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Roger Davis with Red Hare Brewing Company and Eric Anderson with Novelis

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Roger Davis – Red Hare Brewing Company, Managing Partner

Roger Davis had semi-retired from the Corporate world in 2009 when he decided to explore brewing. He contacted his buddy Bobby Thomas who jumped right in. Soon they started brewing their own beer right in Roger’s basement. They created a homemade brewing system from a 15 gallon brew pot, water coolers, various tools and hoses and started creating recipes.

After about a year and many positive reactions from their friends, they realized their little basement brewing outfit had larger potential. The Red Hare Brewing Company was born and a larger space was found to match their goals. Over the next few months Red Hare secured proper equipment and licensing.  In August 2011, Red Hare started selling its craft beer throughout the state of Georgia, and is now also available in Tennessee and South Carolina. Red Hare is the first craft brewery in Georgia to can their craft beer.

Red Hare Brewing Company is an independent microbrewery located in the heart of Marietta, GA. Red Hare is the first craft brewery to offer beer in cans in Georgia and currently cans all three of their year round beers. Now they have another first; they have partnered with Novelis as the first brewer globally to launch their craft beer in evercan™, the world’s first certified high recycled content aluminum for the beverage industry.

Now situated in an 11,000 sq. ft. warehouse, Red Hare Brewing Company has a 20 barrel brewhouse with a 3,800 barrel fermenting capacity. Making every day beer for beer fans everywhere, Red Hare’s flagship beer is Long Day Lager. Other year round Red Hare beers are Gangway IPA and Watership Brown.


Eric Anderson – Novelis, Director of Business Development and Marketing

As the Director of Business Development and Marketing at Novelis, Eric Anderson’s responsibilities include the global commercialization, execution strategy and advocacy for evercan, the World’s first certified high recycled content aluminium sheet used to make cans in the beverage industry.

Eric Anderson’s background includes over 20 years of operations, business development, marketing and team management experience with Coca-Cola, Red Bull and J. Walter Thompson.  His diverse experience in  product and package commercialization, brand and channel strategy, sales team management and portfolio optimization leadership provides a unique perspective on the challenges and business opportunities in the beverage industry today.

Novelis is the world’s premier producer of rolled aluminum and the global leader in aluminum recycling.  Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Novelis has 25 operating facilities on four continents. The company is part of the Aditya Birla Group, a $40 billion multinational conglomerate based in Mumbai, India.

Drawing on their expertise, Novelis’ commitment to innovation and world-leading technology, they deliver sustainable solutions for the most technologically demanding applications, including automobiles,beverage cans, architecture and consumer electronics. Much of their aluminum is made from recycled material, saving natural resources and allowing for the creation of consumer products that have a lower environmental footprint. Through their recycling leadership, what would have otherwise been discarded becomes the material for new creation.

Novelis, has partnered with Red Hare Brewing Company as the first brewer globally to launch their craft beer in evercan™, the world’s first certified high recycled content aluminum for the beverage industry.

The evercan™ aluminum can body sheet is made of a guaranteed minimum of 90% recycled content. Recycling aluminum requires 95 percent less energy, and produces 95 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) than primary aluminum.



Pam Tatum with QCC and Commissioner Bobby Cagle with DECAL

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Pam Tatum, President and Chief Operating Officer of Atlanta-based non-profit Quality Care for Children (QCC)

Pam Tatum, president and chief operating officer of Atlanta-based non-profit Quality Care for Children (QCC), is passionate about Georgia’s young children.  She stepped into her current role in 2004, becoming only the third chief executive officer in QCC’s 30-year history, and has successfully demonstrated her ability to design innovative programs that positively impact young children. Under her leadership, Quality Care for Children has expanded its scope and impact to become one of the premier child care resource and referral agencies in the country.

Quality Care for Children works to ensure that infants and young children are nurtured and educated. We also work with child care providers to ensure children are fed nutritious meals through the Child Care Food Program, which serves 10,000 children every year. We are a nonprofit organization with a 30-year history. Today, nearly 400,000 of Georgia’s children under the age of six are in the care of someone other than their parents — for as much as 10 hours a day. That number grows every year.


Commissioner Bobby Cagle Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL)

Governor Nathan Deal appointed Bobby Cagle as the new Commissioner of Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning in January 2011.

Bright from the Start: GA Dept. of Early Care and Learning is responsible for meeting the child care and early education needs of Georgia’s children and their families with an annual budget in excess of $668 million.

Prior to joining Bright from the Start, Commissioner Cagle served as the Director of Legislative and External Affairs for the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS). He also served previously as the Family Services Director for DFCS and was responsible for statewide policy and program development in the areas of child welfare, domestic violence, sexual assault, and provider contracting. His career includes positions as Deputy Director of Youth and Family Services for the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services in Charlotte, N.C., the Director of the Graham County Department of Social Services in Robbinsville, N.C., and as a Judicial District Manager for the North Carolina Department of Correction. Commissioner Cagle began his career as a social worker and was also a probation officer.

Some of their services include:

  • Administering the nationally recognized Georgia’s Pre-K Program
    Licensing and monitoring all center-based and home-based child care facilities (approximately 10,000)
  • Overseeing the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Program
  • Housing the Head Start State Collaboration Office 



Sharon Mason and Brooks Mathis – Cobb Chamber of Commerce

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Sharon Mason – COO, Cobb Chamber of Commerce

Sharon Mason is the COO of the Cobb Chamber. Since joining the staff in 2007, she has served as the Vice President of Membership and the Senior Vice President of Membership and Marketing.

Brooks Mathis – Sr. VP, Cobb Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of Cobb’s Competitive Edge

Brooks Mathis is the Senior Vice President of the Cobb Chamber and the Executive Director of Cobb’s Competitive EDGE, a community and economic development partnership for Cobb County. Mathis played a key role in the Atlanta Braves move to Cobb County.

As one of the most influential business advocacy organizations in Georgia, the Cobb Chamber is dedicated to bringing the community and its leaders together to create jobs and strengthen the economy and quality of life so businesses and the community can achieve more. The Chamber achieves this by creating jobs and driving economic development; strengthening the community and the region; growing member businesses and nurturing leadership; and connecting businesses, government and the community.

In 2013, the Cobb Chamber was named one of the Top 3 Finalists for the Chamber of the Year award by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. In addition, the Cobb Chamber received the highest level of accreditation designation from the U.S. Chamber—five stars.



Dr. Bernee Dunson – Dunson Dental Design

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Dr. Bernee Dunson – Dunson Dental Design

Dr. Bernee Dunson is an honor graduate of Morehouse College where he received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Following Morehouse, he traveled west to Los Angeles to the University of Southern California and acquired his Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He then moved to New York City and trained at Columbia University’s general practice residency program based at Harlem Hospital. Dr. Dunson then completed a three year hospital- based implant dentistry residency program at Loma Linda University and Emory Adventist Hospital. In 1996, he entered into private practice and started “Dunson Dental Design”, a comprehensive general dentistry practice which focuses on implant and aesthetic dentistry.

Dr. Dunson is an Honored Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry. He is also a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and General Dentistry.

Dr. Dunson has trained with some of the world’s leading cosmetic dentists and implant pioneers. He is one of a handful of restorative dentists in Georgia certified in IV conscious sedation with over 17 years of experience. Additionally, he is continuously seeking new opportunities to expand his knowledge base in order to bring the most effective and leading edge treatment to his patients.

Dr. Dunson has a passion for teaching. He is the founder and director of the Atlanta Academy for Reconstructive Dentistry where he teaches other dentists from around the world “Comprehensive Implant Dentistry” in Atlanta. In addition, he lectures both nationally and internationally on Implant Dentistry and other dental topics.

Dr. Dunson serves as the current Board Chairman of the Admission and Credentialing Board, and Vice Chairman Research Foundation. He served as the Education Oversight Committee of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. In the past he served as Chairman of Membership, and a member on the Bylaws Committee and Global Committee. He is a member of the examiner panel of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry. Dr. Dunson is also a consultant for Tatum Institute International and for various Bone Banks. Dr. Dunson has published several well-received articles on dental implantology. He is also an article reviewer for “Journal of Oral Implantology” and an associate editor of “International Journal of Clinical Implant Dentistry.”


Alan and Dennis Wolkin – Colgate Mattress

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Colgate Mattress is a family-owned and operated company started in 1955 by Sol and Anne Wolkin. A U.S. Air Force veteran, Sol started the company with the support of his partner and wife Anne, and a $1500 loan from his brother-in-law.

Alan Wolkin – President

The eldest son of Anne and Sol, Alan is currently the president of Colgate. Alan attended Emory University, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA). He worked at Colgate throughout college, following in his father’s footsteps. He went on to receive an MBA from Georgia State University before permanently joining the Colgate team.

Dennis Wolkin – National Sales Manager

The grandson of Anne and Sol and the eldest son of Alan Wolkin, Dennis joined the firm after graduating from Indiana University in 1996. He subsequently received his master’s degree from Georgia Tech. In addition to serving as the Secretary, Treasurer, and National Sales Manager of Colgate, positions have included plant manager, production supervisor, as well as loading trucks.

Three generations later, Sol’s Colgate Mattress is still producing some of the highest quality crib mattresses in the world. “After 60 years in the business, we are the unquestionable category patriarch and we take that role very seriously. We don’t sell crib mattresses that our own kids, grand kids and great grand kids haven’t slept on themselves. We believe in American ingenuity, craftsmanship and integrity. To some they are a lost art but to us they are simply a way of life. We choose to operate with integrity and put people before profits because that’s how our family business, does business.

All of our mattresses and pads are proudly made in the USA. Colgate uses only the finest materials available in our products and offers the largest selection of innerspring crib mattresses, foam mattresses and foam mattress pads in the industry. Without exception, you will not find better ingredients for your dollar.”

Colgate has been recognized for producing some of the highest quality crib mattresses in the country. The company has received numerous industry awards and is proud to be among the first members of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association.

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Suzanne Burnes-Sustainable Atlanta and Arthur Frazier III-Spelman College

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Suzanne Burnes, Executive Director – Sustainable Atlanta

An alumnus of the prestigious Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership, Suzanne Burnes brings two decades of environmental and sustainability experience to Sustainable Atlanta. Prior to joining as executive director, she served as the Assistant Director of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Sustainability Division.

Sustainable Atlanta exists to advance the health, prosperity and quality of life for all people in metro Atlanta by nurturing a balance between environmental stewardship, economic development and social equity. As a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit, we connect and leverage the work of public, private and community organizations to create tools to facilitate engagement, accelerate progress and share our region’s sustainability stories.

Sustainable Atlanta Launches Look Up Atlanta – Look Up Atlanta is the new social good community developed by Sustainable Atlanta. It’s where metro Atlantans can now come together to strengthen communities, inspire action and enrich lives. By raising awareness about local sustainability efforts, connecting people, and sharing resources, Look Up inspires individuals and organizations to act for good — helping build a healthy and prosperous future for everyone in the metro area.

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Arthur Frazier III, Director of Facilities Management & Services/Spelman College; Co-Chair of the Sustainable Spelman Committee

Art Frazier is the Director of Spelman College’s Facilities Management & Services Department. Over the past 9 years he has led an organizational transformation that commenced with a new vision and mission and a change in leadership style and philosophy. In addition to his primary responsibility of operating a 39 acre campus and managing a staff of over 60 employees, Art is responsible for all of Spelman’s non-curricular sustainability initiatives and serves as Co-Chair of the Sustainable Spelman Committee. Art has been very instrumental in establishing Spelman as a leader in sustainability among Historically Black Colleges.

Sustainable Spelman – The mission of the College’s sustainability initiative is to extend our reach and engage the Spelman community in authentic conversations that will increase awareness, knowledge and action on campus.

“Spelman has a choice to change the world. But before we can change the world, we have to change ourselves… Understanding our own environmental impact and seeking to reduce it is a choice that all of us can make every day.”

“The sustainability theme continues to be important as we continue our work as signatories to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Our Sustainability Task Force, led by Art Frazier and Dr. Fatemeh Shafiei, is doing great work, and we will continue that effort this year as we look to reduce our carbon footprint and increase our stewardship of our natural resources such as clean water and clean air with the development of our Climate Action Plan.”

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Keith and Nicki Schroeder – High Road Craft Ice Cream & Sorbet, Inc.

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 Keith and Nicki Schroeder – High Road Craft Ice Cream & Sorbet, Inc.

High Road Craft Ice Cream and Sorbet launched in 2010 with a mission to sell ice cream to chefs. High Road products can be found at finer restaurants and specialty retailers throughout the United States (and soon to be beyond).

Now you can get the same incredible variety typically only available to Factory Store visitors.

Their goals are twofold: to be a celebrated employer – building and nourishing lives, and to become the world’s most celebrated luxury food brand.

Keith Schroeder

Keith Schroeder is a celebrated entrepreneur, veteran chef, and food educator. He is the founder and CEO of the Southeast’s most celebrated luxury ice cream brand, High Road Craft Ice Cream and Sorbet.

Keith is currently completing his first book, to be released by Cooking Light/Oxmoor House in late 2014. He lives in the woods, just north of Atlanta.

Nicki Schroeder

Nicki Schroeder joined the High Road team at the request of the Board of Directors in April 2011. Currently, she handles all brand development and design at High Road Craft Ice Cream, Inc., and recently orchestrated a seven-SKU retail launch with poise within a 90-day time crunch. Initiated a Public Relations and Social Media campaign that has earned the company significant attention from the press, including articles in People Magazine, Southern Living, Cooking Light, Rachael Ray, and Oprah Magazine.

Nicki is a veteran of the marketing world, with over 20 years of Fortune 100 experience. Worked in both New York and Los Angeles with prominent advertising, design, and marketing firms and has managed multi-million dollar projects for clients including Target, Home Depot, and Coca-Cola. Responsible for negotiating major international deals with Wal-Mart, and has extensive international marketing and sales experience. Served as an adjunct professor of design at the Art Institute of Los Angeles.


We’re relocating the Scoop Shop and Factory Store to our new and awesome location in Marietta, GA.

Stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates on the opening date!

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Al Edwards and Marcus Reese, Co-Founders – Corporate Environmental Risk Management

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Al Edwards is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Corporate Environmental Risk Management, LLC (C.E.R.M.)

Al Edwards has a Bachelor’s Degree of Science from Mississippi Valley State University in Industrial Technology, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Technology Management from Southern Polytechnics State University. Mr. Edwards served 8 years in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Quartermaster Officer, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Officers Basic Course. Mr. Edwards has received various post graduate training in business management from Dartmouth College.


Marcus L. Reese is the Co-Founder of Corporate Environmental Risk Management, LLC (C.E.R.M.) 

As Co-Founder and Principal of C.E.R.M., Marcus provides leadership, corporate and project planning, and project costing for the firm. His responsibilities include Executive and Management Committee activities, proposal development, project accounting/ finance and managing the project operations/ execution function of the firm. Mr. Reese also heads the firm’s Remediation and Contracting Business Group.

C.E.R.M. is a is a minority-owned and operated professional environmental, engineering and consulting firm that provides a broad array of specialized consulting services to its corporate, governmental, institutional, transportation and real estate clients. C.E.R.M.’s operating philosophy is to place the client’s goals and objectives at the center of each project.

The company was formed in 1995 with one employee and has grown to over forty (40) engineers, scientists, managers, and technicians. The firm provides program management and technical services to governments, transportation entities, education organizations, and corporate interests throughout the southeast.

Our clientele consists of municipalities, and county governments, transportation authorities, financial institutions, real estate organizations, contractors, and select state and federal agencies. Our services are focused and provide solutions beyond the scope of traditional engineering firms.




David Lilenfeld – SterlingFunder and Mark Shekerow – CareGiver Communications, Inc.


David Lilenfeld, Co-founder and CEO of SterlingFunder

SterlingFunder is an Atlanta-based equity and debt crowdfunding portal with an innovative approach to connecting startup companies seeking capital with qualified investors.

Our mission is to be the catalyst for business growth, economic development and job creation through the power of the crowd. We provide the platform, education and tools to shift the power from Wall Street to Main Street.

David Lilenfeld is an entrepreneur and intellectual property attorney who has practiced law since 1997. He has successfully launched and grown three businesses since graduating from law school in 1996. As a lawyer, investor and entrepreneur, David recognizes the seismic effect equity crowdfunding will have on businesses and individual investors across the country and eventually the world. When The JOBS Act – which makes equity-based crowdfunding legal in the United States – became law, David began planning a way to help match passionate, smart entrepreneurs with intelligent, growth-minded investors in a union that has been unduly burdensome to make before crowdfunding.

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Mark Shekerow, CEO at CareGiver Communications, Inc.

CareGiver Communications, Inc. provides information that helps improve the lives of caregivers and those that they care for. We provide a low cost way for local and national companies that provide goods and services for the 60 million caregivers nationwide to reach this $300 billion market We have evolved from a regional magazine based business to a multi-media company with emphasis on the internet, internet radio, TV and a national publication.

Mark Shekerow had a successful sales and sales management career in the printing industry before creating Shekerow Graphics, Inc., a printing consulting company, in 1993.  His organizational and leadership skills coupled with creativity led to the expansion of this new website and the advertising plan to generate revenue. He has been in the printing and publishing industry for over 30 years and a small business owner since 1993.

Personal family events brought to light the challenges facing a family when the caregiver dies first or when a caregiving event happens. Sharing experiences and helping others in similar situations is a driving force behind this company.




Caline Jarudi, Cherita Kempson, Patricia Williams and Jeanna Bailey

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Caline Jarudi-Co-owner/COO-Cacao Atlanta Company

Caline Jarudi is a Co-Owner of Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Company and has served as its Chief Operating Officer since 2009.

Founded by Kristen Hard, Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Company is the premier bean-to-bar chocolate experience, using the highest quality Cacao varietals and minimal processing to create exquisite origin-driven chocolate and confections. Cacao has been nationally recognized, by top publications including Food and Wine and Travel and Leisure, as one of the world’s best chocolate makers and shop experiences.

At Cacao, Caline has served in many capacities that are critical for a small business, including Finance, Human Resources, and business process design. She has performed these roles during a high growth period for the company, during which the company grew from 3 employees to 25 during the seasonal peak. She has supported the rollout of two ground-breaking retail stores in Atlanta, and a factory relocation and expansion to Atlanta’s booming Westside.


Cherita Kempson and Patricia Williams-Co-owners/Cupcake Endulgers’ Boutique

Cupcake Endulgers’ Boutique is the creation of two former educators, Cherita Kempson and Patricia Williams, that decided to take the leap and BAKE our derrieres off!.

Cupcake Endulgers’ Boutique is Atlanta’s premier cupcakery. We offer delectable goodness in a petite treat. Light, fluffy and moist gourmet creations for every palate to enjoy. We pride ourselves in using all high quality, natural ingredients; including organic products when possible.

” We became good friends, working in the school system for years. We explored infinite possibilities of how to continue serving children as innovative entrepreneurs. While jabbering one evening on the phone, as we do quite often, we discovered that we both acquired a new love for baking. We created masterpieces by mixing, frosting, learning and perfecting recipes as we go. Before long, we designed light, fluffy and moist cupcakes to suit any palate.

Now we have the best of both worlds, baking for children, including the one that is still inside of YOU!”

” We pride ourselves in using all high quality, natural ingredients; including organic products when possible. Committed to baking daily in small batches, our cupcakes are fashionably scrumptious!! Walk on down our runway and indulge in an Endulge Cupcake. It is nothing more than divine ’til the END.”


 Jeanna Bailey-Owner/partner- your floral matters llc.

Jeanna Bailey is owner/partner, along with fellow designer Martin Kemp, of your floral matters, llc. Jeanna and Martin started floral matters in late 2009 in the midst of the great, worldwide recession. Determined to survive, Jeanna and Martin built their business client by client and now have a beautiful retail shop in the heart of Midtown Atlanta at W. Peachtree and 14th.

Working closely with your vision, floral matters creates world-class floral décor, making your event unique.

Jeanna is originally from Long Island NY but fell in love with Atlanta during her years at Spelman College. Upon graduating from Spelman, Jeanna lived in Chicago for 10 years where she experienced a major personal shift and moved from corporate advertising into flowers. Now having been back in Atlanta for nearly 15 years, Jeanna continues to be just as passionate about floral design as she was in the “early years” and values the marketing and client service skills developed in corporate life.