Check out our lineup of cool friends who know stuff. We’ll share our expertise on a variety of topics we hope you’ll find relevant, enlightening, thought-provoking and maybe even life-changing.
DR. CHRIS HAWKINS
Chris is the real life person behind the Dr. Thrift brand. He earned his Ed.D. from the University of Georgia where he conducted his dissertation on improving the financial literacy of today’s youth. He earned his undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech where he was fortunate to play football on the 1990 National Championship team. He also holds an MEd and EdS from the University of West Georgia.
Dr. Hawkins has set his goals on encouraging millions to abandon the ‘Paradox of Thrift’ by reconsidering the personal merits of living a thrifty lifestyle. He is a financial speaker, writer, teacher and coach who thrives on teaching individuals to live a more frugal, industrious, contented, and giving life. He is an emerging expert on the principles that underlie this important virtue. Click here for more info about Dr. Thrift and check out his podcast, Thriving Financially with Dr. Thrift.
Kathryn has worked in higher education for over 15 years in varying roles of campus support, student support and academic support. Her work-life has spanned over 30 years and while she does not hold a bachelor’s degree, she refers to herself as a life-long learner. She currently supports students and faculty in the 3rd largest university in Georgia.
She is a voracious reader of mostly classic literature, but also enjoys texts on Sociology, Criminal Justice, true crime and a fluffy romance now and then. Her role has revolved around support, usually administrative, although she has managed people and departments in the past. She brings a hands-on and unique insight to the challenges students face as they bridge from college to career. Connect with her at Kathryn@brijbrand.co.
Jimmy is a financial advisor for Edward Jones. He has a desire to help and serve others. He believes that life is made of memories. He works with clients of all ages toward building those memories. Together they discover what is most important to them, then he helps them move toward achieving that goal!
Jimmy built his business within Edward Jones with a focus on the local community. He was raised in Marietta, GA. As a financial advisor, he believes it’s important to invest his time to understand what you’re working toward before you invest your money. Working closely with you he can help determine the most appropriate financial strategy for you and your family. He can also help with your retirement savings strategy so you have more options when you retire and while living in retirement, regardless of what you decide to do.
Jimmy is passionate about helping people reach their goals. He believes with guidance, any individual will not only reach their financial but personal goals! For more information, visit www.edwardjones.com or contact him at James.Cushingham@EdwardJones.com.
Martha is an Eating Coach who helps others discover the Diet-Free, Willpower-Free path to lasting weight loss that has enabled her to maintain a 45-pound weight loss for 30+ years (now 55 pounds) without dieting. After losing 15 pounds on her first diet at age 13, Martha re-gained more than 65 pounds and spent years fighting her body. She finally learned that to stop gaining and start losing, she had to stop dieting. She is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and developer of the AIM Eating approach, which enables people to regain their power over food so they can maintain a happy weight, eat with joy and satisfaction, feel comfortable in their bodies, and build the energy and confidence to realize their dreams.
Martha is President and Founder of both RethinkingFood.net and Visual-Logic.net. She has an MBA from the University of Kansas and a BA in Liberal Arts from St. Johns College. She is currently a VP for the Southeast Association of Facilitators, and is a past President of both the International Forum of Visual Practitioners and the former Atlanta Treasury Management Association.
The titles velcroed to Robbi these days include: Professional Mentor, Transformational Educator, Sociologist, Speaker & Author. She’s a former college professor & fierce advocate of today’s college student. She serves students via BrijBrand, an inward bound hub of info, services and resources designed to help college undergrads navigate the wacky worlds of school, work and life
She also serves as a Coach for the Orange Duffel Bag Initiative, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization designed to improve the education success of at-risk teens and young adults. She considers it such an honor and privilege to be a part of this rock star organization!
In both of these roles, she’s uber curious about the challenges we face in these phases of our lives, how we get in our own way, how to get unstuck, how to figure out where we really want to land, and how to blast through all of it to design lives we love.
High school and college are fabulous entry points to get busy making all of this happen. She’s always stoked to provide creative solutions that will actually support students on their journey. THIS is what occupies her thoughts on a daily basis. “I can’t help it, I love me some students!” For more about Robbi and the work she loves, read some fun facts and more of her story.
Shari is an Agency Owner with Farmers Insurance specializing in Auto, Home, Life and Business Insurance. She is passionate about helping families protect what matters the most to them. She believes every question is worth asking if it broadens understanding leads to the path of enlightenment.
In 2014, the Shari Glover Agency was founded when she decided to be an Agent/Owner with Farmers Insurance. Shari is passionate about helping families and businesses protect what matters the most to them. Through her agency, she is able to help families and individuals with Home, Auto, Life and Business Insurance. She takes seriously the role of owner and is actively involved with new customers from policy inception through the claims process. Every customer is warmly welcomed to her agency and told to reach out to her for any questions or concerns. This personal touch is appreciated by her customers as she makes the extra effort to be available after hours to address insurance needs. Follow Shari on Facebook and visit her website.
Stacy is the owner and founder of Healthy & Fit 4 Life. She is a Certified Health Coach and teaches her clients what she calls “The Real Food Lifestyle.” Stacy became interested in helping others lose weight and maintain weight after going through her own weight loss journey that began 17 years ago.
After taking a year to reach her goal weight, she has maintained her weight for the past 16 years. Stacy has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and an Associate in Arts Degree in Legal Assistance both from Ball State University. She was a Paralegal for over 20 years before obtaining her health coach certification through Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.
Stacy’s other passion includes educating families on the hidden toxins found in many processed foods marketed directly to our children. She teaches a program called L.E.A.N. Start. L.E.A.N. is an acronym for Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition. She teaches her clients through her L.E.A.N. Start online workshops, online and in person healthy pantry makeovers and through customized personal consultation packages.