As always it was an honor and privilege to have Ben Hendrick join me in Booth 61 at the GCLA 2015 CIO of the Year breakfast. I met Ben in 2006 or 2007 while he was earning his MBA at Kennesaw State University. Ben and I became more than friends. Many call us Brothers from different Mothers. 🙂
I am in awe of what Ben has accomplished since joining Dell in 2009. Everyone knows who Michael Dell is and the great success of his company. In 2009, I did not know anyone who worked at Dell nor did I ever see anyone from Dell at industry events. Within a year of Ben joining the company he became the Face of Dell in Atlanta. There were not 10 CIO’s in Atlanta who could have given you the name of their sales executive from Dell in 2009. Today there is not a CIO in Atlanta who does not know and respect Ben Hendrick. Ben is the Face at TAG, TechBridge, WIT and so many other organizations in our community. The Dell After-Party at the annual Techbridge Digital Ball is legendary.
If you don’t know Ben Hendrick, I hope you will listen to this short interview and then connect with Ben on LinkedIn or other social media. You will connect with one of the greats!
It was an incredible honor to have as my first guest on Booth 61 with Ricky Steele on Friday, November 13th, 2015, Mr. James Dallas. James is the 2015 Life Time Achievement Award winner from the Georgia CIO Leadership Association.
I have had the privilege of knowing James for about 10 years. He is the Real Deal. Not only a successful CIO who started as a junior accountant but also as an engaging public speaker and author of “Mastering the Challenges of Leading Change.” In addition, but just as important to James, he is a role model husband, father, grandfather, friend and mentor to many. I know you will enjoy this interview with my friend and the 2015 Life Time Achievement Award Winner, Mr. James Dallas.
One of the highlights of Booth 61 at the Techbridge Digital Ball is when my friend and everyone else’s friend, Walt Carter visits. Walt has been a guest each year and will continue to be a guest as long as I am hosting the show. Walt is a man after God’s own heart. Walt is passionate, caring and goes above and beyond in serving our community. Walt has worn many hats at Techbridge including being an employee helping to create a lot of the internal technology the organization uses today.
Walt shared a little about his role as CIO at Primary Capital Mortgage. Walt shared much more about the power of Techbridge and the impact this organization has had on our community, the United States and rapidly expanding globally. Thank you Walt for being who you are. I am honored to be your friend.
What a JOY it was for me when my sister, Lisa LaRoque dropped by Booth 61 during the opening reception at the 2015 Techbridge Digital Ball. I first met Lisa at the Thursday morning Bible Study held at Dell SecureWorks. She is one of the people you learn from quickly. She has a magnificent heart and she shares it liberally with all who are fortunate to know her.
There are so many great things happening at the Georgia CIO Leadership Association including the expansion to Boston this June. Lisa shared a lot about the mission and the future of the organization that was originally created by the Founder of Intellinet and my good friend, Frank Bell. If you don’t know about GCLA, visit their website at http://www.georgiacio.org. If you have not attended the CIO of the Year Awards in the past, you definitely want to be at the Cobb Galleria on November 13th this year for this tremendous event.
It was a special treat for me when my old friend, Dave Hudson dropped by Booth 61 on May 9th during the 2015 Techbridge Digital Ball. I have known Dave and his equally talented wife, Monika for many years having first met them when I spoke to the SOB’s (Students Of Benn Konsynski) at the Emory University Goizueta Business School.
Dave shared a lot of exciting news about Amtrak including the major expansion of their presence in Atlanta. Dave and Monika will be relocating back to Atlanta from DC over the next few months.
It was a great pleasure and treat when my friend and all around great guy, Aaron Hillegas visited Booth 61 on May 9th at the 2015 Techbridge Digital Ball. Aaron is the Founder and CEO of Big Nerd Ranch. The Techbridge VIP Reception this year and last was sponsored by Aaron and Big Nerd Ranch. Thank you for that Aaron.
Aaron shared the Big Nerd Ranch story along with a few “spoilers” about a recent, very prestigious award given to his company. If you are not familiar with Big Nerd Ranch, visit their website today to learn more for your self: https://www.bignerdranch.com
What an honor to close Booth 61 with Ricky Steele at the Techbridge 2015 Digital Ball with none other than the CEO, James Franklin and the Chairman, Jay Ferro. I am personally in awe of both of these men which is not the job of a radio host. It is however the responsibility of someone who has watched what these two men have accomplished to change our community for good. In addition to Techbridge, James and Jay are involved in many, many other activities across multiple not for profit organizations. Millions of our fellow citizens have had their lives impacted by the dedication, passion and love shared by James and Jay on a daily basis.
As for the interview, it was exciting to hear a few “spoilers” before announcements were made later at the dinner. There are so many exciting developments within Techbridge that you should visit www.techbridge.org today to learn for your self. There is room for more passionate, caring people to volunteer your time, talent and treasure to help alleviate the suffering of many good men, women and children in Atlanta and across the world.
I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I enjoyed being a small part of the process.
My first guest for the 2015 Techbridge Digital Ball was Michael Williams, Vice President, Delta Global Staffing. In addition, I was pleased and honored to introduce Michael as my new Boss! I am thrilled to be the new Chief Development Officer for Delta Global Staffing.
Michael is an industry veteran having been a senior executive with the World’s largest IT Staffing firm. Michael may once again be part of the World’s largest staffing firm as we grow Delta Global Staffing. Much more importantly, Michael is Vice President of the staffing firm that is Passionate about our clients, our candidates and one another. That is why I am honored to be part of this great team.
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
Booth 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: http://jblf.org. 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.