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Speaker Profile
Adam Moleski
Click here to request a meeting  Adam is the Chief Information Officer for Frazier & Deeter, LLC, a top 50 accounting firm headquartered in Atlanta, GA with offices in Charlotte, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Tampa, and London. Prior to his time at Frazier ...
Adam Moleski, Frazier & Deeter
Click here to request a meetingAdam is the Chief Information Officer for Frazier & Deeter, LLC, a top 50 accounting firm headquartered in Atlanta, GA with offices in Charlotte, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Tampa, and London. Prior to his time at Frazier & Deeter, Adam was a Snr Citrix architect for Cenveo, Inc. (CVO), a leading global provider of print supply chain solutions for mid to large sized enterprises.
Speaker Profile
Chef Efrem Cutler
Click here to request a meeting  Chef Cutler develops and engineers the core menu recipes for Bloomin’ Brands International, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, and Aussie Grill. He also populates a pipeline of ...
Bloomin’ Brands International
Click here to request a meetingChef Cutler develops and engineers the core menu recipes for Bloomin’ Brands International, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, and Aussie Grill. He also populates a pipeline of products for future markets, collaborating with manufacturers on formulas and recipes that differentiate the brands. He has over 35 years of culinary experience, including training and product development for companies such as Ritz-Carlton, Occidental Grand Hotel’s Chef for Café Opera, and Rochester Meat Company. He also owned a successful café and bakery in Roswell, Georgia and served as a Chef Instructor for the Art Institute of Atlanta, where he pioneered a new curriculum for the graduating class of International Food and History. Chef Cutler holds a degree from Baltimore International Culinary College and has traveled the world promoting and teaching the cooking techniques of his Southern heritage.
Speaker Profile
Gary Yates
Click here to request a meeting  Gary Yates is a Principal in Hickey & Associations, a global leader in site selection, location strategy, credits & incentives advisory, and labor analytics with active projects in the Americas, Asia, Europe, Australia, and Africa. HICKEY assists ...
Gary Yates, Hickey & Associates
Click here to request a meetingGary Yates is a Principal in Hickey & Associations, a global leader in site selection, location strategy, credits & incentives advisory, and labor analytics with active projects in the Americas, Asia, Europe, Australia, and Africa. HICKEY assists businesses with the critical data capture and strategic vision to navigate a global real estate footprint. Gary is a highly accomplished and enterprising location selection executive and has both domestic and international experience in project management, sales, analysis, and strategy. In his position at HICKEY, Gary ensures that his clients have optimal geographic locations for their businesses across varied industries, with focus on workforce issues and demographic trends. Prior to Hickey & Associates, Gary served as Vice President of Consulting for JLL, a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management and as Director of Site Selection for the Staubach Company
Speaker Profile
Gene Theslof
Click here to request a meeting  Theslof is the founder of My Health Connection, Inc. (MHC), a global telehealth services provider. Theslof previously built and sold the nation’s first large telehealth company and sold it to Stryker, now Stryker Communications, currently a $400M business. ...
Gene Theslof, Inc, My Health Connection
Click here to request a meetingTheslof is the founder of My Health Connection, Inc. (MHC), a global telehealth services provider. Theslof previously built and sold the nation’s first large telehealth company and sold it to Stryker, now Stryker Communications, currently a $400M business. Mr. Theslof is one of the fathers of telehealth having built a national hospital network prior to the Internet’s existence. Mr. Theslof built an integrated set of SMARTCOM Telehealth Platforms for MHC that are being used by hospitals, practices and health care companies today. Theslof included eight modules to the HIPAA complaint Platform including a multiplicity of remote patient monitoring tools and portals including a game changing noninvasive FDA and CE approved cardiovascular monitor known as, MyNICaS. This portable device tests a patient’s hemodynamics and provides17 actionable data items to physicians enabling them to titrate the patient wherever they may be. Using this portable device has dramatically cut readmissions for skilled nursing facilities and HCAs. MHC currently has systems in 23 states. MHC's tools enable any participating medical provider to treat their patients in place (for example at home or in a skilled nursing facility ) without admitting them back into emergency rooms or hospitals
Speaker Profile
Jeffrey Fischer
Click here to request a meeting  Jeff Fischer has over 35 years of experience in the Global Supply industry with the final 25 at UPS. During his UPS career, Jeff developed innovative and integrated logistics solutions for the world’s largest Fortune 100 companies. During his tenure he ...
UPS
Click here to request a meetingJeff Fischer has over 35 years of experience in the Global Supply industry with the final 25 at UPS. During his UPS career, Jeff developed innovative and integrated logistics solutions for the world’s largest Fortune 100 companies. During his tenure he also was a member of the Mailboxes Etc. (MBE) acquisition team that converted the 3,200+ shipping retail network into today’s UPS Stores. Jeff also led management teams within UPS’s sales training, business development, operations, product development, and customer experience divisions. Prior to joining UPS, Jeff worked for Fuji Photo Film and Lever Brothers in New York City. Jeff has written and published dozens of articles within a variety of trade magazines and has been a guest columnist to the Cambridge Information Network and the Global Business Network. He was an adjunct professor in New York and Georgia colleges teaching logistics, international management, thesis research and writing, and organizational management. After retiring from UPS in 2018, Jeff started a consulting service, The Whole Business, that takes a holistic approach examining for profit and non-profit organization’s order-to-cash cycle to determine the root causes that create unnecessary cost, impede growth, and inhibit a positive customer experience. He has expanded his support, due to the pandemic, with non-profits seeking fundraising assistance and guidance by leveraging his communication, writing, and teaching skills; aligned with his co-ownership of a Roswell, Georgia restaurant.
Speaker Profile
John Albers
Click here to request a meeting  John Albers background spans roles as a CIO, CISO, CMO and COO. John has a proven record of leading large teams, growing and managing clients from SMBs to Fortune 500 companies. As a current Georgia State Senate, John Albers was first elected in 2011. He ...
John Albers
Click here to request a meetingJohn Albers background spans roles as a CIO, CISO, CMO and COO. John has a proven record of leading large teams, growing and managing clients from SMBs to Fortune 500 companies. As a current Georgia State Senate, John Albers was first elected in 2011. He represents the 56th District, which includes portions of Fulton and Cherokee County. He serves as Chairman of the Senate Public Safety Committee. Senator Albers also serves as Vice Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and as a member of the Senate Appropriations, Rules, Regulated Industries and Utilities, and the Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committees. Senator Albers is a fourth-generation firefighter serving as a volunteer in Alpharetta and member of the Georgia Firefighters Association. Albers earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Louisville. Albers also completed graduate programs from the University of Georgia and Harvard University. When not attending to state business, Senator Albers is an executive, business owner and entrepreneur.
Speaker Profile
John Wichmann
Click here to request a meeting  John Wichmann is COO and co-founder of Maptician. Maptician is a cloud-based workplace enablement solution that helps companies streamline the return-to-office and a shift to a hybrid or other flexible work model. Maptician provides companies with ...
John Wichmann, Maptician
Click here to request a meeting John Wichmann is COO and co-founder of Maptician. Maptician is a cloud-based workplace enablement solution that helps companies streamline the return-to-office and a shift to a hybrid or other flexible work model.  Maptician provides companies with predictable cost savings related to their use of office space and equips them to use their space in a more intentional way; supporting their employees’ desire to connect, collaborate, innovate, and help new team members feel connected sooner.  John has spent the past 20 years leveraging software solutions and consulting to help organizations gain new visibility, make better decisions, and unlock value.  Most recently, John led consulting practices at both Teradata (TDC) and Fiserv (FISV). At Teradata, John led a $25M consulting practice responsible for selling and delivering analytics software and consulting services to some of the largest and well-known companies in the world. At Fiserv, the practice area John led implemented and configured SaaS and installed software for hundreds of clients per year, including banks, credit unions, and mortgage providers, with implementation durations ranging from one week to over 6 months.  John received his degree from Georgia Tech in Industrial and Systems Engineering. John lives in Alpharetta and he and his wife have three sons ranging in age from 10 to 19. 
Speaker Profile
Justin Moritz-Pahde
Click here to request a meeting  I am passionate about integrating creative, innovative techniques with proven processes to produce evolutionary & effective results. This hybrid approach allows me to address all aspects of day to day freight and logistics operations as well as the ...
FSL Group, Justin Moritz-Pahde
Click here to request a meetingI am passionate about integrating creative, innovative techniques with proven processes to produce evolutionary & effective results. This hybrid approach allows me to address all aspects of day to day freight and logistics operations as well as the "bigger picture" of how your supply chain affects you, your company, and business-to-business relationships. I want to hear about YOU, your current experiences and processes, and have a conversation to determine how we can come together to tailor your freight program to be cost and time efficient, well-organized, and dependable
Speaker Profile
Karen Bremer
Click here to request a meeting  With over 44 years in the hospitality industry, Bremer is the CEO of the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA), representing one of the largest industries in the state. The GRA serves as the unified voice for over 18,500 foodservice and drinking places in the ...
Georgia Restaurant Association, GRA, GRC
Click here to request a meetingWith over 44 years in the hospitality industry, Bremer is the CEO of the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA), representing one of the largest industries in the state. The GRA serves as the unified voice for over 18,500 foodservice and drinking places in the state of Georgia with total sales in excess of $20 billion which provides more than 476,000 jobs. Bremer was the former owner of Dailey’s and City Grill restaurants and was a top executive with the Peasant Restaurant Group, starting out as a manager andultimately being named its president. Bremer is a founding member of the GRA and the past president of the GRA Board. She serves on the executive committee for the National Restaurant Association, board of directors for the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB), and serves as vice president for the Council of State Restaurant Associations. She also sits on the Industry Advisory Board of Georgia State University's Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration and is a trustee of the Arby’s Foundation. She is a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier International and the International Women's Forum. Bremer has garnered numerous awards including the ACVB Member of the Year Award in 2002 for her role in founding Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week. In 2015, she was inducted in the ACVB Hospitality Hall of Fame. In 2009, Bremer received the Lifetime Achievement GRACE (Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence) Award for her outstanding contributions to Georgia's restaurant industry. In 2016, 2017 and 2018 Bremer was named one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Georgians of the Year” in addition to being listed as a notable Georgian by Georgia Trend Magazine in 2013, 2014 and 2015. She was also names as one of the Top Registered Female Lobbyists in 2017 by James Magazine.
Speaker Profile
Kris Dobbins
Click here to request a meeting  Kris Dobbins directs the marketing activities for SecureRisk the 4 th largest insurance agency partnership in the United States with over 100 agency members across the Southeast. Kris focuses on bringing value to the owner-member agencies by providing ...
SecureRisk
Click here to request a meetingKris Dobbins directs the marketing activities for SecureRisk the 4th largest insurance agency partnership in the United States with over 100 agency members across the Southeast. Kris focuses on bringing value to the owner-member agencies by providing various tools and resources to help agencies streamline their sales process, market their solutions and grow their agency revenue. Kris helps bridge the relationships between the agency members and over 85 partner carriers and service providers endorsed by the SecureRisk network to ensure that the producers and owners have a full view of the insurance products available for commercial and personal lines as well as technology and services needed to run the agency. Prior to joining SecureRisk eleven years ago, Kris had first-hand experience in the insurance carrier world in various roles within the property and casualty insurance industry as a commercial lines specialist, senior marketing underwriter and commercial lines broker.
Speaker Profile
Michael Cala
Click here to request a meeting  Michael Cala directs the procurement and category management for Cheetah Foodservice, an e-commerce platform designed for independent restaurants to order restaurant supplies at wholesale prices in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Over 3,000 restaurants login ...
category management, Cheetah Foodservice, e-commerce, procurement, restaurants
Click here to request a meetingMichael Cala directs the procurement and category management for Cheetah Foodservice, an e-commerce platform designed for independent restaurants to order restaurant supplies at wholesale prices in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Over 3,000 restaurants login and order through Cheetah’s supply app, providing the simplest, most affordable way for restaurants to get their daily supplies. Michael’s long career in foodservice encompasses founding a consulting organization dedicated to helping organizations in the foodservice industry develop go to market strategy that included B2B and B2B sales, product and brand marketing, and category management and merchandising. Michael has held a variety of sales and marketing positions in foodservice including district sales management at SYSCO, sales and marketing leadership positions at US Foods, Regional Vice President at Frosty Acres, and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Palo Alto Foods.
Speaker Profile
Mike Evans
Click here to request a meeting  Mike is the founder of Box Line Box, Inc., he brings his expertise in telecommunications, healthcare information technology, medical imaging systems, and integration to the stage. Michael has spent over 20 years dedicating himself to enhancing the world of ...
Box Line Box, Inc., Mike Evans
Click here to request a meetingMike is the founder of Box Line Box, Inc., he brings his expertise in telecommunications, healthcare information technology, medical imaging systems, and integration to the stage. Michael has spent over 20 years dedicating himself to enhancing the world of medical education with technology. He is a pioneer in the development of the integrated operating room. He was a co-foundeder of InfoMedix Communications Corporation, which was acquired by Stryker Corporation (NYSE: SYK) in 1999 and is now the Stryker Communications Division. After working with Stryker for several years Mike founded Box Line Box, Inc. to continue pushing the boundaries of live surgery as it is applied to medical education. He is an expert in clinical telecommunications and telemedicine with experience in remote locations and disaster zones. He brought the first-ever live surgeries from a forward operating hospital in Afghanistan as well as the rural countryside of Haiti.
Speaker Profile
Phillip Hancock
Click here to request a meeting  Shred-it is the largest document destruction provider in the world. In 14 countries and in 170 markets, we’ve become the world-standard and industry best-practice for information security and workplace privacy. In the more than 30 years since our ...
Phillip Hancock, Shred-it
Click here to request a meetingShred-it is the largest document destruction provider in the world. In 14 countries and in 170 markets, we’ve become the world-standard and industry best-practice for information security and workplace privacy. In the more than 30 years since our inception, we have developed proprietary technologies, exclusive protocols and practices, and innovative products and services, designed exclusively to protect businesses of any size from the ongoing threats and risks of workplace privacy breaches. As the trusted choice of both small businesses and large organizations, you will find Shred-it is the preferred partner across almost every sector – from government and healthcare, universities and colleges, banks and financial institutions, to police forces, military, and intelligence agencies.
Speaker Profile
Rick Strobridge
Click here to request a meeting  Rick is an award-winning digital health CEO and successful inventor with proven expertise in start-up development and growth in the healthcare and clinical research sectors. Currently Rick is serving as the CEO of Rx.Health, a company defining the delivery ...
rick strobridge
Click here to request a meeting Rick is an award-winning digital health CEO and successful inventor with proven expertise in start-up development and growth in the healthcare and clinical research sectors. Currently Rick is serving as the CEO of Rx.Health, a company defining the delivery of digital medicine by bringing the first enterprise-wide curation, prescription, and engagement platform to hospitals, pharma, and payers in an affordable and scalable way. Rx.Health partners with life sciences, national societies, health systems, and payers. Rick is a successful entrepreneur and the founder or co-founder of seven companies and one non-profit. He invented the first wireless blood glucose meter, diabetes mobile app and cloud-based patient management platform and took it from product concept to engineering and software development to production and regulatory approvals in 50 countries. Rick managed the acquisition of Fortune 500 customers including Lilly, Sanofi, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Verizon, Telstra, UCSD Health, Kaiser Permanente, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Merck, ERT, Covance, IQVIA and others. Rick's awards include the New Product Innovation Award 2x, Best Practices Award, High Tech America Award, Nokia Innovation & Excellence Award, eHealthcare Leadership Award, and Digital Health Global 100 Award.
Speaker Profile
Robb McKerrow
Click here to request a meeting  For the last 11 years Robb McKerrow has lead r*development, a design and branding consultancy with a strong track record of developing concepts that resonate with the consumer and bring strong economic returns for the ownership. By understanding the ...
robb mckerrow
Click here to request a meetingFor the last 11 years Robb McKerrow has lead r*development, a design and branding consultancy with a strong track record of developing concepts that resonate with the consumer and bring strong economic returns for the ownership. By understanding the competitive landscape and trends in consumer behavior, they create branded designs that are operationally sound and lay a foundation for concept success, as well as a strong visual appeal. A particular specialty and focus is on retooling existing brands that have lost their relevance and competitive edge bringing them back to life. Robb’s design work is distinctive yet budget-driven and very “cool”. Robb has overseen the design and development of over 1000 restaurant locations for regional and national chains, as well as creating many strong local independent locations such as Cabernet, Pampas Steakhouse, Frankie’s Steakhouse, Fresh to Order, Tara Humata, Del Frisco’s, Canoe, Giorgio’s Family Kitchen, Taffer’s Tavern, Twisted Fork and Nick & Jake’s. Branded restaurant & retail prototypes developed by Robb over the years have included Longhorn Steakhouse, Lone Star Steakhouse, Tanner’s, Arby’s, Mrs Winners, Shane’s, PJ’s Coffee, Doc Green’s, Bonehead’s, Planet Smoothie, Flying Biscuit, Flip Flop Shops, Appleton Learning, Twin Peaks, 5 & Diner, Buffalo’s Café, Ted’s Montana Grill, Golden Rule BBQ, Shoney’s, Atlanta Bread Co., The Grape, Miller’s Ale House, O’Charley’s & Surchero’s Fresh Mex. On the boards is a new high-end Steakhouse to be named H&W in Peachtree Corners, GA being operated by The Norsan Group. From 1989 to 2000, Robb owned and operated RDM Design, an Award-winning A&D firm focused on the multi-unit restaurant industry. Robb headed a 25-man team of designers, architects and engineers for 10 years designing prototypes and rolling out hundreds of locations across the US and Puerto Rico for national brands in QSR and Casual Dining.
Speaker Profile
Ronnie Cannon
Click here to request a meeting  Ronnie Cannon has been active in the commercial real estate advisory industry since 1997 and has significant expertise in the development and implementation of real estate and workplace strategies that helps organizations drive greater profitability and avoid ...
commercial real estate, WM Leonard & Co
Click here to request a meetingRonnie Cannon has been active in the commercial real estate advisory industry since 1997 and has significant expertise in the development and implementation of real estate and workplace strategies that helps organizations drive greater profitability and avoid the unforeseen risks associated with real estate decisions and agreements. For the last 6 years, Ronnie has served as the Managing Director of the William Leonard & Co, an Atlanta-based commercial real estate firm specializing in representing hundreds of tenants over the years align their real estate strategy with their company’s business plan. Prior to joining the Wm. Leonard & Co team, Ronnie was a principal for 15 years at Cresa, headquartered in Washington, DC, an occupier-centric commercial real estate firm with over 80 offices serving 2,000 clients nationwide.
Speaker Profile
Ryan Crandall
Click here to request a meeting  Ryan Crandall directs the IoT and Mobile Solutions for MetTel, a leading provider of customized, integrated and managed communications solutions for enterprise customers. MetTel offers IoT [Internet of Things] fleet management technology to help customers ...
Ryan Crandall
Click here to request a meetingRyan Crandall directs the IoT and Mobile Solutions for MetTel, a leading provider of customized, integrated and managed communications solutions for enterprise customers. MetTel offers IoT [Internet of Things] fleet management technology to help customers automate their fleets for greater efficiency, insight and control. In addition to developing the transportation and logistics industry and offerings for MetTel, Ryan has also served as the VP of Sales for North America for Retriever Communications, a provider of field service management software, Director of Sales for LoJack Corporation and Director of Enterprise Sales & Strategy for Navtrack, now a Verizon company. MetTel’s fleet management automation technology provides visibility and helps organizations manage their entire fleet and mobile workforce providing “one pane of glass” that helps eliminate paperwork so that mobile workers have the tools at hand to do their work more efficiently. Connecting the vehicle and the workforce automation mobile applications using the SingleSIM solution, assuring coverage at any time for the field worker, equipment and vehicles, enables real-time access to information regardless of the cellular coverage in known dark areas of the city by enabling the best carrier signal is used at any time for data transmission.