LAUREN AND EMILIE SCALISE

These enterprising teens, along with their older sister, tackled raising money for cancer rehabilitation in honor of their mother.

STORY: Mickey Goodman

When Stephanie Scalise was diagnosed with breast cancer, the news hit her daughters, Samantha, Lauren and Emilie, particularly hard. Ages 15, 13 and 11 at the time, the three Galloway School students were all too aware of the ferocity of the disease.

They knew life for their […]

ALLI AND JARON SOLOMON

This husband and wife team are breathing new life into the family jewelry business—and their careers.

STORY: Karina Antenucci

Neither Jaron nor Alli Solomon planned on joining the family business. The married couple, who started dating 10 years ago during their freshman year at the University of Georgia, were following different paths. Alli was in public accounting at Deloitte; Jaron was going through the management program at E. […]

DR. AMY ALDERMAN AND DR. AIDA JOINER

The leading ladies of an all-female surgical team are equal parts business partners and “sister-friends.”

STORY: Karina Antenucci

“We became fast friends almost on day one,” says Amy Alderman of meeting Aida Joiner almost nine years ago at their previous plastic surgery practice. Last March, after eight years of teaming up on surgeries, the two doctors decided to go into practice together and launched North Atlanta Plastic Surgery […]

EDITH AND MICHAEL ROGERS

The vet and the CEO put their heart and soul into their businesses—and their family.

STORY: Giannina Smith Bedford

Edith and Michael Rogers were in the same eighth grade class at The Westminster Schools. They became friends and stayed in touch through college, but it wasn’t until 2003, during Edith’s last year of veterinary school at the University of Georgia, that they started dating. “I’d always had a […]

Fikret Kovac and Hicham Azhari

The business partners behind Little Alley Steak cook up winning restaurant concepts.

STORY: Jennifer Bradley Franklin

“We didn’t like each other because there were always arguments on the field,” says Hicham Azhari from a second floor private room at Little Alley Steak in Buckhead. He’s chuckling about the years he and now business partner Fikret “Fix” Kovac faced off on the soccer field, each playing for opposing amateur […]

JOHANNA ASHER

ROWER

STORY: Ann Hardie
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

Johanna Asher used to pass the Atlanta Rowing Club when she drove her youngest child to school and would catch glimpses of the crew teams and their oars harmoniously propelling boats up and down the Chattahoochee. It was almost as if the glimmering river and its blue herons and beavers were beckoning her to forgo the congestion and concrete jungle a block […]

LAURIE KNOWLES

MARATHONER

STORY: Ann Hardie
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

As a kid, Laurie Knowles couldn’t hit a ball or sink a bucket to save her life. “I wasn’t particularly coordinated and was an epic failure at all sorts of sports,” she laughs. “But I always knew I could run fast.”

Knowles is very fast indeed, and the longer she runs, the faster she is. The Buckhead resident has competed in some 20 […]

MATT THOMAS

CHESS BOXER

STORY: Ann Hardie
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

Few people have likely heard that Atlanta’s own Matt Thomas is the newest chess boxing champion of the world. In fact, most folks probably don’t even realize that there is such a thing as chess boxing. The sport, equal parts brain and brawn, goes like this: three minutes of chess, followed by three minutes of boxing, three minutes of chess and […]

SAM ARTHUR

SOCCER PLAYER

STORY: Ann Hardie
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

When the call came from the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, Sam Arthur had a tough decision to make: leave college a semester early and follow his childhood dream of playing professional soccer, or pursue a career in wealth management after graduation. He chose the latter. “I decided I love soccer and that I would always play,” says Arthur, “but I didn’t […]

ENDURING ULTRA HIGHS

Justin Epstein chases the physical and mental challenges of vertical climbs and 100-mile runs

STORY: Michael Jacobs

Life is all or nothing for Brookhaven resident Justin Epstein, so when seven fitness friends suggested pursuing ultra marathons at the start of 2018, he jumped in with both soon-to-be-aching feet. “With me, there’s never a no,” says Epstein. “Anything that’s endurance and pushing yourself physically and mentally, I’m about.”

That’s how […]