Networking Leads: 1/27/2006

Welcome to this week’s batch of metro Atlanta business networking leads! Here you’ll find all manners of things networking related – job leads, appointments, news, interesting Georgia-based solutions, and more. Remember, you can contribute to this list each week by contacting me!

And of course, the proverbial ground rules: For certain leads, I must be careful not to disclose too much information – I want to be respectful of the confidentiality and trust I have established with people. In those instances, I realize that I may need to act as a conduit for interested parties, in order to protect the anonymity of certain of these leads. However, I will aspire to provide as much information as possible here in the text, so that you can contact each other directly (I really *don’t* want to get into the habit of playing middleman, other than passing along contact information).

If you have something that you would feel to be of merit for this new section of the Pothole, by all means, let me know (spammers and open solicitors need not apply). And don’t forget to browse some of the past networking leads – many of them are still active!

Alan Beychok’s Norcross-based Benchmark Brands is looking for a Vice President of IT …


Atlanta angel investor Alan Urech has left Cross Country Capital and is heading up a new venture capital outfit called Stony River Capital Group. He is focusing his efforts on ventures in the Atlanta and Chattanooga, TN markets. I spent some time with Alan the other day and was thoroughly impressed by his multi-faceted company building methodology. With Alan on your side, you get more than capital – you get smart capital. If your firm has an innovative solution, and a growing base of clients, but needs investment and strategic guidance in getting to the next level, Alan Urech is a guy that can get you there.


My pal and long time Atlanta technology sales leader, Jerry Recht, will soon be launching the Atlanta chapter of the United Professional Sales Association (UPSA). If you are a sales executive in the metro Atlanta area, and are interested in joining, please contact him via email at jerry AT national-personnel dot com. NOTE: This is not an organization for just technology sales folks … all industries are welcome! Congrats Jerry on a job well done – this will be a great addition to the Atlanta networking scene.


Congrats to Sandy “Gadfly” Hoffman, CIO-in-Residence at the ATDC, for her recent appointment as the EVP/COO for the Turknett Leadership Group! Among her many accolades, Sandy was Georgia’s CIO of the Year in 2003, and she sits on the board of directors of Techbridge.


Speaking of Sandy Hoffman … The TechLINKS Buyer Advisory Forum is beginning to take shape with her leadership. This group will be focusing on providing strategic input to TechLINKS as they shift their editorial focus to put the spotlight on Georgia technology purchasing trends. If you are a Georgia-based corporate buyer of technology products and services (CIO, VP, procurement decision maker), contact Kevin Howarth at TechLINKS (kevin AT techlinks dot com) for more info on potentially becoming involved. Stay tuned for more!


Veteran Atlanta technologist Joey Smith is doing some great things with his new venture at Higher Hill. Through this new venture, Joey and his team offer what looks like a great leadership program for IT professionals (The IT Manager Success University). In addition, he offers a free e-zine called IT Octane.


Is your business in need of a swift kick in the patootie? Need to realign your organization along new strategic goals, or figure out how to do more with less? Fellow military veteran and Atlanta business leader Bill Hickman and his team at The Gyst Group offers the complete gamut of business consulting services. Bill is also a dynamic speaker, and experienced executive career coach. Check out their web site for more info (and be sure to look at their e-books and audio CDs). Bill is an old Navy guy, but don’t hold that against him!


If you are interested in any of the above leads, feel free to contact the party directly. In the case of anonymous leads, by all means contact me for more information.

Cheers, and happy networking!

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