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The East Cobb Business Association seeks to transform East Cobb

by developing business leaders through Networking and Education with an emphasis on Community.

  • Network with Business and Community Leaders
  • Business Education and Development
  • Community Involvement
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June Speakers

Owning, Growing, Developing and Selling Your Business

Regardless of what stage you are in with your business, this panel will provide tips and insights on how to grow, maintain and sell your business.  Whether you are a franchise owner or an independent business there will be information shared for everyone.  See the information below regarding our panel and come ready to learn something new that you can take back to your business.


Victor Younkins
Walden Businesses
Moderator

Victor is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a double major in business and technical theater. Following graduation, he joined Arby’s Inc. managing their Research and Development store. While there he worked on the testing, development and implementation of new products. He later joined National Distribution selling wine to high volume package stores throughout the metro Atlanta area.

In 1989 he started his own remodeling company - Younkins Construction Company. He grew the organization to fifteen full time employees within five years. Responsibilities included overall team supervision, quality control on all projects, accounting, payroll, marketing and financial management of the company. In 2009 he received his real estate license and joined his father’s firm, Buckhead Business Brokers, with offices in Atlanta and Florida.

In 2012, Buckhead Business Brokers merged with Walden Businesses. Victor brings a great deal of experience to Walden with his superb knowledge of construction and management, networking and marketing capabilities, and excellent cost estimation and business valuation skills. His experience covers companies of varying sizes and values.

 

(Merger & Acquisition Services)

VY@WaldenBus.com   Cell # 404-431-7773   Office # 678-277-9951 X18




Mike McMakin
Fetch Pet Care
Panelist

The Fetch! Pet Care franchise is rapidly expanding, along with the booming pet care industry. With pet ownership increasing each year so are our pet sitting business revenues. This makes for wise pet franchise opportunities such as Fetch! Pet Care.

Fetch! has been voted among 100 of America’s lowest risk and low-cost franchises, named as one of 7 hot businesses to make you rich, and recognized in Entrepreneur Magazine’s coveted Franchise 500 List! With all the potential success that pet franchises provide, it’s no wonder Fetch! Pet Care is a leader in the industry.


Visit Our Website  or Call 678.932.8651



Butch Carter
Honest-One Auto Care
Panelist
Honest-1 is the nation's only Eco-Friendly Auto Care chain. We offer a full range of automotive service and repairs. Along with providing the best service, Honest-1 wants to ensure our customers are thoroughly educated on the systems and services necessary to keep their vehicles in the best running condition possible.

Visit Our Website or Call  (770) 809-6253


Chris Darley

Owner/ Operator Chick-Fil-A
Panelist

Started working at Chick-fil-A at the age of 16 and quickly realized that this was more than a job, but a purposed filled calling. He attended Clemson University and get a BS in economics. After graduating, he was immediately accepted into the Franchisee Training program and became an Operator in Greensboro, North Carolina. He then had the opportunity to be part of the "pioneering" movement of taking Chick-fil-A to California!  His Chick-fil-A restaurant opened in March of 2004. After 3 incredible years in California (and twin boys being born!), Chris returned to Georgia and served for 2 years at the Chick-fil-A Support Center on the Operator Selection Team (went from franchisee to franchisee selection team). Pretty quickly he realized the entrepreneurial spirit could not be tamed and he became the Operator at Chick-fil-A East Lake in September of 2008. He is married to a beautiful Clemson Tiger, Martha, for over 16 years and they have three beautiful children Parker, Peyton, and Anna Claire. If he is not selling chicken, he is coaching soccer or baseball, shuttling a little girl to gymnastics, possibly playing golf or attending any Clemson sporting event!







 
Marie Fratoni
CEO of Get Clients Everywhere
 

Marie Fratoni works globally to help professionals build solid, long-term, successful businesses. She coaches business owners and professionals to become savvy, social, and successful through cultivating professional relationships that are both fulfilling and profitable. She provides sound business building strategies, coaching, and growth-filled seminars that are fun, dynamic and valuable.

As a community leader, Marie makes a difference! She is a staunch advocate for women in business, founding and leading several professional groups throughout the years designed to up-level the careers of women including the Women’s Professional Development Network (WPDN) in Atlanta.

Her strong community involvement in charitable causes and organizations has placed her into the Who’s Who of Women in Business and the Who’s Who of International Business. Marie is a Registered Corporate Coach, RCC, popular speaker, and she truly enjoys  helping business owners double or triple their income.


OUR SPONSORS

 
 
Littie Brown
SpeedPro Imaging - Marietta
President

Grab your customers' attention! Build brand recognition! Whether you are a retail business looking to increase your sales, or a marketing company helping your clients get noticed, SpeedPro Imaging of Marietta is your partner for quality and extreme-resolution printed media. We pride ourselves on providing our clients with individualized attention regardless of the scale of the organization--from the individual artist/photographer ready to be discovered to a national corporation re-branding its fleet
of vehicles, we can help.

We love providing large format solutions and assisting our clients in solving their unique challenges. More importantly, our clients love the peace of mind our quality, attention to detail, and quick turn-around times provide. If you need a quote, have a question, or just need some advice about a project, give us a call in Marietta, GA today! Our dedicated staff  is here ready to serve you.




David Maddox
TUXEDO MOSQUITO CONTROL

Tuxedo Mosquito Control is a family owned and operated company founded in 2003. We sell, install and service automated mosquito misting systems, plus due one time and monthly mosquito spray service for both residential & commercial clients. We offer the only completely tankless mosquito misting system that is controlled by your smart phone, plus monitored by our office in case anything goes wrong.

With offices in both Marietta & Charleston SC we are one of the largest and most respected 
companies in the south.

Our offers are always 100% guaranteed and our customer satisfaction is also 100%




April Speaker

 
Roger Tutterow
Professor of Economics KSU
 

Roger Tutterow is Professor of Economics at Kennesaw State University.
He also serves as Director of the Econometric Center,
a research center housed in KSU’s Coles College of Business.

His analysis of the economic, business and political environments have been featured in a variety of media.


OUR SPONSORS

Butch Carter
Owner
Honest-1 Auto Care
Butch Carter is the owner of Honest-1 Auto Care, a full-service auto maintenance
and repair facility located on East Cobb Drive just behind Trader Joe’s.

Butch grew up in North Carolina but has had family roots in Cobb County
his entire life, with aunts, uncles and cousins living here in Cobb County.

Butch served in the US Air Force as an Intelligence Officer, and then left the military
for a career in the pharmaceutical industry.
He spent 25 years in various sales and marketing positions with companies
such as Pfizer and Glaxo. 

His last company was bought out by a private equity fund, and although
he survived the P.E. world for 5 years, he ultimately was displaced during one of the several integrations the company went though.

Building on his sales and marketing background, Butch came across an opportunity
with Honest-1 Auto Care and was intrigued by the name and the concept.
He bought the franchise in 2013, and Honest-1 Auto Care of East Cobb
opened its doors in November of 2013. 

Butch is excited about the opportunity to be a sponsor of today's luncheon.





Pam Oldaker

Atlanta Communities Real Estate - Realtor

 

 

More than just an agent I am an Associate Broker with Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage,  we were named in Atlanta Business Business Chronicle in the top 10 Atlanta Real Estate Brokerage Firms  in the metro area. We  sold over 1 billion in sales in 2015! 

 



March
 Speaker


 
Dave Hankerson
Cobb County Manager
 

County Manager since 1993, David Hankerson first joined Cobb Government as manager of the Development Control Department. Previously he served as a district conservationist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service.

A native of Waynesboro, Ga., he holds a Bachelor's Degree in Agronomy from Fort Valley State College and a Juris Doctorate from Woodrow Wilson College of Law. Mr. Hankerson is active in numerous associations and civic groups, including the American Public Works Association (APWA), Soil Conservation Society of America and 100 Black Men of Cobb County.


March Sponsors



Trenton Carson
TC Productions
After obtaining my Bachelors of Arts degree in Film from Southern Illinois University in 2007, I immediately started my working career in Hollywood. While there, I had the opportunity to work with various talented directors and producers. After Hollywood I came back to Illinois where I worked at an international television studio. I progressed rapidly there and each year added new responsibilities and skills to my repertoire. Those skills and experiences enabled me to start my own video production company in Atlanta. At TC Productions, we are equipped with an educational background, technical experience, and ingenuity that enables us to create professional videos at an affordable rate. We understand the value of presenting your business with the highest quality for the most engaging videos for your audience. Your audience craves video. Your business needs video. We're here to make that decision easier for you. www.tcpvid.com

Click the link below to see TC Productions latest work.



Jim Harris, RFC
Private Wealth Manager
Money Concepts
Jim Harris, RFC® is a Private Wealth Manager here in East Cobb and has served as the Georgia Regional Director for Money Concepts Wealth Management & Financial Planning since 2004.
Jim’s independent practice has grown into one of the elite wealth management firms in Georgia by focusing on holistic financial planning & delivering comprehensive wealth management services.
He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Florida Southern College in 1984.
Jim is a member of the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants
with his RFC® Professional Designation.
He is also a Qualified Instructor of the Financial Planning Curriculum necessary for
Financial Advisors to earn their RFC® Designation.
Jim now has over 30 years of successful experience in Financial Services assisting individuals, families & business owners achieve their own vision of financial success.
As a Private Wealth Manager, Jim helps his clients minimize their risk and increase their
returns in terms of saving, investing and managing their money. 
In addition to providing sound financial planning solutions, Jim specializes in managing customized investment portfolios because no two clients have the same financial challenges, needs or goals.

To Learn more about Jim visit his you tube channel by clicking button below.

more about Jim



 

February 2017


Vic Reynolds
District Attorney Cobb County

Vic is involved in a number of civic organizations and also serves as
the Chairman of the Cobb Elder Abuse Task Force. 
He was recently appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence.
Vic is on the advisory board at Kennestone Hospital and is a member of
the Marietta Kiwanis club. 
He and his wife Holly have been married over 30 years and they have 2 grown daughters.  They are members of Marietta First United Methodist Church. Vic is the host of the access cable television show “Gavel to Gavel” and his first book was published in June, 2015.


February 2017 Sponsors


Betsy Wade
LMK Foundation

The Laona M. Kitchen Foundation was founded to honor mother, grandmother and great grandmother Laona Kitchen, who battled Alzheimer’s disease.
In 2011, the LMK Foundation became a 501c(3) whose purpose is to assist families caring for a loved one with dementia. The LMK Foundation accomplishes that goal by providing short-term respite care to caregivers.  Application for the $500.00 caregiver voucher can be made thru the foundation website:  www.lmkfoundation.org.
The vouchers are awarded to full-time caregivers experiencing the stresses of being a caregiver to a dementia diagnosed loved one.


Betsy Wade has over 30 years healthcare experience in the area of aging and currently serves as the Program Director for the LMK Foundation.  Both Betsy and the foundation President, Gary Kitchen are available to speak to your organizations.





Jonathan Page
Attorney
In Prime Legal
 
Jonathan Page serves as the Chief Legal Officer of InPrime Legal (formerly known as In House).  InPrime is the leading and best provider of outsourced legal team services exclusively for small-to-midsized businesses.  Our mission is to keep valued businesses in business by helping them build resilience to liability and get in prime legal condition.  By removing the hourly rate model altogether, we can proactively eliminate or reduce legal threats to the company instead of waiting and responding to little problems that have now become big problems.  Our legal team becomes an extension of the company and an integral part of the business operations.  The owner is assigned a Chief Legal Officer, employment counsel, IP and contract counsel and competition and corporate counsel, all focused on eliminating or reducing threats in five core exposure areas.   As a result, our member businesses avoid significant and documented liability and reduce their exposure to legal threats.   
Visit us online at 
www.inprimelegal.com for more information.



January 2017


 
Mike Boyce
Cobb Commission Chair
 
I believe that the Chairman is charged with the credo that he will lead a government that is fiscally responsible, lives within its means, and works with the business community to create an economic environment which encourages entrepreneurship and promotes responsible growth.  Above all, the chairman (and any elected official) should be a person who is known by the promises he keeps. 
 





January Sponsor


Allison Milligan C.P.A
Vann Whipple Milligan, P.C
 
With 20 years experience in public accounting, Allison Milligan formed
Vann Whipple Milligan, P.C. with her two long-time partners, Carl Vann and Mike Whipple. She provides accounting and tax services to the small to medium sized business and individual.  Her experience includes tax and accounting in many different industries including the areas of real estate and construction, wholesale and retail trade, technology, professional services, and hospitality.  She enjoys being a trusted business advisor to her clients.  Allison also has extensive experience in estate and trust tax work and manages many benefit plan and not for profit audits and tax return preparation.
.  Allison graduated from Georgia State University and is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s, Georgia Society of CPAs, Cobb Chamber of Commerce, ECBA, and The Rotary Club of East Cobb.  She is an Atlanta native growing up in Dunwoody and married to another native, Tony, from here in East Cobb. They live in Indian Hills with their 2 very busy daughters.  They are active members of St. Peter St. Paul Episcopal Church, Lake Lanier Sailing Club and Indian Hills Country Club.
Allison leads her daughters’ Girl Scout troops and enjoys the girls’ lacrosse games and swim meets and going camping often.  Allison can be reached at either email address:
Allison@vwmcpa.com  and/or  AMilligan.cpa@gmail.com