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Barry Etra with The RAISE Forum and Darshun Kendrick with Kendrick Law


Barry Etra / The RAISE Forum Twitter Linkedin

Barry Etra came out of the manufacturing world after 25+ years, the last 15 as a senior executive there and got involved in the consulting and funding world. From the debt funding side he got involved in equity; realizing that that world was chaos, he endeavored to create a structure that would help order it, and the RAISE Forum was born. Barry has a BA and an MBA from Columbia and lives in Atlanta.

Darshun Kendrick / Kendrick Law Twitter Linkedin Facebook

Attorney Dar’shun N. Kendrick was born in Atlanta, Georgia to 2 parents that were Georgia entrepreneurs and small business owners. She was raised in South DeKalb, Georgia and graduated from DeKalb County public schools. She received 2 bachelors’ degrees from Oglethorpe University and her law degree from the University of Georgia. While in law school, she was on a Member and Editor of the International and Comparative Law Journal and started the law school’s first ever Business Law Society which prepares law students to practice transactional business law as opposed to business litigation. In August of 2011, she received her Master’s in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University. She is now the owner of Kendrick Law Practice, a private securities law firm that handles legal compliance and investor agreements and negotiations for private placement offerings. She is also certified FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) non-public arbitrator, arbitrator contact disputes between investors and non-public companies.



Jenny Levison with Souper Jenny and Kunbi Tinuoye with UrbanGeekz


Jenny Levison / Souper Jenny Facebook

Jennifer Levison is an actress and entrepreneur who is also known in Atlanta as the original “Soup Diva.”

A native of Atlanta, she opened her first restaurant 17 years ago with only two employees and today has four restaurants and a juice bar/vegan lunch spot and employs a staff of 48.

Jenny spends most of her time re-enforcing her mission of hospitality one bowl of soup at a time. She daily strives to be part of the Atlanta community and for each guest to be treated like friends and family.

When she is not slinging soup, Jenny is still an actress and enjoys performing in local theaters. Most recently she was one of two leads in “Calendar Girls” at Georgia Ensemble Theatre.

Jenny’s next goal is to work on her “Tom’s” One for one model of philanthropy and feed hungry families for every meal sold at Souper Jenny.

Kunbi Tinuoye / UrbanGeekz Twitter Linkedin Facebook

Kunbi Tinuoye is an award-winning British-born journalist and broadcaster based in the United States. She is the Founder and CEO of, a groundbreaking digital news platform focused on technology, science and business.

Tinuoye is a sought after on-air contributor, speaker, panelist, and moderator at conferences across the country. More recently she has appeared on MSNBC & Arise News and facilitated a panel discussion at the Spelman College Leadership and Women of Color Conference.

Tinuoye is a former News Correspondent for NBC’s African American digital news platform In 2013, she provided commentary as an investigative reporter on the Investigation Discovery hit television series ‘Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall’.

Prior to relocating stateside, Tinuoye was a senior broadcast journalist for the BBC in London. She is an international writer whose work has been published in The Daily Mail, London’s Evening Standard, and The Voice newspaper

For a number of years, Tinuoye served on the Editorial Advisory Board of Cambridge Alumni Magazine (CAM), which is distributed to approximately 150,000 readers globally per edition.

She is one of the original founders of Aspire, a support network for ethnic minority journalists in the United Kingdom. The organization has partnered with and attracted sponsorship from mainstream media outlets, including the BBC, Channel 4, Trinity-Mirror, the Guardian and the Financial Times

Tinuoye graduated from Trinity College, University of Cambridge, with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social & Political Sciences. She studied a post-graduate in print journalism and is an NCTJ qualified UK professional journalist, with credits in media law and 100 wpm shorthand.

Ovation International Magazine has named Tinuoye one of the 50 most influential Nigerians in the diaspora. She is currently on the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists (AABJ) Development Committee.




Amy Hoover with Talent Zoo and Linecia Gilmore with The Gilmore Law Firm



Amy Hoover / Talent Zoo Twitter Facebook

Amy Hoover has been with Talent Zoo since 1998. First as Executive Recruiter then Recruiting Director, she orchestrated and oversaw advertising and marketing hiring activity across North America for more than 12 years. Now President of the company and operating the job board on, she’s a full-fledged web geek in addition to monitoring hires from hundreds of companies each month.

Considered an expert on hiring trends and staffing issues, Amy is frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Adweek, Advertising Age, and many other notable publications. She’s also been interviewed for CNBC’s “On the Money” speaking about industry salary trends.

Linecia Gilmore / The Gilmore Law Firm Linkedin

Linecia L. Gilmore is the Founder and Managing Partner of The Gilmore Law Firm, LLC, where she is a business attorney. She has represented major corporations and individuals in matters involving business-to-business negotiations, commercial and government contract matters, commercial loan matters, business counseling and formations, and sports and entertainment contractual matters. Linecia is an experienced transactional attorney, having worked with the Global Marketing and Licensing Legal Division of The Coca-Cola Company, a nationally recognized sports agency, and companies doing business with the federal and local governments. Ms. Gilmore created The Gilmore Law Firm, LLC with the purpose of combining her legal expertise with her business experience. As a business attorney, Ms. Gilmore conducts seminars and presentations in order to educate business owners on the importance of understanding basic contractual legal principles.



High Velocity Reboot: Lee And Stone Back In The Studio

High Velocity Reboot


Lee and Stone will be back in the studio co-hosting the High Velocity Radio show each week starting soon !

“The travel has been fun,and we’ve learned so much.” says Stone.  “. . . but we both really miss that weekly show rhythm — and of course we absolutely love using the BRX platform to celebrate Top Performers Producing Better Results In Less Time.”

“Our Guest Hosts have done a fabulous job in our absence of interviewing passionate business leaders with compelling stories to share.  We’re committed to continuing that tradition, and look forward to getting back in the studio.”  — BRX CEO Lee Kantor

New interviews will be posting soon.  In the meantime, here’s one of our recent favorites.

* Captured in Dallas on our late April road trip for Training Pro’s Learning Insights show.

Enjoy . . .

Tom Allen from Opango discussed how L&D organizations can take their performance to the next level by leveraging technology.

Tom is Founder and CEO of Opango, provider of a Cloud based Learning Management System for the Enterprise and Small Business . It’s primary purpose is to deliver on demand product training, franchise training, certification and continuing education. The platform delivers courses, tracks progress, administers quizzes, final tests, surveys, certificates and maintains student transcripts
Opango also provides full service course development including learning 2.0 instructional design, writing, photography, audio, videography, interactive 2D and Photo Realistic 3D animations.