CHRIS GODFREY

PRESIDENT, BUCKHEAD BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

Wardrobe: Shirt, Ted Baker ($155); and suit, Ted Baker ($649); courtesy of Bloomingdale’s. Shoes and watch, his own.

STORY: Daryn Kagan

Current day job: Solutions consultant, workforce solutions, Equifax
First job: “I did freelance marketing beginning in eighth grade, using graphic design and video editing to help organizations.”
Age: 29
Education: Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Georgia
Pets: Family dog
Doozie Hobbies: “I enjoy staying active, […]

CHARLES DENYER

MANAGING DIRECTOR, CHARLESDENYER.COM

Wardrobe: Sweater, Michael Kors ($168); shirt, Burberry ($225); and pants, AllSaints ($125); courtesy of Bloomingdale’s. Shoes, his own.

STORY: H.M. Cauley

First job: Wine representative, E. & J. Gallo Winery
Age: 46
Education: Bachelor of Arts, University of Texas at Austin; Master of Science in Information and Telecommunications Systems, Johns Hopkins University; Master of Science, Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Family: Wife, Megan; son, Rex; […]

SARAH HEISERER

OWNER AND FOUNDER, E LOU

Wardrobe: Dress, belt, shoes and jewelry, her own.

STORY: Daryn Kagan

First job: “I helped open a restaurant at 15. My dad has been in the food business for 40 years, and his friend was opening a new restaurant, so I got cross-trained in everything.”
Age: 34
Education: Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and Communications, Kennesaw State University
Family: Husband, Hans, and daughter, […]

BRIAN F. DURKIN

ACTOR

Wardrobe: Shirt, John Varvatos ($98); jacket, J Brand ($268); and pants, G-Star Raw Jogger jeans ($190), courtesy of Bloomingdale’s. Undershirt, boots and necklace, his own.

STORY: Carl Danbury

First job: “I was Chuck E. Cheese. Literally the kid in the suit.”
Age: 42
Education: Bachelor of Science, building construction science, University of Florida; Master of Business Administration, Georgia State University
Family: Wife and two children
Hobbies: Martial arts and […]

ANDREW GOWASACK

CEO, TRUST STAMP

Wardrobe: Shirt, Ted Baker ($155); and pants, J Brand ($198), courtesy of Bloomingdale’s. Shoes, Steve Madden high-top sneakers ($90), courtesy of Steve Madden. Watch and belt, his own.

STORY: Lisa R. Schoolcraft

First job: Resident assistant at Benedictine College, Kansas
Age: 27
Education: Bachelor of Arts in both finance and economics, Benedictine College
Family: He and his wife welcomed their first child in June
Hobbies: “I’m a […]

OUR RISING STARS OF 2018

THE SIX STANDOUTS WHO CAUGHT OUR ATTENTION THIS YEAR

FROM A SPUNKY SINGLE MOTHER OVERCOMING A TRAGIC ACCIDENT TO OPEN HER DREAM BUSINESS TO AN UP-AND-COMING ACTOR LIGHTING UP THE SILVER SCREEN, WE PRESENT THE SELECT GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS WHOSE STORIES WE FOUND SO COMPELLING, WE HAD TO SHARE THEM.

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SHAWN BROWN

OWNER, CHEESECAKED CREAMERY & CAFE

Wardrobe: Jumpsuit, Ralph Lauren ($150); and earrings, Nadri ($120); courtesy of Bloomingdale’s. Shoes, Steve Madden ($110), courtesy of Steve Madden. Cuff, Anne B. Accessories, courtesy of Holly Katz.

STORY: Carly Cooper

First job: Waitress, Sizzler
Age: 44
Education: Some college
Family: Daughters Milan and
Jailyn, son Meritt
Hobby: Trying out new recipes
Personal hero: Marcus Lemonis

In 1994, CheeseCaked founder Shawn Brown was in a horrific car accident. […]