2012-2013 Speaker Archive

Spring 2013 Speaker Series

April 5: Ashley Hill

Local business people met on April 5th for special insight into how the journey of a businessman whose business rose to the peak of success, and fell to the bottom of failure, has given him a glimpse into the reality of God’s faithfulness. Ashley Hill is the Principal Partner of The CloverLeaf Group. During the Eight to Five meeting, Mr. Hill’s talk was more than a story; he taught other business leaders how faith can provide the link to security in an ever-changing world.

Ashley Hill is the Principal Partner of The CloverLeaf Group in Athens, Georgia. Included in his extensive ties to Cobb County is a relationship with Robin Burruss, President of Tip Top Poultry, who walked with Ashley through the ups and downs of his business’s dynamic journey.

The CloverLeaf Group, LLC. is a construction firm based in Athens, GA. They are dedicated to building exceptional projects through creative design & detailed efficiency. The Team combines our experience to allow the capacity for management of all facets of the development & construction process. The CloverLeaf approach merges creative thinking & historical detail with resourceful efficiency to deliver an exceptional product. The CloverLeaf management team is actively involved in all phases of the construction process. They work closely with their clients to build relationships and understand the true delineation of their foresight for a project. Quality customer service is vital to recurrent business and a large part of their work is obtained through their relationships with others.

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March 8: Lindsey Tippins

Local business owner and State Senator Lindsey Tippins joined Marietta WorkMatters on March 8th to talk about how he has integrated his faith and his work. Senator Tippins is the owner and founder of Tippins Contracting Company, Inc., a pipeline construction company, which has been in business since 1969. He previously served for 12 years on the Cobb Board of Education during which he served as chairman for three years. He is the past president of the Georgia Utility Contractor Association and the North Georgia State Fair and has served as a long time board member of both organizations. Sen. Tippins is a board member of the Calvary Children’s Home, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Atlanta Metro region), and was appointed by Governor Perdue to serve on the Georgia Student Finance Commission.

Senator Lindsey Tippins was first elected to the Georgia State Senate in 2010. He represents Senate District 37, located in Northwest Cobb County. He serves as Chairman of the Education and Youth Committee and sits on the Appropriations, Judiciary, and Transportation committees.

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February 8: Bart Newman

Local attorney Bart Newman talked during the February Eight to Five WorkMatters meeting about how his faith has guided his career from law school to his current position as Director of Programs at FLIR Systems.

Bart, a Marietta resident, husband and father of four served in Iraq from 2004-2007 before moving on to an Atlanta law firm to practice real estate law and he is the author of the nationally acclaimed book “Because of Baghdad: What a Father Would Say About Life, If He Didn’t Come Home to Say It.”

How do I become a great leader and follower? How can I use my money, marriage, and character to bring glory to God? Ultimately, how do I get the most out of this life? Away from his family and alone with his thoughts, Captain Bart Newman sought answers to these questions during his year-long deployment in Iraq. Realizing that he might not return home, he recorded his search in a journal that he could leave for his daughter. That journal became his book.

Bart Newman served in Baghdad, Iraq with the U.S. Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Bart holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia (magna cum laude) where he was President of the Student Government, a member of two SEC Championship tennis teams, and a founding father of the Georgia Delta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Bart also holds a master’s in Management, Economics & International Relations from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and a Juris Doctor (cum laude) from the University of Georgia School of Law. Bart is now an attorney with Arnall Golden Gregory, a large law firm in Atlanta, Georgia, where he lives with his wife, Julie, and their three children, Kate, Luke and Lyla.

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Fall 2012 Speaker Series

December 14: Jerry Bonner

On December 14, locally based, regionally respected builder Jerry Bonner joined WorkMatters to talk about how God orchestrated his life and his career. “God winks” shaped his business, Bonner Custom Homes, and the success that he has had over the last four decades of construction. Jerry’s story reminds us of God’s sovereignty and the truth found in Deuteronomy 8:17-18: “You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.”

In 1957, a vision was forming in a 12 year old boy. Working for his uncle in commercial construction, this boy developed a passion for building. It was a passion driven by the realization that building is about helping people; it is about helping other people fulfill their dreams. Together, these passions created a vision that drove this little boy to build one of the most respected custom residential construction companies in the country. His passion for building established an atmosphere of historical, architectural integrity and true craftsmanship. His passion for helping others established an atmosphere of personal integrity and trust. Now, this company, Bonner Custom Homes, is bigger than this one little boy but it is defined by his vision.

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November 16: Johnnie Gabriel

Download the audio from November 16 when Marietta WorkMatters featured renowned chef Johnnie Gabriel who talked about how she has integrated her faith and her work. Since 1989, Johnnie Gabriel has been in the business of baking. It could be said that Johnnie’s talent for cooking and baking is genetic, with one of America’s favorite cooks, Paula Deen, as her cousin. In 1996, Johnnie made the decision to leave her day job and open “Gabriel’s Desserts”.

Growth each year led Gabriel’s to hire professionally trained pastry cooks, cake decorators, bakers, a pastry chef and customer service personnel to meet demands for a made-to-order quality ingredient, freshly baked from scratch, homemade cake just like your grandmother used to have time to bake. Since 2003, Gabriel’s has tripled their space and expanded their list of desserts and savory foods, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner six days a week. Today, a customer can dine in or take home gabriel’s freshly prepared food all from quality ingredients! It’s a family tradition! Chosen best of Atlanta 7 times by Atlanta magazine, Gabriel’s has been called “The Little Shop of Wonders.”

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October 19: Dr. Paul Espy

On October 19, local dermatologist Dr. Paul Espy talked about how he has integrated his faith and his work. A native of Jackson, Alabama, Dr. Espy is a chemical engineering graduate of Georgia Tech, of which he was inducted into the College of Engineering Hall of Fame. He attended Tulane Medical School, interned at the University of Utah, served in the US Public Health Service on the Navajo Indian reservation, and completed his dermatology residency training at Charity Hospital in New Orleans.

Dr. Espy was certified by the American Board of Dermatology in 1976. He is a member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Academy of Dermatology, Georgia Society of Dermatologists, Atlanta Dermatology Association and the Medical Association of Georgia. He and his wife, Suellen, have three children and live in Marietta.