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Donna Peeples with Motiv8ed


Donna Peeples / Motiv8ed Linkedin

An accomplished senior executive with an extensive P&L responsibility, Donna Peeples inspires change throughout the business world by offering verifiable results in a variety of industries. As a versatile strategist with keen market sense, Peeples incorporates her decades of industry experience into a vast portfolio, diverse enough to cross several plains of business.

Rising through a variety of leadership, operations and revenue-generating roles, Peeples has chartered her own path through highly regulated and uniquely challenging industries. Time and again, in financial services, energy as well as manufacturing, Peeples has introduced category-changing thinking while guiding purposeful and adaptable practices with positive results for customers and profitable returns for her companies.

Peeples’ professional narrative spans top corporations from her role as Regional Sales Manager with Lennox Industries to Chief Customer Officer of AIG Property and Casualty. Moving up through the ranks of corporate America, she has gained a wealth of knowledge that serves many fields. Speaking to over thirty topics that greatly enhance business today, Peeples is an expert on growing and evolving commerce through customer experience, new business concepts and brand management.

The storied career of Peeples’ has garnered her acclaim and recognition from both industry and top regional press over the last two decades. She has been featured in publications such as Atlanta Journal Constitution, Gwinnett Magazine and Insurance Networking News. She was awarded an EMMY at The Southeast Regional Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Television Spot Announcements Excellence, and Best Commercials in 2006 and 2007 during her time as Vice President of Corporate Communications & Chief Marketing Officer with AGL Resources. In 2014 she was given the Women in Insurance Leadership award from Insurance Networking News.

Honing her years of industry experience and expertise, Peeples looks to share her wealth of knowledge with business leaders and entrepreneurs in an effort to improve business development and create change.



Spotlight on Entrepreneurs Organization


The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) – for entrepreneurs only – is a dynamic, global network of more than 10,000 business owners in 46 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO is the catalyst that enables entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life.

David Felfoldi / SHERPA Global Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Over the past 15 years, David has guided the digital strategy behind Spanx, ADP, Racetrac, Gables, and the National Center of Civil and Human Rights. Today, he is the Chief Experience Officer of SHERPA Global, a global digital marketing firm specializing in search and mobile.

David developed the idea for SHERPA while in a not-so-very digital place — multi-pitch climbing in north Georgia. It occurred to him that the challenge of a long, technical climb was a suitable metaphor for leading clients with their digital marketing initiatives.

Professionally, David started as the self-taught web designer. He co-founded a web development firm at the age of 18 and grew it while obtaining a B.S. in Psychology. That firm would go on to be recognized by its employees as one of Atlanta’s “Best Places to Work” and “Top Web Design and Development Firms” for multiple years, and an Inc. 5000 “Fastest Growing Firm.”

As one of Atlanta’s youngest “40 under 40″ recipients, David invests in making Atlanta a world-class, sustainable city with a thriving entrepreneurial spirit in the arts and technology. When not tinkering with technology or musing on marketing, David enjoys traveling the world and being outdoors, running Ragnars and cycling around Georgia.

Hugh Massie / DNA Behavior International Linkedin Twitter Facebook

I am a relationship management strategist. My work involves providing businesses worldwide with proprietary online behavioral relationship management solutions based on validated behavioral sciences research to help them become client centered.

The uniqueness of my approach is the matching of employees to clients using behavioral insights which increases the levels of engagement. Both the employees and clients will feel their relationships enhanced and their human potential unlocked. This approach has proven bottom line performance in terms of assisting organizations to generate substantially higher revenue and productivity.

I have developed proprietary “hire to retire” technology systems for discovering the behaviors of both employees and clients. The system is internationally known for driving successful businesses by making the application of behavioral sciences practical on a scalable basis through seamlessly combining technology, training and consulting services including in the areas of: •client experience management •financial personality management and risk profiling •developing human capital

Based on using powerful behavioral discovery systems and my experiences as a business leader, entrepreneur, advisor, investor and personally, I have been able to help hundred of businesses and people to navigate the human differences which get in the way of success.

I have the belief that Behavior Drives Performance™ and operate by the approach of “Understanding People before Numbers”. My purpose is to liberate and guide people all over the world to Live with Meaning™.

David Aferiat / Trade Ideas LLC Linkedin Twitter Facebook

David brings more than 20 years of experience in trading, consulting, software, utilities, capital markets, and consumer product industries. Working with senior officers and key decision makers in the boardroom, finance, HR, marketing and trading functions, he has advised both public and privately held companies with revenues ranging from $20 million to $14 billion. Work at Trade-Ideas taps experience in business development, customer acquisition and retention, corporate strategy as well as energy trading and marketing.

Published in: Atlanta Journal Constitution, Barron’s, The, The Trade (UK), and Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities •Acknowledged in: –One Good Trade, Mike Bellafiore, Wiley Trading, 2010 –Simple Steps to Trading Discipline, Toni Hansen, Marketplace Books, 2009 –Enhancing Trader Performance, Dr. Brett Steenbarger, Wiley Trading, 2007



Special Edition: TiE Atlanta

TiERachel Zick – TiE Atlanta Program Director

Karen Robinson Cope / NanoLumens Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Karen Robinson-Cope is a serial entrepreneur who has been CEO of 4 high growth companies, all of whom had angel or venture capital. As one of only a handful of women who have raised over $75 million USD in the Southeast, she has successfully built and sold three companies.

She is currently Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at NanoLumens, Inc. an award-winning privately-held corporation that is transforming the way creative professionals and businesses perceive, utilize, and benefit from large format, patented digital displays.

Previously, Karen was CEO of Prime Point Media, one of the largest Alternative out of Home advertising companies in the United States that was acquired by a Canadian publicly traded company in 2006. Prior to Prime Point Media, Karen was Chairwoman, President and CEO of Enrev Corporation, a technology company that was sold in 2001.

Karen is an investor and board member for a number of private, non-profit and public companies on the local, national and international level. She is currently serving as the first female president of TiE Atlanta, a non-profit organization focused on promoting Entrepreneurship with over 15,000 members worldwide. She is founder of the Council of Board Advisors (COBA), a non-profit organization that aligns executive level talent with profitable, privately held companies.



Special Edition: “Mompreneurs” with Lenise Williams


Lenise Williams / Attorney Twitter Facebook

Lenise Williams is a mother, entrepreneur educator, Small Business Attorney and Business Consultant. She provides female entrepreneurs with legal and business consulting to navigate them through the challenges of launching their business and building a lucrative brand. She also assists entrepreneurs in protecting their brand through proper legal agreements, federal protection through trademark and copyright, investor agreements, contract review, legal formation and much more.

Lenise also provides resources and guides to the aspiring and existing entrepreneur. She travels nationally speaking to women about building and growing their own business. Her goal is to launch 1,000 women into entrepreneurship over the next 3 years. She further seeks to aid an additional 500 female owned businesses with expanding their business & their income.

Janelle Perilliat / Mother Hustler Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Janelle Perrilliat is a single mother to a tween son, blogger at, owner of Joonie & Jake’s Face and Body Art, and Contract Manager at an Atlanta based law firm. Janelle launched as a platform for modern moms to share information, encourage philanthropy, and inspire each other! She has worked in the field of real estate law at the Atlanta based firm, McCalla Raymer, LLC for the past 13 years. Nurturing her passion for children and the arts, she spends most weekends as a face painter and much of her free time volunteering with various non-profits in the Atlanta area.

Shanicia Boswell / Yeyo’s Organic Body Products Linkedin Twitter Facebook instagram

Shanicia Boswell is Owner & Founder of Yeyo’s Organic Body Products, the newest revolution to organic skincare. Her company provides alternatives to the chemically ridden products and forces consumers to confront the fact that no matter how healthy you eat, your skin still absorbs everything you apply topically. “Feed your skin something good!”

Kelly Sirois / Atlanta Hollywood Entertainment & PR Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Kelly T. Sirois is a Digital Marketing and PR Specialist with a focus in entertainment industry. She is owner and president of, an online hub for talent. Kelly has over 30 years experience in the Entertainment Industry and applies that experience towards helping her 2 children break into the into the music industry and YouTube world. Kelly has her BA in Film and Video Production and minor in marketing leaving her with the creative skills and business sense to build an entertainment empire in Atlanta.

Kelly works directly through referrals and is often presented with marketing opportunities for small businesses. Her niche is with Entertainers and Real Estate.

Kelly is married to her husband Jim Sirois. They have been together for 14 years. Kelly’s has two children, and is “momager” to Garland and Devan, both are students working in the entertainment industry.

Cheri Flake / The Stress Therapist for Moms Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Cheri Augustine Flake is The Stress Therapist for Moms. She believes that creating healthy habits is the key to stress reduction and happy living and has made this belief the focus of her private practice. In a high energy and engaging style, Cheri teaches her clients and workshop attendees how to work on establishing long-term change and healthy habits without stress, procrastination or excuses. The result is that clients not only generate motivation, but are able to sustain it for the long-term.

“Moms that are consistently doing whatever makes their heart sing, are happier moms. This instills a value that is more likely to be passed on to our kids.”

“One thing I know about kids is they don’t always do what we tell them to…they more likely do what they see us doing.”

“So, how can we expect our kids to go for their dreams when we’re not even thinking about ours?”

As a mother of two small children, Cheri understands firsthand how stressful and hard it can be to live your life and be a mom. Cheri believes that performing, recording and touring with Atlanta pop band 13 Stories for 12 years prior to becoming a mom, actually helped prepare her for her journey into motherhood. To the benefit of her clientele, the marriage of all of these experiences prompted a recent decision to focus on serving the mommy community — Because Cheri truly believes that every mom is a rock star.

Cheri is currently working on her forthcoming book entitled, “Be A Rock Star Mom: Be Cool, Keep Your Cool and Make Music Among Mayhem”

Cheri Augustine Flake is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience helping people in the Atlanta area. Cheri has worked as a social worker and therapist in numerous settings including inpatient, outpatient, pharmaceutical research, and private practice. Her training includes Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Michigan State University, and a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia. Cheri is also a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist as well as a Certified Distance Credentialed Counselor. Cheri is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, the National Association of Social Workers, the Georgia Society of Clinical Social Work and the International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy.



Heath Padgett with Hourly America, Jeff Cohen with Odyssey and Curt Coulombe with Elliott and Associates


Heath Padgett / Hourly America

Heath Padgett and his wife Alyssa are on a mission to travel across America and work one hourly-paying job in each of the 50 states. Traveling in their refurbished RV, the Padgetts look to shine a spotlight on the millions of hourly workers that currently do not get the recognition they deserve for their dedication and hard work. Working alongside hundreds of hourly workers, Heath will learn what it takes to succeed, and sometimes fail, in 50 different work environments.

“Through this journey, I want to be able to create a stronger connection between hourly workers and their customers and help break certain stigmas that exist about the hourly employment industry” – Heath

Jeff Cohen / Odyssey Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Odyssey is an educational non-profit organization partnering with the Atlanta Public Schools to serve students in grades 3-12 from economically disadvantaged communities. Odyssey’s academic enrichment program focuses on students with unmet potential, preparing them for high school graduation and supporting them on their path to college.

Curt Coulombe / Elliott and Associates Wealth Advisors Inc. Linkedin

As a graduate from Syracuse university, Curt leads an exciting life. He’s been in the financial business for over 20 years. His hobbies include: traveling, remodeling his ranch home, and riding his motorcycle.




Mike Jacoutout with Butler Street Consulting, Bijan Khosravi with inbounce, Beth Summers with Roam and Julie Stuart with Making Ideas Visible


Mike Jacoutout / Butler Street Consulting Linkedin Twitter

Before founding Butler Street, Mike Jacoutot spent the previous nine years as CEO of a national health care staffing company and most recently a revenue cycle company. Mike brings a strong combination of Lean Six Sigma process skills together with 31 years of sales and marketing experience.

Bijan Khosravi / inbounce Linkedin Twitter

Mr. Bijan Khosravi is an entrepreneur, investor, and executive. For over 25 years he has found-ed and led new companies as well as served in numerous executive positions. Most recently, Mr. Khosravi founded InBounce, a full lifecycle angel investment and management consulting firm to help entrepreneurs create successful ventures.

Prior to Inbounce, Mr. Khosravi was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Cartiza, a Boston based 4G wireless company he founded in 2006 with Comcast.

In 2000, Mr. Khosravi founded Movaz Networks, the only successful optical start-up post the telecom bubble. The company merged with ADVA Opical Networking, Inc in 2006. At the time of the merger, the company was generating $100M revenue annually from over 50 customers. Mr. Khosravi was Chairman and CEO of Movaz, and oversaw Movaz’s rapid growth to become a global supplier to some of the world’s biggest telecom service providers.

Prior to Movaz Networks, Mr. Khosravi co-founded Siara Systems by working closely with Vinod Khosla from Kleiner Perkins. The company developed the first Multi Service Platform product, and in 2000, Siara Systems was acquired by Redback for a record setting $4.3B.

Beth Summers / Roam Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Julie Stuart / Making Ideas Visible Linkedin Twitter Facebook

As a creative thought partner, Julie Stuart is a facilitator, strategist and visual thinker who helps companies, organizations and individuals chart their course forward using group processes that are rooted in strategy and innovation.