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Past Speakers for September-October 2008

SEPT 03 Open Mic 
Testimonies by luncheon attendees.

SEPT 10 Guy A. Power,
President of Aldridge, Inc. Hospitality Group,
a 54-year old construction company of Athens, Georgia, and wholly owned and managed by Christians.  In its 54-year history, Aldridge has never been sued or been in arbitration, nor walked off a job incomplete.  Further, Aldridge has built somewhere in excess of 100 million square feet of commercial construction.  Guy is originally from Houston, Texas, and has a great story about how he came to Atlanta.  He is married to his college sweetheart, Lynne, and they have four children ranging in age from 8 to 28.

SEPT 17 Jack Suter,
Insurance Agent for Allstate Insurance Company.
Jack has been with Allstate for the past 30 years and served as an Army officer from 1968 to 1970.  Even though Jack trusted in Christ at age 13, he drifted away after going off to college.  After 12 years of not walking with the Lord, his life changed when his wife became a Christian at a Billy Graham crusade in 1973.  Not long after that is when he joined Allstate Insurance.  Jack feels he has grown in Christ via his local church, attending Bible study fellowship, his service with Gideons International and his service at the Gwinnett County Detention Center.  He and his wife of 40 years have three children and six grandchildren.

SEPT 24 Brant Frost IV,
President, First Liberty Building and Loan, Newnan, Georgia.
Prior to his present position, Brant was President of First National Mortgage of Georgia and has won real estate awards such as Transaction of the Year and Million Dollar Roundtable.  He started out in real estate to pay his way through college and by the time he was 23 had sold $1 million worth of real estate.  Brant attended Mercer University and the University of Georgia and is very active in the Republican Party where he has served as state chairman for candidates such as Knox for Senate and presidential candidates such as Pat Robertson, Pat Buchanan, and Alan Keyes. 

OCT 01 Open Mic 
Testimonies by luncheon attendees.

OCT 08 Jon Clarke, Sr.,
MySQL Account Manager with Sun Microsystems, Inc.
In February, Sun purchased MySQL for $1 billion.  Prior to joining MySQL, Jon was a Technology Licensing Director at Intellisync which was subsequently acquired by Nokia.  He has had a successful sales career in the software industry for 19 years with such companies as Informix Software, Microstrategy, Brio and MySQL.  He has created multi-million dollar software technology relationships with companies such as Secure Computing, ADP and McKesson Information Solutions.

OCT 15
Mark Chapman,
CFO of Vendormate.

Mark brings over 20 years of financial and operational leadership to Vendormate.  In his roles as CFO for pre-revenue start ups to $100+ million annual revenue companies, he has led all aspects of finance, accounting, HR, legal, operations and IT.  His previous Atlanta-based companies include Spectra Precision Software, Technology Builders, Revenue Technologies and Stratix Corporation.  In addition, Mark has been on both the buy-side and sell-side of multiple M&A deals.  Mark is a graduate of Auburn University.

OCT 22
Ian Mercado,
Director, ITech Research and Development Enablement.

Ian came to the southeast in 1981 from California and attended Georgia Tech where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science.  He has been working in the field of software development specializing in user interface applications for his entire career beginning with co-op assignments at Eastman Chemicals Corporation, a Kodak subsidiary.  Subsequent employers were Sales Technologies for three years, Servantis Systems for three years, CheckFree Corporation for 11 years and now Fiserv Inc. (The last three were a chain of acquisitions and for all three he has been working on the same corporate campus.)

OCT 29 Keith Washington,
VP and General Manager, Flo Healthcare.
Keith is a private investor and entrepreneur and has been involved in the start up of a number of businesses including Flo Healthcare, an information technology business which was sold to Emerson in 2006.  Prior to Flo Healthcare, he served as General Manager of Healthcare Solutions for EMS Technologies where he led a management buyout of the business to form Flo Healthcare.  Keith earned a BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Georgia State University.  He is a member of the Technology Association of Georgia, Technology Executives Roundtable, and has worked in youth theater, family ministry and workplace.