Buckhead Business Show - Georgia Entertainment Industry Film, Television, New Media and Eagle Rock Studios

Bernadette Boas CEO of Ball of Fire Media

Bernadette Boas, Entertainment Industry Leader with Ritz Group and CEO of Ball of Fire Media spearheads the states premier event 2017's Creative + Investor Summit on June 8th, and will be sharing with us how this event is helping to expand the entertainment industry footprint in Georgia.

Topics to Discuss: Entertainment in Georgia Ritz Group's 2017 Creative + Investor Summit Web Site / Social Media Links: http://www.ritzgroup.org/summit https://www.facebook.com/theritzgroup https://www.facebook.com/creativesmeetopportunity

Taylor Owenby, Founder matchbook media + pr

Producer of Film, Television and New Media. Eligible for the Producer's Guild of America and Founder of matchbook media + pr, Georgia's ONLY full-service production and public relations firm.

Entrepreneur I Producer I Fundraiser

An up-an-coming creative with a passion for producing. A go-getter with connections and a killer work ethic if the price is right or it's a cause I believe in. I am the guy who will create an insane campaign so far out-of-the-box you forgot a box was there. Then, I reel it in with creative strategy and a knack for communication, Timekeeper and budget hound with a sincere love of the game and the players. Before you know it, you are talking about my work even if you don't know my name.

Yeah, I'm that guy.

Ego aside, I have a passion for helping others elevate their status and their situation. From small non-profit efforts to one-on-one guidance, I get a substantial amount of my self-worth from being a positive impact on others.

My road has not been an easy one and through each challenge I grow wiser. "Live in the present, for it is a gift."

Life isn't about how many times you fall, it is how many times you get up. If something goes wrong, if things don't work out, if you make a mistake... Learn from it. If you learn and grow from an experience then how have you failed? Failure? There is no such thing.

Topics to Discuss: When did you start matchbook and why? What are you doing now?

Web Site / Social Media Links: www.matchbookeast.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/matchbook

Noah Scammon, Director of Operations matchbook media + pr

Noah Scammon is the Co-Partner and director of operations at matchbook media +pr. He works as a producer and production manager for Film and television production. As well as being apart of anything from development of new media and online content, getting millions of views on videos, to voice acting and animation in new upcoming cartoons, and even new and upcoming works in the video game industry.

Topics to Discuss:

1) Getting my start, how I got into this industry 2) funny experiences while working at studios 3) the good and bad of the industry 4) good advice for people just starting out 5) how to get into voice acting 6) how to get into animation 7) is school for entertainment for everyone?

Web Site / Social Media Links: www.matchbookeast.com matchbook media + pr @facebook

The Buckhead Business Show Spotlights Industry Leaders in Buckhead and Atlanta! Brought to you in part by The BBA and Broadcast LIVE from the Pro Business Channel Studios.

Show Hosts:

Michael Moore, RainMaker & Chief Storyteller https://www.linkedin.com/in/sellbyphone https://twitter.com/BuckhedgeCEO

Rich Casanova, CoFounder Pro Business Channel https://www.linkedin.com/in/richcasanova https://twitter.com/RichCasanovaCom

Audio Engineer: Dennis Rice

Video Production: Steven Tyler Rubin https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-tyler-rubin-005a94115/

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We invite you to listen in to a recent event featuring a panel of industry experts hosted by the United States Bartender's Guild, Atlanta Chapter! Part of their ongoing series on Bar Talk Radio on the Pro Business Channel networks. The event was recorded in front of a live audience at the Wrecking Bar Brew Pub near an area of Atlanta known as Little Five Points. This event was moderated by Anthony Porquez the host of Bar Talk Radio.

As founder and head craft cocktail specialist of Liquid Culture, Anthony has over 17 years in the food and beverage industry. Spanning from Boston, Los Angeles, Australia and locally in Athens and Atlanta, Anthony has provided top tier professional service and training to establishments of all kinds in the U.S. and abroad. Formerly the senior bartender for the two time James Beard Award nominated cocktail bar at Holeman and Finch Public House, Porquez has contributed greatly to the success of H&Fs highly respected cocktail program. He has been a guest bartender for Bacardis Street Party Portfolio Event at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans and is a contract mixology consultant for a major local spirits distributor. Furthermore, Porquez was a curriculum developer and instructor for Holeman & Finchs Academy of Bartending while holding the role of Communications Coordinator for the Resurgens Hospitality Group. Currently he is a brand advocate for 6 different distilleries in addition to providing cocktail events and spirits education privately and within the industry as well.

The line-up of distinguished speakers on our panel:

Tiffanie Barriere
Kaleb Cribb
Miles Macquarrie
Ian Cox
Paul Calvert

Closing: We hope you enjoyed listening to this recording of a panel of industry experts hosted by the United States Bartender's Guild, Atlanta Chapter! Part of their ongoing series on Bar Talk Radio. This event was moderated by Anthony Porquez host of Bar Talk Radio and current president of the USBG Atlanta Chapter and produced by the Pro Business Channel. Connect with the event sponsor:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/usbgatlanta/

or visit: USBG.org


Buckhead Business Show - The Scorecard Solution, Success Institute and Goal Mettle Academy Dan King Close Reach Consulting Dan is an advisor to senior executives and Boards in the areas of business transformation and growth. He helps Business Leaders “get it right” when it comes to strategy, execution and talent. As founder of Close Reach Consulting Group, Dan utilizes a proprietary organizational performance diagnostic that pinpoints vulnerabilities. This scorecard approach keeps a management team focused on the right things and leads to what Dan refers to as a culture of competence. Dan’s passion is to create business environments in which people can thrive. He believes that no business can win until the people doing the work every day are winning. Dan’s thirty-year business career includes senior executive roles in Fortune 50 companies and high growth mid-market enterprises, the most recent being a venture backed consumer services company recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing companies five out of seven years. Dan is a published author, The Scorecard Solution….Measure What Matters to Drive Sustainable Growth and frequent speaker at CEO forums. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Topics to Discuss: Bridging the Strategy - Talent Chasm The Elements of Excellence...Attributes of Great Companies Web Site / Social Media: www.closereachconsulting.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/dankingconsult

Jimmy Farris Farris Success Institute / Goal Mettle Academy

I am professional speaker and consultant. As a retired NFL veteran and Super Bowl Champion, I have spent my life setting and achieving goals. Through ups and downs, successes and failures, I have found that the key to excellence in everything I've done is mental toughness. I have been fortunate to be coached, mentored, and trained by some of the finest leaders across many industries. My life experiences have taught me that you're either getting better or getting worse, but never staying the same. Applying the mental toughness secrets we teach at Mental Toughness University and Goal Mettle Academy is the key to continued growth in your personal and professional life. I am dedicated to serving others and passionate about assisting companies and individuals achieve success. Goal Mettle Academy is the most effective and comprehensive goal-setting workshop ever conducted. We break down the science and psychology behind setting and achieving goals so that you can get more of the things you want in life and live your dreams. Mental Toughness University is a comprehensive mental training process that moves sales and management teams from good to great. Mental Toughness trains people how to control their thoughts, feelings, and attitudes, before, during, and after a performance. Especially under pressure. MTU is a process, not a program. It’s about training people how to THINK like world-class performers, and how to control and manipulate their own emotions for MAXIMUM performance. MTU is a cross between emotional intelligence training and critical thinking. It’s an introspective process that causes people to examine their thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and beliefs and how those directly impact their results. We call the process, ‘Facilitated Introspection’. The 6-hour program is an awakening to expose participants to the process and show them there’s a higher level of emotional competence and mental performance than they are experiencing. When I was in the 5th grade, my teacher handed out a blank sheet of paper and asked us to draw a picture of where we saw ourselves in 15 years. There was no doubt my dream was to be a football player when I grew up. I was a huge New York Giants fan, so I drew a stick figure of myself in a Giants uniform and wrote "In 15 years I will be playing linebacker for the New York Giants." I never asked myself if it was possible, realistic, attainable, reasonable, or any of the other silly and irrelevant questions we adul...


CoFounders Podcast - Media and Branding with eFocus Media Group and P2P Branded BRANDI BRIDGETT Consultant, Social Media Manager, and Mother in Washington, DC Visit my website Greetings, I’m Brandi. I’m a consultant living in Washington, DC. I am a fan of entrepreneurship, networking, and fitness. I’m also interested in innovation and causes that help shape the world for the better. As a mom of three, I know how hard it is to run life, business, and still have time for yourself, but we have found that balance happens day to day. Brandi Bridgett has been in the medical field for 10 years. She started in the field of cosmetic surgery here in Washington, D.C. Brandi then started growing her own family, which directed her into looking for a new career choice. Brandi and her family were relocated to San Diego, California, where she developed a love for health and wellness. Brandi began coaching in the field of health and wellness in 2011, where she partnered, developed, and opened a health and wellness nutrition club. With this practice, she has helped hundreds of people internationally obtain their health goals through education and training, fun and engaging activities, and nutritional solutions. In 2012, Brandi and her family returned to the Washington, DC area, where she again partnered and developed a health and wellness office at the National Harbor. She and her partner have been able to touch the lives of those who are looking to lose, gain, or maintain weight, or increase their energy simply by living a healthier lifestyle. In 2013, she and her sister who is a retired schoolteacher decided to come together and take their strengths to form a company. In April of 2013, Platinum Health and Wellness was born. The vision is to teach those within the community about proper health and wellness to obtain optimum health by making health fun, simple, and magical! Over the past three years, we have been able to speak at several community events, make a name within the health and wellness field here at the National Harbor and now the goal is to expand and shape up the community one person at a time! http://www.efocusmediagroup.com https://twitter.com/eFocusTv https://www.youtube.com/user/eFocusTV/featured https://vimeo.com/efocusmediagroup https://about.me/brandibridgett https://www.linkedin.com/in/brandi-bridgett-6ba96595

SEAN FOSTER Small Business Owner in Maryland Sean Foster has been in the Advertising and Marketing field for 15 years. He is well experienced in various influential marketing techniques and business image consulting. Sean is the Managing Member and CoFounder of eFocus LLC and has been in the media field for the past 5 years. Specialties: successful in generating sales for several different markets, strength in generating creative and innovative partnerships and ideas for companies. Team Building and motivating employees to view work as an adventure rather than a means to an end. If your in business and things just don't seem to be changing or moving into the direction you want, contact Sean and he will not only give you what you need for your business to progress but he will walk with you on your journey and motivate you along the way. Profound in Networking and Connecting B2B Sean has been on the D.C. areas Networking scene since 2009. He frequents supports and sponsors network events. http://www.efocusmediagroup.com https://twitter.com/eFocusTv https://www.youtube.com/user/eFocusTV/featured https://vimeo.com/efocusmediagroup http://seanfoster.me https://www.linkedin.com/in/seanfoster

TYRA DYSON P2P Branded P2P Branded is the premier brand management company for Speakers, Authors, and Coaches. We specialize in “Branding Your Voice”, providing key strategies to Position, Present, and Profit. Creating the Ultimate Brand Experience. Show Topics: Our Story, Business Model, What’s Next Web Site: www.P2Pbranded.com All Social Media: P2PBranded


Franchise Business Radio - Interviews Franchise Gator and TAB The Alternative Board Company: Franchise Gator Eric Bell - General Manager Franchise Gator is a website that helps match franchisors with those interested in business ownership. Our goal is to be a one-stop shop during step #1 of someone's search, complete with hundreds of opportunities to browse through as well as consultative articles, buyer's guides, and insight from industry leaders on how to make an informed decision. Topics to Discuss: How to know if business ownership is right for you? How to know if franchising is the right path vs owning your own business. Benefits of franchising. What types of franchises are out there that are not obvious. Web Site: www.FranchiseGator.com

Company: The Alternative Board (TAB, Central Atlanta) Larry Duckworth Larry is a 35+ years serial C-level executive of private and public companies, has taught leadership at three universities and for GE Equity, has an MBA (Beta Gamma Sigma National Business Honorary), is an active business consultant and executive coach, and is a decorated U.S. Army veteran. He has authored the stop you in your tracks Primordial Leadership© book (at www.primordialleader.com and www.Amazon.com) Also in 2015 he authored six expanding Amazon ebooks: B2B Marketing, B2B Sales Management, B2B Selling, Strategic Transformation, Change Management, and Women Leaders. All introduce powerful, proven, new art Neuroscience findings to better leverage core people behavior ( at the forefront of the next trend in executive leadership development, for motivating all of employees, prospects, customers and partners). PDFs of the ebooks and eight best practices self-checklists are at www.primordialleader.com. Topics to Discuss: How TAB helps owners, Presidents, CEOs to better grow their business. How TAB helps the business better contribute to personal goals. Web Site / Social Media Links: http://www.tabatlantametro.com http://www.tabatlantametro.com/territory/tab-atlanta-central https://www.linkedin.com/in/larryduckworth/

Company: Social Joey Name and Title of Person Interviewed: Mike McDowell, GM  Mike McDowell (L) Ken Douglas (R)

Mike McDowell is the General Manager of Social Joey, a social media marketing company, based just outside of Chattanooga, TN. He began his career in marketing with his family's construction business during college, and has been working in the space ever since. Mike was recruited by the Social Joey team during the development stage of the company due to his success and expertise in targeted advertising through social media, and has worked to develop the processes, and software that the company currently uses to run their day to day operations. Since inception in 2015 Social Joey has now grown to be one of the largest social media marketing firms in TN and has become a certified supplier of the International Franchise Association because of their work with Franchise companies across the U.S. Before Social Joey, Mike was the Director of Marketing for the Teachers Credit Union where he implemented a social media marketing program that accounted for over 50 million dollars in new mortgage loans in six months and a 50% increase in direct deposit memberships. Mike and his wife Megan live in Cleveland, TN and have one daughter who is 5 months old. Topics/Questions: Why social media? What happening in social media? How does a business win on social media? More to be submitted if we are selected for a show Web Site and Social Media Links: www.socialjoey.com https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/5380870/ https://www.facebook.com/socialjoey https://twitter.com/socialjoey https://plus.google.com/+Socialjoey

The Franchise Business Radio show is a platform to bring together franchise professionals and resources to connect, educate, and collaborate to serve the franchise community and the franchise consumer.


Buckhead Business Show - Digital Device Repair, Cash Blaster Game, Full Service Accounting and Bookkeeping

Ernest Duncan Franchise Owner

Company: Experimac Midtown Atlanta

Topics to Discuss: Marketplace for smartphone, tablet, laptop, and desktop repairs Sales of pre-owned devices

Experimac Midtown Atlanta offers professional Apple® related services throughout the Midtown Atlanta area. We buy, sell, trade and repair Apple®Macintosh® computers, iPhone® devices and iPad® tablets, and offer some of the best pricing available anywhere for Apple® products and repairs. Experimac has worked on everything from iPad® tablets to iPhone® devices, to MacBook® laptops and iMac® computers, from iOS to OS X®.

Unlike other companies we focus on repairs and upgrades of Apple® products. With locations throughout the U.S. a local Experimac Apple® expert is always close by. Not sure what’s wrong with your device? Bring it in for diagnostic testing. We offer same day service and can often fix your device while you wait. From iPhone® devices, iPad® tablets, iMac® computers, MacBook® laptops to Apple® accessories, we’ve got you covered. We offer a 90-day warranty on all repairs and stock only the highest quality parts. Don’t trust your Mac® computers to anyone, experience the Experimac difference.

Experimac is the Midtown Atlanta area authority on Apple® product repairs, and trade-ins. We offer a wide selection of refurbished desktop and laptop Apple® Macintosh® computers and devices.

Experimac performs all out of warranty repairs on Apple® computers and other devices including upgrading Macintosh® computers with higher capacity storage, installing more memory (RAM), replacing logic boards, and performing just about any other Apple® repair that you may need done.

Our team of experts have heard it all, from iPhone® devices and iPad® tablets flying off the roof of a moving car to taking a swim in the ocean. Whether you are looking to trade, buy, sell an Apple® product or just need to repair your glass screen on your iPhone® device or iPad® tablet, stop by our Midtown Atlanta Experimac store today for a free quote!

Experimac of Midtown Atlanta Services for Apple® Products:

Memory Upgrades Hard Drive Repair, Replacement or Upgrade LCD Screen Replacements Data Recovery Data Transfers Diagnostics & Troubleshooting Optical Drive Repair (CD Rom/ DVD Rom) PC to Mac® Migration iCloud® Setup & Troubleshooting New Software Setup and Configuration Parental Control Configuration And so much more

Web Site / Social Media Links: www.experimac.com/midtown-atlanta-ga www.linkedin.com/in/ernestduncan

Kwasi Sampson Company or Product Name: Cash Blaster​

Kwasi Sampson, a mechanical engineer and inventor of the Cash Blaster Game, developed the game set after noticing how his original invention, The Cash Cannon, brought out the inner child of its users. The Cash Cannon was a huge success in the marketplace and sold thousands worldwide. The Cash Blaster is currently only available to its Kickstarter campaign investors.

Topics to Discuss: We are excited to announce the launch of the innovative and amusing tabletop game, Cash Blaster. The Cash Blaster has been featured on several TV shows including ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, Empire on Fox, and Power a STARZ original series.

The Cash Blaster Game Pack provides entertainment for all ages, and can be used at a range of events including weddings, birthday parties, festivals, and baby showers. The tabletop game challenges players to compete to spend their cash cards while avoiding getting blasted with more cash by other players. The first player to successfully spend their price cards is Cashed Out to win. The Cash Blaster Game Pack also includes two mini games, Cash Drop and Golden Dollar.

Kwasi Sampson, a mechanical engineer and inventor of the Cash Blaster Game, developed the game set after noticing how his original invention, The Cash Cannon,


Bar Talk Radio - Inaugural Episode Bartenders, Cocktails, Culture and Careers Show Host: Anthony Porquez

Company: Atlanta USBG

BIO: As founder and head craft cocktail specialist of Liquid Culture, Anthony Porquez holds over 17 years in the food and beverage industry. Spanning from Boston, Los Angeles, Australia and locally in Athens and Atlanta, Anthony has provided top tier professional service and training to establishments of all kinds in the U.S. and abroad. Formerly the senior bartender for the two time James Beard Award nominated cocktail bar at Holeman and Finch Public House, Porquez has contributed greatly to the success of H&Fs highly respected cocktail program. He has been a guest bartender for Bacardis Street Party Portfolio Event at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans and is a contract mixology consultant for a major local spirits distributor. Furthermore, Porquez was a curriculum developer and instructor for Holeman & Finchs Academy of Bartending while holding the role of Communications Coordinator for the Resurgens Hospitality Group. Currently he is a brand advocate for 6 different distilleries in addition to providing cocktail events and spirits education privately and within the industry as well.

Topics to Discuss: Bar career, Atlanta Cocktail culture + Trends

Web Site / Social Media: www.AnthonyPorquez.com Instagram: Antones10 Facebook: Anthony J. Porquez

Kaleb Cribb Company: Diageo

BIO: Kaleb started in food and beverage in Valdosta Ga in a RocknRoll dive bar named Vito’s as a bartender and a sound man. Upon moving to Athens Georgia, he began as a door man and bar back working in a volume sports bar and townie scene bar named Transmetropolitan, where he spent 5 years, leaving as the bar manager. After that, he moved into fine dining at the now defunct Farm 255, where he developed the first craft cocktail program in Athens (after staging with Miles Macquarrie At Leon’s Full Service.)

He moved to Atlanta after taking a job with National Distributing Company as their in house mixologist and craft spirit specialist. He spent almost 2 years with the distributor before taking over as lead bar at Holeman and Finch Public House, spending 2 years running that program. That program, in 2007, was the birthplace of Atlanta’s craft scene. Since November, he has been an Account Consultant for Enthuse Marketing Company, representing the Diageo Reserve Portfolio in Atlanta.

Topics to Discuss Career Advancement in the Bartending Industry

Web Site / Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/5thSpot


Tiffanie Barriere BIO: a Houston native who now calls Atlanta home, has previously overseen and operated the award-winning beverage program at One Flew South since the restaurants 2008 opening at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Under Tiffanies creative direction, One Flew South has been hailed as one of the best airport bars in the world by press outlets such as Esquire, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes and more. Under Tiffanie's direction, One Flew South was named "Best Airport Bar in the World" at Tales of the Cocktail in 2014. Barrieres background and training included the Bar Smarts program under the tutelage of King Cocktail, legend Dale DeGroff and cocktail historian David Wondrich.

Tiffanie is an active member of Atlantas dynamic cocktail scene and is often known by her nickname The Drinking Coach due to her passion for and knowledge of spirits and their history. Previous secretary of the Atlanta chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild, a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, frequently in cocktail challenge events, festivals around Atlanta and the Southeast. Her current project includes working with the #3 tequila in the nation Avion, and with Chef Duane Nutter and his culinary projects thru out the South.. Smiles and providing great service is indeed the intention in her every pour.


Lara Hodgson, President & CEO NOW Corp NOWaccount is the first payment solution for businesses that sell to other businesses and governments.

Guest BIO: Lara serves as President & CEO of NOW Corp, a company she co-founded to free small businesses from the burden of funding trade credit and to enable small business growth. The concept for NOW Corps NOWaccount stems from the challenges Lara faced when growing her manufacturing business, Nourish. Lara experienced the challenge of managing cash flow in a growing business and having to fund the trade credit required to support growth. Not finding a solution that worked, she partnered with John Hayes and launched NOW Corp and NOWaccount, the first payment solution for B2B. NOWaccount enables businesses to get paid immediately in a way that is not a loan, feels like but costs less than taking a credit card for payment and is largely invisible to their customer. NOWaccount will change the way small businesses manage cash flow, has done over $130M in transactions and aims to turn a portion of the $1.2T of trade credit that small businesses hold into cash. NOWaccounts innovative structure is the subject of a Harvard Business School case study.

Lara spent 5 years at Dewberry Capital Corporation, an Atlanta-based commercial real estate development and investment firm, where she served as the companys Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing development, sales & leasing, property management and marketing.

Lara was the Executive Vice President of Dunk, a performance footwear and apparel manufacturing/retail company built on the concept of mass customization and founded with Shaquille ONeal & Mike Piazza. She built the operations, IT and sales & marketing groups..

Lara is an internationally recognized speaker, leading seminars on creativity, innovation and access to capital. Internationally, Lara has worked in Koriyama, Japan with the U.S. Defense Departments EAGLE Japan Program and served as the Ambassador to Lebanon for the 1996 Olympic Games.

Lara received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BS in Aerospace Engineering with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She was featured in USA Today as one of the top 20 students in the US and was the ODK National Leader of the Year. Lara was a scholarship member of the varsity Track & Field team at Georgia Tech.

Lara has served on several Boards including: Georgia Tech Alumni Association Board of Trustees, Georgia Techs Scheller College of Business, the Georgia Tech College of Engineering, ACE Loans, Atlanta Heights Charter School, Flag Bank, Georgia Techs Alexander Tharpe Fund, and Society of International Business Fellows. Lara is a member of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2005 and the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2004. Lara taught finance as an adjunct instructor in Georgia Techs MBA Program for 10 years. Lara was appointed by the Governor of Georgia to serve on the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) Board. Lara was recently honored by the Georgia Tech Athletic Association with the Total Person Alumnus Award and by the Georgia Tech Women in Engineering as the Alumnus of the Year. She is a member of the Georgia Tech Young Alumni Hall of Fame, was a recipient of a Womenetics 2013 POW! Award honoring Purposeful Women and was named to the 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year.

Topics/Questions: The challenges of a startup versus a scaleup How a small business should use the right capital at the right time for the right use or the business becomes a hobby Work-Life Balance Why more businesses grow out of business than go out of business

Web Site and Social Media: www.NowCorp.com https://www.linkedin.com/company/now-corp- https://www.facebook.com/NOWaccountNetwork/ https://twitter.com/NOWaccount


Brian Preston, Founder Lamon Luther Custom furniture builder employing homeless individuals in Atlanta.

Topics/Questions: What is Lamon Luther?