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Jennifer Sabel with InterContinental Hotels Group, Hank Picken with Beaumont Products, Inc., and Keehln Wheeler with MaxMedia


Jennifer Sabel / InterContinental Hotels Group Linkedin

Jennifer Sabel is a Business Development Manager, with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) the world's largest global hotel company. She is responsible for the groups and meetings market of IHG's Business Development Group. In this role, Jennifer is responsible for prospecting, analyzing, and creating new business opportunities for IHG. She provides an enthusiastic vibe to her position by bringing an innovative perspective to building the company's account profile. Jennifer assists Key Account Managers and Key Account Directors to increase segment revenue and account portfolios.

Prior to joining IHG, Jennifer served as Catering Representative for Hyatt Regency Atlanta. She was responsible for both internal and external meetings, client and associate communications, and event execution. She developed keen relationship skills in the hospitality industry.

Specialties: Business Development; Client Relationship Building; Cold Calling; Networking; Prospecting, Time Management

Hank Picken / Beaumont Products, Inc. 

Mr. Picken has been in the Consumer Products business since the early 1970’s and has held various management positions at Colgate-Palmolive, Lever Brothers and Pfizer’s Consumer Products Division.

Prior to beginning his career in Consumer Products, he worked for Price Waterhouse where he earned his CPA from New York State.

He founded Beaumont Products in 1991, and has built a consumer product business in Kennesaw, GA with Nationally Advertised brands of Citrus Magic, Clearly Natural Soaps, Veggie Wash, Trewax and Farmers’ Market Body Care Products.

Mr. Picken has an AB in Government & Law from Lafayette College and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.

He also served in the United States Army as an Infantry Captain with a tour of duty in Viet Nam.

He is currently a member of the Kennesaw State University Advisory Board to the School of Marketing and Professional Sales and is a past Director of the Tommy Nobis Rehab Center in Marietta

Keehln Wheeler / MaxMedia 

Founded by Keehln Wheeler in 1997, MaxMedia helps clients, such as AT&T, The Home Depot, Cox Enterprises, NCR and LexisNexis, shape their digital ecosystem to create long-term value and entice users to interact with their content.

The firm’s digital services extend across five disciplines: Customer Experience Strategy, Creative Design, Motion & Display, Data Science and Technology. To accomplish its unified approach, the team leverages its diverse capabilities in brainstorming, planning and delivering a unique experience for its clients and their customers.



Jose Rodriguez-Diaz with AID Atlanta, Chip Newton with Deloitte Consulting, Arthur Freeman with Chamblee Chamber of Commerce, and Jared Degnan with Kellen Communications


Jose Rodriguez-Diaz / AID Atlanta Facebook Twitter

Rodriguez-Diaz comes to AID Atlanta from the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. Before that, he was senior medical consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources Services Administration – Office of Performance Review. Before working at HRSA, he was program director for the Department of Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, responsible for conducting HIV clinical trials for women and children.

Chip Newton / Deloitte Consulting Linkedin Facebook Twitter

Chip is a senior labor optimization strategist. He is a consulting thought leader with nearly 15 years of professional services experience in healthcare and life sciences industries. Mr. Newton is a savvy, client-facing professional, who has negotiated, developed and directed program strategies, business systems planning and complex workforce management implementations for Fortune 100 companies. Chip has been with the Board of Directors of AID Atlanta for over 5 years and was recently elected as the Board’s Chairman.

Arthur Freeman / Chamblee Chamber of Commerce 

Arthur Freeman vast experience has significantly contributed to the social-scientific aspect of nourishing, developing and enhancing human potential. For more than 50 years he’s been involved in private and public initiatives via philanthropic donations and volunteerism for non-profits.

Through Quest International, a consulting practice he started in 1978, he has mentored, founded, operated or consulted over 130 For Profit and Non Profit ventures entities. Since coming out of retirement and moving back to Atlanta from Washington DC 5 years ago, he has founded and operated The Greater Atlanta Community Foundation, Inc. ((a 501(c)(3)),Virtuous Capital, L3C (to provide a means of sustainable financing for Non-profits via for profit ventures) ,the Brookhaven Chamber

of Commerce ((a 501 (c)(6) and Brookhaven Chamber Foundation ((a 501 (c)(3) and Chamblee Chamber and Foundation.

Mr. Freeman’s scientific contributions have also been beneficial to his endeavor to aid in humanistic progress. After receiving his Bachelors in Biology/Chemistry, this one time member of the NY Academy of Sciences and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute award winner, went on to become a contributing author for the BETZ Handbook of Water Treatment. During his career with BETZ Laboratories he received his certification in Water Treatment, became a Registered Environmental Specialist, attended Law School, and represented Betz’s industrial clients before the EPA. Over the course of 19 years, Arthur appeared before Congress as an environmental expert in opposition to punitive EPA guidelines for Steel, Pulp and Paper, Petrochemical and Mining industries.

Whether involved in Non-Profit or For Profit ventures, his core values of personal and professional integrity, stewardship, partnering in the community, education and legal compliance have been the key value factors in his many successes.

Jared Degnan / Kellen Communications Linkedin Facebook Twitter

Jared Degnan is an over-caffeinated brand geek, strategy wonk, and Director of Digital Strategy for Kellen, one of Atlanta’s largest public relations firms.

He has a 12-year track record in marketing analysis, strategy and online brand development for brands like Kraft Foods, Vespa USA, MetLife, Intel and Pedigree.

Jared has an MBA from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management and a BBA in Marketing & Hospitality Management from The George Washington University.

You can catch Jared on Twitter or on his blog: Just Friggin’ Peachy


Delta Community Credit Union and Octane Marketing Solutions


Hank Halter/Delta Community Credit Union Facebook Twitter

In 2013, Hank Halter was appointed chief executive officer of Delta Community Credit Union, Georgia’s largest credit union and one of the top 25 largest credit unions in the U.S. He continues to serve on Delta Community’s Board of Directors, where he has been active since 2006.

Halter is a Certified Public Accountant, and he worked at Delta Air Lines from 1998 to 2012. He served in a number of finance positions there before being promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2008. Prior to Delta, Halter worked at American Airlines and Ernst & Young.

In addition to serving on Delta Community’s Board of Directors, Halter also serves on the Board of Advisors of Sojern, and chairs the Audit Committees for the boards of Erickson Aviation (Nasdaq: EAC) and Southern Air.

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Hank now resides in Atlanta, GA.

Tommy Redmond, Julie Hale, Troy White and Robin Moody/Octane Marketing Solutions Linkedin Facebook Twitter

Octane Marketing Solutions was created by Tommy Redmond in 2011 after years of experience with corporate advertising. Octane became a reality after multiple requests from long-term clients to work directly with Tommy. Octane is based in Marietta/East Cobb and brings more efficient marketing solutions to small and medium business owners.

Special Edition: Business Marketing Association Atlanta


Business Marketing Association (BMA) Atlanta Linkedin Facebook Twitter

Patrick Blanchard / VP Social Media Linkedin    

Patrick is a Key Account Manager and Director of Business Development for TwentySix2 Marketing who helps tailor custom digital marketing strategies for companies, large and small, that provide effective results. TwentySix2 Marketing provides search engine optimization, paid search, social media, content marketing and web design services.

Moira Vetter / President Elect Linkedin 

Moira is the CEO of Modo Modo Agency, a strategic B2B marketing firm and the second fastest growing woman-owned business in Atlanta. Moira is President of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Marketing Association, sits on the board of Entrepreneur Advisors and is past Vice President of strategy for the international board of the Business Marketing Association. Her experience includes client-side positions in technology and healthcare, and nearly every position on an agency org chart. Moira specializes in B2B branding, thought leadership, and sales and marketing effectiveness for complex businesses. She was recently featured on a Fox News segment regarding Hire One Atlanta, entrepreneurship and her commitment to growing regardless of the current economic climate.

She has received awards from The International Association of Business Communicators, the Public Relations Society of America, the Business Marketing Association, the American Marketing Association, the Direct Marketing Association, Graphic Design USA, the WebAwards, the Webbys, Show South and more.

Special Edition: TiE Atlanta


Dave Walters / Silverpop Linkedin Twitter

Dave Walters is a 20-year digital marketing veteran with a career split almost equally among Fortune 50 corporations, Top 5 interactive agencies and, most recently, the technology start-up world. As the final businessperson before IT, he typically sits at the intersection of business need and technical build—most often with a marketing-driven view of the world. As a Product Evangelist, Dave works hands-on with Silverpop customers to sharpen their marketing strategies and architect technology solutions that solve business problems. He most often works with cross-functional stakeholders to bridge the organizational gaps between marketing, IT, operations and executive management.

Jen Bonnett / StartupChicks Linkedin Twitter

Jennifer is a technology entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in Information Technology and Software Development specializing in web and mobile technologies. Jennifer has held numerous CTO positions in technology startups. Most notably, Jennifer was the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of was an internet advertising engine similar in nature to a search engine. As the sole technology-oriented founder, she designed, developed, and launched the initial version of in the spring of 1998. She eventually grew the technology staff to 60 employees, as the company grew to 180 employees.

In 1999, was labeled the “Most Addictive” site on the web by Industry Standard; the “coolest tool site” of the year by; and was ranked number 1 in average days visited by MediaMetrix (a.k.a. the “stickiest” site on the web). By April of 2001, eTour had grown to 5 million subscribers and was ranked number 71 in total traffic for the world wide web by MediaMetrix. was acquired by Ask Jeeves (now in May of 2001.

Special Edition: International Show


Eric A. de Groot /

John E. Parkerson Jr. /

Ignacio Taboada / Spanish Consulate in Washington DC:

This special edition on Business Radio X is the first in a series where we highlight the international community in the Metro Atlanta area and the economic impact it conveys.

There are over 100 Consulates and Bi-National Chambers, and more than 1600 international companies employing tens of thousands of Georgians. This creates a myriad of opportunities to import, export and or expand abroad. In addition, foreign direct investment exceeded $ 2.8 billion in 2012. And in 2013, Hartsfield Jackson International airport welcomed 9.1 million international passengers.

During this special international edition, hosted by Eric de Groot, managing director of the Holland America Chamber, we welcome Mr. John E. Parkerson Jr., President of the World Trade Center Atlanta, , who is with the law firm of Hall Booth Smith, and Mr. Ignacio Taboada, the Vice consul of Spain, who provides financial solution for individuals and corporate real estate development.

Please contact Mr. Parkerson and Mr. Taboada direct as well as visit the Georgia Department of Economic Development for trade information and or for a listing of international events in Metro Atlanta.