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Larry Samuelson on Business Strategy and What Makes a Trusted Advisor


Today on C-Suite Exclusive, Larry R. Samuelson, an accomplished executive who led divisions as a President, COO and CEO, at one of the largest companies in the automotive aftermarket parts industry and provided the strategy to restore growth and profitability to over 200 business owners in his firm’s network of businesses.


Larry successfully led the largest division of Genuine Parts Company (GPC), The NAPA Automotive Parts Group (NAPA), and NAPA Canada in various roles and divisions as a President, COO and CEO of these premier North American automotive parts distribution and retail companies. During his 35 year tenure, he demonstrated an acumen and expertise with startup operations, successful turnarounds and realignments, and effective divestiture and growth of businesses. His leadership savvy has produced an impressive portfolio of experience developing and implementing key strategies and initiatives that delivered sustainable growth and profitability.


Presently, Larry devotes his time and passion to help these mid-market executives and owners grow their business to the next level, recapture the excitement of why they started their business, or monetize their business when appropriate.


As President of The Samuelson Company LLC, a business strategy and executive coaching firm, Larry provides specialized executive consultation and advice, in trusted confidence, to mid- market business owners and senior executives.


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Cbeyond’s CMO Paul Carmody on transforming to meet customers’ needs

In this special edition of C-Suite Exclusives business consultant Elizabeth Gordon interviews Cbeyond’s CMO, Paul Carmody.

As Cbeyond’s Chief Marketing Officer, Paul is responsible for leading marketing, product management, and business development. Carmody joined Cbeyond in 2012 to help drive the company’s expansion into next-generation products and services.


In this interview Paul speaks to Elizabeth about the customer needs Cbeyond serves, how those needs have evolved over time and what prompted Cbeyond’s transformation to the Cbeyond 2.0 model of focusing on virtual services.  Paul shares the market’s reaction to Cbeyond’s cloud services and thoughts on the company’s future growth strategy.

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Monty P. Hamilton 
Chief Executive Officer 

of Rural Sourcing Inc. (RSI)

This week in the C-Suite, Elizabeth Gordon interviews Monty P. Hamilton, Chief Executive Officer of Rural Sourcing Inc. about creating technology jobs in rural America.

Rural Sourcing Inc (RSI) provides a competitive onshore alternative to the traditional answers of IT outsourcing.  Mr. Hamilton is the CEO responsible for leading the strategic direction and the growth of RSI to launch 30 new high-tech hubs across the US.

He is a sought after speaker on the outsourcing topic having recently been featured on CNBC, NPR radio and at various industry conferences. In addition, recent articles depicting RSI’s innovative outsourcing model have appeared in Business Week, CNN Money magazine, CFO magazine, and CIO magazine.

Hamilton began his IT career in 1988 with Accenture. In 1995 he joined four other colleagues to build their own consulting firm – Clarkston Consulting.  He was instrumental in growing Clarkston into a global strategic and systems integration firm with offices across the US and Europe.  After Clarkston’s acquisition of RSI he became the CEO in 2009.

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101 Best and Brightest Nominee, Cara Turano of CTS, Inc.

Cara Turano leads CTS in Atlanta, Georgia.  CTS is a privately held, regional IT consulting firm that provides business intelligence, quality assurance, application integration, software development, and portals and collaboration consulting services to enterprise clients. CTS also has offices in Birmingham, Alabama; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Mobile, Alabama.

Cara talks about her role as a leader, what it means to be a 101 Best and Brightest nominee, the unique culture at CTS, the importance they place on keeping employees happy and the difference its made to the company’s growth and their clients.


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101 Best and Brightest Nominee, Nickolas Downey of Nead Werx

C-Suite Exclusives sat down with 101 Best and Brightest Nominee, Nickolas Downey of Nead Werx

Nead Werx is a full service, custom design and development specializing in rapid development of modern and efficient web and mobile applications.  Nickolas talks about how he grew the company, how they are different and why the employees of Nead Werx are at the heart of their value.

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Celtic Testing Experts Boosts GA Economy with New Test Center in Kennesaw

Kelly Kierans & Elizabeth Gordon

Celtic Testing Experts helps boost GA economy by opening an onshore test center in Kennesaw, GA.  President, Kelly Kierans stopped by the studio to talk about how she’s grown the company in a down economy, where they are headed and what it’s like sitting in the C-Suite.

Celtic Testing Experts, Inc. provides Quality Assurance, Assurance Management expertise combined with a proprietary forecasting dashboard, called Foresight.

Hear how the company got started, how they’ve doubled in size and are poised to do so again, about their new facility, they’re processes and employees.  Kelly shares about industry trends and why many companies are rethinking offshoring and bringing their testing back to the US and seeing the value and savings in doing so.

Celtic Testing Experts, Inc. core competency is Test Management, Test Process Assessment, Improvement and Implementation.  Find out more at

Rahim Charania, CEO of American Fueling Systems on C-Suite Exclusives

Rahim Charania joined us in the studio to talk about his leadership experience as the CEO of American Fueling Systems. Mr. Charania has in depth knowledge of business management, strategic planning, finance, and sales and has used this knowledge to raise over $120 million dollars for new ventures throughout his career.

His extensive knowledge of the fueling industry comes from his investments in a number of fueling stations along with his many advisory roles to fuel delivery servicers. He has managed large executive teams and worked alongside multiple stakeholders including, investors, large clients and vendors in order to align the global vision behind the venture.

Over the past 6 years Mr. Charania has been President of CGC Global, an investment and advisory group which advised on and participated in the acquisition, development or sale of over $12 million in fueling stations along with other asset classes. Before that he helped raise revenues and increase investor returns at BCIR and Millennium Group of Partners by delivering efficient operations and requiring a strong focus on shareholder value by his entire organization.

He has proven results in the fields of private equity investments, business advisory, and real estate. Through his investments and business networks in the fuel sales industry, Mr. Charania saw a glaring need for cheaper and cleaner fuel in transportation; with that in mind he organized and formed American Fueling Systems.

In this interview Rahim talks in-depth about his experience in creating and managing ventures which produce profitable returns for investors and customers, and the company’s plan to set aside $1,000,000 to fund a Cooperative Agreement (CA) with Fleet Companies to provide fleet owners with a detailed alternative fuel feasibility study specific to their fleet operations so that they can get those questions answered with a detailed plan on how to make the transition.

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