and has been a high school football referee for 14 years.  He has been married for 34 years to Dianne and has two daughters, Jessica and Andrea and grandson Micah.

Bob Sleppy/Nuçi’s Space

Bob Sleppy is a 2010 graduate of the Master of Business Administration Program at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. In addition to MBA coursework, Bob completed the requirements for a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Institute for Nonprofit Organizations. The certificate included a directed study with a focus on Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise. Prior to graduate studies, he completed a B.S. in Psychology (with a concentration in Organizational & Industrial Psychology) from the University of Georgia.

Bob has been the Executive Director of Nuçi’s Space in Athens, GA since 1999. Nuçi’s Space is a non-profit health and music resource center in Athens, GA. The aim of the organization is to prevent suicide by providing obstacle free treatment for musicians suffering from depression and other such disorders as well as to assist in the emotional, physical and professional well-being of musicians. The organization employs a diverse range of funding, including earned income, to meet financial goals. Nuçi’s Space is in the beginning stages of expanding the organization’s mission to include the Atlanta-area creative community.

In addition to his work with Nuçi’s Space, Bob is a part-time lecturer at the University of Georgia, teaching “Social Entrepreneurship” to graduate students in the Masters of Nonprofit Management Program. He is also a co- owner of a small manufacturing company, Pretty Road Cases LLC, which produces high-quality road cases for a variety of applications including sports equipment, medical equipment and professional music gear.

Bob Sleppy resides in Athens, GA with his wife Rachel and daughter Finley.

Andrea Borden/NAWBO

Andrea Borden is the President of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), as well as Partner with Borden Schmidt Consulting.  Andrea has twenty years of sales management and business development experience with technology, media and consulting companies. Her diverse experience makes her uniquely qualified to provide sales consulting and sales coaching services.  Andrea has a proven track record of increasing sales rapidly within a wide range of companies such as Robert Half International, Spherion Staffing, Compaq Computer/HP and Ziff-Davis Media.

Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the voice of America’s 10.6 million women-owned businesses and is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries.

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from University of West Florida. She is an active member of Buckhead Church and enjoys mentoring at-risk children in Atlanta.

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