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University to host top technology entrepreneur

On Sept. 18, one of Georgia's top entrepreneurs will share his expertise with students, faculty and the community as part of the Cottrell Speaker Series at the University of North Georgia, sponsored by the Mike Cottrell College of Business and the Center for the Future of North Georgia.

Michael Cohn is the co-founder and senior vice president of Cloud Sherpas, which has grown to become one of the world's leading cloud-service brokerages. Cloud Sherpas is a two-time Google Enterprise Partner of the Year for Google Apps, a platinum partner and the first ServiceNow partner to reach preferred partner status globally. Cloud Sherpas has headquarters in Atlanta, with offices throughout the U.S. and operations in Australia, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

In 2013, Cloud Sherpas debuted on the Inc. Magazine's 500|5000 list at No. 142. With this ranking, Inc. Magazine also lists Cloud Sherpas as 10th in a list of the top 100 fastest-growing IT service companies and fourth in the top 100 fastest-growing Georgia companies. According to Inc. Magazine, the list "is more exclusive this year than ever in its history. Simply to make it onto the Inc. 500 this year, your company had to grow more than 918 percent from the start of 2010." In comparison, Inc. lists Cloud Sherpas' three-year growth rate as 2,633 percent.

In addition to this accolade, Cloud Sherpas has also been named the fourth-fastest growing company in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and was listed as a top workplace by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for the second year in a row.

As one of the co-founders of Cloud Sherpas, Cohn will discuss the beginnings of Cloud Sherpas and how they have become one of the world's leading cloud services brokerages.

The 2013 Cottrell Speaker Series will feature four speakers, with two speakers presenting in the fall and two speakers in the spring. Spring speakers will be announced later in the year.

The Sept. 18 session on UNG's Dahlonega Campus will be held in the Dining Hall Banquet Room at 402 College Circle, Dahlonega. The session will begin at noon and conclude at 12:45 p.m. Live simulcasts of the events will be available on every campus for students, faculty and staff to participate. The event is free and open to the public.


Michael Marshall
Communications Specialist

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