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Jeff Bond

As the CEO of Chat With Leaders Media and Executive Partner at People-First Elevation Team, I lead a dedicated team specializing in thought leadership development, stakeholder engagement, and effective global communication. We excel in producing corporate podcasts, meetings, and events to drive customer and team member acquisition, retention, and engagement. Additionally, we provide speaker coaching to empower thought leaders within our clients' organizations.

My approach is grounded in Conscious Capitalism, fostering leaders with a values-driven, pro-capitalism perspective. I firmly believe in business's transformative power, not only as a commercial venture but as a catalyst for lasting social and generational impact.

Beyond my professional role, I cherish my most significant leadership role as a father to three children, alongside my wife Katie. This personal aspect deeply influences my professional path, aligning my business strategies with family values, faith, and community service in Atlanta, GA.

Chat Guest

Jeff Davis entered the technology arena in 1992. Experience includes project management, technical consulting, system administration, network engineering, product implementation, and business management. His knowledge of many industry-specific software and hardware platforms has helped secure his reputation as a leader in innovative thinking. He is a servant to people, personable, and thrives on high levels of communication to work closely with customers, vendors, and partners to enable their success. Jeff’s industry certifications include Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer [MCSE], Cisco Certified Network Associate [CCNA], and various hardware and software products.

He founded Southern Data Solutions in February of 2005 which he led as the company president through 2020. It started out as a partnership for additional income and as the company took on more customers, it demanded his full-time devotion beginning in April 2006.

In his spare time (what is that again?) he is married to his soul mate, Olivia, since February of 2000 and his father to 3 children (Kasey, Alexandra, and Nicolas). He is of Christian faith and is a former Usher Team Captain and remains active as an usher for Highlands Church. He is the only remaining founder of Peach State Challengers, a Dodge Challenger group formed in 2013, that has 500+ members and growing. He created and managed Cars vs Cancer, an annual car show that benefits cancer, which has donated tens of thousands of dollars to benefactors such as Winship Cancer Institute and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He actively creates events and attends car shows and loves to drive. Jeff loves family and is involved in charities that support the care of children such as Jesse’s House, Cops for Kids, and The Place of Forsyth just to name a few. He has served on the board of directors of charities such as Hands Across Atlanta and is always looking for new avenues of helping people. Other hobbies include shooting guns, cars, off-roading, and traveling.

Chat Highlights

  1. Tell me more about your backstory into leadership and how you came to founding Southern Data Solutions in the IT Managed Service Provider Space.
  2. To what would you attribute the success you’ve experienced over the last 15 years and sustaining now multiple recessions?
  3. Jeff talks about the importance of being an encouraging leader
  4. In the small to the mid-sized business sector, what does the new normal look like from an IT and business continuity standpoint?
  5. What are some of the tough decisions that need to be made by SMB leaders amidst this new reality?
  6. Jeff leans into his faith quite a bit and The Lord in his leadership. How has that served his leadership and given him courage and strength to face adversity while remaining hopeful?

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