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Ella Bailey with Crossing Boundaries Inc.



Ella Bailey / Crossing Boundaries Inc.
Founder & President

Ella Bailey is the President and CEO of Crossing Boundaries, Inc, Atlanta, A Cancer NPO. She is a 2 time Cancer Survivor and currently undergoing chemo, a trailblazer, entrepreneur, educator, and phenomenal woman.
Ella is driven by her love and passion helping others get where God has ordained them to be.
Ella has an Associate, Bachelor’s and Master Degree. Retired from Lucent Technologies and E & B Disability
She love to write and penned but not published easy reading books, “CHANGE ” Through Attitude Adjustment and Behavior Modification”; The Stuff; Exposed; and Living In A Homeless House.
Ella’s ultimate goal for the organization, Crossing Boundaries, Inc. Atlanta, “Fighting Cancer At The Door” is that no one has to choose (medication vs paying bills).

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Jannine Miller with The Georgia Department of Economic Development


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Jannine Miller / Georgia Department of Economic Development

Director of the Center of Innovation for Logistics

Jannine Miller is the Director of the Center of Innovation for Logistics, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the states leading resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. The Center provides technical industry expertise, collaborative research and partnerships to help the states logistics industry connect, compete and grow. The Center also hosts the annual Georgia Logistics Summit, which had over 1,000 attendees in 2016.

Previously, Ms. Miller served as the Senior Manager of Finance for The Home Depot; the Executive Director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA), Transportation Policy Advisor to Governor Purdue, Policy and Programs Consultant for the Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority, and as Senior Transportation Planner with the Atlanta Regional Commission.

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Also joining Jannine On The Air is;
David Nuckolls  Global Account Manager, Marketing & Operations at Georgia Department of Economic Development



Atlanta’s Most Trusted Advisors Featuring Attorney Heather Wright


Atlanta’s Most Trusted Advisors


Heather Wright / The Wright Attorneys

Atlanta's Most Trusted Advisors: Attorney Heather WrightAttorney, Heather Wright is the founder and owner of The Wright Firm, LLC, a general civil law practice. Heather’s practice includes: corporate representation and consulting, commercial litigation, family law, and alternative dispute resolution.

In the community, Ms. Wright is a Past President of the Buckhead Business Association, an active member of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, PROWIN, the National Association of Women Business Owners, and the Buckhead Business Foundation.

Ms. Wright donates her time to the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, acting as a Guardian Ad Litem in disputed family law matters. She often speaks before attorneys and business leaders on the topics of business law, ethics, communication skills, and litigation tactics, including acting as a Score Atlanta Instructor for the Small Business Administration.

Ms. Wright studies and teaches American Freestyle Karate and Self Defense at Atlanta Kick, an Atlanta-based Karate School, where she earned her First Degree Black Belt in May of 2011.

Dave Beck with Foundry 45 and Brian Mann with



Dave Beck / Foundry 45

Dave Beck is co-founder and Managing Partner at Foundry 45, a Virtual Reality company that helps brands connect with their customers through immersive sales and marketing experiences.

Before starting Foundry 45, Dave served as the Chief Operating Officer at EquipCodes, a mobile SaaS and Augmented Reality company that developed experiences for organizations ranging from Fortune 500 businesses to the new Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum in downtown Atlanta.

Dave serves on the board of the MAK Historic District, and is very active in the Georgia Tech community as a mentor for MBA students and a teacher for Entrepreneurship classes.

Dave earned his bachelors degree in Marketing from Wake Forest University and his MBA from Georgia Tech.


Brian Mann /

Brian Mann is a senior software engineer who loves working in startups. He leads development teams specializing in web application services. After eventually falling in love with Javascript, he created a screencast series called BackboneRails, which he wrote, directed, edited and animated in his spare time. After the series gained international traction, he’s now building a startup attempting to solve some of the biggest challenges developers face today.

He’s an active member of the local tech community and enjoys organizing and giving talks at events. He works alongside his wife Jennifer, coincidentally another developer, who never gets tired of hearing his crazy ideas.

KSU Shrimp Tank Featuring David Dixon And Richard Valladares

KSU Shrimp Tank Featuring David Dixon And Richard Valladares


David Dixon / Brannen Goddard

David DixonDavid Dixon is a native of Atlanta and an entrepreneur at heart. Upon returning to Atlanta after graduating from Samford University, David led the sales team for the nation’s second largest parking company. He and his team grew the outside sales portfolio by fifty percent in the first year. Through that team, David learned expertise in strategic planning, business development, and accounting and operations, which led him to open two successful small companies in 2002.

Using the wealth of knowledge in business experience and customer relations, David has represented clients in leasing over 200,000 square feet in his first two years in the business. His clients range from large national firms to local growing companies. David’s real estate specialties include lease renewals, relocations, expansions and dispositions. David has the knowledge to help his clients plan strategically for the current markets, as well as for the future and his clients respect his honesty, loyalty and constant dedication to their real estate needs.


Richard Valladares / GreenbergTraurig

Richard Valladares - Headhshot 2Richard J. Valladares has experience in numerous areas of litigation, including complex commercial litigation, personal injury defense, class action, construction litigation, products liability and insurance coverage litigation. His litigation and trial experience extends throughout all phases of a dispute, including pre-litigation negotiations, administrative investigations, trial and appeal. In addition, he advises a wide array of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to the smallest entrepreneur, on commercial dispute resolution and litigation avoidance techniques. Rich also has broad experience advising clients on electronic discovery and electronic document retention, and frequently writes and lectures on these topics.

Veterans Connect Radio Episode 09

Veterans Connect Radio

A spotlight episode of Atlanta Business Radio and powered by Business RadioX. Co-Hosted by Ryan “Redhawk” McPherson and Brandon Skolnick with Gathering Of Angels. Featuring veteran entrepreneurs, support organizations, outreach groups and more in the Atlanta area continuing to serve our families, our communities and our country. 




Jason Sobczak, Chris Sims, Derek Smith, Phil Kuban, John Phillips




Derek Smith / Financial Advisor





Phil Kuban / FranNet of Atlanta

I began my career as a marketing executive at 3M Company. In this role, I was exposed to independent  entrepreneurs and gained a real sense of their work-life balance, something that I had never been  exposed to even as a corporate executive.  This led me to explore ways of starting my own business  while recognizing that I was not an entrepreneur in the true sense.  I had a young family to support and  taking a high risk was not viable.  I began my career in franchising in 1982 with VR Business Brokers.  I  soon realized that buying an independent small business was far more often, “the American nightmare”  for people than “the American dream”.  In 1985, I shifted my brokering practice to franchise area  development.  For more than 30 years, I have been helping people (almost a thousand of them) realize their dream of  business ownership. Since 1999, I have been affiliated with the FranNet organization, the world’s original,  premier network of franchise consultants. My proven track record in numerous franchise systems has  been a key factor in my success as a FranNet consultant. Additionally, I have personal experience  owning and operating retail and professional services businesses. I’ve been personally involved with  master franchise development and have been able to use that experience in my consultations with first-  time prospective franchise owners.  I always suggest a client begin “with the end in mind”. I believe that  the right franchise opportunity with the right exit strategy is the key to building equity wealth. My extensive  experience is an asset for anyone looking for assistance with investing in a new or existing franchise  opportunity.  I am a principal owner and board member of FranNet, LLC, an international franchise company. I spend  part of my time contributing to growth strategies for FranNet LLC, building the value of the company. My  daughter Leslie and I recently celebrated our 16 th  year as owners of FranNet of Georgia.

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Jason Sobczak / Crossfit East Cobb

Grew up in Orlando, FL. Served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division from 1991 to 1994
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Florida, 1997. Long Range Surveillance Team Leader, H CO 121st Infantry, Long Range Surveillance, GA Army National Guard 2001-2005 Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom Licensed Georgia Residential Mortgage Loan Officer since 2003. Co Owner and Coach of CrossFit East Cobb since 2009.

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Chris Sims / Crossfit East Cobb

Director – Fitness Fueling Awareness (501c3 dedicated to providing relief for Cystic Fibrosis). Married to my beautiful wife Jessica Sims, Daughter – Naomi 6yo, attends Mt Bethel and will attend Dickerson and Walton. Son – Sam 5yo, will follow sis starting Kindergarten next year at Mount Bethel. Moved to East Cobb in 1985. Mt. Bethel, Dickerson and Walton Graduate 1999. Favorite Teachers – Mrs Krosner and Mrs. Jedlica BA Social Science, Current MBA student at Thomas Edison State College. US Army Green Beret. US Army Ranger, 6 Combat deployments between Iraq (2003, 2015), Afghanistan (2009, 2010, 2012/13) and Colombia, South America (2007). Just hit 16 years service in the military.

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John Philips LTC, U.S. Army Retired / Boots To Loafers
Author, Speaker, Leader / Vice Chairman VETLANTA

John has had a distinguished career in both military and civilian service. John is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army where he served in the Field Artillery as well as a Financial Comptroller.  With more than 20 years of service, he served  in Corps Artillery, Division Artillery, Army Headquarters and Forces Command, the largest command and the generating force provider for combatant commanders – at home and abroad. He has served in Europe, throughout the Middle East and the United States. Among his awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Assault Badge.

John is the Author of Boots to Loafers, Finding Your New True North which outlines a proven process of transitioning out of the military and into the private sector.  He is also a contributing author to Paddling Guide to the Sunshine State and An American Crisis, Veteran Unemployment, Stand by Them/How You can Help/Solution.  He has been featured on The Mike Huckabee Show, the Dennis Miller Show as well as a number of radio appearances across the country.

John is a finance executive at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia. In his spare time, John spends his time travelling with his wife, Sailing in the British Virgin Islands, remote wilderness trips in the western United States, and helping our nation’s military and veterans make the transition into society and finding a job in the private sector.

John holds a BS in Finance from University of Central Florida and an MBA from Syracuse University. He lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Georgia with his wife, the former Melissa K. Smith and their Australian Shepherd, Bear.

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Steve Cesari with The Cesari Companies, Denise Adamson with BioIQ, Greg DeLoach with Developmental Disabilities Ministries and Walt Carter with Primary Capital Mortgage, LLC



Walt Carter, Denise Adamson. Steve Cesari, Lettie Hernandez Ongie and Greg Deloach



Steven Cesari / The Cesari Companies
President & CEO

Steve has more than 40 years of business experience having started or owned 15 companies in many different industries.
In 1992 his company, Trillium Heath Products, marketers of the Juiceman Juicer, was ranked by Inc Magazine as one of the fastest growing, privately held companies in the US and in that same year Steve was nominated by Inc Magazine as Entrepreneur of the Year. As President of The Cesari Companies Steve uses his vast business experience to teach business leaders and entrepreneurs how to accelerate the growth of their companies by creating CLARITY at all levels of the organization.
He has been featured on TV and radio and has been the subject of numerous articles including, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine and Success Magazine to name a few. Steve served on the Board of the Leadership Companies and Pro Athletes Outreach. He is the co-author of, Success is not an Accident, Secrets of the Top 1%, along with his best selling book Clarity, How to Get it, How to Keep it, and How to use it to Balance your Life and is a sought after keynote speaker across the country. Steve is married to Indy, his wife of 35 years and has four grown children.

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Denise Adamson / BioIQ
Corporate Vice President

Denise Adamson is Corporate Vice President of Sales at BioIQ. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. Denise has over 20 years of healthcare sales in diagnostics, pharmaceuticals and healthcare technology. She was one of 14 women chosen by Lead Star to attend their 2016 Women’s Leadership Forum. Denise also represents BioIQ on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, TechBridge and Technology Association of Georgia. Denise resides in Dallas, Georgia with her husband, Chaz.

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Greg DeLoach / Developmental Disabilities Ministries
President & CEO

Greg DeLoach is a native Georgian, who grew up on a dairy farm outside the small town of Eatonton. Before coming to serve DDM as President/CEO he was the pastor of First Baptist Church of Augusta. Greg is a graduate of Shorter College, the Southern Seminary Baptist Theological Seminary, and Columbia Theological Seminary, where he earned a Doctor of Ministry in Old Testament Theology. Amy and Greg were married on a hot July afternoon in Milledgeville in 1988 and are proud parents of two adult sons. When time permits, he enjoys oil painting and exploring the outdoors. It is not unusual that Greg can be found pitching a tent in the Appalachian Mountains and breathing in campfire smoke or paddling his kayak along one of Georgias many beautiful rivers.

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Walt Carter / Primary Capital Mortgage

With more than twenty-five years in technology leadership roles, Walt specializes in technology visionography. Before joining Primary Capital Mortgage, his team at Generation Mortgage received very positive press from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, Bloomberg and MarketWatch for innovative use of technology as a key differentiator for the company. A proven technology executive, Walt is adept at working through complex business challenges and has successfully implemented several enterprise-wide packaged software solutions. Walt is frequently asked to speak to professional groups on the topics of leadership, governance, risk management and compliance.

After earning a BS in Physics from Guilford College, he began his career as a technical officer in the US Air Force, and over the years he has served in a variety of technology leadership roles with companies such as Fidelity, Gannett, BDM, TRW, and Ajilon Consulting. Walt earned a Master’s degree in Public and Private Administration from Central Michigan University in 1991. While at TRW, he won the President’s Award for his leadership on their largest commercial project. Recently, Walt was named winner of the prestigious Georgia CIO Leadership Association’s Corporate CIO of the year for 2014.




ABR Spotlight Episode Minority Business Radio with Host Kunbi Tinuoye


James Bronner, Ade Ayodele, Charlie Whitfield and Kunbi Tinuoye






Charlie Whitfield / Whitty Apps LLC
Founder & CEO

Charlie Whitfield is the Founder/CEO of Whitty Apps LLC, and has ownership in a few other technology start-ups. She is also a speaker, technology instructor and a adjunct professor, She also serves as the Chairman of the nonprofit she founded, WhiGiIT(Whitty Girls in IT) and on the Board of Directors for TAG, (Technology Association of Georgia); Whitty Apps LLC, is a SBA certified 8(a), HUBZone, SDVOSB, DBE, WBE, Woman Owned and Operated Company. We are an emerging Software Engineering & Integration Company, specializing in mobile and device technology. We provide architecture, design, development, and project management expertise for our clients.









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Adekunle Ayodele (Ade) / DataBox Technologies
Founder and CEO

Adekunle Ayodele (Ade) is the Founder and CEO of DataBox Technologies, an IT company based in Atlanta, GA. With over 15 years of IT experience consulting for Fortune 100 companies such as Cisco, Comcast, and Verizon, he created Mixle, a patent pending mobile app that enables faster connections by matching like-minded people for instant in-person meet up.


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Twitter: @mixleapp

Instagram: @mixleapp


About Mixle

Mixle enables faster connections by matching people nearby who share similar thoughts, interests or goals for instant in-person meet up. It provides businesses, conference organizers and event planners a unique way of servicing customers, enhancing event experience and increasing revenue.


James Bronner and Ade Ayodele



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James Bronner / Bronner Bros.,Inc.
Senior Vice President

Mr. James Bronner serves as the Senior Vice President of Trade Show Operations, Director of Technology and part owner of the multi-million dollar family-owned corporation Bronner Bros., Inc.

In addition to leading the company’s IT operations, Mr. Bronner oversees every facet of the annual Bronner Bros. International Beauty Show, which is widely regarded as the largest multi-cultural beauty show in the world. A serial entrepreneur, he is also Vice President of Century Systems Inc.

At age five, Mr. Bronner started his first business — a paper route. He learned to deliver papers, collect money and save his earnings before even learning to ride a bicycle. Inspired by a stockbroker who spoke at his 7th grade career day, at age 12 he entered the stock market with money earned from his paper route. At the age of 14 he went into business with his oldest brother, and became the Vice President of Century Systems Inc., which today makes and sells health food products in over 15,000 health food and drug stores nationwide.

Mr. Bronner attended Benjamin E. Mays High School where he served as senior class Vice President, Co-captain of the golf team and graduated as the top black male in his class. He went on to graduate from Georgia Tech in computer engineering on a 4-year academic scholarship. While a junior at Georgia Tech he became an independent distributor for Supralife International and became their youngest 5-star leader in history, with over 800 distributors under him in less than 6 months.

When Mr. Bronner received his driver’s license at the age of 16 he instantly began helping other youth by driving the youth church bus every Sunday. At the age of 27 he accepted his call into the ministry and became the youth pastor of the Ark of Salvation.

The youngest of six sons, Mr. Bronner and his wife Stephanie are the proud parents of three boys and four girls. After birthing seven children in their first ten years of marriage, they decided to share their experiences and coauthored a book entitled, “Bedroom Talk.”










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Kunbi Tinuoye / UrbanGeekz
Founder and CEO

Kunbi Tinuoye is an award-winning British-born journalist and broadcaster based in the United States. She is the Founder and CEO of, a groundbreaking digital news platform focused on technology, science and business.
Tinuoye is a sought after on-air contributor, speaker, panelist, and moderator at conferences across the country. More recently she has appeared on MSNBC & Arise News and facilitated a panel discussion at the Spelman College Leadership and Women of Color Conference.
Tinuoye is a former News Correspondent for NBCs African American digital news platform In 2013, she provided commentary as an investigative reporter on the Investigation Discovery hit television series Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall.
Prior to relocating stateside, Tinuoye was a senior broadcast journalist for the BBC in London. She is an international writer whose work has been published in The Daily Mail, Londons Evening Standard, and The Voice newspaper
lShe is one of the original founders of Aspire, a support network for ethnic minority journalists in the United Kingdom. The organization has partnered with and attracted sponsorship from mainstream media outlets, including the BBC, Channel 4, Trinity-Mirror, the Guardian and the Financial Times
Tinuoye graduated from Trinity College, University of Cambridge, with a bachelors and masters degree in Social & Political Sciences. She studied a post-graduate in journalism and is an NCTJ qualified journalist.

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Kyle Valencia founder of Valencia Productions and Ryan Prior Journalist and Documentarian


Ryan Prior, Alex Gossett Shifflet and Kyle Valencia





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Kyle Valencia / Valencia Productions

Naturally passionate about creating and building, and connecting. A dynamic high-energy leader driven for business development and innovation. Specialties: Marketing, Sales, Company Branding, Management, Recruiting, Product Development, and SaaS development.



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Ryan Prior / Blue Ribbon Foundation/Forgotten Plague

Co-Director, Producer, Writer

Ryan is a multimedia journalist and social entrepreneur. He was the founder and editor-in-chief of the Georgia Political Review and went on to jobs writing for The Daily Beast and USA Today. His reporting and commentary have also appeared in The American Conservative, Real Clear Politics, and several other publications. Currently working at CNN, he was selected as a 2014 Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholar and was recognized as ProHealths 2014 ME/CFS Advocate of the Year. He is president of the Blue Ribbon Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors for #ME Action Network. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Georgia.



Phone 478-542-1463


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KSU Entrepreneurship Center Presents The Shrimp Tank


 Where can a young entrepreneur figure out how to turn their dreams into reality? Just take a step into the Shrimp Tank. The Shrimp Tank brings you interviews with some of the most successful business owners in the United States to learn the do’s and don’ts of starting and running a successful business. Then, the fun really starts when we bring in high school and college students to pitch their business ideas to the Shrimp Tank. We don’t fund any business, but we do teach kids how to turn their business ideas into a successful business.

Hosts of The Shrimp Tank Chris Hanks and Ted Jenkin.



Ted Jenkin, John Loud and Lee Heisman




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John Loud / Loud Security

John Loud, originally hailing from Boston, has embraced the spirit of Southern hospitality in all aspects of his personal and professional life.  John has worn many hats in his career:  hockey player, comedy club manager, Delta flight attendant, political campaign worker, community volunteer and entrepreneur.

 John’s primary focus since 1995 has been the establishment and growth of LOUD Security.  From its humble beginnings in the basement of the Loud home, LOUD Security now employs over 60 people and services 8,500 customers. Most recently, John’s outstanding leadership resulted in the Kennesaw Citizen of the Year Award and the Mack Henderson Public Service Award for his commitment and dedication to the quality of life for the citizens of Cobb County.

Not only has John used his talent of integrating today’s technology with old fashioned service to his current business, he has lent his talents to professional and community organizations across the state of Georgia.  From President of the Kennesaw Business Association, President of the Georgia Electronic Life Safety and Security Association, cooperating with local police departments to promote Georgia legislation that would increase life safety to his customers; John has been, and continues to be, an avid champion for the security industry.  




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Lee R. Heisman / Savant Comprehensive Technologies

Lee R. Heisman is the owner and CEO of Savant Comprehensive Technologies, My School Pool and Ask a Privacy Officer. Prior to this, Lee was the founder and CEO of H and W Printing and Brainstorm Design Works, a full advertising agency and commercial printing firm located in Atlanta, GA. He has a Master Degree from Rutgers University and is on the Advisory Board of the KSU Entrepreneurial Center. Lee has sold 2 of his previously businesses over the years through mergers and acquisition. Before launching his Entrepreneurial Career, Lee was a Licensed Physical Therapist in New Jersey for over 3 years






Ted Jenkin/Oxygen Financial
(Co – Host)

Ted Jenkin has spent the past 22 years giving personal financial advice to thousands of people across the United States. After graduating from Boston College in 1991, Ted spent more than 16 years working for American Express Financial Advisors/Ameriprise Financial. He was one of the youngest people in the history of the company to reach both Field Vice President and Group Vice President level. He managed more than 800 financial advisors throughout 8 states in his last position with the company. He won the premier performer award, leader of the year award, and had the number one office in the country for more than two years in a row. In 2008, Ted founded oXYGen Financial to help revolutionize the financial services industry by creating a new company that focused on serving the X and Y Generation. oXYGen Financial now has more than 1,700 clients throughout 25 states across the country. Ted has been featured in over 25 magazines and newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and The Huffington Post. He has six advanced designations from the College for Financial Planning (CFP®, CRPC®, CRPS®, AWMA®, AAMS®, CMFC®) and is an on air radio personality featured on the popular drive time Atlanta radio show The Rock 100.5 Morning Show on Rock 100.5 FM. Ted lives in Milton, GA with his wife Genna and three kids Olivia, Lyla, and Louden.