Clint Crosby/Baker Donelson
Clint Crosby is a shareholder in the Atlanta Office of Baker Donelson. Clint focuses his practice on intellectual property and the procurement and protection of intellectual property assets for his clients. Clint also works with entrepreneurs and emerging companies to guide them through business issues including formation, business agreements, employment agreements, joint- development agreements, intellectual property agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and related matters. Clint acts as outside general counsel for many of his clients.
The highlight of Baker Donelson’s platform is their Emerging Companies Institute which provides fixed-cost legal solutions for startup businesses including entity formation, stockholder and business agreements, mentoring on legal issues, access to all Baker Donelson training and education programs and document hosting on the firm’s extranet.
Adam Ross, believing that people inherently want to do good, has made it his mission to turn the traditional business model into a sustainable social enterprise. Two years ago, Adam started his latest adventure as a social entrepreneur and formedÂ Socialvest, a company that capitalizes on three extraordinarily powerful forces: shopping, consumer consciousness and social media. The model allows consumers to buy the things they want and need, while simultaneously giving them a chance to support their favorite causes and inspiring their friends to join them.
“Everyone has something they care about, and fundamentally wants to give back,” Adam says. “My goal is to make it easy for people to invest in social good by providing tools to empower, support, and mobilize.”
Adamâ€™s light bulb moment to start Socialvest came to him during a brunch with some of the worldâ€™s largest brands. When the conversation steered towards how the companies gave back, Adam recognized a major disparity in how brands were giving back and why consumers were engaging with brands because of their philanthropic efforts.
So Adam set out to revolutionize the way brands and consumers interact by enabling consumers to shop at hundreds of leading retailers, including Target, Macyâ€™s, Home Depot, Best Buy, Nordstrom and iTunes. Registered users on the Socialvest website can earn money for their favorite charities by simply shopping through the Socialvest site or at participating local stores. And to make online shopping even easier, Socialvest offers a browser toolbar to make sure earning happens automatically.
Socialvest users earn between one and 35 percent of their total purchase from the companyâ€™s retail partners. The money earned is automatically deposited into Socialvest usersâ€™ online Giving Accounts. Each time a purchase happens, the event and the retailer who made the contribution â€“ can be broadcast to usersâ€™ friends via Facebook, Twitter and other social channels. Donations made by Socialvest users to their favorite nonprofits can also be publicized via social media, thus raising awareness for important causes and motivating usersâ€™ friends to get involved. Overall, Socialvest gives members the freedom to donate to over 1.5 million nonprofits in the United States.
In addition to running Socialvest, Adam sits on the board forÂ First Step, a non-profit social purpose-staffing agency. Heâ€™s also a loving husband to his beautiful wife, Gwen Ross, and new father to an adorable baby girl, Charlotte.
Maury Margol/Pyramid Consulting, Inc.
Maury Margol is the Co-Founder and past President of the Wireless Technology Forum, an Atlanta Technology Not-for-profit with over 650 members and a mailing list of over more than 7000 technology professionals.
Besides his volunteer work on the Wireless Technology Forum, Margol is the Mobile Practice Director at Pyramid Consulting where he builds channel partner relationships for Mobile Application Development and Mobile Application testing with companies such as Motorola Solutions and HP. Previously, Margol founded Productiv Wireless to leverage his experience launching tier 1 Telco products and services at BellSouth, AT&T Mobility, and Cox Communications and provide clients an efficient and productive business development process.
Margolâ€™s Mobile experience also includes his roles as Sr. Director Client Services, at Nielsen Mobile; Director, Business Development, Macquarium Intelligent Communications where he created a Mobile and Wireless practice; Senior Sales Director, North America Sales, Comverse Americas in charge of managing the Atlanta branch and selling into the AT&T, BellSouth, and Cingular, and Director, Wi-Fi Strategy and Product Marketing for BellSouth.