Ep #38 | Turning the Vision into an Executable Action

Ep #38 | Turning the Vision into an Executable Action

Andy is the founder of Accel Financial Services.  For the last 13 years, Accel Financial Services has helped small businesses and entrepreneurs discover their true direction, understand and take control of their financials, and leverage that financial knowledge to specifically command their own destiny.  Born and raised in Atlanta, Andy graduated from Georgia Tech, worked in the finance and M&A side of the collections industry, until realizing small businesses didn’t know what they were missing when it came to understanding their financials.  Andy and his wife of 13 years have two kids, live in Cumming Georgia, and spend much of the year thinking about their next Disney Cruise!

Read More

Ep #37 | The Entrepreneurial Spirit

Ep #37 | The Entrepreneurial Spirit

Darshana Patel is an Energy Intuitive, Medium, and Host of the show enLight’n Up on The Lighter Side Network. After 20 years in the corporate world, Darshana traded in her corporate armor for the tools of a spiritual warrior at her business, Unscripted Way. She has been shifting the paradigms of possibility for everyday people ever since. Gifted with the ability to see and feel subtle energy from birth, Darshana helps her clients to “see the unseen”, and to resolve and repattern energy distortions. Her own life experiences provide the perfect mix of intellect and compassion to help others blaze new pathways to unleash their full potential. Darshana possesses an undergrad in Information Systems, a Master’s in Transformative Conflict, and advanced certifications in organizational change and personal transformation. While working to complete her prefatory book, “A Field Guide for the New Awakening,” Darshana furthers her mission to create new realms of possibilities for all spiritual warriors in-the-making.

Read More

Ep #36 | Self-Care in the Workplace

Ep #36 | Self-Care in the Workplace

Jamie Butler is a natural born Medium and media personality who has been working internationally for the past 25 years. She is the author of With Love and Light: A True Story About an Uncommon Gift as well as the founder of The Center for Love and Light in Atlanta, GA and co-founder of the nonprofit learning environment: The Love & Light Institute. Most recently, Jamie launched The Lighter Side Network, a TV platform devoted to wholeness living. With uplifting, educational, healing and topical content, the ad-free, member-supported network inspires viewers to unlock their fullest potential and lead their best lives. Jamie is deeply passionate about community and entrepreneurship and enjoys teaching people of all ages about the infinite possibilities for healing, joy, and success available to each of us when wholeness living is incorporated into our daily lives.

Read More

Ep #35 | Follow Up & Follow Through

Ep #35 | Follow Up & Follow Through

Kevin graduated high school in 1982 and quickly went to work for a credit union as a computer operator. Over the years that grew old and in 1986 he went to work for US West as a sales consultant. Working for a company that had all their technicians on union labor did not work well and in 1990 he went to work for MCI. MCI was a very dynamic fast moving company and Kevin had several finance jobs before landing as a National Sales Account Manager working with fortune 100 companies. 2006 was a tough year for telecom because companies were not making their Wall Street projections. That year Kevin decided to step out and start his own Master Agency and named it Tranquility Networks. Tranquility Networks was founded in September 2006 by Kevin Jacobs and Christopher Gardiner. Then Kevin created Vos Technology but was unable to create the Master Agent contracts needed for each carrier, so in 2010 Vos Technology merged with Tek Efficient, a Master Agent and IT Consultant.  They have over 100 vetted technology providers and a one-stop shop for everything from Voice Services, Hosted to Cloud. Kevin Jacobs is widowed with 2 grown children Taylor (26) and Connor (22).  Kevin resides in Parker, Colorado Loves to ski, bike, play softball and do anything with friends.

Read More

Ep #34 | Focus on the 'Why'

Ep #34 | Focus on the 'Why'

26-year-old Hadyn Hilton is the owner and founder of Java Cats Café, Georgia's first cat café located in the heart of Atlanta. Though Hadyn’s degree and career path were slated for the film industry, it came as no surprise to friends and family when she decided to drop everything and open a business revolving around one of her favorite things: cats! Hadyn, facing many hurdles in order to open her business, enjoys encouraging other entrepreneurs who are starting their journeys as well as giving advice about being a young female business owner in a male dominated society. With adoption numbers doubling the shelter rates, Java Cats has been a huge success for cat adoptions and has an established following all across the US and several countries in the world. Hilton's focus is to give back to the community, which her café does by providing a safe and nurturing environment for cats to live in while awaiting adoption, selling food items that support a nonprofit employing the Atlanta homeless, providing resources for local entrepreneurs and being a positive influence on social media platforms. Since opening, over 200 cats have been successfully adopted into their forever homes.

Read More

Ep #33 | The Bootstrap Approach to Starting a Business

Ep #33 | The Bootstrap Approach to Starting a Business

Nathan is the Co-Owner of Southend Films, a video production company in Atlanta, Georgia. Southend Films produces cinematic films that awake emotion and empower brands. Nathan loves being married to his wife, Joy and being a dad to his two kids, Ty (5yrs old) and Alexis (2yrs old). Joy and Nathan are celebrating their 10 year wedding anniversary this year! Nathan embraces the entrepreneurial spirit and enjoys problem-solving, creating and making beautiful work.

Read More

Ep #32 | Turning a Personal Challenge Into a Creative Outlet

Ep #32 | Turning a Personal Challenge Into a Creative Outlet

Cara Thomas spent over 10 years inventing award-winning products for Fortune 100 companies. She found that adventure and playfulness led to breakthroughs. In need of that personally, she started Serenflipity as an experiment — and it ended up changing her life. It started with a one-way flight to Mumbai, and 90 challenges written by 90 friends, clients and strangers. Each day she flipped a card, followed its direction and blogged the tale. The results were surprising and serendipitous — and even included getting life-changing advice from Steven Tyler. Cara has launched Serenflipity to encourage that spirit of adventure into everyday life, anywhere in the world.

Read More

Ep #31 | The 15 Meetings Per Week Method

Ep #31 | The 15 Meetings Per Week Method

Jeff Hilimire is Co-Founder and CEO of Dragon Army, an Atlanta-based mobile and innovation company that helps clients navigate today’s connected landscape through the use of new innovations and technology. Prior to that, Jeff founded and sold two additional marketing agencies, Spunlogic and Engauge, within a 10-year span.Jeff has over 19 years of industry experience and serves on the boards of the American Marketing Association (AMA), The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce as well as Central Outreach and Advocacy Center. He is also Co-Founder and Board Chair of 48in48, a nonprofit that builds 48 nonprofit websites within 48 hours in cities across the world. Jeff is alumni to Leadership Atlanta’s graduating class of 2013 and is both an Atlanta Business Chronicle 40 under 40 and Most Admired CEO award recipient.

Read More

Ep #30 | Discovering the Spark of Young Entrepreneurs

Ep #30 | Discovering the Spark of Young Entrepreneurs

Monica is the Executive Director of Break Into Business located in Atlanta, GA. Since 2013 Break Into Business has trained over 500 entrepreneurs aged 9-17 who have launched over 150 profitable businesses, earning thousands of dollars in profit. Prior to Break Into Business, Monica worked with The Boston Consulting Group. Monica has her undergraduate degree in business from Queen’s University, in Canada, and her MBA from Harvard.

Read More

Ep #29 | The Pay It Forward Movement

Ep #29 | The Pay It Forward Movement

Adriana Carrig is the founder and CEO of Little Words Project. She began her company in 2013 after having just graduated with an English Literature degree from The College of New Jersey. During her tenure at TCNJ, Adriana had come up with a version of her brand that she shared with her college sorority. While studying to take the LSAT in preparation for Law School, Adriana came up with the idea to make Little Words Project into a real company. Adriana's vision for the company was to create a kinder world for women wherein collaboration was favored over competition, and its working. The company has doubled year over year since inception and was profitable in its first month of sales. Recently married, Adriana enjoys spending time with her new husband, Bill and they look forward to purchasing their first home together later this month!

Read More

Ep #28 | Tomorrow Isn't Promised

Ep #28 | Tomorrow Isn't Promised

Sixteen years ago, Ethan King was a struggling artist by day, taking out the trash at a strip club by night. The turning point came when he was carjacked at gunpoint, and he escaped with an epiphany to turn his life around. Tapping into his passion for collegiate Greek life, Ethan and his then-girlfriend-now-wife launched stuff4GREEKS.com as a school project, with $700 and no outside funding. They bootstrapped it to become what is now a multi-million dollar eCommerce brand for specialty fraternity and sorority gear. A few years later, they opened Zeus' Closet - a state-of-the-art retail experience in west midtown Atlanta, where you can personalize your clothes through advanced design, screen printing, and embroidery. Ethan manages several other businesses and brands, and is the President-Elect of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Atlanta. He is passionate about running, reading, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Read More

Ep #27 | Be Reactive

Ep #27 | Be Reactive

Kali Rogers is the Founder and Janitor of Blush Online Life Coaching. She and her team of master’s level coaches help females from around the globe get over their quarter-life crisis, grow their self-confidence, get over nasty breakups, and work on bettering their relationships all via video conference for only $79/mo. She is also the author of Conquering Your Quarter Life Crisis: How to Get Your Shit Together in Your 20’s and has been featured on Bustle, The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Elite Daily, and Thought Catalog. Kali now resides in Los Angeles, California where she likes to walk around Beverly Hills and wave at the pretty houses, watch reruns of The Office and Parks and Rec (Leslie Knope is her hero), and attempt to make healthy meals in her bruised-up kitchen.

Read More

Ep #26 | Morphing from the Start-Up Side to the Legal Side of Entrepreneurship

Ep #26 | Morphing from the Start-Up Side to the Legal Side of Entrepreneurship

John co-founded SendHub in 2011, a Silicon Valley-based startup that went through Y Combinator (Winter 2012) and raised $10 million from angels and VCs. John served as SendHub’s Chief Operating Officer, managing ops, finances, and legal, all the way through the company’s acquisition. Following SendHub's acquisition, John served as Head of Talent for Tilt until he moved to Raleigh, NC in late 2015. Since moving to Raleigh, John has served as the COO of Lincoln Network (a tech/tech policy nonprofit based in the Bay), launched Fallone SV (a law firm that serves startups) with Katelin Kennedy and earned a Master of Laws degree in Law and Entrepreneurship from Duke Law School.

Read More

Ep #25 | Fashion that Feeds

Ep #25 | Fashion that Feeds

Carmin Black would tell you that growing up, she did not have a normal childhood. With a father who was a pastor and a mother who exemplified everything fashion and design, two very different worlds collided to create the culture that Carmin grew up in. While moving to various places all over the country that included Hawaii and Alaska, Carmin grew up with a sense of culture and a passion for people unlike most! Her dad instilled a passion and responsibility for helping people while her mom exemplified everything fashion and design. These worlds would soon come together with siblings Carmin and Christian to create HALF UNITED.

Read More

Ep #24 | Think Bigger

Ep #24 | Think Bigger

If Alex Palmerton isn't eating, she's probably talking about it. She's spent her entire career in the food industry as an in-house food writer and marketer for restaurants and food brands. In 2016, she founded The 5th Sense — a copywriting and digital marketing agency that helps food businesses find their voice and increase their online traffic while crafting the content people crave. When she's not writing FOR food businesses, she's writing ABOUT them — she's also the food editor of 303 Magazine in Denver. When she's not working, she loves exploring Colorado with her husband Brooks or putting in quality couch time with their English Bulldog named Bacon.

Read More

Ep #23 | Find Your Niche

Ep #23 | Find Your Niche

Mike Doyle started his animation company, drive 80,  in 2011 with a vision that regular equals boring. He's been told throughout the years to tone down down his message but has strayed from this advice because that's not what separates good from great. If you are going to push the boundaries, you need to draw a line in the sand. If everyone likes you then you are doing it wrong. drive 80 strives to work with the risk takers, big thinkers, and those who excite the world with what they create. 

Read More

Ep #22 | Playing the Line Between the Business and the Creative

Ep #22 | Playing the Line Between the Business and the Creative

Craig Johnson is the President and co-founder of Matchstic. A native Atlantan, Craig graduated from Georgia State University and for his entire career he has worked on the business side of a creative industry, starting with managing rock bands and moving on to become the business arm of Matchstic. His vision for the company was to create a place where smart creatives could thrive and produce work that generates real change for business.

Read More

Ep #21 | Why Do You Do What You Do?

Ep #21 | Why Do You Do What You Do?

Akram Ibrahim is a manager on the Customer Success Team for CareerBuilder. He came in when they were building the team up and two years later it has grown to something that would not have seemed likely early on. Akram also works with software start ups in the process of building customer success teams as well as other smaller local businesses, sharing experiences for scaling and best practices gained from working with some large companies in the Atlanta area. When Akram is not working, he coaches CrossFit at CrossFit 404 in Buckhead and tries to spend as much time outside as possible. 

Read More

Ep #20 | Never Give Up

Ep #20 | Never Give Up

Jason Dominy is currently the Director of Social Media and Storytelling for Jekyll Brewing in Alpharetta, Georgia. He’s been in marketing for almost 20 years, creating content and managing social media for brands like Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, McDonald's, UPS, Salesforce, and Chick-fil-A. He was also in the specialty coffee industry for 16 years, taking many leadership and training positions along the way. In his free time, he supports Atlanta organization The Giving Kitchen, who offers grants to those in the food and beverage industry in times of hardship; and global organization, Blood:Water, which helps fund clean water wells and HIV medication and treatment solutions for those affected by HIV in East Africa. He’s married to April for more than 15 years and has two Yorkies, Boone and Cooper.

Read More

Ep #19 | Homeless to Hyper-Growth

Ep #19 | Homeless to Hyper-Growth

Kit Hughes is a typical technology entrepreneur. He dropped out of college to start a company (it failed), spent a period of time homeless (by choice), and became an overnight success (slowly). He co-founded Look Listen with his collaborator in punk bands, Paul Sternberg. Under Kit’s leadership as CEO, Look Listen was recognized as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the US by hitting #408 on the Inc 500 in 2015. Be sure to check out this episode that dives into Kit’s journey from punk rocker to CEO

Read More