John Peak is a die-hard technologist, who at 26 decided to start his own company – so he learned how to raise capital, manage people, and many more things that the software developer in him never thought he would have to deal with. Come hear about his journey and the work that goes on at Candid Partners – a company that has a 4.7 (out of 5) rating on Glassdoor.
John is the co-founder and a Managing Partner of Candid Partners, Atlanta’s premier cloud consulting firm and AWS Partner. A self-proclaimed “cloud geek” he brings more than 25 years of expertise in application architecture plus 6 years in cloud architecture to lead and advise the transformation of Fortune 500 companies.
Prior to Candid Partners, John founded three other start-ups beginning at age 26. John started the Atlanta Java Users Group (AJUG), attained AWS certifications for both Solutions Architect and DevOps Engineer, and has a Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Computer Science and Mathematics.
Aleksander Cardwell is the Product Marketing Manager at Smarp, an employee communication platform that services major enterprise organizations across the world. At Smarp, Aleks is responsible for everything from strategic narrative and content creation all the way to sales enablement, demo strategy and storytelling.
After spending time living, studying and working in 3 continents, Aleks eventually made the jump from Finland to Atlanta when Smarp chose the city as the location for their North American headquarters. The city has welcomed Smarp and Aleks with open arms and served as the perfect springboard into the US market.
Aleks is a graduate from Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. If he’s not in the office working on how to tell the next great story, he’s probably out in the park showing the locals how they play basketball back home.
Marshall Mosher, from Atlanta, Georgia, is a 2015 graduate of the University of Georgia where he completed a triple major in Biology, Psychology, and Economics along with a Masters in Public Health Administration.
After graduation, Marshall participated in a summer at NASA and Google at the Silicon Valley technology incubator Singularity University’s annual Global Startup Program (GSP) where he was dedicated to positively impacting America’s obesity problem in encouraging a more active and healthy lifestyle through the power of exponential technology.
In an effort to encourage physical activity as a tool for both physical and mental enhancement, Marshall combined his passions for Public Health and action/adventure sports with the founding of Vestigo. With clients like CNN, Home Depot, and Chick-fil-A, Vestigo utilizes the mental performance enhancing power of adventure sports, both real and virtual, to create experiences that train teams to embrace innovation, tap into the Flow State, and successfully navigate change, using adventure as a catalyst for both positive health impact and fostering a mindset of limitless possibilities.
To live by this mindset in his personal life, Marshall is a semi-pro multisport adventure athlete constantly seeking to challenge his own limits as a Class V Whitewater paddler, paraglider pilot, Jet Suit pilot, Ultralight pilot, mountain biker, snowboarder, kite boarder, scuba diver, caver, and climber. Currently, Marshall is training to set a world record with the tallest Summit to Sea expedition ever completed, a completely human-powered journey from the top of Mt Everest to the Indian Ocean via mountaineering, paragliding, whitewater kayaking, and mountain biking.
About Your Host
Joey Kline is a Vice President at JLL, specializing in office brokerage and tenant representation. As an Atlanta native, he has a deep passion for promoting the economic growth and continued competitiveness of communities in and around Atlanta, as well as the Southeast as a whole. He has completed transactions in every major submarket of metro Atlanta, and works primarily with start-ups, advertising/marketing agencies, and publicly-traded companies. With a healthy mix of tenacious drive and analytical insights, Joey is a skilled negotiator who advises clients on a myriad of complex real estate matters.
With a strategy and business development background, Joey is first and foremost a pragmatic advisor to his clients. Most recently, he was the Director of Business Development for American Fueling Systems, an Atlanta-based alternative energy company. While at JLL, he has become a member of the Million Dollar Club, and has built a reputation as an expert on the intersection of transit-accessibility and urban real estate. With intimate involvement in site selection and planning/zoning concerns, Joey approaches real estate from the perspective of the end user, and thus possesses a unique lens through which to serve his clients.
Joey holds a Master of Business Administration from Emory University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a founder, board member, and the treasurer of Advance Atlanta, and also sits on the Selection Committee for the Association for Corporate Growth’s Fast 40 event. In addition, he is a member of CoreNet and the Urban Land Institute. Finally, he is part of LEAD Atlanta’s Class of 2019.
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