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Professionals and teams that help our city thrive

With a hot real estate market, you want an agent who not only knows the area but is invested in it. Peachtree Corners Magazine looks at some locals who are the best in the business and have the interests of the community at heart.

The Terri Hayes Team

Laura and Terri Hayes

The Terri Hayes Team loves helping buyers and sellers and has earned a reputation as one of the most trusted and fastest-growing independent real estate companies in North Atlanta.

“We are so proud to be ranked No. 1 in our profession with a Five-Star rating from our former clients. Having a team of exceptional Realtors standing beside you and protecting your best interests is what sets The Terri Hayes Team apart,” said Terri Hayes, managing broker and owner of Executive Home Sales.

“Whether you are a buyer or seller, you can trust and rely on us to help you in every step of the process. When it comes to real estate, our goal is to get you the most value and fastest result when selling, or negotiate the best deal for you when buying,” she added.

Hayes is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist. A graduate of North Carolina State University and former homebuilder, she has been a licensed broker since 1980 and has handled more than $1 billion real estate sales in Atlanta. Formerly, Hayes was the #1 Agent at Metro Brokers GMAC, a $1.5 billion company.

Her many roles include founder and owner of Executive Home Sales Inc. since 1995. Hayes is also a member of Graduate Realtor Institute, the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, The Atlanta Board of Realtors and The National Association of Realtors, as well as the Charity Guild of Johns Creek.

Another member of the team, Laura Hayes Reich, is an associate broker and licensed broker who has been serving families since 2004. She has 17-plus years’ experience as a real estate agent and has been voted “Best Realtor under 40.” She’s also a member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, the Atlanta Board of Realtors and The National Association of Realtors.

Hayes Reich is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and a Certified Pricing Strategy Advisor. She graduated from the University of Georgia and is a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority as well as The Charity Guild of Johns Creek.

The Terri Hayes Team sponsors many local organizations through fundraisers for schools, football, baseball, basketball, golf and tennis.

“The 30-plus years of proven experience gives us the power to provide you the highest quality of service that will absolutely make the difference,” Reich said.

Kelly Kim

Kelly Kim is a team lead with Ansley Real Estate. She was born in Seoul Korea and her parents immigrated to the U.S.in 1977. Since then, she’s lived in Georgia. Kim attended Stone Mountain Christian School and Boston University.

She began her career in real estate in January 2013. “I have a passion and motivation to drive to the top and be the best at what I do,” Kim said. “I have closed more than 500 homes since I started, and I have done a lot of new constructions as well as resale homes.”

During the pandemic in 2020, Kim started the Kelly Kim Team, which now has nine licensed agents, including herself.“We have multi-language speaking agents, including Chinese, Japanese, Hindu, Korean and Vietnamese — and, of course, English as well,” she said. “We’re a global team.”

Kim has been a top producer since 2014, and she is recognized as a reputable top-producing agent in the real estate industry. In 2021, Kelly Kim Team was a No. 1 Team for volume and units companywide. The team closed 185 units.

When not providing top-level service, Kim loves to travel, work in the garden and decorate houses. “I believe I was born to be a real estate agent,” she said. “I love what I do, and I am great at it. I’m bilingual; I speak Korean and English fluently. I also have great experience with remodeling houses.”

The Nancy Minor Team

Nancy Minor and Laurie Rogers

For over 30 years, The Nancy Minor Team has had the honor of helping thousands of families buy and sell their Peachtree Corners homes. It has been a wild ride over the years, with markets where sellers saw their equity plummet and markets where they saw them soar.

The team sells all over metro Atlanta, but its heart is in Peachtree Corners. “Our core belief is to do the right thing, and do not just say it, live it,” Nancy Minor said. “We believe in giving back to the community. It is wonderful to help so many of our local charities and to be affiliated with the Y.”

Minor is proud to have worked with like-minded agents who are strong, caring people. Every past member made the team better, and the agents on the team today are among the best: Ed Mitchell, MJ Westbrook, MaryAnne Burke and Fehmida Anwar.

After more than three decades as the team leader, Minor felt a change would be great for the team and for their clients. Minor asked team member Laurie Rogers to join her as her business partner.

Rogers had been an outstanding agent. With eight years of experience, she shares the same values and core beliefs. She is a strong leader and together, their business is soaring. Rogers lives in Peachtree Corners and has been involved for years with the community.

Other members of the team include Becky Paterni, the office manager, who has been the rock and ensures that clients have a successful experience. Nancy’s daughter-in-law, Rhea Minor, is a virtual assistant and in charge of finance and implementation.

The team has consistently been tops in production. Minor and Rogers are proud of their real estate growth, but they both feel the need to give back as a way of showing gratitude for a career that has allowed them to be involved in their city.

The Nancy Minor Team sponsors local schools, Norcross Coop, Fowler YMCA, Merry Market, Peachtree Festival, Norcross Festival, Veteran’s Monument and Norcross basketball and football. Nancy Minor is past chairman of the Fowler YMCA and recipient of the Y Volunteer of the Year Award. The team is also the winner of the Star award from United Peachtree Corners Civic Association (UPCCA).

The business success that The Nancy Minor Team has enjoyed would not be possible without her family’s support. Minor’s husband Sid has been a technology leader and was the reason The Team was among the first to have a website with photos.

Her two boys had to put up with pizza every night and did not even know their mom could cook. They never complained because they knew their mama was doing important work helping people with their biggest investment. 

Minor said that it is exciting to be part of a city that is thriving — and a city that people want to call home.

The Richards Team

The Richards team is comprised of two generations of successful Realtors — Marsha, Ned and Johnny Richards — with Keller Williams Realty Chattahoochee North, located in The Forum. They have over 35 years of experience and are well-regarded for their knowledge and expertise with residential buyers and sellers, especially in the Peachtree Corners area.

The Richards Team holds several distinctions, including Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, Certified Residential Specialist and Active Residential and Multi-Family Investors. Other notable achievements are a Phoenix Award, Active Life Member in the Million Dollar Club and a role in the KW Agent Leadership Council.

Marsha and Ned, both graduates of Georgia State University, have been residents of Peachtree Corners for 30-plus years and raised their three children here. Their son Johnny graduated from Stamford before joining his parents on their career path.

The Richards have been supporters of Wesleyan School and Norcross High School, and enjoyed many years of ALTA tennis, Rotary Club and coaching various youth activities. They are also members of Peachtree Corners Baptist Church and the Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA.

Alan Kaplan

Recognized as a top-producing Realtor with Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, Alan Kaplan takes pride in being highly knowledgeable of local market trends. He maintains a Global Real Estate Network to assist clients relocating nationally and abroad.

The son of a military officer, he moved frequently in his younger years. Kaplan has over 30 years of professional experience, including serving as a Special Agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for 12 years, where he led several high-profile investigations, and enjoyed assignments with the FBI, Secret Service and U.S. State Department.

Kaplan is very passionate about serving others. He is actively involved in our schools and serves in a variety of organizations and boards, including as the Chairman of the City’s Planning Commission and past Chairman of Gwinnett County’s SPLOST Allocation Committee.

The proud father of two middle school boys, Kaplan coaches them in their professional TV and film careers. His wife Zhenia is from Kiev, Ukraine and the couple has been married for 21 years. They met in Belarus and have made Peachtree Corners their home for the last 20 years.
The Kaplans love their Catahoula leopard dogs, who make their family complete.

Hattie Cooper Best

Hattie Cooper Best is a Sports and Entertainment Realtor® with Keller Williams Chattahoochee North at The Forum. She’s a native of Stamford, Connecticut, a graduate of Howard University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Georgia State alumna with an Executive master’s degree in Business Administration. She has lived in Peachtree Corners since 2020 with her son Jordan Green, an 8th grade student/athlete at The Wesleyan School.

A former software engineer, Cooper Best defines her approach to real estate as strategic, tech savvy and customer centered. She has a love for community service and is on a mission to teach families how to build generational wealth through real estate ownership and investment. In her spare time, she enjoys attending live music events, indulging in the city’s best Sunday brunches (with mimosas, of course) and spending time with family and friends.

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Insight Sourcing Group Commits to 100% Renewable Energy by 2030

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Insight Sourcing Group

Sustainability initiative aligns with the same environmental standards it helps clients attain.

Insight Sourcing Group (ISG), a consulting firm located in Peachtree Corners, is focused on strategic sourcing and procurement-related services. Following a comprehensive analysis by Insight Energy, a subsidiary of Insight Sourcing Group that recently expanded, ISG set a 100% renewable energy goal for 2030.

The goal includes a commitment to sourcing its electricity from renewable sources at its Peachtree Corners headquarters beginning in 2022.

“Not only do we apply the same standards to ourselves that we help our clients achieve, but we also sought to pull back the curtain on this process and bring some transparency to this increasingly important service offering,” said Brent Eiland, President of Insight Sourcing Group. “I commend the work of ISG’s Internal Sustainability Committee led by Brandon Owens, Vice President of Sustainability at Insight Energy.”

Brent Eiland

As part of the initiative, ISG conducted a measurement of its Scope 1, Scope 2 and selected Scope 3 emissions categories. Based on the findings, ISG developed a roadmap to achieve 100% renewable energy and established a plan to measure and reduce Scope 3 emissions, which are indirect emissions like business travel.

The Sustainability Committee also identified opportunities to reduce emissions from employee commuting via hybrid work models and a carpooling incentive program. Waste identification and reduction posed another opportunity to improve sustainability; internal audits revealed an opportunity to reduce the use of single-use paper cups.

Furthermore, ISG’s procurement of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) will certify the generation and consumption of renewable energy via wind or solar power.

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Digital Technology Innovators Join Forces to Launch New Virtual Production Studio

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Reveal XR and Music Matters Productions

Everyone wants to have a taste of virtual reality. It can take you to far-away realms as you sit comfortably within your own room. Reveal XR, one of America’s top virtual industries, provides this technology in its virtual production studios.

The company brought together Atlanta-based Music Matters Production and 3D animation and immersive content studio TRICK 3D to launch the newest Extended Reality (XR) studio in the state, Reveal XR — Atlanta, located at Eagle Rock Studios in Norcross, Ga

There has been a need for Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in the area, so Chad Shockley, Aaron Soriero and Chad Eickhoff joined forces to meet the growing XR production demands.

Reveal XR and Music Matters Productions

The three tech entrepreneurs opened Reveal XR — Atlanta, a highly accessible and multifaceted virtual production studio in Eagle Rock Studios.

Eickhoff said, “Today’s brands need to connect with a digital-first generation of customers and, as such, the demands for creativity in content production is huge.”

Some additional Facts and Specifications of the Studio:

As of the announcement, Reveal XR Atlanta is available for booking for brand, commercial, TV, film, and music productions.

Technical Specifications
● 35’ x 75’ sound stage at Eagle Rock Studios – full acoustic treatment and air conditioned
● 33’ wide, 13’ tall main LED wall, 25’ wide, 13’ tall wing LED wall, optional 3rd LED
wall up to 13’ tall and 18’ wide
● Absen PL 2.9mm pitch main walls – 90 degree configuration, next-generation Novastar
MX40 processing
● 18’ x 20’ LED ceiling, Absen X5 5.2mm pitch – high-bright, height adjustable
● Available ROE BM4 4.4mm Matte LED floor, 18’ deep, 24’ wide, high weight capacity
● Stype RedSpy Camera tracking system
● Disguise VX4+ for 4k 60fps compositing, RXII render nodes, uncompressed 10 bit video
workflow
● Available RED Komodo and RED Raptor camera packages
● Available Supertechno Technodolly automated telescoping crane
● Flexible staging and lighting options within the studio
● Full height truck docks and plentiful gear handling spaces
● Dedicated green spaces storage areas.

Names and Titles:
▪ Chad Shockley, owner Reveal XR
▪ Aaron Soriero, owner of Music Matters Productions
▪ Chad Eikhoff, owner of TRICK 3D

Location of Reveal XR Atlanta:
▪ At Eagle Rock Studios –
6269 Best Friend Rd, Norcross, GA 30071
Gate 4, E8

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Cradlepoint, Bosch and T-Mobile Collaborate to Deliver IoT Solutions

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Cradlepoint Technology

Advanced IoT Connectivity with 5G Wireless WAN Technology

Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-delivered LTE and 5G wireless network edge solutions, recently announced a collaboration with T-Mobile and the Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners to enable advanced IoT connectivity solutions, such as autonomous vehicles, robotics and AR/VR, using 5G Wireless WAN technology. The solution, developed by Bosch and Cradlepoint, leverages the high performance of T-Mobile’s industry leading 5G network — America’s largest, fastest and most reliable 5G network — with Cradlepoint’s purpose-built wideband adapters and routers to facilitate near real-time parking and safety monitoring at Peachtree Corners, Georgia, one of the nation’s first smart cities.

Companies and public sector entities are well positioned on the value of 5G cellular IoT connectivity, particularly when it comes to securing, managing and enhancing smart cities. Unlike traditional fiber connections that take months to deploy, cost thousands of dollars and have long-term commitment contracts, Cradlepoint’s 5G Wireless WAN solutions enable an entire ecosystem of IoT partners to immediately deploy solutions with the security and remote management capabilities needed to support IoT deployments at scale.

“Real-world deployments of IoT are challenging the status quo of existing solutions. Couple that with the trend of businesses leveraging 5G technology to transform, and you’ll see how this advanced connectivity is remodeling the enterprise,” said Todd Krautkremer, Chief Marketing Officer, Cradlepoint. “Cradlepoint, T-Mobile and Bosch are at the forefront of this evolution, furthering IoT and 5G deployments for projects of all sizes.”

“Improving safety, efficiencies and anticipating the needs of customers is what best-in-class smart cities can accomplish when powered by 5G and with innovators like Cradlepoint,” said Chris Melus, Vice President of Product Management with T-Mobile for Business. “It’s rewarding to see concepts from the Curiosity Lab, leveraging our 5G Advanced Network Solutions suite prove true value in the real world.”

The solution uses near real-time IoT technology developed by Bosch in conjunction with T-Mobile’s Ultra Capacity 5G network and Cradlepoint 5G hardware to assist Peachtree Corners shoppers and visitors in finding open parking as well as available charging stations for electric vehicles.

“In collaboration with T-Mobile and Cradlepoint, and our continued joint effort with the Curiosity Lab in the City of Peachtree Corners, we are demonstrating a scalable, affordable, adroit AIoT solution to serve the community,” said Lewis Stallworth, Business Development, Bosch Security Systems, LLC. “The flexibility of this solution was only possible with this technology-forward collaboration and is changing the conversation of what is possible when there is a need for parking management, retail management, community safety and true community operational analytics.”

In addition to improving the Peachtree Corners visitor experience, the technology also enables city planners to make real-time informed decisions on parking capacity, infrastructure planning, traffic management and security safeguards based on data around events happening throughout the city.

“Through our work with Cradlepoint, Bosch and T-Mobile, we are now able to better manage our public spaces. Cradlepoint devices having high-speed connectivity through T-Mobile’s 5G is key – these devices now allow us to use smart parking applications through the Bosch cameras in our Town Center, while also providing a safety and security layer for our police department.” said Brandon Branham, CTO and Asst. City Manager, Peachtree Corners. “The analytics these devices provide help us to better communicate with our residents about parking and safety in our downtown area.”

To learn more about Cradlepoint’s work with T-Mobile, Bosch and the Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners, please visit: https://resources.cradlepoint.com/success-stories/smart-city-uses-5G-for-connected-intersections-and-innovative-parking.

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