Dr. Betty Siegel tells chamber members each is an educator

Kennesaw State University President Emeritus Dr. Betty L. Siegel addressed members and guests of the Sandy Springs-Perimeter Chamber of Commerce at the organization’s Feb. 11 breakfast meeting, declaring that everyone is an educator and that “education is the window to the world.”

With Dr. Siegel doing the speaking, it was fitting that the breakfast meeting was sponsored by the Friends of North Springs Charter School for the Arts and Sciences, a charitable foundation that commits 100 percent of its proceeds to the school for educational activities.

“Leaders are those who enroll others in their vision,” Dr. Siegel told those attending the 7:30 a.m. meeting at the Westin Atlanta Hotel in the Concourse development in Sandy Springs.

“It is important to be conscious of age,” the now retired university president said. She said most people who have lived long lives are “rich in memories” that they are able to draw upon in daily life. She rhetorically asked the audience, “How do you ‘winter into wisdom,” a phrase she coins as the name of a web site she created.

She conceded she did not create the phrase, but rather borrowed it from Beowulf. She explained the poet wrote: “Be true to your values. This I tell you as one who has wintered into wisdom.”

She added there are four basic principles America should be teaching: trust, respect, optimism and intentionality.

She suggested everyone should constantly ask the questions: “Who am I? To whom do I belong? To what do I testify?”

Siegel told the group, “A person’s work is a portrait of themselves. And, work gives definition to life.”

The next SSPC breakfast meeting is Monday, March 17. Featured speaker will be economist Dr. Roger Tutterow. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and the program begins at 8 a.m. All monthly breakfast meetings are held at The Westin Atlanta North, 7 Concourse Parkway, Sandy Springs. For information and reservations, call 404-255-5351.

Local execs to address business threats

Leading business and financial executives from Sandy Springs and Buckhead will be keynote speakers at the 2008 Atlanta Area CEO Summit, a free day-long forum focusing on the two major threats to the economy, terrorism and recession. The March 26 program is geared to small and mid-size business owners and CEOs; it will be held at DeKalb Office Environments in Alpharetta.

Buckhead resident Robert Balentine, co-founder of Balentine and Company and now a Wilmington Trust executive vice president, will speak about Protecting Your Wealth in Uncertain Times. Joining him will be the managing partner of the one of nation’s leading turnaround firms, Lee Katz of Grisanti and Goldress in Sandy Springs. He will address attendees on the topic of Profiting During an Economic Downturn – and How to Avoid Having to Hire Guys like Me.

Rhys Wilson, a Nelson Mullins partner and co-leader in the firm’s national mergers and acquisitions practice, will also speak. His topic is How to Reduce Risk and Increase the Value of Your Business in a Down Economy.

Herb Meyer, a ranking CIA official during the Reagan administration who is credited with being among the first to identify the pending demise of the Soviet empire, will outline the key global events of our time – the war on terrorism, the demographic implosions throughout Western civilization and the astounding creation of wealth throughout the world. His topic title is What in the World is Going On?

Several local companies are underwriting the program, including Advanced Computer Technologies, the law firm of Andre & Blaustein , DeKalb Office Environments, Focus Enterprises, Fusion Sleep, the Interlochen Group, the Nelson Mullins law firm, Rockbridge Commercial Bank, VCSouth, Wilmington Trust and Zerorez. Reporter Newspapers is the media sponsor.

There is no charge to attend the Atlanta CEO Summit, however advance registration is required. For registration information, e-mail publisher@reporternewspapers.net or call (404) 917-2200, ext. 11.

Crye-Leike Realtors opens in Sandy Springs

Crye-Leike, Realtors, the nations 4th largest real estate company, has a new Sandy Springs branch office now open at 352 Sandy Springs Circle. The Tennessee-based company officially opened its Sandy Springs location on Feb. 1.

Managing broker for the new branch is Aleyda Barrett – a licensed broker for 12 years. She is the former owner and broker of Barrett Real Estate, LLC.

Crye-Leike, Realtors currently has seven staffed offices in operation in the greater Atlanta region, with approximately 140 licensed sales.

Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, Realtors in 1977.

In 2007, the Crye-Leike organization attained sales of $5.7 billion with about 32,500 closed transactions.