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Emerging Enterprise Series: Episode 1

Don Dodds
 The Emerging Enterprise Series is brought to you by AppZoro and hosted by Sam Agarwal and Marianna Velozo

 

Don Dodds is a Managing Partner at M16 Marketing and an innovative marketer and strategist with more than 18 years of experience demonstrating his idiosyncratic combination of creative, technical and business acumen. He has managed and delivered successful projects for large corporations like AT&T, the Southern Company, John Deere, Heidelberg, the state of Georgia and hundreds of small businesses.

He is a serial entrepreneur and founder of 3 multi-million dollar corporations and has a keen understanding of how to build relationships. He holds a registered trademark and patent as the creator of Frand® WiFi, a wifi marketing automation system that allows traditional brick and mortar businesses an opportunity to generate leads, automate engagement, market, analyze and monetize campaigns using WiFi.

Dodds shares his marketing expertise and passion for relationship building both as a speaker and writer for online publications like the Huffington Post. You can learn more about Don and M16 Marketing on their website, and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Sam Agarwal is an Innovative Applications Developer. Sam is the founder and CEO of AppZoro Technologies, Inc. – an experienced team of full-stack mobile app developers and web designers. He holds a BS in Computer Science and is working on his Master’s at Georgia Tech. Sam is an Advisor of Mobile App Technology for the Atlanta Tech Village, one of the U.S. leading co-working space entities located in Atlanta, Georgia.

From concept to market-ready digital product, AppZoro is your single-source for everything from complex programming and database development to payment integrations and front-end design. With AppZoro’s in-house team of Agile Coders and Inventive Designers, you’ll get consistent high-quality work at a startup-friendly price.

Sam is also an experienced businessman. In addition to the work he does with AppZoro, he is Vice President of Sara Hospitality – an international, family-owned furniture manufacturer based in India, serving the US hospitality industry. He has been materially involved since he was 18 and is responsible for procurement, marketing, sales, customer service and finance for the business. In this role, he has learned the key elements of “grind” to build a successful startup.

Through Atlanta Tech Village, and as a private consultant, Sam helps business owners develop sound digital strategies that leverage both current and emerging technologies to increase revenues, streamline productivity, attract investors, and nurture customer relationships. Learn more about Sam and AppZoro on their website, and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Mike Nilan and Craig Ramsey with TreeZero and Paula Munger with NAA

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Mike Nilan is Co-Founder and CEO of TreeZero, an Atlanta-based sustainable solutions company that markets, supplies and distributes agro-fiber paper and other environmentally responsible products for Fortune 2000 companies, colleges and universities, government agencies and consumers with a passion for sustainability.

TreeZero’s flagship product TreeZero paper is the only premium, 100 percent tree free, carbon neutral paper made from sugarcane waste fiber. It is completely recyclable within existing recycling systems and compostable. According to Ricoh, TreeZero paper delivers excellent print quality when compared to regular recycled paper. TreeZero paper is available at major office supply distributors such as Office Depot/Office Max®, Ricoh Canada, Staples®, Veritiv™, Artlite and W.B. Mason, online at Amazon and in-store at FedEx® Office.

Prior to founding TreeZero, Nilan was the CEO of an international sourcing company, The MarketSource, which focused on consumer goods for companies like Pepsi and Tropicana for eight years. Prior to The MarketSource’s success, Nilan served as the Founder, Chairman and CEO of One Coast Network, the largest wholesale gift and home accessory company in North America. To learn more about TreeZero, visit their website, and follow them on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

 

Craig Ramsey was appointed President of TreeZero in 2016, assuming leadership of the company’s entire value chain.  Prior to joining TreeZero, Ramsey spent over 30 years with Accenture where he was a member of the North America leadership team and headed the Atlanta office – one of the largest Accenture offices in the world during the last ten years of his tenure with Accenture. From there, he oversaw business development and client service for the company’s southeastern region and was a leader in market growth, corporate citizenship and community involvement.

Craig has a Bachelor of Science (finance and risk management) and MBA from Florida State University. He has lived in Atlanta since 1982 with his wife and their four children. To learn more about TreeZero, visit their website, and follow them on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

 

Paula Munger is Director of Industry Research and Analysis at the National Apartment Association. In Paula’s role at NAA she has established an active NAA research program, to include leading research efforts on topics of importance to the industry and the association, implementing and managing specific research projects, and providing insight in government and other relevant data impacting apartments.

Paula has previous experience at Cushman & Wakefield, The Federal Reserve and is a graduate of New York College at Buffalo. Find out more about NAA on their website, and connect with them on Twitter and Facebook. You can also connect with Paula on LinkedIn.

 

Musician and Author Landry Tientcheu

 

Landry TientcheuLandry Tientcheu was born in Châtenay Malabry, a town in the Paris suburb of Hauts-de-Seine. He lived there until the age of 4 years and then moved to Douala, Cameroon where he spent his childhood and adolescence. Later, as a young adult, he immigrated to the United States where he graduated as an engineer.

Today he lives in Northern California and serves passionately through engineering design, songwriting and literature. Find out more about Landry on his website. You can also download his music on iTunes, or follow him on Facebook.

 

 

Linda Hoopes with Resilience Alliance

 

Linda Hoopes

 

Linda Hoopes / Resilience Alliance
President

Dr. Linda Hoopes is the Founder and President of Resilience Alliance, an Atlanta-based company that helps leaders increase the resilience and change-readiness of their organizations. She is a licensed industrial-organizational psychologist, and is the author of two books: “Managing Change with Personal Resilience” and the newly-published “Prosilience: Building Your Resilience for a Turbulent World“.

In her spare time she is a musician, sailor, and photographer.

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Matt Young with Personal Sport Record

 

Matt Young / Personal Sport Record
CEO

Matt YoungMatt Young is a passionate health, recreation & sport servant leader who believes that supporting quality athletic achievement is good for our children, communities and society. He has 25 years of experience in the allied health care sector where he was recognized as one of British Columbia & Canada’s Top 40 U 40 business leaders of the year. Matt also has 15 years of experience coaching at the grass roots level.

Matt now consults sport organizations locally, nationally, and internationally on physical literacy & long term athlete development resources, tools and supports.

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Clay Bailey and Ken Brown with Planet Free WiFi, Dr. Roshawnna Novellus with EnrichHER and Matt Watkins with ADP

Clay Bailey and Ken Brown / Planet Free WiFi
VP of Business Development

Clay Bailey has a background in Electronic Technology, Engineering and Technical sales. He attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Ken Brown has over 23 years experience in Marketing and Graphic Design, including Head designer for Kodak and Caremark Dental.

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Dr. Roshawnna Novellus / EnrichHER
Creator

Dr. Roshawnna Novellus, known as the Wealthy Yogi, is the co-founder of Bootstrap Capital and Host of Startup Funding. She is passionate about helping business owners ready to attract funding. Dr. Novellus has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, WSJ, and Rolling Out. She has also completed the Pipeline Angels Fellowship, a Kauffman program in angel investing.

Roshawnna serves on the Commission on Women for the City of Atlanta, and was honored as one of the Women Who Means Business by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

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Matt Watkins / ADP
District Manager

Matt Watkins is a Human Capital Management Consultant with ADP’s Major Account Services Division. He works with business owners and leaders in the Atlanta marketplace to maximize their workforce to see ultimate profitability, and scale for continued growth. He has worked with ADP since October 2015. Previously, he was the Director of Operations for a local HP Reseller, and developed a deep understanding for what it means to run and grow a successful small business.

Matt lives in Suwanee, GA with his wife and two daughters.

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Josh Lieberman with KMS Technology, Ed Michael Reggie and Jeanne Schwartz with Funeralocity and Alain Chaps with Connaisseur Paris

Josh Lieberman

 

Josh Lieberman / KMS Technology
Founder and President

Josh believes in one thing to help him be successful at KMS. That is being good to people, building trust and having a vision. It’s that simple. He firmly believes that in life, if you are good to people, then good things will happen to you. He acts this way towards his co-workers, his clients and general people he knows in the IT industry and his life. Josh currently lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife – Dana, his son – Miles, and his daughter – Luisa.

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Ed Michael Reggie / Funeralocity
Founder and CEO

Ed Michael Reggie is the Founder and CEO of Funeralocity, where he oversees daily operations of an online marketplace that helps people select the best funeral home for the best price when arranging funeral services for their loved one. Funeralocity is the latest venture of Future Factory, a company that creates and manages startups. Reggie is the Founder and Managing Director of Future Factory, which brings management, capital and ideas together to invest in, grow and run smart businesses. He has run successful businesses in banking, healthcare, software, book publishing and other ventures. Reggie has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of New Orleans, as well a master’s degree in business administration from Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business.

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Jeanne Schwartz / Funeralocity
Chief Strategy Officer

Jeanne Schwartz is the Chief Strategy Officer for Funeralocity where she oversees business development, funeral director networks, consumer acquisition, digital communications, marketing and communications. Before joining Funeralocity in 2016, Schwartz held several leadership roles during a 19-year span at Assurant, a specialty insurance company. From 1990 to 1999, she rose through the ranks to senior vice president in the company’s preneed business  unit. She rejoined Assurant in 2007 to help drive product innovation and identify strategic growth opportunities. Schwartz held the role of executive vice president at Corporate Communications Group prior to rejoining Assurant. Schwartz earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University.

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Alain Chaps / Connaisseur Paris
CEO and Co-Founder

Alain Chaps is a military veteran and CEO and Co-Founder of Connaisseur Paris, a clothing and apparel business that designs and sells high-end Italian and French fashion products at bargain prices.

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Christie Lindor with The MECE Muse

 

Christie Lindor / The MECE Muse
Management Consultant and Author

Christie LindorChristie is a management consultant focused on all things transformational. She specializes in partnering with both private and public sector clients to harness the power of authenticity in organizational change. Christie has spent her entire 16+ year career working for some of the top consulting firms in the world.

Given her vast experience in consulting, Christie enjoys being a frequent sounding board to dozens of mentees and has protégées doing great things all around the world.

A Bostonian still living in Henry County Georgia, Christie is a passionate coffee drinking futurist and recovering workaholic. She regularly blogs on her website, www.christielindor.com. As a reformed perfectionist and political junkie, when Christie is not writing, mentoring, or consulting, you can find her reading business books, talking politics, or indulging in an unhealthy, addictive quest for the perfect pair of high heels and pearls.

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Mike Abb with Runway Group and Abboriginal

 

Mike Abb / Runway Group / Abboriginal

Mike AbbMike Abb is focused primarily on economic and cultural stimulus in Northwest Arkansas, which includes corporate outreach, civic engagement, public art installation, event production, multimedia creation, volunteerism, urban planning, non-profit consultation and biking advocacy.

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