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CEO Exclusive Radio on Business RadioX Spotlights TIGER 21

ATLANTA, GA–(Marketwired – February 03, 2016) – On January 12, 2016, CEO Exclusive Radio welcomed to the studio Dr. Klaas Baks and Steve Freedman with TIGER 21. Host Soyini Coke sat down with these guests to discuss how to ensure children are ready to effectively manage wealth when the time comes, learning responsible philanthropy, as well as expanding investment potential.

Dr. Baks is the Atlanta Chair of TIGER 21, North America’s premier peer-to-peer learning network for high-net-worth investors. TIGER 21’s approximately 380 members collectively manage more than $27 billion and are entrepreneurs, inventors and top executives focused on improving investment acumen, as well as exploring common issues of wealth preservation, estate planning and family dynamics. In addition to working with TIGER 21, Baks is a professor at Goizueta Business School at Emory, and Freedman is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and had successful exits from a number of companies.

One of the things that stood out in the interview was the attention TIGER 21 gives to family dynamics. In general, children are not taught how to be financially successful. There aren’t classes in most schools on how to be wealthy. When you’ve gone through all the time and trouble to become a multi-millionaire, how can you be sure your kids are ready for the responsibility to inherit and nurture your legacy?

According to Dr. Baks, “One of the key things in order to help the next generation be financially successful is to have them understand wealth and what comes with it, the responsibilities that come with it…it’s one of the things that successful families do.”

Also discussed were the ways the newly wealthy can learn from one another about investments. Most people have one basic way they know how to invest. Having close-knit, honest relationships with other people in similar financial situations can expand knowledge and comfort with different styles of investment, allowing true diversification.

Philanthropy is also a learned skill for those who have successfully built companies from the ground up, and who are stepping back from their CEO roles. TIGER 21 members support each other as they learn to target the causes they are passionate about, and find responsible organizations who are capable of utilizing funds to make a difference in those areas.

To learn more about TIGER 21, listen to the entire interview on CEO Exclusive.

About CEO Exclusive Radio:

CEO Exclusive Radio : Emerging Trends from CEOs and their most Trusted Advisors brings insights to CEOs that they need to stay current and run their businesses. Every show features an expert who serves as an advisor to CEOs while running their own business. For CEOs by CEOs. The show airs Tuesday mornings at 8AM Eastern and is hosted by Soyini Coke, the Founder and Managing Principal at Annona Enterprises. For media inquiries, to requests to appear on CEO Exclusive, contact angi@ceoexclusiveradio.com.

About Business RadioX®:

Business RadioX® interviews dozens of innovative entrepreneurs and successful leaders each week. Its mission is to help local businesses Get the Word Out about the important work they’re doing for their market, their community, and their profession. With a pro-business slant and a long-form interview format, guests don’t have to worry about being ambushed or talking in “sound bites.” Guests have enough time to tell their whole story and to share their insights and experience without interruptions. Business RadioX® hosts are business professionals interviewing their peers, drilling down on the critical issues, and delivering practical information to an engaged business audience. Business topics that are frequently covered include: Law, Finance, Healthcare, Technology, Trade Shows, B2B Marketing, Venture Capital, Training and Development and other issues impacting the business community. For more information, visit: http://businessradiox.com.

 

February 2016 Newsletter

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On Location with NAWBO in Nashville

The Nashville Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners prides itself on building a strong community of women entrepreneurs dedicated to growing their business.

Business RadioX broadcast live from the NAWBO Business University Series at The Women’s Club of Nashville.

NAWBO Business University (NBU) is a series of three lunch and learn micro-workshops designed to help filter out the noise on entrepreneurship and distill the best practices needed to drive revenue and grow customers. This year each presentation will cover the following three actions – WORK, COLLABORATION, PERFORMANCE.


Veteran Broadcaster Johnny Phelps Named New Host of “OPEN FOR BUSINESS”

A new year brings a new look and sound to OPEN FOR BUSINESS, the Gwinnett Chamber’s monthly radio show that originates from the Business RadioX studio in Duluth, GA.
The new host of the show is veteran broadcaster Johnny Phelps, who has over 30 years experience in the radio and television industry. His on-air work includes serving as a national sportscaster for CNN Sports and CNN-Sports Illustrated. He was also a sports anchor at WFMY-TV in Greensboro, NC.
Phelps currently works as a broker associate and realtor for Harry Norman Realtors.  Known as the “Voice of the Gwinnett Chamber”, Phelps serves as the official emcee at chamber events and has been selected as a two-time Gwinnett Chamber “Ambassador of the Year”.

“I am very excited to be hosting OPEN FOR BUSINESS,” said Phelps. “This is a great opportunity to enhance my involvement with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and its membership.”

OPEN FOR BUSINESS also has a new underwriter and sponsor inFarraTech. Formerly known as Laser Supply & Service, the employee-owned company just celebrated its 25th anniversary. Based in Norcross, FarraTech specializes in manufacturing toner for laser printers, plus printer and copier repair.


KSU Entrepreneur Center “The Shrimp Tank”

Feeding Young Entrepreneurial Minds & Businesses – Entrepreneurs come to the Shrimp Tank to compete for funding to grow their dreams.

Hosts of The Shrimp Tank Chris Hanks and Ted Jenkin were recently on Location at Mill Creek High School in Gwinnett County for the DECA Convention.

Check out all the great interviews from that evening!


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February 2016


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Veteran Broadcaster Johnny Phelps Named New Host of “OPEN FOR BUSINESS”

DULUTH, GA–(Marketwired – February 02, 2016) – A new year brings a new look and sound to OPEN FOR BUSINESS, the Gwinnett Chamber’s monthly radio show that originates from the Business RadioX studio in Duluth, GA.

The new host of the show is veteran broadcaster Johnny Phelps, who has over 30 years’ experience in the radio and television industry. His on-air work includes serving as a national sportscaster for CNN Sports and CNN-Sports Illustrated. He was also a sports anchor at WFMY-TV in Greensboro, NC.

Phelps currently works as a broker associate and realtor for Harry Norman Realtors. Known as the “Voice of the Gwinnett Chamber,” Phelps serves as the official emcee at chamber events and has been selected as a two-time Gwinnett Chamber “Ambassador of the Year.”

“I am very excited to be hosting OPEN FOR BUSINESS,” said Phelps. “This is a great opportunity to enhance my involvement with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and its membership.”

OPEN FOR BUSINESS also has a new underwriter and sponsor in FarraTech. Formerly known as Laser Supply & Service, the employee-owned company just celebrated its 25th anniversary. Based in Norcross, FarraTech specializes in manufacturing toner for laser printers, plus printer and copier repair.

“FarraTech is all about local businesses supporting each other, and we can’t think of a better way to partner with the Gwinnett business community than to partner with Business RadioX,” said FarraTech President and CEO Maria Mendillo. “We are excited to help businesses connect and look forward to the new opportunities within the Gwinnett community.”

The Gwinnett Chamber’s monthly radio show OPEN FOR BUSINESS highlights and spotlights the top businesses and business leaders in Gwinnett. The show airs live at 11:30 AM ET on the 4th Friday of every month. Listeners can enjoy previous episodes any time by visiting gwinnettbusinessradiox.com or gwinnettchamber.org. The program is also available for download on iTunes.

About Business RadioX®:

Business RadioX® interviews dozens of innovative entrepreneurs and successful leaders each week. Its mission is to help local businesses Get the Word Out about the important work they’re doing for their market, their community, and their profession. With a pro-business slant and a long-form interview format, guests don’t have to worry about being ambushed or talking in “sound bites.” Guests have enough time to tell their whole story and to share their insights and experience without interruptions. Business RadioX® hosts are business professionals interviewing their peers, drilling down on the critical issues, and delivering practical information to an engaged business audience. Business topics that are frequently covered include: Law, Finance, Healthcare, Technology, Trade Shows, B2B Marketing, Venture Capital, Training and Development and other issues impacting the business community. For more information, visit: http://businessradiox.com.

 

 

On The Money Radio on Gwinnett Business RadioX Spotlights the Gwinnett Sports Commission

DULUTH, GA–(Marketwired – February 01, 2016) – On December 10, 2015, On The Money welcomed to the studio Stan Hall with the Gwinnett Sports Commission. Host Joe Moss sat down with Hall to discuss the business of sports in Gwinnett County.

Stan Hall is the Executive Director of the Gwinnett Sports Commission. The mission of the GSC is to foster economic development through coordinating and developing Gwinnett’s role as a leading site for sports events involving youth, collegiate, amateur and professional organizations.

Sports is big business in Gwinnett County. Hall’s expertise shed some light on the professional and amateur sports landscape and what lies ahead. During the interview, he talked about the economic impact of sports in Gwinnett County, and what the county’s four major sports properties bring to the area, both economically and for the area’s quality of life.

According to Hall, “Our studies show that the annual PGA Champions event alone has a $10-$12 million economic impact on Gwinnett County, and combined with the local sports franchises (Braves, Gladiators), we’re looking at a $20-$25 million dollar annual impact.”

The county is home to the Gwinnett Braves baseball team, Atlanta Gladiators hockey team, Georgia Swarm lacrosse team and a PGA Champions Tour golf tournament, the annual Mitsubishi Electric Classic at the TPC Sugarloaf.

To learn more about Hall and the business of sports in Gwinnett County, listen to the entire interview at On The Money.

About On The Money:

On The Money focuses on topics and issues allowing small businesses to better navigate the financial services minefield, with analysis and opinions from today’s industry experts on banking and loans. On The Money introduces listeners to some of the top small business leaders in the Atlanta market. Hosted by Joe Moss and sponsored by Embassy National Bank,On The Money airs live every Wednesday at 3:00 PM Eastern from the Gwinnett Business RadioX® studio.

About Business RadioX®:

Business RadioX® interviews dozens of innovative entrepreneurs and successful leaders each week. Its mission is to help local businesses Get the Word Out about the important work they’re doing for their market, their community, and their profession. With a pro-business slant and a long-form interview format, guests don’t have to worry about being ambushed or talking in “sound bites.” Guests have enough time to tell their whole story and to share their insights and experience without interruptions. Business RadioX® hosts are business professionals interviewing their peers, drilling down on the critical issues, and delivering practical information to an engaged business audience. Business topics that are frequently covered include: Law, Finance, Healthcare, Technology, Trade Shows, B2B Marketing, Venture Capital, Training and Development and other issues impacting the business community. For more information, visit: http://businessradiox.com.

 

 

January 2016 Newsletter

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Make Business RadioX Part of Your New Year’s Resolutions

Join us for the first Networking Mixer of 2016 on Thursday, January 28th, from 5:30 – 8:00pm at the Concourse Athletic Club Grille.

Embassy National Bank Features Eagle Rock Studios

On The Money Radio hosted a special edition live from the Gwinnett Center as part of the Small Business Summit and interviewed Doug Nicely with Eagle Rock Studios. Host Joe Moss sat down with Nicely to discuss the booming film and television industry in Georgia and how the industry impacts small business.

Doug Nicely is the EVP of Studio Operations for Eagle Rock Studios, the largest stage complex under one roof in the United States. The facility includes two furnished production offices and four 30,000 sq. ft. stages, including 20,000 sq. ft. clear span, each with silent air conditioning and 4,000 amps. There are 50 loading docks surrounding the facility providing easy access Read More…


Spotlight on the Medical Association of Georgia

Top Docs Radio welcomed to the studio Donald Palmisano with the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) and Dr. John Rogers with Coliseum Northside Hospital. Host CW Hall led this month’s MAG special to talk about the challenges and concerns arising from recently-proposed mergers between large health insurance companies that will significantly reduce the amount of competition in the space for Georgians to choose.

Donald Palmisano is the CEO and Executive Director of MAG. The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is the leading advocate for physicians in the state. MAG focuses on legislative, legal and third party payer issues. Serving as the Co-Medical Director of Coliseum Northside Hospital, Dr. John Rogers is also Read More…


DeKalb Business Radio Broadcast from the RAISE Forum at Emory University

DeKalb Business Radio set up shop at the first ever RAISE (Retention and Advanced Investment for the Southeast at Emory) Forum for investors at Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business. Host Jason Becknell interviewed innovators and thought leaders from around the southeast as they came to DeKalb County to find the millions of dollars they need to grow their brands.

RAISE believes Atlanta can become the next hub for Entrepreneurship and is doing all it can to ensure the success of growing businesses in the Southeast with the highest potential. The Forum was organized to identify the region’s leading entrepreneurs seeking funding. RAISE is working to keep early-stage companies in the Southeast, funding them Read More…

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Pensacola Business Radio Features Steve Speaks

Pensacola Business Radio welcomed to the studio Professional Speaker Steve Wilmer. Host Keith Hoffert sat down with Wilmer to learn about his passion for public speaking that led to the development of Steve Speaks.

As founder of Steve Speaks, Steve Wilmer has built a reputation around being passionate, motivated, energetic, inspiring, practical, talented, humorous, relevant, and enthusiastic. Wilmer energizes the room when he walks in and all eyes and ears are tuned to his message. He captivates his audience and has them sitting on the edge of their seats to hear what’s next. Wilmer’s humor and quick wit has audiences laughing out loud while delivering a message that is Read More…

The Owners’ Manual on Cobb Business RadioX Features Dan Boles

ATLANTA, GA–(Marketwired – December 30, 2015) – On December 10, 2015, The Owners’ Manual welcomed to the studio Dan Boles with the Aaron Bruner Agency. Host John Silvey spoke with Boles about his role as Associate Agent and his involvement in the local community.

As an Associate Agent with the Aaron Bruner Agency, Boles specializes in Business/Commercial Insurance and Life Insurance coverage that helps protect the things that matter most and reduce the risk of catastrophic loss in today’s litigious society. Boles serves as an exclusive agent for Nationwide and Hagerty Insurance through the Aaron Bruner Agency and can also broker insurance products through multiple other insurance companies.

“Professionally, I help people achieve and protect their dreams, assets, and legacy through strategic insurance options that best suit my clients’ needs,” said Boles. “Life is going to happen, and I’m a big believer that we can let life happen to us, or we can happen to life.”

In addition to his professional career, Boles is extremely involved and dedicated to his community. A 2003 graduate of Kennesaw State University, he is very involved in the KSU Alumni Association and a proud season ticketholder for KSU Baseball and KSU Football. He is also an active member of the Acworth Business Association. Boles has over 10 years of experience in Christian ministry with youth, young adults, and men, and in February 2013, he co-founded Tailgate Theology, an intentional outreach ministry for men in his neighborhood.

To learn more about Boles’ professional and personal contributions, listen to the entire interview on The Owners’ Manual.

About The Owners’ Manual:

The Owners’ Manual  promotes small business owners and franchise owners. We will get to understand how a business works, from an owner/franchisee’s point of view. We will hear about the struggles, as well as the highlights of owning a business. The Owners’ Manual is hosted by John Silvey and airs each Friday at 11:30am Eastern from the Cobb Business RadioX Studio, sponsored by Zaxby’s of Marietta.

About Business RadioX®:

Business RadioX® interviews dozens of innovative entrepreneurs and successful leaders each week. Its mission is to help local businesses Get the Word Out about the important work they’re doing for their market, their community, and their profession. With a pro-business slant and a long-form interview format, guests don’t have to worry about being ambushed or talking in “sound bites.” Guests have enough time to tell their whole story and to share their insights and experience without interruptions. Business RadioX® hosts are business professionals interviewing their peers, drilling down on the critical issues, and delivering practical information to an engaged business audience. Business topics that are frequently covered include: Law, Finance, Healthcare, Technology, Trade Shows, B2B Marketing, Venture Capital, Training and Development and other issues impacting the business community. For more information, visit: http://businessradiox.com.

 

 

Pensacola Business Radio Spotlights Steve Speaks

PENSACOLA, FL–(Marketwired – December 29, 2015) – On November 18, 2015, Pensacola Business Radio welcomed to the studio Professional Speaker Steve Wilmer. Host Keith Hoffert sat down with Wilmer to learn about his passion for public speaking that led to the development of Steve Speaks.

As founder of Steve Speaks, Steve Wilmer has built a reputation around being passionate, motivated, energetic, inspiring, practical, talented, humorous, relevant, and enthusiastic. Wilmer energizes the room when he walks in and all eyes and ears are tuned to his message. He captivates his audience and has them sitting on the edge of their seats to hear what’s next. Wilmer’s humor and quick wit has audiences laughing out loud while delivering a message that is clear, practical and relevant to any audience.

After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and as a law enforcement officer, Wilmer started his own business with Ameriplan Health and Dental. It is here where he discovered that his true passion was team building and motivating others to achieve their goals. He was later recruited by State Farm Kizziah Agency and quickly rose through the ranks as one of the top insurance producers in the state.

Wilmer then decided to branch out on his own with his speaking and presentation experience and started Steve Speaks. “When I decided to start the company,” said Wilmer, “I sent an email to 20-25 people who had heard me speak before and asked ‘What would you say about me as a speaker’ and that’s what I’m going to use in my bio and promotion.”

Wilmer has spoken to audiences from 5 to 500. From inspiring independent business owners to achieve their goals to training employees on team building and what it takes to win in business, his presentations are true investments in success. Wilmer currently travels the country coaching and training insurance agents in the art of the sales process and is highly sought after in this field.

To learn more about Steve Speaks, listen to the entire interview on Pensacola Business Radio.

About Pensacola Business Radio:

Broadcasting live from DeVilliers Square, we interview the city’s best and brightest Business Owners, Community Leaders and Budding Entrepreneurs. Pensacola Business Radio is brought to you by the good folks at Warren Averett, FloridaWest, IT Gulf Coast, and a host of local pro-business organizations committed to Economic Development in the West Florida region.

About Business RadioX®:

Business RadioX® interviews dozens of innovative entrepreneurs and successful leaders each week. Its mission is to help local businesses Get the Word Out about the important work they’re doing for their market, their community, and their profession. With a pro-business slant and a long-form interview format, guests don’t have to worry about being ambushed or talking in “sound bites.” Guests have enough time to tell their whole story and to share their insights and experience without interruptions. Business RadioX® hosts are business professionals interviewing their peers, drilling down on the critical issues, and delivering practical information to an engaged business audience. Business topics that are frequently covered include: Law, Finance, Healthcare, Technology, Trade Shows, B2B Marketing, Venture Capital, Training and Development and other issues impacting the business community. For more information, visit: http://businessradiox.com.

 

 

Health Connect South Radio on Midtown Business RadioX Spotlights the Sharing Spaces Program

ATLANTA, GA–(Marketwired – December 28, 2015) – On December 16, 2015, Health Connect South Radio welcomed to the studio Wende Parker with the Cobb-Douglas Department of Public Health and Mark Anderson with the Cobb County School District. Host CW Hall sat down with these guests to learn more about Sharing Spaces and Power Up for 30, programs under the Cobb 2020 Initiative.

The Cobb 2020 initiative, created and implemented by the Cobb-Douglas Department of Public Health under the direction of Dr. Jack Kennedy, aims to address a number of public health concerns that erode level of health and quality of life for many of the over 850,000 resident who live there. The Sharing Spaces program and Power Up for 30 program both aim to facilitate more physical activity among student-aged populations.

Childhood obesity is rising among young people at alarming rates. According to the American Heart Association, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963. Among children today, obesity is causing a broad range of health problems that previously weren’t seen until adulthood. These include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels. There are also psychological effects: obese children are more prone to low self-esteem, negative body image and depression. And excess weight at young ages has been linked to higher and earlier death rates in adulthood.

Wende Parker serves as the District Director of Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention for the Cobb-Douglas Department of Public Health. Parker works closely with Mark Anderson, Supervisor, Health & Physical Education with the Cobb County School District, to manage the Sharing Spaces and Power Up for 30 programs.

“The Sharing Spaces program seeks to partner with community organizations that have playgrounds, gyms, tracks and trails, giving area residents access to these resources, particularly young people,” explained Parker. “In this way, the community will see declines in rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and others, and students enjoy academic performance upticks to boot.”

To learn more about these Cobb 2020 Initiative programs, listen to the entire interview on Health Connect South Radio.

About Health Connect South:

The mission of Health Connect South is to serve the health community as a sustainable platform for regional health collaborations. Through our collective work, we seek to broadly define and advance the Southeast’s role in the future of health. Serving as a gateway between health industry silos, we seek to provide unique and meaningful partnership opportunities in health. We will advance our mission by bringing together top-tier health leaders and innovators across disciplines to engage each other in collaborative conversations focused on meeting identified health needs through leveraging supporting ideas and institutions. Join host CW Hall every Tuesday at 9am Eastern to listen LIVE to Health Connect South RADIO.

About Business RadioX®:

Business RadioX® interviews dozens of innovative entrepreneurs and successful leaders each week. Its mission is to help local businesses Get the Word Out about the important work they’re doing for their market, their community, and their profession. With a pro-business slant and a long-form interview format, guests don’t have to worry about being ambushed or talking in “sound bites.” Guests have enough time to tell their whole story and to share their insights and experience without interruptions. Business RadioX® hosts are business professionals interviewing their peers, drilling down on the critical issues, and delivering practical information to an engaged business audience. Business topics that are frequently covered include: Law, Finance, Healthcare, Technology, Trade Shows, B2B Marketing, Venture Capital, Training and Development and other issues impacting the business community. For more information, visit: http://businessradiox.com.

 

 

DeKalb Business Radio Spotlights the RAISE Forum at Emory University

ATLANTA, GA–(Marketwired – December 18, 2015) – On November 6, 2015, DeKalb Business Radio set up shop at the first ever RAISE (Retention and Advanced Investment for the Southeast at Emory) Forum for investors at Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business. Host Jason Becknell interviewed innovators and thought leaders from around the southeast as they came to DeKalb County to find the millions of dollars they need to grow their brands.

RAISE believes Atlanta can become the next hub for Entrepreneurship and is doing all it can to ensure the success of growing businesses in the Southeast with the highest potential. The Forum was organized to identify the region’s leading entrepreneurs seeking funding. RAISE is working to keep early-stage companies in the Southeast, funding them locally, and building a strong, collaborative culture in the region.

“By coming alongside the best companies to find the right backers, provide training, perfect their presentations, and introduce them to active investors, we’re increasing their chances of success,” explained Dr. Klaas Baks, Executive Director of the Emory Center for Alternative Investments & Associate Professor in the Practice of Finance at Emory University.

During the Forum, the selected entrepreneurs with post-revenue companies presented to the RAISE panel of investors, seeking an investment between $1MM and $5MM and the opportunity to learn from major university and regional business leaders. Negotiations continue to be managed between the presenters and investors as a result of the Forum.

The intention of the RAISE Forum is to bring more resources and coordination to the funding process, establish greater ties in the Southeast for the Southeast, enable more collaboration between government and the process, and create more and better outlets for good companies to get funding. Organizers are planning another RAISE Forum for the Spring and hope to make this a twice a year event at Emory.

To learn more about the RAISE Forum and hear interviews from participants of the event, tune in to DeKalb Business Radio.

About DeKalb Business Radio:

Broadcasting live from beautiful downtown Decatur, DeKalb Business RadioX is the voice of business news in DeKalb County. Each week on DeKalb Business Today, hosts Matt Holms and Jason Becknell interview top business leaders and entrepreneurs to help them get the word out about their businesses and help them connect with other industry leaders. DeKalb Business Today airs on Fridays at 10am Eastern.

About Business RadioX®:

Business RadioX® interviews dozens of innovative entrepreneurs and successful leaders each week. Its mission is to help local businesses Get the Word Out about the important work they’re doing for their market, their community, and their profession. With a pro-business slant and a long-form interview format, guests don’t have to worry about being ambushed or talking in “sound bites.” Guests have enough time to tell their whole story and to share their insights and experience without interruptions. Business RadioX® hosts are business professionals interviewing their peers, drilling down on the critical issues, and delivering practical information to an engaged business audience. Business topics that are frequently covered include: Law, Finance, Healthcare, Technology, Trade Shows, B2B Marketing, Venture Capital, Training and Development and other issues impacting the business community. For more information, visit: http://businessradiox.com.

 

 

Top Docs Radio on Midtown Business RadioX Spotlights the Medical Association of Georgia

ATLANTA, GA–(Marketwired – December 17, 2015) –  On November 16, 2015, Top Docs Radio welcomed to the studio Donald Palmisano with the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) and Dr. John Rogers with Coliseum Northside Hospital. Host CW Hall led this month’s MAG special to talk about the challenges and concerns arising from recently-proposed mergers between large health insurance companies that will significantly reduce the amount of competition in the space for Georgians to choose.

Donald Palmisano is the CEO and Executive Director of MAG. The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is the leading advocate for physicians in the state. MAG focuses on legislative, legal and third party payer issues. Serving as the Co-Medical Director of Coliseum Northside Hospital, Dr. John Rogers is also a MAG delegate from Bibb County. The studio discussion focused on the fact that Aetna/Humana and Anthem/Cigna are in the process of merging. At the same time, health insurers are offering insurance policies to the public that do not have adequate coverage, resulting in more out of network charges by physicians.

Aetna/Humana and Wellpoint/Cigna have proposed mergers in the health insurance market. If these inadequate policies are being offered in the current environment, MAG is concerned about how patients will be negatively impacted with a further narrowing of the networks and increased physician reliance on out of network charges.

MAG recently sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice to call for it to scrutinize the mergers for antitrust violations. According to Palmisano, “We believe the mergers would reduce competition and place physicians and their patients at an even greater disadvantage as a shrinking number of health insurance companies gain increasingly-dominant positions in the marketplace.”

“Physicians have little-to-no leverage to negotiate contract terms with these multi-billion dollar conglomerates,” explained Dr. Rogers, “which are imposing take-it-or-leave-it agreements and unilateral, mid-term amendments with growing impunity.”

Gone unchecked, a few insurers will be in a position to manipulate the marketplace to institute policies that will exacerbate the physician shortage and undermine the economic viability of the practice environment in the state, and limit the accessibility of care and individual patient choice.

To learn more about MAG’s position on healthcare mergers, listen to the entire interview onTop Docs Radio.

About Top Docs Radio:

Top Docs Radio is a forum for conversations with leading doctors and thought leaders. Discussions are about cutting edge trends and topics in health, wellness and lifestyle issues. Top Docs Radio is presented by Hyperbaric Physicians of Georgia and is hosted by Charles “CW” Hall. The program airs live every Thursday at Noon Eastern.

About Business RadioX®:

Business RadioX® interviews dozens of innovative entrepreneurs and successful leaders each week. Its mission is to help local businesses Get the Word Out about the important work they’re doing for their market, their community, and their profession. With a pro-business slant and a long-form interview format, guests don’t have to worry about being ambushed or talking in “sound bites.” Guests have enough time to tell their whole story and to share their insights and experience without interruptions. Business RadioX® hosts are business professionals interviewing their peers, drilling down on the critical issues, and delivering practical information to an engaged business audience. Business topics that are frequently covered include: Law, Finance, Healthcare, Technology, Trade Shows, B2B Marketing, Venture Capital, Training and Development and other issues impacting the business community. For more information, visit: http://businessradiox.com.