Dr. Steven Palmer / The Cottage School

Dr. Steven Palmer’s professional experience includes serving at every level – teacher, principal, Executive Director and Superintendent. Prior to joining The Cottage School, Steve was Superintendent in Michigan. Steve led major efforts resulting in increased student achievement and significant improvements in teaching, learning and school status. Continue reading

Melissa Long / Ground: News from the Source

Melissa Long is an Emmy Award winning broadcast and digital journalist. She’s currently a founding member of Ground – an innovative, artificial intelligence powered global news platform. Continue reading

Michael Gargiulo / VPN.com

Michael is 26 and the CEO at VPN.com where he wants to provide a VPN to 100 million people by 2022. He has founded several other projects including selling more than $2.5 million dollars in unwanted gift cards and founding the well-known website, CoolMathGames.com which we grew to more than 3 million visitors per month. Continue reading

Michael Murphy / Murph’s Surf

There I was sitting on this busted up board on a ocean off of Thailand, In the gulf of Siam sipping on a luke warm questionable beverage enjoying some sick sunset dropping in front of me then it hit me, I want to do this for the rest of my life and I wanted to share the experience with other people. Continue reading

Alex Membrillo / Cardinal Digital Marketing

Alex Membrillo is the CEO of Cardinal, a digital marketing agency focused on growing multi location companies. His work as CEO of Cardinal also recently earned him the honor of being selected as a 2015 and 2016 Top 20 Entrepreneur of metro Atlanta by TiE Atlanta Continue reading

Bob Vale / Clearstar

Robert “Bob” Vale, Chief Executive Officer, founded ClearStar in partnership with Ken Dawson and William White. He is actively involved in developing business strategy and meeting with clients and business partners to discuss the direction of the background screening industry. Continue reading

Alex Han / PupWalkr

Alex Han grew up in Georgia, graduated from Georgia Tech, and started his career at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. And with one classic Millennial decision, he adopted a greyhound and found himself trying to care for his dog while working in investment banking. Not a great fit. Continue reading

Travis Shepard / CrossFit Remnant

Special Operations Officer with 14 years experience leading highly talented men on global rescue missions (Iraq, Africa, South America, etc). Travis possesses a global perspective, leadership and a unique skill set to transform and drive operational efficiencies within highly complex, multibillion-dollar environments. Continue reading

Dean Ruiz Fung-a-Wing / Kairos IoT

Creative & Technical Leader, Founder, Inventor, and Entrepreneur. He is a well-rounded leader having business experience in applied science and technology, commercial/residential financing, and professional arts. He is the current owner of a multi-state service company, Appliance Dean. Continue reading

Brian Borngesser / Gate City Brewing Company

Brian is a Metairie, Louisiana native, but after moves to Texas, Mississippi, and Tennessee (all before the age of 10) he finally made it to Georgia. Brian and his family moved to Roswell in 2009 and quickly fell in love with the community. Having always had a love for craft beer, Brian fondly recalls visiting Georgia’s first craft breweries more than 12 years ago Continue reading