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Todd Barton with Renters Warehouse Atlanta also Alicia Carr and Erica Stanley with Women Who Code


Alicia Carr, Erica Stanley and Todd Barton

Todd Barton / Renters Warehouse Atlanta
Managing Director

Renters Warehouse is one of the fastest-growing and highest-reviewed property management companies in America. This full-service company offers homeowners a quick and convenient way to turn their house into a long-term investment property and provides peace-of-mind for both owners and tenants. In 2015, the company officially trademarked the term Rent Estate™ to redefine the entire industry as real estate gives way to this new lucrative asset. As President of Renters Warehouse Atlanta, Todd Barton is dedicated to continually improving the company’s service offering and creating the best client experience in the industry. Before opening Renters Warehouse Atlanta in 2012, Todd practiced commercial real estate law and worked in the wholesale mortgage business. Todd remains a licensed attorney specializing in Residential Landlord law, as well as currently oversees a team which manages more than 1,000 properties (and growing!) in and around the Atlanta area.

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Alicia V. Carr / Women Who Code Atlanta
Director, Atlanta Network

My vision and goal is to advance women in technology and grow confidence in changing their career to mobile development and technology opportunities. As a certified Life-Coach and CEO/Founder of Purple Evolution, Inc. (PEVO). I have been a strong advocate against family violence and crimes against women for many years. Being a child of domestic violence and losing a close friend to these unspeakable acts, led me to counseling and speaking out against domestic violence at any venue that would allow me.

PEVO was established in an effort to empower women of Domestic Violence with the essential tools required to develop a safe, secure exit plan. Furthermore, by shining the spotlight on this horrible crisis PEVO is bringing awareness to the community at large.

Being in touch with the digital age and my experience with technological advancements. My effort turned to creating a tool modern enough to attract millennial’s, but visual enough to live in the social media universe. The first option was creating a tool on the Apple IOS mobile platform that was becoming the go to program for mobile devices. For a little over a year I studied and worked with programmers to learn and develop an app that would give me access to what my goal and vision was. What was created was “The Purple Pocketbook” IOS mobile app.

Purple Evolution, Inc. (PEVO) formerly The Purple Pocketbook, was established as an effort to
empower women experiencing domestic violence with the essential tools required to develop
a safe, secure exit plan. As someone who’s had family and friends fall victim to domestic
violence, Alicia wants her app to help the millions suffering from abuse across the country.

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Erica Stanley / Women Who Code Atlanta
Founder & Director, Atlanta Network


Erica Stanley is the Co-founder of the Atlanta Network of Women Who Code, where she organizes tech talks, workshops, hack nights and networking events for women technologists. She collaborates with companies within the Atlanta tech community to help improve strategies around diversity and inclusion. She also develops and teaches youth coding programs, mentors at local hackathons and speaks at various conferences and user groups.

Erica is a software engineer, researcher and tinkerer with over 15 years of experience with Fortune 500 companies, as well as successful startups, including Boeing, FOX Interactive Media, Turner Broadcasting, and Oracle. She holds a B.S and M.S in Computer Science from Clark Atlanta University. She also conducted post-graduate research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Erica is passionately working towards gender and multicultural inclusion in tech, via education and exposure to opportunities.

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Chris Mitchell with, Daniel Drennen with Deshazo and Michael Maher with REFERCO,



Chris Mitchell /

Chris Mitchell is a seasoned marketer with considerable digital and e-commerce marketing experience, especially in building online applications and marketplaces. He founded or co-founded several internet startups and also served as director of user experience for between 2005 and 2007, where he designed all aspects of the website and related user and back-office applications.

Chris also founded Chris Mitchell Marketing, a full service marketing agency, as well as Federal Flags, LLC, an online retailer of flagpoles, flags and custom-printed vinyl banners. Both companies still operate today. He holds a B.S. in marketing/international business from the University of South Alabama, where he also minored in French.

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Daniel Drennen / Deshazo
Project Manager

Daniel Drennen is a project manager for Deshazo. Deshazo manufactures and services overhead cranes and robotic equipment.




Michael Maher / REFERCO

Michael J. Maher is one of the hottest speakers in North America who has shared the stage with George W. Bush, Tony Robbins, John Maxwell, Evander Holyfield, and Gary Keller. Howard Brinton called Michael “America’s Most Referred Real Estate Professional” and His book, (7L) The Seven Levels of Communication: Go from Relationships to Referrals has been an International Bestseller for over 5 years. He also co-authored the instant bestseller, The Miracle Morning for Real Estate Agents. Michael is the proud father and founder of The Generosity Generation. He grew up in Kansas City, and now lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife.. Sheri, son… Max, and rescue dog, a Jack Russell Terrier named Lucky.

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Jonathan Clues with StudentBridge


Jonathan Clues / StudentBridge
Founder and Vice-Chairman

Jonathan Clues is the vision and entrepreneur behind StudentBridge. His original career as a professional racing driver netted over 20 race wins and two national championships. After hanging up his helmet, Jonathan turned his attention to the Internet and started several web companies in his hometown of London. Passionate about higher education and the future of young people, one of Jonathan’s first companies, Realview TV, developed an interactive video delivery model that successfully embedded streaming video in a multimedia platform aimed at helping educational institutions find, recruit and retain students. This ultimately became the core product offering of StudentBridge, which has successfully converted web traffic into students at top schools nationwide. Since opening the doors of StudentBridge in 2014 in Atlanta, Jonathan has increased his staff significantly and recently announced the acquisition of Campus Bubble, a socially driven platform which, along with video and virtual tours, gives students the tools to make the right decisions about college, avoid attrition and graduate from the college they choose at the beginning. His company’s new multimedia platform is slated to change the landscape of the higher education admission’s process and help aid the trillion-dollar student debt crisis.

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Rock Anderson with Cox Automotive and Emanuel D. Jones II with Legacy Automotive Group


Rock Anderson Jr./ Cox Automotive
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Rock Anderson, Jr. is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Cox Automotive. In this position, he is responsible for all global Human Resources functions, including providing oversight for Corporate and Field Operations, Total Rewards, Employee and Leadership Development and Organizational Effectiveness.

Prior to the formation of Cox Automotive, Anderson was the Regional Vice President responsible for leading all of Manheim’s auction operations in the Western U.S. He also held the position of Vice President of People Strategies at Manheim. Manheim is part of Cox Automotive and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Anderson has held leadership positions with companies including Siemens, Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo) and INROADS Inc. He is a graduate of Dillard University and Tulane University.

Anderson is affiliated with numerous academic, professional and community organizations, and was named one of the Atlanta Business League’s “Men of Influence” for 2013. He is on the Board of Directors and serves as Chairman of the Strategic Implementation Committee for the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. Currently, he also serves as Chairman of the Benefits Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee for the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta. He is President of the Finance Committee for St. Anthony Catholic Church, is a Leadership Atlanta Alumnus and a member of the One Hundred Black Men of Atlanta. Anderson is also a past President of the Dillard University Alumni Chapter in Atlanta.

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Emanuel D. Jones II  / Legacy Automotive
General Manager

Jones got his start in the automotive industry as a summer employee with Legacy Automotive, which was founded by his father, Emanuel Jones. He began changing oil, sweeping the shop and performing odd jobs with his father in 2005, at just 14 years old. After graduating high school in 2008, Jones went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in public health and entrepreneurial studies from The Johns Hopkins University. Soon after graduating, Jones decided to join the family business and returned to Legacy Automotive to hone his management skills.

Jones graduated from the National Automobile Dealer Association (NADA) Academy in 2013 in the top 5 percent of his class. This academy is the nation’s leading franchise dealer academy where dealers learn the fundamentals to operate a successful and profitable automotive business. Jones also earned his insurance license and has launched Allstate franchises within his dealerships. He’s currently attending Emory University to earn his MBA.

“I was shocked to receive this award, but it is an indicator that there’s some weight to our ideas and they’re starting to get a foothold and grow recognition. Legacy Automotive has a good foundation after almost 25 years in business, but the most successful long-term dealers have an infrastructure in place that can hit regional and national benchmarks that support growth,” said Jones. “The work and education we’re putting in right now as a team will hopefully help us all reap rewards and successes, and perhaps inspire other dealers, too. It’s one thing to run a dealership, but the key is what can only be learned by experience, like the value of a strong team. I love the people I work with every day.”

Cox Automotive is donating $5,000 to a national diversity partner in the winner’s honor. Jones chose 100 Black Men of America, a non-profit organization that endeavors to improve the quality of life of African Americans, particularly youth, in the communities it serves and enhance their educational and economic opportunities. Cox Automotive supports the organization’s Collegiate 100 (C100) program that engages college students and prepares them for educational and economic success. Jones supports the C100 and attends events that boost connections and business growth.

“On behalf of Cox Automotive, I am proud to partner with NAMAD in recognizing Emanuel for his achievements,” said Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer Rock Anderson. “He is the definition of a rising star in our industry, based on his successes with Legacy Automotive dealerships and their contributions to the community in which they work.”

Jones accepted the award at the NAMAD annual meeting awards dinner in Miami on July 21. He was chosen from nominees that met select criteria, including being an NAMAD member under the age of 40 who shows proven leadership qualities in the auto industry.

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Business Writers Conference 2016

“So You Want to Write a Book”

July 27-29 • Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

Young Harris, GA

2016-Business-Writers-ConferenceMany professionals are interested in writing books. Jack and Patti Phillips have written or edited over 125 books since 1983. They work with all the major publishers, including the top three in the world. They have 46 books with one publisher. Their books have won awards and they have built a business around them. They know how to write a book and they know how to write book proposals that attract the interest of publishers. More importantly, they know how to build a business around a book.

Listen to these bright, passionate writers describe their work and share their perspective from participating in the 2016 Business Writers Conference . . .


*** 8/12/16 UPDATE ***

Business Writers Exchange and Business RadioX ® join forces to bring an innovative Business Authors Networking event to Atlanta.

Join Us September 1st, 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Concourse Athletic Club Grille

Meet authors, publishers, editors, illustrators, pr professionals, marketing experts and others committed to serving the Business Writers community . . . and help us celebrate the launch of Business Writers Radio !

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Alexa Chilcutt / University Of Alabama




Ann McIndoo / So, You Want To Write !




Camille Ferond / La Forma Del Cuore APS




Halelly Azulay / TalentGrow, LLC




Helen McPhun / Learn Plus




Lisa Hillenbrand / Stragility Change Management




Maureen Orey / Workplace Learning & Performance Group




Paul Smith / Story Makers, LLC




Suzanne Schell / ROI Institute Canada




Tonya Moore / Middle GA Community Healthy Marriage Initiative




Katherine Hyatt / Reinhardt University




Norma Davila and Wanda Pina / The Human Factor Consulting Group




Stephen Power / AMACOM