2014 Charities We Support

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One of our core BlueFletch values is to be ‘a problem solver’ — not just in technology but within our community as well. As a growing company, we feel it’s important to give back to organizations that are making a positive impact. French philosopher Voltaire said it best:

“With great power comes great responsibility”


Over the past year, our team has cleaned up the Atlanta Beltline, adopted a park next to our office, built an application for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and introduced a local elementary school to different careers in technology with Cool Girls.

As our team has doubled over the past year, we’ve also added a 1:1 match for employee contributions to charities and organizations trying to make a difference. Over that time, we’ve made donations to:

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Atlanta Mobility Radio: The Atlanta Community Food Bank & Catavolt

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This week’s episode includes representatives from our friends at the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Catavolt. Learn how they quickly built an app for over 600 agencies delivering food to millions of Georgians across the Atlanta Metro area.

Richard LeBer / Atlanta Community Food Bank

Richard LeBer is Vice President, Finance and Strategy for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. He is responsible for the strategy of the Food Bank, and oversees Finance, Information Technology, Business Management and Facilities. Richard has been involved with the Food Bank since 1999 as a sponsor, consultant, Board member and Chair, and joined its staff in 2012. Prior to joining the Food Bank, Richard was the CEO of National Linen Service and a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo in Canada and Harvard Business School.

George Mashini / Catavolt

George Mashini is a founder and the CEO of Catavolt Inc., a leading provider of enterprise application mobility solutions. Mashini has more than 12 years as a leader in enterprise application development, serving as founder and lead software developer for Paragon Systems International which was later bought by Infor.

Jeff Steinke / BlueFletch

Jeff is a founding partner of BlueFletch where he leads the Business Analyst group. Understanding business processes, digging into end user needs, product management and good old fashioned QA are all fair game. He’s been building mobile technologies since 2004 where he worked as a supply chain consultant with Accenture. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS degree in Management of Information Technology.

Atlanta Mobility Radio: Atlanta’s Mobile TaskForce

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This episode covers some of the growth mobility has seen since the start of the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Mobile TaskForce. Learn more about how students can jumpstart their career in mobility through internships, scholarships & additional training.

Guests include:

 

Keith Hartford & Brad Culp / WNA

Stephen Weber / BlueFletch

Stephen is currently the Marketing Manager at BlueFletch. Stephen has expertise in marketing automation, creating lead generation campaigns & content creation. He has worked across several industries implementing strategies for a variety of tech companies in Atlanta. He holds a BA in Advertising from the Grady College of Journalism at The University of Georgia.

Atlanta Mobility Radio Episode 10

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Fred Fuller / Cardlytics

Fred Fuller has more than 15 years of experience working in finance and managing customer relationships within large technology and financial companies, as well as the international divisions of global companies. As the Vice President of Account Management at Cardlytics, Fred is responsible for some of the most critical and strategic relationships associated with the company’s success.

Prior to joining Cardlytics, he served as a director with S1, an international online banking and payment processing software company, as well as held other strategic related positions within the telecom industry, including at Earthlink and MCI.

Before embarking on his corporate career, Fred served in the United States Navy where he spent time at the Navy Special Warfare Center. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgia State University with a Degree in Decision Sciences.

Terry Davidson / O'Neil Interactive

Terry Davidson, the creative and visionary force behind many innovations like www.boxofficelive.tv, www.Windowsthatwork.com, www.digitalpictureworks.com. Has a career that spans over 20 years with emphasis on communications and marketing. He served as East Coast Marketing Executive for both ITT World Communications and US Sprint.

As a Marketing Executive, he secured the winning bid to provide the wireless communication system for the Georgia Dome in collaboration with Bell South Communications. He managed the highly successful multimedia studio “Digital Pictureworks” which specialized in developing high-end digital content for clients like GE, NCR, Panasonic, McDonalds, Ga. Tech., Georgia Aquarium and Historical Black Colleges and Universities.

Davidson is responsible for developing the organization’s overall strategic direction as well as generating new venture at www.oneili.com. He also has patent pending status on some of his innovations for B2B and mobile applications that effect masses.

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Atlanta Mobility Radio Episode 9

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Marcos Acosta / AutoTrader

Marcos Acosta is Director of Mobile for AutoTrader.com. He is responsible for all mobile platforms, which currently represent over 40% of all AutoTrader user activity, driving significant ROI to thousands of local dealerships, advertisers, and manufacturers such as Toyota, Nissan, and GM. Prior to joining AutoTrader.com, Marcos was at SapientNitro for over 12 years creating OmniChannel strategies for some of the world’s largest brands. His career has been focused on the intersection of Business, User Experience, and Technology.

Hillery Champagne / Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

Hillery Champagne is the Director of Mobility at the Metro Atlanta Chamber where she is responsible for helping grow the mobile and wireless technology ecosystem to encourage investment to the metro Atlanta region.

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Atlanta Mobility Radio Episode 8

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Greg Burch / Ingenico

Greg Burch is Vice President of Mobility, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at Ingenico. His background includes a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Georgia State University and over 15 years of high tech experience in both telecom, security and payments. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Greater Alpharetta Technology Network. Greg and his wife live and enjoy playing tennis in the North Metro area.

Dr. Humayun Zafar / Kennesaw State University

Dr. Humayun Zafar is an Assistant Professor of Information Security and Assurance, as well as Director of the Mobile App Development (MAD) Lab at Kennesaw State University. He received his doctorate from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and his work has appeared in numerous journals. In summer 2013 he designed the MAD Junior program to impart STEM knowledge to middle school students through creation of mobile games. He recently received multiple grants from Google (via the Tides Foundation) to continue with the program and partner with local non-profit agencies such as Computers For Youth (CFY) to encourage minorities to enroll in STEM programs.

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Atlanta Mobility Radio Episode 7

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Jeff Newlin / OutSystems

Jeff Newlin joined OutSystems in 2011 as Vice President and General Manager of Americas. In this role, he is responsible for OutSystems American business where he drives continued growth and expands the organization. As a member of the executive team, he also plays an active role in the overall strategy of the company.

Jeff brings over 20 years of experience in creating and continually evolving sales and services organizations as well as strategic and tactical operational management. Most recently, he held the position of Senior VP of Global Sales and Chief Revenue Officer at Silverpop, a provider of SaaS solutions for engagement marketing.

Prior to Silverpop, he held positions at Cybrant, TenFold Corporation, Texas Instruments Software, and KnowledgeWare. Jeff holds BS in Computer Information Systems from Purdue University.

Calvin Cho / Bluebird

Calvin is the Market Development Manager, Global Business Department at BlueBird.

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Atlanta Mobility Radio Episode 6

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Dan Israel / Razorfish

Dan is a seasoned executive and practical visionary with a passion for technology and how it can improve the lives of consumers. With over 20 years of experience on both the client and agency side, Dan became part of the Razorfish leadership team in the Atlanta office in 2014.

Razorfish operates at the intersection of marketing and technology, with the aim of helping brands and companies transform their businesses. Dan and his team are frequently called upon by clients to help them bridge their physical and digital worlds through engaging customer experiences that also produce new revenue streams. Major clients include Audi, AT&T, Delta, Bridgestone, and Kellogg’s, among others.

Dan is a steadfast source of thought leadership on digital experiences for leading publications such as MediaPost, Mobile Marketer, ClickZ and eMarketer. He also speaks at major industry conferences, including OMMA Global and OMMA mCommerce, MediaPost’s Mobile Insider Summit, Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association, Digital Atlanta, Atlanta Mobility Live, and MforMobile.

Prior to joining the agency world, Dan led mobile strategy and product development at The Home Depot, where he launched the iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7 apps updated the mobile website. Dan spent nine years at BellSouth, Cingular and AT&T Mobility, on product development and product management for both mobile and broadband apps. Dan also has start-up experience from his days as a co-founder of Incanta. The turnkey broadband applications company raised $22M over three funding rounds.

Dan has a BA from Emory University, an MSc from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He has lived abroad three times in his life: Tehran, Iran (1975-1976); London, England (1990-1991); and Kagoshima, Japan (1992-1993).

Josh Waddell / SAP

Josh Waddell is Vice President of Solution Management and Innovation for SAP¹s mobile applications and mobile platforms. In this global role, he leads the widely-acclaimed Mobile Innovation Center, working with SAP customers, partners, and prospects to test and prove out new mobile innovations in the market, and then implement these in standard SAP mobile solutions. Josh and his team work across SAP¹s worldwide technology and mobile solution portfolio, helping SAP customers and partners to become better-run mobile enterprises.

Josh joined SAP in 2003, as a mobile technology consultant, and has since held key positions with SAP in pre-sales, operations, and mobile EcoSystem and Channels. During his tenure, Josh established SAP¹s first three co-innovation partnerships with BlackBerry, Sybase, and Syclo. Prior to joining SAP, Josh worked for several mobile start-ups, where he led an impressive series of successful product launches, acquisitions, and integrations.

Kashi Sehgal / Gigabark

Kashi Sehgal is Co-Founder & CEO of Gigabark, an integrated mobile solutions company rooted in phone and text messaging technology. Kashi is also Executive Director for SouthWiRED – one of the largest technology conferences in the Southeast.

Kashi serves as EVP of the Campus Community Partnership Foundation that hosts the Mentor Walk which aims to reduce the high school drop-out rate in Georgia through various awareness-building touch points. She is Co-Founder and Director of Partnerships for Music For Tomorrow which was launched to provide immediate financial assistance to jazz musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina and now provides economic opportunities for jazz musicians around the country.

After spending time as a Management Consultant at Accenture, she now works with select clients specializing in strategic planning, visioning, communications planning, and startup and non-profit strategy. Kashi is actively engaged in the Atlanta community serving on various boards such as WonderRoot, Georgia’s WIN List, Fulton County Career & Technical Education and WINGS for Kids and committees such as the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Mobility Leadership Council, ChooseATL, Amplify 4 Good, and Lovett School’s Sustainability Committee.

Kashi is a native Atlantan. She graduated from The George Washington University with a degree in Psychology and minors in Communication and Music. She attended Georgia Tech for graduate school in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She is a member of the 2013 LEAD Atlanta and LaunchPad2X classes and volunteers her time mentoring and with CARE, Acumen, and other organizations in her community.

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Atlanta Mobility Radio Episode 5

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Kabir Barday / AirWatch

Kabir is currently the Product Owner, Product Management Leader, Mobile App Management Solution at AirWatch.

Lisa West / West Marketing Group

Lisa West has a unique, multi-faceted, mobile-centric background. She has a combined 18 years of experience across agency, big brand, carrier, and association.

Most recently Lisa led Mobile Marketing for InterContinental Hotels Group. In her role, Mrs. West had responsibility for mobile marketing strategy and execution including owned and paid mobile media across all 11 IHG hotel brands and the IHG Rewards Club loyalty program. Prior to joining IHG in 2011, she has worked with impressive companies such as Promethean, a leader in the educational technology space, Air2Web, an SMS platform, Microsoft where she launched the very first tablet, Cingular Wireless (AT&T) on the promotions team, and GSMA where she was responsible for the association’s Mobile Innovation Marketplace initiative which brought together Mobile Developers, and the world’s VCs and telecom carriers and placed them on global stages; such as Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Congress.

She has recently won 2 prestigious awards: A career achievement Mobility Star’s award from the Atlanta Metro Chamber and named, Mobile Women to Watch in 2014 from Mobile Marketer Magazine.

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Atlanta Mobility Radio Episode 4

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Jon Lawrence, NCR & Bill Keen, IHG

We had the pleasure of speaking with Jon Lawrence, the Senior Director of Solution Management and Product Marketing for NCR Hospitality and Bill Keen, the Director of Mobile Solutions at Intercontinental Hotel Group.

Topics include the challenges of upgrading Legacy systems for the modern traveler and the future of paying restaurant bills.

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