15 MINUTES WITH JAY GOULD

It’s been reported that in Atlanta, Buckhead has the least amount of public park space per capita. Jay Gould is working hard to change that.

JAY GOULD

JAY GOULD

STORY: Jill Becker
PHOTO: Sara Hanna

The Buckhead resident is the recently instated chairman of the board of HUB404, a proposed multi-purpose, 8-acre green space that would sit above Ga. 400. The president and CEO of Interface, a global […]

15 MINUTES WITH NADIA BILCHIK

Public speaking comes naturally to Sandy Springs resident Nadia Bilchik.

STORY: Jill Becker
PHOTO: Sara Hanna

Born in South Africa, she was a well-known prime-time TV host in her native country. After moving to Atlanta in 1997, she worked for a couple of CNN networks, reporting on everything from tsunamis and mass shootings to celebrities and politicians. These days, she’s added author, keynote speaker, moderator and communications expert to […]

15 MINUTES WITH KRISTIN COWART

“It’s hard to believe we’ve reached such a milestone,” says Buckhead resident Kristin Cowart on the eve of her company, Brave Public Relations, celebrating its 20th anniversary.

KRISTIN COWART

KRISTIN COWART

STORY: Jill Becker
PHOTO: Sara Hanna

“It causes me to reflect back on so many people and organizations that took a chance on me and the firm. They could have gone with a global PR team, but […]

15 MINUTES WITH MICHELLE A. MIDDLEBROOKS

As a woman standing just five feet, four inches tall, Michelle A. Middlebrooks’ chosen career might surprise you.

STORY: Jill Becker
PHOTO: Sara Hanna

The 48-year-old is the battalion chief overseeing all five of the Buckhead-area fire stations. Based out of Station No. 21 on Roswell Road, she manages the 30-plus firefighters who bravely respond to calls for everything from house fires to suspicious packages, and is on scene […]

15 MINUTES WITH MARTIN STEPHENSON

“I’m not a very good golfer,” confesses 38-year-old Buckhead resident Martin Stephenson, which seems like a strange admission from someone who’s around golf pretty much all day, every day.

STORY: Jill Becker
PHOTO: Sara Hanna

But as the tournament director of the big PGA season-ending Tour Championship held at the historic East Lake Golf Club each August notes, “There’s an old adage that if you want to play less […]

15 MINUTES WITH JENNIFER MORGAN

“I thought the successful, smart part of me was dead,” says Jennifer Morgan, referring to the years she devoted to being a busy stay-at-home mom.

STORY: Jill Becker
PHOTO: Sara Hanna

Before that, the Buckhead resident had spent seven years jet-setting around the world as a journalist and news correspondent for both CNN and NBC, reporting on everything from deadly hurricanes to the D.C. sniper trials. “I loved the […]

15 MINUTES WITH JON LESTER

Jon Lester has been called one of the most successful players in major league baseball.

STORY: Jill Becker
PHOTO: Sara Hanna

A sportswriter recently touted the Chicago Cubs pitcher as one of the top five best free agent signings of all time, and another declared, “When the team needs a stopper? Lester is the guy you want on the mound.” The 35-year-old leftie heads into his 14th season with […]

15 MINUTES WITH MEREDYTH COLE

Meredyth Cole can walk to school every day. That’s because she lives on campus.

STORY: Jill Becker
PHOTO: Sara Hanna

But Cole isn’t a student roughing it in a college dorm; she’s the new head of The Lovett School, an almost 100-year-old independent college preparatory academy on Paces Ferry Road. The seasoned school administrator and teacher took over the job last July, after stints at The Episcopal School of […]

15 MINUTES WITH LONDYN GREEN

“I want to take over the world, but first comes homework.”

TOP CHEF JUNIOR — Season:2 — Pictured: Londyn Green — (Photo by: Chris Haston/Universal Kids)

STORY: Jill Becker

Those are the sage words of 12-year-old Londyn Green, a local middle schooler who has big dreams, and is, in fact, well on her way to making them come true. The seventh grader is already a seasoned […]

15 MINUTES WITH JULIE ABES

At her shop, Batter Cookie Dough Counter in Ponce City Market, Julie Abes sells T-shirts with the words “80% Health Goddess, 20% Cookie Dough” emblazoned across the front.

STORY: Jill Becker
PHOTO: Sara Hanna

“That could be my personal motto,” says the 48-year-old Sandy Springs resident, who opened her dessert shop selling scoops of cookie dough six months ago. Designed to be eaten raw, just as you did as […]