Gene Petriello and Megan Stambaugh
Cobb Co Chamber Hosts Six Flags and Cobb Travel and Tourism
This week Amy and I hosted Megan Stambaugh, Partner Services Director, Cobb Travel and Tourism, and Gene Petriello, Properties Communications Manager for Six Flags Atlanta to learn about economic impacts of attractions such as Six Flags and others, as well as what efforts are under way to foster continued growth.
Some will describe Six Flags Over Georgia as Thrill capital of the South. 290-acre thrill-park with some of the fastest, tallest and wildest rides in the country. Features more than 40 rides, shows and attractions and 12 world-class roller coasters. New for 2016, North America’s First Virtual Reality Roller Coaster- The New Revolution, Bugs Bunny Boomtown and DC SUPER Friends.
Two new interactive kid’s zones themed after everyone’s favorite Looney Tunes cartoon characters and DC SUPER heroes featuring 12 new rides and attractions that the entire family can enjoy together. Free with park admission, Six Flags Over Georgia features Hurricane Harbor, a 7-acre waterpark with the world’s first hybrid zero-gravity waterslide, Tsunami Surge. Six Flags Over Georgia features its seasonal Fright Fest Halloween event and recently added Holiday in the Park winter celebration featuring more than one million LED lights. Visit www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia for more information.
Cobb County remains a regionally and nationally known travel destination providing a rewarding and memorable experience to all visitors. Cobb County will continue to be recognized as a preferred destination among planners of conventions, trade shows, and special events, as well as leisure travelers.
The Cobb Travel & Tourism website talks about the organization’s vision for what it hopes to achieve on behalf of the Cobb County economy this way,
“Cobb Travel & Tourism focus:
• To be the main source of quality leads for hotel that will enable consistently higher occupancy rates than regional competitors
• To be the primary destination marketing organization for Cobb County
• To remain instrumental in creating strategic partnerships and alliances among industry stakeholders
• To remain a leader among convention & visitors bureaus with similar budget classifications
• To remain committed to partnership growth through providing valuable benefits and excellent customer service
• To be financially stable and efficient in delivering services“
Tosha Marks/Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the North Fulton Chamber is to be the catalyst for economic development, business growth, and quality of life in North Fulton. The GNFCC promotes the interests of their members by assuming a leadership role in making North Fulton an excellent place to work, live, play and stay. They provide one voice for all local businesses to influence decision makers, recommend legislation, and protect the valuable resources that make North Fulton a popular place to live. From economic development to quality of life, the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce (GNFCC) is active in promoting positive growth and sense of community pride.
Joe Moss/Embassy National Bank
Embassy National Bank was chartered as a community bank designed to fill the financial needs of the south-Asian community here in metro Atlanta. After a slow start, Embassy now lends throughout the southeast and has expanded its deposit territory along the east coast. Embassy also originated the Podcast ‘On the Money‘ produced on the Business RadioX channel. Through this podcast, Embassy attempts to educate the small business community on relevant topics.
Dawn Poplawski/PCC Innovative Solutions
PCC Innovative Solutions is a debt collections agency who supports all types of businesses dealing with commercial and consumer receivables. They don’t just collect on slow paying customers, their focus is in educating businesses on how to reduce bad debt and increase cash flow. Through free consultations and training workshops, businesses will learn what steps should be taken in order to protect their sales or revenue from becoming a collection issue.
Neel Majumadar/Protiva Consulting
Protiva Consulting can position its clients uniquely in the digital space as it goes to great lengths to understand the client’s business, its competitors and the needs of its customers. Their Business Consulting team ensures that they get the Client problem and the Brand & Buyer Persona right which enables their Content Team to produce client oriented content enabling the clients to get maximum reach and engagement through Digital Channels leading eventually to a health Sales Pipeline. Within their Content team Our Print Media, Video specialists also ensure that for all your marketing needs they are there, enabling a strong sense of homogeneity in the content being created. Their Channels team has years of experience in handling Facebook, Twitter, Search Engines, LinkedIn and are well versed with the nuances of these channels. This enables a seamless propagation of content. The Analytics team completes the loop making the marketing campaigns contextual and meaningful.
Courtney Spencer/Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
The Gwinnett Chamber will be the forum for business, government, education, healthcare, arts/culture/entertainment, and philanthropic and public-service communities to come together to advance our region’s economy and enrich Gwinnett’s quality of life. The mission of the Gwinnett Chamber is to strengthen existing businesses, facilitate the growth of quality job opportunities, and enrich the community’s quality of life. The Gwinnett Chamber serves over 2,000 members throughout metro Atlanta by delivering pertinent and useful programs that strengthen and connect businesses locally, regionally, and globally. The Gwinnett Chamber uses its strategic marketing and communications capabilities to support its members, promote its programs, and enhance economic development efforts.
To watch the video of this program, CLICK HERE.
Cobb County Chamber of Commerce and Loud Security Services
This week we continued our monthly series featuring Cobb County Chamber of Commerce and business leaders from the Cobb County area. My guest was founder of Loud Security Services, John Loud. In addition to being CEO of an award-winning business in Cobb County, John also sits on the Executive Committee for the Cobb County Chamber.
We talked about how the company got its start, the fact that, yes, his name really is “Loud”, as well as some of the things the chamber is working on to foster economic development for the businesses and residents of Cobb County.
Money20/20 is the world’s biggest, boldest and best event covering payments and financial services innovation for connected commerce at the intersection of mobile, retail, marketing services, data and technology.
Grant Wainscott / Metro Atlanta Chamber
Director of Technology
Helping build and globally promote metro Atlanta’s technology ecosystem within the clusters of FinTech, Cyber Security, Software, and Digital Media/Entertainment Tech.
Seasoned global executive with extensive experience in economic and community development, chamber of commerce and organizational development. Significant international trade mission knowledge, including planning and executing successful cross-border initiatives and partnerships.
Excellent background in business and entrepreneur development, project management, and commercial real estate site selection.
Detailed film industry experience, specializing in community film office management, location scouting, pre and post production assistance, production recruiting and sound stage leasing.
Lara O’Connor Hodgson / NOWaccount Network Corporation
Founder, President and CEO
Lara has launched product and service businesses, raised capital, and served in executive management roles with Nourish (a patented consumer product for children), Insomnia Consulting LLC (an infrastructure development company), Dewberry Capital Corporation, DCH (a $400M private equity firm in which she was a founding principal), Dunk (a performance footwear and apparel brand), and iXL, an Internet development company. Lara has extensive experience in brand development, corporate strategy, business development, marketing, and operations, Lara has worked with companies such as Nike, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Keds, and others.
Amy Selby, Lance LoRusso, David Lee
Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Awards
Amy Selby, VP Marketing and Communications for Cobb County Chamber of Commerce joined me to talk about the upcoming Public Safety Awards and Awareness Week. She brought along Smyrna Police Department Chief, David Lee, and attorney/former police officer, Lance LoRusso of LoRusso Law Firm to get their perspectives, along with tips for business owners to enhance public safety in their commercial zones.
More info soon!
David Cross/U.S. Asset Management
David Cross is a Certified Portfolio Manager and Wealth Advisor with U.S. Asset Management. His primary responsibility is portfolio management and client relationship management. After 25 years at major firms and leading a team that was responsible for managing over $220 million in client assets, he left the firm in 2016 to start his own firm. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Auburn University and earned the Certified Portfolio Manager designation through the Academy of Certified Portfolio Managers and Columbia University. David has earned numerous distinguished service awards with his former employers and he has over 25 years of experience managing investments for individuals, businesses and charities. He is active in the business and civic community, serving in a variety of organizations.
Brittany Buck/Hampton Inn & Suites Duluth
The Hampton Inn & Suites Duluth is conveniently located near I-85 and Pleasant Hill Road. It is a beautiful, newly renovated hotel including complimentary Wi-Fi, hot breakfast buffet, on-site fitness center and fresh cookies in the afternoon.
Arvell Poe/At Home
At Home knows that no two people are the same, and they like it that way. From quirky to traditional, modern to exotic, they pride themselves on having something for everyone. Their wide variety of products allows customers to express their own unique style throughout their home in ways big and small. Add in the outstanding customer service that the Buford location provides and you’ll know why their customers consider this store their second home.
Courtney Spencer/Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
The Gwinnett Chamber is the forum for business, government, education, healthcare, arts/culture/entertainment, and philanthropic and public-service communities to come together to advance the region’s economy and enrich Gwinnett’s quality of life. The mission of the Gwinnett Chamber is to strengthen existing businesses, facilitate the growth of quality job opportunities, and enrich the community’s quality of life. The Gwinnett Chamber serves over 2,000 members throughout metro Atlanta by delivering pertinent and useful programs that strengthen and connect businesses locally, regionally, and globally. The Gwinnett Chamber uses its strategic marketing and communications capabilities to support its members, promote its programs, and enhance economic development efforts.
CLICK HERE to watch the video of this show on the Gwinnett Business RadioX YouTube channel.
Pensacola Business Radio: Spotlight Episode-Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce / Dan Mckenzie Golf Classic
Donna Tucker / Santa Rosa County Chamber
Larry Strain / Synovus
The 23rd Annual Dan McKenzie Classic Golf Tournament will be held Friday, October 7th, at Stonebrook Golf Club. There are many sponsorship opportunities, including but not limited to the following: t-signs $100, hole sponsors $325, beverage cart $325, hospitality cart $325, and many more. Additionally, we need volunteers throughout the day to make this event a successful one. Whether you are a sponsor, volunteer, spectator or player, this is one of the Chamber’s greatest events. I encourage each and every one of you to get involved in one or more capacities. You do not want to miss this opportunity! This is an amazing event to sponsor, get your name out there and have a great time. These sponsorship opportunities are limited. Contact your Chamber today to see what opportunities remain available.
Bobby Bowden / FSU-Former Head Coach
Robert Cleckler Bowden (born November 8, 1929) is a retired American football coach. He coached the Florida State Seminoles football team from the 1976 to 2009 seasons. During his time at Florida State, Bowden led FSU to an Associated Press and Coaches Poll National Title in 1993 and a BCS National Championship in 1999, as well as twelve Atlantic Coast Conference championships since FSU joined the conference in 1991. After a difficult 2009 season and amid questioning fans, Bowden stepped down, just weeks after his 80th birthday. But he was allowed to make his final coaching appearance in the 2010 Gator Bowl game on January 1, 2010, with a 33–21 victory over his former program, West Virginia.
On the day of March 6, 2009 NCAA ruling requiring Florida State to “vacate wins for any games in which an ineligible player participated,” threatened to remove as many as 14 of Bowden’s wins from the 2006 and 2007 seasons in relation to an academic scandal. Florida State appealed the ruling, but the NCAA upheld it on January 5, 2010. Upon final investigation by Florida State University it was determined that Bowden was to vacate 12 wins, bringing his final career record to 377–129–4.
Clay Ingram / CEO Greater Pensacola Chamber and FSU Graduate
Ingram was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2010 and has been re-elected subsequently. He currently serves as the Chair of the Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee and has been appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve on the Florida Defense Support Task Force and the Joint Legislative Budget Commission.
Prior to being elected to the legislature, Ingram worked in sales, real estate and as a teacher in the Escambia County School District, where he taught courses in the Exceptional Student Education Department at J.M. Tate High School.
A Pensacola native, Ingram is a graduate of J.M. Tate High School and of Florida State University (FSU), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in general communication and a minor in political science. While at FSU, Ingram was a member of the football team, where he started 49 straight games for Coach Bobby Bowden and was a member of the 1999 National Championship team. He was also named to the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll.
An active member of the community, Ingram is a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church, the Cantonment Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow), Century Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida and Board of Directors of the Florida State University Alumni Association. Clay and his wife, Leslie, have two daughters, Madilyn and Lydia.