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Elizabeth Ploshay with Bitcoin and Bryan Freeman with Habersham Funding

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Having previously served as the Scheduler and Policy Assistant for a US Member of Congress, Elizabeth is thrilled to work alongside the Bitcoin Magazine team. With a background in public policy, grassroots activism, and a keen desire to promote decentralization and individual liberties, she is fascinated with Bitcoin and the multiple opportunities for this peer to peer currency and movement to flourish. Elizabeth serves on the Bitcoin Foundation Board of Directors and is the Chair of the Bitcoin Foundation Education Committee. Elizabeth holds a BA in Political Science from Wheaton College (IL).

Bryan Freeman/Habersham Funding, LLC FacebookLinkedin

M. Bryan Freeman, President of Habersham Funding, LLC, is recognized internationally for his tireless efforts in developing the secondary market for life insurance. He has been a licensed life agent for 35 years and has been engaged in the life settlement industry since 1989 when the option came into the mainstream.

He has twice been honored by the Life Settlement Review as one of the 10 most influential people in the settlement industry internationally. He served an unprecedented four terms as President of the board of the Life Insurance Settlement Association.

Bryan and his staff have been actively involved in the development of responsible regulation and legislation of the secondary market for life insurance since its inception. His activism helped federal employees and veterans gain the right to transact settlements and cleared the way for tax-free treatment for some settlements. Bryan has testified before a financial services committee of the U.S. Congress on industry-related issues, state legislative committees and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and the National Conference of Insurance Regulators on numerous occasions. He frequently speaks about and writes on life settlements and related topics.

In 2006 Bryan was recognized with resolutions from both houses of the Georgia Legislature for his settlement industry leadership. He has been involved in the purchase and sale of life insurance policies with a total face value exceeding $2 billion.

Bryan is a founding director of Private Bancshares, Inc. and the Private Bank of Buckhead, a bank holding company and bank in Atlanta.


Inner City Capital Connections

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The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), Bank of America, and FORTUNE are proud to announce that they have selected 44 Atlanta-area companies for their annual Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program. This year the program received a record-setting 2,700 qualified company nominations from across the country and selected 415 companies for participation. Especially critical in today’s economic climate, ICCC identifies inner city businesses in need of growth capital, educates them on building capacity and accessing capital, and connects them with capital providers in order to grow their businesses and create jobs.

Four of the 44 Atlanta companies appear as guests on today’s show.

Kevin Mobley/The Ian Thomas Group LLC Linkedin

Kevin Mobley is a Six Sigma Black Belt with over twenty years of experience creating software systems for Fortune 1000 companies in the entertainment, financial services, government, retail and travel sectors. Kevin Mobley is the Chief Executive Officer of The Ian Thomas Group, LLC (ITG). ITG provides strategic and tactical software performance engineering and deployment services to organizations deploying complex software systems — solving the types of complex performance problems that have recently plagued

The services of The Ian Thomas Group are being leveraged by Bank of America, Capital One and AT&T during the replacement and management of their enterprise software.

Engineering teams led by Mr. Mobley have managed the performance engineering of complex multi‐tier systems of more than 100 customer implementations. Mr. Mobley’s teams have rewritten the core components of software architectures with increases in performance of several by more than 1300%.

Mr. Mobley has a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from George Mason University and Masters of Science in Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Deidre F. Brown Collins/Acsential FacebookLinkedin

Deidre F. Brown Collins is the Founding Managing Member and CEO of Brown & Pipkins, LLC and its divisions – Acsential, Acsential Technologies, Acsential Services and Acsential Construction. She brings almost 20 years of experience in the management and technical industries. Deidre manages numerous government and commercial clients providing building services, strategy management and information technology.

Deidre holds a BS and MS in Computer Science from Clark Atlanta University. She has successfully completed the Georgia Mentor/Protégé Program where she was mentored by Hardin Construction Company.

She was selected as a 2010 Make Mine Million $ Business awardee sponsored by American Express. A participant in the Women’s Flying High Initiative, she is the recipient of the 2006 Phoenix Trail Blazer Award.

A board member of Metro Atlanta Respite & Developmental Services (MARDS), Inc., Deidre is alumna of United Way Volunteer Improvement Leadership Program (VIP) and Marvin C. Goldstein Project Understanding with the Atlanta American Jewish Committee. Deidre is a member of Women’s Initiative Next Generation (WINGs), Women Impacting Pubic Policy (WIPP) and a life member of the National Council of Negro Women.

Dr. Russell Brown/Avenia Behavioral Management, Inc.

Sanquinetta Dover/Dover Solutions FacebookTwitter

Sanquinetta Dover provides over 30 years of professional staffing, training, and project management experience. Over the last 17 years she has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of DoverStaffing, DoverSolutions, and Dover Training Institute.  As the visionary and leader, Sanquinetta practices innovative techniques to deliver leading workforce solutions to the human capital management industry.   Sanquinetta holds an economics degree from Spelman College and has extensive experience in staffing and training with diverse audiences.

Sanquinetta’s professional achievements have been noted nationally, regionally, and locally. She was recognized as one of the Nation’s Top Business Leaders by, as well as honored with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Regional Director’s Award.  She was featured in The Business Journals from Beginners to Bigshots 2012 segment and was recently quoted in the Atlanta Business Chronicle discussing the skills gap and how the right training can provide a solution to unemployment.  Sanquinetta was also named as one of Enterprising Women Magazine’s 2013 Enterprising Women of the Year and the Atlanta Business League’s 100 Women of Influence.

DoverSolutions is a full service, multi-platform consultant agency born from a desire to satisfy the diverse needs of their clients. Complete with project management and executive training capabilities, they are committed to providing workforce innovation to remain ahead of inevitable changes within this global economy. DoverSolutions’ versatility and flexibility enables them to offer proactive solutions that support their clients to sustain a competitive edge while successfully responding to any and all business needs.




14th Annual Women of the Year in Technology Award Winners

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Sandy Hofmann/Legacy Award Winner LinkedinTwitter

Sandy Hofmann is a “gadfly” – acting as a constructively provocative stimulus to build the Atlanta technology community and serving as advocate for women achieving in STEM. She applies experiences as a C-suite executive through her service on numerous boards. She has been recognized for her leadership as Georgia CIO of the Year and was first recipient of the GCLA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. GSU selected her as 2011 Distinguished Alumni. In 2013 Sandy was the recipient of Women in Technology’s Legacy Award. She is the co-editor of CLIMB: Leading Women in Technology Share Their Journeys to Success.

Kitty Chaney-Reed/Enterprise Award Winner

Kitty Chaney Reed is the Global Leader of Quote to Cash for NCR Corporation. NCR is a 5.7 billion dollar global consumer technology company with 26,000 employees. Ms. Chaney Reed leads the Order Management, Billing, Dispute Management, Collections and Cash Application functions that supports NCR operations in over 120 countries around the world. Her team consists of over 400 retained and outsourced resources. Accenture serves as the Business Outsourcing Partner to NCR.

Additionally, Kitty is the business leader of a multi-year, multimillion dollar enterprise continuous improvement initiative for NCR. This enterprise initiative involves technical and process improvements that are targeted to reduce cost and improve ef ciency. This effort is to enable the company to achieve its 2015 aspirational pro t and revenue targets.

Previously Ms. Chaney Reed worked for Radiant Systems, Inc. for 18 years. Radiant was acquired by NCR in August of 2011. While she was with Radiant she was the Vice President of Shared Services. Her responsibilities included all quote to cash functions, payroll and accounts payable. Ms. Chaney Reed has over 20 years of executive level experience in technology, including nance, human resources, consulting, technical support and relationship management. She is af liated with the National Society of Human Resources, National Help Desk Institute, the Boys and Girls Club of America and various other church and civic organizations. Her passion is building high performing teams and helping others develop into successful leaders.

Kristine Nagel/Mid-Market Award Winner FacebookLinkedin

Kristine Nagel is Associate Vice-President of Educational Technology Development and Evaluation at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC), where she has a leading role in planning and coordinating activities related to the design, development and implementation of new academic and instructional tools at the newest four-year institution in the University System of Georgia (USG). She works with faculty and staff to improve the learning environment through the appropriate use of new technologies. Kristine coordinates the college’s technology-evaluation activities with the other evaluation and assessment agencies in the college and the USG. She also manages the development resources of the Office of Educational Technology and provides guidance and design assistance in the development and deployment of technologies throughout the college. In addition to her administrative role, Kristine teaches Introduction to Programming (Java), and her current research explores how decentralized communication and other innovations affect the student experience in higher education. She also leads campus outreach initiatives to bring underrepresented populations into computing and to graduate, through focused mentoring programs and secondary school outreach activities.

Kristine earned her Ph. D. in computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2006, her master’s in computer science from the Florida Institute of Technology, her master’s in secondary school supervision and curriculum from the University of Miami, Florida, and her bachelor’s in mathematics from Georgia State University. She has taught in higher ed, as well as K-12 and worked in software development for our space program, housing management, and teaching innovation.