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Mike Alvear helps small businesses across the country set up their social media strategies. He has written numerous marketing strategy articles for Adweek, Mediaweek, and Marketing Age and teaches monthly blogging workshops for Atlanta entrepreneurs. He also won Adweek’s Media Plan of the Year a while back as executive director of Charter Hospital’s marketing and media department. Currently, he blogs for The Huffington Post and writes The Sexorcist column in Creative Loafing.
As co-instructor, Mike mixes an entrepreneural spirit with a depth of knowledge and experience in corporate marketing.
Hollis Gillespie is a humorist, syndicated columnist, NPR commentator and top-selling author. Her column can be found monthly on the back page of every issue of Atlanta magazine. Hollis has appeared on the cover of numerous publications including Atlanta magazine, Creative Loafing and Tampa’s Weekly Planet. She has been profiled in Marie Claire, Bust, Writer’s Digest and Entertainment Weekly.
Her television appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, TBS Storyline,Monica Kaufman’s Closeups, Good Day Atlanta, and an upcoming appearance on TV Land. Her radio commentaries appear regularly on National Public Radio (NPR) and Georgia Public Broadcasting. In 2004, Writer’s Digest named Hollis Gillespie a “Breakout Author of the Year.” Other accolades include “Best Columnist” (2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) and “Best Local Author” (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009) honors in the Creative Loafing Best of Atlanta Readers Survey. Atlanta magazine awarded her “Best ‘Tell-All’” in 2006. The film rights to her first book, Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch: Tales from a Bad Neighborhod, are currently under option with a major Hollywood studio.