We opened the show with Sanjay Parekh founder of Startup Riot. Startup Riot is a day long conference that started in 2008. The event focuses on giving entrepreneurs 3 minutes to present 4 slides in front of a large audience. The event has grown and expanded over the years. Last year, the event expanded to Seattle and we added career fairs as an additional way to help entrepreneurs succeed.
Stephen is at the helm of one of Atlanta’s top public relations firms, Cohn & Wolfe, an international communications firm that was founded in 1970 right here in Atlanta. As managing director, Stephen is in charge of cultivating great talent in disciplines such as marketing, media relations, corporatecrisis and issues management and social media and serving national and local clients to achieve businessresults. Stephen prides himself on his tireless networking throughout town – be it with companies, nonprofit boards, professional associations, in affinity groups and of course on the newest frontiers ofsocial media. He will provide tips on networking – from working a room to reaching decision makers –and will share his own experiences of making matches between Cohn & Wolfe’s great products and services with companies in need of great sales and marketing results.