Atlanta Business Impact Radio with Veanne Smith

Veanne Smith is the co-founder of SOLTECH, Inc. - a long established software and staffing firm in Atlanta, GA. In this podcast series, Veanne interviews local technology executives to see how technology is shaping business and industry today.
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Feb 27, 2018

In this episode, Cynthia Curry, Director of IoT Ecosystem Expansion at Metro Atlanta Chamber, sits down with Veanne and Sarah to talk about what they’re doing to bring tech talent to Atlanta, attract Internet of Things companies, and build a strong reputation for Atlanta as an innovation hub.

Jan 30, 2018

This week, Veanne and Sarah are talking with Kirk Talbott, Executive Director of the Smart City Program, known as SmartATL, with City of Atlanta.

Dec 15, 2017

Veanne Smith and Sarah Lodato talk to Annie Eaton, CEO of Futurus, a future technologies company, about virtual and augmented reality -- where it came from, where it is today, and where it's going. 

Nov 2, 2017

Veanne and Sarah are kicking season four off with Jeffrey Martín, CEO and Founder of honorCode, a nonprofit organization aimed at providing curriculum and training to bring computer science and social-emotional learning into Atlanta schools.

Sep 14, 2017

In this episode, hosts Veanne Smith and Sarah Lodato talk to Rodney Sampson of Tech Square Labs about empowering the underprivileged to reach their full potential.  

Aug 31, 2017

Amy Zimmerman, Head of People Operations for Kabbage, talks to hosts Veanne Smith and Sarah Lodato about the rise and importance of office culture. 

Aug 17, 2017

In this podcast, hosts Veanne Smith and Sarah Lodato talk to J Cornelius, founder of Nine Labs and Atlanta Web Design Group, about the importance of branding and design when building a corporate identity.

Aug 3, 2017

In this podcast, hosts Veanne Smith and Sarah Lodato, talk about empowering women in their careers with the women who organize the Atlanta chapter of, Alexa Crisa and Emily Schwartz.

Jul 20, 2017

Altisource's Tim Visconti stops by to talk to us about getting a foot in the door in the highly competitive job market and gives business owners advice on keeping much-needed talent here in Atlanta. 

Jul 6, 2017

In this podcast, Innov8 workshop creator, Nevarda Smith along with hosts Veanne Smith and Sarah Lodato, talk about how involving everyone in the ideation process, results in the most profitable conclusions.


Jun 8, 2017

In this episode, hosts Veanne Smith and Sarah Lodato talk with Comedy Producer and Laughing Skull Lounge founder Marshall Chiles about how introducing comedy to your business and sales presentations can increase engagement. 

May 25, 2017

In this episode, hosts Veanne Smith and Sarah Lodato sit down with Creative Director Dayle Bennett, and Executive Director and Founder, Rohit Malhotra of the Center for Civic Innovation to talk about their work and how it's shaping the landscape of Atlanta for the better.

May 11, 2017

This episode finds hosts Veanne Smith and Sarah Lodato talking with Greg Chambers, group director of digital innovation at Coca-Cola. Greg shares with us his creative career path and how his innovative spirit has shaped his work.

Mar 17, 2017

In this podcast, hosts Veanne Smith and Sarah Lodato chat with Chris Hill, Chief Information and Technology Officer at The Weather Company. The Weather Company provides the world's leading technology platforms and services leveraging weather and related data, and Chris shares insight into how a close eye on innovation has allowed the organization to grow and make such an impact at a global level. 

Feb 19, 2017

In this episode, we discuss the innovative ways to finding life fulfillment and work-life balance with the author and CEO of Metrus Group, Bill Schiemann.

Feb 8, 2017

In this episode,  Chief Marketing Officer of The Iron Yard, Eric Dodds, discusses the innovative ways the coding school, has been leading the change in EdTech. From their marketing efforts to the coding boot camps and online learning, The Iron Yard has been shaking up the traditional methods of obtaining an education.


Jan 25, 2017

In this episode, Rupen Patel, the former CTO of NCR's Small & Medium Business division, joins us to discuss his career path, his experience with international businesses, and how to maintain a company's vision and goals with teams scattered across the globe.

Jan 11, 2017

Today’s episode focuses on mentoring and how it has become an essential in creating the ideal company culture and to cultivate engagement within the workplace. We are excited to welcome two experts on this topic, Nancy Wolk and Trish Jones from eMentorConnect.


Nov 30, 2016
In this episode, Justin Orcutt, a Strategic Account Manager, and Keyaan Williams, a Senior Consultant for the Risk Management and Governance department, both at NCC Group, discuss all things IT Security. They dive in to cyber security and its rapid growth as a career, what it takes to be successful in the field, as well as insight on how to protect your data from both a professional and consumer perspective.
Justin has worked with Fortune 500 companies to help design, implement, and validate IT security systems. He has assisted numerous investment advisors, brokers, and dealers navigate the new SEC guideline on cyber security. With these firms, he has helped apply risk management processes to drive process improvements and greater security.
Keyaan has dedicated two decades to the information security profession as a leader, educator, and mentor. He has experience developing programs and strategies for critical infrastructure, high-security systems, large enterprises, and small businesses. Prior to joining NCC as a Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (GRC) leader, he directed and managed security for two large divisions of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Nov 15, 2016

In Episode 9, Prakash Muthukrishnan, CIO at Purchasing Power, discusses the traits and characteristics of successful leaders in his experience, the importance of storytelling and being a good listener, as well as transparency and communication in the workplace.

At Purchasing Power, Prakash manages the E-Commerce and Oracle E-Business development, Project Management, Business Analysis, Architecture, Quality Assurance, Information Security and Infrastructure teams – a “jack of all trades” if you will.
Prakash has always worked with industry influencers where he has learned first-hand what leadership qualities support success in this industry. He is eager to inspire others, and encourages folks to take control of their destiny by positioning themselves to be thoughtful and iterative in their approach to leadership.
Nov 2, 2016

In Episode 8 we interview Steve Seidner of Yancey Bros. Before becoming the CIO for Yancey Brothers, the Caterpillar dealership for the state of Georgia, he started his career working as a consultant and was placed at Georgia-Pacific Corporation as a software developer. After being promoted several times within 12 years, including moving to corporate roles, Steve held the responsibility for the company’s Technology Planning Process and ultimately, as GP’s Chief Technologist. In this episode Seidner will discuss the personality traits of a good manager, what it takes to be a CTO/CIO and his journey from going from entry level to C-Suite.

Oct 19, 2016

Hear from our Business Development Executive, Ann Mooney, and our Account Executive, Jeff Bond as we discuss all-things-clients: an essential part of both sides of the SOLTECH business - software development and staffing solutions!

Oct 5, 2016

Learn how SOLTECH has grown over the past 18 years, along with some of the most memorable moments as told by founders Tim and Veanne Smith.

Sep 19, 2016

In Episode 7 we interview Ravi Venkatesan of Bridge2 Solutions. Ravi is currently the CTO at Bridge2 Solutions which is his latest adventure in his 15 year journey being a technology leader. With a mission to lead with purpose, Ravi encourages culture changes; specializing in driving business and technology alignment with a “business outcomes first, and technology solutions second” approach. 

Sep 8, 2016

Episode 6 we interview Leslie Kuban of FranNet. Leslie’s specialty is helping her clients determine if franchise ownership is right for them, and identifying franchise businesses that will offer them the best opportunity for success with the lowest risk. She has helped more than 400 people successfully transition from corporate life to business ownership. As a franchise owner, Leslie is able to give an insider perspective that helps her clients assess their real opportunities, risks and timing so they can make sound decisions.

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