Jimmy Ellis/ Jim Ellis Automotive Group

Jimmy is the son of Jim & Billie Ellis.  Jim is the founder of the Jim Ellis Automotive Dealerships Group, a family owned and operated business, proudly serving Atlantans for 44 years. Continue reading

Sawyer Williamson/ Williamson Brothers BAR-B-Q

  • Finance & Accounting
    • Instituted annual planning system to provide financial budgets and improve performance
    • Annual plan was built from customer sales plans, product recipes, labor models, and departmental spending

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Dave Walens / Exploring, Inc.

Dave Walens is President of Exploring, Inc., the parent company of several unique, trailblazing Atlanta-based companies supporting the event, tradeshow, experiential, and entertainment industries. Continue reading

Eric J. Ellis / MadeYouLook Media

Eric J. Ellis has been an entrepreneur for most of his professional career. His latest project is MadeYouLook Media (madeyoulookmedia.com) a creative agency specializing in helping low tech companies leverage the internet. Continue reading

Michael Buckner / Audio Intersection

Michael got his start in the electronics industry over 20 years ago selling TV’s at the Canton GA Wal-Mart while attending Cherokee High School.  Soon after, he moved up to commission sales at Circuit City and Hifi Buys. Continue reading

Ben & Sammy Amor / Cloud 9 Smoke & Vape Co.

Ben is graduating in May from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Management, While Sammy is graduating in December of this year in a management major. We are two individuals from immigrant parents that instilled an extreme work ethic and a passion to follow our dreams. Continue reading

Chris Hanks / KSU EC

Christopher C. Hanks is the founder and executive director of the KSU Entrepreneurship Center. Prior to this, Hanks was the founder and director of the entrepreneurship program at the University of Georgia. He has owned multiple businesses, including music, e-commerce, publishing, and export ventures. Continue reading

Tara Murphy / 360 Media

Tara Murphy is the definition of a self-made woman. As founder and president of 360 Media, a leading Atlanta-based public relations boutique, she started on her own and now has a flourishing media and marketing company serving top-name clients. Continue reading

Suprit Patel / The Bestige Group

As CEO, Suprit drives The Bestige Group’s Strategy, Vision, and Growth. Formerly a Management Consultant for leading companies such as Ernst & Young and The Advisory Board Company, Suprit helped Healthcare Providers improve processes, deliver better patient experiences, and sustain improvements through the use of Analytics. Continue reading

Al Meyers / TiE Atlanta

Al Meyers, the Executive Director of TiE Atlanta, is an entrepreneur and media executive with more than 25 years of experience across Fortune 500 companies, for-profit and nonprofit startups.  Meyers has launched two award-winning, sustainable, Atlanta-based nonprofit organizations: TEDxPeachtree and the Atlanta Music Project. Continue reading