Five Questions With… Darrah Brustein

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Darrah Brustein, is a broker at The MJT Group, a merchant services brokerage that helps business owners negotiate down their credit card processing fees. She’s the Robin Hood of the retail and restaurant world, canvassing the greater Atlanta area on a daily basis in an effort to save the little guy a couple of shekels. Sounds vaguely likely a real estate agent- let’s see how she does with Five Questions…

Q. As an Emory grad, what are your “Atlanta words of wisdom” for incoming freshman?

A. Don’t get caught in the Emory-bubble! It’s all too easy to stay on campus (and the surrounding areas) for four years, but do yourself a favor and experience the different neighborhoods that this city has to offer. I think more Emory grads would stay in Atlanta if they knew what they were missing.

Also- get involved in groups that you wouldn’t necessarily think are in your comfort zone. I did just about everything on campus (and still volunteer there with the alumni association). Of all my memories, some of my favorites were things like the gospel choir, the orientation leaders program,and Greek life, none of which were necessarily on my to-do list upon arriving.


The Emory Bubble, represented on this map by the Emory Crest.Q. A genie pops out of a MARTA car and grants you three magical, unlimited, “free” credit card swipes in the establishments of your choice, anywhere in Atlanta. Where are you going?

A. Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Jac Boutique. SunTrust to pay off my mortgage (if they accepted credit cards).

Editor’s Note: Be wary of any genies that you see popping out of a MARTA train. Wishes not likely to come to fruition.

Q. Favorite neighborhood(s)?

A. East Atlanta Village. Inman/Candler Park. Virgina Highlands. Ansley Park. Downtown Decatur.

Q. Six hours biking the BeltLine, twelve hours walking Peachtree or eighteen hours riding MARTA?

A. Twelve hours walking Peachtree. A. I love to walk and be outside, and B. Peachtree is such a great stretch of the city! I’d imagine it’s even more enjoyable when you’re not stuck in traffic.

Q. It’s your last meal in Atlanta. Where are you going, and what are you ordering?

A. Re’past. Some of the best food I’ve had in the city. They even (or used to) have half-priced wine night once a week. I’d surely get the flourless chocolate cake (as it’s amazing), and since their menu frequently changes, I’d make the app and entree selections then.

(If it was casual, I’d have to say Fellini’s.)

BONUS QUESTION: What is The MJT Group, and why is it awesome?

A. Great question! The MJT Group is a merchant services brokerage that was born out of the desire to be transparent with businesses about how the industry works and why you pay what you do on your transactions. In plain English- we negotiate credit card processing rates down for business owners by about 10-25%, on average. It costs nothing to work with us, and we’re happy to do an apples-for-apples comparison against your current agreement to show hard numbers in savings. Transitions are quick and seamless, so if you’re looking to save some money or to see if you’re current rates are good, I’d be happy to help!

The Relevant Linkage

An potentially excellent alternative to walking Peachtree, here.

A possible winner from Jac, here.

A definite diamond down the street from Emory, here.

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