In the guest chair:

Dana Barrett & Sonia Booker

Dana Barrett & Sonia Booker

Sonia Booker, regular contributor and Principal at Sonia Booker Enterprises joined Dana during the first hour of the show to talk building wealth through real estate. Sustainability and going green were up for discussion as Shelby Buso, Director of Sustainability for Central Atlanta Progress joined in for the second hour.

Sonia Booker is one of the nation’s leading “Go To” wealth experts. Known for her down-to-earth approach, her messages are inspirational and empowering. Self-determination led Sonia to national prominence, first recognized by Allstate as one of their Top Agents, at the age of 24. After selling her profitable insurance agency, Sonia transitioned into real estate investing, owning and partnering in several successful and non-successful ventures. 

Downtown Green Source is the sustainability program of Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (CAP/ADID). Atlanta is making great progress toward environmental and economic sustainability. Through their Downtown Green Source program, CAP/ADID strives to make Downtown Atlanta more sustainable.

In the headlines:

  • Follow up on the Here to Serve restaurant group’s abrupt closing. Apparently they did pay workers what they owed them yesterday… sort of. 
  • Delta lost it’s #1 spot as the on-time leader, edged out by Southwest. And um… we all know they pad the times, right? So, Dana thinks this contest just makes them feel good about themselves and does very little for us as consumers.
  • A new study examined how safe the ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft really are and Atlanta didn’t fare so well. The cities with the safest rideshare drivers were Seattle, San Francisco, Austin, Portland, Oregon, and San Diego. The least safe were Atlanta, Fort Worth, Houston, Miami and Dallas.
  • One dumb bunny ruined all the cheatin’ fun in the fantasy sports arena. FanDuel Inc. and DraftKings Inc., the biggest companies in the daily fantasy-sports industry, permanently banned employees from playing in daily contests for money and enlisted high-profile attorneys to review their internal policies. This on the heel’s of one of DraftKings’ employees publicly noting that he had released lineup info early and then proceeding to go over to FanDuel and win $350,000. Idiot.
  • Volkswagen conceded it won’t be able sell diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S. for a prolonged period, withdrawing a request for regulators to certify new models in the wake of an emissions-cheating scandal. Ya think?
  • Toyota Motor Corp. says it “plans to make some of its cars fully capable of self-driving on highways by around 2020,” accelerating the rollout of its autonomous-drive technology and countering Silicon Valley rivals like Google. The two key words in that sentence are “on highways”… meaning well, they’re putting in enhanced cruise control. Come on, Toyota – we’re not dumb.

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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