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How to Instantly Increase Your Ability to Innovate & Influence!


In this edition of Global Leader Radio, we compare and contrast the elements of leadership that can instantly increase your ability to innovate and influence! Matt Hames and Colonel Marshall Irvin  joined Alvin to discuss the impact of global leadership on both military & civilian life along with explaining WHY both men “do what they do.” You are one hour away from achieving a breakthrough!

Here are seven takeaways from our discussion:

  1. Manage things, lead people.
  2. The military exists to ensure life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
  3. “Facts are our friends.”
  4. People don’t buy “WHAT” you do, they buy “WHY” you’re doing it.
  5. Global Leaders do not practice CGG (Cosmetics, Geography & Gender).
  6. Find the metaphor in every success or failure.
  7. Hire a Veteran!

Listen to host Alvin C. Miles interview Matt & Colonel Irvin as they unpack these takeaways, then add their teachings to your leadership toolkit. Leadership IS a conversation!


Matt Hames / CEO, Acru Wealth, LLC

Acru Wealth, LLC, is a comprehensive wealth strategy firm headquartered in Woodstock, Georgia. Matt graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree, major in Management, with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, from Kennesaw State University where he played basketball on scholarship for four years.  He is also a graduate of the Cannon Trust School.  Matt holds the professional designation of Certified Trust & Financial Advisor (CTFA), indicating excellence in the areas of fiduciary responsibilities, trust activities, personal finance, insurance, estate planning, tax planning, and investment management.

Prior to assuming the leadership position with Acru, Matt served as a Research Associate and financial advisor for The Henssler Financial Group.  He was responsible for the establishment and development of the firm’s relationship with First Cherokee State Bank, which culminated in the creation of CNT Financial in May of 2001.  In the short time since CNT opened its doors, it grew to over $400 million in custody assets.  In May of 2011 Matt led CNT through a redesign of its business model that changed the brand to Acru and meaningfully enhanced the delivery of the brand experience to the public. Opening a retail location that delivers personalized wisdom through a relevant experience while clarifying today and preparing clients for tomorrow, Acru is redefining how financial services are delivered through community based institutions.  Since opening, Acru has been featured in Fast Company Magazine, The Financial Brand and other local, regional and national publications recognizing the breakthrough innovation represented in the Acru brand and delivery model.  In early 2012 the Acru retail location won the Best of the Best Retail Design Award from the International Interior Design Association, their highest honor for retail space design.

Matt is on the executive board and finance committee of the Kennesaw State University Athletic Association and serves as director on the following boards:  The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Foundation, The Cherokee County Hospital Authority, and Timothy + Barnabas. Matt is a native of Woodstock, resides there, and is an active member of the First Baptist Church of Woodstock where he teaches a young adult Sunday school class.

Contact Matt: (770) 517-1235,


Colonel Marshall S. Irvin, Jr. / Commander, 94th Mission Support Group, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga.

Col. Marshall S. Irvin, Jr. leads a team of 930 military and civilian personnel, overseeing all base support organizations, to include aerial port, communications, contracting, civil engineering, logistics readiness, force support and security forces.

Colonel Irvin received his commission in 1984 as a graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. After serving 8 1/2 years of active duty, he entered the Air Force Reserve in 1996, at the 88th Aerial Port Squadron, 514th Air Mobility Wing, McGuire Air Force Base, NJ.

Colonel Irvin has commanded the 514th Airlift Control Flight, 514th AMW, McGuire AFB, NJ, the 80th Aerial Port Squadron, Dobbins ARB, GA., and served as Deputy Chief of Aerial Port Operations Branch, Headquarters 22nd Air Force, Dobbins ARB, managing 24 squadrons and 2,800 Reservists. He has also commanded the 403d Wing, Mission Support Group, Keesler Air Force Base, MS.

1984 Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication, University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, LA.
1989 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.
1990 Masters in Public Administration, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Philippines
2003 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.
2005 Joint Forces Staff College, Joint Forces Command HQ Campus, Norfolk, VA.
2008 Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.

1. November 1984 – November 1986, Vehicle Operations; Vehicle Maintenance Officer, Blytheville AFB, AK.
2. November 1986 – November 1990, Chief of Transportation, 6200TFTS (Cope Thunder); 13th AF Director of Transportation, Clark AB, Republic of the Philippines
3. November 1990 – December 1992, Aerial Port Duty Officer; Chief of Aerial Port Customer Service, Dover AFB, DE.
4. February 1991 – June 1991, Operation Desert Storm, Chief of Aerial Port Operations; Al Jubail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
5. April 1996 – December 2001, Mission Support Team OIC; Training and Plans OIC; Squadron Operations Officer, 88th Aerial Port SQ, McGuire AFB, NJ.
6. December 2001 – March 2003, Commander, 514th Airlift Control Flight, McGuire AFB, N.J.
7. March 2003 – March 2004, Commander, 80th Aerial Port Squadron, Dobbins ARB, GA.
8. March 2004 – January 2008, Deputy Chief Aerial Port Operations, HQ 22nd Air Force, Dobbins ARB, GA.
9. January 2008- August 2009, Commander Trainee, 94th AW Mission Support Group, Dobbins ARB, GA.
10. August 2009- February 2010, Deputy Commander, 403d Wing Mission Support Group, Keesler AFB, MS.
11. February 2010- March 2011, Commander, 403d Wing Mission Support Group, Keesler AFB, MS.
12. March 2011- Present, Commander, 94th Mission Support Group, Dobbins AFB, GA.

Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with two bronze stars devices
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze stars devices
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Long Tour Ribbon
Air Force Longevity Service
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Second Lieutenant  May 13, 1984
First Lieutenant  May 13, 1986
Captain  Jan. 1, 1989
Major  Oct. 1, 1999
Lieutenant Colonel  Aug 18, 2005
Colonel  March 2, 2011

Contact Colonel Irvin: (678) 655-4873,


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Leadership Character: Who’s Responsible For Your Success?


In this edition of Global Leader Radio, we learn that leadership character can be a study in paradoxes.  Co-Founders of the Turknett Leadership Group – Lyn and Dr. Bob Turknett,  joined host Alvin C. Miles to describe why integrity and strengthening your character are foundational to effective leadership.

Here are seven takeaways from our discussion:

  1. “When juggling balls, try not to let the glass balls drop!”
  2. Top leaders are 100% accountable and responsible for shaping and setting organizational culture…
  3. …AND each employee is 100% accountable and responsible for making a positive impact on that culture.
  4. Worrying is praying for the worse to happen.
  5. Confidence is there for the taking.
  6. Our thinking creates the way we feel and we can train our brain to help us feel better.
  7. Our Character is something we should work to optimize every day of our life!

Listen to Lyn and Bob as they describe and unpack these points, then add their teachings to your leadership toolkit. Leadership IS a conversation!


Bob Turknett / CEO, Turknett Leadership Group

Dr. Robert (Bob) Turknett is an executive leadership coach and licensed psychologist with over 28 years of consulting experience.  Both he and his wife Lyn are co-founders of Turknett Leadership Group, an Atlanta-based consulting firm providing leadership and organization development services to companies in a variety of industries.

Dr. Turknett specializes in CEO Consulting, executive team development and individual development and coaching. Bob has served as an executive coach to more than 1,000 executives in more than 100 companies, both large and small businesses in a variety of industries. His unique approach to coaching blends psychological expertise with extensive business knowledge. Typical engagements involve work with a leader and the entire team producing leadership development results that impact the whole organization.

Bob, along with business and life partner Lyn, published a book about their work together entitled, Decent People, Decent Company: How to Lead with Character at Work and in Life. The book is based on the Turknett Leadership Character Model™ that describes the kind of character all of us need to lead wherever we are. Turknett Leadership Group sponsors a Leadership Character Awards program each year in partnership with the Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Character, honoring leaders of character in the business, education and nonprofit sectors.

Prior to founding Turknett Leadership Group, Dr. Turknett was in private practice for nine years for both the Georgia and Kentucky mental health and hospital systems. He was also a co-founder of the Georgia Psychological Health Network and Chief Psychologist for the Georgia Regional Hospital System. He received his undergraduate degree in business from Jacksonville University and his doctorate in psychology from the University of Georgia. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honorary society.

In 2006, Dr. Turknett received the Leadership Entrepreneurial Award presented by Jacksonville University to an outstanding alumnus. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Georgia Psychological Association, the American Management Association, the Society for Human Resource Management, the Atlanta Rotary, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Dr. Turknett is an active United Way volunteer and served two terms as co-chair, with wife Lyn, of the Cole Society for Leadership Giving. Each year the Turknetts devote a portion of their time to pro-bono work with various organizations.


Lyn Turknett / President, Turknett Leadership Group

Carolyn Turknett has more than 20 years experience in management and leadership consulting. The focus of her work is character in leadership, organization assessment and change, executive team development, and leadership in turbulent times.

Ms. Turknett’s consulting engagements have included leadership and executive team development, cultural assessment and change, mergers, and individual feedback and coaching. She is particularly interested in helping teams at all levels improve effectiveness and working relationships, and in helping organizations maximize intellectual capital and create cultures that support flexibility and initiative.

Ms. Turknett received her B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Georgia, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her M.A. in Sociology, with special emphasis in organizational sociology, from the University of Georgia.

Current research interests include leadership and Constructive Developmental Theory and gender differences in leadership style. In presentations at national and local conferences and in publications, Ms. Turknett has addressed such topics as leadership character, succession planning, trends in executive development, executive coaching, executive onboarding, retention, organizational culture, women in leadership, and revitalization after downsizing.

Lyn, along with business and life partner Bob, recently published a book about their work together entitled, Decent People, Decent Company: How to Lead with Character at Work and in Life. The book is based on the Turknett Leadership Character Model™, a model that describes the kind of character all of us need to lead wherever we are. Turknett Leadership Group sponsors a Leadership Character Awards program each year in partnership with the Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Character, honoring leaders of character in the business, education and nonprofit sectors.

Ms. Turknett is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Academy of Management, the Organization Development Network, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Organization Change Alliance.

Lyn has long been an active United Way supporter. She has chaired the United Way in DeKalb campaign, and is serving currently on the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta Board of Directors. She has served as chair of the Community Investments Committee, and has served with her husband, Bob, as co-chair of the United Way Cole Society for Leadership Giving. She is also an elder in the Presbyterian Church.

Contact Bob or Lyn: (770) 271-1723, or


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Is the Perception of Your Competence Under Your Control?


In this edition of Global Leader Radio, we learn the perception of our competence should not be left to chance.  Legacy Executive Benefits LLC’s David Harper & Denise Chisolm and Your SweetSpot’s Dr. Kym Harris joined host Alvin C. Miles as in studio guests to discuss their experiences, and share their wisdom & tips to improve how others perceive YOUR competence.

Here are seven takeaways from our discussion:

  1. The perception of competence extends far beyond performance.
  2. FEAR is wasteful.
  3. Raise your “relational” capital.
  4. Give AND seek behavior-based BETand BEAR feedback.
  5. Combining a unique EMBA experience with a diverse professional background provides the confidence to take on new assignments outside your comfort zone.
  6. To “manage your margin”- carve out time in your day to organize, prioritize & reflect.
  7. “Wherever I go, I follow myself!”

Listen to Denise, David and Dr. Kym as they discuss these points, then add them to your leadership toolkit. Leadership IS a conversation!

Denise Chisolm / Director of Fiduciary Management, Legacy Executive Benefits, LLC

Denise A. Chisolm has in-depth knowledge and experience in compliance after serving several years in various roles within the Broker Dealer and Registered Investment Advisory communities.  She served as a Compliance Office, trainer, and has experience in SEC, FINRA and DOL audits.

Ms. Chisolm began her career in recruiting at FSC Securities, an Atlanta-based Broker Dealer, where she proactively recruited Registered Principals within the Northern, Mid-West and Western regions. Within the first six months in the industry, she successfully acquired the FINRA General Securities, Investment Advisor and Registered Securities Principal licenses.

Ms. Chisolm has a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University with a concentration in Criminal Justice and Psychology and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing. She is a frequent volunteer with Northpoint Ministries, and has recently begun volunteering with MUST Ministries.

Contact Denise: (770) 232-0303 ext. 1176,


David Harper / President & CEO, Legacy Executive Benefits, LLC

Since 1978, David Harper has worked with companies in the design and implementation of executive benefit plans providing both qualified and nonqualified plan solutions. In 1999, Mr. Harper, along with Bill Straub, founded ERI Advisors, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia, a consulting firm dedicated to providing executive benefit solutions to large private and public companies. In April 2003, ERI Advisors was selected to become an affiliate firm of Retirement Capital Group (RCG), and in 2004, became one of their Regional Offices; RTG Southeast, until January 2011.  In January 2011, Mr. Harper and Mr. Straub founded Legacy Executive Benefits, LLC.

He is a graduate of Davidson College, where he was a Division I quarterback ranked 3rd nationally in passing. David has served on the Board of the Good Samaritan Health Center and currently serves on the Metro Atlanta Urban Young Life Board.  He and his wife, Anne, authored the book “Light Their Fire for God” (developing virtues in your children) published by Moody Press and released 2001.

Contact David: (770) 232-0303 x1178,


Dr. Kym Harris / Founder and CEO, Your SweetSpot Coaching & Consulting, LLC

Dr. Kym Harris says the mission of Your SweetSpot™ is to strengthen the leadership effectiveness and boost the executive success of leaders in corporate, academic, and non-profit organizations through one-on-one coaching, group coaching, and customized development experiences.

Dr. Harris is a Board Certified Coach that specializes in Executive Coaching, Career Management Coaching, and Life Coaching.   She is well known for her action oriented coaching model, which is grounded in self-efficacy, personal accountability, the pursuit of authentic relationships, and value based decision-making.

Dr. Harris’ 27-year career in Human Resources and Talent Development represents experience in the public sector (Florida Department of Transportation), higher education (University of Miami and Emory University), and two corporate organizations (The Home Depot and Cox Enterprises -Manheim).  In her last corporate role as Sr. Director of Employee & Leadership Development and Training, Dr. Harris led Manheim’s corporate University, which included the development and delivery of enterprise wide and business critical training, leadership development, mentoring programs, talent reviews and succession planning, and management trainee programs.

Dr. Harris serves on two boards.  Emerge provides scholarships to support women who have demonstrated a deep commitment to both reaching their educational goals and giving back to their communities.  The Women Employment Opportunity Program (WEOP) is committed to the mission of promoting the economic advancement of women with technology-based solutions, tools, training and business opportunities to advance economic sustainability.  She also serves as a mentor in the Spelman Coca-Cola Leadership Mentoring Program.

Dr. Harris holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Nova Southeastern University, and a Doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University.  Her doctoral research explored the impact of the glass ceiling on the career strategies of African American women in middle management positions of corporate America.

Contact Kym: (770) 918-0981,


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Dr. Kym: