John Ray, Hans Appen, Melody Astley, Abe Colin, Mike Sammond
Hans Appen/Appen Media Group
Appen Media Group is a multimedia news organization headquartered in Alpharetta. It publishes the Alpharetta-Roswell Herald, Johns Creek Herald, Forsyth Herald, Milton Herald, Northside Woman, Education Answer Book, Relocation Answer Book, Medical Answer Book, Seniors Answer Book, and operates northfulton.com and multiple other niche websites and social media platforms.
Melody Astley/FinListics Solutions
FinListics Solutions is an Alpharetta based company that helps B2B sales and marketing organizations to speak the language of business with their clients. Using software and education, they help sellers better understand their clients and clients industry, and help them to understand how their solutions align with their clients’ goals. Once they know how their client thinks, they can engage in more meaningful executive conversations and articulate the financial and operational improvement that their solution delivers. This leads to better client relationships and more sales.
Abe Colin/Humble Pie Pizza Company
Local Humble Pie Pizza Company Chef Abe Colin finished big in the International Pizza Challenge recently which featured contestants from all over the United States, Canada, Mexico, Italy, Greece, Austria, Scotland, and Japan. Chef Abe placed 5th in the World as well as 2nd in the Southeast region in the non-traditional pizza category. The Challenge is part of the annual International Pizza Expo which is billed as the best pizza-making contest in North America. Contestants bring their own ingredients and must bake a pie from their pizza menu on the spot and present it to a panel of judges. The panel scores each pizza based on crust, sauce, cheese, toppings, overall taste, creativity, and appearance. Humble Pie Pizza Company owner Elek Woodliff said “We’re thrilled that Chef Abe demonstrated his skills for Humble Pie on an international stage. We know how creative and delicious his recipes are and now that’s been recognized with this competition.”