North Fulton Business Radio, Episode 174: Gary Grace, Atlanta North Art Gallery, and Derek Griffin, Speartek
An artist’s story, an technology-enabled art gallery, and technology expertise in ecommerce for wholesalers were the topics featured on this edition of “North Fulton Business Radio” as Gary Grace, Atlanta North Art Gallery, and Derek Griffin, Speartek joined the show. “North Fulton Business Radio” is hosted by John Ray and is broadcast from inside Renasant Bank in Alpharetta.
Gary Grace, Atlanta North Art Gallery
Gary Grace opened Atlanta North Art Gallery in the Warehouse District of Peachtree Corners in 2019. The location allows the artist, owner enough space to design and display his large scale industrial abstract masterpieces. He is also a photographer. A large section of the gallery is dedicated to Gary’s photography, offering originals and prints.
Gary is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. He grew up during a time when Steel town blast furnaces were still ablaze, and the scent of coke and soot dominated the city. As a child, Gary rode his bicycle through busy streets from one corner of the city to the other, exploring fearlessly. Today, it is his quest to blend form with nature and his innate ability to visualize abstract concepts that are the foundation of his highly revered art style “Industrial Abstract.” Abstract artwork using oils is the medium Gary is most known for in the art world. His travels have brought him an affinity for landscape photography, and he has written and Illustrated a published children’s book, “Sasha, I Can’t Find My Bicycle.” Gary is currently working on two adventure novels’, “45” and “Throwbacks.”
Gary’s dyslexia has been the pathway to his creativity and exploration. He attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where he majored in fashion illustration and clothing design. He is the founder of the clothing line “Posse,” which went national in the 1980s.
Derek Griffin, Speartek
Derek Griffin is co-founder of Speartek, a unique combo of technology firm and web development shop. Over the past 20 years, Speartek has built and continued to evolve the only ecommerce platform created primarily for the needs of B2B ecommerce. B2B is Business to Business and is often used by companies that sell their products wholesale or through distribution.
Speartek works primarily with product companies that are either manufacturers or importers, and while the industry doesn’t matter, they have numerous clients in Gift and Home Decor, Promotional Merchandise, and Industrial Products. Speartek designs and builds websites that are essentially a business solution that helps companies capture revenue more seamlessly and have those orders feed directly into accounting and ERP systems.
North Fulton Business Radio” is broadcast from the North Fulton studio of Business RadioX®, located inside Renasant Bank in Alpharetta. Renasant Bank has humble roots, starting in 1904 as a $100,000 bank in a Lee County, Mississippi, bakery. Since then, Renasant has grown to become one of the Southeast’s strongest financial institutions with approximately $12.9 billion in assets and more than 190 banking, lending, wealth management and financial services offices in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. All of Renasant’s success stems from each of their banker’s commitment to investing in their communities as a way of better understanding the people they serve. At Renasant Bank, they understand you because they work and live alongside you every day.