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

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

Jeff Lignugaris / Northside Tool Rental

As a serial entrepreneur Jeff has launched, purchased, developed and sold a number of businesses in Atlanta. He has deep experience in managing projects, people and processes. He is passionate about being involved in the larger industries in which he participates. As a 4th generation Atlantan, and a 32 year resident of the inner city, Jeff is equally passionate about their local quality of life. 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

Charlie Jones / Marshall, Jones & Co.

Charlie Jones is a 1966 accounting graduate of Washington & Lee University. Charlie was for five years an audit senior for Arthur Andersen  & Co. in Atlanta where he was in charge of audits of public companies in the manufacturing  (electronics, steel and paper) and sports (Atlanta Braves and Hawks) industries. Continue reading

Mark McKenzie / Docqmax Digital Printing

Mark McKenzie is one of Three Brothers that own and operate Docqmax Digital Printing, Atlanta’s Business Printer since 1975. Mark is passionate about his role as a partner along with his responsibilities of being the face of Docqmax, networking, business development and marketing for his company. Continue reading

Travis Reid / Square 1 Art

Travis Reid  is the owner and President of Square 1 Art, a Family Run arts based fundraising company located in Norcross, Ga. Founded in 1999, Square 1 Art works with schools nationwide and has raised Millions in revenue for their art programs. A native Atlantan, Mr. Reid is a graduate of the University of Georgia Continue reading