Board of Trustees

Meet our Board of Trustees

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  • Mindy Jones
    President

    Mindy Jones

    President
    Mindy Jones has lived in Alpharetta for the last 30 years and is a single mom of daughter, Sarah, 25. She has built an international multi-million dollar home-based business with Reliv International, a marketer of patented nutritional products. Recently, Mindy was featured in Success From Home magazine and Bryan Thayer’s book The One Minute Networker. Mindy was named one of Atlanta’s “Self Made Women” and North Fulton’s “Phenomenal Women” in 2009.Mindy has a passion for charity work and has been the chairperson for the past seven years for Evening of Hope and Windward for a Cure, fundraisers benefiting the American Cancer Society which raised over $80,000 for the cause last year. Mindy is an active member of Roswell Rotary and is the chairperson for the Aids Awareness Committee. In her spare time, she plays tennis, travels and loves spending time with family and friends. 
  • John Robbins
    Finance Chair

    John Robbins

    Treasurer

    John Robbins is Managing Director for Granite Properties, serving as City leader for the company’s Atlanta operations.  Since joining the firm in 2010, John has grown Granite’s presence in Atlanta by acquiring 650,000 square feet of office buildings valued at more than $75 million.  Prior to his current position, John served as Managing Principal for Sage Realty Partners, with a focus on acquiring real estate investment and development opportunities across broad product classes.  Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President for Shailendra Group, with overall responsibility for their development efforts.  He also had an eleven-year career at Hines where he led complex development projects ranging from a large mixed-use land development in North Fulton, Georgia, to 1180 Peachtree, a 670,000 RSF office tower in Midtown Atlanta.  He also led the acquisition and asset management of One Atlantic Center, a 1.1 million square foot office tower in Midtown Atlanta.  John began his business career with Wachovia Bank in the real estate finance group.


    John earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1989 and a Masters in Business Administration in 1996 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    John has served on the NAIOP Georgia board of directors since 2008, including as President in 2012.  John also is a board member of the Council for Quality Growth and the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors.  He serves on the Advisory Council for the Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of North Carolina and is the national President for the Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Real Estate Alumni Club.  For the past five years, he and his wife, Jae, have volunteered for Feed the Homeless Project, Inc. here in Atlanta.  Jae and John have two boys, Thomas and Boone.
  • TJ Abrams

    TJ Abrams

    TJ Abrams is the Global Brand Director on the Holiday Inn Brand portfolio at the Intercontinental Hotels Group.  He has over 13 years of experience in marketing and brand management in both US and Global roles.  He joined IHG in 2015 from The Coca-Cola Company where he was the Global Senior Brand Manager on the Coca-Cola TM.  During his 7-year tenure at Coca-Cola he worked in strategic roles of increasing responsibility on some of the biggest and fastest growing brands in the world including Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero, Sprite and the Global Adults portfolio (including Seagrams, Schweppes and Canada Dry).  
     
    In 2013, TJ was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Marketing and Advertising.  He earned an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

     
  • Louis Alterman

    Louis Alterman

    Louis M. Alterman is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at EarthLink, a $1 billion NASDAQ-listed network, communications and information technology services provider to businesses and consumers across the U.S. In the CFO role, Alterman is responsible for all financial activities of the company. Alterman joined EarthLink in 2003 and has served in a number of key Financial and Operational leadership roles across functions, including Equity and Debt Capital Markets, Financial Planning, Corporate Strategy, Operations and Mergers and Acquisitions. Prior to joining EarthLink, Alterman served in domestic and international roles at BellSouth Corporation (now AT&T), most recently conducting extensive on-site reviews of Latin American subsidiaries' financial and operational processes. Alterman also worked in the brokerage industry for A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. 

    Alterman graduated in the top 3 percent of his MBA class at Emory University's Goizueta Business School and received a bachelor's degree, Cum Laude, in Finance from the University of Georgia, where he was named a Presidential Scholar. Alterman lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, Amy, and their three children.

  • Cromwell Baun
    Development Chair

    Cromwell Baun

    Development Chair

    Mr. Baun is a Financial Advisor with the Stephenson/Baun Wealth Management Group at UBS Financial Services Inc. and has been with the firm since the beginning of 2003.  Prior to his career in the financial services industry, Mr. Baun was a tax professional in public accounting.  He has Big Four public accounting experience as a Senior Tax Consultant for both Arthur Andersen LLP and Deloitte & Touche LLP in Atlanta where he specialized in corporate and partnership taxation.
    Mr. Baun is a Certified Financial Planner™, Certified Investment Management Analyst, and Chartered Financial Analyst®.  Mr. Baun is also a Certified Public Accountant (non-practicing) in the state of Georgia and holds the AICPA Personal Financial Specialist designation.  Mr. Baun was recognized in Atlanta Magazine in 2009 and 2010 as a Five Star Wealth Manager in overall client satisfaction.  In 2012, his team was named to the National Association of Board Certified Advisory Practices (NABCAP) Premier Advisor list in Georgia and Texas.  In 2013, his team was again named to the NABCAP Premier Advisor list in Georgia and Texas.

    He is a current member of the Financial Planning Association, the Investment Management Consultants Association, the CFA Institute, the CFA Society of Atlanta, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA).  Mr. Baun is Past Chair of the Estate and Financial Planning Section of the GSCPA and currently serves on the GSCPAs Leadership Council.  He is Past Chair of the Buckhead Club's Membership Committee and also serves on the club's Young Executive Society.

    In addition to his professional and academic achievements, Mr. Baun is highly involved in civic and community activities.  Mr. Baun works with the GSCPA's Financial Literacy Task Force to promote financial literacy to middle school students across Georgia.  He serves on the Nominating Committee for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Georgia Man & Woman of the Year fundraising campaign. 

    Mr. Baun received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting as well as his Master of Accountancy – Taxation from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and is Treasurer of the University of Tennessee – Knoxville Alumni Association's Atlanta Chapter.

  • Pat Arrington

    Pat Arrington

    Pat Arrington has 30 years experience in the construction industry and has been with JE Dunn Construction (formerly R. J. Griffin & Co.) since 1997. He serves as Vice President and Group Manager for the Atlanta division, overseeing the higher education market as well as the Dunn Project Solutions (DPS) group. Pat recently oversaw the new Educator Training Facility project for the Ron Clark Academy and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Prior to joining JE Dunn, he worked for Blount Construction from 1985-1997.         A 1985 graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Building Science, Pat currently serves as an alumni advisory board member for Auburn's McWhorter School of Building Science. Additionally, he served as board member for the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta from 2007-2009.        Pat resides in Marietta with his wife, Liz. He has two children, Mary Hannah, a senior at Auburn University, and Drew, a sophomore at Georgia Southern University.

  • Kareim Cade

    Kareim Cade

    Kareim R. Cade is a native Detroiter and a 1994 graduate of Clark AtlantaUniversity with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, focusing on Insurance and Risk Management.In 1995 he obtained his Life and Health Insurance license from the State of Michigan and began his independent insurance career with New York Life Insurance Company. 
     

    Kareim was later recruited by Colonial Life andAccident Insurance Company in 1996 where he served in several sales and sales management positions. During his tenure with Colonial he won several national sales awards and qualified for the company’s prestigiousPresident’s Club and Leaders Conference. 

    In 2006 Mr. Cade launched Great Lakes Benefit Group, LLC (GLBG) in response to the growing demand of a “one stop shop” approach for small to mid-size employer groups. Located in Southfield, MI, GLBG has a relationship with many national insurers and also offers a complete back office to other independent brokers.2008 presented new challenges as Kareim was asked to serve as theNational Sales Director for Great American Financial Resources’ (GAFRI)where the primary responsibility was to build a national relationship between GAFRI and Aflac. During this time Mr. Cade also partnered with 4 educators to create Transitions Consultants, LLC which supported and managed charter schools in the Metropolitan Detroit area.  

    In addition to his business interests Mr. Cade is a graduate of Leadership Oakland XV and has held several leadership positions in community organizations. Vice President, Metro Detroit Association of HealthUnderwriters; National Association of Black School Educators, member; Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), board member; National Technical Honor Society, honorary member; founding member; Playworks Michigan, Board Chair; GEMS (Grandkids Educated and Motivated………to Succeed), Board Member.  Kareim is most proud of his pride and joy, his teenage daughter, Selena Simone Cade! 

     
  • Michael Kiepura

    Michael Kiepura

    Michael E. Kiepura is RockTenn’s President, Consumer Packaging and Recycling, and has been with RockTenn for 21 years.

    Mike is Chair of 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance and a Director of the Georgia Association of Manufacturers. Mike has an MBA from Northwestern (1982) and an A.B. in engineering and applied physics (1979) from Harvard.

    Mike and his wife, Kathy, have been married for 34 years, live in Dunwoody and have two grown children.

  • Stephen MacDonald
    Governance Chair

    Stephen MacDonald

    Governance Chair

     Stephen MacDonald is a biotechnology business strategy consultant, and he has devoted much of his career to developing patent strategy and performing diligence for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Stephen obtained a PhD in neuroscience for research in stem cell biology from the University of Manitoba, a post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University, and an MBA from Georgia State University's Robinson College of Business. He is the founder and past-chair of GeorgiaBIO's Emerging Leaders Network -- the young professionals division of the Georgia's life sciences industry organization, and was awarded GeorgiaBIO's Emerging Leader of the Year award in 2008. Stephen also regularly guest lectures at Emory University on patent law in biotechnology and since 2009 has been a judge for the Sanofi-Aventis BIOGene-ius international high school science fair competition.

  • Ben Hasan

    Ben Hasan

    SVP & Chief Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Officer Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

    Ben Hasan joined the Global People team as Chief Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Officer in 2015.  In this global role Ben and his team are responsible for the continued development of the healthy evolution of the company’s culture, the development of behaviors that embrace diversity and inclusion at all levels of the company and the promotion of the company’s external reputation as a great place to work. 

    Ben Hasan joined Walmart in 2008, and previously served as senior vice president Strategic Services in Walmart Technology. In this role he and his team were responsible for ISD Strategy, Communication, Innovation, ISD Vendor Management, Project Management Office, Business Analysis, GTS – India & Mexico and Quality Assurance. 

    Prior to his current role at Walmart, Ben worked 11 years at Dell Inc. He progressed through several leadership positions before serving as vice president of Corporate and Product Group I/T. In this position, he directed teams in Texas, Shanghai, Taipei, and Singapore. He also served as general manager of Dell’s I/T development centers in Brazil and India. Before joining Dell, he gained broad experience in I/T, Human Resources, Rates and Regulatory Affairs, and Customer Service during his 14-year career with ENSERCH Corporation, an oil and gas company based in Dallas, Texas. In 2006, Ben received the Temple University Fox School I/T Award for Distinguished Alumni.Ben holds an M.B.A. from Amber University in Dallas, Texas, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in computer science from Temple University in Philadelphia. Ben sits on the Ozark STEM board, Walmart Foundation Board, Walmart 401K & Retirement Plan Committee, Board of Advisors Catalyst, The Fox School's Institute for Business and I/T Advisory Board. Ben.Hasan@wal-mart.com.

  • Ben Hill

    Ben Hill

    Ben Hill is Vice President of Talent Management for Turner. In this capacity, Hill leads the Turner People Development team responsible for global executive, organizational, and employee development, strategic workforce planning and performance management, as well as the Turner Talent Acquisition team, which provides full-cycyle recruiting support for the company. Hill also leads the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts. 

    Previously, he acted as Human Resources Director for Turner Sports and Turner Network Sales where he worked as a generalist focused on strategic client consultation. Prior to that, as Director of Workplace Initiatives, he was responsible for supporting CNN Worldwide in the areas of employee engagement, development, and communications, as well as in CNN’s diversity efforts.  

    Hill joined Turner in 2004 as an administrative coordinator in the Washington, DC Bureau, and relocated to Atlanta in 2008 to manage business administration across CNN’s domestic regions.  Prior to his work for Turner, Hill served as a finance director for a US Congressional campaign in North Carolina. From 1999-2002, he taught English literature at Charlotte Country Day School, and he as awarded the school’s distinguished instructor award in 2002. 

    Hill earned a BA in English literature from Dartmouth College that included study at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and Université Lyon in France. He traveled extensively throughout Europe before beginning his career. In addition to his responsibilities at Turner, Hill currently chairs the board of trustees of Theatrical Outfit, a downtown Atlanta theater company, and is on the board of trustees of the High Museum of Art.  

  • Debbie Koenig

    Debbie Koenig

    Debbie Koenig has worked with the NAIOP Georgia chapter since 2001. She received the National Merit Award for Chapter Executive of the Year in 2006, sat on the NAIOP National Board of Directors as Chapter Executive Liaison and serves on the NAIOP National Membership and Diversity committee. 

    Debbie also served on the advisory council for REAP (“Real Estate Associate Program”), which aids in connecting talented minority professionals with commercial real estate companies, and helped organize the charter Global Diversity Summit. Debbie has also taken part in numerous panels at NAIOP’s Leadership Conference and is frequently asked to speak in Washington, D.C. 

    She played an integral role in increasing NAIOP Georgia’s young professional segment through her contribution in developing the NAIOP Future Leaders program, and is committed to NAIOP GA’s mission of improving the lives and education of students inAtlanta through their efforts with YES!Atlanta and the Ron Clark Academy. 

  • Chris Fuller

    Chris Fuller

    With more than 15 years of experience representing several of the top brands and influencers in the world, Chris Fuller is no stranger to marrying new and emerging techniques to solid, time-tested PR craft. Fuller's career launched on Capitol Hill as Press Secretary to the U.S. Representative Mac Thornberry of Texas. He was responsible for revolutionizing the Congressman's message for a new digital-savvy constituency. Fuller is now Vice President of Brand and Corporate Communications for Arby's Restaurant Group where he is working to reignite culture among Arby's team members and re-engage brand passion among guests. Additionally, he spent more than eight years leading the International PR and Corporate Social Responsibility efforts for Yum! Brands and Pizza Hut, Inc.  

    Fuller was named the 2010 "PR Professional of the Year" by PR News Magazine for his efforts to re-set value perceptions of the Pizza Hut brand among its core consumer. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications and Advertising from West Texas A&M, and a Masters Degree in Marketing Management from the University of Dallas.    

    Fuller is married ironically to a math and science whiz, Amanda, a former school administrator. They have two sons, William, 9; their harshest food critic and Whitaker, 10 months; an aspiring Arby's consumer.

  • Chad Koenig

    Chad Koenig 

    With close to 20 years of experience in commercial real estate, Chad Koenig joined Cushman & Wakefield’s Atlanta’s Tenant Advisory Group in 2014. Chad’s creativity in formulating occupancy strategies and his in-depth market knowledge help him add significant value to his clients’ bottom line.  Prior to joining C&W in 2014, Mr. Koenig was a Managing Director with NAI Brannen Goddard in Atlanta, where he had worked since 1999. A member of the firm’s NAI Office Council and NAI Gold Club from 2003-2013, he was consistently one of the top performing office brokers with the firm.

    He is a licensed real estate agent in Georgia; a member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors; a member of the Georgia Association of Realtors; the director of the Cumberland Office Park Association and a member of the National Association of Realtors.

    Chad’s passion around education led him to initially serve on the board for the DeKalb Boys and Girls Club and currently, serve as a founding member of the Smyrna Education Foundation in addition to the Metro Atlanta Chamber Education Committee.

    Chad and his wife, Kati, both graduated from The Pennsylvania State University and have three children; Madison, Abigail and Tyler and live in Smyrna, Georgia.

  • Kaye Morgan-Curtis

    Kaye Morgan-Curtis

    Kaye Morgan-Curtis is the Senior Manager of Global Philanthropy for Newell Rubbermaid, leading the company's community giving program in countries around the world. In this capacity she is responsible for developing and integrating corporate charitable giving strategies and employee volunteerism in the company's daily business rhythm. She began her career at Newell Rubbermaid in 2010 where she started as Manager of Corporate Philanthropy and and since then has also held additional responsibility for diversity and inclusion initiatives. Prior to joining Newell Rubbermaid, Kaye worked in corporate and social responsibility at Citigroup, Inc., where she worked in conjunction with the Citigroup Foundation to administer funding to national and global organizations. She managed four signature grant programs and corporate contributions in the US and Canada and after 10 years of service departed the company as Manager of National Grant Programs for Community Relations.

    Kaye's commitment to public service is demonstrated throughout membership and service to a variety of community organizations. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross-Metro Atlanta Chapter, The Center for Working Families, the Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta and the SkillsUSA Foundation; and dedicates her time to organizations that serve to benefit the development and advancement of youth and women. 

    Kaye earned her bachelor's degree in Business Administration in Marketing from Temple University in Philadelphia where she also received certification in Human Resource Administration. In 2012, she received her certification in Corporate Community Involvement Management from Boston College, Carroll School of Management and in 2014 completed a fellowship in their Leadership Academy for Corporate Citizenship Professionals. Raised in Brooklyn, New York, Kaye has resided in Atlanta, Georgia with her family since 2009.

  • Susan O'Dwyer

    Susan O'Dwyer 

    As Director of Business Development at Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, Georgia’s largest independent accounting and consulting firm, Susan connects business owners and company executives with business advisory and accounting experts to help their companies increase profits. Susan is on the University of Alabama's International Business Advisory Board (part of the Culverhouse School of Business). She is Chairperson of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce's Technology Marketing Committee's Venture Capital Program. She serves on the National Council for the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and is President of Operation Lifeshield. She was a mentor for the 2011 and 2012 Ambassadors classes of High Tech Ministries. She serves on the board of directors for Bama4Business. She is President of the Georgia Alumni Chapter for Fresno State University. Susan is also a lifetime member of Sigma Delta Chi and Phi Kappa Phi.  Prior to joining HA&W, Susan was the National Director of Venture Capital Research for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

     
  • Shane O'Reilly

    Shane O'Reilly

    Shayne O’Reilly focuses his practice in intellectual property law, with a primary focus on patent litigation, client counseling, strategic patent prosecution, technology transactions, due diligence investigations, and contentious inter and ex parte post grant and reissue work. 

    He practices in a wide range of technologies, including computer hardware and software systems, mobile devices, telecommunications, multimedia messaging systems, internet related technologies, network security, e-commerce, and medical devices. His practice includes advising clients on Internet, privacy, and cybersecurity law including privacy policies, website terms and conditions, and legal audits of relevant practices and procedures. 

    Mr. O’Reilly is a registered patent attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.Mr. O’Reilly has represented Fortune 500 companies in patent infringement lawsuits. He has provided value-added assistance in many aspects of patent litigation, including written discovery practice, motion practice and invalidity and non-infringement investigations.

    Mr. O'Reilly was recognized in 2016 as a Georgia "Rising Star" in the area of Intellectual Property Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine. In 2015, he was honored by the National Bar Association with its 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocate Award. Mr. O’Reilly was also named by The National Black Lawyers as one its “Top 40 Under 40.”

     
  • Willson Overend

    Willson Overend

    Willson Overend is Group Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of Sustainability at The Coca-Cola Company. In this role, Willson acts in a Chief of Staff capacity for the Company’s Chief Sustainability Officer, focused on strategic business planning, internal and external stakeholder communications, and leadership of priority projects. 

    Prior to her current role, Willson was Strategy and Communications Director in the Office of the Chief Technical and Innovation Officer at Coca-Cola, leading definition and development of the Company’s enterprise-wide innovation approach and narrative. In this role Willson also led executive and internal communications, driving strategic communications for a global 2,000+ organization comprised of 7 business functions. 

    Before coming to The Coca-Cola Company in 2012, Willson held a succession of Marketing, Communication, Strategy and Consulting roles at Turner Broadcasting, SunTrust Bank, Accenture and Sparks Grove / North Highland Consulting. 

    Willson has a Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband David and three children John, Harry and Rebecca.

     
  • Vincent Young

    Vincent Young

    Vincent Young joined Promethean in 2013 and is currently the Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to joining Promethean, Vincent served as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Case-Mate, the global leader in the design and production of fashion-forward cases for mobile devices including smartphones and tablets. 


    Before Case-Mate, Vincent was the Senior Director for Kodak's Americas Region Marketing team and was responsible for all commercial and consumer product lines. Consumer products ranged from digital cameras to retail picture kiosks and consumer inkjet printers. Commercial products included Kodak's offset and flexographic printing plates, inkjet and electro-photographic presses, workflow software, document capture and management solutions, and a wide range of technical services.

    Widely recognized as a very creative and energetic marketing leader, Young has over 20 years of distinguished accomplishments leading branding and marketing efforts for innovative companies such as FedEx, Coca-Cola, Internatonal Paper, and Lexmark International. Mr. Young earned his Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University. He is married with three sons and currently serves as an adult leader and active supporter of the Boy Scouts of America.
     
  • Natalie Jones

    Natalie Jones

     
 

Advisory Council

 
 
  • Jeff Anderson

    Jeff Anderson

    Jeff Anderson, Audio Enhancement President and CEO, has been with the company since 1993. Mr. Anderson is a noted advocate of the advancement of education and the changing of classroom learning environments. His mission to demonstrate the fundamental necessity of audio enhanced classrooms is evident in his dedication to creating and designing innovative technology. He is the co-creator and patent-holder of the world’s first infrared wireless audio enhancement system. This system perfectly fits into today’s modern classroom by being fully integrated with any additional multimedia sources. Through Mr. Anderson’s leadership, Audio Enhancement has grown into the worldwide leader in classroom amplification. Mr. Anderson received his bachelor’s degree in Economics, Business and Spanish from Brigham Young University.

  • Ann Wilson Cramer

    Ann Wilson Cramer

    Ann Wilson Cramer is a Senior Consultant with Coxe Curry & Associates. She provides strategic consultation to nonprofit clients to strengthen their capacity in the critical areas of board development, volunteer engagement, corporate relations and fundraising.  

    Prior to joining Coxe Curry, Ann served as Director for IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs for the Americas. In that position she was a member of the senior management staff overseeing the company’s approach to corporate citizenship, strategic philanthropy and overall social responsibility.

    Ann serves on numerous local nonprofit boards, including the Alliance Theatre Company, Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, Georgia Public Education Foundation, Governor’s Office of Workforce Development, Public Broadcasting Atlanta, Woodruff Arts Center, Council on Foundations, and currently chairs the board of Atlanta Partners for Education and served as chair of the Search Committee for the Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent. Nationally, Ann has chaired the Council on Foundations Public Policy and Corporate Committees, the Conference Board’s Business Education Council, the Executive Committee of both the U.S. Chamber’s Business Civic Leadership Center and the Institute for a Competitive Workforce and the United Way of America’s National Corporate Leaders Council. In 2012, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented her with its first Business Civic Leadership Achievement Award.

    Recently, Ann received the prestigious Dan Sweat Award from Central Atlanta Progress, Public Broadcasting Atlanta’s Sullivan Award and was honored with the United Way of Greater Atlanta Women’s Leadership Award. In 2014, Ann received the “Big Voice for Children” Award from Voices for Georgia’s Children. She has participated in Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Georgia, Regional Leadership Institute, is a member of Outstanding Atlanta and is past president of the Junior League of Atlanta.

    Ann is a graduate of Salem College with a degree in mathematics. In 1991, she received Salem College’s Alumnae Leadership Award in recognition of her commitment and service to community service. Ann and her husband, Jeff, are long-time residents of Inman Park and are active members of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. They are the proud parents of two adult children.

  • Mark Elliot

    Mark Elliot

    Mark brings with him 28 years experience in sales, marketing, and operations for both technical and software organizations. Mark spent over 14 years with Burroughs/Unisys in roles including Account Manager, Regional Product Manager, Executive Assistant to the Unisys President, Brand District Manager, and Regional Director of Marketing. Mark’s previous positions include Senior Director of Apple Computer’s Education Division. Mark managed all solutions outside of the hardware platform, including Apple Care, Apple Software, Strategic Initiatives, Alliances, Channels, and Servers. Mark has a BBA in Economics and Master of Science degree in Industrial Management.

  • Steve Beecham

    Steve Beecham

    Steve Beecham A native, Steve attended Roswell High School and West Georgia College, then opened his first business in 1984 at the age of 23, Beecham's Fine Clothing. He entered the mortgage industry in 1992 and started Home Town Mortgage in 1997. 

    Since 2001, Home Town Mortgage has been listed by Georgia Assoc of Mortgage Brokers (GAMB) as one of the top five producing mortgage companies in the state, and Steve has personally qualified as one of the top five producing loan officers during the same years. On a national level, Steve was listed as one of the top 50 loan officers in the country by Broker Magazine in 2001.

    A past President and Nominating Committee Chair of GAMB, Steve served as President in 2003 and in various other positions on the Board. He was the founder and two-term chair of the GAMB Top Guns Committee. He is also the Past Chairman of the Roswell Ducks Unlimited Chapter, a Board Member of the Alpharetta Rotary Club, and Co-Chair of the Rotary International Committee, whose members travel to other countries to assist the needy.

     Steve is married to Mary Beecham, his college sweetheart and cheerleading partner. A devoted family man, Steve can often be found motorcycling, hunting and coaching sports with his wife and three great children: Connor, Elyse, and Colin.

  • Scott Selig

    Scott Selig

    Scott Selig, Vice President of Selig Enterprises, graduated in 1993 from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Real Estate. He attained his MBA from the University of Georgia in Real Estate and Strategic Management. 

     Scott also received his CCIM designation in June 2002.Scott works in all facets of Selig Enterprises, Inc. including office, industrial, and retail leasing as well as acquisition and development. Scott has been employed with Selig since 2000.

  • Scarlet Pressley-Brown

    Scarlet Pressley-Brown

    Ms. Scarlet Pressley-Brown is General Manager of Community Affairs at Delta Air Lines and Vice President of the Delta Air Lines Foundation. Joining Delta in June 2000, she has managed Delta’s presence in the community, establishing the company as a leading corporate citizen. Prior to Delta, Ms. Pressley-Brown spent six years with the East Lake Community Foundation as director of Community Affairs successfully restoring and revitalizing the historic East Lake Golf Course community. The restoration included the establishment and opening of Drew Charter School, Atlanta’s first Charter School.

    Ms. Pressley-Brown has received numerous awards: the “Outstanding Georgia Citizen” Award presented by the Secretary of State, the Atlanta Business League named Mrs. Pressley-Brown one of “Atlanta’s Top Black Women of Influence” in 2006 and 2007, and the “High Heels in High Places Award presented by the Trumpet Awards Foundation . In February 2006, the Atlanta Tribune featured Scarlet and husband, Wendell, as one of Atlanta’s “Power Couples” and the Atlanta Urban League Guild recognized them with the “Transportation Achievement” Award.

    Ms. Pressley-Brown received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and her MBA from University of Phoenix. She is on the board of directors for the Atlanta Business League, the Georgia Center for Children, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Atlanta Medical Association. She is a member of the National Black MBA Association, the Clark Atlanta Guild, the American Institute for Managing Diversity, and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.

    Scarlet and Wendell have five children and two sons-in-law: Wendell, Jr., April Partridge (Kenya), Amber French (Jason), Kiesha and Dexter. 

  • Laura Turner Seydel

    Laura Turner Seydel

    Laura Turner Seydel is a Trustee of the Turner Foundation, a private family environmental grantmaking foundation created in 1990. In her capacity as Trustee, Laura is involved in all aspects of the Foundation’s operations, from reviewing funding requests and establishing policy to identifying funding priorities and overseeing special initiatives. Laura is also a Trustee of the Jane Smith Turner Foundation, a private family grantmaking foundation, whose funding priorities include the arts, children’s health and education and the environment. A Georgia native, born in Macon, Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ogelthorpe University. In 2001, Laura became Chairman of the Board for the Captain Planet Foundation. The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to fund and support hands-on environmental projects for children and youth. It encourages innovative programs that empower children and youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Laura resides in Atlanta with her husband, Rutherford and their three children, John R, Vasser, and Laura Elizabeth.

  • Betty L. Siegel, Ph.D.

    Betty L. Siegel, Ph.D.

    Dr. Betty Siegel, Distinguished Chair of the Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics & Character and President Emeritus at Kennesaw State University, was the first woman to head an institution in the 35-unit University System of Georgia and the longest serving woman president of a public university in the nation. She was President of Kennesaw State from 1981-2006. Under her administration Kennesaw State grew from 4000 students with 15 baccalaureate degree programs to an 18,000 student University with 55 baccalaureate and graduate degree programs. Dr. Siegel is a long-time member and former chair of the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and she also served on the Commission on Women in Higher Education. Because of her strong commitment to servant leadership and community service, Dr. Siegel continues an active presence on numerous boards of corporate, non-profit and community organizations.

    Since her retirement from the presidency at Kennesaw State University, Dr. Siegel has implemented many global initiatives that have taken her worldwide to spread the message of leadership, ethics and character. The signature program of Dr. Betty Siegel and her colleague, Dr. John Knapp, is The Oxford Conclave on Global Ethics, an initiative in higher education launched in 2005. The Conclave serves as a catalyst for a movement to renew higher education's commitment to the development of ethical leadership, and to explore its role as a change agent for social responsibility. As a visiting scholar, Dr. Siegel spent three months in 2007 at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, developing new programs for leadership development and expansion. She returns each year to Stellenbosch to work with students, faculty and staff and with other universities throughout South Africa.

    Dr. Betty L. Siegel continues to serve, lead, and inspire with the same passion she had as President of Kennesaw State University. President Emeritus Siegel has the Distinguished Chair for Leadership, Ethics and Character. She is actively pursuing new initiatives and enhancing current global initiatives for ethical and invitational leadership and just recently launched a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation for global ethical leadership.

    As an international motivational speaker on ethics, leadership, character education, and the concerns of women, she has delivered keynote addresses at hundreds of national, regional and state conferences throughout 50 states, Puerto Rico, and eleven (11) foreign countries. Dr. Siegel has also served as a consultant and advisor to educational, business, not-for-profit organizations, health services, government and civic groups.

    Dr. Betty Siegel and her husband Joel have two sons, both of whom are professors, three grandsons and new twin granddaughters. 

  • Alonzo Llorens

    Alonzo Llorens

    Alonzo L. Llorens is a partner in Gordon & Rees’s Atlanta office and is a member of the Business Transactions practice group. Mr. Llorens focuses on transactions including: public offerings, private offerings, mergers and acquisitions, formation of funds, strategic alliances, film financing and general corporate matters.

    He has represented companies, venture capital firms, private equity firms and investment banking firms in public and private offerings, SEC compliance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance matters and other complex transactions. Mr. Llorens also represents film and television production companies in relation to financing and general corporate matters. Additionally, he has extensive experience in the Caribbean where he has provided counsel with respect to the development of capital markets.

    Before entering private practice, Mr. Llorens spent nearly eight years in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") in the Division of Corporation Finance. While at the SEC, he handled a large number of transactions including initial public offerings, secondary offerings, proxy contests, mergers and acquisitions, and pre-packaged bankruptcies. Additionally, he served on the SEC's Executive Compensation Task Force and the Small Business Task Force.

    Mr. Llorens was selected to work as an attorney in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Honors Program which is offered to only four individuals each year who have exhibited academic excellence and leadership qualities. During his two year tenure in the program, Mr. Llorens worked in the Division of Banking and Finance, the U.S. Customs Service and the Internal Revenue Services Division of International Tax.

    Mr. Llorens also served as the former board chair for the Ron Clark Academy.

  • Bonnie Dean

    Bonnie Dean

    Bonnie Dean serves as Vice President, Director of Construction and has been employed with Selig Enterprises since 1994. She has over 28 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, specializing in mixed-use, retail, office and industrial development.

    During her tenure with Selig, Bonnie has been instrumental in managing construction projects on over 2,500,000 square feet of new development with the development cost of approximately $100,000,000. These developments include Brookwood Place, The Terraces at Windward, Crystal Beach Plaza, Buckhead Triangle, Dunwoody Place, Mansell Point, City Crossing, 231 West Ponce De Leon, Presidential Commons, Sherwood Plaza, Corporate Lakes I & II and many property renovations. She is currently overseeing the development of 12th and Midtown, a premier mixed-use development in midtown Atlanta and a 300-acre mixed-use development in LaGrange, Georgia.

    Bonnie holds a Georgia Real Estate Salesperson license, is a member of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and has her degree in Business from Lake Land/University of Illinois.

  • David Rhodes

    David Rhodes

    Mr. David Rhodes joined the King’s Ridge Christian School community as headmaster in June 2006. His leadership provided immediate impact to KRCS with focus on placement of our first graduating class, student growth, master plan development, and fundraising.

    Previously, David held the position of headmaster at Darlington School in Rome, Georgia for thirteen years. Over his twenty-eight year tenure with Darlington, he served in many capacities including Principal of Upper School, Dean of Students, Science Department Chair, and coach for many championship teams in basketball, golf, football and baseball. In addition to those administrative roles, he taught biology classes for twenty-eight years. He held leadership positions as Chairman of Darlington’s Jefferson Scholarship (UVA) and Morehead Scholarship (UNC) Committees as well as part of the SACS Accreditation Committee for the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

    Mr. Rhodes attended Wake Forest University and earned a B.S., Science Education, and graduated Cum Laude. He also earned a Master’s of Education, Administration and Supervision from the University of West Georgia.

    Mr. Rhodes has earned numerous awards over his distinguished career in education. These include the James Douglas Brown Faculty Award, (1983, 1995, 2006); R. M. Yankee Excellence in Teaching Award (1989); Parents Association Award, (1990); STAR Teacher, (1992); Region Basketball Coach of the Year, (1991); Region Gold Coach of the Year, (1983 – 87, 1991 – 94) and State Golf Coach of the Year, (1987, 1993, 1994).

    David and his wife, Dee Dee, have two daughters, both graduates of Wake Forest. Rebecca is now a teacher at Pace Academy in Atlanta. Sarah graduated from Emory Medical School’s Physician Assistant Program and is practicing medicine in Atlanta.

  • Sheryl Sellaway

    Sheryl Sellaway

    Sheryl Sellaway is Executive Director - Public Relations for Verizon Wireless, responsible for overseeing public relations including, media relations, employee communications, community affairs and promoting the company’s products and services for 11 states in the South. She is an award-winning professional communicator with over 25 years of expertise.

    Sheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Journalism from Georgia State University and an MBA in Marketing from Amber University in Dallas, TX.

    She is active in the community, serving on several boards, including Bethany Christian Services of Atlanta and Leadership Atlanta. She mentors young women in the areas of healthy relationships, purity and career development. Sheryl is also director of her Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church Atlanta.

  • Tom Maxey

    Tom Maxey

    Tom Maxey is President of the Retirement Services Group with Great American Financial Resources, where he has worked in various capacities for more than 20 years. He started as a producer and Managing Partner with his own firm, Consolidated Financial in Southfield, Michigan. 

    Starting out as a financial services representative and growing into the business was a great way for Tom to be creative, take risks and create something of value for him and others. 

    Tom graduated with honors from Central Michigan University, where he majored in French and Political Science and minored in Spanish. Tom met his wife Alecia in college and they have been together for more than 30 years. 

  • Jeff Mixson

    Jeff Mixson

    As Senior Vice President, Jeff oversees the marketing and leasing of all third-party and Holder Properties' owned buildings as well as all acquisitions and dispositions throughout the Southeast. Jeff has been recognized by the Georgia NAIOP Chapter’s Million Dollar Club twice as a top five producer and once as their top producer. 

    He earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering at Georgia Tech, a B.S. in Math at the University of the South, and an M.B.A. at Emory University. Jeff is a licensed real estate salesperson. He is the former president of NAIOP and Advisory Council member. And, the past Chairman of the Young Council of Realtors at the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors. 

  • Michael Marks

    Michael Marks