Jim Beach. Jim Beach’s first book, School for Startups, was published by McGraw-Hill in June 2011 and reached as high as number 9 on Amazon’s business section. Jim has started businesses and has taught entrepreneurship around the world.
Jim received his Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Hawaii and Japan-America Institute of Management Science of Tokyo, Japan in December 1992. Graduating with Highest Honors, he worked for the Japanese government trade promotion office (JETRO) where he helped American companies export to Japan and for The Coca-Cola Company, both in Japan and in the United States.
At the age of 25, Jim founded American Computer Experience. From 1993 to 2000, Jim grew the company with no capital infusion to $12 million in annual revenue and to over 60 permanent and 700 temporary employees, operating in 39 states and in three countries.
In 2002, Jim started his first import/export firm, called TimelessChair.com. The firm was the result of a bet he made with a class he was teaching at Georgia State.
Among his awards and recognitions: Fujitsu Foundation for International Education Scholarship, was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, One of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s fastest growing companies in Georgia for both 1999 and 2000. In 2001, one of Georgia Trend’s “Forty under Forty” most influential citizens, has appeared on NPR, MBNBC, CNN, and in the New York Times, Wired, and Entrepreneur Magazine as an expert on technology and education. Jim has made presentations for Wells Fargo, Toshiba, UPS, SunTrust, Chick-fil-A and Edelman PR, in addition to countless Chambers and Universities. In the last five years, he has spoken in India, Japan, South Korea, Egypt, and Dubai.
He believes that anyone can be an entrepreneur when they forget about risk.
Jim lives right here in Atlanta, is married and has three children, ages 2, 13, and 15.
Dirk Ebener is the CEO of Global CIF, LLC, a Marietta based trade show and event management company. Global CIF focuses on domestic and international start-up trade shows and event management. He has worked in executive positions for German trade show companies since 1995, and held the position of CEO & Managing Director of NürnbergMesse North America from 2007 until 2013. Prior to his seven years with NürnbergMesse in Atlanta, Dirk was Vice President International Events for Messe Frankfurt in Atlanta.
Dirk brings 18 years of experience and has organized and managed trade shows and USA Pavilions in over 20 countries and 40 different industries. The American Coatings Show, one of the events managed under his leadership for seven years, has recently been awarded the TSNN “Top 25 Fastest Growing Shows” (2013), Trade Show Executive “50 Fastest Growing Trade Shows” (2013), as well as TSNN “Top 250 Trade Shows of 2012”.
Dirk is a member of several leading trade show associations, serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (Southeastern Chapter), as well as the Atlanta Convention & Visitor Bureau International Business Development Task Force, and Charlotte Customer Advisory Board.
He is on both a personal and professional mission to assist start-up trade shows and events to successfully launch their concepts in the United States and emerging markets around the world.