| October 11, 2020 | People
The Atlantan is pleased to present some of the most distinguished men that are taking the Greater Atlanta Area by storm. These outstanding industry leaders are shaping the future of their respective fields as some of the most prominent influencers in our community.
A MINDFUL HOME
CHIEF SYSTEM DESIGNER
The words design and technology go hand in hand. Just ask Ryan Paddock, Principal of Atlanta-based A Mindful Home.
An Emory University Goizueta Business School graduate, Paddock is redefining his industry’s approach and philosophy towards technology integration in your home, placing what he refers to as his five-facets of design as a centerpiece. “Our evolved blend of universal design and livable design seeks to meet your ever-changing functional and emotional needs, transforming your built environment into a vehicle of health and well-being,” says Paddock. “Too many of the companies in our industry are driven by the wrong metrics. They put their own margin and profit ahead of system and interface design, client input, and a luxury goods experience.”
“With all of the information that floods the home technology market, its important to be able to separate the signal from the noise. We know how to find and amplify the signal."
Paddock’s not a newcomer to the home technology space, nor is he set in his ways. Known for being approachable, detail-obsessed, and passionate about his client’s experience, Paddock’s built his brand on understanding what’s next. “In our industry, we see change every single day in a new technology, new product, or new service from companies of all sizes. With all of the information that floods the home technology market, It’s important to be able to separate the signal from the noise. We know how to find and amplify the signal.”
And that is exactly what he focuses on for his clients, designing and implementing bespoke, elegant technology solutions focused on lifestyle and wellness to elevate their homes. From circadian-based lighting control systems, to next generation home networks, to voice-controlled, privacy-focused AI systems (check out Josh.ai), A Mindful Home has you covered. “We have to apply the same design principles that govern our homes to the technology that we integrate into them. It should be an extension of who we are and who we want to be.”
PARTNERS AND MANAGING DIRECTORS
“We launched the Cresset Atlanta office because we believe the firm offers the best wealth management and planning opportunities available.
In March of 2020 they made the move to open the Atlanta office of Cresset Asset Management: a firm based out of Chicago that offers, personalized wealth management, estate planning, family office and lifestyle concierge services.
Todd Tautfest states, “We chose Cresset not only because the firm offered us the most comprehensive wealth management solutions of all the firms we met with, but also because one of Cresset’s foremost priorities is to embrace and lead the way on issues of diversity and inclusion.”
“The three of us have worked together for many years and we take pride in knowing our clients and searching out what is best for them.” Says Michael Mohr, “Cresset offers access to worldclass public market investment managers and many unique investment opportunities in private credit, real estate, private equity and direct investments -this differentiator also allows us to attract leading talent and resources in this industry”.
As a youngster, I was fascinated by everything automotive. The sounds, the smells and the sheer exhilaration of speed was my nirvana. As a longtime Atlantan, I graduated from Oxford College and Emory University. My career choice caught my parents by surprise, but they were pleased by my passion and success. The pinnacle of my automotive career was reached when I was tapped to operate North America’s largest Bentley-exclusive dealership; Bentley Atlanta. Our success has opened doors for us to become responsible stewards of our good fortune. Our parent company; Asbury Automotive Group, allows us to support causes that are important to our clients and our community. Most notably, we are annual supporters of The Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research and The 100 Black Men of Atlanta.
“If making money is your only goal in life, your happiness will only last a short while. If your goal is giving back to others, your joy will remain long after you are gone.”
10995 Westside Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30009
Justice Bessent founded Agnes Bethel for and is inspired by women in his life, from his mother who serves as the namesake for the brand, to his wife (and Agnes Bethel co-founder) Leslie Bessent. The brand, which Bessent explains is “by family, for family”, is known for its exclusive, hand-crafted footwear that are both sexy and sophisticated for clientele that need a stylish yet functional option they can wear going from the office, to carpool duty, to date nights out and everything in between - shoes that you can live in.
The brand began as a bet between Bessent and his wife that Bessent could make a better shoe than what they found in stores - Bessent succeeded, of course, and kept adding to his collection. His designs represent Bessent’s creative mindset, unique inspirations, and design eye, making his footwear truly one-of-a-kind.
What’s up next for Bessent and the Agnes Bethel brand? Continued growth, from expanding into clothing that will bring Bessent’s style to the rest of your wardrobe, adding mens’ footwear to the mix, and further building Agnes Bethel into a household name in closets across the country.
PREMIER IMAGE COSMETIC
AND LASER SURGERY
Louis M. DeJoseph, MD or “Dr. D” as he prefers, performs an average of 160 QT™ Face and Neck Lifts, hundreds of facial rejuvenation procedures and thousands of injectable appointments each year. Ask anyone & you’ll be told Dr.D is THE only guy to see.
“I look at every patient as my wife, sister or mother and think ‘Is this the best solution?” “Results must exceed a patient’s expectation and results must be natural.” Dr. D’s goal is to establish a bond right from the start. He is loyal to his patients and it shows: 95% of surgeries performed by Dr. DeJoseph are a result of patient referrals. Louis DeJoseph, MD is currently booked out for 3-4 months for a consultation.
"Giving a person back their youthful appearance with facial rejuvenation or correcting a defect from trauma or hereditary causes is a privilege."
Dr. D is Triple Board Certified and operates 1 of 41 American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowships in the nation, and the only one in the state of Georgia.
6085 Barfield Road, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30328
PREMIER IMAGE COSMETIC
AND LASER SURGERY
Dr. Paul Daraei is Atlanta’s nose guy! Dr. Paul is the newest and “shiniest” addition to Premier Image. Leading the cosmetic rhinoplasty and hair restoration departments, he prides himself on attention to detail and is meticulous in his collaborative approach in problem solving with our patients.
“I just want patients to feel confident and be a better version of their natural self. I think about my wife, how beautiful she is and how I would not want her to come home looking any different. This is the approach I take with my patients. Those patients who lean a bit radical, well... I tend to not take those cases. It is important for everyone to have realistic expectations.”
Dr. Daraei prides himself on attention to detail and is meticulous in his collaborative approach
Paul P. Daraei, MD is board eligible with the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
6085 Barfield Road, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30328
Hard work, design, and a sense of adventure have always been the driving force in Chris Campbell’s life. At the age of 26, Chris opened his first online home furnishings store InteriorHomeScapes.com, which was one of the first national online stores to offer a curated collection of high-end furnishings. After years of building the brand and seeing an increasing need for customers to be able to shop his collection in person as well, he launched his flagship brick-and-mortar store, Topography Home, on Miami Circle in 2018. With his expertise, keen eye, and discerning taste, his boutique luxe store quickly became a welcoming and influential place for both designers and furniture lovers alike, both in Atlanta and across the country. “I have created a unique one-of-a-kind experience where customers can shop luxury brands both in-store and online, no matter where they live in the country. Our mission has always been to provide a comprehensive collection of high-quality brands and back it with highly personalized concierge-level customer service.”
“I have created a unique one-of-a-kind experience where customers can shop luxury brands both in-store and online, no matter where they live in the country.”
727 Miami Circle
Atlanta, GA 30324
THE AERO BAR ATLANTA
The Aero Bar Atlanta was started by both myself and my wife Brittany Fancher at the beginning of 2020. We were married in Nashville in July of 2019 and had the pleasure of having the original Aero Bar as a part of both our rehearsal dinner and our reception. After an incredible experience with them, and being entrepreneurial-minded at heart, my wife brought up the idea of bringing the Aero Bar down here to Atlanta. After a lot of conference calls and going through the ins and outs we decided to license the Aero Bar name and bring it to the greater Atlanta area, and The Aero Bar Atlanta was born. We offer a multitude of services, all of which can be found on our website (theaerobaratlanta.com). Our primary services focus on curated craft cocktails, drip coffee and espresso bars and the rentals of both our mobile and satellite bars. We specialize in corporate events, weddings and private parties. You name it and we can make it happen!
“No matter what life throws at you - financial hardship, a global pandemic or a flat tire on the way to an event - you can overcome it all and you will always be stronger for it. Adversity creates strength and provides meaning to each success along the way: Nothing in life worth having comes easy."
Our next goal is to open a brick and mortar speakeasy where all of Atlanta can come and enjoy our incredible concoctions in a fun and unique atmosphere. Our goal is to provide the one of a kind Aero Bar experience whether you come to us or we come to you! This is why we have decided to name our brick and mortar venture Aero. We are currently working with a number of different developers and hope to be up and running in the first quarter of 2021. Be sure to follow us @theaerobaratlanta on Instagram for the latest cocktail creations and updates on our next projects. None of this would have been possible without my incredibly beautiful and supportive wife. She has stood by my side throughout this entire adventure and propped me up when I thought COVID-19 would be the end of us. Without her, none of our success in life would have been possible.
CEO & FOUNDER
Fashioning opportunities is not only the backbone of Geenius Marketing founder, Cameron Gee, but also a resonating experience for his clients. He has proven his strength in the market by launching his dream marketing firm, welcomed a family of new clients, and recruited a progressive lineup of talent. From website development to social media management, his seasoned group provides fresh products and concrete strategies. Geenius Marketing is proving that they will not only move the needle in your business but break barriers.
“Geenius Marketing is proving that they will not only move the needle in your business but break barriers.”
DANIEL KINKADE FINE ART
OWNER + FOUNDER
From a young age, it was Daniel Kinkade’s dream to work with Oprah. As the founder and owner of Daniel Kinkade Fine Art—which works with high-profile interior designers, architects, developers and hoteliers to place cutting-edge art—his dream came true: He’s dressed the walls of Harpo Studios, and worked with countless other luxury clients, including Simeone-Deary Design Group, Starbucks, Neiman Marcus, St. Jane Chicago and Nate Berkus Associates. This year has been an especially successful one for Kinkade. “People are home and nesting,” he says. “They want to work on their environments. … Since everyone on our staff has a degree in interior design, we speak the language our clients need us to speak.” For Kinkade, being a modern man is all about seeing the world. Last year, he spent eight weeks in New Caledonia and Vanuatu, and before that it was the Seychelles and Nepal.
Since everyone on our staff has a degree in interior design, we speak the language our clients need us to speak.
It’s also through travel that he finds new works and connects with artists; he’s expanded his network to include hundreds of artists from around the globe. Coming up, look out for Kinkade at Intersect Chicago—the reimagined SOFA expo—where he’ll be exhibiting next year. And heed his sage advice when it comes to your own space: “Take a chance,” he says. “Art should make you feel alive.”
FOUNDER & CEO
Above all, Omar Kinnebrew is a loving husband and doting father - but when it comes to business, he lives, eats, and breathes custom apparel. Over the past 5 years, Omar has nurtured his passion from starting as a small accessory brand to now running a thriving custom clothing business. He trademarked “Bespokuture” as “the future of bespoke” and strives to deliver the truest sense of bespoke tailoring. With this approach, businessmen, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and more all seek Bespokuture’s services to commission unrivaled handmade garments & shoes. In addition to serving hundreds of clients, Bespokuture partners with major corporations to outfit their high performing teams with custom suits and shoes.
Dress up each day like it’s your battle armor - then go forth and dominate in style!
Omar is proud to have built a brand that can truly deliver all the custom pieces his clients will ever need. This includes businesswear, formalwear, and casualwear for men & women across the country. Whether Bespokuture is crafting a single pair of distressed jeans or outfitting an entire wedding party, the end result is absolute client satisfaction.
With his most recent commercial acquisition, Omar is focused on one thing for his business; sustainable growth.
1596 Cleveland Ave, Ste. 104
East Point, GA 30344
ARTISANS OF ATLANTA
Since 1993 Artisans of Atlanta has built and renovated Atlanta’s finest homes with a passion for creating an experience that will leave a client not just happy, but a raving fan! At the foundation of this is a core principle that relationships take priority above all else to establish trust, maintain communication and produce a high quality product. Matt’s journey in construction begin as a boy helping in his dad’s woodworking shop learning about tools, techniques and building cool stuff. From there he garnered experience working with different trades while studying business at Mercer and eventually took the helm at Artisans in 2007. The team works closely with homeowners and small commercial clients to listen and understand their unique remodeling needs and create a package to bring those dreams to reality. We are truly Artisans in our craft and take great pride in paying attention to the small details that go into each project.
“Renovation and construction is much more than nails and wood, it’s about relationships and creating a raving homeowner”
R JONES DESIGNS,INC
As an Atlanta native, Ron has always had a passion for seeing things through. After completing his studies at Kennesaw State University, he went on to work for The Terra Group as well as Tyler Perry Studios. Early on in his career he discovered that has calling was to be an entrepreneur and began to do so by establishing R Jones Designs Inc. an Atlanta based construction and design company. Very soon after Ron began taking on various projects that showcased his skill sets in different aspects, gaining him notoriety amongst his peers as well as fellow Atlantans. Fast forwarding to today, Ron has done hundreds of projects continuing to establish relationships and leaving clients satisfied while doing so.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Ron likes to define his style as European French as well as Transitional, the combination of the two create a timeless space. Developing relationships with clients is very important to Ron as he feels each client should feel their experience is more than just business but ultimately the establishment of a long term relationship. His attention to detail and sense of understanding is what separates him from his peers. One of Ron’s favorite quotes is “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” therefore he will keep striving to turn clients dreams into reality.
Eugene Tutunikov moved to Atlanta in 2016 and joined SwissWatchExpo, his family’s pre-owned watch boutique, and soon after launched its growth to become one of the largest retailers of pre-owned watches in the World. Growing up in Pennsylvania and then spending 13 years in Manhattan, he quickly melded into the Buckhead social scene all while working around the clock to learn the world of E-Commerce and retail and take market share from other players in the industry. The company is now known globally as one of the leaders in the pre-owned watch trade. Eugene is passionate about numbers and pushes everyone in the company to achieve targets they previously may have thought to be impossible.
“What makes us unique is that we maintained our physical showroom in Buckhead even as our Ecommerce business took off. Being one of the few global online retailers of luxury watches with all of our inventory in stock at the showroom, is instrumental to our brand and future strategy of the business.”
Prior to his career here, Tutunikov graduated NYU Magna Cum Laude with a double major in Finance and Economics, and minor in Math and then spent the next 10 years working on Wall Street in Manhattan as well as Chicago as a derivatives trader.
“Most of all I pride ourselves for assembling the most amazing team in the industry, and that is the real secret behind our success. We truly have a group that enjoys to come to work every day.”
CFP® CIMA® CPWA®
THE WALTON GROUP AT MORGAN STANLEY SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT/FINANCIAL ADVISOR INSURANCE PLANNING DIRECTOR
“There is no better feeling or reward than providing confidence, direction, and intellectual capital to families in need of our wealth advisory services.”
For 20 years, Jesse Walton Jr. has found nothing more rewarding than working with families throughout life’s stages and advising professionals, executives and entrepreneurs through the complexities of wealth planning and the global economy. His team, The Walton Group at Morgan Stanley, focuses on comprehensive wealth planning and investment advisory services for clients in the wealth accumulation stages as well as the transition into retirement.
If Jesse could pass along one piece of advice it would be the simple reminder that it takes time, discipline and vision to help build, sustain, and transfer wealth. Clear and precise goals, a well-thought-out financial plan and sound investment strategies provide the backbone to his team’s motto, “Helping you build wealth one generation at a time.” Jesse has been married to his beautiful wife, Angela, for 12 years. They have two wonderful young boys, Bryce, age 7 and Duke, age 2. Together, they serve as ministry co-chairs for the Marriage Ministry at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, GA. Jesse is also a member of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc – Atlanta Chapter.
ATLANTA FINE HOMES SOTHEBY’S
Chris Wegener has always appreciated experiences that made him wonder ‘How did they do that?’ - and no surprise that it is the foundation of his real estate platform. “I can remember being very young and impressed with the way a retail store, hotel or restaurant could serve and make you feel... and at the same time, the way the best ones remedied issues. Something about this clicked for me and exceeding expectations and problem-solving is in my DNA.” Wegener quickly earned Top Producer in his 2nd year in residential real estate - ranking in the Top 5% of all agents in Atlanta by closed sales volume.
“Each day brings new opportunity to exceed expectations.”
3290 Northside Parkway, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 303027
Photography by: Kimberly Evans KO Photography
RaShun Hayes, Focus Minded Photo