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Alexis Davis Smith with PRecise Communications, Nicole Harmon and Nancy York with TapSnap Phototainment


Alexis Davis Smith / PRecise Communications Linkedin Twitter Facebook

With more than 20 years of experience and a reputation as a solid communications strategist, Alexis Davis Smith is a leader in Atlanta’s public relations industry. She is president and CEO of PRecise Communications, a 14-year-old, award-winning Atlanta based public relations agency.

Managing the home and Miami offices, she is responsible for creating breakthrough communications programs for PRecise clients through the execution of media relations, multicultural PR, consumer brand marketing and special events.

Alexis has provided communications counsel for leading companies and organizations such as Church’s Chicken, Spelman College, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Coca-Cola and Toyota. For Coca-Cola, she has led more than 80 PR programs including the launch of the innovative Coca-Cola Fridge Pack. Her work with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store established a scholarship for history students at Spelman College, which will impact deserving students for years to come.

Prior to PRecise, Alexis was an account supervisor at Ketchum, a top 10 global PR firm, where she traveled the world supporting several key consumer accounts. In 1998, she co-founded the agency’s African American Markets Group, the first-ever in-house ethnic marketing team created by an international PR agency. Her work since that time has established her a multicultural communications expert.

Alexis has received a number of industry awards including one Silver Anvil from the Public Relations Society of America and six Phoenix Awards from PRSA/GA. She is currently the president of the Black Public Relations Society of Atlanta and an active member of the board of directors for the Atlanta Business League (ABL). In 2012, ABL recognized her as one of Atlanta’s leading female entrepreneurs. In addition, her opinion on the importance of multicultural marketing has been featured in the leading industry trade, PR Week.

Nicole Harmon & Nancy York / TapSnap Phototainment

Atlanta-native, Nicole Harmon, has entrepreneurship in her DNA. With two successful entrepreneur parents, Nicole knew at a young age she wanted to own her own business. After graduating from The University of Alabama with a degree in advertising, she hit the ground running gaining valuable experience in event coordination and social media management. At only 27 years old, she now owns her own business where her background and skills come together in unity with TapSnap – a highly interactive, socially connected “photo booth on steroids.” She finds incredible joy bringing fun and entertainment to any type of event – corporate, trade shows, grand openings, weddings, reunions, birthdays, bar/bat mitzvah, and much more! Linkedin Twitter Facebook


Nancy York has over 20 years of marketing experience. This includes owning a marketing and communications agency for 9 years, creating effective and memorable campaigns for clients like Cox Communications, Coke, Inter- Continental Hotels and other well-known brands. She has managed corporate event marketing teams that have been very successful under her leadership. Nancy has been called a “creative strategist” and “change agent”, helping companies transform and evolve with changing times by introducing new ideas that make them stand out and attract more business in fun and innovative ways. She now brings this expertise to her TapSnap franchise, allowing her to align her marketing skills and talents into a fun business. All of this, plus her love to entertain and help people connect was what attracted her to TapSnap. TapSnap is a natural people magnet and is an extremely entertaining marketing tool in the disguise of a photo booth. At events, she loves to watch the guests’ faces light up when they interact with TapSnap. Nancy is extremely excited to add even more value to the clients she serves through the addition of TapSnap, helping them grow their businesses and be more successful, all while having a good time. TapSnap is perfect for grand openings, product launches, trade shows, team building events, parties, and so much more! Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Melanie Brown and Charles Hoag with Signature Bank of Georgia, and Patrick Burns with Arc 3 Communications


Melanie Brown & Charles Hoag / Signature Bank of Georgia Linkedin Facebook Twitter

Charles Hoag was a part of the team that opened Signature Bank of Georgia in 2005. He currently serves as the Bank’s Chief Administrative Officer. In this role, he is accountable for portfolio management as well as the disposition of troubled assets. Charles is a graduate of the University of Wyoming, and holds his Series 6 and 63 licenses as well as Life and Health Insurance. He started his career with the predecessor to Wachovia, the First National Bank of Atlanta, in 1988. Charles subsequently served at SouthTrust from 2001 until 2005, just prior to Signature’s formation. In line with Signature’s commitment to the community, he has served on the boards of both the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce and the Community Assistance Center. Charles is also a graduate of Leadership Sandy Springs. He and his family live in Dacula, and they together attend Passion City Church.

Patrick Burns / Arc 3 Communications Linkedin Facebook Twitter

Founder and president of Arc 3 Communications, an agency specializing in emerging media and public affairs. Arc 3 helps trade associations, government agencies and center right parties and candidates evolve into the digital age by providing content marketing, social media and social media analytics services.

22 year veteran in media and public affairs, working in government and academia and in the agency world. Prior to founding Arc 3, oversaw the public affairs practice of the oldest independent public relations agency in the Southeast. Managed integrated public affairs, media and social media campaigns for trade associations, businesses and government agencies. Managed all content production for clients in the public affairs practice including press releases, design collateral, radio and television ads, web design and social media content. Received numerous awards from the Public Relations Society of America in the areas of marketing, media relations, issues management and radio PSA’s.

Prior to agency experience, served as a Research Associate at the A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service at Kennesaw State University. Managed public policy, media and public opinion research projects for clients in the government and non-profit sectors. Also directed programs in campaigns and ethics, training hundreds of political candidates at the local and state levels.

Began career on the staff of Congressman Newt Gingrich, then Minority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives. Served with Congressman Gingrich during his ascendancy to the Speakership and during his two terms as Speaker. Served as District Aide, interacting with state and local officials and representing the Congressman at district events. Managed district projects and served as policy advisor.

Serves as a resource to media on politics and digital media having appeared in media publications and outlets such as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Marietta Daily Journal and Fox 5 Atlanta.

Special Edition: Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce


Holly Monaghan / The Waters Organization Linkedin Facebook Twitter 

Since beginning her career as a Recruiter in 2003, Holly Monaghan’s success has been founded on honesty and integrity. She is committed to working with Atlanta’s top talent, and brings value by matching top talent with top organizations. She does this by carefully listening to and evaluating both candidates and clients – their desires and expectations – to ensure a perfect match.

Holly has a Bachelors of Arts in English from Georgia State University. Before she started her career as a recruiter, Holly taught High School English in Gwinnett County. She was able to enhance the reading, writing, and communication skills of more than 150 students.

Holly acquired The Waters Organization July 1, 2009. Under her leadership as President & CEO, the firm continues to post exceptional results and has experienced a 300% sales growth over the past 2 years.

Kaitlin Fox / Dress Up  Facebook Twitter 

A graduate from the University of North Georgia, I have been with Dress Up for almost 2 years. I previously worked as the store manager for our Downtown Woodstock location and seven months later opened the Perimeter location as the store manager.

Frances Schube / Splash Festivals

Beth Summers/Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce

Chris Burnett with Midtown Bank and Trust, Robbie Hart and Jason Tanenbaum with C4 Belts, and Ronald Dod with Grey Umbrella Marketing


Chris Burnett / Midtown Bank & Trust

Chris Burnett is a native Atlantan and has been in community banking in metro Atlanta for 34 years, serving as CEO of three previous community banks. In 2013, he joined Midtown Bank & Trust to launch a new division, the Bank of Sandy Springs, of which he serves as Division President. Mr. Burnett is a former director of the Georgia Banker’s Association and is active in his community, serving on the Boards of the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, the Sandy Springs Economic Development Advisory Committee and the Board of Trustees of Holy Innocents Episcopal School.

Robbie Hart & Jason Tanenbaum / C4 Belts Twitter Facebook

Ronald Dod / Grey Umbrella Marketing Linkedin TwitterFacebook

Ronald Dod is the founder and CEO of Grey Umbrella Marketing. Hailing from Tallahassee Florida he is a Florida State University graduate and loves competing with the brightest minds in the marketing industry. Outside of formulating marketing plans to help his clients achieve world domination he enjoys watching sports, traveling, walking his golden non-retriever named Patriot, and trying to make each day the best he has ever had.