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James Franklin, Vish Narendra and Leo Martinez Talking TechBridge 4/08/2015

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Booth 61 welcomed James Franklin, CEO of TechBridge, Vish Narendra, CIO of Alstom Integration at GE Power and Water and Leo Martinez, Community Education Coordinator and Youth Advocate at Caminar Latino. I hope you will listen to this powerful show highlighting the continued success and growth at TechBridge and how they impact the community through over 300 not for profit organizations. If you are not familiar with Techbridge, I hope you will visit their website to see the amazing life changing outreach of this organization. Through the hard work of a very dedicated staff and hundreds of volunteer leaders, over 7 million people were served last year by organizations supported by TechBridge.




Booth 61 with Ricky Steele is sponsored by Kanga, On Demand Local Delivery

Ed Helton & Kim Rozycki, Leadership Institute at Columbus State University and the James Blanchard Leadership Forum, 7/16/2014

Booth 61 with Ed Helton and Kim Rozycki 7 16 2014Booth 61 is always honored to host my friends from Columbus, Ed Helton and Kim Rozycki from Columbus State University. Ed and Kim are wonderful people who are creating leaders in Columbus and around the country. Columbus State University is a much different place in 2014 than it was in 1971 when I enrolled in what was then known as Columbus College. I think there were four buildings on campus. Now the campus is filled with beautiful buildings and the campus has expanded into downtown Columbus. Former Kennesaw State University Dean of Business and my good friend, Tim Mescon, is now the President of Columbus State University. Tim and his team are doing exciting work in Columbus and beyond.

The Leadership Institute at Columbus State University is a change agent for creating better leaders. One of the many initiatives of the Institute is the upcoming 2014 James Blanchard Leadership Forum. This year’s conference is probably the only conference in the world to include Mark Cuban, Sheryl Sandberg and Sara Blakely. The focus on Entrepreneurial Leadership will be inspiring. In addition, Ronald Heifetz, John R. Ryan, Geoffrey Canada and Marcus Buckingham will all share their wisdom to those gathered in Columbus on August 25th and 26th, 2014. I will be there and I encourage you to register: Whether you live in Columbus, Atlanta or the Silicon Valley, this is an event not to miss.

Special shout out to Sandy Ellingson and Jess Jones for joining us in the studio to Live Tweet and help share the message through social media.


TechBridge 2014 Digital Ball Recap with McKenzy Bailey, James Franklin, Dennis Gardin, Jessica Higgins, Karen Renner & Bill VanCuren 5/21/2014

Booth 61 TechBridge 2014 Digital Ball Recap 5  21  2014  1Booth 61 on May 21st, 2014 was MAGIC. I will not forget this broadcast for the rest of my career. I want to thank my guests who are all very busy people but were gracious in sharing their time with me in Booth 61. My guests included two of Atlanta’s most respected CIO’s, the first is with Novelis, Karen Renner & the second with NCR, Bill VanCuren, from the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, Dennis Gardin & McKenzy Bailey, and our two TechBridge Superstars, CEO James Franklin & Program Manager for the new “Adopt-A-Nonprofit” initiative, Jennifer Higgins.

I could write 25 paragraphs about this show and it would not do it justice. We laughed, we shed a few tears of gladness and joy, and we shared from our united hearts about all of the great things TechBridge is doing to change lives in our community and in 20 other cities. Over 6.5 MILLION people have been touched by TechBridge through the over 100 not for profit agencies who partner with TechBridge. As I said, I cannot do this broadcast justice by my words. You will have to listen and enjoy the passion we all experienced for one another, for our city, and for all of the lives who have been touched and will be touched through TechBridge including those served by the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation which is a miracle story on it’s own.

Special thanks to my sidekick and Hunter Technical Resources “LinchPin”, Jess Jones for her social media skills in helping share the story before, during, and after our broadcast. Thank you Clint Bailey and all my colleagues at Hunter for sponsoring Booth 61. I am honored to be part of the HUNTER TEAM.

TechBridge’s 2014 Digital Ball with Alan Stukalsky, CIO of Randstad

Booth 61 at Digital Ball 2014 with Alan Stukalsky 5 3 2014 Great fun with Alan Stukalsky in Booth 61 with Ricky Steele at the TechBridge 2014 Digital Ball. Alan is a great leader in our community who is dedicated to helping others. Alan is also a “brainiac” having completed his BS at Emory in Mathematics and his BS in Mechanical Engineering at the North Avenue Trade Show aka Georgia Tech. His time achieving these degrees overlapped. Not a bad commute between the campus but can you imagine the amount of homework and project work you would have to complete while attending these two very prestigious schools at the same time? Thank you for your time and wisdom, Alan. Atlanta is fortunate to have you here.

TechBridge’s 2014 Digital Ball with James Franklin, CEO of TechBridge 5/03/2014

Booth 61 at Digital Ball 2014 with James Franklin 5 3 2014.jpg  3 It is always an honor and privilege when the CEO of TechBridge, James Franklin drops by Booth 61. Although James was being pulled in 100 different directions accommodating his 800 guests, he took the time to share his passion for TechBridge and for the 2014 Digital Ball. James also let those who were listening Live on Saturday night in on a few secrets that were not announced until later that night, the most exciting is the new TechBridge Nonprofit Exchange. This new program is going to help TechBridge and our not for profit community serve tens of thousands more people in the next year. Thank you for everything you and your dedicated team at TechBridge do every single day to make Atlanta a great city for ALL our residents, James.

TechBridge’s 2014 Digital Ball with Aaron Hillegass, Founder and Charles Brian Quinn, aka CBQ, CEO of Big Nerd Ranch 5/03/2014

Booth 61 at Digital Ball 2014 with Charles Brian Quinn and Aaron Hillegass 5 3 2014Having the dynamic duo of CBQ and Aaron Hillegass from Big Nerd Ranch drop by the Booth 61 at the TechBridge Digital Ball was a real treat. First, I have never seen Aaron without his trademark cowboy hat which you will see if you follow his Link. Secondly, these two gentlemen had just finished hosting/sponsoring the VIP reception for the Digital Ball. Listen to this interview and learn about the powerful partnership these two great friends have created. They are blazing a new trail in Atlanta and around the world. I wish both of them great success. Listen and Enjoy!

TechBridge’s 2014 Digital Ball with Jay Ferro, CIO of the American Cancer Society 5/03/2014

Booth 61 at Digital Ball 2014 with Jay  Ferro 5 3 2014For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you may think that Jay Ferro and I are either having a “bromance” or I am a serious “Jay Ferro Groupie”. I understand your thought process. Jay has often been a guest on Booth 61 with Ricky Steele and hardly a day goes by without me posting something about or sharing a picture of the two of us together. :-) The real reason for this is that Jay is everywhere! Jay donates his time and resources to our community like few other. I was very appreciative that Jay once again made the time to visit Booth 61 during the reception at the Digital Ball. Jay shared his wisdom and his insight about TechBridge, the Digital Ball and what makes Atlanta such a giving community. I hope you will listen to this interview with an open heart because you will be blessed. Thank you for all you do day in and day out to help improve the lives of people you will never meet, Brother Jay!

TechBridge’s 2014 Digital Ball with Jess Jones, Sales Support at Hunter Technical Resources and Volunteer for TechBridge 5/03/2014

Booth 61 at Digital Ball 2014 with Jess Jones 5 3 2014  2Everyone Loves Jess Jones! If you don’t know the fun loving, hard working and dedicated volunteer, Jess Jones, I hope you will listen to this interview. Jess is what Seth Godin calls a Linchpin. Jess is the person behind the scenes making everyone else look great. She is tireless in all she does. Jess is a regular contributor to Booth 61 and is usually live tweeting during most of our broadcasts. For Hunter Technical Resources, Jess manages our special events, candidate interviews, social media and so much more. Jess is also an accomplished musician with a song that was chosen as the #1 Local Indie record by Creative Loafing. Thank you for being such a great giver, Jess. You make everyone smile.


TechBridge’s 2014 Digital Ball with Karen Kreider, CIO for the Automotive Parts Group of Genuine Parts 5/03/2014

Booth 61 at Digital Ball 2014 with Karen Kreider 5 3 2014Wonderful time sharing with my friend and the CIO of the Automotive Parts Group of Genuine Parts, Karen Kreider. Although only relocated to Atlanta for a little over 2 years, Karen has jumped into the Southern spirit of Servant Leadership very quickly. This is Karen’s second Digital Ball and in our time together she shared what this event means to her. Karen also gives a nice shout out to the South for our generous nature and volunteer spirit. Keep your eyes on Karen Kreider. She is going to be a super star CIO in our community for many years to come. Thank you for your enthusiastic support of TechBridge and our not for profit community, Karen!

TechBridge’s 2014 Digital Ball with Karen Renner, CIO of Novelis and Bill VanCuren, CIO of NCR, Co-Chairs of the 2014 Digital Ball 5/03/2014

Booth 61 at Digital Ball 2014 with Karen Renner and Bill VanCuren 5 3 2014  6 Co-Chairs of TechBridge’s 2014 Digital Ball visited Booth 61 to share their excitement for the evenings event. Karen Renner, CIO of Novelis and Bill VanCuren, CIO of NCR worked extremely hard this year to make this event the most successful in Digital Ball history. Our technology and our not for profit community both owe Karen and Bill a great debt of gratitude for their tireless effort. Thousands of people in the greater Atlanta area will be served by our not for profit agencies with the proceeds of the 2014 Digital Ball. On behalf of all the people who will be served but will never have the opportunity to thank Karen and Bill in person, I Thank You on their behalf!