Margaret Lisi & Dana Barrett

Margaret Lisi & Dana Barrett

In the guest chair:

ST!R Marketing CEO and regular show contributor, Margaret Lisi joined Dana in studio this morning to discuss the line between accountability and profitability in business. Greg Ross, Director, Business Development and Alliances, Global Connected Customer Experience at General Motors also joined via phone to give details on tomorrow’s Connected Car event happening in Atlanta. 

ST!R Marketing is made up of storytellers with the experience and expertise to tell your tales in ways that motivate, excite and engage. With more than 60 years combined experience across all areas of communication, they help clients talk with their clients and employees, generating levels of trust and empathy that set them apart from their competitors. They are accomplished at managing change within companies; all communications tools including written & video comms, training design & execution and event management.

General Motors Co. and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. General Motors’ subsidiary, OnStar, is a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services.

In the headlines:

  • A huge mixed development project in Alpharetta has stalled. MetLife, who was planning to develop a 55-acre site at Georgia 400 and Haynes Bridge Road into a hip Bryant Park like area called Innovation… is now selling the land.
  • The Atlanta Braves are not only moving across town for the regular season, they’re moving their training camp as well. Possibly to Pinellas County, Florida (the west coast of Florida – think Clearwater, St. Pete area). The team comes to the end of a 20-year contract at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando in 2017. With the upcoming move slated for the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals out of central Florida to a combined facility in South Florida, the Braves will be the only team left in the central part of the state except for the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland.
  • American Spirit Whiskey, a friend of The Dana Barrett Show, has big news this week. The company kicked off construction on their first distillery since the brand was founded in 2011.  The distillery will be at the site of the former Mason Murer Fine Art gallery on Armour Drive, a light industrial area in Midtown that’s also home to SweetWater Brewing Co. The founders of American Spirit Whiskey, Charlie Thompson and Jim Chasteen, just closed on $1.85 million in capital financing from 70 Georgia investors.
  • The Atlanta City Council has signed off on three planning policies aimed at encouraging more bicycle lanes, transit-oriented construction and cargo-related projects.
  • Coca-Cola published a statement on its website saying it has spent millions in the fight against obesity. This after promising more transparency last month when it came to light that they had also spent money to fund a study that found that lack of exercise was more to blame for obesity than sugary drinks.
  • AOL President Maureen Sullivan moves to Rent the Runway.
  • Another gender discrimination case is is the works… this time it is Microsoft that’s being sued.
  • #SmartGirlsAsk – Amy Poehler created a twitter hashtag campaign to counteract the dumb questions women get asked at the Emmy’s

Other stuff:

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