In the guest chair:

This morning, Dana had the pleasure of hosting three very successful guests on the show. Don Barden, CEO and managing partner of DDS Financial, a business consultation, accounting, and coaching firm, spoke about creativity and exceeding expectations.  Don is a senior level behavioral economist and 27 year Wall Street veteran.

Irv Grossman & Dana Barrett

Irv Grossman & Dana Barrett

Irv Grossman, Executive VP of the Americas for Chainalytics discussed supply chain. Irv is responsible for the delivery of strategy, design, and transformational consulting efforts for many of the top-tier global supply chains. Chainalytics is a recognized global leader in supply chain consulting, analytics, and market intelligence.

Hunter Newby, CEO of Allied Fiber has amassed deep subject matter expertise and contacts in the telecom networking industry spanning 15 years. Allied Fiber is the first open-access, integrated, network-neutral colocation and dark fiber superstructure provider in the United States with a national plan.

In the local headlines:

  • Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul says the city is “not unserious” about studying a Disney-style monorail to serve the growing city’s transportation needs.
  • Georgia 400 Center appears to have a new developer and capital partner in charge of its future, including long-sought after plans for the next phase of the project. Atlanta real estate company TPA Group and Long Wharf Real Estate Partners out of Boston are on the verge of reaching an agreement to buy the more than 80-acre development at Georgia 400 and Haynes Bridge Road, which includes three existing mid-rise office buildings and an undeveloped 55-acre site.  MetLife currently owns the property and has been working on some fancy doodle plans comparing the area to New York’s Bryant Park.  Whatevs.
  • Atlanta received a perfect 100 – the highest score possible in a study by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.  This the second year Atlanta got a perfect score for having explicit non-discrimination laws, equal employee benefits and other services offered by the city. Law enforcement and municipal leadership were also taken into account in the study.  And the really good news – the number of municipalities getting perfect scores has gone up year over year.
  • Caron Treatment Centers announced an agreement today to acquire Solutions Atlanta, an intensive outpatient program for adolescents and young adults based in Roswell, Georgia. Doug Tieman, President and CEO of Caron (who was on the show a couple of months ago) says, “We’re excited to expand our treatment services in Atlanta. In the two years since initiating a local presence, we’ve seen an extraordinary commitment by communities, local government, parents and schools to address behavioral health issues facing families today.”
  • Los Angeles based technology provider VXI Global Solutions, which specializes in call center and business process outsourcing services, software development, quality assurance testing and infrastructure outsourcing, will open a call center in College Park in next year. The facility will create 570 jobs for the community, according to a statement.

In the national headlines:

  • Pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli—who gained notoriety earlier this year for significantly raising prices on drugs—was arrested Thursday on securities and wire-fraud charges stemming from an alleged Ponzi scheme he ran as a hedge-fund manager.
  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said Thursday it sent letters this week to T-Mobile US Inc., Comcast Corp. and AT&T seeking more information about new services they are offering that critics worry could circumvent net-neutrality rules.
  • The maker of Just Mayo, a vegan alternative to traditional mayonnaise, will keep the name but change its label after settling a dispute with federal regulators that highlighted the confusion being stirred up by fast-changing consumer food preferences. The agreement between Hampton Creek Inc. and the Food and Drug Administration wraps up a labeling saga that began over a year ago, when industry giant Unilever PLC, which makes Hellmann’s mayonnaise, filed a lawsuit against Hampton Creek for false advertising.

Other stuff:

Join us Monday, January 11th for the next meeting of The Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club! This month’s selection is THE ROAD TO CHARACTER by David Brooks. We’ll talk leadership and the line between the “Big Me” and our own inner, personal values. We will meet at American Food and Beverage in Buckhead. Get all the details and sign up to attend here:

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