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Cultivating High Potential Talent for Competitive Advantage!


In this edition of Global Leader Radio, three leaders from high-growth organizations in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors join host Alvin C. Miles to discuss how companies can leverage high potential talent to their competitive advantage.


Gabriel Eckert / Executive Director, BOMA Georgia

Gabriel is a practicing nonprofit executive, currently serving as Executive Director of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia (BOMA Georgia), a trade association representing the management segment of commercial real estate. With more than 1,000 members, it is the second largest organization of its kind in the nation. He is responsible for overall management of the organization. He has extensive expertise in governance, leadership, strategic planning, new market development and management. He also has significant experience in corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability.

A certified association executive, Gabriel currently serves as chair of the Georgia Society of Association Executives Foundation, past chair of the Board of Directors of the Green Chamber of the South, and on the Construction Management Advisory Board for Southern Polytechnic State University. Gabriel received a national emerging leader scholarship from the American Society of Association Executives in 2006, and has been named three times by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the Top 100 Who’s Who in Commercial Real Estate, a list of “100 leaders, dealmakers and legends who are changing Atlanta.” In 2009, Gabriel was named by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the Top 40 Under 40 in metro-Atlanta. And in 2012, he was one of 5 individuals to receive the national Young and Aspiring Award from Association Trends. He is also co-author of the book From Insight to Action: 6 New Ways to Think, Lead and Achieve.

Gabriel earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Kansas State University, where he was named the Dean of Student Life Outstanding Graduating Senior. Since then, he has earned a Management Certificate from Emory University and an Advanced Leadership Certificate from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Kennesaw State University, where he was named the University Scholar, recognizing him as the top student in the Executive MBA class of 2011.

Contact Gabriel: (404) 475-9980,


John Patrick/ Campus Recruiting Manager, AirWatch

John Patrick has worked at AirWatch since January of 2012.  Prior to joining AirWatch, John spent 7 years at CNN, building their internationally recognized journalism internship program as well as directing the recruiting effort for all entry to mid-level hires at CNN.  After his time with Turner Broadcasting, John also served as the Campus Relations Manager at Atlanta based Newell Rubbermaid, where he managed their North American campus recruiting effort.

John is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, having majored in political science.

Contact John: (404) 902-4221,


Chris Sibold/ Channel Account Manager, AirWatch

Chris Sibold is responsible for the North American education market at AirWatch, one of the largest verticals in the company.  In this role, Chris is responsible for developing and maintaining successful relationships with the ecosystem of value-added partners who assist K-12 and Higher Education customers adopt mobile technology as part of their learning infrastructure.

Prior to his current role Chris held software sales and business development positions with IBM and Red Hat, providing enterprise infrastructure products and services to both commercial and Federal customers.  While at Red Hat his account team identified and captured a $34 million project for the rail industry, the largest opportunity in company history at the time.  Chris is also a former United States Air Force Captain and has led logistics organizations supporting the Global War on Terrorism in multiple locations including South Korea and Iraq.

Chris is a 2012 graduate of the Executive MBA program at Kennesaw State University and earned his bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Management from The University of Georgia.

Contact Chris: (404) 902-4095,


Which Book Has Most Impacted Your Leadership Ability?


Gabriel Eckert:

The Will to Govern Well: Knowledge, Trust, and Nimbleness


John Patrick:

Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones


Chris Sibold:

Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times




What is the ROI of a KSU EMBA?


In this edition of Global Leader Radio,  four successful leaders join host Alvin C. Miles to discuss how choosing Kennesaw State University’s Executive MBA provided them with an excellent ROI (return on their investment), both personally and professionally.

David and Richard DeSantis / Co-Founders, Owners,  Peace Love & Pizza

Dave and Rich DeSantis are 2008 graduates of The Coles College EMBA Program at Kennesaw State University.  They started their first pizzeria, All Star Pizza and More, in 1996 after finishing undergraduate degrees in Florida.  Dave worked as National Director of Training for The Wing Zone Franchise Corporation and Rich worked as International Management Consultant with Alexander Proudfoot Consulting.  Dave and Rich are currently the co founders and operators of Peace Love and Pizza in Kennesaw.

Dave and Rich are both proud fathers of two daughters each and Rich also has a son.  Dave and Rich reside in Marietta.

Contact Dave & Rich: (770) 792-8989,

Mike Seymour/ COO, Postec, Inc.

Mike Seymour serves as COO for Postec, Inc. a leading reseller of top of the line POS Systems delivered with a broad range of innovative security and support programs.  In his role, Mike directs the sales, service and installation operations as well as managing the accounting, human resources, information technology, and marketing operations for the company.

Mike joined Postec in 1987 as the startup company’s first service manager; he has since served as its Director of Professional Services, Sales Manager and Atlanta Branch Operations Manager and CFO.

Mike currently serves on the board of directors of the Retail Solutions Providers Association and the board of directors for the Georgia Restaurant Association’s  Political Action Committee.

Mike is a 2011 graduate of the Executive MBA program from the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University and is certified by the Coles College of Business as a M&A professional.

Contact Mike: (678) 424-4000,

Winston Wilson/ Director of Sales, First Data Corporation

Winston Wilson is the Director of Sales for First Data Corporation with over fifteen years of experience in the merchant processing industry.   He has held positions in sales, operations, and training.  He has had an active role in many First Data strategic and developmental relationships in his tenure with the company.  Winston currently leads several sales team in the Atlanta area with responsibilities involving business development, project leadership, and bottom line results.

Winston is an active leader in Atlanta, currently serving as board chair for YES!Atlanta.  Before that he served as board member and secretary.  YES!Atlanta works with youth between adolescent and high school ages by enrolling them in programs that help to transform their lives and assists them with graduation.   YES! has developed a signature event each year called the “Night of Lights” which focused on community involvement and recognition.

Winston grew up in Long Island, New York in which he graduated from Roosevelt Jr. Sr. High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in communications in 1991.  He graduated with an MBA from KSU’s EMBA program in 2007.  Winston is married with one son and lives in Cobb County, Georgia.

Contact Winston: (404)547-8015,

Which Book or Publication Has Most Impacted Your Leadership Ability?

Dave DeSantis:


Rich DeSantis:


Mike Seymour:


Winston Wilson:



Is Leadership Important When Transitioning CEOs?

In this edition of Global Leader Radio, host Alvin C. Miles interviews Demmie Hicks as she describes how leadership skills help smooth the transition of Chief Executive Officers.

Demmie Hicks / President, DBH Consulting

Demmie  is a Strategic Consultant, Executive Coach, Facilitator and Speaker. She helps CEOs plan and facilitate the transition Emerging Leaders face as they navigate the complexities and joys of moving into the C-Suite.

There’s a reason CEOs turn to Demmie Hicks to help them create the change needed to grow: She understands the challenges and realities confronting leaders every day. To achieve this, Demmie draws upon her competencies with Culture, Board Effectiveness, C-Suite Leadership, Facilitating Crucial Conversations and Executive Coaching to support the success of her client engagements.

Demmie’s work with CEOs focuses on how to create the positive change necessary to grow a business. Since founding DBH Consulting in 1994, Demmie has helped leaders shape their vision, develop actionable strategic plans, elevate sales performance – and ignite both motivation and accountability across the enterprise. She helps organizations shape succession plans and provides leadership development for next-in-line CEOs and  future leaders

A recognized thought leader in the insurance industry, Demmie has authored numerous articles and addressed audiences at seminars, symposia and other events. Since 2008, she has served on the Editorial Board of American Agent & Broker Magazine, and through DBH Consulting she freely shares ideas and insights through papers, case studies and blog entries.

Her civic activities include Outreach Advocacy Center, where she volunteers and participates on the Board of this nonprofit serving Atlanta’s homeless community.

Contact Demmie: 404-541-6600 ext 2,


Which Book Has Most Impacted Your Leadership Ability?

Demmie Hicks:

Intentional Revolutions: A Seven-Point Strategy for Transforming Organizations