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Spotlight: Stephen Bradley

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Family – married? Children? Pets? Married w/three children – all under the age of 3. They certainly keep us busy.

Where did you grow up? Interests as a child? What did you want to be “when you grew up”? Peachtree Corners, which makes me a true Atlanta native. We regularly traveled for sporting events so I still enjoy a good tailgate today. Was never attracted to any industry – just enjoy meeting and learning from new people daily.

What college did you attend? What did you study? Best memories of those years? UGA. Undergrad was Political Science. I later went on to earn an MBA as well from UGA. Undoubtedly, my best memories are the times spent with friends, both in class and around campus. Especially game days.

Where in Atlanta do you live? What brought you here? Dunwoody. I’ve always lived in Atlanta. My wife and I previously lived in Brookhaven but recently moved to Dunwoody after having children.

Hobbies? Any charity or philanthropy? Traveling and golf. Sporting events. Most charitable time spent supporting our church and its outreach programs.

If money were no issue, what would you do with your time? Focus more time to hobbies!

Favorite food? Worst food? Fried chicken. Nothing in particular but no sweet tooth here.

Cook or clean dishes? Cook.

Favorite sports team(s)? Favorite book? Favorite movie? UGA Dawgs. I enjoy reading about current

events over novels. Tombstone is my favorite movie.

Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Best trip of life? Furthest – China. Best – traveling/hiking in Alberta.

Speak any other languages? Nope.

Mountains, beach, or staycation? Mountains.

Role model in your life? My parents.

What is one tidbit of information about you we wouldn’t expect? I can spin a basketball on my finger for a long time.

Spotlight: Bill Steuer

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Family – married? Children? Pets?

Wife and 3 girls- 16,14, and 11.(yes, I have an 11 yr old!)

Where did you grow up? Interests as a child? What did you want to be “when you grew up”?

Clearwater, FL and Daytona Beach, FL. Loved all sports especially  anything on the water. Really never had a specific career/job in mind, but my aptitude test in high school had me leaning towards sales and as a lawyer. I took the easier path and less education requirement 😉

What college did you attend? What did you study? Best memories of those years?

THE Florida State University, business school and Hospitality Administration (hotel & restaurant). FSU was a great place to get an education and have a great social life. One summer I studied abroad with our Hotel & Restaurant faculty and got to live in Switzerland for 7 weeks. During this time we traveled all across Europe as well as classroom time 3 days a week. Really a fantastic experience.

Where in Atlanta do you live? What brought you here?

Dunwoody. Married and bought a house in Decatur which was fun. As we added kids, we wanted more a family-type community and moved to Dunwoody. We live less than a mile from the JCC where my kids and I do a lot of sports, working out and volunteer activities, and can easily get to highway.

Hobbies? Any charity or philanthropy?

I love basketball and staying fit through exercise and cross fit-type movements.

As for charities, I have a few passions and for a variety of reason- probably like how most people are drawn to their charitable giving.

  • Ian’s Friends Foundation (IFF) : My middle daughter was in kindergarten with Ian Yagoda and we learned about Pediatric Brain Cancer and how it is the leading cause of death in children after accidental death. This led to our support and involvement over the past 10 years and a bond to the entire Yagoda family. Fast forward to today, IFF raises over $1.3mm every year and has invested in many types of Brain cancer stem cell research.

Just this year, the FDA has Fast Tracked one of the investments IFF made for a specific treatment for inoperable brain tumors called the “monorail”. Where they can take an inoperable brain tumor and moved to an operable area.

  • Save A Child’s Heart (SACH) : This is an organization in Holon, Israel that I had the pleasure of visiting in 2018 as part of a “mission” of sorts. This group is based inside of a hospital where it utilizes the common operating and recovery rooms for children who have congenital heart disease at No cost to the families. Ironically, this organization does Not treat children of Israel since Israel utilizes a Universal Health Care system and offers “free” healthcare. The organization serves children from undeveloped nations such the Congo, Ethiopia, Zanzibar and Gaza. Religion and Nationality have no bearing on who get helped, it is based solely on need.

In 2017 we started a local chapter to help raise awareness and funds to support the group.

If money were no issue, what would you do with your time?

Spend more time volunteering in the community, as well as helping others network/connect to further their businesses and concepts.

Favorite food? Worst food?

Like most people I love all that is not good for you, like pizza, Italian, etc. I do like Mediterranean a lot too. Reality, I try to eat well most of the time and definitely cheat along the way. I am a fan of Red wine and many bourbons.

Cook or clean dishes?

I am more of a “cleaner “ these days, but there was a time I would cook frequently.

Favorite sports team(s)? Favorite book? Favorite movie?

FSU Seminoles ; grew into a Falcons fan and now, like most locals , Atl United.

Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Best trip of life?

All over Europe  and again to Normandy France for the 50th anniversary of D-Day (1994); and any trip with my family

Speak any other languages?

Barely speak English!@

Mountains, beach, or staycation?

BEACH!!

Role model in your life?

Several : Father, best friend, and uncle

What is one tidbit of information about you we wouldn’t expect?

With 3 girls, I am one of the best at blow drying and straightening hair!

Sheila Fox-Lovell Spotlight

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Family – married? Children? Pets? Married to Mitch for 24 years. Three step children – all grown, and one lives/works with us. Three cats – one is 18! Best cat on the planet

Where did you grow up? Interests as a child? What did you want to be “when you grew up”? Long Island, South Shore, near Jones Beach. Graduating high school, boys. Originally wanted to be an anthropologist (it sounded cool, then wanted to be probation officer (hence my degree in law enforcement).

What college did you attend? What did you study? Best memories of those years? Bryant College – now known as Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. All four years were a party (hey, it was the 70’s) but the highlight was the year a blizzard hit because school shut down for a week. Yet another excuse for a party!

Where in Atlanta do you live? What brought you here? East Cobb. When criminal justice was no longer attractive, I went to work for my dad who owned an envelope manufacturing plant in NY. When he sold the business, there was a location in Austell that the purchasing company owned, so it was a natural move.

Hobbies? Any charity or philanthropy? Scrapbooking, crochet – all things that help de-stress. Was once an avid tennis player (actually how Mitch and I met).

If money were no issue, what would you do with your time? Travel. For sure. As often as possible.

Favorite food? Worst food? Italian – I’m an aficionado of eggplant parmesan. Anything pesto works for me too. Sushi – never had it, never will.

Cook or clean dishes? Cook.

Favorite sports team(s)? Favorite book? Favorite movie? Braves/Falcons. Movie: Life is Beautiful. Book: The Kite Runner or 1000 Splendid Suns.

Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Best trip of life? Australia with my sister. Also, my honeymoon in Hawaii. Close second is Lake Louise in Banff, Alberta Canada

Speak any other languages? No. Unless “cat” counts.

Mountains, beach, or staycation? Yes. 50/50 mountain/beach.

Role model in your life? My dad, as a business owner.

What is one tidbit of information about you we wouldn’t expect? I’m first generation American. Both my parents came through Ellis Island. Dad came over from London after WWII. Mom came over as an infant from Poland and was quarantined for several months due to small pox.

Picture to share? Mitch and I visiting the “fatherland”.

Spotlight: Bart Segal

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Family – married? Children? Pets? Wife Kara. Jeremy (22), Ilana (19), Tori (14). Dog Tov.

Where did you grow up? Interests as a child? What did you want to be “when you grew up”? Suburban Philly. Always loved science – anything science related. Swimming. Boating. Mineral collecting. What did I want to be – Engineer.

What college did you attend? What did you study? Best memories of those years? Drexel University in Philladelphia. Studied computer engineering. Was nerdy in high school – came out of my shell in college, so socialization was the best of memories .

Where in Atlanta do you live? What brought you here? Marietta, East Cobb. I owned a software company in Philly that was sold to a company in Atlanta circa 1997. I still in the same house.

Hobbies? Any charity or philanthropy? Mineral collecting, swimming, juggling, travel. Support a number of charities – ALS society mainly.

If money were no issue, what would you do with your time? Travel – everywhere.

Favorite food? Worst food? Favorite – everything (lobster? Sushi? A good steak!). Worst – raw tomatoes.

Cook or clean dishes? Clean because I don’t want to starve.

Favorite sports team(s)? Favorite book? Favorite movie? Eagles! Philly anything really. Shawshank Redemption.

Non-fiction books. Harry Potter.

Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Best trip of life? Israel. Most unique was Iceland.

Speak any other languages? No Mountains, beach, or staycation? Beach

Role model in your life? Einstein or Stephen Hawking because he overcame so much.

What is one tidbit of information about you we wouldn’t expect? Grew up very shy and nerdy.

Spotlight: Jennifer Autian

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Family – married? Children? Pets? Married – 20 years coming up this year. Son in High School – typical teenager who starts driving this summer. We also have 2 cats – 20 lbs and 6 lbs.

Where did you grow up? Interests as a child? What did you want to be “when you grew up”? North of Chicago, in a small town. Came south to warm up – Nashville first, then Atlanta. Played tons of sports growing up – usually on the boys’ teams. What did I want to be? Physical Therapist.

What college did you attend? What did you study? Best memories of those years? Undergraduate at Vanderbilt, MBA from GA State. Double major in math and Spanish, double minor in psychology and German. Change of scene was the best part.

Where in Atlanta do you live? What brought you here? Roswell. 75S (kidding). Next big city south of Nashville was Atlanta – wanted to be here before ’96 Olympics.

Hobbies? Any charity or philanthropy? Crafty when not analytical. Home renovations are of great interest along with my son’s activities. Enjoy hiking too. I spend a lot of time at “Fur Kids”, which is an animal shelter. I’m there at least once a week. And church.

If money were no issue, what would you do with your time? Beach. Love waves and reading

Favorite food? Worst food? Mexican food. Sushi.

Cook or clean dishes? Cook. Usually end up doing both anyways though. I clean as I go though.

Favorite sports team(s)? Favorite book? Favorite movie? Chicago Bears. Football in general. Field of Dreams.

Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Best trip of life? Europe for Spanish studies. Best: honeymoon in Hawaii.

Speak any other languages? Supposedly Spanish and German. Still some Spanish in there but not much German.

Mountains, beach, or staycation? Mountains & beach. I like to hike. I like beach walks. Certainly not a homebody.

Role model in your life? Step-father is likely the most influential. He started a business on own and grew to three locations. Always took care of his employees. “Don’t pay for something you haven’t earned yet.”

What is one tidbit of information about you we wouldn’t expect? Rowed crew in college for three years.

Spotlight: Dawn Stastny

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Family – married? Children? Pets? Married, two only children. Son is 30, daughter is 14. We are dog people–2 currently as just lost one.

Where did you grow up? Interests as a child? What did you want to be “when you grew up”? Grew up in Texas, suburb of Dallas. Always wanted to be a lawyer. Got married straight out of school, then I the joined military instead. I didn’t go to school until later in life – 25.

What college did you attend? What did you study? Best memories of those years? Texas Women’s University. Studied organization development. Played golf in college – haven’t really played since.

Where in Atlanta do you live? What brought you here? Town Lake, Cherokee. 9/11 brought me here – made me realize that long-distance relationships should be more serious as I tried to reenlist into military as medic. I decided to stay instead.

Hobbies? Any charity or philanthropy? My daughter’s activities consume much of our time. We love to cook–he cooks French, I cook traditional/bake. Travel (St. Martin). My husband owes me a trip to Nice –upcoming anniversary gift. We take an annual trip to St. George

If money were no issue, what would you do with your time? Child advocacy – PTA involvement, etc. Help to improve education/childhood development. I believe every kid should have the chance to learn.

Favorite food? Worst food? Toast – it’s the most underrated food on planet. With butter (real).Liver – ate it when I was pregnant for nutritional values, but can’t do it again.

Cook or clean dishes? Cook, but I don’t mind the washing dishes. Husband and I trade off cooking. I’m particular about how the dish washer is loaded, so I’m the only one that loads it (or it gets reloaded).

Favorite sports team(s)? Favorite book? Favorite movie? Hockey – was heartbroken when the Thrashers left. Gone with the Wind – the actual book. Favorite movie too. I love Scarlett O’Hara.

Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Best trip of life? Ireland. Or Kuwait (Desert Storm). Best: St. Martin when we took Kat (our daughter) with us.

Speak any other languages? Nope. Does sarcasm count?

Mountains, beach, or staycation? Beach. Sand & Sun!

Role model in your life? I idolize Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

What is one tidbit of information about you we wouldn’t expect? I came from such a conservative/strict/secret service family. I never saw my mother drive a car. Attended church 4 times/week. Loved it as I was in a bubble – some feeling of missing out. Never had a slumber party. Now – I’m so outspoken/sarcastic/career driven.

 

Spotlight: Paul Mancini

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Paul Mancini, Clear Choice Telephones

Family – married? Children? Pets?
Paul spends much of his free time with his wife, Robin, his son Austin (who now also works for Clear Choice Phones) and his dog, a dachshund named Bella that they adopted.

Where did you grow up? Interests as a child? What did you want to be “when you grew up”?
Paul was born in Pittsburgh but has lived all over. He wanted to play tennis when he grew up.

What college did you attend? What did you study? Best memories of those years?
Paul attended West Virginia University where he had a successful tennis career, ranking top 10 in the country, and #400 in the world. His best memories included the travel that tennis allowed him.

Where in Atlanta do you live? What brought you here?
He moved to Alpharetta after college because he had many friends there.

Hobbies?
Tennis, working out, podcasts.

If money were no issue, what would you do with your time?
Paul’s dream would be teaching tennis to children and dabbling in technology. He would always find a way to keep busy.

Favorite food? Worst food?
Italian – pizza/pasta.  Any seafood has to be cooked.

Cook or clean dishes?
Dishes; His wife is the cook.

Favorite sports team (s)?  Favorite book? Favorite movie? A true Steelers fan, he even has a sticker on his car.  Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather

Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Best trip of life?
Paul travelled “unintentionally” during his tennis career. He spent 1 year in Hawaii.

Mountains, beach, or staycation?
All 3?

Role Model in your life?
Growing up as a tennis player, Andre Agassi was Paul’s role model. His dad was a huge fan, too.

Spotlight: Todd Withrow

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Todd Withrow, Marketing & Web Design

  1. Are you Married? I am not married. I do have a girlfriend though of 3 years.
  2. Do you have any children? If so, how many? I do not have any children. I’ve always wanted like eight though. Everyone I tell this to tells me the same thing “wait till you have one”😊
  3. Do you have any siblings? I do. I have one brother. His name is Wade Withrow. He works in security for one of the largest retail store chains in the country. He too was born and raised in Georgia—and still lives here.
  4. Do you have any pets? I have two Morkies. I didn’t know what a Morkie was until we got some. Morkies are a mix between a Yorkie and Maltese. They are two years old. Still look like puppies.
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  5. Where did you grow up? I was born in Decatur, GA. We moved to Norcross, GA for a few years while my Dad built our house in Duluth, GA. I lived there until college, then I moved out. My parents still live there.
  6. What part of town do you live in? I bought a house in Buford, GA after graduating college and landing my first job. I still have the house but am currently looking in the North Georgia Mountains for a new place to call home.
  7. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Why? The North Georgia Mountains appear to be a nice place to live. But if I could live anywhere, it would be somewhere east of Atlanta. Close enough to get to the city, and only a few hours away from the beach in Tybee Island. And not too far away from the mountains. So somewhere with a lot of land, and close to a city, the beach, and the mountains😉
  8. If you aren’t currently working your dream job, what would your dream job be? I love what I do. Website design and internet marketing changes daily. It keeps me on my toes. It’s a full-time job just keeping up with everything. But that’s pretty much what I do. Then educate our staff and clients and business partners so they stay up to date with everything as well.
  9. Did you go to college? If so, where? I did. The Art Institute of Atlanta. For multimedia and computer animation. Then to DeVry for a BA in Entrepreneurship.
  10. Are you working in the field of study you went to college for? Yes. There wasn’t much computer animation work in Atlanta at the time I graduated, so I relied heavily on my multimedia education. Multimedia = websites. About half of our business is website design and development. The other half is internet marketing. Then I definitely utilized my Entrepreneurship education from DeVry when I started NicheLabs about 12 years ago.
  11. What do you do for fun? I love the outdoors and traveling. I do a bit of traveling back and forth to Florida for business, as we have several hundred clients in SWFL. And my extended family, and girlfriend’s family, all live up north. So when traveling back and forth from FL to GA and up north we stop and enjoy the various sights to see. We do a lot of hiking.
  12. If you won the lottery tomorrow, in what ways would it change your life? I’d donate my time to helping start-ups be more successful. I have a ton of business and product ideas I’d love to explore. If I’m not able to have the “eight” kids I want, maybe I’d start an orphanage😊
  13. What is something we don’t know about you that we would be surprised about? I’m a big nature and animal lover. I’d love to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. When I get back, buy a bunch of land, and animals, and live off the land. Might be a bit surprising for someone so entrenched in technology and business / social networking.
  14. What’s the most embarrassing thing you ever did? When I was really young, I went to a summer camp. I had to get up in front of a ton of kids and put on a comedy show. I had all of my jokes written down and ready. But when I got up, the sheet of jokes fell out of my book, and I didn’t realize it. So I stood up in front of everyone, fumbling around for my jokes, but couldn’t find it. So I had to wing the whole skit. I had everyone laughing, but to this day, I’m still not sure if they were laughing “with” me or laughing “at” me. Hence the reason I’m still a little shy about public speaking 😐

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