Dr. Tina Seelig – Founder of BookBrowser, Professor at Stanford University, and Author of Insight Out: Get Ideas Out of Your Head and Into the World
Scott Soesbee – Founder of FlameOFF Coatings and SBA Business Person of the Year 2015
Scott Soesbee is Founder of FlameOFF Coatings, a leading developer of fire resistant technologies that protects lives and property. The company is the only provider of fully tested fire retardant and fire resistance intumescent paint products uniquely designed to provide a high-level of fire protection at a reasonable cost. FlameOFF Coatings, Inc. is a private company based in Georgia. Their intumescent paints have been tested at accredited third party International Accreditation Service (IAS) fire testing laboratories. FlameOFF Coatings is a member of NFPA and ICC. Scott won the SBDC Small Business Person of the Year for 2013.
Todd Anduze – Area Director of the SBDC
Todd Anduze is the Area Director of the Atlanta SBDC. The SBDC’s goal is to help improve the well-being of Georgians by providing education and one on one consulting for small businesses. They provide services like carrying out research and data collection to understand small businesses, conducting analysis, preparing business plans and financials/presentations, interviewing client’s employees, management team and other stakeholders, running focus groups and facilitating workshops, identifying issues and forming hypotheses and solutions to help entrepreneurs successfully operate a business, presenting findings and recommendations to clients, implementing recommendations/solutions and ensuring the client receives the necessary assistance to carry it all out, managing projects and programs, leading and managing those within the team, including developing the team and culture, and finally conducting on-going interaction with the client to keep them informed of progress and to make relevant decisions.
Mark Gibson – Public Affairs Officer for the Small Business Administration
Mark Gibson has been a long time friend of the show. He joined the SBA in November 2012, and he quickly realized a lack of instruction in communications and communications planning in so many small businesses in the state. Mark worked to build a team of PR/Communication professionals to develop a rock solid curriculum to help. Their first event attracted an amazing 158 people and was a huge success. Since then, Mark has driven many SBA projects and the PR campaigns that accompany them. There’s a rumor that he recently became an entrepreneur himself, details to follow!