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CHAIRRyan Wilson

Board Chair
Atlanta Business League
CEO & Co-Founder

The Gathering Spot

Ryan Wilson is the co-founder and CEO of The Gathering Spot, a private membership network that serves as a hub for collaboration, connections and experiences; the Chief Community Officer of Greenwood, a digital banking services platform for Black and minority individuals and businesses; and a principal at A3C, a music, tech and film conference and festival.

At the age of 24, with a mission to create a world where opportunity is the byproduct of community and collaboration, Ryan and his business partner raised capital to open their first Gathering Spot location in Atlanta. The club has since established itself nationally as a home for creatives, business professionals, and entrepreneurs, and regularly hosts notable and culturally impactful events. Responsible for the company’s overall management and strategic vision, Ryan has led the club’s physical expansion with location openings in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, and launching of membership communities in New York City, Detroit, Charlotte, Houston, and Chicago; as well as the digital expansion of the company’s platform TGS Connect.

In 2022, The Gathering Spot was acquired by Greenwood, Inc, creating the largest fintech and community platform for Blacks and minorities with a combined community of over 1 million people. The companies share a mission of closing the wealth gap for minorities through community building, entrepreneurship, group economics and wealth building. This partnership represents a historic move as one of the few black-on-black M&A transactions at scale.

Ryan has been honored as the Small Business Person of the Year by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, was selected as one of the 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 under Forty honorees, was named one of Goldman Sach’s Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs in 2021, and was selected for the inaugural class of Shea Moisture’s Social Justice Coalition. The Mayor of Atlanta honored Ryan and his business partner with the prestigious Phoenix Award, the city’s highest honor. Atlanta Magazine named him one of “Atlanta’s 500 most powerful leaders” and he has also been named one of the country’s most influential African-Americans in The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100.

Ryan has been featured in notable national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Forbes, Inc, The New York Times, Revolt, Black Enterprise, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Huffington Post, and USA Today. He is a trusted speaker and regularly moderates conversations with thought leaders and notable individuals ranging from political figures like President Joe Biden and Leader Stacey Abrams, to business pioneers like Thasunda Duckett and Ben Chestnut, as well as leaders in the entertainment industry including Will Packer, Gunna, Kelly Rowland, and Gabrielle Union. His work has led to several keynote presentations for various companies including Goldman Sachs, Delta, Google, Meta, Ford Motor Company, and Nike.

A native to Atlanta, Ryan is currently an active participant in several Atlanta civic and community organizations. He proudly serves on the boards of Usher’s New Look, The Woodruff Arts Center, The Atlanta Business League, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Peace Preparatory Academy and The Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Atlanta Chapter of the 100 Black Men, Atlanta Rotary Club and has previously served as Co-Chair for Black Men Count Initiative of Fair Count. Ryan graduated from Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law Center. He currently resides happily in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and two children.

 

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Chair-ElectAndrella Kenner

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

CI² Aviation, Inc.

Ms. Andrella Kenner is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CI² Aviation Inc., an award-winning Aerospace, Engineering, and Information Technology provider, delivering a full range of aviation, technology, management, and administrative support services to a global audience of public and private agencies. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Atlanta, GA, with multiple offices throughout the U.S., CI² Aviation is the nation’s only minority-owned, woman-owned business engaged in the provisioning of Air Traffic Control Tower services to the Federal Government.

Ms. Kenner has over 38 years of comprehensive senior level management experience in Finance, Marketing, Sales, and Information Technology. She has continued to maintain the same steadfast work ethic which has contributed to CI² Aviation’s continued success as an Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP). Since 1997 CI² Aviation has managed and operated Airport Traffic Control Towers in support of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Federal Contract Tower Program (FCT) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U. S. Military- supporting weather reconnaissance and Coast Guard operations. CI² Aviation is currently responsible for 22 Airport Air Traffic Control Towers at airports in the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. To date, CI² Aviation’s most outstanding accomplishment has been and continues to be over 45 million aircraft operations over 25 years with no fatalities due to controller error.

Under Ms. Kenner’s leadership, CI² Aviation’s excellent work ethic and commitment to integrity have led to numerous accolades, and resulted in groundbreaking successes for the company’s clients, teaming partners and employees. CI² Aviation has garnered multiple industry respected awards in an array of categories within the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) and is a Pilot’s Choice award winner for multiple years. In 2020, CI² Aviation was recognized as one of the top 3 businesses in the state of Georgia in the Sustainable Business category with the Cox Family Business Enterprise.

Ms. Kenner has received countless individual awards and honors. In 2021, she was inducted into the Atlanta Business League’s Hall of Fame and was a recipient of an AMAC Catalyst Award. In 2022, Ms. Kenner was the proud recipient of the AMAC Chairman’s Award, the ATCA Annual Outstanding Achievement Award for Small Business, and the AAAE (USCTA) Leadership Award. Most recently, Ms. Kenner was selected by the Atlanta Business League as one of “Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence”. Other awards and honors include:

*White House Expert Panelist for The Women in Transportation Initiative
*National Black Coalition of FAA Employees “Bessie Coleman” Award
*Conference of Minority Transportation Officials “Women Who Move the Nation” Honoree
*Delta Sigma Theta Sorority “Trailblazers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Ms. Kenner also led CI² Aviation as part of a team on a 19 -year contract to support the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) IFMS Data center. The IT team built and maintained a secure IFMS data center that supports the FAA’s Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) program office.

Ms. Kenner is the Chair-Elect of the Board for the Atlanta Business League (ABL). She also serves on the Board for the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. She is a Policy Board Member for American Association of Airport Executives/ United States Contract Tower Association (AAAE/ USCTA). She is a Board member for the Airport Minority Advisory Council Foundation (AMAC). She is a Corporate Committee Voting Member with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). She is also a member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), a member of the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC), and a member of the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA). Ms. Kenner is also a former Board member for GRTA (Georgia Regional Transportation Authority). She is also a former member of the DeKalb County Pension Board.

Ms. Kenner is a huge proponent on bringing awareness to and encouraging women to enter industries that are male dominated. As a woman owned business in a male dominated arena, Ms. Kenner is involved in an array of committees and events that bring together a community of women entrepreneurs and leaders, to provide leadership development opportunities, and strategic partnerships to propel women business owners and leaders in male dominated genres into greater economic, social, and political spheres of power.

Ms. Kenner, a native of Nashville, TN, is a proud graduate of Tennessee State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree. While at TSU, she pledged the Alpha Chi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Ms. Kenner earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) Finance from Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois.

 

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TREASURERShawn M. Graham, CPA

Interim Chief Executive Officer

National Black MBA Association, Inc.

Shawn M. Graham is the Interim Chief Executive Officer for the National Black MBA Association, Inc. She brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership in her 30 years of experience leading global and national corporations’ financial direction in various industries.

Shawn’s experiences include global brokerage firms, performing due diligence on acquisitions for publicly traded broadcasting companies, training Business Managers, and setting up accounting software integrations. In her previous role as the Chief Financial Officer for the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority (Authority), which is the owner of Grady Health System, she was responsible for the oversight and compliance of Grady’s Pension Plan, endowment funds, investment strategies, uncompensated care reporting, bond issuance of the $250M Center for Advanced Surgical Services, and the financial statements of the Authority.

Born and raised in New York City, Shawn graduated from Lehman College with her bachelor’s degree in Accounting; her Certification in Public Accounting from the Georgia State Board of Accountancy, and her Business & Executive Coaching Certification from FocalPoint in San Diego, California. She is a Fellow of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the Association of International Certified Accountants. In 2021, Shawn was selected to the Atlanta Business League’s 100 Women of Influence.

Shawn’s community commitments include currently serving as Board Secretary for the Atlanta Business League, Board Treasurer for the Legislative Black Caucus of Georgia Foundation, Inc., and member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter. In 2020, Shawn was appointed to serve a two-year term with the City of Atlanta Small Business Advisory Council.

Shawn’s previous commitments include serving as a former Advisory Board member for Georgia Piedmont Technical College School of Business and Treasurer for Focus on Caring, created by Gray Television, which provided support for company employees in distress via employee-funded charitable contributions.

Shawn loves to travel and spend time with her twin grandchildren she is raising, Aiden and Alaina.

 

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Assistant TreasurerMichael V. Smith

Partner, Assurance Services

Ernst & Young, LLP

Michael has over eight years of public accounting experience and currently serves as a senior manager for both public and private multi-million dollar engagement teams primarily within the automotive and healthcare industries.

Michael has served several clients throughout his career, providing assurance services related to the following: public and private equity and debt offerings, SEC reporting matters, and the implementation and ongoing evaluation of internal controls under Section 404 of the Sarbanes – Oxley Act. Additionally, Michael has gained extensive knowledge in the areas of business combinations, calculations for allowance for doubtful accounts estimates, evaluation of investments and related disclosures, and accounting for self-insurance reserves.

Michael holds a B . S . in Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration, Accounting, both from the Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Black Accountants.

Within Ernst & Young and the local community, Michael serves in a variety of roles, including serving as Southeast Area Representative to America’s EY Black Professional Network (BPN) Steering Committee after previously serving as the Atlanta Office BPN Co-Chair for three years. Michael has previously served as assistant site coordinator for VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program), which is a volunteer program that prepares income taxes for low-income individuals. Michael also is an EY Mentor who assists in a mentoring program designed to help enable minority and disadvantaged high school students to gain access to college and succeed in higher education.

Michael enjoys spending time with his family and participating in various sports leagues.

 

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SecretaryHeather Fatzinger

President & CEO

Full Circle Communications, Inc.

Heather A. Fatzinger is President and CEO of Full Circle Communications, Inc. Full Circle Communications, Inc. Ms. Fatzinger has worked in the Communications field for over 20 years, with career experience in such areas as political campaign management, grassroots organizing, environmental justice, small business and motivational workshops and community engagement. Mrs. Fatzinger also serves as a trainer for the Anthony Robbins Organization and is a certified keynote speaker and executive life coach.

Heather has a BA in Psychology from Spelman College (’95), and an MS in Human Services Administration/Non-Profit Management from Spertus College in Chicago, IL (’98). A patron of the arts, Heather also has six years of classical vocal training. She toured with an international touring company for two years and was a member of the Spelman College Glee Club.

Ms. Fatzinger is very active in her community and has a passion for service. She donates her time to such programs as the Atlanta Business League (board member), Women in Transportation (D&I Co-chair), National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA – Corporate Advisory Committee), the Maynard Jackson Youth Foundation, Metro Atlanta Kiwanis Club (Past President), the League of Women Voters (Past Board Member), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., People TV (Past Board Member), West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, and many other service, environmental, and professional organizations.

heather@fcc360.com

 

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Assistant SecretaryGretchen Fuller

President

Warner Fuller Consulting, LLC

Gretchen W. Fuller established her financial consulting business after spending more than ten years providing analysis, budgeting, internal auditing, operational and process management services to Fortune 500 companies. That depth of experience allows Warner Fuller Consulting, LLC to perform world class chief financial officer (CFO) work for its clients.

In addition to her corporate background, Ms. Fuller also has fifteen years of experience working with small business and non-profit organizations.  Her dedication to detail and exemplary customer service skills has allowed her to grow Warner Fuller Consulting from a one-person home based business into a company that employs 8 people. The growth in her client base has most recently caused the need for more office space and a move to a new location.

Volunteer work also plays an important role in Ms. Fuller’s life. She regularly mentors other women and those who have newly formed companies. She also donates her time to talk about entrepreneurship by speaking on panels hosted by schools, civic organizations and financial groups such as the Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Project (WEOP) and Truist Bank. Gretchen has been an Atlanta Business League member since 2006. She is currently fulfilling her second term as an Atlanta Business League Board of Directors member. She serves as an assistant treasurer on the finance committee and is a past co-chair of the education committee.

Warner Fuller Consulting is certified with the Georgia Minority Supplier Diversity Council (GMSDC); the Women’s Business Economic National Council (WBE), the City of Atlanta and as a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB.)

Gretchen Fuller is a proud graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where she earned her undergraduate degree in accounting. Ms. Fuller is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor and a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers. She believes in continuously learning to stay updated in her field and has graduated from the General Electric Financial Management Program, WEDA’s Microenterprise Initiative for Small Business, the SBDC Grow Smart Program and the Premier Development Program for Women Owned Businesses.

In 2021 Gretchen celebrated 25 years of marriage and adds the joy of raising a daughter and son to her list of accomplishments.

Ms. Fuller is passionate about seeing minority and women-owned small businesses succeed and is sincerely honored by receiving the 2021 League Leadership award from the Atlanta Business League.

 

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IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRAlbert G. Edwards

Chief Executive Officer & President

CERM

Albert G. Edwards is the Founder and Managing Director of Corporate Environmental Risk Management, LLC (CERM), a regional engineering, environmental, and program management firm. As Managing Director,

Mr. Edwards’ responsibilities include chairing CERM’s Management Committee and providing day-to-day leadership and strategic direction to the firm’s business management, project delivery, and client management functions. Mr. Edwards’ has more than 25 years of experience in the environmental and engineering industry assisting organizations in managing environmental, engineering, infrastructure, and capital projects throughout the U.S.

As former Georgia Market President, Mr. Jones was the ranking executive publicly to customers and communities for an institution with more than $12 billion in retail deposits, 155 Branches, 7,000 associates in the Atlanta area, responsible for promoting the brand and integrating and delivering the company’s resources to communities and customers. Mr. Jones actively called on Fortune 500 companies in the Atlanta market to drive revenues.

As former Global Finance Services Group Executive, Mr. Jones led the transformation of Bank of America’s CFO organization while managing daily operations through a team of more than 1,200 professionals in ten primary locations in the USA, UK, Europe and Asia. The transformation includes design and development of the largest holistic finance operating platform in the Financial Services Industry, creation and growth of a Finance Knowledge Center in India and integration of acquired Companies’ finance Platforms. In addition, he is responsible for managing over $16 billion in Managed Corporate Sourcing through his Supply Chain Management organization. This frequently involves personal interaction and negotiations with CEO’s and COO’s of Fortune 100 Companies . His Enterprise Services Group manages vendor relationships and sources goods and services such as travel, dining, business events and supplies for more than 300,000 associates in over 35 countries.

Mr. Jones was Global Quality and Productivity Executive, reporting directly to the CEO, where for three years he led the Company’s highly effective quality and six – sigma process engineering initiatives. Under his leadership this program produced over $3 billion dollars in productivity value and more than 40,000 six – sigma certifications and was touted in the Company’s Annual Report and a number of national publications . Mr . Jones, a Six – Sigma Black Belt, consulted and met with a number of CEO’s and Senior Executives of European Banks and China Construction Bank on improving Customer Quality and Process productivity.

As Mid – South Region President, Mr. Jones directly managed Consumer, Commercial, Premier and Small Business Banking sales and operations for Georgia and Tennessee. Under his leadership, the region was recognized as the most improved in the Company’s “President’s Cup” balanced scorecard process, moving from 6th to 2nd in one year. The region had more than 200 Banking Centers, $15 billion in deposits and $10 billion in loans. In this role he also managed Innovation and Development Companywide and was the topic of a Harvard Business School Case Study and an HBR Article.

Prior to that, Mr. Jones was President of the Dealer Financial Services Group, one of the largest bank providers of financing for the automotive, RV and marine industries. This group received and decisioned thousands of loan applications per month from Dealers across the US. Hugh McColl, CEO of NationsBank, recognized the sales performance and financial turnaround of this group under Mr. Jones’ leadership with a “Crystal Letter” from his leadership team. This is the only time an award of this type was given.

Previously, Mr. Jones held senior executive roles in the Finance organization, as Senior Finance Executive for Technology & Operations and the General Bank . He was Executive Vice President and Group Manager of Finance and Administration for the Georgia bank, and served in a number of roles related to financial planning and asset liability information and analysis .

Mr. Jones was a Policy Committee Member for three years . This is the most senior management committee in the company. Mr. Jones was a member of the Management Operating Committee from its inception in 1999 to present . Initially, this committee included the CEO, his direct reports and 15 Key Line and Staff Officers. It now includes the top 1% of the Banks Leaders. Mr . Jones was also a member of a number of key Bank of America Risk and Operating Management Committees. Mr. Jones was awarded Bank of America’s most premier award – The Crystal Grenade in 1992.

Mr. Jones holds a BBA Degree in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame. In 1997, he received the National Association of Black Accountants Career Achievement Award. He was previously named as a Black Alumni Exemplar for the University of Notre Dame and received the prestigious Frazier T. Thompson Career Achievement Award. He also taught Balance Sheet Capital Management at the Colorado Graduate School of Management in the summers of 1982 and 1983. Mr. Jones is a certified six sigma black belt.

Mr. Jones chairs The Board of Trustees of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. , is Chairman and President of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, is Audit Committee Chair and Director for the United Negro College Fund Board, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Metro Atlanta YMCA and the Commerce Club. He is also a member of Boards of The Buckhead Coalition, Woodruff Arts Center and the Georgia Research Alliance.

 

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Elaine ArmstrongVice President of Marketing

Goodwill of North Georgia

Elaine Armstrong serves as the vice president of marketing for Goodwill of North Georgia. She is responsible for leading a team of highly skilled professionals in the creation and execution of marketing and communications programs and strategies. She also advises and supports Goodwill’s business operations teams on a broad range of marketing issues while focusing on carrying out the organization’s mission, strategic plan, and business goals.

Elaine joined the Goodwill team in 2006 as public relations manager and was promoted to director of public relations two and half years later. While in those roles, she not only directed the media relations, internal communications and corporate communications functions, but she also helped expand the marketing department and served as the agency’s primary spokesperson.

After spending nearly eight years in her role as director of PR, Elaine was promoted to vice president of marketing, where she currently brings her deep institutional knowledge and creative strategies to the executive team. As a part of her role, Elaine also hosts the organization’s podcast, The Good Works Show, which airs on YouTube and all your favorite podcast platforms.

Prior to coming to Goodwill, Elaine worked as a television news reporter for WALB-TV, the NBC affiliate in South Georgia. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication where she earned her bachelor’s degree in broadcast news. Recently, she was named by the Atlanta Business League as one of the 100 Most Influential African American Women in Atlanta and a 2019 Woman of Influence by the March of Dimes. She was named to PRSA Georgia’s Inaugural Forty Under 40 class and awarded Nonprofit Pro’s Marketer of the Year in 2020. She is also a proud graduate of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2020.

As an extension of her work, Elaine serves on the boards of directors for a number of Atlanta area nonprofits including the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce (Board Chair), the Atlanta Business League, Agape Youth and Family Center, Angel Eyes Fitness and Nutrition (Board Chair), Project Light, and S.T.O.P (Board Chair). She is also an active member of the national and Georgia chapters of the Public Relations Society of America, and enjoys mentoring college students about marketing and communicaitons and working in the nonprofit sector.

Personally, Elaine is fanatical about fitness. She holds a number of fitness and nutrition certifications from the National Assocation of Sports Medicine and the Athletics and Fitness Association of America, and instructor certifications from Piloxing®. She also has a killer right hook.

 

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Donna M. EnnisDirector, Diversity Engagement and Program Development

Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute

Donna M. Ennis, C.P.F provides leadership across all EI2 units to develop collaborative funding opportunities and provide support and services to assure the integration of diversity and inclusion into EI2’s programs and operations. A certified professional facilitator, Ennis serves as director and operator representative for the Georgia Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center and the SE MBDA Business Growth Hub. In this role, she provides strategic direction, marketing, outreach, and operations for the Center and the Business Growth Hub and business assistance to Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs). Under Ennis’ leadership, the Centers have assisted companies in generating over $6.4 billion in contracts, financing, and sales and creating or retaining more than 6,000 jobs.

Known for her thought leadership and passion for developing MBEs and small businesses, Ennis has been at the forefront of helping MBEs learn and understand the role that technology plays in scaling businesses and has launched her Technology Enabled, Technology Owned platform. She established the NEXTTECH initiative for MBEs to bring technology solutions to federal agencies and corporations and launched the Healthcare Expert Alliance Round Table (HEART) for MBEs from all industries to connect with leaders in healthcare for opportunities, knowledge about trends, and relationship building. Ennis played a key role in MBDA’s five-city InVision Tour initiative for technology transfer, serving as a speaker and partner in the development of the program. She has mentored hundreds of business owners and frequently presents to audiences on minority business issues, business challenges, and entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Ennis received her Master of Public Administration from Georgia State University and a B.S. in communications from Boston University. She is the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Outstanding Voice awardee and one of Georgia Tech’s 2021 Faces of Inclusive Excellence. Ennis is also a graduate of the Leading Women@Tech program, an awardee of the Georgia Tech Women Out Front program and has been named a tenured Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence by the Atlanta Business League. She is on the Board of Directors of the Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance (HSDA) and the Atlanta Business League, and the Board of Advisors of Enhanced Capital. She is a mentor for Emory University’s Start: ME business accelerator and Georgia Tech’s MentorTech program.

 

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Tiffany Callaway FerrellVice President of Operations

Atlanta Gas Light and Chattanooga Gas

Tiffany Callaway Ferrell serves as vice president of operations for Atlanta Gas Light and Chattanooga Gas Companies where she is responsible for day-to-day operations, including safety, compliance, operational excellence and financial performance, for more than 700,000 customers. Atlanta Gas Light and Chattanooga Gas are subsidiaries of Southern Company Gas which serves more than 4.5 million utility customers in seven states.

Most recently she was the General Manager of Shared Services, Georgia Power Company where she was responsible for leading several statewide organizations under the shared services umbrella, including Cable Locating, Geographical Solutions and Services, Land Engineering, Metering Services, and the Repair Shop.

Previous roles held by Ferrell in the energy industry at Southern Company Gas and Atlanta Gas Light, include director of regional operations; Metro Atlanta, regional manager, Central Georgia and automated meter reading; asset protection manager; operations manager of liquid natural gas facilities; and senior Federal Energy Regulatory Commission advisor.

Ferrell also served as fleet operations manager for Southern Company Gas, which led to her gubernatorial appointment to the Commission for a New Georgia Fleet Task Force.

Prior to joining Southern Company Gas, Ferrell held roles in logistics and engineering with General Mills Inc.

Ferrell was a member of the 2005 inaugural L.E.A.D Atlanta class and Leadership Macon 2010 and Leadership DeKalb 2013. She currently serves on the Atlanta Business League Board of Directors, Chair and is an officer on The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Incorporated, Metropolitan Atlanta Board of Directors.

She is an active member of the community and was honored in the 2012 issue of “Who’s Who in Black Atlanta for Corporate Brass.” She was honored as one of the 100 Most Influential African- American Women in Atlanta in 2017 by the Atlanta Business League and received the prestigious League Leadership Award in 2016.

Ferrell received her chemical engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and was awarded the Gertrude Vanderbilt Scholarship. She earned a Master of Business Administration at Robinson School of Business, Georgia State University, where she was selected as a Nita Robinson Scholar and served as an adjunct professor.

Tiffany and her family live in Atlanta. She spends her free time with her family and is actively engaged in her community through her church and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.

 

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Kevin GordonSystem Vice President, Supply Chain

Grady Health System

 

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Todd GrayNational Director, Supplier Diversity NFS

Kaiser Permanente

Todd A. Gray is Director of Supplier Diversity for Kaiser Permanente NFS. In this role, Gray is responsible for system wide Supplier Diversity for National Facility Services. The Nations largest vertically integrated healthcare delivery system. His responsibility include: Facility Development, Maintenance, Sustainability, and Social Economic Impact. Prior to, Gray served as Director, Supplier Diversity at Grady Health System, where Gray’s responsibilities included the development, implementation, and facilitation of Grady’s corporate supplier diversity program. Grady Health System is the 5th largest public academic health system in the United States.

Prior to joining Grady Health System, Gray served as the Head of Supplier Diversity for CVS Caremark at their corporate headquarters in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. In this role, Gray led CVS Caremark’s supplier diversity program, and was an instrumental workforce diversity partner. Previously, Gray also served as Assistant Vice President of Wachovia, and Wells Fargo Corporate Diversity with responsibility for the implementation of processes, procedures, and tools that supported enterprise-wide Diversity initiatives with Wells Fargo. He actively promoted and encouraged the success, and inclusion, of minority and women-owned business enterprises as they sought supplier partnership opportunities within the institution. Gray was a certified HR workforce diversity practitioner for the company. Gray joined Wachovia in 2005 as Lease /Portfolio Administrator of Corporate Real Estate.

As a Metro Atlanta native, Gray is an active participant in civic, and state level initiatives impacting diversity, and community. Gray has partnered over the last decade as a mentor through the State of Georgia’s Mentor/Protégé Program for small business development. He also supports youth minority entrepreneurship through his partnership with the Greater Atlanta Economic Alliance Construction Skills Development Institute and other organizations that provide current and future entrepreneurs with education, awareness and technical assistance. Gray also founded an Atlanta community youth development initiative for young men ages 12-17 called P.O.L.I.S.H.E.D. to help young men in the Atlanta Community develop life, social and community involvement skills through ongoing tutoring and mentorship.

Gray contributes leadership by serving as Vice-Chair of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Councils Board of Directors, Business Opportunity committee chair on The Atlanta Business League Board, and Board Co-Chair of The Villages at Carver Family YMCA. Where Gray represents his location for the collective YMCA of Metro Atlanta’s annual “Why it Matters” fund raising campaign. Gray also serves on the City of Atlanta Ethics Board and previously held board positions with the South Region Minority Supplier Development Council, the South Florida Minority Supplier Development Council, and the Atlanta Berean Church. Gray was recognized in 2008 by the Atlanta Business Journal as one of Atlanta’s Top 50 Rising Stars. Received the 2015 and 2017 Advocate of the Year Award from the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, 2016 Advocate of the year from the Greater Women’s Business Council, and in both 2016 and 2017, led Grady Health System to become the 1st Health System in the state of Georgia to receive the Corporation, and Local Corporation of the Year awards from the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council. Mr. Gray is a featured public speaker, cover feature in the 2017 Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, and nationally recognized for his achievements in Diversity & Inclusion, and direct contributions in assuring stronger communities across the nation. Gray has founded The Gray Impact, a platform which empowers, and tools community stakeholders to be at the front line in assuring social, and economic equity in communities across the State of Georgia.

Gray received a Bachelor’s of Science in Network and Communications Management from DeVry University, and a Master of Business Administration with concentration’s in both Finance and marketing from DeVry’s Keller Graduate School of Management.

www.kaiserpermanente.org

 

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Milton Jones, Jr.Founding Member

Peachtree Providence Partners, LLC

Milton Jones is a founding member of Peachtree Providence Partners Holding Company, LLC (PPP), formed in 2014. The subsidiaries of the holding company specialize in advisory services, financial solutions, commercial insurance brokerage, and private equity investing. Peachtree Providence Partners is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and has an office in Charlotte, North Carolina. The holding company has built a strong portfolio of start-up and mature companies that benefit from capital and operational management expertise.

Peachtree Providence Partners grows its current business lines organically, as well as, through strategic joint ventures and investments. Mr. Jones deploys a hands-on approach to create value for these portfolio companies and clients by rationalizing underperforming assets, generating cost savings, and maximizing liquidity. He leverages deep expertise with more than 25 years of industry experience to add value and growth.

As a founding member at Peachtree Providence Partners, Milton Jones collaborates with Board Chairs, CEO’s and Executive Management of client and portfolio companies in key sectors including, financial products, healthcare, technology, government, consumer products, higher education and professional services. He leverages an extensive network of proprietary sourcing relationships across various industries to develop and execute strategies addressing the specific needs of each client. Mr. Jones’ unique combination of corporate and entrepreneurial expertise provides critical insights that drive enhanced performance.

Milton Jones is the former Executive Chairman and a founding member of CertusBank, NA. In this role, he oversaw Board governance and provided input to the strategic direction, capital formation and investor interaction that helped grow the organization into a $1.9 billion Company organically and through acquisitions. Jones and the other three founders of CertusBank raised $500 million in capital commitments and were the first team to be awarded a national bank shelf charter after the passage of Dodd Frank, the most comprehensive financial reform since the Great Depression. Starting with the purchase of a bank in January 2011 until his departure in 2014, Mr. Jones and the other founders purchased nine companies and fully integrated them onto one platform successfully.

Jones is a 32-year veteran of Bank of America and its predecessor companies where he held a number of senior executive roles. As Georgia Market President, Mr. Jones was the ranking executive publicly to customers and communities for an institution with more than $12 Billion in retail deposits, 155 Branches, and 7,000 associates. As Global Finance Services Group Executive, Mr. Jones led the transformation of Bank of America’s CFO organization while managing daily operations through a team of more than 1,200 professionals in ten primary locations in the USA, UK, Europe and Asia. In addition, Mr. Jones led Bank of America’s Global Supply Chain Management which was responsible for more than $16 Billion in Managed Corporate Sourcing.

In his role as Global Quality and Productivity Executive, Mr. Jones directed Bank of America’s highly effective quality and six-sigma process engineering initiatives for three years. Under his leadership the program produced over $3 billion dollars in productivity value and more than 40,000 six-sigma certifications.

As Mid-South Region President, Mr. Jones commanded Consumer, Commercial, Premier and Small Business Banking sales and operations for Georgia and Tennessee. This region had more than $15 Billion in deposits and $10 Billion in loans. In this role he also managed Innovation and Development Company-wide and was the topic of a Harvard Business School Case Study and an HBR Article.

Prior to his experience as Mid-South Region President, Mr. Jones spearheaded the Technology Solutions Group, including all technology infrastructure for the company; became President of the Dealer Financial Services Group, one of the largest bank providers of financing for the automotive, RV and marine industries; and held a number of Business CFO and senior executive roles in the Finance organization from 1977 to 1997.

Mr. Jones is Vice Chair of the Meharry Medical College Board of Trustees, Treasurer and a Board member of the 100 Black Men of America, Budget and Finance Committee Chair and Director for the United Negro College Fund Board, and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Metro Atlanta YMCA, Boy Scouts and the Commerce Club. He is also a member of the Downtown Atlanta Rotary Club and is a member and past Chairman of The Atlanta Business League and 100 Black Men of Atlanta.

Mr. Jones graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in Accounting, and is an alumnus of Leadership Georgia and Leadership Atlanta.

 

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Naima JudgeManaging Director, Market Investment Executive

Bank of America

Naima Judge is a Managing Director and Market Investment Executive with the Bank of America Private Bank. In her role, she leads a team of dedicated investment and trust professionals, who work closely with high net worth individuals and families to provide customized wealth and investment management solutions. She has worked in investments and wealth management for over 20 years, beginning her career as an INROADS Intern on a commercial paper trading desk.

Naima attended Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts on a Division I full basketball scholarship where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Finance. She also has an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Corporate Accounting from the University of Rochester’s, Simon School of Business.

While living in her hometown of Rochester, NY, Naima co- founded a community service organization called Women In Service Excellence, or “W.I.S.E.” WISE focused on mentoring and educating inner-city young women on a host of topics such as etiquette, personal finance, and public speaking.

She was a past recipient of the U.S. Trust “President’s Award” which is an annual honor awarded to the top performing associates in the organization. In 2017, Naima was inducted into her High School’s Hall of Fame for her outstanding achievements in basketball during her high school tenure as well as her personal and professional accomplishments after high school.

Naima, in her capacity with The Bank of America Private Bank, has been a corporate partner with YearUp, a national not-for- profit organization focused on closing the opportunity divide for youth ages 18-24. She was featured in Bank of America’s 2019 diversity advertising campaign and often represents the firm as a host, speaker, or panelist for both internal and external events. Naima is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, and currently serves on the board for several non- profit organizations such as Meals on Wheels Atlanta, Raising Expectations Inc., and the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council.

404.264.3602

naima.judge@bofa.com

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Steven J. LabovitzPartner

Dentons US LLP

Steve Labovitz focuses on government affairs at a local, state and federal level, with an emphasis on legislative action, economic development, public finance, privatization and government efficiency. He has extensive experience in formulating public-private partnerships for companies that have business issues with the government sector and governments that are interested in privatization or outsourcing governmental tasks.

In the area of economic development, Mr. Labovitz has been instrumental in working with governments and developers in creating tax incentives for large development projects including establishing tax allocation districts in order to create and implement public-private partnerships. Mr. Labovitz was counsel and architect for the tax allocation district and the public financing utilized for the Atlantic Station project, the largest Brownfield development project in the country.

Prior to joining Dentons, Mr. Labovitz served as Chief of Staff for the City of Atlanta from 1994 to 1997. Generally regarded as having brought business acumen and organization to Atlanta’s City Hall, Mr. Labovitz was instrumental in the redevelopment of the downtown business district. He is noted as the architect of the financial and business terms leading to the $141 million Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta, where an additional $72 million in public improvements were associated with the arena. Parlaying that experience, Mr. Labovitz served as one of the principal negotiators for the City of San Diego in its construction of a new baseball park as part of its downtown redevelopment efforts. He has since worked on several other major and minor league stadiums around the country, including his recent representation of the Atlanta Falcons in negotiations with governmental entities, including the City of Atlanta, the State of Georgia, and other stakeholders to secure a new state-of-the-art football stadium.

Mr. Labovitz was recently named one of Atlanta’s 500 most powerful leaders by Atlanta Magazine and one of Georgia’s most powerful and influential lawyers by Men Looking.

Ahead Magazine. He has been recognized as a “Georgia Super Lawyer” in the area of Government Law by Atlanta Magazine and has been named to Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite in Governmental Affairs numerous times.

Recognition

Honors and Awards

  • Named, One of Georgia’s Most Influential Politically-Connected Attorneys, James magazine 2020
  • Named, Atlanta 500: Our City’s Most Powerful Leaders, Atlanta magazine, 2019-2020
  • Named, Notable Georgians, Georgia Trend, 2019
  • Named, One of Georgia’s Most Influential & Politically-Connected Attorneys, James magazine, May/June 2017

Activities and Affiliations

Presentations

  • Panelist, “Growing Businesses: Doing Business in the Private Sector,” The 12th Annual Congress on the State of Black Business in Metro Atlanta, March 19,
  • Keynote Speaker, Georgia Tech Executive Roundtable SFI Conference, February 9,
  • Speaker, “Political Insights and Upcoming Elections,” The Atlanta Breakfast Club, June 1, 2016.
  • “Succeeding in Big Firm and Big Corporation,” Legal Legends CLE (Panelist), February 19, 2016.
  • A new hope for an old plant,” SaportaReport, January 25,
  • Atlanta stadium deals a chance at city’s rebirth,” SaportaReport, December 7,
  • Speaker, “Transportation Issues in the Buckhead Metro Area,” Buckhead Business Association meeting, July 30,
  • “The New Braves Stadium:A P3 Home Run” American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia, May 14,
  • “What is New in Atlanta Transportation Development?” Georgia CCIM Chapter, April 10, 2014.
  • Stadium and Mixed-use Development – The Right Way,” Real Estate Investment Advisory Council, First Quarter Event, February 20,
  • “Atlanta: Where does it go from here?” Buckhead Business, May 30,
  • “The Future of Downtown,” Kiwanis Club of Atlanta, April 23,
  • “Campaign and Cocktails,” American Jewish Committee – Atlanta, October 10,
  • “P3 Projects in the Pipeline-Demystifying the Public Private Partnership Market,” SMPS Atlanta October Luncheon, October 2,
  • “Regional Transportation Referendum – Failure is Not an Option,” Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS Education Seminar, April 18,
  • “T-SPLOST: Prospects for Passage and other major projects impacting Atlanta,” Henry County Rotary Club, March 12,
  • “Can You Direct Me to the Intersection of T-SPLOST and P3?” American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia Conference: “Alternative Project Delivery in Georgia: Risks & Rewards for Consulting Engineers,” February 29,
  • “A Conversation on Economic Development in Atlanta with Steven Labovitz and Jay Bookman,” Leadership Atlanta Regional Issues Day, February 9, 2012
  • “The Critical Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Atlanta’s Past, Present and Future,” Georgia Tech IMPACT Speaker Series, February 8,
  • “T-SPLOST: Prospects for Passage and other major projects impacting Atlanta,” Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club, January 31,
  • “T-SPLOST: Prospects for Passage and other major projects impacting Atlanta,” Buckhead Business Association, January 5,
  • “T-SPLOST: Prospects for Passage and other major projects impacting Atlanta,” Brookhaven Rotary Club, November 2,
  • ULI Atlanta Regional Leadership Development Program, “Role of Government/Public-Private Partnerships,” Panelist. May 12,
  • “A Conversation about Atlanta’s Infrastructure with Tad Leithead and Steven J. Labovitz,” Hines Portfolio Speakers Series, April 27,
  • Moderator, “Financing Development Projects: A New Perspective on Financing Options.” Association of Defense Communities Annual Conference, Newport Beach, July
  • “Tax Allocation Districts in Georgia.” The ABCs of TADs: Myths, Facts and Practical Applications, Atlanta, April
  • “The Legal ABCs of Tax Allocation Districts.” Georgia Department of Community Affairs, March
  • Panelist, Georgia City/County Management Association Spring Conference, Athens,
  • “Tax Allocation Districts: Shaping the Future of Public Places, Spaces and Needs.” National Association of Counties’ Large Urban Caucus Meeting, Atlanta,

 

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Jewish Committee, Vice President of Atlanta Chapter and Member of Executive Committee
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Board Member
  • Atlanta Jewish Federation
  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Board President
  • Central America Progress, Member of the Executive Committee and Board Member, Economic Development and Public Policy Co-Chair
  • Council for Quality Growth, Chair (2018)
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Grady Ambassador Force Member
  • Jewish Family and Career Services, Board Member
  • Jewish National Fund Member, Lawyers for Israel
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Leadership Atlanta
  • Metro Atlanta Boys and Girls Club
  • Regional Leadership Foundation Member
  • Regional Business Coalition of Metropolitan Atlanta Member
  • Urban Land Institute

 

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Hermon MasonMarket Vice President
Southeast Advisor Group

Thrivent

Born and raised in Ettrick, Va., Hermon is an accomplished business executive with an impressive track record of getting results. A retired US Marine Corps, Gunnery Sergeant, Hermon spent most of his military career in the Recruiting and Retention Service. Hermon earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Averett University and went on to earn a master’s degree in Human Resources from Pennsylvania State University. Since entering the Financial Services Industry, Mason has been recognized as the Southern Region (GA, AL, TN) Agency Manager of the Year and is a two-time recipient of the GAMA International Management Diamond Level Award. Hermon is passionate about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and has completed the Cornell University Diversity Program. Always giving back to his community, he’s involved with several organizations in the Metro Atlanta Area such as The Atlanta Track Club, Warrick Dunn Charities, The 100 Black Men of Atlanta and West Georgia College and Career Institute CCI. Mason is also a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Due to his community involvement, Mason received the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteerism in 2017 from President Barack Obama.

 

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Dionne Moore PeasantCEO

Meat Masters, Inc.

The Chief Executive Officer for Meat Masters, Inc., Dionne Moore Peasant, has spent her professional life building success by breaking barriers. Most notably:

∙She is the first woman and African‐American in the state of Georgia to own a meat processing plant that is federally inspected by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and,

∙She is the first black woman to earn the designation of Prime Contractor of Food Distribution to military bases in the Southeast.

Meat Masters, Inc. has earned the distinction of holding the highest inspection standards available from the USDA and the company is authorized to ship meat and food products all over the world.

Meat Masters, Inc. is headquartered in Decatur, GA, and provides wholesale and retail food products to hotels, restaurants, government facilities, and the general public. It is a multi-million-dollar corporation that began in 1986.

During her 31 years of business ownership, Dionne Peasant’s 8A SBA-certified company has provided food distribution services to the Fulton County jail, Atlanta Public Schools, the Department of Corrections for the City of Atlanta, and the DeKalb County jail. Her organization and business skills allow her company to provide a staggering 10,000 meals a day to inmates and staff.

 

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Eric PinckneyProject Executive, Commercial Real Estate Division

The Integral Group

Eric Pinckney is a legacy principal for the Integral Group, an Atlanta-based real estate development and investment management firm. Eric has been with the firm for almost 30 years.

Eric came to Atlanta as a student studying Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. It was in that capacity he found his calling as someone who is responsible for the development of sustainable communities. It started when Pinckney volunteered to help families at a nearby public housing project called Techwood Homes in 1980 and urged residents to reject offers from real estate developers. His personal experience in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston had showed him that community disruption often followed gentrification. He believed the best way to build sustainable African American communities was to maintain the sense of family and support that he had experienced growing up in a segregated Massachusetts community.

But after meeting Egbert Perry, Integral’s Chairman & CEO, Pinckney learned that real estate development could recreate the economic diversity that had existed before the age of racial integration. He then changed his educational focus to make his passion for building functioning communities into a profession. He earned a master’s in City Planning from Georgia’s Institute of Technology. Integral hired him as a scheduling consultant, and he was soon promoted to a Project Manager. Eric held that position with the company when the Olympics came to town in 1996. Integral played a significant part in implementing Atlanta housing legacy program for that historic event.

Pinckney returned to Boston for a short period before being called back to the Integral Group where he was given development responsibilities for major projects in Richmond, VA., Baltimore, MD., Washington, DC, Memphis, TN and Denver, CO. By 2002, he was the Vice President of Operations for Integral’s development division. He held that position for ten years. He was also beginning to see how his dream of creating sustainable neighborhoods could become a reality for families and businesses all over the country.

Eric credits mentorship by Egbert Perry, Renee Glover, former President & CEO of the Atlanta Housing Authority, and Dr. Norman Johnson, former special assistant to former President Patrick Crecine at Georgia Tech, for helping him and Integral create some of the most successful and transformative residential developments in the nation.

Today Pinckney is the principal in charge of the Microsoft community development efforts located on its 90-acre, Atlanta Beltline adjacent site near the Bankhead MARTA Station.

 

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Lawerence SharpBroker, Owner

Lawrence Sharp Realtors, LLC

EXPERIENCE

Lawrence Sharp Realtors, LLC, Decatur, GA

Broker/Owner

  • communicated with sellers, buyers, and renters to understand property needs, timeline, and budget
  • developed positive relationships with lenders, appraisers, home inspectors and closing attorneys
  • collaborated with sellers and buyers coaching them through the process and coordinating open houses
  • initiated negotiation processes, consulted with clients concerning market conditions and prices
  • prepare contracts and send final offer
  • completed at least 36 hours of training every 4 years to stay abreast of the market, sales strategies, license law and code of ethics
Coldwell Banker Achievers, Lithonia, GA

June 2000 – June 2010
Broker/Owner

  • communicated with sellers, buyers, and renters to understand property needs, timeline, and budget
  • developed positive relationships with lenders, appraisers, home inspectors and closing attorneys
  • collaborated with sellers and buyers coaching them through the process and coordinating open houses
  • initiated negotiation processes, consulted with clients concerning market conditions and prices
  • prepare contracts and send final offer
  • completed at least 36 hours of training every 4 years to stay abreast of the market, sales strategies, license law and code of ethics
  • oversaw 25 agents that sold residential and commercial property
  • conducted many administrative tasks necessary for running an office
ReMax Executives, Tucker, GA

May 1985 – June 2000
Realtor/Broker

  • communicated with sellers, buyers, and renters to understand property needs, timeline, and budget
  • developed positive relationships with lenders, appraisers, home inspectors and closing attorneys
  • collaborated with sellers and buyers coaching them through the process and coordinating open houses
  • initiated negotiation processes, consulted with clients concerning market conditions and prices
  • prepare contracts and send final offer
  • completed at least 36 hours of training every 4 years to stay abreast of the market, sales strategies, license law and code of ethics
Paschal Realty, Decatur, GA

October 1983 – May 1985
Realtor

  • communicated with sellers, buyers, and renters to understand property needs, timeline, and budget
  • developed positive relationships with lenders, appraisers, home inspectors and closing attorneys
  • collaborated with sellers and buyers coaching them through the process and coordinating open houses
  • initiated negotiation processes, consulted with clients concerning market conditions and prices
  • prepare contracts and send final offer
  • completed at least 36 hours of training every 4 years to stay abreast of the market, sales strategies, license law and code of ethics
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

October 1982 – October 1983
Police Officer

  • providing security and enforcing the laws at Georgia State University

EDUCATION

Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL Master of Public Administration, August 1982 Bachelor of Science in Political Science, August 1981 Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, May 1981
Activities: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Xi Xi Chapter, Charter Member

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
Georgia Realtors Institute (GRI)

AFFILIATIONS

Dekalb Rotary Council, Vice-Chair (includes 10 chapters)
South DeKalb Chapter of Rotary Club, president (on 3 separate occasions) Emory Druid Hills Chapter of Rotary Club, president 2011- 2012
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Life Member
Jacksonville State University National Alumni Association, Lifetime Member 100 Black Men of America, Inc., Dekalb County Chapter
Leadership Dekalb, graduate May 1989
Georgia Association of Realtors Leadership Academy, graduate Will Watt Fellow, 1997
Paul Harris Fellow, 1996

AWARDS

Rotary Club of South Dekalb, William M. Mulkey “Show Rotary Cares” Award 2021-2022 Dekalb Realtors, Pinnacle Award, 2019
YMCA Academies of South Dekalb Outstanding Volunteer Recognition (as Board Chair), 2015 East Lake YMCA, Volunteer of the Year, 2011
Shoney’s Classic American Hero, 1997 Remax Hall of Fame Award, 1997
Dekalb Board of Realtors, Phoenix Award, 1996 Outstanding Atlanta Award, 1995

 

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Rodney K. StrongCEO

Griffin & Strong, P.C.

Rodney K. Strong is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Griffin & Strong, PC., a law and public policy consulting firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. He is currently the project principal for public policy consulting engagements with several state and local governmental entities. A member of the State Bar of Georgia, he represents a range of public entity and corporate clients, specializing in public contract, community development and real estate law. He also serves as the outside general counsel for the Fulton County/City of Atlanta Land Bank Authority. He is currently the supplier diversity consultant for the State Farm Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks, being renovated in Atlanta.

He is widely considered one of the foremost national experts in procurement disparity research and supplier diversity program development. His experience in these areas began in 1985, when then-Mayor Andrew Young appointed him Director of Contract Compliance for the City of Atlanta, a position he held until 1992.

He is a graduate of the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where he was a Herbert Herff Presidential Law Scholar. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Morehouse College.

 

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Adrienne A. White, CPAVice President Commercial & Not-For-Profit Banker

SouthState Bank

Adrienne White’s passion is community development, which drives her professional and civic engagement. She is a VP, Commercial and Not-for-Profit Relationship Manager at SouthState Bank. Prior to joining SouthState, she was the VP of Strategy at Citizens Trust Bank, VP of Finance of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and worked at a fortune 500 company and big 4 accounting firm. In 2016 she was recognized by Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the 40 Under 40 and has taken on various leadership roles in the Atlanta community including the Atlanta Track Club Board, Hands on Atlanta, Grove Park Foundation, Atlanta Business League, Atlanta Public School Audit Committee, Atlanta BeltLine Partnership advisory board, Outstanding Atlanta, Black Girls Run!, National and State political campaigns, LEAD Atlanta, and New Leaders Council. Adrienne was a licensed certified public accountant in Georgia for 15 years and earned her Master of Accountancy and Bachelor of Science in Commerce; Concentration in Accounting, from The University of Virginia.

 

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Robert WoolridgeResort Complex General Manager

Chateau Elan Winery & Resort

Robert Woolridge is currently the General Manager for Chateau Elan Winery & Resort. He also serves as the Principal for RLW Consulting, LLC. He is responsible for driving overall market share, sales & revenue, profitability, guest satisfaction and talent engagement.

Robert’s experience in the hospitality industry spans over 35 years. Robert has held positions as General Manager for the W Buckhead, General Manager for the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort, opening General Manager of the Atlanta Airport Gateway Marriott, Area General Manager for the Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center, Area General Manager for the Atlanta Marriott Century Center, Area General Manager for the Atlanta Marriott Midtown Suites, Resident Manager of the 1,400 room Philadelphia Marriott, Director of Operations at the Philadelphia Airport Marriott, Director of Finance/Resident Manager at the Long Island Marriott, and Controller at the Park Ridge Marriott. He is also very active in local and national community organizations and a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

Robert is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and holds a degree in Accounting & Finance.

He has been recognized several times for his high level of contribution, including Marriott Hotel of the Year, Most Improved Guest Satisfaction for Luxury Brands, Most Improved Golf Operations, Leadership Excellence, Trumpet Award, Outstanding Associate Satisfaction, Profit Flow Through Champion, Outstanding Food & Beverage Performance, Outstanding Performance Excellence, Most Improved Room Operations, and Best Overall Finance Department.

 

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Tashwanda Pinchback DixonABL General Counsel
Partner

Balch & Bingham LLP

Tashwanda Pinchback Dixon is a trial lawyer who has successfully resolved a wide variety of labor and employment disputes as well as providing employment counseling and crisis management assistance. Tashwanda represents management in both union and nonunion settings in the litigation of federal and state employment and labor law claims, with a particular focus on workplace safety and health (OSHA). She is experienced in litigating high profile and high stakes OSHA matters and is often called upon by clients shortly after devastating accidents to advise them through the OSHA investigation and litigation processes.

SELECT MATTERS

  • Successfully litigated a three-day bench trial before an administrative law judge with the Occupational Safety and Health Review
  • Litigated and successfully mediated a three-plaintiff/three-defendant race discrimination case and a high-profile sexual harassment case – both of which resulted in low settlement amounts that saved the client’s exposure to damages in excess of $1 million and unwanted
  • Obtained summary judgment in a case brought by a former employee alleging age discrimination, disability discrimination, retaliation under the Family Medical Leave Act, and Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA)
  • Obtained summary judgment and attorney’s fees for client in a case brought by a current employee alleging race discrimination and
  • Obtained multiple case dismissals of ERISA and general employment
  • Designed and presented trainings and seminars on labor and employment laws, including the production of an interactive training video designed specifically for the client’s
  • Conducted investigations into harassment and discrimination across various
  • Successfully arbitrated grievances brought by labor
  • Litigated four separate OSHA fatality cases that resulted in favorable settlements for the employers and a dismissal of the citation by the administrative law
  • Litigated multiple OSHA trials ranging from three-days to two weeks before administrative law judges with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, and subsequent
  • Represented clients in OSHA proceedings following fatalities and mass casualties where the citations included Willful and Repeat violations.Represented clients in OSHA 11(c) whistleblower complaints, all of which have resulted in favorable
  • Advised clients on safety and health policies and related employee concerns in multiple areas including lockout/tagout, electrical switching procedures, process safety management, OSHA’s shipyard and general industry standards, and accident investigation
  • Advised clients on protecting employees from COVID-19 and OSHA requirements and expectations of
  • Represented clients during OSHA Investigations into employee complaints and workplace accidents, many of which did not result in OSHA
  • Provided training on how to respond to OSHA investigations and
  • Negotiated the settlement of OSHA citations at the informal conference and litigation

CREDENTIALS

EDUCATION

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, D., 2006, National Moot Court Team; Trial Advocacy Club; Black Law School Association, past president and academic excellence chair; Women Law Students’ Association
  • Hampton University, B.A., Mass Media/ Public Relations, 1998, Dean’s List; Alpha Tau Alpha (Mass Media Honors Society)

COURTS

  • Georgia Superior Court, 2006
  • Georgia State Courts, 2006
  • S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Georgia, 2006

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • American Bar Association
  • Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys; Employment Section chair, 2011-2012
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • The Gate City Bar Association
  • National Employment Law Counsel, Programming Committee
  • Women’s Energy Network

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Chocolate Hearts, , 2015 – Present
  • Atlanta Business League, general counsel, 2010 – Present
  • Atlanta Volunteer, pro bono partnership, 2007 – Present
  • M. Therrell High School, Atlanta, mock trial team coach, 2009 – 2012
  • State Bar of Georgia Diversity Pipeline Program, presenter, 2009
  • The National Association for Law Placement (NALP) Street Law Diversity, Pipeline Program, presenter and co-host, 2009

CLERKSHIPS

  • S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama, Honorable Myron H. Thompson

 

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Leona Barr-DavenportPresident & CEO

Atlanta Business League

Leona Barr-Davenport is President & CEO of the Atlanta Business League (ABL), Atlanta’s oldest minority business development and advocacy organization. As President, she works with the board of directors to provide increased access to business opportunities for minorities with specific emphasis on the development of businesses owned or operated by African Americans.

 

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Dawn Luke ArnoldExecutive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Invest Atlanta

Mrs. Dawn Luke Arnold is Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at Invest Atlanta and oversees its Community Development, Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, Operations, and Investment Services departments. Prior to her current position, Dawn served as Senior Vice President of Community Development and was responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction in the successful execution of a shared vision of comprehensive community development, quality affordable housing, and economic growth in the City of Atlanta’s ten Tax Allocation Districts. Mrs. Arnold also served as the Managing Director of Housing Finance for five years and was responsible for overseeing the successful implementation of $650M in pivotal affordable housing programs, which served to provide viable housing solutions for Atlanta’s workforce, seniors, disabled, and individuals confronted with homelessness. During her tenure with Invest Atlanta, Dawn also managed and operated the Authority’s multifamily and single-family Housing Bond Portfolio of approximately $2 billion and more than 30,000 units of housing.

While Invest Atlanta has traditionally been known for its role in financing large scale commercial real estate development projects, Mrs. Arnold has been given the opportunity to assist in redefining the agency’s mission and provision of services. With her leadership, Invest Atlanta expanded its operations to include a comprehensive approach to building vibrant communities, growing a strong economy, and increasing economic prosperity through the generation of more than $7.5 billion in capital investment over the past 7 years.

Mrs. Arnold earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Spelman College and an MBA in International Business from Georgia State University. She currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA), President/Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Atlanta Land Trust, President of the Formation Board of the Southwest Atlanta Partnership, Inc., Mayoral Appointee to the City of Atlanta Housing Commission, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI), Invest Atlanta Partnership, Inc. (IAP), Atlanta Business League (ABL), and the Enterprise Community Partners Advisory Board. She is currently an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), HomeFirst Allocation Committee, Women’s Affordable Housing Network, Freddie Mac’s Affordable
Housing Advisory Council (AHAC), Cornerstone’s Standards Advisory Committee, National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), and the Atlanta Women’s Foundation – Women in the Boardroom.

Mrs. Arnold is a member of Leadership Atlanta’s Class of 2020 and has also been selected as one of the Urban Land Institute’s Inaugural Women Leadership Initiative Leaders (2020), Atlanta Magazine’s 500 Most Powerful Leaders (2021, 2022), Virginia Union University’s Community Service Award Honoree (2021), Bisnow 2019 Power Woman, Rolling Out Magazine’s Top 25 Women in Atlanta 2014, Cambridge’s Who’s Who Among Professional Executives, ULI Atlanta Center for Leadership Class of 2014, Member of Regional Leadership Institute Class of 2015 and Atlanta Business League’s Top 100 Women of Influence 2016. Additionally, Mrs. Arnold is a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church and an active participant in community service activities including her service as a volunteer mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters and President of the Henry McNeal Turner High Class of 1990 Alumni Association.

 

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Dr. Georgette Fraser-MoorePresident and CEO

Transformation Lead LLC

Dr. Georgette Fraser-Moore also known as “Dr. Gee” is a passionate, motivational, and thought-provoking leader in Business, Technology, Transformation, and Solution Implementations. She is the President and CEO of Transformation Lead LLC, a global technology and business consulting firm focused on driving and implementing innovative technology and organizational change business solutions for enterprise corporations and government agencies. In addition to running a growing consulting business, Dr. Georgette is a published author, researcher, educator, philanthropist, missionary, and active member of the global community. She has been featured in several publications such as Forbes, USA Today, New York Newsday, and Black Enterprise Magazine. She was awarded the Presidential Service Award from President Barack Obama in 2016 for her volunteer and philanthropic work, she was awarded the International Woman of Excellence Award in India at the Women’s Economic Forum 2019, and the Advancing Women in Technology Award from CompTIA. In 2023 the Atlanta Business League identified Dr. Georgette Fraser-Moore as one of Super Tuesday’s Business Women to Watch and the Runner-up for ABL’s Business Woman of the Year.

Dr. Georgette holds a Doctorate Degree from the University of Southern California. She completed a formal study and published her Dissertation entitled “Bridging the Gap of Gender Equity in Entrepreneurship.” She has leveraged her research to launch a non-profit the Female Entrepreneurship Institute that helps Female Entrepreneurs successfully establish and grow their businesses in a global economy. She also holds a Master of Business Administration and Undergraduate Degree in Information Systems

In addition to driving business and technology forward, Dr. Georgette is a wife and mother of 3 sons. She serves on several boards and advisory councils including Brockhurst Capital Partners, One Million Dreams Foundation, and Board of Directors for CompTIA- Computing Technology Industry Association (the largest IT Trade Association in the world) where she serves on the Finance and Audit Committee and International Committee, as well as on the advisory boards of several universities. She is dedicated to aiding the advancement of small businesses, gender equity, diversity, developing underserved communities, and uplifting our next generation of leaders.

Awards
Women Leading to a Better World Women’s Economic Forum – London, United Kingdom 2021
Exceptional Woman of Excellence Award Global Women’s Economic Forum – New Delhi India 2019
Board Member of the Year Award Association of IT Professionals 2017
Presidential Volunteer Service Award President Barack Obama 2016
Community Member Awardee Girl Scouts of America 2016
Featured in Who’s Who in Black Atlanta Featured in Publication 2015 – 2019
Living Proof Award – Fiserv Inc. Corporate Award 2013
In the News
USA Today Women in Technology Mar-20
Society of Women Engineers Magazine Robot Recruiters: Toward Unbiased Interviews Oct-20
Business Insider CompTIA Welcomes New Chairman, Four New Members to Board of Directors Jul-19
African American Golfers Digest Golf SuppliHer Diversity Conference 2020 Sep-19
Business Leader UK UK tech industry leader Tracy Pound selected as Chairwoman of the CompTIA Board of Directors Jun-21
Forbes 6 Steps Every Tech Professional Can Take To ‘Recession-Proof’ Their Career Oct-20
Channel Futures Diversity and Inclusion in Tech Aug-20
Black Enterprise Magazine Featured Article Apr-12
Speaker/Judge
Microsoft:
Power BI Summit
Guest Speaker
Topic: Becoming a Woman in Technology and the Endless Opportunities
Nov-21
Association of IT Professionals:
8th Annual Women Leaders in Technology
Speaker/Moderator
Woman Leaders in Technology Roundtable
Oct-21
Women in IT Awards:
WIT Awards – New York
Judge Oct-21
WorkSource Georgia:
Coffee and Conversations
Panelist:
Topic: Attracting and Retaining Qualified Talent Throughout the Pandemic
Aug-21
Women Economic Forum:
United Kingdom
Speaker/Awardee:
How to Innovate, Pivot, and Transform Businesses to Thrive in a Digital World
Jun-21
Georgia Gwinnett College:
Women in Technology
Speaker:
Topic: – A Day in the Life of an Ethical Hacker
Mar-21
Women in Technology Summit:
WITS Connect
Speaker:
Topic: Tech Careers as a Tool of Economic Development
Feb-21
MorningStar International:
I Am A Star Youth Summit
Speaker:
Topic: STEAM Careers
Oct-20
ChannelCon:
Opening Keynote
Speaker:
Topic: – Advancing Tech Talent and Diversity
Aug-20
University of Southern California:
Leadership Month
Moderator/Speaker:
Organizational Change and Leadership Panel
Jul-20
Women Economic Forum:
Cairo Egypt
Speaker:
Topic: Jumping Ahead and Launching Your Company
Mar-20
Women Economic Forum:
London, UK
Speaker: Nov-19
MorningStar International:
I Am A Star Youth Summit
Speaker:
Topic: STEAM Careers
Oct-19
The Convo:
Talk Radio
Radio Interview:
Topic: Transformation & Technology
Aug-19
Women Economic Forum:
New Delhi, India
Speaker/Awardee:
Topics:
– Business Keys to Success
– Gender Equity and Inclusion in Business
– Business Innovation in Technology
– Award – Exceptional Woman of Excellence Award
Apr-19
Technology Student Association (TSA):
National Competition
Judge Jun-18
Women in Technology:
WIT Campus Speaker
Speaker:
Topic: Empowering Girls and Women to Excel in STEAM
Oct-17
Professional Affiliations
CompTIA Inc. Board of Directors 2019 – Present
Georgia State University P/T Professor – J. Mack Robinson College of Business
Course: Managing IT Projects
(MBA Program Mentor)
2017 – Present
Association of IT Professionals – Atlanta Board of Directors / Past President 2012 – Present
National Association of Corporate Directors Member 2020 – Present
Technology Student Association (TSA) Judge / Volunteer 2018 – Present
Women In Technology (WIT) Volunteer / Mentor / Member / Speaker 2013 – Present
Chattahoochee Technical College CIS Program Advisory Council 2018
Golf Women Mean Business Foundation Board Director 2016 – 2020
American Businesswomen’s Association Board Director 2008 – 2010

 

Nominations
Leadership Dekalb Class of 2021
WIT – Woman of the Year Awards

 

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