About John Tabellione

Authored 51 articles.

John Tabellione is an award-winning, professional business writer, complemented by over twenty-five years of strategic communication responsibilities as a Marketing, New Business Development and National Account Sales Executive in consumer goods and commercial industries. 

Experience with Fortune 500 companies, as well as with smaller firms and non-profits, encompassing a variety of products, including those of Georgia-Pacific, Kimberly-Clark and Stanley Works. 

John has a B.A. in English from Fairfield University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Hartford. In addition, he has studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute at Syracuse University, and Italian language and culture at Kennesaw State University.


  • Ex-Mercer University Baseball Player-Turned Entrepreneur Hits It Out of the Park

    Features, April 17, 2018

    “A cup of coffee” is a baseball idiom used to describe a brief opportunity of time spent by a minor league player in the major leagues before being summarily sent down again. On a college level, Mercer University student, Shane Buerster, experienced that expression when cut from the school baseball team in his sophomore season, even though he had been a very good player throughout high school. Shane went one step further, however, and took the time to actually smell the coffee.

  • Governor Deal Proclaims “Georgia Technology and Innovation Day” at Annual Technology Summit

    Features, March 26, 2018

    Governor Nathan Deal, referencing the 13,000 technology-related companies in Georgia, proclaimed a resolution marking March 21st as Georgia Technology and Innovation Day. The Governor included the special announcement during his speech at the annual Technology Summit held this past week in Atlanta at the Cobb Galleria.

  • Billy Vick Equipment Company Serves Restaurateurs Coming and Going

    Features, February 22, 2018

    Whether someone is opening a new start up restaurant and needs equipment, closing their establishment or selling a few items, or needs financing to open their business, Billy Vick Restaurant Equipment Company has them covered in every way.

  • Heart Monitored, Cardio/Resistance Fitness Studio Searching for Perfect Fit Franchisees

    Features, January 16, 2018

    Solcioty Fitness, a state-of-the-art, heart rate monitored cardio and resistance exercise studio, headquartered in Columbus, is seeking investors to fit franchise opportunities in Georgia, the Southeast, and Texas.

  • Georgia Chamber’s “Eggs and Issues Breakfast” Attendees Hear Governor Deal, Lt. Governor Cagle, Speaker Ralston Address Successes, Visions and Challenges

    Features, January 11, 2018

    Over 2,000 state and local Chamber of Commerce members, public officials and other attendees at the 2018 Georgia Chamber of Commerce “Eggs and Issues Breakfast” heard Governor Nathan Deal, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Speaker David Ralston repeat the mantra that Georgia has the No. 1 business climate in the U.S. for the fifth consecutive time. Yet, each cautioned that the 2018 General Assembly opening this week has its work cut out for them during what will eventually become an historic election year.

  • Frank Facts and Figures for Future Franchisees

    Features, December 18, 2017

    If interested in becoming a franchisee, the best next step may be to contact a franchise consultant, such as Leslie Kuban of FranNet. On top of several personal, intangible, key decisions and issues a potential franchise owner has to make, Kuban maintains a consultant can be an invaluable resource in conjunction with CPAs, attorneys, bankers and others who refer interested franchising parties to her.

  • Georgia Manufacturing Alliance CEO Sets Tone of Annual Summit: "Significance of 'One’”

    Features, November 06, 2017

    Prior to the introduction of two keynote speakers from renowned Georgia companies Coca Cola and Chick-fil-A, Jason Moss, Founder and CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, welcomed over 600 attendees to the third annual Georgia Manufacturing Summit. Moss set the theme for the conference recently held in Atlanta by invoking what he called “the significance of ‘one’,” be it one connection made; one idea shared; or one moment of clarity.

  • At Health Connect South 2017, Mentor and Mentee are all Heart: Personifying Collaboration

    Features, October 09, 2017

    As keynote speakers, Dr. Omar Lattouf, and his protégé, Dr. Havel Kelli— fellow cardiologists and associates at Emory University—exemplified the 2017 Health Connect South (HCS) agenda “to foster and promote regional health collaborations.”

  • Health Connect South 2017 Conference to Highlight Collaborative Advances of Healthcare

    Features, September 21, 2017

    The Fourth Annual Health Connect South health leadership event will convene top innovators, decision makers and leaders from throughout the Southeast to encourage collaborative innovations and advances for creative disruption of healthcare on Thursday, September 28, at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. HCS operates as a non-profit organization serving the health community as a sustainable platform for regional health collaborations.

  • Power Brokers, Fuel Experts Discuss Drivers Behind Georgia Energy Mix

    Features, April 27, 2017

    Georgia’s diverse power and clean energy producing companies met recently for the fourth annual “Energy Brunch and Learn” roundtable discussion to determine the driving forces behind the state’s renewable resources.

  • Georgia Technology Summit Speakers Offer Literal and Digital Food for Thought

    Features, March 27, 2017

    During last Thursday’s GTS conference at the Cobb Galleria Center in Atlanta, Keynote Speaker Caleb Harper made a quantum leap from his traditional-farming, family background when he spoke of his “Food Computer”—an open source, agricultural technology platform. Harper used the example of the 14-month, life cycle of an apple from harvest, to cold storage for months where it loses 90% of its antioxidants, eventual distribution and stocking at retail, vis-à-vis his food movement technology.

  • Georgia Chamber Eggs and Issues: Government Leaders Optimistically Address Initiatives, State’s Future

    Features, January 11, 2017

    Georgia’s top elected officials addressed their priorities and proposals to nearly 2,000 attendees at the Chamber of Commerce “Eggs and Issues Breakfast,” on Tuesday. The meeting coincided with the 2017 state legislative session opening this week.

  • Continuously Innovating, Isakson Living Imparts Independent Lifestyles, Full Continuum of Care for Seniors

    Features, January 05, 2017

    Isakson Living continues its legacy of enhancing Continuing Care Retirement Communities in Atlanta that provide active, independent lifestyles, better health care, and more control for its Members. It’s all possible thanks to its strategy of ongoing innovation at Park Springs CCRC and throughout the company.

  • 2017 UGA Economic Outlook Model Predicts Sustained Growth Ahead for Atlanta, State, Nation

    Features, December 16, 2016

    Earlier this week nearly 700 Atlanta area business leaders, government officials, and chamber delegates heard upbeat national and state business forecasts for next year during the University of Georgia Economic Outlook presentation for 2017. Keynote speaker, Dean Benjamin C. Ayers of UGA’s Terry College of Business, extrapolated the pertinent data prepared by the school’s Selig Center for Economic Growth.

  • Business Owners: Enter Georgia Power’s Light Up the Holidays Contest

    News, December 16, 2016

  • Georgia Manufacturing Summit Keynote Speakers Tout Good-to-Great Experiences

    Features, November 17, 2016

    As keynote speakers at the recent 2016 Georgia Manufacturing Summit in Atlanta, two prominent Georgia manufacturing executives provided good-to-great, real-life examples, strategies, and personal business philosophies to over 500 attendees.

  • Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School: A Blueprint for Disadvantaged Students’ College Prep

    Features, November 11, 2016

    With hundreds of students, parents, teachers and administrators posing as rooftop superintendents and architects, a distinctive “CRISTO REY” sign in eight-foot high letters was recently unveiled high above their newly-acquired high school facility undergoing renovation in downtown Atlanta.

  • Symposium Panelists to Parkinson's Disease Patients: Exercise Various Options to Fight Back

    Features, October 13, 2016

    At a recent symposium in Atlanta, the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) and PD Gladiators presented a variety of exercise programs, ranging from Tai Chi to dancing to non-contact boxing, as proven means to combat progression of the degenerative illness. A panel of nationally recognized medical, therapy and research experts spoke before an audience of nearly two hundred patients, spouses, and care givers, and interactive demonstrations of each option followed. Over 13,000 people in metro Atlanta are Parkinson’s patients.

  • “Health Connect South 2016” Transports Attendees from Kitty Hawk to a Moonshot to Cure Cancer

    Features, September 28, 2016

    An audience of nearly 500 academic health researchers, technology experts, and medical and bio-medical professionals heard strategic advice from an unlikely source—National Park Service Ranger, Daniel Shook—the keynote speaker at the third annual Health Connect South event held recently in Atlanta.

  • Today’s “Girls Who Code”— Tomorrow’s Women Who Could Make a Difference

    Features, August 11, 2016

    This summer marked the first time “Girls Who Code” became available for young women in the Atlanta metro area. Eighty students participated in the free, seven-week immersion course held locally at AT&T, Accenture, and General Electric. At the recent graduation ceremony, the students created tabletop displays that reflected the training and their applied achievements completed during the final week of the session.

  • Governor Deal Recognizes Georgia Manufacturing Alliance: Issues Third Annual “Buy from Georgia” Proclamation

    Features, August 09, 2016

    Governor Nathan Deal, surrounded on the state Capitol steps by dozens of members of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA), recently issued the third annual “Buy from Georgia” proclamation.

  • Rally Foundation’s Mission to Defeat Pediatric Cancer: 
An All Around Team Effort

    Features, June 21, 2016

    In 2005 CEO Dean Crowe founded the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. Admittedly, she had little inkling back then that her simple, but sincere offer to help the family of a cancer-stricken young boy named William on her husband’s baseball team would result in a national fund-raising organization for pediatric cancer research. Nor could she have envisioned that this non-profit enterprise would raise over $9 million within the first 10 years.

  • Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta: Connecting Philanthropic Passion with Purpose

    Features, June 14, 2016

    Alicia Philipp, President of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, speaks with fervor when describing the efforts of her organization to function as a metaphorical GPS device that unlocks the philanthropy of donors and directs them to a broad array of needy causes.

  • Georgia 2030: The Chamber's GPS Device to Reach State's Business and Economic Future

    Features, May 16, 2016

    A hundred years ago, the then-newly formed Georgia Chamber of Commerce wisely initiated a road map with the intention of planning the future of business in the Peach State. Today, one year into the second century of the Chamber, President and CEO, Chris Clark and the Chamber Board are instead utilizing modern GPS tracking and other digital tools to explore and research emerging commerce trends, needs and resources for Georgia’s future. This initiative is entitled “Georgia 2030.”

  • Eclectic Energy Experts Paint Bright Green Future for Georgia's Sustainable Resources

    Features, April 20, 2016

    A diverse panel of experts from solar, electric vehicle, natural gas and biomass industries, among others, participating in the 3rd annual roundtable meeting to discuss Georgia’s future energy needs, suggested a bright picture ahead in renewable resources for the state. Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols emceed the April 12th “Brunch and Learn” session, hosted by Attorney Greg Chafee, Partner for the Energy Group of the Thompson Hine law firm.

  • Georgia Technology Summit Speakers Envision Innovation on Land, at Sea and in the Air

    Features, March 22, 2016

    At the recent 12th Annual Georgia Technology Summit held in Atlanta by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), three keynote speakers envisioned their respective spheres of influence where future technological innovation will flourish: within the growth of cities (such as Atlanta); in the air (The Weather Company); and, at sea (the U.S. Navy).

  • Corporate Atlanta Work-Study Partnerships Help Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Work Well

    Features, March 17, 2016

    A critical reason for the successful mission of Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School— The school that works in the heart of Atlanta—has been as a result of the 95 work-study opportunities and the enormous generosity of its 86 partners in corporate Atlanta.

  • KSU Coles College of Business Earns Accolades for 
Innovative Doctor of Business Administration Program

    Features, March 04, 2016

    AACSB International, the global accrediting body and membership association for business schools, has recognized Kennesaw State University Coles College of Business for its innovative Doctor of Business Administration program (DBA).

  • Georgia Chamber of Commerce “Eggs and Issues Breakfast” Draws Over 2,000 Business Leaders to World Congress Center

    Features, January 14, 2016

    An agenda featuring Georgia’s senior government officials—U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, Governor Nathan Deal, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and House Speaker Dennis Ralston—drew over 2,000 business and community leaders to the annual Georgia Chamber of Commerce “Eggs and Issues Breakfast on Tuesday.

  • Social Awareness Permeates United Way of Greater Atlanta on Many Levels Year-Round

    Features, December 18, 2015

    Ask Milton J. Little, Jr., President of United Way of Greater Atlanta, what has driven him throughout his entire career and he instinctively responds that it’s a social awareness ingrained in him by his mother: “No matter what career you choose, always make time to help somebody.”

  • UGA Economic Outlook Forecasts Brighter Year Ahead for Nation, State, and Atlanta

    Features, December 14, 2015

    Ben Ayers, Dean of the Terry School of Business of The University of Georgia, and Mark Vitner, Managing Director and Senior Economist for Wells Fargo, each presented a case for improved national, state and local conditions in 2016. The forum for their forecasts was the Georgia Economic Outlook series held in Atlanta on Friday, December 10th, at which Jere W. Morehead, President of the University of Georgia, offered introductory and closing remarks.

  • Carvana Revs its Technology Engines, Revolutionizes Pre-Owned Car Market in Georgia and Nationwide

    Features, December 04, 2015

    Carvana, the first 360° online pre-owned car buying experience, is certifiably not your father’s used car dealer. According to co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer, Ryan Keeton, Carvana’s technology has allowed the two-and-a-half year old firm to make the secondary car market buying process totally transparent.

  • Kia Motors, Blue Bird Bus Corp. Executives Steer "Georgia Manufacturing Summit" in New Directions

    Features, November 20, 2015

    Executives of the Blue Bird Bus Corporation and Kia Motors addressed over 300 attendees at the inaugural “Georgia Manufacturing Summit” held recently at the Cobb Galleria Centre, calling for collaborative thinking, as well as intra-state, inter-company commerce among local manufacturers.

  • 2015 Transportation Summit: Blueprint for Future Projects in Georgia

    Features, November 17, 2015

    Over 700 Georgia engineering, transportation and public policy leaders gathered at the Georgia World Congress Center recently to lay out a blueprint for the state’s future strategic projects and their economic effect.

  • When It Comes to Top 25 National Rankings Kennesaw State University Means Business

    Features, October 01, 2015

    While it may take a few years before Kennesaw State’s fledgling football team appears in the national power rankings, the Michael J. Coles College of Business at KSU has already achieved Top 25 status in several major nationwide polls year-in and year-out against a strong, competitive environment.

  • Collaborative Global Solutions for Ebola, Cancer, Future Health Innovation Discussed at Health Connect South

    Features, September 22, 2015

    The second annual Health Connect South conference lived up to its name recently as leading medical and biomedical experts, academic researchers and future health leaders met in Atlanta to seek collaborative solutions to global and endemic diseases such as Ebola and cancer, and to develop innovations in health IT and beyond.

  • Atlanta’s Top Firms Draft Cristo Rey Atlanta Students for Work-Study Program

    Features, September 08, 2015

    A Who’s Who of 72 Atlanta-based companies, including Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Emory Healthcare, Alton & Bird LLP, Delta Airlines, First Data and several other top-tier firms, recently participated in the Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, second annual “Draft Day.” All 278 ninth and tenth grade students will be involved in a work-study program with these companies throughout the school year.

  • Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel GM Tarson—No Reservations About Taking Helm at Downtown Atlanta Landmark

    Features, August 18, 2015

    Ron Tarson, General Manager of the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, proudly admits he’s been around the block a few times in the hospitality business, from Colorado to St. Louis, then onward to Toronto and Boston. From his perch at the tallest hotel in the Southeast, what really excites him is what he sees happening around his block today: the vibrancy of downtown Atlanta.

  • “YouScience” Self-Assessment Tool Optimizes Students’ Career Potential and Educational ROI

    Features, July 28, 2015

    When asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” few of us knew the answer and time hasn’t changed much for today’s high school students—until now. Thanks to YouScience, a unique, self-assessment software tool, the visions for many nowadays can significantly expand beyond previous, pre-conceived job descriptions that exist out in the real world.

  • Atlanta Braves EVP, Mike Plant, Well-Trained for Olympian Task of Moving Team to Cobb County

    Features, July 23, 2015

    The first sporting event at the Atlanta Braves’ Turner Field in June of 1996 was not a baseball game, but, rather, the venue for the U.S Olympic Track and Field Trials, followed the next month by the actual Olympic Games. That irony is not lost on Atlanta Braves’ Executive Vice-President, Mike Plant, an Olympian speed skater and member of several Olympic committees, who has taken on overall responsibility for the 2017 move of the team to SunTrust Park in Cobb County.

  • Native-born, Georgia Manufacturing Alliance CEO, Jason Moss, Crusades for “Buy From Georgia”

    Features, July 07, 2015

    Jason Moss, CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) and a native of McDonough, Georgia, has virtually, single-handedly, been a crusader to make sure what’s made in Georgia more often stays in Georgia, as well as to points beyond, of course.

  • Zaxby’s CEO McLeroy Drums Up Decades of Growth

    Features, June 24, 2015

    As a youngster, Zaxby’s CEO, Zach McLeroy, dreamed of playing the drums as a rock star, or playing basketball as an all-star, but never could he have imagined becoming a superstar in the chicken business. In the relatively short span of a little over two decades, McLeroy and his grade school buddy and co-founder, Tony Townley, have taken their original Zaxby’s location in Statesboro, Georgia and replicated it more than 640 times—far exceeding their original long-term objective of 10 stores.

  • CEO 
Larry Flynn: Gulfstream Continues Growth in Georgia

    Features, June 17, 2015

    Recently, Georgia CEO caught up with Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation CEO, Larry Flynn, on the many current initiatives at Gulfstream and a look into his career with the company.

  • Cristo Rey High School Work-Study Curriculum Teaches Students of Limited Means to Prep for College and Beyond

    Features, June 16, 2015

    At Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, it not only takes hard work by students to meet the challenges of a college prep curriculum. They also must work hard each day for their potential employers of tomorrow, such as Coca Cola, Delta, Invesco, Bank of America and Jones Day.

  • Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Economic Impact, Public Policy Help to “Imagine Atlanta” of the Future

    Features, May 28, 2015

    Whether you’re a corporate executive, small businessperson, entrepreneur or resident of its 29-county MSA, the Metro Atlanta Chamber stands ready to welcome, address and enhance your business and quality of life, according to Hala Moddelmog, Chamber President and CEO.

  • Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau President, William Pate, Reports Banner Years for the ATL

    Features, May 13, 2015

    How do you draw 37 million visitors, tourists and business people to Atlanta to spend over $11 billion in one year? To find answers, we asked William Pate, President of the ACVB.

  • Cobb County Economic Development Team on a Four-Year Winning Streak

    Features, May 07, 2015

    While most Georgians and baseball fans know that the Atlanta Braves are moving to Cobb County in 2017, perhaps they are not aware that, since 2011, the Cobb County Chamber’s Economic Development team has created or retained more than 14,000 jobs and over $2.2 billion in new investments, having surpassed its goals for both.

  • From The Floor Up – Georgia's Shaw Industries Invests In People

    Features, March 05, 2015

    Vance Bell, CEO of Shaw Industries, headquartered in Dalton, maintains that there are few businesses for which people aren’t the company’s greatest asset. That is why Shaw’s mission —“Great People. Great Products. Great Service. Always.”—begins with people.

  • Georgia Chamber “Eggs & Issues” - Education, Transportation Initiatives Key to Georgia Maintaining Competitive Edge, Top Business Ranking

    Features, January 14, 2015

    The state’s top three executives--Governor Nathan Deal, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston--stayed on message and virtually read from the same page at the annual Georgia Chamber of Commerce “Eggs and Issues Breakfast” held yesterday at the Georgia World Congress Center. An attendance of nearly 2,000 executives, business owners, elected officials and Chamber of Commerce members celebrated the organization’s 100th anniversary while warmly welcoming the pro-business remarks of the state’s leadership.

  • Childress Klein Properties Exec Gives Tip of the Cap to New Neighbors in Cobb County CCID: The Atlanta Braves

    Features, December 12, 2014

    Cobb County commercial real estate executive, Connie Engel, just may be the Atlanta Braves’ most ardent fan. In addition to her Braves baseball cap, she sports two other hats: Partner at Childress Klein, the Atlanta Galleria Office Park’s property management group; and Board Member for the Cumberland Community Improvement District (CCID). Engel relates that these two integral entities are very excited to welcome, support and partner with the $1 billion investment of their new neighbor, the Braves’ SunTrust Park and its adjoining, pedestrian-friendly urban development.

  • Blue Bird Builds Big Yellow School Bus Business in Georgia, CEO Comments on Recent Acquisition

    Features, September 29, 2014

    Every school day, parents in the U.S. trust about half a million school buses to safely transport 25 million children to and from school and related activities. Statistics show students are 50 times safer in a school bus than in a passenger car. The person responsible for manufacturing almost one-third of these vehicles is Phil Horlock, CEO of Blue Bird Corporation, headquartered in Fort Valley, Georgia.