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BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:
Spiked Communications, LLC, REVEAL Education Development Firm & Spiked Jewels (Chata Spikes)Atlanta, Georgia
ABOUT THE BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:Spiked Communications, LLC. is a communications consulting firm specializing in the art of communication and media development ranging from media relations to crisis communications as well as writing and voiceovers.
R.E.V.E.A.L. Education Development (R.E.D.) is the brainchild of Spiked Communications Owner Chata Spikes. As a professor at her beloved alma mater, Fort Valley State University, Spikes is always seeking to find innovative and creative methods of bringing "real-life" experiences to her classroom. When you enter a class taught by Spikes, you aren't simply entering a mere classroom--you're entering a functional newsroom, boardroom, production studio or planning session.
Spiked Communications, LLC hones the skills and crafts of students who may not otherwise have opportunities to work in a professional yet nurturing environment. Additionally, Spiked Communications garners scholarships for the students who work with Spiked and REVEAL.
Another entity of Spiked Communications, LLC is H.E.A.R.T.S. of ATLanta. Chata is the host of H.E.AR.T.S. which is a magazine style show that introduces you to people you've never met before and places you've never been before in the City of Atlanta. Chata alongside her Executive Producer Jameel Girtman started H.E.A.R.T.S because the Atlanta natives love their city; therefore, they intertwined their love for media and entertainment with their love for Atlanta to create H.E.AR.T.S.of ATLanta.
THE STORY:Chata Spikes is a virtuous woman of many talents. She is a 2001 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Fort Valley State University, in Fort Valley, GA. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Radio/TV Broadcast. In 2011, she earned a Masters of Organizational Leadership and Communication from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Chata's passion for the art of communication and media has allowed her to use her creative writing skills, sultry voice and one-of-a-kind personality to launch Spiked Commuications, LLC. She considers it a blessing to thrive in her purpose. She has more than 20 years of media experience having held various positions both on and off camera with Fox News Channel, ABC & CBS, in addition to WSB-TV, WYFF News 4 in Greenville, South Carolina, WMAZ in Macon, Georgia, and DeKalb County Television.
In 2007, she was bitten by the education bug. What was supposed to be a one-month lecturer session turned into years of educating future media/communication professionals. She is an adjunct professor of mass communications at her beloved alma mater, Fort Valley State University.
In 2014, she developed R.E.V.E.A.L. an educational development program that utilizes Research, Education, Values, Excellence, Awareness, and Leadership to teach students about various aspects of communications and media. Although her work keeps her busy, she still finds time to volunteer and mentor young adults; through her motivational workshops I'M REAL which focus on Scholarship, Self-Esteem, Self-Image, Self-Awareness, and Success!
SPIKED JEWELS by Paparazzi
I'm Blessed By God...Spoiled By Paparazzi! Finding that "thing"--that thing that makes me smile, makes others smile, and makes me happy to be a part of---well I've found that thing in Paparazzi. As a Paparazzi Independent Consultant, I've been able to meet awesome people, build a team, and make people smile knowing they have a quality product and they didn't have to break the bank to get it. After trying various businesses based on being pressured, feeling risky, or wanting to help someone else; when my mom introduced me to Paparazzi, I found my groove. I've learned you have to find what works for you. Paparazzi is my "thing"! The jewelry sells itself! If you're interested in the business don't hesitate to reach out! Paparazzi has allowed me to quit my regular 9 to 5! I can now focus solely on my Communications Business-Spiked Communications, LLC and Spiked Jewels!
I asked God to allow me to retire before 40 and do what I Love--teach college- I'm blessed because I'm doing just that. Blessed By God...Spoiled By Paparazzi!
ACCOMPLISHMENTS / ACCOLADES / AWARDS:She is a member of Leadership Georgia Class of 2011 and was featured on the cover of the Georgia Trend magazine's 40 under 40 - Georgia's Best and Brightest 2009 edition. Spikes’ accolades also include being featured in Who’s Who in Black Atlanta in 2008, 2010, and 2012; as well as a member of the Education Policy Fellowship Program Class of 2012. Chata is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
One of my proudest moments is related to a former student--That moment when a student calls to say, "Ms. Spikes, because of you I am now a reporter for the New York Times," Mark Walker.
RULES/PRINCIPLES:I'm Serious About What I Do Because What I Do is Serious!
I May Be The Only Bible Someone Ever Reads