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Bryan Miles with eaHELP, John Webb with A Day In The Life Photography, and Lisa Smith with Andere Seminars


Bryan Miles/eaHELP FacebookLinkedinTwitter

Bryan Miles is CEO & co-founder of Miles Advisory Group, Inc., which is the parent company of eaHELP, the leading executive virtual assistant provider, and MAG Bookkeeping, a virtual bookkeeper serving churches. Miles Advisory Group was founded in late 2010 with eaHELP and MAG Bookkeeping quickly developing into distinct brands. Miles oversees the organization in partnership with his wife and co-founder Shannon Miles, who serves as COO.

eaHELP is the virtual assistant brand of Miles Advisory Group. Since its inception, eaHELP has experienced triple digit growth in each fiscal year through its work of matching busy leaders with US-based, high-caliber executive virtual assistants. eaHELP works with an increasing range of clients and industries that serve Fortune 500 executives, small-to-medium business executives, business owners, pastors, executive directors, physicians, attorneys and other equivalent leadership roles.

Prior to starting Miles Advisory Group, Miles worked for companies in the tech and construction industries including his role as vice president of consulting for Cogun, a national church construction company. Miles obtained his Bachelor of Arts in business from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

Bryan, Shannon and their two children attend church at the Browns Bridge campus of North Point Community Church and live in metro Atlanta. In addition to playing Legos, building forts, drawing and coloring with his kids, and hanging out at the beach with his family, Bryan also enjoys backpacking, mountain climbing, writing, reading old history about Mount Everest climbs, and watching episodes of “Goldrush” on Discovery.

John Webb/A Day in the Life Photography FacebookLinkedin

Lisa Smith/Andere Seminars, LLC FacebookTwitter

Lisa Smith is a fast talking, bubbly, enthusiastic seminar leader, corporate trainer, and content developer. Originally from Amarillo, TX, Lisa brings her West Texas accent and sense of humor to every class she teaches. Her love of play and laughter fits very well with the topics she loves to teach and discuss regarding the area of Applied Improvisation in Business.

Lisa became involved in improvisational theatre at the young age of 18 and eventually went on to work with the professional troupe Comedy Sportz in Austin, TX in the late 1980s. In the 1990s Lisa entertained the troops during Desert Storm in Europe with an improve troupe and also held a position as an infommercial style presenter for Bose Corp. and Sony Europa, all the while holding the position of chairman of the volunteer program for the American Red Cross on Spangdahlem AFB in Germany.

After moving back to the USA, Lisa dove back into management and consulting in the private sector and brought her improv skills into everything she taught, even when very few people were talking about such benefits. Over the last 15 years, Lisa has appreciated watching the increase in awareness applied improvisation in business.

After 27 years in management, consulting, and training Lisa is finally releasing her first book in October on the topic of conflict resolution called “D.A.N.C.E. it Out!” She is also releasing a line of informational CDs containing documents and webinars on the topics of OSHA for Medical and Dental Practices, Payroll Law, and Collections called Smart Bait for Professionals. Lisa has a wonderfully supportive husband Rick, three wonderful grown children and their amazing spouses, and a funny little French Bulldog named Cledus.

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An Interview with Desiree Young and Michel Guillet with Desiree Scales


Michel Guillet, Juice Analytics

Michel has spent the past 15 years leading the design and implementation of client facing data and reporting solutions.  His experience includes working with structured and unstructured data across consumer goods, telecommunications and government clients.   Currently, Michel leads Juice’s product development efforts to turn its data visualization and design best practices into a Software as a Service (SaaS) product offering that helps clients create compelling data presentations.

Find Juice Analytics @juiceanalytics

Desiree Young, Venture Walk

Désirée H. Young has over 15 years of professional experience in project management, marketing strategy and business development. She’s the founder of VentureWalk Business Partners, LLC; a New Orleans-based small business and entrepreneur development company that uses a proprietary 8M process to grow businesses by creating compelling communications, marketing their messages, solidifying success systems and developing profitable plans.

Since 2004, Désirée has worked with companies in over 27 different industries that have boasted record increases in sales, nation-wide product placement, pitch contest wins and an overall sense of control over how to sustain, grow and expand their businesses. Clients have included organizations like Capital One Bank, the National Basketball Association and Fonkoze along with countless local-based small businesses and non-profits.

Désirée earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University and an M.B.A. with concentrations in marketing and entrepreneurial strategy from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business. She also studied international marketing at E.S.A.D.E. in Barcelona, Spain.

As a sought-after speaker and trainer, Désirée has been featured for her management advice in publications including Home Business and Black Enterprise magazines.

Désirée is an advocate for entrepreneurship and sustainability in the country of Haiti and other underserved parts of the Caribbean. She has a particular interest in how business growth and entrepreneurship affects economic development and financial independence in developing communities in the U.S. and around the world.

Find Désirée on Twitter @desireeyoung

Stacey Key and Thomas Dortch with the Spirit of Alliance Awards


Stacey Key/Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council

Thomas Dortch/TWD, Inc.

On the eve of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council’s (GMSDC’s) 31st Annual Spirit of Alliance Awards, 2013 Blue Legend award winner and prominent community leader Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. and GMSDC President and CEO Stacey Key talk about the prestige and history of the awards gala, as well as the overarching impact of their supplier diversity efforts in Georgia and around the Southeast. Learn about the bottom-line benefits of supplier diversity and its impact on the American economy, from leaders in the small business development community.





Desiree Scales Interviews Dave Sherman from Infusionsoft


Dave Sherman, Infusionsoft

Dave, who flew all the way in from Chandler, AZ, talks about Lifecycle Marketing, a new way to marketing your business through automation online and the seven steps to follow to attract and retain clients, upsell and ask for referrals.

Since 1998, Dave Sherman has been a professional speaker, trainer and best-selling author, specializing in training and coaching companies and individuals how to find and land more new customers by mastering the art of networking and public speaking.

Dave is also the partner development manager at Infusionsoft, an amazing software company that has created the #1 all-in-one sales and marketing software in the world.

Dave is the father to Lyndsi and Mathew and has been engaged to Heidi for the past three years.  He lives in beautiful Scottsdale, AZ, loves golf, any kind of travel, all types of movies and his only real vices these days are Diet Mountain Dew, a good bottle of red wine and a great cigar.

You can find more information about Infusionsoft HERE.

Special Edition: Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce


Christine Heller/Sandy Springs|Perimeter Chamber of Commerce 

Steve Grossman/Steve’s Live Music FacebookTwitter

Maggie Taylor/Act3 Productions FacebookLinkedinTwitter

Maggie Taylor attended Samford University in Birmingham, AL and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance. Recently returned from studying acting and voice in New York City with Dr. Bruce Kolb, she now works both sides of the curtain at Act3 Playhouse in Sandy Springs, GA: she is a two-time *Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Award winner for Best Leading Actress in a Musical as well as Act3’s youth artistic director and community liaison, dedicated to developing the future of the arts through her work with children and Sandy Springs residents.

Through her work with Act3 and Musical Theatre Workshop (MTW) over the past two years, Maggie has produced and directed kids/junior musicals such as Annie (Act3), Beauty and the Beast (Act3), Dear Edwina (MTW), Honk (MTW), Winnie the Pooh (Act3) and The Little Mermaid (Act3). In addition to shows, intensive workshops and summer camps, she also works to develop and expand Act3’s Arts Academy, which opens its doors to over 50 children each week.

Maggie was recently hired to work at Walton High School as the choral assistant to Dr. Jana Williams. She looks forward to her extensive involvement in the Cobb County School System this year through her work at Walton, Sope Creek Elementary (MTW) and Timber Ridge Elementary (MTW).

In her spare time, Maggie continues to perform around the southeast. She performed “et incarnatus est” from Mozart’s C-Minor Mass as a guest soloist with the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra and, with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, debuted an original choral work commissioned in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Some of her most memorable roles include Kathy (Company), Amahl (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Anne (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Dorothy Brown (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Daisy Hilton (Side Show), Timoune* (Once on This Island), Brooke (Noises Off), Clio/Kira* (Xanadu), Shelby (Steel Magnolias), Elle (Legally Blonde the Musical) and Mary Jo (A Piece of My Heart). Maggie also enjoys shooting industrial videos and webisodes for companies like Sylvane, Inc. and Okabashi.




Desiree Scales Interviews Kwanza Hall, Brent Leary and Robin Carey from The Social Shakeup Conference


Brent Leary

Brent Leary is a crm industry analyst, advisor, author, speaker and award winning blogger. He is co-founder and Partner of CRM Essentials LLC, an Atlanta based CRM advisory firm covering tools and strategies for improving business relationships. Clients include Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Intuit, SAP and other major technology companies. In 2009 he co-authored Barack 2.0: Social Media Lessons for Small Business.  Leary is in the process of writing his next book, “The Amazon Effect: How a New Customer Culture is Creating Crazy New Business Opportunities and Killing Companies That Won’t Adapt”, due out in 2014.

Recognized by InsideCRM as one of the 25 most influential industry leaders, Leary also is a past recipient of CRM Magazine’s Most Influential Leader Award.  He serves on the national board of the CRM Association, on the advisory board of the University of Toronto’s CRM Center of Excellence, and on the editorial advisory board for The Atlanta Tribune.  Leary writes regularly CRM Magazine, and Direct Marketing News, and serves on the advisory board for Social Media Today.  He hosts the “One on One” conversation series at, and teams up with Paul Greenberg on the CRM Playaz show. Leary also is the organizer of the annual Social Biz Atlanta event.  He blogs at, and can be found on Twitter @brentleary.

Kwanza Hall

Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall represents the heart of Atlanta, including the neighborhoods of greater Downtown Atlanta. Hall’s District 2 includes 2 Nobel Peace Prizes (at the King Center and the Carter Presidential Library), the Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University, and the Martin Luther King Historic District. Hall is completing his 2nd four-year term on the Atlanta City Council and he is unopposed for a third term to begin in January 2014. Kwanza and his wife Natalie Hall live in the Martin Luther King Jr Historic District. They have 2 sons, Mario and Marc. You can find Kwanza on Twitter @kwanzahall

Robin Carey

After a long career in business development and advertising, Robin decided to launch Social Media Today in 2007 as a way of creating vibrant conversations with thinking people. Then she decided to keep it going by developing a variety of ways for thinking companies to get involved in those conversations.

Social Media Today LLC is the company that also hosts conversations in energy policy, metropolitan planning and sustainability, health care for professionals, and data. Robin is very proud of what her team has accomplished and continues to do every hour of every day. Social Media Today LLC was launched in 2007 as one of the first and still the leading site for social media pros. Robin is bringing the Social Shakeup Conference to Atlanta September 15-17, 2013. More details here. You can find Robin on Twitter @robincarey


Special Edition: Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce


Beth Summers/Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce FacebookTwitter

Kelly Clark/First Watch Soar FacebookTwitter

First Watch is a daytime-only restaurant open daily from 7 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. that specializes in delicious Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch creations all freshly-prepared. Their creative menu features traditional favorites like cooked-to-order eggs and omelets, fluffy, plate-sized pancakes, hot soups, fresh salads and mouth-watering sandwiches as well as signature items such as the Chickichanga®, Siesta Key Cocktail® and Floridian French Toast. For the more health-conscious, First Watch’s “Healthier Side” features a variety of delicious options, including egg white omelets, Fresh Fruit Crepes and their signature Power Wrap™.

First Watch is opening its newest location in Dunwoody in early October but is giving Dunwoody residents a sneak peek during Dunwoody @ Dusk in the Dunwoody Villages on the 20th of September.

Allison Howard and Brian Friedman/Dentistry for Children and Family Orthodontics FacebookFacebook

Dentistry for Children and Family Orthodontics provide an uncompromising excellence of care in pediatric dentistry and orthodontic treatment. Together under one roof, patients have convenient access and a seamless transition from pediatric to orthodontic care.

September Chamber Event Schedule

Monday Sep 9, 2013 – FIRST MONDAY Networking at D’Vine Wine and Bar Shop

Wednesday Sep 11, 2013 – YPODs Monthly Mixer at Joey D’s Oakroom

Tuesday Sep 17, 2013 – Dunwoody Chamber in Heels ‘Kick up your Heels & Connect’ Lunch at McKendrick’s Steakhouse featuring guest speaker Miller Finch discussing Social Media for Business

Friday Sep 20, 2013 – Dunwoody at Dusk at Dunwoody Village, Community Festival

Tuesday Sep 24, 2013 – Dunwoody Perimeter Coffee Connections at The Capital Grille featuring guest speaker, Douglas J. MacGinnitie, who serves as Georgia’s State Revenue Commissioner.




Desiree Scales Interviews Sarah Miller Caldicott with The Power Patterns of Innovation and Sander Biehn with AT&T


Sarah Miller Caldicott/The Power Patterns of Innovation 

A great grandniece of Thomas Edison, Sarah Miller Caldicott is an innovation process expert. She works with organizations that want to bring innovation to the center of their business practices, accelerating growth and relevance.

Inspired by a family lineage of inventors dating back five generations, she has been engaged in creativity and innovation throughout her life.  Sarah spent the first 15 years of her 25-year career as a Marketing executive with Global 500 firms including Quaker Oats and the Helene Curtis subsidiary of Unilever.

Concerned that America was losing its innovation leadership as the new millennium dawned, Sarah spent three years researching Edison’s innovation methods with experts at Rutgers University.  She co-authored the first book ever written on Edison’s world-changing innovation process, updating his approach for the 21st century. Entitled “Innovate Like Edison: The Five-Step System for Breakthrough Business Success,” Sarah’s book has been translated into 5 languages and is used as an innovation textbook in graduate and undergraduate programs across the US.

Dedicated to revitalizing America’s ingenuity and innovation leadership, Sarah travels all over the world inspiring organizations on how they can employ Edison’s timeless Five Competencies of Innovation™. An award-winning speaker, she was selected for the popular TEDx series.

Sarah’s newest book is “Midnight Lunch: The 4 Phases of Team Collaboration Success, from Thomas Edison’s Lab” (Wiley Publishing). Midnight Lunch brings Edison’s collaboration approach into the digital era, offering executives at every level new tools for driving innovation through collaboration. Midnight Lunch has been featured in Fast Company magazine and several other leading publications. Sarah’s work has also appeared in The New York Times, Fortune Small Business, and USA Today.  She has also appeared as an innovation expert on PBS television, CNBC, the Fox Business Network, and NPR.

Sarah is President of her own Chicago-based consultancy, The Power Patterns of Innovation, offering expert training and guidance on how to build innovation and collaboration capabilities in organizations of all sizes. Her clients include Intel, John Deere, Motorola, the Mayo Clinic, and Microsoft among many others. She lives in Chicago.

You can reach Sarah via social media and online using these links:

Twitter: @SarahCaldicott




Sander Biehn/AT&T

Sander is a  salesman and social media evangelist for AT&T. He has worked in a variety of sales and sales management roles both in the US and abroad over the past 15 years. These days he lives in Atlanta and on any given day can be found coaching teams on how to accelerate sales using social media, writing blogs on corporate innovation or just interacting with his network learning about new trends and ideas. Sander holds a patent in social media and is a charter member of the steering committed at AT&T evaluating social media initiatives for B2B sales. Sander is married and has two kids. He enjoys field geology and astronomy and has recently written a feature length screenplay based on the life of the poet Percy Shelley.

Sander can be reached:

Twitter: @sanderbiehn