On the latest edition of DeKalb Business Today, host Matt Holmes profiles a panel of guests who are helping local businesses in their own specific ways. Lynda Martin shares the successes she’s seen in her years as a business coach. Bridget Lewis gives her tips for small businesses owners to enhance their cybersecurity. DeKalb Fire Capt. Eric Jackson and Pete Hajjar of Reliable Restoration talk about how a little planning can help businesses avoid costly accidents.
Lynda Martin/Professional EOS Implementer with Goodwin Growth Works, Inc.
Like you, professional business coach Lynda Martin combines a passion for business with the drive to find new ways to do things better!
With over 25 years broad experience, both in the corporate structure and real-life, in-the-trenches business experience, Lynda works with the best and brightest business owners and leadership teams to clarify their Vision, define a strategy and then streamline systems and processes to give your business Traction. Partnering with your team, she takes a holistic approach to integrate your daily activities into a cohesive, synergistic business plan.
As an experienced entrepreneurial leader, Lynda has refined her leadership and coaching skills over the years through working with over 80 leadership teams in businesses from solo-preneurs to 50+ employees, including Nike, SnapOn Tools and Continental Airlines. Her past successes include growing for-profit subsidiaries by 150% to $800,000 for a religious organization and doubling annual revenues to $150 million within Norrell Services (now Spherion) light industrial services, both in a period of only two years.
Lynda is one of only 50 Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) Implementers and she combines her diverse experience and passion with the complete proven EOS Model, Process and Toolbox to facilitate conversations, teach key principles and coach you to achieve serious business growth. Clients praise Lynda for her unique combination of communication and number skills, which help teams achieve the EOS Principles of Vision, Traction and Healthy for their business.
Bridget Lewis/President of Workplace Learning Solutions LLC
Bridget C Lewis is a workplace learning professional with more than 30 years of combined experience in education and training. She is passionate about developing the workforce of the future. Much of her early experience was gained working as a school teacher in the Caribbean. Today she is a seasoned professional development consultant and training provider. Since being in the US, she has contributed to organizations like Mercer University and InterContinental Hotels Group. In early 2010, she established Workplace Learning Solutions LLC, through which she works with local government agencies like DeKalb County, nonprofit agencies like DeKalb Workforce Development and DeKalb Medical Center, and other local small businesses. Ms. Lewis is passionate about the professional retooling of the long-term unemployed.
Workplace Learning Solutions LLC (WLS) is an Atlanta-based small business. We work with small and mid-sized businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits, providing performance consulting and professional development services. Our clients are organizations that need an outsourced resource to manage their people performance improvement strategies. We collaborate with our clients to identify and implement the best approaches for improving performance in the workplace. As WLS continues to grow, we believe in making a valuable contribution to our areas’ economic development by adding jobs and working with non-profits that support a holistic approach to the professional development of our long-term unemployed citizens. Our mission is to help create an engaged and productive workforce.
Peter J. Hajjar/Managing Partner of Reliable Restoration LLC
The team at Reliable Restoration are experts in disaster recovery. The company specializes in water, fire, flood and wind damage. Their services also include reconstruction, contents cleaning/storage and asbestos abatement. They serve clients in Georgia and throughout the Southeast.
Eric L. Jackson/Fire Captain and Public Information Officer for DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department
Eric L. Jackson is a Fire Suppression Captain who serves as Spokesperson with DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department in Tucker, Georgia. As Fire Captain and Spokesperson, he has had the awesome task and responsibility of supervising, training and overseeing the daily work activities of fire station personnel as well as managing the da-to-day departmental public affairs activities that include but are not limited to community relations, media affairs, crisis communications, public education, social media management and public speaking at fire service seminars, conventions and trade shows.
His professional career with the fire service spans over thirty years including time as a teenager involved with the Pasadena, California Fire Department Explorer Program. That program is designed to introduce young people to the firefighting profession.
Captain Jackson rose from the rank of Firefighter, then on to Fire Suppression Lieutenant and now Fire Suppression Captain where he spearheaded the creation of the DCFR Public Affairs Office followed by being named in 2000, as Firefighter of the Year by the West DeKalb Rotary Club. In October of 2008, Captain Jackson was named Public Information Officer of the Year for the State of Georgia by former State Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine.
In addition to holding several certifications and licenses such as Fire Instructor and Public Fire Education Officer, Captain Jackson is a graduate of Leadership DeKalb Class of 2009. If that wasn’t enough, Captain Eric Jackson graduated from Mercer University the following year with his Bachelors of Applied Studies Degree in Organization Leadership.