Networking Leads: 2/17/2006

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!

A small Florida-based software company is looking for a COO/CEO type. Cash/equity position. Option to relocate the firm to Atlanta is a possibility for the right person. Core product is a workflow tool. Good stuff – let me know if you or someone you know is interested. Come on, you entrepreneurs! Step up and bring those jobs to Atlanta!

Shortly after Miami-based Adjoined Consulting acquired Gazelle Consulting, they themselves were acquired by Chicago-based Kanbay, Incorporated. This, in turn, will create a new tier 1 IT services provider. And yes, they have an office in Atlanta. Hint, hint.

I met with an extremely successful entrepreneur who is seeking some “smart” money folks to join him as he continues to scale out his latest venture. His product is absolutely groundbreaking, and he is looking to raise several million this year to ramp up the sales effort. Specifically, if you have an interest in investing in this play or have contacts in the in content provider space, and have an affinity for all things mobile, let me know.

I spent some time with Michelle Rogers, who does business development for Sheila Lowden’s fantastic firm at Lowden & Associates. Lowden is one of the fastest growing female owned firms in Atlanta. If you are interested in outsourcing your Human Resources function, or think you could benefit from their consultative approaches, drop ’em a line!

Ray Larsen, the CEO of Universal Business Solutions, LLC, shared with me his story this week. Leveraging Ray’s contacts within the government, UBS is focused on providing IT services and solutions to defense firms, as well as agencies such as Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Defense Intelligence Agency, and a host of other organizations that he can’t tell me about, lest he’d have to kill me. Ray’s a good fellow, and a veteran of the USMC, so if you run into him, thank him for his service to our country, and ask him about his services. Oh, and they are always on the lookout for partners to go to market with … so if you can provide technical resources, or an innovative technology solution, let him know!

Ray Wallace and Peter Green are certified geniuses – at least in my book. Their Inc. 500 firm, W. Ray Wallace & Associates, Inc., specializes in recovering training costs through training grants, credits and incentives for our clients. A portion of the financial overhead you expend in training your employees can be recovered through their niche set of services. You owe it to yourself to look these guys up. This is good stuff. Since 2000, their firm has prepared over 30% of all of Georgia’s Retraining Tax Credits.

I’m sure you’ve heard of Spherion. Most of you probably know them primarily as a staffing firm – and for good reason – they place about 300,000 people each year – not bad! However, I spent some time this week (at the TAG Summit and the TechLINKS mixer) with Jeff Clement, Managing Director of Spherion’s Technology Professional Services practice. Did you know Spherion has a tremendous managed services capability? Yup. Look em up. I’m not making this up, I swear.

In need of a financial analyst/consultant? Someone who “gets” the challenges faced by the small-to-midsize business owner? You owe it to yourself to contact Douglas McCroskey of AXA Advisors, LLC. You can reach him via email at “Douglas dot McCroskey AT axa-advisors dot com”.

If your small-to-midsize business is contemplating a relocation to a new office or warehouse, you should really think about not going it alone. Richard Segal runs a blog where he shares some of his wisdom in this market. Relocations take serious planning – and you would be well advised to take a look at Rich’s six point strategy to making the right decisions when it comes to your office or warehouse move.

By the way, if you want an operational CFO – I mean a really, really good one – you need to get to know Don Mills. This guy is unbelievable. Not only does he have a wealth of financial experience, but he is one of the consultants that was called in to straighten out the accounting mess at Healthsouth. This guy has some serious stories. If you are interested in getting to know Don, by all means let me know. I’ve convinced Don to participate as a guest blogger from time to time, so stay tuned for that as well!

Mantra Technologies is seeking a business advisor to add to their management team. Mantra is in the IT offshoring/outsourcing market. If you are interested in learning more, feel free to contact Hemant Panse via their web site.

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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