In the guest chair:

Kasey Gartner, Samantha Holowka, Dana Barrett

Kasey Gartner, Samantha Holowka, Dana Barrett

Regular contributors, Kasey Gartner and Samantha Holowka of Northwestern Mutual joined Dana live in studio for the first hour to talk retirement. Marshall Seese Jr., aka The Tin Man, also called in to discuss his move from the corporate world to pursue his dream career in music. For the second hour, Little Pink Book CEO, Cynthia Good and New York Times bestselling author, Karin Slaughter joined in to highlight their upcoming events happening in Atlanta.

Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI, and its subsidiaries. Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a comprehensive approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, annuities, Iife insurance with long-term care benefits, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, limited purpose federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company.

The Tin Man is the name of Marshall Seese Jr.’s bluesy, folk-rock music project. He is currently in the middle of an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to record 5 songs. After that, he will begin touring the country.

Karin Slaughter, Dana Barrett, Cynthia Good

Karin Slaughter, Dana Barrett, Cynthia Good

Little PINK Book is a daily dose of encouragement and inspiration to follow your dreams and have the beautiful career and beautiful life you deserve.

Karin Slaughter is the #1 internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Will Trent and Grant County series and the instant New York Times bestseller Cop Town. There are more than 35 million copies of her books in print around the world.

In the headlines:

  • Colony Square may be getting a much needed do-over. 40 years ago Colony Square was the first mixed-use development in the South and it helped turn Midtown from a seedy hub of Atlanta counterculture to a mainstream arts and cultural district. But the area has definitely lost it’s spark. The developer emerging as the front runner for the redo is North American Properties who turned Atlantic Station around and is behind the very successful Avalon in Alpharetta.
  • Delta Airlines announced job cuts last week. They haven’t said how many or exactly when but they have said the cuts will be in the support roles like HR and communications and not on the front lines.
  • A Texas billionaire is claiming millions of dollars of his money was fraudulently used to develop the Emory Proton Therapy Center now under construction in midtown Atlanta. Kelcy Warren says money he invested with the developer – called APT was meant for the now bankrupt Dallas Proton Therapy but was instead diverted to Atlanta and Baltimore. APT representatives say the Dallas and Atlanta centers fall under separate entities and the problems in Dallas will not affect the Atlanta center (which has already delayed opening for logistical reasons).
  • The daughter of Coke CEO, Muhtar Kent has expanded her jewelry line to Atlanta. Selena Kent’s line is already available in New York and is know available at Mednikow Jewelers in Buckhead.
  • New progress on the southside trail portion of the Atlanta Beltline. An RFQ for designers has gone out – and qualifications are due in early next month. When the Southside Trail is complete, it will connect the Eastside and Westside trails, creating the longest contiguous pathway (about 12 miles) for the Beltline since the first trails opened in 2008.
  • The shopping site many hoped would give a run for it’s money is already floundering after only being open to the public since July. has dropped it’s $50 annual fee which it had originally said would be it’s main source of income as it promised to way undercut Amazon on prices. With this change, the price difference will be less noteworthy for sure.
  • Yahoo and the NHL have joined DraftKings and FanDuel in banning their employees from participating in online fantasy sports for money on ANY site.
  • And… a Wall Street Journal writer has compared the new taxi-hailing services with Uber for convenience and price and gives the win to the taxi-hailing apps… at least in Manhattan.

Other stuff:

Join us Monday, October 19th for the next meeting of Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club! We’re learning about the history of the digital revolution in this month’s selection: THE INNOVATORS by Walter Isaacson. We will meet at American Food and Beverage in Buckhead. Get all the details and sign up to attend here:

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