Credit It Forget It Co-Founder Michael Morgan is Today’s Honoree

MichaelMorganMichael Morgan has always had a fascination for finance, credit, and cars. After founding a very successful business focused on automotive transportation, he followed his passion by directly working in the automotive space for a major dealer group. He worked his way up to finance director where he felt at home being able to combine his deep understanding of finance, credit, and cars all into one.

After a successful career in the automotive space moving up to General Manager, he chose to leave the field to focus strictly on helping educate America on better credit practices. Having all the knowledge of the automotive industry coupled with his understanding of what consumers struggle with during the credit process at a dealership, he co-founded Credit Forget It: An innovative credit platform that enables dealerships to help their clients reach higher levels of credit education and optimization. Today, Credit Forget It works with thousands of dealerships nationwide and has helped over 100,000 people optimize their credit while protecting their identity.

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Music Artist Tanya Dartson is Today’s Honoree

TanyaDartsonTanya Dartson (also known as Tanya Young) has participated in various international performances and composer competitions in North America and Central Asia. She is a recipient of the 2010 National Academy of Music award as well as numerous other awards for her performing and composition skills.

Since moving to New York City, Tanya has been inspired to further demonstrate and develop her musical talent and performances. She is currently participating in the research study “The Genetics of Absolute Pitch” conducted by The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.

Tanya has Master’s degree in International Affairs and a degree in Music.

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Reach 4 Your Dreamz Inc Founder Gwennetta Wright is Today’s Honoree

GwenWrBorn November 25th 1978, Gwennetta Wright is a young entrepreneur who is a living representation that dreams can come true. Gwennetta Wright started on her journey as an entrepreneur in Sept 2006 when she opened the doors of Xpert Tax Service. Wright is a woman who believes that any dream is reachable if you have faith in the Lord above and are willing to work hard and sacrifice to obtain it.

Her entrepreneur story is this; in 2006, Gwen found the strength to trust in God and follow her dream. She had been working at a factory going on 10 years at that time, while for the last 2 years doing income taxes seasonal working as an independent contractor under another tax office. She “really” did love doing taxes and wanted to learn all about the craft. So, in early 2006 she found the strength to resign at her 60,000 a year job that had become strained and took a 25,000 a year flexible job to walk out on faith an open up her on tax office named “Xpert Tax Service” in Columbus, Ga. The amazing thing is opening up this office was strictly done on faith. She did not have money saved and she did not have to get any loans but somehow God made it happen.

xpertToday, year 2014; Xpert Tax Service is still up and running. She owns Xpert Tax Service LLC in Columbus and Stone Mountain Ga. In 2007, Gwen obtained a real estate license and also won an award for Quick Closer in year 2007. In year 2008, Gwen had been given a vision from God to give back to the community. She wanted to take her blessings and be a blessing to others. So, she had this vision to have a big family event where you show love by bringing families together to eat a real Christmas Dinner, play games, give away toys, and show love for Christmas. The event was called Xpert Tax Service Toy-Give-Away Christmas Event. The event fed 1000 individuals a “real” Christmas dinner and gave away over 1000 toys and gifts. Gwennetta funded 95% of the event that 1st year out of her own pockets and continue to fund majority of the event today. Today under Gwen vision the event has happen every year since 2008. She also has been able to do the event in Riverdale Ga. her home of residence since 2008. The only change that she made to the event is the name. In year 2012; when she started her 501c3 nonprofit, she transferred the event under it to hopefully one day to see the vision of the event transformed into something bigger than her.

Reach4YourDreamzAmong the other businesses Gwen owns today is Reach 4 Your Dreamz Inc. a 501c3 nonprofit and a boutique named Fashionizta. Reach 4 Your Dreamz Inc. is on the move. She views this as her optimal way to be able to give back. Reach 4 Your Dreamz Inc. is an enrichment program designed to engage the youth and adults in activities that develop their inner self to obtain their personal, financial, or career goals. Reach 4 Your Dreamz has hosted and will host for year 2014 four big events that will give back to the community.

In Gwen words, “I believe in motivating the people around me to live their purpose in life. I walk by blind faith in everything that I do and know that the sky is the limit. I do not just consider myself a business owner, I was put on this earth to be a leader and to take the blessings that the Lord has stored upon me through my business and give back to my community”

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Restless Books Director of Marketing Nathan Rostron is Today’s Honoree

NathanRostronI’m the Director of Marketing at Restless Books, a new digital publisher of international literature. Restless seeks to enlarge the horizons of readers by bringing them great books and important stories from around the world at a time when international borders are at their most porous and digital publishing is expanding the possibilities of reading and global citizenship.

Previously, I was the literary editor at Bookish, a book discovery site that launched February 2013, featuring original content about new and notable books and authors, retail of books in all formats from all major publishers, a unique, expert-curated recommendation engine and user-generated virtual bookshelves.

Prior to Bookish, I was an Assistant Editor at Little, Brown and Company, where I worked alongside Editor-in-Chief Judy Clain from 2007 to 2012.  I have done extensive editorial work on many Little, Brown titles, several of which have been bestsellers and award-winners (see my Books Edited list).

I earned a Master’s degree in English and Fiction Writing from the University of Texas at Austin, where I received a James A. Michener Scholarship.  At UT, I was the editor of the newly founded national literary magazine Bat City Review, where I published writers including Colm Tóibín, Patrick McGrath, James Tate, Billy Collins, Mahmoud Darwish, George Saunders and Aimee Bender.

As a freelance book editor, I bring my publishing expertise to bear as well as my experience being “on the other side of the desk” as a writer. I assist writers at all stages of their careers, from aspiring novelists to journalists and memoirists working on their first books to established authors of fiction and nonfiction.

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Journalist Boris Fishman is Today’s Honoree

BorisFishmanBoris Fishman was born in Minsk, in the former Soviet Union, in 1979, and emigrated to the United States in 1988. His journalism, essays, and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Book Review, The New Republic, The Nation, Harper’s, Vogue, The London Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal and other publications (see Selected Journalism).

Boris received a degree in Russian literature from Princeton University. Afterward, he was on the editorial staff of The New Yorker; edited “Wild East: Stories from the Last Frontier” (Random House), a collection of short stories about the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in the early post-Communist years; received a Fulbright research grant to Istanbul, Turkey; and co-wrote and edited the U. S. Senate’s report on Hurricane Katrina.

Boris received his MFA in fiction from New York University, where he was a New York Times Foundation Fellow. Since then, he has received residencies and fellowships from the New York Foundation of the Arts; the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass.; Mesa Refuge and Djerassi Resident Artist Program in northern California; the Edward Albee Foundation in Montauk; the Wildacres Retreat in North Carolina; the Blue Mountain Center in the Adirondacks; and the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Wyoming, among others. To support his writing, Boris has worked as a hiking guide, a farm laborer, a market researcher for a maker of “temporary concrete,” an editor, a fact-checker, and the editorial director of a tech start-up.

A Replacement Life, out from HarperCollins on June 3, 2014 and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, is his first novel. His next, Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo, about a New Jersey couple that adopts a boy from Montana who turns out to be wild, will be out from HarperCollins in early 2016. Other projects include The Church Is Near, But the Way There Is Icy; The Tavern Is Far, But I’ll Walk Carefully: 101 Recipes from Oksana’s Kitchen, an unusual Ukrainian cookbook, and Finding Mr. Harrison, a memoir of his alpha grandfather and decidedly non-alpha father, and seeking out the American writer whose books helped him make sense of their crossfire.

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Jewelry Designer Regina Pierallini is Today’s Honoree

Regina Pierallini Designs is the brainchild and labor of love project 23 years in the making.  Regina Pierallini having traveled for several years through India, Italy, Greece, Nepal, Columbia, Portugal, France and Spain first came face to face with rare gemstones, ancient metalwork, and heirloom techniques not seen in the West.  This collection of exotic materials and vintage jewelry started a lifelong dream of creating a unique collection in New York City that would translate to a modern woman’s lifestyle.

Working for many years as a photographer provided the creative bases on which the first designs where based.  The aesthetic was always to blend modern lines, and fluid silhouettes with a pop of color or bold unique element.  To stand out in a subtle and elegant way from the rest.

The jewelry is conceived and created in Brooklyn’s gritty and stunning DUMBO district, home of the newest crop of cutting edge artists, restauranteurs, photographers, and furniture makers.  The tough yet iconic neighborhood is felt in the forward thinking pieces and reflect the spirit of the dramatic landscape.

Using only the finest quality semi-precious stones such as chalcedony, citrine, peridot, opal, agate and tourmaline the designer achieves a striking, modern form with often unusual and vibrant color combinations.

A wide variety of metals are used; 14kt gold, sterling silver, as well as antiqued brass and copper are employed to achieve a desired look and feel. Inspiration often comes from the Far East and Asia, blending traditional and intricate patterns in metalwork with bold, clean, and minimalist accents.

Regina Pierallini Designs continues to explore new ways to thrill and surprise you through her unique wearable art.

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African American Registry Founder Benjamin McHie is Today’s Honoree

BenjaminMcHieBenjamin Mchie is the founder and executive director of African American Registry. Mchie has also been a Multi Media Professional for over 35 years.

Mchie has been featured on the BBC, commenting the life of Dorothy Height and TV Asahi for background on the African American response to the 1940’s Japanese American internment. He also has been featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 2001, 2005 and 2012 (see above link under websites). He is a sought after speaker for educational assemblies, recently at UNLV, Luther and Cornell College. He is a contributing writer in many books and articles on Race in America. His thoughts are now available in the 2013 book “Talking About Race.” His chapter is “The Pinocchio In Black America!”

As an educational consultant and founder of African American Registry, Mchie visits K-12 school assemblies and college campuses quarterly. His goal is to present African American Registry as a resource of America’s stories applied to any subject taught. Mchie senses a shift in young people striving to link scholarship, activism and civic engagement. He has also been a panelist at the National White Privilege Conference. The Registry’s research component travels throughout the United States and will include Las Vegas, L.A. and Atlanta in 2014.

In Multi Media, Mchie directs, produces, operates camera and edits. He’s received 4 Emmy’s and 2 MTV awards/nominations.

His work formats include feature films, corporate, commercials, music videos, documentaries, game-shows, broadcast sports and more. His passion now is producing media that ‘normalizes’ the image of the black experience in his work with African American Registry.

Specialties: Mchie teaches African American history and culture, he envisions inclusive instruction and learning in K-16 classrooms. The Registry’s personal narratives come from people through out the country to preserve America’s stories for educational and learning purposes.

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