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Supply Chain Now Radio – Episode 2

Supply Chain Now Radio brought to you by APICS Atlanta


Scott Luton serves as Managing Partner for TalentStream and is a member of the ownership group. He brings more than 15 years of general management and business development experience to TalentStream. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2000, he began his career as a database analyst in the United States Air Force. Luton later joined EmployBridge – a national specialty staffing provider based in Atlanta – where he was named to the President’s Club in 2007 and 2008. He has held leadership roles including Vice President of Business Development for Definity Partners and Director of Sales for Clairon Metals Corporation. More recently, Luton founded Riverwood Associates in 2013, a leading process improvement consulting and training firm in the Southeast. He formerly served as President of APICS Atlanta and currently is a member of APICS Southeast District Staff. A certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and an APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional, Luton also maintains active membership in the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, the Transportation Club of Atlanta and SHRM Greenville. Follow TalentStream on LinkedInTwitter and Facebook.


Elba Pareja-Gallagher is a bilingual finance and strategy professional and leader with more than 15 years of broad experiences including Finance & Accounting, Investor Relations and Marketing. She has lived as an expat in Singapore and Hong Kong and is an APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional. Elba holds a Master of Science degree in Supply Chain Management. Find out more about by visiting their website, and connect with them on LinkedInTwitter and Facebook.


Jacqueline Pollard moved to Georgia in 2006 and started working for TwinEngines, a company that helps manufacturers and product service companies improve their workflows and visibility of operations by aligning business processes and line-of-business systems.


Greg Lutkauskas with Transportation Club of Atlanta.



Culinary Atlanta Series Featuring Natasha Cary with Flavor EXP

Natasha Cary


Throughout Natasha Cary’s 20+ years in the hospitality industry, she has learned a lot, worked hard, played hard, and nurtured a true passion for creating experiences that drive results. Now she is fired up to share that passion with you through her own business, Flavor EXP.

Flavor EXP is a boutique marketing and technology agency specializing in the event and hospitality industries. We create and execute websites, apps, tools, event project management and logistics planning, plus content messaging for conferences, associations, restaurants, corporate events and fundraisers. We also consult on how to best employ technology as it relates to event communication & engagement. You can find out more about Natasha and Flavor EXP on their website, and follow them on LinkedIn and Facebook.


Eric Sharpe with Digital Envy and Jarrod Johnson with Smoothie King

Eric Sharpe and Jarrod Johnson


Eric Sharpe delivers effective digital marketing and technology products through inbound marketing, SEO and online Advertising. After graduating of Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007, he went on to create multiple businesses and recently sold one and moved to Atlanta. He is an avid world traveler and believes that teaching children with technology is the key to helping us change the world. You can find out more about Eric and Digital Envy on his website, and follow him on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.


Jarrod “JJ” Johnson – After spending much of his young adult life in the military and as a first responder, Jarrod “JJ” Johnson is no stranger to hard work. In fact, at the age of 39, Johnson has already had his fair share of experiences that have led him on the path to successful business ownership.

From his time serving in the Marine Corps to his 11-year career patrolling the streets of Houston as a police officer, Johnson has always had a passion for helping others. But when his wife accepted a new job in Rome, Georgia, Johnson decided to leave his career as a police officer behind to start a new life in the South. It was there that he made a realization: as someone who has always been dedicated to an active lifestyle—in both the military and as a police officer–he was surprised to find that there were no quick and healthy food options. Johnson began researching franchise opportunities and decided to invest in the global smoothie franchise, Smoothie King.

In October 2016, Johnson opened his first Smoothie King location, and he credits his experience in the Marine Corps and as a police officer for making the transition from veteran to franchisee a seamless one. Find out more about Smoothie King on their website, and follow them on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.


Biz Radio U Featuring Life Coach Rebecca Robinson and Keep Moving Forward Host Katy Galli

Rebecca Robinson
Hosted by Adam Wozniak and Darren Parkinson


Rebecca Robinson is a professionally trained, iPEC ELI-MP Career/Business Coach with over 14 years of both corporate and entrepreneurial experiences. Rebecca’s most recent corporate experiences have been with Turner Broadcast and Delta Airlines as a Senior Project Manager, where she managed high level portfolios ranging from 1.5 – 5 million dollars. The technology involved in these projects included Digital Video, Cyber Security and Mobile Device Testing Suites.

As a Project Delivery Career/Business Coach and Keynote Speaker, Rebecca has launched “SuccessMe!” and “T-90”, both designed to help clients design and execute short and long-term action plans, and to help them achieve their career and entrepreneurial goals. Learn more about Rebecca on her website, and follow her on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.


Katy Galli is an entrepreneur based out of Atlanta, GA. Her ultimate goal is to help you realize that you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward. To achieve this, she created the Keep Moving Forward podcast for your listening pleasure. Every Wednesday, she interviews inspiring individuals from all walks of life who will undoubtedly prove to you that giving up is for rookies. To experience her weekly episodes, you can tune in at and subscribe on iTunes. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as @KatyGalli45 for a daily dose of motivation.

In addition to her podcast, she also founded the USA based pet supply company, MallardMade. Specializing in Americana style dog beds that were proudly made right here in the United States, MallardMade previously donated beds to Companions for Heroes to support our veterans and shelter animals in need. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for an exclusive look at her beds.

While she leads the lifestyle of an entrepreneur, she is an avid athlete and coach, as well. She is a certified level 1 USA Track and Field coach, a CrossFit athlete, and a CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1) trainer.


WIT Connect 2017

WIT Connect is one of Atlanta’s most engaging and interactive events for STEM leaders! For the past 20+ years we’ve auctioned off some of Atlanta’s most highly visible technology executives and raised over $2 million to support the development of young girls and the advancement of women in STEM. WIT Connect is one of the premier fundraising and networking events of the year with over 600 top level executives in the technology field. In addition to our highly anticipated executive auction, it is also an evening where we focus on the mission of WIT. At this event, we highlight our WIT Girls and WIT Campus young women, along with the impact WIT programs has had on their advancement in STEM, which includes scholarship awards.


Vicki Hamilton and Danielle Joiner McPherson



Madison Kenney



Ben Hendrick



Marva Bailer and Ramona Lopez



Marva Bailer and Clint Bailey



Rachel Alston and Keith Sciulli



Rebecca Robinson



Jamila Cowan-Wideman and Etienne Batiste 



Tim Fraher and David Rodriguez



Culinary Atlanta Series Featuring Seth Gragg with Thrasher Coffee, Steve and Cyndi Weinbaum with We Sell Restaurants and Paul McKeon with Team Building with Taste



Seth Gragg is VP of Business Development with Thrasher Coffee Co. and has an extensive background in sales and operational management. Seth has been instrumental in the growth of Thrasher Coffee Co. Learn more on their website, and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.


Steve and Cyndi Weinbaum are restaurant brokers with We Sell Restaurants. Steve is a licensed real estate salesperson and Certified Business Broker. He has over 25 years of experience working with retail, dining, and financial industry leaders with a focus on Marketing, Business Analysis, and Relationship Management. The importance of establishing open and honest rapport with all his clients is, and will continue to be, paramount.

Steve has the ability to quickly and accurately review and evaluate financial data. This skill enables him to provide sound valuation feedback and business guidance. He has years of experience negotiating complex business to business contracts. Steve worked with most of the major Casual Dining and Quick Serve Franchise brands to help grow sales and customer engagement.

As a Certified Restaurant Broker, Steve is closing an average of two businesses per month and is skilled in complex lease negotiations.

Cyndi is a licensed Real Estate Agent who has been representing Buyers and Sellers for over a decade. And while her experience has been primarily in the residential market, both resells and new construction, her ability to negotiate complex contracts and perform valuation analysis also serves the commercial real estate and business community.

She is a certified negotiation specialist and has attended many workshops and seminars on sales and marketing and is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Club. She has also received instruction and testing leading to designation as a Certified Restaurant Broker.

Cyndi sharpened her negotiating and business analysis skills as a buyer for Macy’s where she collaborated on multifaceted deals in order to maximize return and further developing her ability to quickly and accurately review financial data to evaluate value and drive sales.

As a Restaurant Broker, Cyndi is now working with restaurant owners to accurately value, market and sell their restaurants for maximum value. She is also helping buyers identify the right business opportunity based on their financial goals and objectives. You can follow them both on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.


Paul McKeon is CEO of Team Building with Taste, a hospitality company he co-founded in 2012. McKeon and his team have merged their love of food with their business experience building and running high performance sales and marketing teams. With custom team building kitchens in Atlanta and Dallas, Team Building with Taste has become the preeminent culinary team building program in the U.S. To learn more about Team Building with Taste, you can visit their website. You can also follow them on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.


Amy Tully with Onelife Fitness and David Martin with VeinInnovations



Amy Tully is the Marketing Director of Onelife Fitness, the Atlanta region’s fastest-growing fitness brand. She also serves as Social Media Director for US Fitness Holdings, the parent company of Onelife Fitness. You can find out more about Onelife Fitness on their website, and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.


David A. Martin, RN is the Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of VeinInnovations in Atlanta. Since 2002, VeinInnovations has provided advanced, high quality in-office therapies for venous insufficiency; the root cause of varicose veins. VI has multiple locations in the Metro area.

David received his nursing degree from DeKalb Community College (now a part of GA State University) in 1980. Subsequent to a long and varied clinical career, which included working in Intensive Care Units, Emergency Departments, and a twelve-year stint as a clinical first-assistant for cardiac and thoracic surgeons, he now devotes his energies to running VeinInnovations. He has founded several other companies over the years including a non-profit tissue bank, which specialized in the procurement of human vascular tissue, a large first-assistant surgical practice, and a new medical device company.

David has long been a strong believer in, and supporter of, community-based healthcare delivery, and has served on the Board of Visiting Nurse Health System (VNHS) since 2011. In late 2016, David was nominated for, and accepted, the board chair position with VNHS.

He has lived in Atlanta since 1969, and currently resides in Druid Hills with his wife, Beth Finnerty. To find out more about David and VeinInnovations, visit their website. You can also follow them on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.


Biz Radio U Featuring Brent Parkinson with Imbera Foodservice

Biz Radio U

Biz Radio U
Hosted by Adam Wozniak and Darren Parkinson


Brent Parkinson / Imbera Foodservice
Commercial Director

Brent Parkinson started as a simple farmer’s son in Zimbabwe. He survived two civil wars, and has traveled to more than 150 countries. Brent is now the Commercial Director for Imbera Foodservice. Imbera provides commercial refrigeration around the world.

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Culinary Atlanta Series Featuring Skye Estroff with Taste of Atlanta, Jackson Smith and Wes Jones with Honeysuckle Gelato and Naomi Green with The Giving Kitchen

Culinary Atlanta Naomi Green


Taste of Atlanta



Skye Estroff / Taste of Atlanta 
Marketing and Media Manager

Skye Estroff is the marketing and media manager for Atlanta’s largest food festival, Taste of Atlanta. Skye manages all TV, radio and print media relationships, as well as strategizing and planning all social media. She is an Atlanta native, a University of Georgia graduate and an expert in Atlanta’s best food.

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Wes Jones and Jackson Smith / Honeysuckle Gelato

Founded in 2011 by Jackson Smith, Wes Jones, and Khatera Ballard, Honeysuckle Gelato is a craft gelato manufacturer headquartered in Atlanta. Today, the company has 18 employees and its products can be found in retail locations across the Southeast. Additionally, Honeysuckle Gelato is served in restaurants throughout Atlanta and the company recently opened its first retail location in Ponce City Market. Since launching the Honeysuckle Gelato, the three founders have created more than 250 flavor combinations, their top seller being Sea-Salted Caramel.

Honeysuckle Gelato combines the rich and smooth texture of gelato with the decadent flavors and desserts of the South. All of the company’s gelatos and sorbets are made from scratch in Atlanta and use the finest and freshest local ingredients.

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Naomi Green / The Giving Kitchen
Director of Partnerships

As a life-long Atlanta native, Naomi Green is thrilled to join The Giving Kitchen team as Director of Partnerships and Strategic Events. Naomi brings extensive experience and knowledge of the restaurant industry which she’s gained over the past fifteen years. She has engaged in all dimensions of the restaurant business, rising from a server and bartender to senior management and event planning. Most recently, she was the Director of Events & Marketing at Fox Bros Bar-B-Q, where she signficantly contributed to the restaurant’s expansion initiatives. Previously, she was Event & Marketing Manager at the Palm Restaurant in Atlanta. Naomi also worked as a Corporate Trainer around the country and then as Banquet Sales Manager for Maggiano’s Little Italy in Atlanta, Charlotte, and Nashville.

Naomi has seen first hand the devastating impact of unanticipated hardship on Atlanta’s restaurant community. These experiences have motivated her to take on a leadership role in many industry related fundraisers, including launching Charlotte’s Web, The Pinky and the Team Hidi annual benefit events. Additionally, with the International Women’s House, Naomi works to serve immigrant and refugee women and their children who have been victim of domestic violence. She was also the chief organizer of the Palm’s sponsorship of the PGA’s TOUR Championship fundraiser, supporting the athletic engagement in golfing for children from low income families. Throughout these endeavors, Naomi has combined her pratical career experience with the skills obtained through her her studies at Boston University’s College of Communication and Journalism.

Naomi is excited to be able to blend her love for the restaurant community with her commitment to improving the lives of Georgians. She grew up in East Atlanta Village and Little 5 Points, attended the Atlanta Public Schools, and has remained a beloved fan of all things Atlanta. She currently resides near Decatur, and when she’s not out exploring some of Atlanta’s finest culinary hotspots and hidden dives, Naomi enjoys group running, spending time with her friends and family, and playing soccer regularly.

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Sangram Vajre with Terminus, Author Chris Butsch and “The Crossover Coach” Brooke Giguere

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Sangram Vajre / Terminus

Sangram Vajre has quickly built a reputation as one of the leading minds in B2B marketing. Before co-founding Terminus, a SaaS platform for account-based marketing, Sangram led the marketing team at Pardot through its acquisition by ExactTarget and then Salesforce. He’s the author of “Account-Based Marketing For Dummies” and is the mastermind behind #FlipMyFunnel.

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Chris Butsch / The Millenial’s Guide to Making Happiness

Chris Butsch is Atlanta Business Radio’s “Millennial Correspondent.” Author of The Millennial’s Guide to Making Happiness, Chris educates other generations on how to decrypt and connect with his unique generation.

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Brooke Giguere / The Crossover Coach

Brooke Giguere is a Certified Professional Coach, Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner and Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer.  She currently enjoys helping soul centered creative types with procrastinating and time management skills so they get unstuck and take massive action to achieve their goals. Her professional career began as a social worker with experience ranging from adoptions to medical social work. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker and Accredited Case Manager with over 10 years in the acute care hospital setting. Brooke has the unique ability to marry her social work background and her love of coaching in a way that helps support her clients unlike any other.  Her passion and purpose is to help herself and others create the vibrant, balanced lives we only dare to dream about!

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