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Barry Etra with RAISE Forum


Barry Etra / RAISE Forum
Co Founder

Barry Etra worked in Sales and Marketing, Operations, and General Management for manufacturing organizations in the Northeast. He came to Atlanta to be the COO of a plastics manufacturing plant, and then ran the Etra Advisory Group, helping companies and institutions find funding that they couldn’t get traditionally. In 2014 he founded the RAISE Forum in partnership with Emory; they help early-stage companies in the Southeast get senior funding from the Southeast, which helps keep companies here. He has a BA and an MBA from Columbia University.

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35th Annual Rick Case Bikes for Kids


Bikes to be collected now through December 21; this year’s goal set at 5,000 bikes


Kevin Kolb / Rick Case Automotive Group
Georgia Director of Operations

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ATLANTA, GA (October 3, 2016) – The “Rick Case Bikes for Kids” program, celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, has provided more than 100,000 bikes to needy children during the holidays since 1982, and is now collecting bikes for the 2016 holiday season through December 21, 2016. This year’s collection goal is set at 5,000 bikes, which will be distributed through area Boys & Girls Clubs as well as other local charities, churches and schools.


Many local children are not fortunate enough to have a bike of their own. Luckily, the “Rick Case Bikes for Kids” program, launched in 1982 by Rita and Rick Case of the Rick Case Automotive Group, has been making that dream a reality for needy children for 35 years. The program makes it easy to get involved and help a child in need this holiday season by simply dropping off a new or used bike in good condition at any of the following Rick Case Atlanta-area locations:


Rick Case Kia (Gwinnett Place Auto Mall) / 3190 Satellite Boulevard, Duluth / 770-476- 2800

Gwinnett Audi (Gwinnett Place Auto Mall) / 3190 Satellite Boulevard, Duluth / 678-258-2522

Rick Case Hyundai / 11446 Alpharetta Highway, Roswell / 770-225-5600

Rick Case Hyundai (Gwinnett Place Auto Mall) / 3190 Satellite Boulevard, Duluth / 770-476-2800

Rick Case Mazda / 2493 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth / 678-804-2100


“This program was designed to put smiles on thousands of deserving children’s faces during a very special time of year,” said Rick Case, who reports that to date, more than 100,000 bikes have been donated to Rick Case dealerships in Atlanta, South Florida and Cleveland since the program’s founding. “The communities really come together to make sure underprivileged children have the best holiday season possible.”


The Rick Case Automotive Group, honored as Automotive News’ one and only 2013 National All-Star Dealer for the Privately Held Dealer category out of 17,000 in the country, is one of the largest auto groups in America. Rick Case Automotive Group celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. To commemorate this occasion, Rick Case wrote a book, “Our Customers, Our Friends,” a history of his 50 years as a car dealer. This book sells for $24.95 but is available free to anyone that visits any Rick Case dealership. Located in South Florida since 1986, it is owned and operated by the wife and husband team of Rita and Rick Case. With 16 dealerships in Florida, Georgia and Ohio, the Rick Case Automotive Group offers Maserati, Acura, Audi, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Kia, Mazda, FIAT, Alfa Romeo and Honda Automobiles & Motorcycles, including the World’s Largest Honda, Hyundai, Kia and Volkswagen dealerships located in Broward County, Florida. Rick Case Automotive Group’s national headquarters are located at 14500 W. Sunrise Blvd. in Sunrise, FL.


Don Moreland with Georgia Solar Energy Association


Don Moreland / Georgia Solar Energy Association
Chair, Georgia Solar Energy Association Board of Directors

Don Moreland is founder of Solar CrowdSource, a platform to facilitate Solarize, Community Solar, and peer-to-peer crowdfunding programs and rapidly accelerate the growth and reduce soft costs of solar in Georgia.  With 15 years of legal experience in residential and commercial real estate, Mr. Moreland began working in the solar industry in 2011 developing distributed generation and utility scale solar PV projects. Don has developed several MWs of solar for TVA and Georgia Power solar programs as well as commercial and residential applications providing turnkey development services including site selection; financial modeling; program and incentive compliance; permitting; and contract drafting and negotiation. Mr. Moreland is a proud to serve as 2016-17 Chair of the Georgia Solar Energy Association. He is a member of the Georgia Solar Energy Industries Association and a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

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Josh Gordy with FREEDOM Financial Coaching and JoAnn Corley with The Human Sphere


Josh Gordy / FREEDOM Financial Coaching
Money Coach

Josh Gordy is a Success/Financial Coach, Philanthropist and a professional athlete. His passions outside of sports are deeply rooted in instilling hope within others, no matter their situation. Opening clients’ eyes to a better life financially represents what Josh Gordy is about. Josh comes from humble beginnings as an undrafted free agent to now a six-year NFL veteran – his NFL success illustrates the grit, determination and diligence most clients will need en route to their financial freedom. Remember personal finance is 20% knowledge and 80% behavior. It is this very reason he relates to everyone so well and never meets a stranger. With Josh Gordy as your Success Coach, you will leave both empowered and with a new outlook on life as it pertains to your financial wellness.

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JoAnn Corley / The Human Sphere
Founder, CEO

JoAnn Corley is the Founder, CEO of The Human Sphere™. She is a passionate champion of human potential in the context of a business enterprise. She and her team help companies leverage and align that potential to enhance business performance and increase earnings. She is also a dynamic, inspiring speaker, and author who has a contagious passion for the topics she delivers.

She has shared that passion with thousands through-out North America on such themes as creative & critical thinking, team synergy, the power of influence in leadership and holistic talent management. She holds the unique distinction of haven spoken in every major city and state in the U.S. Her most releases are 15 Shifts – The Essential Guide to Transform Your Talent Management and Brain On Fire – Unleashing Your Creative Superpowers.

Named to several top 100 HR & Management Experts to follow, she has been quoted or featured in articles for NBC News, Huffington Post,,,, Harvard Business Review, HR Hero, ATD National, SHRM National, Management Business Daily, to name a few, and has also served as North America Career Contributor for the Daily Telegraph UK.

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Andreas Jones with Combat Business Coaching and Nicholas Dixon with JD PALLAS Corporation


Andreas Jones / Combat Business Coaching
CEO and Principal Business Strategist, Leadership Advisor and Marketing Strategist

Andreas is the Founder of Combat Business Coaching, #1 Bestselling author of Business Leader Combat, Business Strategist, Leadership Advisor, Marketing Strategist, Contributor at The Huffington Post, member of The Forbes Coached Council and Army Combat Veteran. Andreas works with small and medium-sized businesses and help them build meaningful businesses so that they can have more profits, fans and freedom. Service in the US Army forged Andreas’s character. It tested him, tested his endurance, faith, and internal fortitude. He describes it as “a trial by fire” and remains profoundly grateful for it. When he finally left the Army he did so with an astute understanding of self-ownership, implementing a vision, and the value in establishing trust and reputation. Jones applied all that he had learned serving his country to a series of jobs, including that of a VP at Sun Trust Bank. Each of his positions have endowed him with the type of knowledge required to start his own business and to provide a workable schematic for others to follow. Andreas has taken his hard-won Army lessons into the world of business, continuing to learn new skills and insight. Each fresh challenge, project or position has helped him grow into the individual he is today.

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Nicholas B. Dixon / JD Pallas Corp 
Business Development

Nicholas B. Dixon AKA Nic, THE REALTOR®,  is an avid reader that loves learning about new things.  If you sum up his passions in two words, it would be innovation and people.  “Strengths Finder 2.0” by Tom Rath, has an online assessment tool the perfectly describes his strongest personality traits. The attribute is called, Activator.  An Activator “can easily energize the plans and ideas of others.” The recurring question of an Activator is, “When can we start?”

Nic  holds a real estate license in the state of Georgia and started a company called JD PALLAS Realtors. His team follows in that spirit of continued education, and holds specialized certifications to service Buyers, Sellers, Senior Citizens, and Military clientèle at the highest possible level. He has aligned himself with the most powerful broker in Atlanta, Keller Williams. His office has more closed transactions than 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place companies do combined. With over a decade of real estate education and sales experience, Nic has identified the secret to selling real estate faster, and for more money than the average agent.  He sold his first house in less than a week, with multiple offers, and for above asking price.

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Cell: 678-926-8367




Indra Turnbull with WorkForceConnexion

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Indra Turnbull / WorkForceConnexion
President and CEO

Indra began her career in London working in the media and technology industries. Upon moving to the US she joined Fuqua Industries, a publicly traded conglomerate. Indra was part of the senior leadership team, involved in both acquisitions and divestitures of portfolio companies. Leveraging her experience in the technology space, she later created a business model that aimed at revolutionizing the social printing industry by using adaptive technology. The business was ultimately sold to a major industry player. Indra then went on to develop a proprietary technology, ApplicantAnalytics™ that assesses and matches candidates to specific positions with nearly 100% success rate over the past 10 years. Indra is taking this experience to address workforce needs by bringing together hiring managers with professionals focused on speed of match and quality of candidates as competitive factors in business today.


Founded in September 2016, WorkForceConnexion is a privately held start up, which is the brainchild of Indra Turnbull and an entrepreneurial team of executive management, founders and board members with extensive experience in developing specialized technology solutions for a wide variety of industries.





Rachel Lauziere with The Swan Center for Plastic Surgery

img_2477Rachel Lauziere, Spa Director at The Swan Center

As Director of the Swan Center Spa, Rachel has made it her personal mission to give patients the results they want in less time. A devoted mom and millennial, Rachel understands that not everyone can put life on pause to recover, and feels that non-invasive technology is the way of the future. She is committed to offer the best options to patients in Atlanta. If Hollywood has it, and it’s safe, she wants it here.

Thanks to an amazing surgical team that supports her passion for cutting edge non-invasive treatments, she uses the latest technology to reduce fat without incisions, erase lines from the face with lasers, and tighten the skin with thermal energy. Rachel ensures that visits to the spa are easy, rejuvenating, and specialized to the needs of her clients.


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Steve Youngblood and Ray Goodman with Software Paradigms International (SPI)


Steve Youngblood / SPI
Vice President of Product Management

Steve the Vice President of Product Management for SPI’s products division and has over 25 years of experience in the software industry. Most recently, Steve was the Co-Founder and CEO of SaaS CRM vendor Salestrakr, also an Atlanta-based company.

Steve received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida and his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.



Ray Goodman / SPI
Senior Product Owner, SPI Buyer Direct

Ray is the Senior Product Owner of SPI’s Buyer Direct and has been involved in it’s inception, building, marketing and delivery for 20 years. Ray defines all aspects of the building of Buyer Direct and continues to drive innovation for all SPI retail products. Ray has over 30 years of experience in the software industry.

Ray received his Bachelors degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.



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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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