Tracey Grace / IBEX IT Business Experts
President & CEO
Tracey Grace is President and CEO of IBEX IT Business Experts, a National IT Best Practice, Recruiting and Training Firm. Tracey founded IBEX after seizing the opportunity to work on an Electronic Healthcare Record integration project.
After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics & Spanish at the University of Pittsburgh, Tracey was awarded a Graduate Fellowship to attend the Katz Graduate School of Business where she earned her MBA in less than a year. Tracey went on to hold various management and executive positions at companies such as the FedEx Corporation, Learning Tree International and Quint Wellington Redwood, a Dutch IT Consulting firm where she received numerous awards.
Tracey and IBEX IT Business Experts are the recipients of the 2015 On the Rise Government Contractor of the Year award from American Express OPEN.
Tim Fulton / Small Business Matters
Tim Fulton is a nationally recognized small business consultant and advocate. He has been involved in the field of Entrepreneurship for the past thirty-five years as a successful business owner, a small business coach, and as an adjunct university professor. In 1994, he started TCF Business Development, an independent management consulting and training practice. During this time he has worked with companies such as Lucent Technologies, Carlson Companies, Insignia ESG, and Georgia Power.
Tims past work experience also includes serving as the assistant director of the Small Business Development Center at Clayton State University and the Director of the Family Business Institute at Florida International University. He has worked with thousands of business start-ups and existing business entities as a catalyst for starting and growing their business enterprise.
Tim currently is a Vistage Group Chair in Atlanta, Georgia. Vistage is an international membership organization for company CEOs and Presidents started in 1957. Over the past twelve years, Tim has facilitated over 600 executive group meetings, participated in over 4000 face-to face discussions with chief executives, and trained over 2000 small business owners.
Tim Fulton is the author of a very popular award-winning book on small business titled Small Business Matters. He has also been published and featured in numerous magazines and newspapers including the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Catalyst Magazine. Tim also publishes his own award-winning electronic monthly newsletter, SMALL BUSINESS MATTERS, for small business owners.
In 2013, Tim Fulton hosted his first Small Business Matters Conference in Atlanta. The event features twelve different speakers and over 200 small business owners and key executives in attendance.
A popular public speaker to both private and public audiences Tim has spoken to groups from the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC), the Cruise Line Industry Association (CLIA), and the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD). He has also appeared on television and radio programs as an advocate for small business and entrepreneurship. Tim earned both his MBA and BA in Economics at Tulane University.
Phillip Blume / Blume Photography
Phillip Blume is an award-winning, socially conscious photographer just crazy enough to believe art can change the world. Together he and his wife, Eileen, transformed their small home studio in Athens, GA, into a top brand. Blume Photography was named a Bulldog 100 fastest-growing company, and Phillip and Eileen now work with wedding and portrait clients worldwide.
Charitable projects are a top priority for the Blumes, including their 2011 documentary film “Lost Boys of Paradise,” which screened in 30 U.S. states to benefit children surviving in third-world slums. They speak at many of the photo industry’s leading conventions, including WPPI in Las Vegas, ShutterFest in St. Louis, and have been featured on CreativeLIVE worldwide. Phillip is a writer for Shutter Magazine, the top photo magazine available at Barnes & Noble. He and Eileen are founders of Come-Unity Workshops for photographers, and live with their children near Athens, Georgia.