Before you think, “Ah, gratitude – in terms of sending your kids back to school” – that’s not what I mean.

I’ve written a Back to School post for a few years now and this time around is a little different.  You see, I have 5 kids and the elder two are educators.  These daughters of mine have decided that they want to forego the kind of income and economic situation that they are eminently qualified for to teach.  And to teach kids that are on the lower socio-economic end.  I am grateful for their generosity, sense of mission, and drive as they head back into the classroom to give these children what no one else can give them.

As for me, I’m grateful for this time of year as it is one of our “selling times”.  It’s funny because it doesn’t matter how old you are, when this time of year comes around, it’s an instinct to come out of the summer languor, look around, get serious and focus on the rest of the year.  For what we do, we are glad because with a focused and engaged client, we can do miracles!

For this year’s Back to School message: Be grateful – don’t dwell on the past, don’t obsess about the future and focus on the now.

Alex is a game changer, a fixer, and a no-nonsense entrepreneur who gets to the heart of the matter with business owners. Alex has more than 25 years of experience driving organizational change through strategic planning and execution. By focusing on a client’s specific value and the subsequent growth and scaling of the enterprise, Alex has driven businesses to more than 11M in revenue growth, with up to 61x ROI on their investment. An Atlanta native, Alex graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor’s degree in Management and received a Master’s degree in Information Systems from George Washington University. After a 15-year career in manufacturing, health information management, and financial services, Alex broadened his experience even more by working in diverse industries ranging from multiple professional service verticals (e.g., law, medical, engineering, etc.) to the non-profit sector. He was instrumental in the turn-around of a public company that started at $18MM and subsequently sold for over $300MM. Alex’s roots run deep through the Atlanta community he serves. He is a mentor in the Georgia Tech Mentor Jackets program, President Emeritus of the Georgia Tech Intown Alumni Network, and an event sponsor for the George Washington University Alumni Association Atlanta Club. He currently serves on the board of Pinecrest Academy and past board chair of Lifecycle Building Center, a nonprofit community resource whose mission is to make the lifecycle use of the built environment increasingly efficient and sustainable.