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Peter Polson with Tiller Money


Peter Polson / Tiller Money

Peter Polson

Peter is the founder and CEO of Tiller, a company focused on making it easy to manage your personal finances in a spreadsheet with automated data feeds and powerful templates. He loves designing great products and creating tools and systems that help people live better lives. He was a founder and president of Junxion (acquired by Sierra Wireless) and later CEO at Dashwire (acquired by HTC).

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Russell Clark with LNL Agency and Patrick Renn with The Renn Wealth Management Group

Patrick Renn and Russell Clark


Russell Clark / LNL Agency
Managing Partner

Russell Clark is a seasoned event marketing and management professional with 18 years of experience in sports and entertainment activations for general and multicultural demographics. He joined the LNL team as Managing Partner in 2014 providing expertise in Strategy and Branding for the agency. Since joining LNL, Clark has contributed to the growth of the agency, accomplishing a 30% increase in revenue, year over year. LNL boasts client partnerships with The Coca – Cola Company, Jack Daniels, Delta Airlines and more.

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Patrick Renn / The Renn Wealth Management Group
Founder and President

Patrick Renn, founder and president of The Renn Wealth Management Group, has dedicated his career to helping his clients pursue their financial goals by guiding them through a detailed planning process.

In his bestselling book, “Finding Your Money’s Greater Purpose: How to Make Your Legacy Count,” Renn discusses the important role that charitable estate planning plays in the lives of his clients. As a sought-out expert in his field, Renn has appeared on Good Day Atlanta, WCNN Atlanta, FOX, ABC and CNN as a financial educator and speaker.

As a Certified Financial Planner practitioner for more than four decades, he adheres to the CFFP Board’s code of ethics for integrity, objectivity, competence, fairness, confidentiality professionalism and diligence.

Renn also prides himself on helping his clients give back to their communities in a positive and lasting way. He enjoys helping his high-net-worth business owners and professionals leave a legacy by making the most of their gift planning, as well as assisting charities that want to increase their endowment through planned giving.

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Dr. Simone Josey: Speaker, Consultant and Author


Dr. Simone Josey / Dr. Simone International

Success enthusiast, Dr. Simone Josey, is a speaker and published author in the field of success, customer service skills and professional development. Her book, More Than Medicine: What They Don’t Teach You in Medical, MA, Nursing or PA School, is gaining popularity as a ‘medical customer service’ resource. She has been a professional/keynote speaker for over a decade and has been practicing medicine for almost a decade.  Dr. Josey has received 5 star patient ratings on account of her personal research, development, and implementation of outstanding best practices in enhancing the patient experience through excellence in bedside manner and customer service.  Most recently, Dr. Simone has been consulted to give employee customer service training for the Albany, GA Marine Corps base clinic, as well as national medical conferences.

Dr. Josey provides tailored employee training for multiple medical practices. She also works one on one with healthcare professionals for education and training in medical soft skills.  Her macroscopic view of medicine as a surgically trained podiatrist, coupled with her microscopic perspective with a Public Health Masters, makes Dr. Simone Josey a unique voice in the marketplace.

Her presentations are described as witty, confident and thought-provoking.  Dr. Simone Josey has been featured on television, in radio, and in online and print publications.  She hosts a weekly Success Enthusiasts’ Call with national and international listeners.

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Alan Allard: Sales Performance Coach



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Sales Growth Expert/Coach/Speaker/Trainer

Alan is a former psychotherapist and an expert in human behavior and performance who now coaches and trains sales professionals for dramatic sales results. As a therapist, Alan enabled his clients to overcome their biggest challenges in life. As a sales coach, Alan empowers salespeople to overcome their biggest sales challenges. His message is straightforward; salespeople don’t fail because they don’t know what action to take–they fail because they don’t take that action. If that’s the problem, what’s the solution? It’s to empower salespeople to empower themselves by coaching themselves. Coaches unlock performance potential. By all means, let’s coach our salespeople. And along the way, let’s empower them to be their own coach. Why? Because a salesperson who can coach themselves past their doubts, fears and challenges, is the salesperson who takes action and that’s how you dramatically increase your sales.

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Jennie Rodriguez with andTransformation

Jennie Rodriguez


Jennie Rodriguez / andTransformation

Jennie Rodriguez leads innovative strategic change, with a specific focus on moving organizations forward, under the brand and Transformation. Jennie works to make change in organizations better, easier and less disruptive. She is a forward-focused leader who aligns organizations to design and deliver al-ways-evolving, transformative change. Rodriguez connects leaders and organizations across boundaries to work together differently to accelerate growth. She specializes in partnering with leaders across the organization to translate growth strategies into disciplined transformation programs that deliver monetary and cultural benefits to people, the organization, investors and shareholders.

Jennie brings over 25 years’ consulting and industry experience in aligning organizations to design and deliver transformative change. Jennie has worked in organizations large and small in multiple sectors including financial services, consumer products, manufacturing and distribution.



Gerald McDowell with Aerotropolis and Chris Butsch, The Millennial Maximizer

Chris Butsch


Gerald McDowell / Aerotropolis
Executive Director

Gerald McDowell, originally from Hope Mills, N.C., graduated from DeVry University in Atlanta in 1987 with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems.  He spent more than 18 years in the IT industry, managing projects in more than 40 states and 12 countries, and he was also a small business owner for nearly five years. Additionally, Gerald served as a teacher for two years as an evening Instructor at DeKalb Tech. He is a 2008 graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development and a 2009 graduate of the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute.  Gerald and his wife, Toni, have been married for 26 years. They have two children: a daughter, Taylor, 22; and a son, Wesley, 19.

Gerald was on staff with the Gwinnett Village CID and Gwinnett Village Community Alliance for four years. His efforts resulted in more than 250 commercial property owners joining the CID, which accounted for $700 million in property value. He also assisted in creating the Gwinnett Village Merchant’s Association.

Gerald’s successes with the Gwinnett Village provided the experience he would draw from as the first Executive Director of the Lilburn CID – a position he occupied for five years. Even though this CID was formed during a time of national economic recession, Gerald was instrumental in securing $2 million in grant funding.
In 2015, Gerald started as the Executive Director of the Airport West CID, which joined Airport South CID in January 2016 to become the Aerotropolis Atlanta CIDs. Under Gerald’s leadership, the Aerotropolis CIDs have received more than $50 million in grants and project funding. Gerald was a member of the inaugural USDOT Leadership Academy conducted by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Additionally, Gerald was a key event speaker during the 2016 Sustainable Airport Area Seminar, focusing on issues related to workforce development, transportation and urban design.

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Chris Butsch / The Millennial Maximizer
Speaker and Author

Chris Butsch calls himself “The Millennial Maximizer.” Author of The Millennial’s Guide to Making Happiness, Chris writes, speaks, and coaches on the topic of maximizing the Millennial generation’s potential. He speaks to managers, teachers, and parents of Millennials to help them understand how to connect with and unlock the potential of America’s most unique generation, and helps Millennials themselves reach their own potential through positive psychology science and coaching.

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Conrad Meertins with Famteck and Jeff and Dana Miller with Sir Grout

Sir Grout


Conrad Meertins / Famteck, LLC
Chief Information Officer

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Jeff and Dana Miller / Sir Grout

Jeff & Dana Miller are the owners of Sir Grout, serving all of greater Atlanta.  They also own and operate a second Sir Grout franchise in the upper counties of Northern New Jersey & New York.  After long corporate careers, the couple decided to open up their own businesses together and focused on home remodeling and restoration.  They have always been very passionate about home improvement and when they met the leadership team at Sir Grout they knew they had met their perfect business partner.

They have been running their businesses for over 4 years and have collected several franchise awards including Rookie Franchise of the Year (2013), Largest Franchise Expansion – Atlanta (2014) and Franchise of the Year (2015).

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John Poulos and Sam Hoover with SK Commercial Realty



John Poulos / SK Commercial Realty
Executive Vice President

John Poulos is the Executive Vice President, Managing Director of Tenant Representation for SK Commercial Realty. John represents office tenants on an exclusive basis. His expertise and method of operation provides clients unparalleled service and assists them in achieving cost reduction and operational goals required by today’s tenants. With more than 23 years of experience in the real estate industry, John’s success is derived from his belief that the best way to serve a client’s real estate portfolio is by thoroughly understanding their business. With this in-depth comprehension, financial analysis & attention to details, he assists clients in making informed, educated decisions that align their real estate portfolio with their business strategy.

John has worked exclusively with tenants since he entered the commercial real estate industry in 1984 when he joined AFCO Realty focusing on long-term relationships enabling him to represent landlords as well as tenants. In 1997, John joined Advantis GVA where he was a founding member of the Strategic Solutions Team, whose focus was supporting the real estate issues of high-tech and corporate clients. In 2000, John joined Grubb & Ellis as a vice president where he was instrumental in securing several national accounts. He was affiliated with Equis Corporation where he won numerous high-profile assignments and was a leading producer in their Atlanta office 2005 & 2006. John joined Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s Atlanta office in 2007 as a managing director and enjoyed being one of the top 5 Atlanta Brokers for Newmark for 5 years before leaving for SK Commercial in 2016.

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Sam Hoover / SK Commercial Realty

Sam Hoover joined SK Commercial Realty in April of 2016 as an Office Tenant Representative working with John Poulos, Executive Vice President. Prior to joining SK, while attending The University of Georgia, Sam led the NAHB Student Organization as President, was chosen for a highly selective leadership-related internship and graduated with two degrees.

Sam’s clients benefit from his ability to leverage tenant’s position with landlords, evaluate space requirements, and his understanding of market standards.  By combining appreciation of his client’s goals, overall understanding of the leasing process and an unwavering loyalty to clients’ interests, Sam provides the highest level of brokerage solutions.

As a leader in the community and native of The City of Peachtree Corners, Sam volunteers with The Norcross High School Foundation for Excellence to raise funds for different projects at his alma mater.  He also has a passion for Technology and spends much of his time out of the office at technology incubators, accelerators, and events learning about new startup companies and ideas.

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Nick Cappello with Capco Computing



Nick Cappello / Capco Computing
Owner / Head Systems Architect

Nick Cappello has been in the IT business for 20 years and started Capco Computing with the notion that even the smallest business needs a Fortune 500 mentality when it comes to tech, but within their budget.  Nick was there for the formation of a lot of the tech practices for the Fortune 500 companies he’s worked for, he’s helped influenced a few of them, and saw just how these practices were able to help keep companies like Amoco Oil and Coca Cola on the right track. It is because of this that Nick Cappello and Capco is able to create a standard for not only the servers in the back office, but the computers and other tech your employees use.


Wilson Tomala and Brad Grimes with Paul Davis Restoration

Paul Davis Restoration


Wilson Tomala / Paul Davis Restoration

Wilson Tomala moved to Atlanta from New York in 1998. He studied engineering at Stony Brook University of New York where he received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He proceeded to attend NYU where he received his masters in Management Technology.

With a passion for sales, marketing and engineering he later joined the team at Heatcraft as the Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning. With encouragement and support from his closest friends and family he decided to go into business for himself and joined the Paul Davis team by purchasing a franchise location in North Atlanta. He began this journey nearly 15 years ago and has enjoyed all of the new challenges that being a business owner have brought him.

He is very passionate about his business and has instilled some of his values into the company’s culture. The four main values of the company are authenticity, continuous improvement, perseverance and empathy.

When he is not at the office he enjoys playing tennis and golf but most of all he enjoys watching his 3 boys play soccer.

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Brad Grimes / Paul Davis Restoration
Busines Development Manager

Brad Grimes graduate from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Business Management and a passion for Marketing, New Technology, Music, TV and Film Production. Brad is considered resourceful, creative, professional and, above all, a team player. He is a self starter with a passion for helping others.

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