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Spotlight on Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta

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Ed Shartar/Diversified Search

Ed Shartar is Managing Director in the Atlanta office of Diversified Search. Diversified is the 10th largest retained executive search firm and the largest woman owned executive search firm in North America with 8 offices across the US. Ed is a member of the firm’s Education/Non-Profit, Consumer/Retail/Hospitality and Private Equity practices. He has served in leadership roles with Fortune 100 companies in the US, Canada, and UK, worked with private equity owned companies, and serves in a number of nonprofit leadership roles.

Before joining Diversified Search, Ed was President and CEO of Experient, Inc., one of the largest companies in the event management and services industry. He led a team of over 600 employees in 10 offices across the US serving the hospitality industry. Prior to Experient, Ed spent thirteen years at The Coca-Cola Company where he was CEO of the Company’s Canadian operations, Coca-Cola Ltd. Ed’s other roles at The Coca-Cola Company include Managing Director of Field Sales and Marketing, Director of Business Development, and International Treasury Officer. Ed joined The Coca-Cola Company from Citicorp, where he was a vice president and Senior Banker in their Structured Finance and World Corporate Group divisions.

Ed has been honored several times as one of “The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry” and “The 100 Most Influential People in the Tradeshow Business.” While in Canada, he chaired the Canadian Soft Drink Association and was on the Executive Committee of Food and Consumer Product Manufacturers of Canada.

Ed is a native of Atlanta and has lived across the U.S. and in the U.K. and Canada. He and his wife Teresa were the parents of a special needs child. They have four sons.

Ed is also a Board member and VP Social Enterprise Initiative with the Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta.

Kathy Colbenson/CHRIS Kids FacebookTwitter

After a number of years as a practicing clinician, in 1987 Kathy Colbenson became the CEO of CHRIS Kids and found her calling. CHRIS Kids offers a values-driven Family of Services that provides trauma-informed, strength-based services through a counseling center, a training institute, eight group homes, a supportive housing apartment complex for single and parenting youth of ages 17 – 24, adoption services, and a host of in-home services designed to help children, youth, adults and families unlock their potential for self sufficiency and good citizenship.

J.D. McCrary/International Rescue Committee Facebook

Executive Director of the International Rescue Committee in Atlanta, J.D. McCrary was formerly the Director of Resettlement Services at Lutheran Service of Georgia (LSG). J.D. began his work with refugee services as their Associate Director in 2008. Prior to joining LSG, J.D. was Global Field Program Manager for Jumpstart International, overseeing a global non-profit program that provides employment and reconstruction services to war-torn Iraq and Palestine. J.D.’s overseas experience includes a volunteer stint with the US Peace Corps in Morocco. He has over 12 years of management experience spanning both the corporate and the non-profit sectors, all with an international focus. J.D. holds a Masters in International Development from Tulane University, with a focus on human rights, public policy and emphasis on Africa and the Middle East. He also has a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Georgia State University and is a certified teacher with a B.A. in Education from Georgia Southern University.

Trace Haythorne/Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.

Sharon Lynne Baldwin with Healthcare Businesswomens Association, Chris Schroder with Schroder Public Relations and Gabriela Gonzalez-Lamberson with the Latin American Chamber of Commerce


Sharon Lynne Baldwin/Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association FacebookLinkedin

The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association is the leading not-for-profit global organization committed to helping women in healthcare, across all areas of functional expertise, achieve their leadership goals at every stage of their career. Its mission is to further the advancement and impact of women in healthcare wordwide.

The first HBA chapter was launched in Atlanta. Today, the HBA serves its expanding membership in a variety of roles and diverse areas while remaining true to its roots to further the advancement and impact of women in healthcare worldwide.

Chris Schroder/Schroder Public Relations FacebookLinkedinTwitter

Schroder Public Relations’ Founder and President Chris Schroder opened his firm’s doors in 2002 coming from the “other side” of the media as a newspaper reporter, editor and publisher for more than 25 years.

Located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, Schroder PR is a full service communications firm offering a wide range of capabilities designed to help clients achieve their corporate public relations and marketing objectives. We believe the best way to clearly communicate and break through the daily information clutter is through the preservation and telling of compelling stories that are delivered through traditional media and in websites, blogs, videos, eNewsletters and social media.

Today he has built a strong team of experts that include former reporters, veteran public relations executive legends, media relations connoisseurs and social media buffs. Our clients range from multi-million dollar companies to small startup firms. We have clients in a wide range of industries including commercial real estate, law, finance, health care and more.

Gabriela Gonzalez-Lamberson/Latin American Chamber of Commerce Facebook


Spotlight on Georgia Mentor Protege Connection

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As the first state-sponsored mentor-protégé program in the U.S., the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection (MPC) currently administered under the Georgia Education Foundation in partnership with the State of Georgia and the Georgia Technology Innovation Institute gives emerging firms one year of exclusive mentorship with the nation’s leading corporations. MPC alum and CEO Sidd Ahmed of VDart, Inc. and his 2012-2013 corporate mentor, Karmetria Burton of Delta Air Lines, share their firsthand experiences with the prestigious capacity building program, as well as the value it brings to the Georgia small business community.

Veronica Maldonado/Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection (MPC)  FacebookLinkedinTwitter

Veronica Maldonado is the program director of the nation’s first mentor protégé program: the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection (MPC). Through the MPC, Georgia small businesses are matched with the nation’s leading Fortune 500 corporations for one year of exclusive mentorship. The program is based on one premise: that while emerging firms build relationships, explore new technologies, and learn best practices to take their business to the next level, corporations help lead a path to sustainability, progress and economic growth for the Georgia business community.

Ms. Maldonado is uniquely qualified to lead the MPC program. She is a dynamic Latina community business leader, and on all counts is an expert in fostering strategic alliances, creating win-win negotiations and implementing effective marketing strategies to increase brand value throughout the pipeline. Further applying her expertise, Ms. Maldonado also works as the director of strategic alliance and partnerships for the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC), where she barters relationships between GMSDC and other minority/small business development associations, chambers and organizations in Georgia.

Karmetria Dunham Burton/Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Touted as one of the Top 25 Women Impacting Diversity by DiversityPlus Magazine over the past two years, Karmetria Burton is igniting an inspirational fire among women AND men in the corporate world. The Houston, Texas native currently serves as General Manager of Strategic Programs with Delta Air Lines.

In her challenging professional role, Karmetria functions as an advocate for minority and women-owned businesses, ensuring they are afforded competitive opportunities to service the international airliner. Her ultimate goal is to develop a quality best-in-class supplier diversity program that continues Delta’s legacy as an industry leader.

Syed Ahmed/VDart, Inc. FacebookLinkedinTwitter

Syed (“Sidd”) Ahmed is the President & CEO of VDart, Inc., a leading information technology staffing firm headquartered in Atlanta, GA. In little more than five years, it has transformed from a brand new firm to a major player on the IT services landscape. Touting nearly 440 employees, with offices in Atlanta, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, UK and India, VDart provides IT staffing solutions to clients all over the globe.

Founded in 2007, VDart is laser focused on the core objective of finding the right IT professional with the perfect mix of skills and experiences to meet the client’s business objectives. As a result of that commitment and Sidd’s leadership, VDart has received numerous awards and honors recognizing its rapid growth and high achievement including being a Inc 500’s fastest growing privately held firms in U.S. for the past two years, earning ACG Fast 40’s 9th fastest growing company in Atlanta in 2013, and claiming rank on the Pacesetter Awards list for being the fastest growing privately held company in Atlanta for the past two years. Without question, VDart, is doing great things and is a shining example of how a certified MBE can leverage its resources to achieve exponential growth.


Everett Hill with Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta, Todd Fryburger with StarMobile, and Molly Taylor with Metro Atlanta Chamber

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Everett Hill/Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta LinkedinTwitter

Everett collaborates with CEOs and sales leaders to drive sales performance and execute sales effectiveness transformations.

Upon graduation from Harvard Business School he wanted to learn sales from the ground up, so he started by “carrying a bag” as a territory sales rep for a small technology company. Later in his career he became a successful sales and customer service leader, General Manager, and Vice President at Coca-Cola Enterprises.

This unique background is the foundation of his consulting practice. His first client, the GM of a packaging company, beat his business plan 5 quarters in a row after his collaboration with Everett.

Todd Fryburger/StarMobile, Inc. FacebookLinkedinTwitter

Todd Fryburger serves as Co-Founder, President and CEO of StarMobile. Over the past 27 years, he has led high performance businesses for respected technology industry leaders, including Cramer Systems (sold to Amdocs), PeopleSoft (sold to Oracle), CSC, Chrysler Systems (sold to IBM), GE Information Services (now GSX) and CompuServe (sold to AOL). Todd previously served as the CEO of enterprise mobility leader CAS AG (sold to Accenture). He most recently led Global Enterprise Mobility for SAP, arguably the current leader in the enterprise mobility realm.

Molly Taylor/Metro Atlanta Chamber LinkedinTwitter

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