Conversations with Atlanta Leaders – “Hands on Atlanta Leader Talks Innovation”

Jay Cranman, President and CEO of Hands On Atlanta recently sat down with VALEO Founder and President Michael P. Mills to discuss innovation in the nonprofit sector. Jay covers a lot of ground in this short video but calls out that innovation in his role, requires the “successful implementation of something new that adds value.” He believes it is not about ideas themselves, but rather successfully implementing these ideas in a way that fosters growth, that drives innovation. At Hands On Atlanta, that means living the organization’s mission of tackling Greater Atlanta’s most pressing needs by igniting a passion for service and creating lifelong volunteers.

VALEO is Something Different!

What sets VALEO apart from other companies? John Wilson, Director at VALEO, shares his thoughts on the subject, and the importance of building close relationships with team members and clients alike. VALEO executes exciting yet challenging projects, which require both hard work and communication for the delivery of an outstanding final product.


Following a model of “work hard, but have fun,” VALEO is able to truly acquaint themselves with clients and fellow team members, both within and outside the office environment. Discovering and relating to the interests and passions of clients facilitates better working relationships and allows VALEO to fully attend to client needs.

VALEO's Work with ATPC is Model for Photonics in Rochester, NY

VALEO's Work with ATPC is Model for Photonics in Rochester, NY

Rochester has received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reclaim its roots and reputation as the imaging capital of the world. But confusion surrounds how the hundreds of millions in federal and state dollars received to grow a photonics and optics manufacturing ecosystem will be deployed—let alone leveraged to prop up the cluster in less than five years, which grantors mandate. America’s payments processing hub provides a roadmap to success.

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