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The Atlanta Story is a podcast highlighting Atlanta’s most interesting creators, entrepreneurs, and builders. We learn what decisions they’ve made along the way to get where they are and of course ask questions around the vision they see for the city in the future. We believe now is the right time for a podcast like this because Atlanta is at a point in time where the ingredients are here and available for anyone who’s looking to build and create something special.
 
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The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Adam Wexler, Founder and CEO of PrizePicks. With over 50,000 daily active users, PrizePicks is a leading player in the Daily Fantasy Sports Industry. In today’s interview, Adam shares insights from hi…
 
1 week a year, Augusta, GA becomes the center of the sports universe. But what happens the other 51 weeks a year in Auguta? In this episode, mayor Hardie Davis, Jr. joins us to discuss how the Masters impacts the city of Augusta, how he leverages the tournament in his leadership, the role of engineering and theology in public service and handling a…
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Greg Bluestein, AJC’s premiere political reporter and newly minted author of Flipped. Greg spent the first part of his career at the Associated Press before transitioning to the AJC. Greg and his coll…
 
This episode is Part 3 of 3 of a special series on Direct to Consumer companies focused on the golf market.This episode features Mike Gottfried, Founder and CEO of Piper Golf (www.piper.golf). Piper Golf makes performance golf balls at reasonable prices using a simple fitting system.Listen to the episode to hear how Mike thinks about digital market…
 
This episode is Part 2 of 3 of a special series on Direct to Consumer companies focused on the golf market.This episode features Brad Payne, Founder of Walker Trolleys (www.walkertrolleys.com). Walker Trolleys makes a premium golf pushcart to help golfers enjoy the experience of walking during their round.Listen to the episode to hear how Brad thin…
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Indra Sofian, Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer at Sora. Indra and his co-founders started Sora while still under graduates at Georgia Tech. Today, they’ve raised over $23 million dollars from the l…
 
This episode is Part 1 of 3 of a special series on Direct to Consumer companies focused on the golf market.This episode features Wayne Birch Jr., Co-founder and Co-owner of Trap Golf (trapgolf.com). Trap Golf makes apparel that reflects the intersection of golf, art and hip-hop.Listen to the episode to see how Wayne (who is a caddie on the PGA Tour…
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Dr. Meria Carstarphen, Former Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools. Born in Selma, educated at Tulane, Auburn, and Harvard, Meria took the helm of APS starting in 2014 to 2020. During her tenure, …
 
Much like Lebron in 2010, CRS decided to take it’s talents to South Beach…well, not quite. But we did land in Orlando for the PGA Show! We had an interesting panel of 3 guests, and covered a lot of ground. Specifically, you'll hear from: (1) Jon Bradway of Captech, a technology consulting firm that recently signed a marquee partnership with the PGA…
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Jesslyn Rollins, CEO of Biolyte. Biolyte is one of the fastest, homegrown consumer brands in the city and state. What started out as a remedy for a family member’s illness has turned into a beverage c…
 
Stewart Cink has been a PGA Tour player since 1997. He has 8 PGA Tour wins, highlighted by the 2009 Open Championship, appeared in five Ryder Cups and reached the #5 position in the Official World Golf Ranking. Stewart was a He's is one of the game's consummate gentlemen and a wealth of knowledge of the evolution of the professional game (and barbe…
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Ryan Anderson, Founder of Georgia Votes. In today’s episode, Jon sits down with Ryan Anderson, Founder of GeorgiaVotes.com. What started out as a fun rabbit hole analyzing voter data, has turned into …
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Kieran McGill, Owner of Fadó Irish Pub. Kieran moved to Atlanta with plans to stay for 24 months. Today he’s transitioning into his 24th year as the owner of 8 total pubs worldwide with 300 employees.…
 
Club Pro Guy (@clubproguy) is a satirical character who depicts the life of a Golf Club Pro. Having risen to fame through his accomplishments on the Mexican Mini Tour, CPG then transitioned to become the Club Pro at one of Kansas City's elite semi-private golf clubs. In this episode, CPG talks about his business experience involving many aspects of…
 
Jesse Menachem is Executive Director and CEO of Mass Golf, the state Golf Association in Massachusetts. He’s been with the organization since 2004, where he started as an intern, then Director of Rules and Competition, before becoming Executive Director in 2013. Jesse is also the President of the International Association of Golf Administrators. He…
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Jon sits down with Professional Golfer, Podcaster, and burgeoning businessman Roberto Castro. Roberto was a 4 time All-American at Georgia Tech who studied Industrial Engineering before turning pro. I…
 
Eric Stepanian is the founder of The Fliers Club, an international travel and private club experience designed by a collective of golfers who are inspired by the discovery of diverse courses, cultures & time-honored traditions of the game. In this episode, we talk to Eric about what makes a community of golfers so unique, how the Fliers Club turned…
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down Founder and CEO of The Illuminarium, Alan Greenberg. Alan is a serial entrepreneur who has started companies in media, healthcare, education, travel, and technology. The Illuminarium is all about democrati…
 
Jeehae Lee is founder and CEO of Sportsbox.ai, a tech company focused on sports performance improvement. Jeehae has built a well rounded set of experiences in golf, as a LPGA pro, Michelle Wie's manager and TopGolf executive, picking up a Wharton MBA along the way. Jeehae is articulate and insightful about the business of golf. In this episode she …
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Kyle and Brent Pease of the Kyle Pease Foundation. Born and raised in Atlanta, Kyle Pease never let being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy get in the way of living a normal life. Baseball, wrestling, and…
 
Brian Ferris is a golf course developer, restauranteur and co-chair of the Pebble Beach Company. We talk about building Chestatee Golf Club in suburban Atlanta, why he sometimes regrets not using Jack Nicklaus as his designer, and the other ups and downs of the business over the last 20 years. Brian also tells the story of how his father got involv…
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Maurice Cherry, Principal of Lunch — an award winning creative studio. Maurice moved to Atlanta, Georgia to go to school at Morehouse College. In addition to running his creative studio, Maurice has p…
 
Episode #4 of the Course Record Show features our very own Roberto Castro talking about the day-to-day of a tour pro. We cover the usual expense breakdown of playing professional golf and what life on the road looks like. These are some of the most frequently asked questions that amateurs ask pros during pro-ams and outings, so we’re bringing them …
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Joe Rogers Jr, Chairman of Waffle House. In 1979, Joe brokered a deal earning him and the Rogers family controlling interest of the steadily growing Waffle House franchise. Under his leadership, Waffl…
 
From winning 2 majors, to law school, to working in professional wrestling, Jane Geddes has done it all. We talk about playing golf in a bubble, switching to the administrative side of the LPGA, working at the WWE, and her current role as CEO of The Legends Tour. From winning 2 majors, to law school, to working in professional wrestling, Jane Gedde…
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Fred Castellucci, President and CEO of Castellucci Hospitality Group. Fred grew up in Atlanta before heading off to Cornell University. After interning in the consulting world, he quickly realized his…
 
Mayor Franklin served as Mayor from 2002 to 2010 and leaves an indelible legacy affecting every Atlantan today. In this episode we talk about her reputation as the mayor who cleaned our sewer system, had the political vision to act on the Beltline, and lessons she learned from her time working for Maynard Jackson and Andrew Young. We also learn how…
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Neal Cohen, Co-Founder of Tip Top Proper Cocktails. Before starting a fast-growing cocktails in a can company, Neal was helping brands create unique experiences at Superfly. One particular industry he…
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Coach Mike Smith, former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. Mike or Smitty as locals know him, is the Falcon’s winningest coach in franchise history by number of wins. In 2008 he was the recipient of …
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Ryan Hersh, Founder of Edison Bicycles. Ryan scratched his own itch when his 4 mile commute in Atlanta took over 1 hour. Through trial and error, he built the first prototype of what would be the firs…
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Sandeep Ahuja, Co-Founder of cove.tool. Sandeep’s love for building and architecture started at a young age across several countries she lived in with her parents who were diplomats. After graduating …
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with DL Warfield, Founder of Goldfinger Creative. DL is a critically acclaimed creative designer and artist. After earning his degree in Painting from Washington University, he started his early career for…
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Jim Chasteen and Chad Ralston, the minds and marketing behind ASW Distillery. After fiddling around in college, Jim and his college friend, Charlie Thompson decided to take the leap from corporate Ame…
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Nick Miller, Co-Founder of Gather Technologies. Nick started Gather with his Co-Founder Alex Lassiter almost 9 years ago but it didn’t start out the way they imagined. After three pivots and on the ve…
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Brian Steely, Founder of Steely Works. His start in the professional design world began when he sent an unsolicited tour design poster to the manager of Widespread Panic. Their interest and his new fo…
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Mike Jordan, Editor In Chief of Hypepotamus. In today’s episode we have Mike Jordan, writer and editor. Over his 20 year career Mike has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Playboy, Rolling Sto…
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Allie Kelly, Executive Director of The Ray. The Ray is an 18 mile stretch of highway on I-85 in West Georgia. The Ray is a peachtree dish for innovation and experiments to make highways more safe and …
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Dr. Crawford Loritts, Senior Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church. In addition to being the Senior Pastor, Dr. Loritts is the author of nine books, a speaker, a radio host, and board member of Chick-fil-…
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Geoff Graham, Founder of GuildQuality. During his early career in residential development, Geoff found a niche service surveying homebuyers and their customer experiences with contractors. In 2002, he…
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Asif Ramji, of Paymetric and Chief Growth Officer at FIS. Asif took over a struggling Paymetric in 2009. At the time, the business was losing $2m a year. Fast forward 8 years later, with the financial…
 
The Atlanta Story podcast features meaningful stories of Atlanta’s builders, creators, and entrepreneurs. In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Sara Irvani, CEO of Okabashi Brands. This American Made brand produces over two million shoes a year right out of Buford, Georgia. Sara took the reins as CEO of the multi-generational family business …
 
In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Derrick Hayes, Founder of Big Dave's Cheesesteaks. Derrick named his growing cheesesteak company in honor of his late father. Six years ago, Derrick opened up his first shop outside of a gas station in Dunwoody, Georgia. Today, he has a line out the door at his downtown location and is soon opening in Cha…
 
In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Garrett Langley, CEO & Founder of Flock Safety. Garrett and his co-Founder Matt Feury started Flock Safety over three years ago with a mission to eliminate crime. They do this with their leading edge neighborhood license plate reader that provides police evidence to solve crime. Today, they have 65 employ…
 
In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Hala Moddelmog, CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Hala was born and raised in Georgia and began her career as a financial analyst at Arby’s Restaurant Group. Over the years, she scaled the corporate ladder and busted glass ceilings becoming the first woman to lead an international restaurant company as th…
 
In this episode Jon Birdsong sits down with Chef Ron Hsu to talk about the genesis story behind his restaurant, the constant back and forth between chef and entrepreneur, and the decisions he made along the way to create some of Atlanta’s best food. The Atlanta Story is put together by the folks at Atlanta Ventures. Atlanta Ventures invests in entr…
 
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