Getting to Know the 2020 Women INfluencing Business Award Winners (GNFCC 400 Insider, Episode 51)
GNFCC CEO Kali Boatright interviews the 2020 Women INfluencing Business Award Winners: Julie Haley of Edge Solutions, Gloria Mattei of Nothing Bundt Cakes Alpharetta, and Jennifer Cantor of Rivers Academy. “GNFCC 400 Insider” is presented by the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and produced by the North Fulton studio of Business RadioX®.
What is Women INfluencing Business?
The mission of GNFCC’s Women INfluencing Business Committee is to enrich, empower, elevate, and educate women at all levels of their career through programs and events, professional development and advocacy leading to business success. The focus of this committee is to engage C-level female executives to enhance the standing of professional women in the community. The Committee collaborates on the Annual Women INfluencing Business Awards Luncheon, serves as the selection committee for award winners, assists in planning two networking breakfast events and the annual Women and Wine Social. For more information, follow this link.
Business Woman of Excellence Award- Julie Haley, CEO and Co-Founder, Edge Solutions
Julie launched Edge Solutions from her kitchen table in John’s Creek in 2008. Edge Solutions, a boutique technology solutions provider with revenues at $50M, 34 employees in the Southeast, customers all over the US and internationally, with a UK office in London, has no outside investors and no debt. Edge specializes in providing infrastructure, cloud, and automation solutions and services to enterprise-level clients. Julie, a former business and commercial litigation attorney who uses her legal
background to set strategy and protect Edge, is passionate about building and retaining Edge’s unique culture that attracts and retains the best technology consultants in the US.
Julie has been a force in the North Fulton community for 12 years. As a founding board member of TechAlpharetta, she chaired the board at a critical time: the launch of the Innovation Center, an incubator for tech entrepreneurs, which has now launched 11 successful tech companies. Based on her belief that every company needs technology to stay ahead of the competition, she helped GNFCC launch Tech400, which aims to bring high-level tech education and events to executives in every industry.
She has served on GNFCC BOD for the past 8 years, serving on the Executive Board until stepping down in June 2019.
Rising Star Award – Gloria Mattei, Owner, Nothing Bundt Cakes
Gloria Mattei is the Owner of Nothing Bundt Cakes Alpharetta, Milton, Roswell. Nothing Bundt Cakes reintroduces an old family favorite – the Bundt cake – with a light, moist taste and fresh, clean look that appeals to all ages. Each 8” and 10” Bundt cake features custom concept cake decorations that are smart, contemporary and fun to enhance any occasion, large or small, in a wide range of cake flavors and sizes. Nothing Bundt Cakes celebrates the very heart of true hospitality where all are welcome and no one is a stranger. Each thoughtful detail of the experience, from the heartfelt welcome at the door to remembering the customer’s favorite flavor, has been naturally embraced at Nothing Bundt Cakes
Nothing Bundt Cakes is not in the cake business, they are in the “joy giving” business. Their mission is to come up with unique valuable solutions to every guest celebration need.
Rising Star Award – Jennifer Cantor, Principal and Co-Owner, Rivers Academy
Jennifer has been Principal of Rivers Academy for four years. Jennifer is actively engaged with the entire staff, student body/families, and service opportunities. Throughout her educational career at Rivers Academy, she has held various positions and responsibilities including Language Arts teacher, Teacher Liaison, Admissions Director, Principal and most recently, Co-Owner.
By being experienced and involved in so many different arenas of the organization, she is readily able to relate to her staff/teachers and their unique responsibilities. Jennifer has been instrumental in implementing programs that create continuous learning opportunities, growth and engagement for the instructors. For example, she created a Professional Development program that includes teacher collaboration, real world learning applications, teacher mentor program, student mentor program, etc. As Principal, she began teacher observations with follow-ups to empower teachers with open dialogue to help them succeed.
Jennifer is extremely involved and actively engaged with the students/families of Rivers Academy. She considers it a privilege that families entrust her with the education of their child. She has implemented many programs, activities, and events that add to the Rivers Academy experience.
About GNFCC and “The GNFCC 400 Insider”
“The GNFCC 400 Insider” (formerly “North Atlanta’s Bizlink”) is presented by the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce (GNFCC) and is hosted by Kali Boatright, President and CEO of GNFCC. The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit, member-driven organization comprised of over 1400 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals. Their service area includes Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Roswell and Sandy Springs. GNFCC is the leading voice on economic development, business growth and quality of life issues in North Fulton County.
The GNFCC promotes the interests of our members by assuming a leadership role in making North Fulton an excellent place to work, live, play and stay. They provide one voice for all local businesses to influence decision makers, recommend legislation, and protect the valuable resources that make North Fulton a popular place to live.
For more information on GNFCC and its North Fulton County service area, follow this link or call (770) 993-8806.