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Margaret Lisi & Dana Barrett

In the guest chair: 

Margaret Lisi, CEO of ST!R Marketing joined Dana live in studio for a little fun and to discuss (good) disruptive communication in the office.

ST!R Marketing is a storytelling agency, using communication to connect businesses with their clients through all forms of media.

In the headlines:

  • Seattle based Gravity Payments’ CEO takes a huge paycut and gives all of his employees a big raise, saying no one will make less than $70,000 annually. He cut his own salary from 1 million to $70K.
  • Atlanta-based PrimeRevenue Inc. has raised $80 million in a financing round led by private equity firm, BBH Capital Partners. The supply chain finance firm plans to add about 100 jobs in the next several months.
  • Duluth, Ga., has assembled a 20-plus acre site near its downtown and is seeking a developer to create a walkable residential community.
  • It’s not just tech companies and carmakers that are moving to Atlanta. UMCOR, The United Methodist Committee on Relief will move its headquarters from New York to Atlanta by October 2016. UMCOR is a not-for-profit international humanitarian aid organization that focuses on hunger, disasters and peace. In 2013, UMCOR’s total revenue was $79 million, which would make it 19th on Atlanta Business Chronicle’s List of Top Nonprofits.
  • The Atlanta Hawks selected Comcast Business to upgrade the team’s data, voice and video services at Philips Arena. The Hawks will move away from managing multiple vendors for different services and instead consolidate their data, voice and video services under Comcast Business. The new agreement calls for a new, high-capacity Internet connection and faster speeds.
  • Michelle MacLaren will no longer direct Gal Gadot as “Wonder Woman.” Warner Bros. was determined to hire a woman to direct its big-screen adaptation of comics’ most popular superheroine, Wonder Woman. The studio thought it found its gal in Michelle MacLaren. But the director has stepped away from the project and the quest to inject some estrogen into a superhero franchise continues.
  • Steaks are kinda manly… and Shula’s is a favorite of businessmen around the country.  That said, the chain has just given two women the top jobs! Nicole Milnthorpe was named president of Shula’s Steak Houses LLLP., the parent company of all Shula’s restaurants. The Fort Lauderdale-based company also announced Monday that Pamela Davis-Day was named president of Shula Burger.

Other stuff:

Can we really get more done with less? Join The Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club as we discuss ZILCH: THE POWER OF ZERO IN BUSINESS by Nancy Lublin on Monday, April 20th at South City Kitchen in Vinings! Get all the details and sign up to attend here: http://www.meetup.com/DBShow/.

Help us #NameThePenguin! Send in your suggestions via Twitter @DanaHBarrett and @biz1190. We’ll announce the winning name on April 25 for World Penguin Day. Want to know the story? Listen here: http://bit.ly/1C2EAlc.

For other events and appearances, check out Dana’s event calendar: http://danabarrett.com/events/.