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Wil Johnson of Sports Youth Fitness Training and Rico Lowe of Little Sports


Wil Johnson is Owner and Operating partner of AllSports Youth Fitness Training, LLC, a youth fitness company whose mission is to impact the quality of life and health of youth through the innovative  effective youth fitness sports training.  These tools are needed to become healthier, physically stronger,  to motivate others to live well, and challenge others in creative ways to live with wholeness, balance, and healthier lives.  His goal is to combat childhood obesity, help the youth with fundamental functional  movement and invoke long-lasting change that will positively impact our community.  Wil has been serving the Metro Atlanta for over 15 + years, with compassion that breaks all boundaries, and limits.

Wil Johnson is also Co-Founder and COO of AllSports Select, LLC, a web base multi sports profile company that connects student athletes with college communities nationally and abroad.  They build partnerships with student athletes, parents, colleges and universities, through advance proprietary electronic media.  Wil is known for his dynamic leadership, and sports training marketing, and sales strategies that improved revenue streams, enhance corporate image and increase customer loyalty. He also brings that creativity and leadership in his work with youth through sports and agility training.

As a seasoned sales and marketing leader Wil has utilized his creativity to capture and expand market share, develop best practice business models, launch innovative new products and build high performance teams. His strength in effectively collaborating with all segments of a business allows him to execute campaigns that have taken organizations to peak levels of performance.

Prior to joining Allsports Select, Inc., Wil was an IBM Sales Specialist who was credited with identifying and acquiring over 200 opportunities for over $100 million in  new business, leading to the highest growth rate on  his team. He developed protocol for procedures to retain and improve account relationships resulting in an increase of 65% in add-on sales, coached and mentored employees to increase individual productivity and performance levels, and developed and presented product marketing strategies and sales tactics for account teams.  In that same position, Wil also generated a 30% close rate and over $53 million in sales revenue, Enterprise and SMB.

As an IBM Complex Bid Manager, Wil coached, mentored and supervised proposal team members and contractors, identified and resolved issues and conflicts within proposal teams and provided company historical and financial data while brining proposals to successful completion ensuring quality and on-time delivery.  His  greatest asset is that of providing leadership and creating the proper atmosphere that encourages collaboration within teams, quality, timeliness, decisiveness, open communications and speed of execution – all of which are key traits for working with youth who seek quality education and athletic opportunities as students and as graduates.

Wil attended Wilmington College (OH), holds certification in Youth Fitness, CPR, AED, Youth Coaching,Concussion Safety, QBS, Signature Selling, IIRC Training, NLP Studies, LDP, STG Top Gun,  and STG ; He received 13 awards during his time with IBM, and also recognition by United States Executive Branch for volunteer contributions.  Wil is a coach, mentor, teacher, and motivational speaker to youth both in business and in service to his community.



Sally Macaulay, Executive Director of Marietta Cobb Museum of Art


Sally Macaulay is the Executive Director for the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art. Sally earned a Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University and is very active in the community. She sits on several local Boards of Trustees and is a member of North Metro Church. Sally is actively involved in Kiwanis Club of Marietta where she has served chairing numerous committees and has served on the Kiwanis Board of Trustees. Sally is also the President of the United Arts of Cobb, and has been inducted into Women of Achievement for the YWCA. She is a 2011 graduate from Arts Leaders of Atlanta, 2013 graduate of Leadership Cobb and a 2015 graduate of Honorary Commanders.

She currently resides in Kennesaw with husband, Hugh and their 3 children – Katie (21) Claire (20) and Hugh (17).

Nancy Couch of Graphic Vision, Inc., Dave Young of Edward Jones Investments, Stace Huff and Dr. Jeffrey Pipe of Tapestry Associates


Nancy Couch of Graphic Vision, Inc.

Nancy is honored to be a part of the MBA Team! Having grown up in Cobb County, she want to continue to be a part of the “solution” to make it a great place to live, play and most importantly – create a successful business environment for our economy.

Nancy absolutely “LOVES” what she does every day! It has been an honor and with overwhelming gratitude for the past 22 years as a business owner of Graphic Vision, Inc. to enjoy helping  clients with their print and marketing and event projects. We have had a lot of “fun” along the way “making it happen”!  You will so enjoy visiting my website– just click on Rave Reviews to read what my clients say about working together on projects!

Dave Young  of Edward Jones Investments

Dave Young has proudly served in the United States Military in both Active Duty and National Guard. His military career has taken him all over the world training and leading Soldiers from various countries. He now currently serves in the Georgia National Guard as the Executive Officer of A Troop, 3/108th Cavalry Regiment.For his civilian job, Dave is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones and is proud to be a part of the local community.



Stace Huff  of Tapestry Associates

Stace Huff is a true Marietta native who loves being a helping professional, wife, mother, sister, friend, and community partner. She has been a counselor for 14 years where she enjoys working with couples and individuals struggling in their relationships,  with infertility, parenting issues, depression, anxiety, and family issues. She is trained as a divorce coach and parent coach to work with divorcing couples to assist in parenting plans and pre/post divorce care. She also offers premarital and marriage counseling utilizing the Prepare-Enrich curriculum.

Stace has a passion for helping others move through difficult times and find a more productive, happier way on their journey. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching her son play sports, and spending time with her friends and family.

Dr. Jeffrey Pipe of Tapestry Associates

Dr. Pipe is a licensed psychologist who has been counseling professionally since 1993.  He specializes in marriage counseling, as well as treating men struggling with sexual addiction.  In January of 2006, Dr. Pipe founded Tapestry Associates, a private counseling practice dedicated to strengthening families and facilitating personal integrity. Tapestry’s team now includes 7 professionals and the practice is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.  Dr. Pipe’s work is divided between providing direct therapeutic services and strengthening Tapestry’s impact in the community.  Dr. Pipe and his wife, Michele, also speak on marriage-related issues together and conduct several marriage retreats each year.

Dr. Pipe has also recently started an outdoor therapeutic program which takes men and families out into the woods for the purpose of building personal integrity and fostering deeper relationships.  Dr. Pipe received his education from Bryan College, Colorado Christian University and The Georgia School of Professional Psychology.  Prior to starting Tapestry, Dr. Pipe served as the Director for the Marietta/Atlanta office of AlphaCare Christian Therapy Services and the Clinical Director for Transitional Family Services.


Brenda Spencer of Jola’s Joyful Events


Brenda Spencer is a dedicated Event Planner with 15+ years experience in planning. She is a detail-oriented professional, self pro claimed bow snob with strengths in event creation, planning and execution.

Brenda started her career at 17 years old working with her grandmother management company while obtaining her college degree. After graduation, she deferred from planning and continued her career as a Emergency Medical Technician  for New York City Fire Department.

For most of her career, Brenda lent her talents to teaching preschool and volunteering with children.

When the world of event planning was calling her back in as a career path, she knew that serving as a full service wedding planning company was not something she wanted.

She combined the two things that she loved most and that was her love for children and event planning and opened Jola’s Joyful Events.  In this role she helped countless families plan exciting, memorable and successful birthdays, milestone events such as Bat and Bar Mitzvah’s and Sweet Sixteens, First Birthdays and more

She has been responsible for a wide variety of events, including high end incentives, large scale sales events and smaller tailored parties.

So whatever your children, teen or tweens event needs may be Brenda is sure to do it with a joyful spirit.

Gillian Greer of Vinings Historic Preservation Society


Gillian Greer was born in Atlanta, grew up in the Dunwoody and later Sandy Springs area, and moved to Vinings ten years ago to live with my mom when my dad passed away.  She has been there ever since and has no plans of leaving!  Gillians mom had Antiques of Vinings for 33 years so she spent a lot of time in Vinings well before moving  there. Gillian retired early from Delta Air Lines and when she heard about the Executive Director position at Vinings Historic Preservation Society, she applied and then began my life in the village.  The job was twenty hours a week but has grown so much since then.

The Society is actually The Ruth Carter Vanneman Society, dba VHPS.  Ruth was the great-great granddaughter of Hardy Pace and upon her death she left a small endowment to form the Historic Society.  In 1993 the organization was formed.

The Society’s mission is to maintain and preserve The Yarbrough House, The Old Pavilion, and The Pace House and educate the public on the history of the area.  All 3 buildings are on the Cobb County register and The Pace House is on the National Register of Historic Places.
To stay in the know, learn more about Vinings Historic Preservation Society or to schedule a tour, please view the information below.

Hours of operation – Monday-Friday 10-5
Office: 770-432-3343
Our office is located in The Yarbrough House on the corner of Paces Mill and Paces Ferry.
Address: 3010 Paces Mil Rd.  Atlanta 30339

Dr. Erica Gamble AKA The Wig. Dr. of Wig Boutique


Dr. Erica Gamble AKA The Wig. Dr. of Wig Boutique had a passion for wigs at an early age.  Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and always witnessing Grandmother “Bessie,” Aunt “Bea” and mother “Rosa” snatched in fashion and powerful wigs which were called “hair hats,” lead to the Wig Dr’s. inception. Dr Gamble believes that hair is an accessory and that it is important for woman to look and feel their best each day and it all starts with prayer and “good hair”.

Having earned a Doctorate Degree in Organizational Behavior and Leadership coupled with over 20 years of Leadership and Higher Education success brought her to my passion. The Wig Dr. specializes in quality wigs and hairpieces for men, women and children.

The Wig Boutique provides solutions for hair loss due to Chemotherapy and Alopecia and carry a variety of wigs. They also cater to each individuals specfic needs and supply special orders. If there is a particular wig that you have in mind wig specialists will work with you to create the vision. The Wig Boutique also offers wig wash and repair services in addition to free shipping on domestic orders.

Please visit the Wig Boutique at 595 Roswell Street Marietta Georgia 30060.

Tricia Kvidt of Jillians Top Drawer


Tricia Kvidt is the owner of Jillians Top Drawer and is located south of Atlanta in Newnan, GA.  Jillians Top Drawer is an online boutique for women, offering fashion, handbags, jewelry, accessories, skin care and our latest collection Luxurious Hair Shine.

This year, Jillians Top Drawer has been participating in festivals to promote and sell skin and hair care products.  Tricia personally creates the skin care and hair care collection and is very hands-on with regards to research and deciding what raw products are best for all skin types without cutting corners with chemicals and water.  Tricia comes from a background of creative people; her mother designed and sold handmade jewelry.  Her aunt is a nurse, a licensed hair dresser, and designs and creates her own jewelry.

Tricia’s business will be the legacy  that she  will leave behind for her four daughters and grand daughter.

Ryan Klopfer, Student Ambassador of Wounded Warrior Project


Ryan Klopfer is a student at  Life University where he is pursuing a doctorate in Chiropractics, Masters in Exercise Physiology, as well as a fellowship in functional neurology through the Carrick Institute. He plans to educate the world around me about objective and evidence based health procedures that will enable each person to live to their optimal potential.

Ryan is a student ambassador for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).  A program and service based non-profit founded in 2003 and based out of Jacksonville, Florida which works with post 9/11 veterans who have been injured physically or emotionally. They have 20 unique programs and services founded on the pillars of either mind, body, economic empowerment or engagement in an effort to holistically work with warriors and their family members. There are no dues or fees, ever, for warrior or caregiver participation. WWP feels those dues were paid on the battlefield. Currently, WWP has approximately 76,000 warriors in our database and 13,000 family members. WWP accepts no government funding and relies on the generosity of the American public and fundraising   efforts like this golf tournament put on by the Life University Student Ambassadors group.

Post 9/11 statistics:

6,858 DEATHS

52,369 WOUNDED

320,000 estimated TBIs

400,000 estimated with PTSD


Mark Wingo of New Beginning Financial Group, LLC


Mark A. Wingo/ New Beginning Financial Group, LLC,

Mark A. Wingo – Mr. Wingonomics™ is the Author of Wingonomics, he is also the President and Chief Executive Officer of New Beginning Financial Group, LLC, a Tax, Insurance and Financial Services Company he founded in 2009, after being laid off by one of the largest bank in the U.S.

In 2010, after struggling to grow his business and being financially frustrated with living on his unemployment income benefits and his wife’s modest income; Mark A. Wingo was determined to establish a set of life principles and objective financial strategies to help his family get through their tough financial times. His curiosity lead him to forget everything he believed to be true about money; and become a student of money to expand his knowledge of money.

In 2011, after successfully implementing a system in his household, he called it “Wingonomics™” – He shared his system at the Union Gospel Mission – Naomi Family Residence transition home for women, where he volunteered to teach a financial literacy class called “Get Your PhD in Wingonomics.” His objective was to share his knowledge to help others Manage, Maintain and Prosper not only financially, but in life.

In 2012, Mark A. Wingo published “Wingonomics™” to give a deeper insight to his financial knowledge and journey taken to transform his life of growing up fatherless, barley graduating High School, dropping out of college, experiencing foreclosure, unemployment, three payday loans and drowning in consumer debt to finding his personal gift and financial purpose and become President and Chief Executive Officer of New Beginning Financial Group, LLC. Today, his company is has grown in multiple states across the country helping families achieve their financial goals.

 Mark A. Wingo’s story features include MSN Money, CNN, Forbes, Money, Time, Black Enterprise Magazine and Ebony Magazine. He was quoted and dubbed “Financial Expert” by Online Trading Academy in an article “40 Money Tips Straight from the Experts” which also quoted nationally (Worldwide) renowned financial experts and Best Selling Authors such as: Dave Ramsey, Warren Buffet, Suze Orman and Robert Kiyosaki. He had be featured as a “Financial Expert Guest” on 89.9 KMOJ Financial Fitness Show and seen on WCCO-TV #1 Show Urban Perspectives in Minneapolis, MN.

Phoenix Gilman, Jacqlyn Charles and Jeff Morris

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Phoenix Gilman/ Body by Phoenix

Entrepreneur, Phoenix Gilman, is a respected researcher, international author and weight loss expert with over 38 years of diverse experience, from personal trainer and nutritionist, to researcher, product developer, author, and consumer activist. Fed up with the misinformation and marketing scams running rampant within the diet, food and pharmaceutical industries, she vowed to make a difference.

Phoenix’s research, supported by clinical studies, focused on neurochemistry and nutrition. Her critically acclaimed book is titled diet failure…The Naked Truth. Her private studio, where she helps others one on one, is Body by Phoenix, located in Marietta.

As the premiere weight loss expert, Phoenix reveals how to control the two critical reasons why 98% of all diets fail; carb/sugar cravings and binge eating. By understanding how to implement this science, she’s able to mitigate the most common addictions; carb/sugar, caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, while also stopping a transfer of addictions. Phoenix can reduce body fat, reverse diabetes and hypertension, alleviate depression, anxiety, ADD, and insomnia, lower triglycerides by 100+ points, stabilize cholesterol panels—and she does so in record time, safely, effectively, and without harmful meds.

Book: diet failure…The Naked Truth Studio: Body by Phoenix


Jacqlyn Charles/ Women Are Worthy

Jacqlyn Charles is the host of Women Are Worthy, a premiere radio show which tackles the many life challenges that women are faced with.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Jacqlyn is known for her high energy, positive attitude and engaging personality. As an up and coming motivational speaker, she uses her radio show as a  platform to hone her talent for inspiring and motivating others to live in a state of excellence.

Jacqyln who was once homeless, chose the specific format for Women Are Worthy out of a yearning desire to be a part of the solution. She realized that many problems stemmed from the negative relationships that women were having with each other. Jacqlyn uses her show as a vehicle to connect women, bridge gaps, build relationships and spark dialogue among and between women.

Jacqlyn lives her life on purpose with persistence and determination at the helm. Her goal is to inspire greatness in everyone that she comes into contact with. Jacqlyn’s core belief is that no matter what happens today, there is always tomorrow. This is a brand new day and everyone gets a second chance to start fresh.


Jeff Morris/ Wealthspan Financial

Jeff is a Registered Representative with Securian Financial Services, Inc., a securities dealer and member of FINA and works with Wealthspan Financial Group. His certifications include Series 6, Series 63, Life, Health and Annuities. He holds an A.S. degree in Hotel Restaurant and a B.S. degree in Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales University.

Jeff currently serves as the Atlanta Chapter President of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). NABA is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for people of color in the Accounting, Finance and other business professions. NABA represents more than 200,000 members nationally and 300+ locally.

Jeff worked for Automatic Data Processing (ADP) for almost 10 years as a District Sales Manager and was the owner of a restaurant in downtown Atlanta for 5 years.

He currently serves as an Ambassador for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, and most importantly serves as a mentor to a 14 year old male with the Marietta Mentoring Leadership program.

Jeff is native of Brooklyn, New York and has lived in Cobb County for almost 20 years. Jeff is married with two children and German Shepherd named Mina.

Jeff Morris | WealthSpan Financial Group

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