If you live in Atlanta, then you know that it has grown dramatically over the years. As someone who was born and raised here, I have to say that I love the direction that we’re going (for the most part.) The city is attracting some amazing folks, and allowing opportunities for these people to shine. I wanted to highlight a few professionals that you really ought to follow and possibly schedule a coffee date.
Here are a few ATLiens, both native and transplants, that you should really get to know.
Amazing Atlanta Businessmen and Women to Meet
- Lindsay Trinkle: There are few people that I actually send mass emails out to my team to learn about. Lindsay is one of them. We probably crossed paths during our teenage years at church, but I finally had the pleasure of meeting Lindsay in college. Lindsay is heavily involved in the Atlanta startup culture. She is currently working with Atlanta Tech Village, is Program Director for Atlanta Ventures, and has recently taken the position of Marketing Director for Voxa.
— lindsay trinkle (@lindsaytrinkle) June 5, 2014
- Van Baird: I met Van through one of the greatest guys I know, Drew Sheintal. Immediately, he had earned some credibility with me because of Drew. However, Van has made a major splash in Atlanta over the past few years. He has become a name that I can frequently toss out and connect with someone over. Van has always made himself available to me over the years for financial, business, and personal advice. He has been a reliable friend and mentor, and someone that I hope you get to meet someday.
- Jake Dudley: What a cool guy! Most people who meet Jake might be thrown off at first. Why the heck does this guy ooze altruism!? I ended up meeting Jake through the Business Radio X show that I did with Van Baird. Jake is the kind of guy that you pray and hope to do business with someday. I truly believe that his greatest joy comes from connecting people and watching sparks fly. Meet with Jake. I promise, you won’t regret it!
Promote other people. Don’t do it because you need something from them- do it because people are awesome.
— Jake Dudley (@jakedudley) May 6, 2014
- Travis Ekmark: Yeah, he’s my brother, but I really think that you should meet him. My bro has an amazing design firm called Brothers (no, I’m not involved). Travis and his team are an extremely impressive group of designers. I honestly believe that digital marketing is going to need people who are able to create amazing experiences for their users. Travis and has team exceed at UX, taste in coffee, and keeping it real.
just received pizza coupon for renting truck so, yeah, u could say im having a good day
— Travis Ekmark (@TravisEkmark) June 1, 2014