IMG_0272Jamie Bodner – Owner of Pinnacle Fitness

Jamie Bodner. Jamie’s love for fitness, weight training, and health began at a young age. He realized he could finally be in-shape like those around him by taking care of himself through exercising and eating right. He started reading every book and magazine he could and working out every moment he was able. Once he started, it quickly became a passion and it opened up a new world and way of life for him.

Growing up in New York, Jamie always expected to go to college before settling into the corporate lifestyle. He never once thought about making his passion for fitness his career. Still, while he was working his way up the corporate ladder at the World Trade Center, he never felt one hundred percent fulfilled.

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Shannon RussoShannon Russo / Kinetix

Who is Shannon Russo?  Well…..she’s the CEO of Kinetix. She’s got a background as a finance executive with companies such as Spherion, W.R. Grace, M&M/Mars, Inc., and Kidder, Peabody & Co. She rode the corporate wave. She had a big expense account. Then she opted out to do her own thing and founded Kinetix with the goal of creating a firm that could help growing companies get the talent they need to compete. She thought she’d get more sleep by running her own firm. She was wrong. Luckily, that’s not contagious.

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Wes Jones - HeadshotWes Jones / Honeysuckle Gelato
Founder & CEO

Wes Jones is an alumnus of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson Graduate School of Business. After receiving his undergraduate degree in business administration, Wes began teaching in New Orleans, La., as part of the Teach For America program. Following his time as a teacher, Wes worked in commercial real estate with CB Richard Ellis’s corporate services division while earning his MBA.

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Jim HallJim Hall / CEO Triatek

James (Jim) Hall serves as the CEO of Triatek and has over 27 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He led an investment group that purchased the assets of Triatek in 2008 and successfully transformed the company into an international leader in the critical environment airflow controls industry.

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Tammy Stokes / Cafe West ExpressTammy Stokes / Cafe West Express

Celebrity fitness and lifestyle expert Tammy Stokes has spent more than 30 years developing training techniques, customizing workouts, collaborating with nutrition experts, and designing programs for celebrities and those dedicated to living a better life. Tammy’s newest venture, Cafe West Express, was developed to deliver her holistic foods and healing soups to your door. Continue reading

Kelly Kierans

Kelly Kierans, has provided sales and marketing leadership to national companies for more than 12 years. Kelly currently serves as President of Celtic Testing Experts, and is responsible for driving marketing initiatives, company culture, CTE’s aggressive business development, and operations expansions. CTE has provided software Quality Assurance (QA), thought leadership and software testing to a wide portfolio of global clients.

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Anastasia Roberts / Nourishing Business Solution

Anastasia Roberts has a degree in Digital Marketing from the University of Georgia. She lives in Athens with her two young boys and enjoys watching them play football, basketball, and Jiu Jitsu. Anastasia started Nourishing Business Solutions in 2015 because she saw a need with the businesses around her to have quality marketing in order to grow. Anastasia believes in the freedom entrepreneurship offers to people and enjoys teaching others how to nourish their businesses through effective marketing techniques.



Brittney Laryea / The Dorm Room Beautician 

Brittney is the CEO and Co-founder of The Dorm Room Beautician(@thedrbco). She began The DRB with co-founders Kaye Thompson and Marcelo Burkard after 3+ years as a freelance stylist for afro-textured hair in the Athens Area in August 2015. The DRB facilitates connections and operations for freelance hair stylists and their clients in college areas. Brittney is originally from Suwanee, Ga where she graduated from Collins Hill High School in 2012. She will graduate from The University of Georgia with a BBA in Business Marketing w/digital emphasis, an ABJ in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish minor in May of 2016. After graduation, Brittney will continue to grow The Dorm Room Beautician and intern for The Wall Street Journal in NYC. Follow her on twitter, @brittneylaryea to learn more!


Caleb Adams / Spacey Sciences 

Caleb is the founder of Spacey Sciences and is building the University of Georgia’s first satellite. He has worked for NASA as a flight software developer and was a Google Glass beta tester – having helped build the first musical score viewing application for it. He lead the team that won the first MLH, nationally recognized, hackathon for UGA by building a low-cost remote-operated telescope. He currently runs the most popular Computer Science and Astronomy blogs on the tumblr blogging platform with a total following of over 200,000. Caleb is a Computer Science and Astrophysics double major at UGA. His career goal is to further the exploration and monetization of outer space and to help lay the foundation to explore and colonize our solar system.

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Michael Blake/Arpeggio Advisors 


Mike Blake is President of Arpeggio Advisors, a business appraisal and strategic advisory firm headquartered in Atlanta. Mike appraises businesses, securities, and intellectual property to help clients maximize their returns on transactions and painlessly comply with tax and financial reporting requirements. Mike has specialized expertise in appraising and advising emerging technology companies; patents, copyrights and trademarks; professional services firms; alternative energy companies; and aerospace companies. Prior to starting his career as a business appraiser and strategic advisor, Mike raised capital and created international strategic partnerships for Israeli companies, and helped convert Russian companies convert part of their weapons of mass destruction design and production capabilities into civilian applications and privatized businesses.

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Jason Smith/Mr. Mister Mosquito Control

Jason Smith is a professional and philanthropic leader in the Atlanta community and beyond. Prior to founding Mr. Mister Mosquito Control, which is now the 2nd largest mosquito control company in Metro Atlanta, Smith had a successful career in the branded apparel arena. Here, he was responsible for the acquisition, management and fulfillment of nationwide accounts such as: Circuit City Uniform Program, Georgia Aquarium, Turner Broadcasting and many others.

Chris Hardwick/Build Technology Group

Chris Hardwick is a graduate of University of Georgia witha BA in Political Science.

As a recognized technology leader known for his love of solving problems, technology issues, building for and on successful business solutions, it has garnered him positions with such companies as Aaron Rents, Inc., ista, e:so Global, and Instawares. With his ability to break down technology into business goals, and strategic technology alignment, he has been navigating his career waters through Hardwick Solutions, LLC for over 8 years. Chris now leads Build Technology Group that practices a “partnership” approach to serving their clients, with the formula of breaking down strategic business goals into obtainable technology goals and vice versa. He helps his partners be successful by being their trusted IT partner in delivering cost effective, smart technology.

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