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David Kohlasch with Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta and David Raderstorf with Kudzu Art Zone

David Raderstorf, Steven Julian, David Kohlasch

David Kohlasch/Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta

Sonesta is a growing, global hospitality brand with more than 60 properties in seven countries, centered on a corporate dedication to delivering a guest experience that provides more than just a place to stay. With a portfolio of diverse and distinctive properties as individual as its guests, there is no typical Sonesta. With a full range of exceptional experiences found in many of the most memorable destinations in the world, Sonesta proudly exceeds guest’s expectations time and time again.

Discover Royal Sonesta and Sonesta Hotels & Resorts in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Hilton Head Island, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Jose, St. Maarten (3), Chile (2), Colombia (5), Ecuador, Peru (5), and Egypt (6 + 3 cruise ships). Sonesta ES Suites is an extended stay hotel brand managed by Sonesta found in 27 locations near Atlanta, Boston, Baltimore, Burlington, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbus, Detroit, Flagstaff, Houston, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orlando, Parsippany, Princeton, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Tucson. For more about Sonesta, visit Sonesta.com or call +1.617.315.9200 or 800.Sonesta (800.766.3782) in the U.S. and Canada.

David Raderstorf/Kudzu Art Zone

Kudzu Art Zone became a 501(c)(3) corporation in June 2006 when a group of artists shared a vision of a thriving artist community. In late 2006, the city of Norcross donated a 3,200 square foot building at 116 Carlyle Street, Kudzu Art Zone’s current home. The building has a gallery, 8 artist’s studios, and ample space for meetings, workshops, and artist development opportunities. The Kudzu Art Zone has become a place of fellowship where over 100 artist members have access to a community of support, space, and professional development opportunities.

Kudzu Art Zone is a cultural leader. As such, it serves the artist community and promotes the importance of the visual arts to individual growth, cultural heritage, and economic growth. Kudzu Art Zone organizes and presents exhibitions and programs by local, regional, national and international artists. It demonstrates proactive local leadership by educating artists of all ages; cultivating and growing audiences; and initiating and encouraging collaboration among diverse artists, institutions, communities and supporters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Phillips with Jack Nadel International, Julie Smith and Lisa Martin with Custom Human Resource Solutions, and Clint Casteel with HatchWorks

Steven Julian, Lisa Martin, Julie Smith, Stephanie Phillips, Clint Casteel, John Ray

Stephanie Phillips/Jack Nadel International

Jack Nadel International (JNI) is a premier provider of targeted advertising and marketing solutions and has been in the branded merchandise industry for over 60 years. Their work is about extending your brand through promotional products, printing, direct mail, creative solutions, online-marketing, event support, campaigns and so much more. JNI has all the experience and resources you need. Their core beliefs are 1. Clients come first, 2. Treat everyone they work with like partners, 3. They believe in delivering quality with integrity, 4. They believe in themselves and that they can do anything for their customers and 5. They believe where there is respect, there is trust. JNI has offices located all over the US with 4 international locations (London, Sydney, Athens and Hong Kong) which allows them to manage client projects no matter where it takes them.

Lisa Martin & Julie Smith/Custom Human Resource Solutions

Founded by Julie Weith Smith, SPHR, Custom Human Resource Solutions’ (CHRS) philosophy is to provide personal and customized service to its clients in the development of human resource management that is creative and innovative. CHRS is an outsource human resources services provider that focuses on addressing human resources needs as they arise as well as taking a proactive approach to developing and maintaining HR practices and programs to ensure legal compliance, strong employee morale and positive workplace culture. CHRS works with partners in the industry to provide everything small businesses need to develop and maintain a healthy and efficient HR department. Because CHRS is not a professional employment organization, their clients are able to carve-out the services that are most beneficial to them.

Clint Casteel/HatchWorks

HatchWorks provides digital technology strategy, talent, and solutions to help companies continue to grow by adopting mobile, cloud, and data products in an AGILE delivery model. They offer everything from individual talent to support your current engagements to full end-to-end solutions for IT roadmap delivery, from concept to launch. They utilize a curated talent model and results-based pricing to generate a maximum return on their clients’ IT investment.

Terry Gatewood with Physique Refinements

Steven Julian, Terry Gatewood, Mike Sammond

Terry Gatewood/Physique Refinements

Physique Refinements is located 2 minutes walking distance from Suwanee Towne Center, in the beautiful office building “The Shoppes at Olde Towne”. Their training studio is 1800 sq.ft. and is always super clean and has a complete private shower.  They have complete state of the art weight training and cardiovascular equipment. Physique Refinements training programs are exclusive. They are a private personal training studio, Committed to Excellence. They strive for perfection by customizing individual training programs. Physique Refinements mission: Educate one person at a time to perform mechanical sustainable movements.

Belvin Baldwin with Group Travel by Belvin, Greg Allen with Centsible Accounting Services, and James Casto with Home By Dark

Steven Julian, Belvin Baldwin, James Casto, Greg Allen, Mike Sammond

Belvin Baldwin/Group Travel by Belvin

Belvin Baldwin is an award winning travel consultant and owner of Showtime Travel. After spending years helping busy professionals design value packed group vacations to celebrate life events; Belvin started GroupTravelByBelvin.com. The goal of GroupTravelByBelvin.com is to provide the resources and assistance for busy professionals who want to start planning a group getaway. Belvin has helped many busy professionals with group travel to celebrate birthdays, reunions, anniversaries, destination weddings, company achievements and more. His hard works has been recognized by various travel suppliers and clients who love to refer him to their network. Busy professionals have a lot on their plate and Belvin understands their needs when planning a group getaway. His goal is to help you plan the perfect group getaway so all you have to do is just show up and enjoy.

Greg Allen/Centsible Accounting Services

Centsible Accounting Services is a Full service Tax & Accounting Business. They focus on Taxes for individual & businesses. Full Accounting services for small to medium businesses including bookkeeping, payroll, and management reporting. Centsible applies the real world knowledge they have gained working in the business arena and use that to help your company grow.

Greg Allen completed his education at Merrimack College, the number two school for accounting education in New England during the mid 80’s. Greg began his career as an accounts payable clerk advancing with each new position to Controller/CFO. He has worked for various companies in different industries such as banking, government, manufacturing, distribution, computer information technology and software firms. In 2001, Greg started A&C Consulting Group.

James Casto/Home By Dark

Since 2007, HOME BY DARK has captivated audiences with one of the most powerful concert events in America. Inviting the best songwriters and musicians in the world to its stage. HOME BY DARK is a Nashville meets New York meets L.A. meets Atlanta, storytelling, romantic, pierce your heart, laugh til it hurts, reminds me of momma, dance in the aisle, that’s my favorite song, evening you’ll never forget. Some of their past guest performers have written songs for Garth Brooks, Chicago, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Sara Evans, Stevie Nicks, Kenny Chesney, Sister Hazel, Ray Charles, Miranda Lambert, Trisha Yearwood, and more. Their guest instrumentalists have performed with Jon Bon Jovi, Lee Ann Womack, Martina McBride, Willie Nelson, on the David Lettermen Show, at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Disney, and around the world. They’ve welcomed special appearances by Patty Loveless, Christopher Cross, former Celtic Woman Lisa Kelly, and others. HOME BY DARK proves every night – A Song Can Change Your Life.

Douglas Erdman with The Flying Locksmiths and Louise Dillard with The Dillard House

Steven Julian, Louise Dillard, Douglas Erdman

DOUGLAS ERDMAN/THE FLYING LOCKSMITHS

The Flying Locksmiths is an all-inclusive security provider. They are the first and only nationwide commercial locksmithing company. Their services range from antique locks and keys, all the way to card access systems, video surveillance, full door replacements, panic devices, door closers, and fully integrated master key systems. They pride themselves in their ability to provide incredibly fast service, while maintaining a friendly family-like atmosphere. They consider their company to be a blend of old school ideals, and new age technology, resulting in a mix that offers the latest and best tech with a friendly neighborly smile. If it’s on your door, they will service it. They are family owned and operated since 1946. The founder, William McMenimon, was both a pilot and a locksmith, so his friends started calling him The Flying Locksmith. Hence, their name. Over the years, they have stayed true to the values that have kept them in business all this time. Choose The Flying Locksmiths for your security needs and you will not be disappointed!

LOUISE DILLARD/THE DILLARD HOUSE

Nestled on a plateau in the picturesque Little Tennessee River Valley of North Georgia, The Dillard House boasts a breathtaking view of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Known as the oldest mountains in North America, Blue Ridge gets its name from the enchanting blue-gray fog that wisps through the hills, sometimes obscuring the sun. Guests of The Dillard House can enjoy this natural spectacle from the front porch and, depending on the season and available light, will witness colors of blue, gray, purple or silver. No matter the time of year, it truly is a memorable vision. Beauty abounds at The Dillard House. Their newly renovated guestrooms, charming suites and cottages, and secluded mountainside chalets are surrounded with nature’s splendor and fragrance throughout the year. No matter the season, nature provides a backdrop of brilliant color.

 

Nadira Shadeed & Joe Rouw with Pediatric Vision Development Center and Sarah Weikert with Hemophilia of Georgia

Steven Julian, Sarah Weikert, Nadira Shadeed, Joe Rouw, Mike Sammond

Nadira Shadeed and Joe Rouw/Pediatric Vision Development Center

The Pediatric Vision Development Center specializes in providing vision therapy and vision rehabilitation services to patients of all ages.  Their vision therapy services improve visual skills for kids struggling in school and gives them the visual tools needed to help them improve academically.  Their vision rehabilitation services help people with vision problems following a brain injury (including concussions) to regain visual abilities and improve visual comfort so they can better function when returning to work or school.

Sarah Weikert/Hemophilia of Georgia

Since 1973, Hemophilia of Georgia (HoG) has operated as a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services and support for Georgians who have hemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders.  Their mission is to enable people affected by bleeding disorders to live productive lives.  The only agency of its kind in the state, Hemophilia of Georgia works to enhance client’s care and quality of life.

Led by a volunteer board of directors, Hemophilia of Georgia is dedicated to its mission.  Hemophilia of Georgia’s nonprofit pharmacy provides convenient home delivery of clotting factor and other medication at competitive prices.  In addition to our accredited pharmacies, Hemophilia of Georgia provides home infusion training, education, and outreach services.  They know it takes more than medicine to support the bleeding disorder community.

Mike Maloney & Geoff Gilliand with TPC Sugarloaf and Lisa Ezzard with Tiger Mountain Vineyards

Mike Sammond, Lisa Ezzard, Geoff Gilliand, Mike Maloney

Geoff Gilliand & Mike Maloney/TPC Sugarloaf

Owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, TPC Sugarloaf offers 27 holes of magnificent golf designed by Greg Norman, and an array of amenities with the personalized service and privileges that have become synonymous with the PGA TOUR’s acclaimed TPC Network of premier clubs. They are very excited about the possibility of hosting your event. From their tournament-tested golf course to well-appointed Clubhouse to exceptional dining experiences, TPC Sugarloaf has consistently upheld the PGA TOUR’s highest standards. For more than three decades, their refusal to compromise when it comes to quality has been recognized with countless honors and accolades.

Lisa Ezzard/Tiger Mountain Vineyards

Tiger Mountain Vineyards, a boutique North Georgia winery, cultivates all of its grapes and produces all of its handcrafted wines right here in the mountains of Rabun County. The winery, along with its historic Red Barn Cafe, is jointly owned by four native Georgians, John and Martha Ezzard and John and Marilyn McMullan.

Tiger Mountain Vineyards is proud of the old-world methods used in creating their handcrafted wines. They produce traditional dry wines in the European style from each of their grape varieties, three red blends, and an award-winning semi-dry Rose as well as a late-harvest dessert wine. Their red wines are fermented in small-batch open tanks. Each tank is meticulously monitored and tended by hand. White wines are fermented in French oak barrels and bottled precisely when the desired crispness is achieved. They barrel age their reds for two years in American oak. All of Tiger Mountain wines are delicately pressed using water pressure. While continuing to focus on traditional methods, Tiger Mountain Vineyards has recently invested in expert consultation so that they may continue improving each new vintage of their top-quality wines.

Charles Pace & Shelly Schwerlzer with Gwinnett County Public Library and Duane Cummings with Leadercast

Steven Julian, Duane Cummings, Shelly Schwerzler, Charles Pace, Mike Sammond

Charles Pace & Shelly Schwerlzer/Gwinnett County Public Library

Gwinnett County Public Library is a free provider of education and information. Located in Metro Atlanta, the Library has 15 branches that offer free access to computers and Wi-Fi, classes, materials, and programming for people of all ages. For more information about Gwinnett County Public Library programs and services.

 

Duane Cummings/Leadercast

Leadercast was built on a belief that the world needs better leaders—Leaders Worth Following. They believe that leadership is not reserved for those people with a “C” in their title. We need better leaders in our communities, businesses, organizations, and in homes across the world. Leadercast exists to serve individuals and organizations across all sectors who want to become intentional about raising their standard of leadership.

 

Tim Dondero with Donderos’ Kitchen, Sarah Babrick with WES Foundation, and J.W. Mozley with Coleman Middle School

Steven Julina, J.W. Mozley, Sarah Babrick, Tim Dondero, Mike Sammond

Tim Donderos/Donderos’ Kitchen

Located on the corner of Milledge and Cobb within Athens’ historic Cobbham District, Donderos’ has been crafting culinary delights for the community for nearly 9 years. Family owned and oriented, they pride themselves on providing their customers with a friendly and personalized experience.

Donderos’ features a full-service café with locally roasted coffees, fine teas, and an extensive selection of baked goods. Their signature sandwiches, house-made soups and salads, cold sesame noodles and deli dishes, as always, include vegetarian options and gluten-free offerings. Breakfast and brunch are served daily, as there is no meal more important than breakfast! Main-course food items as well as house soups are available frozen for heating and enjoying at home, or by advance order prepared for pick-up. Catering of events from small parties to wedding receptions remains central to their business.

Tim Dondero, Executive Chef, is an international medical researcher, as well as a chef, cooking teacher, and food writer. He can work with interested catering customers in designing special menus for international focus or special dietary requirements. The staff also includes fine cooks and bakers.

Sarah Babrick/WES Foundation

The WES Leukemia Research Foundation is a Gwinnett County birthed non-profit that is seeking the day When Everyone Survives by investing in new, innovative and potentially curative leukemia research. They work very hard to keep overhead extremely low so that all funds raised go directly to research. Each spring, they have a Medical Advisory Board that reviews the grants submitted to WES from researchers all around the world and they determine the top grant recipients – who will receive $50,000 towards their research on July 1st. Even though a cure has not been found, yet, WES Foundation funded research has been extremely successful in development and many new treatment options have been discovered that provide a better quality of life for those going through a battle with leukemia.

J.W. Mozley/Coleman Middle School

Coleman Middle School (CMS) is Gwinnett County’s flagship STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) middle school. Coleman focuses on integrating humanities, math, science, engineering, and technology to investigate and solve real world problems. Students investigate problems through the Engineering Design Process (EDP). All faculty members emphasize EDP as a problem solving model for all disciplines.

Candy Hilliard with American Family Protectors, Randy Winfield with Winfield Realty Group, and Russ Tanner & Evan Nissley with PrimeLending

Steven Julian, Russ Tanner, Evan Nissley, Candy Hilliard, Randy Winfield, Mike Sammond

Candy Hilliard/American Family Protectors

American Family Protectors offers health, life, home and auto insurance to individuals, families and small business owners. They work with top rated carriers in the industry and can shop the market for the best possible solutions and rates for their clients. Their approach is to educate clients and then customize the plan to fit the clients specific needs.

 

Randy Winfield/Winfield Realty Group

Winfield Realty Group specialize in fine homes, executive homes and estates, active adult retirement living homes, land, commercial sales and leasing including retail, office and restaurant space. They strive to exceed the expectations and goals of all their clients each and every time through accessibility, dedication, a solid work ethic, honesty, integrity and conscientious attention to detail.

Russ Tanner & Evan Nissley/PrimeLending

Whether you’re a first time homebuyer or you’re well-versed in the process, buying or refinancing a home can be an exciting and rewarding experience with PrimeLending. They take the time to listen and they’ll work with you to find a home loan that fits your needs.