On the latest edition of DeKalb Business Today, host Matt Holmes interviews a panel of local entrepreneurs from across DeKalb County. Eric Teusink joins the show from the firm of Williams Teusink to discuss doing real estate law in Decatur. Michael Shields talks about bringing his military experience into the travel industry. Carol Fisher checks in to share the work she’s doing for small businesses at Workplace Partners, while her business partner Bob Wehner explains how LegalShield is helping to serve the needs of many of those companies.
Eric Teusink/Williams Teusink LLC
Eric is an experienced commercial, corporate, and real estate attorney whose practice is concentrated in the areas of corporate formation, corporate governance, commercial litigation and transactions, non-profit law, real estate agreements, real estate litigation, foreclosure, title disputes, real estate tax, real estate tort, business tort, and community association law. Eric serves as corporate counsel for several entrepreneurial companies. Eric has successfully represented business owners, entrepreneurs, developers, and real estate professionals in both state and federal court. In addition to representing clients in court, Eric is skilled in crafting shareholder agreements, property ownership agreements, operating agreements, property management agreements, leases, purchase and sale agreements, promissory notes, and security deeds.
Eric graduated cum laude from the Georgia State University College of Law where he served as Vice President of the Moot Court Board and was a barrister in the Bleckley Inn of Court. Prior to attending law school Eric graduated with degrees in Political Science and Economics from the University of Georgia. Eric is the Past-President of the East Atlanta Business Association, the Co-Chair of the Run Before You Crawl 5K, a member of the 2011 LEAD Atlanta Class, a member of the Urban Land Institute’s 2013 Center for Leadership Class, and serves on both the Georgia State College of Law Alumni Board and the Development Board of the UGA at Oxford Study Abroad Program.
Eric resides in the Grant Park neighborhood of Atlanta with his wife and son. In his spare time he enjoys running, playing tennis, collecting records and vintage books, reading, supporting UGA athletics, and tailgating before every UGA home football game.
Michael Shields/Surge 365 Travel
Michael Shields of MJ Shields Associates of Atlanta, GA is originally from New York City. He is retired military 24 years (4 years U. S. Marines and 20 U. S. Navy). He served in Vietnam in 1968 as a machine gunner and retired as a Chief Petty Officer in 1992. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Leo College in 1995 in Business Management and worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs for 17 years in Atlanta and also retired from. His wife Jacquelyn (a native Atlantian) and family presently live in the Stone Mountain area of Georgia and have been married for 26 years, she is also employed with the Federal Government.
Michael and Jacquelyn are travel professionals with Surge 365 and have been in the travel industry for over nine years. Surge 365 is a brand new company that has a 110 percent guarantee on giving you the ability to become a VIP private member to have the lowest prices on any vacationing anywhere around the world! This membership also comes with a concierge service! This is the newest travel technology! If you love to vacation and travel but you’re just tired of the high cost to do so, then come find out why membership really does have its privileges!
Carol Fisher/Workplace Partners
Carol W. Fisher, L.C.S.W. (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) is a founder and CEO/President of Workplace Partners.
Carol works with Workplace Partner’s Office Coordinator and a network of approximately 30 counselors and training and organizational development professionals to provide services to our client employers and employees.
Workplace Partners LLC was established as Georgia Behavioral Care, Inc. (G.B.C.) in 1995 as a network of counselors and psychotherapists to provide Employee Assistance and Managed Care services.
Early on their provider network focused on sub-contracting to deliver localized services for national and regional Employee Assistance and Managed Care Companies. In our work with these nationally recognized companies, WPP has had an opportunity to work with over 250 employer organizations, many of which are Fortune 1000 companies.
WPP adopted the best practices of these national and regional EAPs and adapted these to smaller more locally based companies to provide full service Employee Assistance Programs.
In 2000, Workplace Partners began providing a full service Employee Assistance and Work/Life program for a local health care system covering over 9,000 lives.
Workplace Partners has also designed and provided extensive training, drug free work place, critical incident follow-up, and organizational development services on a direct contract basis to a number of other businesses in Georgia since that time.
Bob is a partner in Workplace Partners as well as serving as the Senior Director and Independent Associate for LegalShield. He is responsible for ensuring that businesses, their employees, families and individuals are provided total access and total freedom enabling each person to speak to an attorney or specialized consultant about their trivial and traumatic matters without worrying about high hourly costs. Bob holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Augusta State University and a Master of Science in Industrial Management, concentration in Finance from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He spent over 30 years in corporate banking before joining LegalShield in 2004.
Bob currently serves on the Boards for the National Association of Nonprofits and the National Association of Women Owned Small Businesses.