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Special Edition: Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce

Debbie Fuse/Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce

Debbie Fuse is the Executive Director of the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce. Debbie’s background was in sales management, and sales to the construction industry. Prior to that, she held positions in management in the hotel and restaurant industry. She led highly successful sales teams in the Southeast – from 11-28 sales reps with each position – and requirements of traveling up to 80% of her time. After two downsizings, she decided to redirect her focus locally and work within the community where she lives. She’s been in Dunwoody for 14 years after moving from the Baltimore area.

Phil Gura/Gura Law General Counsel Services, LLC

Phil Gura, President of Gura Law General Counsel Services, LLC is a multifaceted general counsel with over ten years serving as chief legal officer of major corporations in the Southeast including RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc. and LaRoche Industries, Inc. Phil has almost thirty years of transactional and consulting corporate law experience with partnership in major law firms including Sutherland and Nelson Mullins.

Phil founded Gura Law General Counsel Services, LLC in December of 2012 with the purpose of arming companies large and small with the power and influence of a highly skilled, deeply experienced, corporate general counsel.

Phil’s specialties include: corporate law, M&A, procurement, contract drafting and negotiation, public relations, regulatory compliance, finance, supply and distribution, creation and protection of intellectual property, corporate governance, litigation management, and preparation/approval of policies/procedures.

Phil earned his law degree at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC and his BA in English at Emory University. He has been named one of Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers and as selected as a Super Lawyer. Phil has lived in Dunwoody for the past 20 years with his wife Sarah, a medical imaging professional at CHOA and a faculty member at Gwinnett Tech, and his two children: Brian, a senior at the University of Arizona, and Alison, a sophomore at Appalachian State University. Phil, a competitive cyclist and triathlete, is a long time member of Dunwoody Cycling and the Depaula Racing Team.

Debbie Smith/Design Seven Inc.

Debbie Smith is the owner of Design Seven Inc., a design company based in Atlanta. For over 20 years, Design Seven has provided services for over 200 clients from start-ups to educational institutions to Fortune 500 companies.

Design Seven’s work has been featured in Print, Art Direction Magazine and The Best in Business Card Design and The Best in Brochure Design books. The firm has been recognized with design awards from Art Director’s Club, International Association of Business Communicators, Public Relations Society of America, Women in Communications and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

Debbie is the creator of the idbids – iddy biddy steps for a greener world – eco-friendly characters and brand. The first idbids toy product was launched at The American International Toy Fair and was named a “Top Toy” by Time Magazine and a “Toy Fair Breakout Hit” by CNN/Money.

idbids products have been the recipient of many industry and parenting awards including Creative Child Magazine’s Preferred Choice Award, Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Socially-Responsible Children’s Products, NAPPA Honors Award Winner, Winner of The National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval and the Toy Industry Association’s Nominee for Education Toy of the Year.

For her development and design of the idbids characters, Debbie was the recipient of a Wonder Woman of Toys Award in the Inventor/Designer category. The idbids Eco-friendly Starter Kit won the 2009 Grand Prize in the Georgia State University’s MAX Awards program which honors the best in new products, services and marketing innovations developed by Georgia based companies.

Debbie is a founding trustee and a past president of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).

Specialties include graphic design, front end web design, brand strategy and management, product design and development from concept to market.



Today’s show is brought to you by the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce.  Be sure to check out their UPCOMING EVENTS.


Metro Atlanta Chamber Health IT Leadership Summit

MAC Health IT Leadership Summit VIP Party


Health IT Leadership Summit

On December 3rd,  Business RadioX ® was live at the Metro Chamber Rooftop for a VIP Cocktail Party kicking off the MAC Health IT Leadership Summit.

The Health IT Leadership Summit brought together local, regional and national leaders in the health IT industry to address the issues essential to industry growth. The 2012 Summit addressed meeting future healthcare needs through the use of innovative approaches and technologies to improve the population’s health, and the quality and cost of healthcare.

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Alan Dabbiere




Chris Karabinos




Ed Friedman and Dan Rivera




Gina Haylett

Quality Technology Services



Glenn Pearson

Georgia Hospital Association



Dr. Jim Morrow

Morrow Family Medicine



John Duisberg and Prem Bhatia




John Haupert

Grady Health System



John Trader




Lisa Terry

Innova Medical Technologies



Marty Smith




Michael Cadger




Richard Powers




Susie Brown

NeuroScience Foundation



Tino Mantella




Gwinnett Chamber Of Commerce: Vince DeSilva & Matt Bemister

Vince DeSilva & Matt Bemister/Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce

Vince DeSilva is the Senior VP of Member Services with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. Vince oversees all sales and business development, membership services, and member retention efforts for the Gwinnett Chamber. He also participates as a strategic partner with the management team. The Gwinnett Chamber is one of the fastest growing Chambers in the nation and the 6th largest Chamber in the Southeast according to the World Chamber of Commerce Directory.

Matt Bemister is the Director of Membership Services for the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.  Matt started with the Chamber in 2010 as a Regional Account Executive.

Brandy Swanson/Sandler Training by Simon, Inc.

Brandy Swanson is the Executive Vice President of Simon, Inc., an authorized licensee of  Sandler Training, a worldwide leader in sales performance and customer service training, consulting, and coaching. Brandy has over 18 years’ experience in business growth and development. She has proven skills in sales force and customer service management, as well as other business necessities such as budgeting, recruiting, profitability, accounting and human resources.

Brandy earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University and is a proud graduate of Leadership Gwinnett. Brandy’s passion is growing people and businesses, as well as serving her community. She has been an active member of Rotary International for over 20 years and adamantly believes in their motto, Service above Self. She has served as president, treasurer, vocational chair, youth services chair and international chair.

Prior to Sandler Training, Brandy was the Chief Operations and Financial Officer at Lloyd Pro Group, Vice President of Operations at VIP Auto Care, and a Sales Manager for Administrative Managers, Inc. Her financial planning and advanced skills in contract negotiation significantly increased profitability and guided the sale and purchase of several businesses.

George Lewis/Taylor Construction

George Lewis is the President of Taylor Construction, one of Metro Atlanta’s largest and most well known home remodeling companies. Their skilled, specialized technicians are fully certified to perform quality installations. Not only do they install quality, energy-efficient building materials, they are also dedicated to improving the beauty and value of a home while saving money.

Taylor Construction offers a sizable variety of Energy Star™ rated vinyl windows and eShield™ energy barrier that will help trim homeowners’ monthly energy bills and can even qualify for energy tax credits.

Taylor Construction is a division of Southern Industries. Started in 1966 in Augusta, GA, Southern Industries is the largest private home remodeling consortium in the Southeast. Southern Industries is comprised of: Taylor Construction, Southern Siding & Window, Ultimate Gutter Guard, Enloe Residential and Southern Window & Siding.

DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Special Edition

Today’s show is a DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Special Edition highlighting their Small Business Capacity Building Series for entrepreneurs.

John R. Hill/Citizens Trust Bank

John Hill, Business Banking Relationship Manager & Portfolio Specialist with the Commercial Banking Division of Citizens Trust Bank, is a 1996 graduate of Morehouse College with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (Finance concentration).  He has more than 15 years in commercial banking experience and has held management roles for major banking firms such as Merrill Lynch, Wachovia and Lehman Brothers.

John is currently a commercial lender at Citizens Trust Bank (CTB) in Atlanta.  CTB is one of the largest minority-owned banks in the country with close $400 million in assets.

Lee R. Jordan, CPA/Robins, Eskew, Smith & Jordan, CPA’s

Lee Jordan is a CPA and a Partner in the local accounting firm of Robins, Eskew, Smith & Jordan. His firm is a full service accounting firm here in Atlanta with 4 offices, 8 partners and 40 staff professionals. They specialize in meeting the needs of small businesses and individuals in the area of tax, accounting and consulting.