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Registration open for Saturday’s Administrative Professionals Week Leadership Development Conference


Make plans to attend the IAAP Leadership Development Conference on Saturday, April 26, 8:30am-1pm at Hyatt House, 3595 Cumberland Blvd SE, Atlanta, 30339.

The conference will feature two parts: Managing Up: Working to Achieve the Best Results for You, Your Supervisor, and Your Organization (presented by Maureen O’Leary) and Managing Multiple Properties: A Guide to Time Management (presented by Sandra Wright).

The cost to attend is: $40 for Cobb County members, $50 other IAAP members and $55 non-IAAP members. Brunch will be provided. 2.5 recertification points for this event have been approved.

Register via PayPal online at or mail your check made out to IAAP Cobb County Chapter to:

Timi Ewbank
24 Old Mill Court, Acworth, GA 30101.

The event will also feature a silent auction.

For more information email questions to


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International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)-Cobb County Chapter

International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) Cobb County Chapter. Professional Development and Networking. Fourth Monday of the month. 6:30pm. Meeting & dinner.  HYATT House/ Atlanta Galleria, 3595 Cumberland Blvd. SE Atlanta.  More info: 770-541-2960 or


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Open House at Langley Family Chiropractic April 26

Enjoy the Sweet Suite 16 Party Open House on April 26 at Langley Family Chiropractic to celebrate their new Chiropractic office, 10am-2pm.

Celebrate with No Charge Chiropractic Adjustments for all regular patients and complimentary New Patient Exams for all new patients. Enjoy food, fun, family and more!

Langley Family Chiropractic is located in Parkaire Commons, 4994 Lower Roswell Road, Suite 16, Marietta, 30068. Call 770-973-0150 for more information.


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Jim Minnick, CEO of East Cobb-based eVestment, on Keynote Panel April 25

Jim Minnick, CEO and co-founder of eVestment

Jim Minnick

East Cobber Jim Minnick, CEO and co-founder of eVestment, the Marietta-based provider of institutional investor data and analytics, will appear on the keynote panel at the Atlanta Business Chronicle Pacesetter Awards Friday, April 25. The event will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown Atlanta.

The event panelists are all CEOs of companies that have previously appeared on the Atlanta Business Chronicle Pacesetters list of the fastest growing private companies in the metro Atlanta area.

Minnick will be joined on the panel by Cassandra Conners, CEO of Bella Bag; Brett Fortune, CEO of Fortune-Johnson; and David Northington, CEO of Cloud Sherpas. Each CEO will offer insights on growing their companies, goal setting, building innovative corporate cultures and other facets of leading fast-growing companies.

In addition to learning from the keynote panel speakers, attendees will have an opportunity to network with other event attendees, including members of Atlanta’s entrepreneur, finance and venture capital communities. This is the 19th annual Atlanta Business Chronicle Pacesetter event.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

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East Cobb man inducted into British Order by Prince Charles

Robert Schukai works for Thomson Reuters Corp

Robert Schukai, File Photo

An East Cobb high-tech innovator was deemed a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on Friday.

Robert Schukai works for Thomson Reuters Corp., a multinational media conglomerate based in New York City, as the head of advanced product innovation.

Schukai flew to the United Kingdom with his wife, Linda Rowley, his son, Jackson, 15, and his daughter, Hallie, 13, who attended the ceremony.

“We are so proud of him,” Rowley said. “This is an incredible award. It is not handed out to just anybody.”

The family did not meet Queen Elizabeth, who was in Italy at the time, but Rowley said Prince William “was ever so kind.”

Rowley said there were many guards stationed throughout the palace and inside the huge ballroom sat the thrones and “absolutely incredible” art.

“It was amazing, absolutely amazing,” Rowley said.

From 1997 to 2005, Schukai and Rowley both worked for Motorola in London and lived in a small village outside of the city.

When Schukai accepted a job with Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta, the family moved to east Cobb off Lower Roswell Road.

The British Consulate General in Atlanta, which represents the United Kingdom for the Southeastern United States, recommended Schukai for the award for his promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

An entrepreneurial spirit across the pond

Three years ago, Schukai started working with Apps for Good, which teaches kids to design and develop products to make a difference in the world.

Rowley said her husband works with companies all over the world, “but his passion is helping kids.” Especially children who live in lower-income areas and are at risk for dropping out of school.

Apps for Good hones entrepreneurial skills by having students create mobile applications — and essentially start-up companies — through team work exercises and solo projects.

The kids think of a problem to solve, develop a business strategy and marketing plan, create a prototype using a software tool and build the coding to offer the product on an Android platform.

Then there is a competition where the students can pitch their plans to bring the products to market.

“The ideas are just incredible what you get,” Schukai said. “They continue to surprise me year after year.”

As a mentor, Schukai often uses Skype to conduct sessions with students about user experience, design and public speaking.

Schukai also finds himself traveling across every corner of the United Kingdom because the academic program “has exploded” from urban areas in East London to rural areas in the very north of Scotland.

“Not a particularly easy place to get to,” Schukai said.

There are more than 20,000 students in the United Kingdom taking part in the program and more than half of the participants are girls.

The ages range from primary schools with students who are 9 and 10 years old to students who are completing their last year in school before entering a university.

Program coming to Georgia?

The goal of Apps for Good is to transform the way technology is taught in public schools across the world.

There is an effort to offer this program to American students, first focusing on the Silicon Valley in California.

“There is definitely an interest to bring this to the states,” Schukai said.

Schukai thinks schools in the United States should include a computer science course as part of the mandated curriculum for high school graduation.

Rowley said a program should be started in Georgia, which is a hub for technology companies.

“This is the way the world is changing,” Rowley said.

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Rachel Gray, April 08, 2014. Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – Cobb man inducted into British Order by Prince Charles)

Mary Jeffries Joins eVestment as Corporate Sales Specialist


Mary Jeffries has joined Marietta-based eVestment, a leading provider of institutional investment data and analytics, as a corporate sales specialist.  In this position she will be responsible for building sales of eVestment’s Analytics solution by identifying, qualifying and closing sales with prospective hedge fund clients.

Jeffries brings to eVestment a wide variety of skills and experience in sales. Immediately prior to joining eVestment, she served as an account relationship manager with Arrow Electronics in Alpharetta. Prior to that, Jeffries was an account manager with Hewlett-Packard in Arkansas.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in speech communications from the University of Georgia.

eVestment plans to hire 80 to 100 people during 2014 to help support and propel the company’s growth.  The company is looking to fill positions primarily in sales, client service, product strategy and software development. Technically savvy and creative candidates with a passion for demonstrating excellence in an innovative, team-based environment are encouraged to apply for openings on the company’s website.

eVestment has become well known for its workplace culture and successful growth strategies.  The company has placed on several “Best Places to Work Lists.” Benefits and employee-centric practices at the company include unlimited paid time off (PTO); events like an annual business meeting and holiday party where all employees gather in Atlanta, raft-racing outings and fitness challenges; and promoting from within and creating new opportunities to keep employees engaged.  For more information on eVestment’s workplace culture, please click here.

For more information about careers at eVestment, please visit

(Reprinted from


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Seize Your Moment! KSU offers bonus Career Training Expo on April 10

Timi Ewbank, right, helps attendee

Timi Ewbank, right, helps attendee

KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education is opening its doors for a bonus Spring Career Training Expo on April 10. The college is known for these biannual events usually hosted in January and July of each year.

The Spring Career Training Expo is a new offering and gives the public an extended look at 10 professional certificate programs. Sessions and times are as follows:

6:00 p.m.
• Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
• Medical Office Assistant
• Project Management

6:15 p.m.
• Basic Office Technology

6:30 p.m.
• Phlebotomy Technician
• Web Design

6:45 p.m.
• Administrative Professional

7:00 p.m.
• Medical Assisting

7:15 p.m.
• Culinary Apprenticeship
• Social Media Marketing

The event will allow visitors the opportunity to empower themselves! Professional certificates present opportunities for adult learners to advance in their current careers, re-enter the workforce, or transition to a new occupation.

Attendees will be able to meet instructors and recent program graduates, use registration discounts, and learn about payment plans and other forms of financial aid. Registration, which is free and open to the public, can be completed by phone (770-423-6765), online ( or in person (KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30144).

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There’s still time to register for the ECBA Quarterly Community Breakfast


The East Cobb Business Association Quarterly Community Breakfast will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7:30am at J.Christophers, 1205 Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb.

Registration is $10 for members and non-members. The featured speaker will be Scott Sweeney, Cobb County Board of Education, Post 6.

To register, visit,

The East Cobb Business Association seeks to transform East Cobb by developing business leaders through Networking and Education with an emphasis on Community.


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