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Larry Greene/Greene Worldwide Transportation Facebook

Greene Worldwide Transportation has been in business for 25 years. We are a 24/7 transportation company with someone in our office 24 hours a day to help you with  your every need. Whether you need leisure, corporate or group transportation, we have a large, late model fleet of sedans,5 passenger suvs, vans, 6,10,14 passenger stretch limousines, 31 passenger minibuses and 56 passenger motor coaches to fit all of your needs.

Candice Crossfield/Meeting Professionals International Georgia Chapter

Candice Crossfield proudly serves as the Manager, Member Services at GEDA. Candice was previously with Electric Cities of Georgia (ECG) and has been instrumental in event coordination and member services while at ECG. Prior to ECG, Candice worked in hospitality sales for the Ritz-Carlton, Monte Carlo Productions and Disney Regional Entertainment.

Candice holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Georgia State University. She is the President of Georgia Meeting Professionals International (GaMPI).

A native of Georgia, Candice interests include traveling, music and reading. She has a wonderful little boy, Brantley.

Shane McIntosh with Ocean Catering, Musician Krista Berutti, Tamara Eckles with Jem of the South and Carmaleita Lyght with Lyght House Cocktails

Meeting Pros

Shane McIntosh/Ocean Catering Company FacebookLinkedInTwitter

Shane McIntosh, executive chef with Ocean Catering Company, started out washing dishes in the late night Blues bars of Memphis, TN when he was just 14, and quickly moved on to the tough, exacting school of classic French cuisine. Holding his own with veteran cooks, he fell in love with the restaurant life and eventually gained the precision and discipline to complement his natural ability. This exuberant all-rounder – once compared to Julia Child with tattoos – is just as proud of his Dry-Rubbed BBQ as he is of his Caramelized Mango Foie Gras.

By age 20, Shane took over ownership of the Babylon Café, a pioneer in the farm-to-table movement, which instilled the basics of seasonal, local foods. McIntosh then went on to study a variety of flavors and techniques in some of the country’s most renowned kitchens. From the Caribbean cuisine of Automatic Slims Tonga Club, to The Main Dining Room of the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, to the prestigious James Beard House in New York City, to private dining in Paris, McIntosh pulls these influences together, creating
his own style of robust flavors.

At heart, Shane is a proud Southerner who appreciates good food and family. In 2002, he launched Ocean Catering Company – named after his eldest son Angus Ocean McIntosh – and soon established himself as one of the premier caterers in the Southeast. Whatever the event, he can always be found outside the kitchen – usually with a wide grin on his face – making sure all the guests are savoring every bite.

Krista Berutti/Singer Songwriter FacebookLinkedin

Tamara Eckles/Jem of the South FacebookTwitterinstagrampinterest

Tamara Eckles is a dessert enthusiast who has a love for dessert and business plain and simple. Tamara married her love of desserts which includes 20 years of baking experience and her love of entrepreneurship to start her popular media company, Jem of the South, the place where you “Discover Something Sweet”. Jem of the South is the home of Jem Radio, a monthly on-line radio show highlighting small business owners in the dessert industry, Rare Jems TV and Jem of the South Events and Workshops. She is also the author of the e-book ” 7 Sweet Recipes for Dessert Business Success” as well as two dessert guides. Tamara is becoming a go to resource for discovering sweet dessert businesses and dessert trends. Join her on her mission as she “Discovers Something Sweet!”

Carmaleita Lyght/Lyght House Cocktails FacebookTwitter

Carmaleita Willis Lyght is a native Georgia Peach from Augusta Georgia. She currently resides in the Atlanta area with her husband and son. Carmaleita is a family girl who loves her friends. She is a die hard adventurer who has never met a stranger and will have a drink with anyone. Carmaleita has been mixing drinks for 12+ years but is always ready to learn more.



Matt Coggin with DBA Barbecue, Kimberly Wright with Breathless Moments, Jenn and Adam Linke with The Decisive Moment, and Violaine Giogene with Andre’ Winfrye Events

Meeting Pros

Matt Coggin/D.B.A. Barbecue FacebookTwitter

Matt Coggin, owner, barbecue pit master, and familiar face in the dining room at D.B.A. Barbecue, has worked for over 15 years in many of Virginia Highland and Inman Park’s popular neighborhood restaurants. A graduate of the University of Florida, Matt majored in advertising, but knew early on his passion was for the restaurant business. After graduating from college, Matt spent time in the dining rooms and kitchens of Harvest, La Tavola, Wisteria, Sala and Kevin Rathbun Steak, learning the different aspects of the business. In June of 2009, Matt followed his dream and opened the doors of D.B.A. Barbecue on the corner of North Highland Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia. Serving award-winning barbecue, D.B.A. Barbecue is a favorite local haunt offering an expansive barbecue menu with comfort food and creative options alike, a southern-inspired cocktail menu, expansive beer offerings, and weekly events.

With the primary goal of serving up the best authentic hickory smoked barbecue in Atlanta, D.B.A. is a favorite local haunt in the heart of the Virginia-Highland neighborhood. D.B.A. offers an expansive barbecue menu with comfort food and eclectic options alike, this lunch, dinner and social destination has also become known for its distinctly southern cocktail menu and weekly offerings. Open for lunch, dinner and catering seven days a week, D.B.A. Barbecue is located at 1190 N. Highland Avenue NE Suite B Atlanta, Georgia 30306.

Kimberly Wright/Breathless Moments LLC FacebookLinkedin

Kimberly Wright is a multi-passionate natural leader, a pioneering renaissance lady, prolific speaker, ardent philanthropist, passionate entrepreneur, avid blogger and community advocate who auspiciously pursues success, happiness and peace for herself and others. Known for her saying and belief “If I cannot help you I promise not to harm you…” Kimberly is known for bringing a state of sunshine, joy, calm and peace to each individual she meets whether for a reason, a season or a lifetime.

Raised to reach for the stars and reared in the belief “Service is the rent we pay for living…” being service oriented simply comes naturally to her. At the core of Kimberly’s values is her passion for empowering single mothers and their children.

Kimberly is the Founder, CEO & President of JonAshton PR, Breathless Moments Interior Design & Event Planning, Breathless Moments Travel and Keystrokes By Kimberly.

JonAshton PR is a boutique agency specializing in Branding, Marketing & Social Media Management for small business owners building their brands and rebranding their brands

Breathless Moments Interior Design & Event Planning is a boutique agency of Interior Design, Corporate Events, Social Celebrations and Conferences.

Breathless Moments Travel is a designer travel agency specializing in BREATHLESS Destination Weddings, Honeymoons, Anniversaries and Generational Vacations. Fairy Godmother service just for you!

Keystrokes By Kimberly is a Lifestyle Synergy blog which focuses on how to live a positive lifestyle.

Jenn and Adam Linke/The Decisive Moment and The Atlanta Wedding Loft FacebookTwitter

Adam’s passion for photography didn’t start behind the camera. He spent years training & working as an actor spending much of his time on the other side of the lens. It is Adam’s passion for storytelling and ability to recognize and capture emotion that sets him apart as a photographer. Adam has been honing his craft for over a decade photographing weddings with The Decisive Moment, major theatrical events and magazine assignments. Jenn is the studio director and fearless leader of both The Decisive Moment Wedding Photojournalism and The Atlanta Wedding Loft. Jenn’s passion for business stems from a love of people, an overactive imagination and a deep appreciation of capturing life’s fleeting moments.

Adam and Jenn have a keen understanding of the necessity of capturing life’s moments – they are the parents of two adorable little boys and one NEW little girl!

Violaine Diogene/Andre’ Winfrye Events FacebookTwitter

Recently named Jezebel Magazine’s Best Wedding Planner 2013, Violaine Diogene is known as one of Atlanta’s most prominent Wedding Planners. With a degree in Marine Biology and Biotechnology, believe it or not Violaine will tell you that she always knew she would somehow end up in the hospitality industry. Right after college she accepted a job at Bertuccis in Boston MA as an Event Manager and it was a done deal! Since that first “official” position, Violaine held positions as the Banquet Manager for Sheraton Hotel, Director of Sales for a private catering and planning company in Boston, a Catering Sales Manager/Wedding Planner for Hilton, Marriott as well Westin Hotels.

In 2009 after separating from Hilton, Andre’ Winfrye Events was born! Her work has been featured in many bridal publications such as Grace Ormond Magazine, The Knot, Modern Luxury, Ritz Carlton Weddings, and various others. Violaine has spent years procuring and working with not only Atlanta’s most elite and capable vendors, but throughout the United States and abroad.