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Justin Tomczak with State Farm Insurance

HVRJustin Tomczak/State Farm Insurance Twitter

Justin Tomczak serves as spokesman for State Farm Insurance in Georgia and South Carolina. He has been in that role for the past 5 years. Prior to that he served as Political Director for a US Senator and Governor in Georgia. Justin graduated from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government with a Masters in Public Policy. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kennesaw State with a Bachelors in Finance and Economics and served as Student Government President.



Sander Biehn Interviews Van Baird with Relational Equity

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Van Baird

Owner & Chief Thank You Economist at Relational Equity

Van Baird is a small business entrepreneur that loves helping other entrepreneur’s. He’s been in the Financial Services world since 1999 with companies like Northwestern Mutual and State Farm. After dumping “traditional” marketing efforts in his State Farm office for 100% Social Media and referral driven marketing, his revenue increased 60% and his closing ratio went from 25% to 80%.

Based on that success, while maintaining his State Farm office, he created Relational Equity. Believing that advocacy for your clients is the ultimate form of engagement online, they teach small business’ and churches how to leverage what their people are posting online in order to drive retention at a relational level. Their company’s clients include Leadercast, Hive Atlanta, Connexus Church, Keller Williams Realtors and the SoCon14 Social Media Conference. Find Van at

Follow Van: @vanbaird

Find more information about SoCon14 at



Dr. JoAnn Hayward with Turning Point Enterprises and Buddy Shaw with


Dr. JoAnn Hayward/Turning Point Enterprises, Inc. Facebook

Turning Point Enerprises, Inc. (TPE) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides “Education, Training and Development” to individuals with the goal to help them become self-sufficient.

Turning Point was founded in 1998 by Dr. JoAnn Hayward who shares a legacy of family involvement in supporting those in need. Her father, Pastor Joseph Ginyard of Philadelphia, PA is an active member of his community as a volunteer, and homeless shelter provider for 25 years. He has passed this same sense of community responsibility on to JoAnn, who is now compelled by that same sense of urgency in fighting for the needs of others, and the committment to improving the lives of our valued citizens that are in need of assistance. Turning Point provides: Counseling, Life Skills, Parenting Education, Mentoring, Coaching, Case Management, Job Readiness, Anger Management, and Substance Abuse Counseling.

Turning Point will enhance growth, develop skills, and behaviors that will help individuals achieve personal and economic independence.

Upcoming Event: Women’s Empowerment Luncheon, “Women on the Move” June 14, 2014 from 1PM-4PM at the Smyrna Community Center. There will be a Panel of 4 Professional Women sharing their journey and life experiences. Contact Dr. Hayward for more info.

Buddy Shaw/ and Shaw & Associates, Inc. Linkedin

Buddy Shaw has been in the real estate business since 1967, leasing commercial buildings and representing tenants since 1975. He has also been venturing into the Executive Suite business as well as developing a commercial real estate, internet based business.

With a span of 33 years in the office leasing industry, Mr. Shaw began his career with 8 years of experience with John Portman’s Peachtree Center. Upon leaving as Leasing Director in 1975, Mr. Shaw “jumped the fence” so to speak and established his own company, Shaw & Associates, as one of the first companies to consult with and represent the interests of the tenant.


Desiree Scales and Sander Biehn Interview Eric Holtzclaw, Author of Laddering

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Eric Holtzclaw

Eric V. Holtzclaw is a serial entrepreneur having founded multiple start-up companies, including one of the first profitable Internet enterprises. His last company appeared on the Inc. 5000 list three years in a row.  Eric advises clients on the “whys” of business:

  • Why customers buy,
  • Why teams work and
  • The all-important “entrepreneurial why”.

He is the Founder/CEO of Laddering Works, a marketing strategy firm. He has spent 20+ years creating opportunity by identifying and capitalizing on emerging trends and disruptions to business. His professional experience includes: founding multiple successful start-up companies, including one of the first profitable Internet enterprises, and serving as the strategic lead in the implementation of dozens of products and services worldwide.

A sought after speaker on consumer behavior and entrepreneurship, he is co-host of the weekly radio show The “Better You” Project which highlights the stories of individuals that start companies.  The show runs on The Better You Network that provides support to owners through the different stages of company growth. His weekly column, Lean Forward, about the future of business and technology appears on  Eric’s book Laddering:Unlocking the Potential of Consumer Behavior is available in bookstores and on Amazon. Find at Eric at

Peter Tennis with KW Commercial Real Estate and Bill Garrett with Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School

HVRPeter Tennis/KW Commercial Real Estate

KW Commercial – 3o years as the business owner’s advocate. Peter earned his BBA at the University of Texas at Arlington. Peter is an active member of the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce. He is married with 4 grown children.

Bill Garrett/Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School Facebook

Bill is President of Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, a Jesuit high school for the underserved of Atlanta.

He holds a Masters of Social Work and a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University as well as a Masters in Theological Studies from Spring Hill College.

Bill is an ordained deacon in the Catholic Church. Bill and his wife Susan have two adult children, Sean and Emily, and one grandchild, Ryan.