In the guest chair:

Robert Owen, David Northington & Dana Barrett

Robert Owen, David Northington & Dana Barrett

 This morning on The Dana Barrett Show, Dana hosted four special guests. Robert Owen, Partner at Tucker, Midis & Owen, LLC was on to discuss the financial side of acquisition. Tucker, Midis & Owen LLC is a financial advisory firm that provides full-service, senior-level investment banking and strategic counsel to middle-market companies. Robert’s extensive experience in investment banking and private equity provides a unique perspective to the firm’s clients.

David Northington, Chairman and CEO of Cloud Sherpas discussed how to select companies to help grow your business. Cloud Sherpas is a global cloud advisory and technology services company, with over 1,000 people serving Fortune 500 clients and thousands of other businesses around the world. Their experts provide unrivaled cloud strategy, implementation and integration capabilities.

Adiclere Evans, Jeffrey Riebesell & Dana Barrett

Adiclere Evans, Jeffrey Riebesell & Dana Barrett

Adiclere Evans, realtor for Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, puts client satisfaction as her number one priority. Based out of the Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty office in Buckhead, they specialize in assisting homebuyers and sellers throughout metro Atlanta.

Jeffrey Riebesell is also a realtor for Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Jeff has been in the real estate business as an agent for 12 years. He is licensed in Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Texas.

In the headlines:

  • Smith’s Olde Bar was told several months ago it would need to vacate the historic Midtown building the bar and music venue has called home since 1993, but it seems a deal is in the works to stay.Selig Enterprises has confirmed that they have purchased the building where Smith’s Olde Bar is located and is working with the bar owner’s to keep them there.
  • It’s official, cloud technology sales and marketing company N3 (who we had on the show back in October) has agreed to put its new headquarters in Buckhead’s Piedmont Center and plans to eventually grow to about 500 employees in the new space.
  • Kroger is planning to launch its online grocery service ClickList in metro Atlanta at a new store in Gwinnett County. The idea is that you order your groceries online and then a Kroger employee will bring them out to your car for you.

In the NATIONAL headlines:

  • VW is still on the hot seat for the law-breaking diesel mess, but the lying issue they informed us of last month around their non-diesel cars isn’t as bad as originally thought. Volkswagen announced yesterday that they no longer expected to have to set aside $2.18 billion to deal with potentially false information on fuel use and carbon-dioxide emissions for around 800,000 vehicles. After further investigation, it turns out that the lying liars lie only affected 36,000 cars not 800,000 so the fix will be significantly cheaper.  Oh and they would like me to remind you that they didn’t break any laws this time – they just fudged the numbers a bit… cool?
  • The Wall Street Journal is reporting that “French lodging giant Accor has agreed to acquire the owner of the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel hotel brands”, saying that this is “the latest sign that the big hotel operators view getting even bigger as critical to their success”. Just a few weeks ago we told you that Marriott International agreed to acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. I kinda hate all this consolidation.
  • Free snacks are back at United! Big news (or not)… United Airlines said yesterday that it’s bringing back free snacks for hungry passengers traveling in economy. The new nibbles will debut in February 2016 on United (UAL) flights within North America and Latin America.  Flights that depart before 9:45 a.m. will serve stroopwafel — a Dutch, caramel-filled waffle.  Flights later in the day will have savory snack mixes, including one with rice crackers, sesame sticks and wasabi peas and another that has mini pretzel sticks, Cajun corn sticks and ranch soy nuts.

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