The Advisory Board helps the College remain closely connected to alumni and current business leaders and monitors the priorities and needs of industry, including talent recruitment and development, strategic research and innovation, and business trends and forecasting. Board members are chosen by the Dean and Board's Executive Committee. Members serve for a two-year term, with an option for a second and third term at the discretion of the Dean and the Executive Committee.
Scheller Advisory Board Executive Committee
Dick Bergmark graduated from Georgia Tech in 1975 with a major in Industrial Management. He also has an MBA from the University of Oklahoma and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.
While working in London, he was fortunate to be involved in a management-led buyout of a small, unprofitable division of a Fortune 100 technology conglomerate. In his role as the chief financial officer of this geological research laboratory, he led the company’s IPO on NASDAQ, then later moved the listing to the New York Stock Exchange followed by a dual listing on the Amsterdam Euronext Stock Exchange. Prior to Dick’s retirement, the company had grown substantially with laboratories and operations in more than 50 countries with over 5,000 employees.
Today, Dick enjoys mentoring students on career development decisions as well as serving as an advisor to a STEM-related educational foundation. He also stays engaged with Georgia Tech as a Trustee of the Georgia Tech Foundation, the Scheller College of Business Advisory Board and the Alexander-Tharpe Board of Directors.
During his time in London, he met Toni, now his wife of more than 25 years. They reside in Houston, Texas.
Address: 60 Tiel Way, Houston, TX 77019
In September 2012, David Rowland retired as executive chairman of Accenture. In addition to chairing the board of directors, David was actively involved in Accenture’s long-term business strategy and represented Accenture with clients around the world and with key external groups.
Prior to becoming executive chairman in September 2019, David was interim chief executive officer. Before that, he was Accenture’s chief financial officer for five years. Earlier in his career with the company, David held a number of finance leadership positions. David began his career with Accenture in 1983 in the Consulting group and spent several years serving clients across a variety of industries. He has served on a number of management committees and has played significant leadership roles in a number of company-wide initiatives.
Throughout his professional career, David has served on several civic and charitable boards. He is a member of the advisory board, and was previously chair, of the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Tech Foundation and the Board of Directors for Covenant House Georgia.
David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Address: 993 Stovall Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319
Teresa retired as the Senior Vice President of Customer Advocacy for Applied Systems where she was responsible for the customer success strategy, working closely with clients, partners, and organizations across the company to ensure alignment between Applied’s solutions and overall business requirements. Prior to joining Applied Systems, she held executive management positions at Intergraph Corporation, Solution 6 Holdings, Indus International and Dun & Bradstreet Software.
Teresa has more than 30 years of experience in software and technology serving global sectors including financial, insurance, manufacturing, utilities, public safety, government, and defense & intelligence markets. Throughout her career she has led product strategy teams and operational teams to deliver mission critical software solutions for enterprise customers including: Agency Management, Accounting, Manufacturing & Distribution, Workforce Management & Optimization, Asset Management, 911 & Records Management, and Military Defense systems.
Teresa has had the opportunity to lead global teams in public companies, foreign owned companies and private equity portfolio companies and has served on the Board of Directors for India-based Hexagon Capability Center. Through several mergers and acquisitions, whether representing the acquiring or acquired company, Teresa has led or participated in the operational due diligence and enjoys product innovation and serving as a change agent.
Teresa earned her B.S. in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master’s in Business Administration from Georgia State University.
Teresa and Wayne reside in McDonough, Georgia and enjoy traveling, hiking and supporting the Yellow Jackets football and basketball teams.
Address: 707 Indian Hawthorn Court, Peachtree City, GA 30269-1548
From 1999 until his retirement in 2016, John Wells served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Interface Americas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Interface, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet tile (NASDAQ – TILE). Wells had overall responsibility for Interface and Interface Services in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Interface Americas’ revenue was in excess of $600 million annually.
Under Wells’ leadership, the Interface Americas business expanded into the industry leader, providing modular carpet products to office, retail, hospitality, healthcare, education, residential and institutional/government segments.
Through the years, Wells has been a champion in developing and articulating Interface’s Mission Zero™ brand promise both internally and to the world – a promise to eliminate any negative impact the company has on the environment by 2020.
Wells joined Interface in January 1994, as Vice President of Sales. In July 1995, he was promoted to President and CEO of InterfaceFLOR. In November 1999, Wells was again promoted to his current position as CEO of Interface Americas. Prior to joining Interface, Wells worked with Shaw Industries for 13 years where he advanced to several sales and sales management positions. He was a lead member of the startup team for Shaw’s Networx® Modular Carpet Division.
Wells earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1984 through a cooperative educational program, and he completed the Executive Education Program at the UNC at Chapel Hill, NC in 1995. In the five years with the cooperative educational program, Wells had extensive experience in engineering, operations, cost accounting and customer service.
Wells serves on the Georgia Tech Foundation’s Board of Trustees. He has served on the Board of Trustees for the Lovett School since 2010. Wells also serves on the Board of Directors of the W.C. Bradley Company in Columbus, Georgia, the Ray C. Anderson Foundation Advisory Board, as well as the Scheller College Anderson Center for Sustainable Business Advisory Board. Wells served on the Carpet and Rug Institute’s (CRI’s) Board of Directors 2005 -2016 (CRI Board Chair in 2012).
John and his wife Wendi reside in Atlanta and have two adult children, Brant and Audrey.
Address: 469 Manor Ridge Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
Scheller Advisory Board Members
Mark Alexander holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Cloud Communications division of NTT. In his role as CEO, Mark is responsible for the operational management of the Cloud Communications division of NTT. He will oversee the strategic evolution of NTT’s world-class suite of cloud communication solutions, to strengthen its position as a major player in cloud-based Unified Communications and Collaboration services and enable digital workplace transformation for customers globally.
A Cloud Communications and Internet veteran known for an energetic, results-oriented leadership style, Mark was formerly EVP Sales & Marketing for PGi and previously held many senior leadership positions in the Webhosting and Cloud Communications industries.
Mark has a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Emory University.
Address: 4950 Riverlake Drive, Peachtree Corners, GA 30097
At the end of 2002 Robert A. Anclien retired after 33 years with Accenture, PLC, a management and technology consulting firm. Throughout his career, Mr. Anclien focused on clients in the Utilities Industry, primarily directing numerous large and complex change programs. These projects helped companies align their people, processes and technologies with their overall strategy to achieve dramatic performance improvement. During his last seven years with the firm, Mr. Anclien was the Global Managing Partner for the Utilities Industry practice, responsible for coordinating Utilities Industry client service activities around the world, setting the strategic direction for the practice, research and development, and the development and training of all Accenture Utilities personnel.
Mr. Anclien joined the firm in 1971. He was admitted into the partnership in 1980. He served for four years as Managing Partner of the Atlanta office and he also headed up the consulting practice in Arizona and New Mexico. Prior to his appointment as Global Managing Partner for Utilities, he served as Managing Partner of the South Region of the United States.
Since his retirement from Accenture, Mr. Anclien has been involved in a number of real estate development projects and he currently is a limited partner/investor in several ventures across the Southeastern United States. His hobbies include reading, golf, travel and spectator sports.
Throughout his professional career, Mr. Anclien has been active in a number of charitable and civic organizations, and over the past several years his focus has been on Georgia Tech activities. He served a three-year term on the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Tech Alumni Association and was a trustee for the Alexander-Tharpe Fund. Mr. Anclien is currently a trustee of the Georgia Tech Foundation; he was past Chairman and is currently a member of the Board of Advisors for the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business.
Mr. Anclien was a member of the Accenture Global Leadership Council since its inception, and also served on a number of other firmwide committees. In the past, he has chaired the Board of Partners Nominating Committee, and has also served on the Partner Income Committee and the Committee of Professional Standards.
Mr. Anclien attended the United States Naval Academy and the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received a Master of Science degree in 1970.
Address: 1235 W. Garmon Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30327-4403
Mr. Avery has over 37 years of investment banking and venture capital experience which includes serving as a Managing Director at Raymond James & Associates from 2000 until 2014; the head of the investment banking group at Interstate/Johnson-Lane from 1995 to 2000; a general partner at Noro-Moseley Partners from 1989 to 1995; a general partner at Summit Partners from 1984 to 1989; and Senior Vice President at The Robinson-Humphrey Company from 1977 to 1984.
During his career as a venture capitalist, Mr. Avery served on numerous private company boards, assisting those companies with advice and help in financing their enterprises; planning and executing growth strategies; and building effective management teams.
Mr. Avery is currently serving on the board of directors of KIPP Metro Atlanta, a national charter school organization serving low income, minority children. Mr. Avery also serves on the board of Charles River Associates, a leading global consulting firm, Southeast Pet Distributors, the largest independent pet supplies distributor in the Southeast, ArborGen, Inc., and PowerUp, a non-profit he co-founded serving underprivileged children in the Atlanta area. Mr. Avery has previously served as a board member of The Lovett School, serving twelve years as chair of the Finance Committee.
Mr. Avery graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Industrial Management and from the Harvard Business School with an MBA. He is married to his high school sweetheart Debbie and they have three grown children.
Address: 465 Laurel Chase Ct NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
Kelly Barrett retired from The Home Depot as Senior Vice President of Home Services where she oversaw the strategy of home services business, including in-home sales and installation, operations, customer contact centers, as well as contractor sourcing, onboarding and compliance. In addition, Kelly was also responsible for revenue and profitability for four Home Depot subsidiary businesses: HD Interiors, Home Renovations Services, HD Measurement Services and HD Exteriors.
Kelly joined The Home Depot in 2003 as vice president and corporate controller and held roles of increasing responsibility including vice president of internal audit and corporate compliance. Prior to joining The Home Depot, she served as senior vice president and chief financial officer for Cousins Properties Incorporated and as an audit manager at Arthur Andersen in Atlanta.
Kelly graduated from Georgia Tech in 1986 with highest honors, earning a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management. In April 2006, she was inducted into the Georgia Tech College of Management’s Council of Outstanding Young Alumni which recognizes alumni for their career achievements and contributions to Georgia Tech and Society.
She and her husband Rick reside in Buckhead.
Address: 4555 Northside Drive, Atlanta, GA 30327-4573
Allan is a native of Blacksburg, VA and grew up in Tallahassee, FL before attending Georgia Tech. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in Management Science. He received an MBA in Finance from Tulane University in 1975.
Allan enjoyed a 40-year career in the oil and gas industry, including Exxon Corporation, Texas Eastern and El-Paso Coastal. He was managing director and founder of Ventura Energy, LLC, was named Chief Executive Officer and Director of Questar Pipeline, and was later appointed Executive Vice-President of Questar Corporation. He served two terms as Chairman of the Board of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America. He is also a past advisor to the U. S. State Department on European gas matters.
Allan is currently on the Board of Directors of Modumetal Inc. and a member of the Tulane Energy Institute’s Executive Advisory Board.
Allan and his wife Millie live in Dallas, TX and are blessed with two children and five grandchildren.
Address: 6523 Norway Road, Dallas, TX 75230
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Keypoint Intelligence, Mack is responsible for the development, refinement, and execution of the company's overall strategy and growth initiatives. Prior to joining Keypoint Intelligence, Mack served as Chief Product Officer at Forrester Research, a global technology research and advisory firm based in Cambridge, MA.
With nearly 30 years of business development and consulting experience, Mack is a proven business and people leader. He is highly experienced in a world of duality, driving collaboration between consulting and syndicated research businesses with a keen focus on helping clients thrive and succeed in a period marked by empowered customers, digital transformation, and rapid technological change.
Prior to joining Forrester, Mack held several leadership positions at IHS, Inc., a business intelligence, software, and consulting firm. Most recently as vice president of industry services and consulting, Mack led the global consulting team for the economics and country risk service line as well the syndicated research teams focusing on incubating the next large core markets, including Life Sciences, Transportation, Industrial Manufacturing and Construction. Immediately prior to that, he led one of three global consulting organizations for IHS – focusing on the automotive, aerospace & defense, industrial manufacturing, consumer/retail, transportation, and life sciences industries.
Throughout his career, Mack has held senior leadership roles as a CEO for a Hamburg-based consultancy and COO for an aerospace & defense R&D company and leadership roles in product management and consulting at Global Insight (acquired by IHS), Wood Mackenzie Ltd., and Cambridge Energy Research Associate, Inc. as well as marketing and research positions at FitzGerald & Co. Advertising, The Adelphi Group, the Advanced Technology Development Center, and Duke University Medical Center.
Mack received a Master of Science in Management degree with concentrations in marketing and information technology management from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Latin from The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.
Address: 623 Summer Street, Marshfield, MA 02050
Jany got into the financial services industry in 1997 after graduating from Georgia Tech. She is a Certified Financial Planner™ and has been advising her clients at UBS for the past 25 years.
Jany currently serves as President of the Board of the Dunwoody Nature Center and is on the Board of Ferst Readers. She is still active with the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, having served on their National Selection Committee and the Alumni Advisory Board. Jany founded a charity event 17 years ago called Chili for the Children which raises money annually to support children’s health, education, and welfare. She is past President of the North Metro Georgia Tech Club and started a family photo event called Santa Buzz which brings together two of her favorite things – service and photography.
During her time at Tech, Jany was President of the Student Alumni Association, served on the Student Foundation Board and as a Georgia Tech Ambassador. Jany and her son Graham live in Sandy Springs with their rescue, Bailey.
Scott Brown is Accenture’s Growth & Strategy Lead for North America. In this role, he is responsible for working with the North America Market Units and Services to develop and implement Accenture’s growth strategy. Scott is a member of the North America Leadership Team, as well as the Accenture Global Leadership Council.
Previously, Scott was the Growth & Strategy Lead for Healthcare & Public Service. Prior to that, Scott served as Managing Director of Corporate Strategy and Competitor Intelligence reporting to the Chief Strategy Officer.
Scott served on the board of the City of Refuge for seven years and also served on the board of the Accenture Foundation.
Prior to joining Accenture, Scott served eight years in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Aviator flying the SH60-B helicopter including service as a Navy ROTC Instructor at Georgia Tech from 1992 to 1995. He is a veteran of Desert Storm where he was awarded the Naval Air Medal.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University and a Master of Science in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He resides in Dunwoody, Georgia with his wife Lisa where they have raised three children, Matthew, Molly, and Gracie.
Rich DeAugustinis is the CEO of DeAugustinis Associates, LLC. He recently retired from The Coca-Cola Company after a 30+ year career and is presently on sabbatical as he explores new leadership opportunities in the nonprofit sector.
Rich is a seasoned executive and leader with broad international management experience. Rich’s career at Coca-Cola spanned customer leadership, strategy and planning, new business development, marketing and more. Most notably, he served in a variety of leadership roles on the global team responsible for Coca-Cola's business with McDonald's (Coke’s largest and most strategic foodservice customer). Rich’s international experience is built from traveling to and working in over 70 countries around the world.
He also has significant experience in the Atlanta community and non-profit sector, having served on the boards of many non-profit organizations. Rich currently serves on the board of the Inspire Aviation Foundation and The Myositis Association. He is a past chair, vice chair and member of the board for Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). He has also served on the boards of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, and the Georgia Tech Alumni Association.
Rich graduated from Georgia Tech in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and has completed the Executive Development Program at Northwestern’s Kellogg Business School. Rich resides in Chamblee, Georgia with his wife Nina and is blessed with 3 young adult children – Megan, Christian (GT AE ‘21) and Aubrey (GT BA ’24). On a lighter note, Rich is still a kid at heart. He is a Disney fanatic, an aspiring Lego master builder and loves to travel.
Address: 3599 Vanet Road, Atlanta, GA 30341-2050
Stephen M. Deedy is a Managing Director and the Chief Administrative Officer for AlixPartners and its affiliates. Steve joined the firm’s New York office in 2005 and is responsible for leading the support functions of the firm including finance, human resources, information technology, administration and real estate. He has more than 30 years of hands-on experience in building, managing and transforming businesses.
His expertise includes carve-out and post-merger integration, process transformation, information technology, operations restructuring and improvement, strategic planning, business development, and revenue and profitability growth. In industry roles Steve has managed research and development, accounting/finance, information technology, manufacturing, planning, procurement, and warehousing/inventory control organizations. Steve’s industry experience includes retail, media, internet, software, IT, manufacturing, high-technology, consumer products, business services and others.
Throughout his career, Steve has led significant transformation, SG&A, information technology and performance improvement projects both as a consultant and as an industry executive.
Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also studied business administration at the Florida Institute of Technology’s graduate business school. He holds certifications in production and inventory management as well as procurement and purchasing.
Steve is a past Chairman of The Scheller College of Business Advisory Board.
Lalit Dhingra provides over 35 years of accomplishment-laden experience in technology leadership and executive-level positions driving achievements in operations, sales, and corporate growth. He is a key tactical innovator renowned for transforming vision into reality while reducing costs. His business outlook and expert commentary on executable strategies and transformational models in technology services outsourcing have been quoted in leading publications, such as CIO magazine, Fortune, Silicon Valley, and the Wall Street Journal.
In 1990, Lalit assumed general manager responsibilities for NIIT Limited where he successfully built the software services division from inception. In addition, he led planning, development, and implementation of a Global Delivery Model for IT consulting projects that combined high-quality development with low-cost technology solutions from various international locations. Sales became a greater part of his professional portfolio as he capitalized on opportunities to market corporate products and services worldwide. Striving for state-of-the-art software delivery, he led his company’s in achieving the highest maturity plateau – CMM Level-5.
Moving to America in 1997 as Senior Vice President of Software Services for NIIT, Lalit was instrumental in leading change that resulted in a cultural shift and significant sales growth. He restructured the sales and delivery teams to align with software product development thus improving time to market and reducing costs. Leveraging an expanding collection of qualifications involving relationship facilitation and operational expertise, Lalit cemented his reputation as an executive capable of establishing and enforcing corporate policies and procedures while earning the respect and gratitude of peers and subordinates. In his role as SVP of business, he grew software solution business from almost zero to 30Mn dollars.
In 2006, Lalit assumed the role of President, US Operations where he became a catalyst in the advancement of NIIT Technologies, USA. He led the sales team in procuring a $300 million deal that sealed the firm’s largest customer to date. He has proven repeatedly his talent for solving complex problems through careful analysis and sound judgment. He provides strategic direction and secures appropriate visibility and political awareness to support corporate initiatives. His achievements in this respect along with exceptional work in supporting core business vertical markets make him a natural selection for corporate leadership roles. In his role as President, he grew the business from 30Mn to 225Mn with 25%+ EBIDTA.
Lalit represented India at the United Nations ICT Summit in 2009. In 2011, he received the prestigious Stevie Honoree award for “Outstanding Leadership” in Abu Dhabi. In 2014, NIIT Technologies honored him with the Global Leadership Award related to the company's industry performance. His success continues to grow.
Lalit is well educated with a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering/Computing from the prominent Indian Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the University of Delhi. He does speaking assignments at esteemed schools (such as Columbia Business School and Georgia Institute of Technology) to mentor students, working executives, and aspiring administrators. He is an established leader with a keen sense for maximizing efficiencies and reducing costs. A wide array of knowledge and expertise in technology, diversification, and portfolio growth makes Lalit uniquely qualified as a C Level Executive and Advisory Board Member for any corporation.
Recently, Lalit founded a management consulting company, EnSignis. He is currently in the process of establishing the company and looking to grow it. Many high-level C-Level Executives have joined the EnSignis Network.
In addition to serving on the Scheller College of Business Advisory Board, he has also served on the boards of NIIT Technologies Inc., NIIT Media Technologies LLC., and Rule Teck Inc.
Address: 550 Brook Manor Drive, Johns Creek, GA 30022
Phone: (770) 330-0692
Elizabeth Downey is an experienced operations executive with a proven track record of enabling step-change business growth and developing people and organizational culture in consumer goods, eCommerce, and retail for Fortune 200, mid-market, and start-up ventures.
Elizabeth currently serves as an angel investor and advises start-up ventures and entrepreneurs focused on consumer goods and Logistics industries. Previously, she led Global Operations for e.l.f. Cosmetics. e.l.f. Cosmetics, a TPG-backed publicly traded company (NYSE: ELF), is one of the fastest growing beauty companies in the US fueled by a dynamic “fast fashion” inspired innovation model that is backed by a highly nimble supply chain. During her tenure, Downey transformed the Chinese supply base, created seamless operations between China and multiple US operations, implemented new ERP and planning systems, moved warehouses across the country, and penetrated customer supply chains to grow the business. She served as a member of the senior executive team reporting to the CEO that delivered 24% net sales CAGR, 2000bp gross margin improvement, and 10X enterprise value growth with e.l.f.’s successful IPO in 2016.
Prior to joining e.l.f., Elizabeth oversaw Last Mile delivery at Starbucks. She led the team that ran daily delivery from 30 warehouses to 11,000 stores. During this time she also managed over $100M capital investment in fleet and warehouse modifications to enable frozen delivery of the La Boulange food acquisition without disrupting daily deliveries.
Elizabeth has over 20 years of experience in plant management, engineering, logistics, systems integration, order to cash, and supply and demand planning. She led the supply chain at The Clorox Company for the $1.5B Litter, Food, and Charcoal business which represented 25% of the company’s sales, 50% of profit, and 70% of sales growth. During her tenure at Clorox, Elizabeth was awarded the company’s highest functional recognition when she earned the Product Supply Integrity Award. Downey began her career at Procter & Gamble.
Elizabeth is an alumna of Georgia Tech and holds a degree in Chemical Engineering with High Honor and a certificate in Economics. She enjoys running and traveling across the globe. Elizabeth is a diehard Yellow Jacket and enjoys cheering on all Georgia Tech teams.
Phone: (404) 662-0107
Joseph W. Evans is Vice Chairman of Cadence Bancorporation and a director of Cadence Bank, NA. Prior to merging with Cadence on January 1, 2019, he was the Chairman and former Chief Executive Officer of State Bank Financial Corporation and State Bank and Trust Company, which he co-founded in 2009.
Prior to founding State Bank, Mr. Evans was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Flag Financial Corporation from 2002 until its acquisition by RBC Centura Bank in 2006. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank Corporation of Georgia from 1984 until it was acquired in 1997 by Century South Banks, Inc., and later as President and CEO of Century South Banks, Inc., until it was acquired in 2001 by BB&T. Mr. Evans was the 2018 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from The American Banker.
Mr. Evans is actively involved in the Atlanta and Georgia business communities, where he is Chairman of the Buckhead Coalition, a trustee of the Foundation of the Methodist Home of the South Georgia Conference, Inc., where he chairs its Investment Committee, and on the board of directors of Southern Trust Insurance Company. He also is a member of Rotary Club of Atlanta and of the Board of Councilors of The Carter Center.
Additionally, Mr. Evans, who holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech, serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Tech Foundation and on the advisory board of Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech, where he previously served as Chairman. He also is a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association.
Mr. Evans is a native of Smarr, Georgia, where he has a home and beef cattle operation on a farm which has been in his family for six generations. He is married to Raena Weaver Evans and has two adult daughters and eight grandchildren.
Address: 2724 Peachtree Rd NW, Apt 202, Atlanta, GA 30305-2958
Dr. Valentine Fontama is the Head of Contact Center AI Services at Google Professional Services, where he advises strategic customers on business transformation with AI and Machine Learning. Before Google he was a principal data scientist manager on Microsoft’s AI Data Science team in Azure. As a new technology consultant at Equifax in London, Valentine pioneered the use of Machine Learning to improve risk assessment and marketing in the consumer credit industry. He applied Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms, Bayesian Belief Networks and similar techniques to Credit default prediction, Fraud Detection, Bankruptcy and other areas of Banking and Financial Services. In this role he consulted to most of the biggest High Street Banks in the UK.
He was also Principal Data Scientist in the Data & Decision Sciences Group (DDSG) at Microsoft, where he led consulting to key customers, including ThyssenKrupp and Dell. He was a senior product manager for big data and predictive analytics in the cloud and enterprise marketing at Microsoft, where he managed Azure Machine Learning, HDInsight, Parallel Data Warehouse (Microsoft’s first ever data warehouse appliance).
He has published 12 academic papers and co-authored three books on big data including Predictive Analytics with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning: Build and Deploy Actionable Solutions in Minutes (2 editions).
Valentine holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, an MSc. in computing, an MBA in strategic management and marketing from Wharton Business School, and a BSc. (First Class Honors) in mathematics and electronics.
Address: 4810 229th Ave SE, Issaquah, WA 98029
Since 1981, Robert (Bob) has been serving as the CEO and President of Industrial Metal Fabricators, Inc., located in Columbus, Georgia, a provider of custom fabricated metal products for aerospace, construction, power generation and water treatment. Bob is affiliated with Water Environment Federation, Solid Waste Association of North America, Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, the American Welding Society and the Association of the United States Army.
Bob has been involved in many organizations within his community including the board of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce (chairman 2001), Columbus Gateways Steering Committee, Keep Columbus Beautiful, Division Leader of the United Way Campaign, Chairman of the Development Authority of Columbus, Board of Trustees for Saint Francis Hospital. He has also been a member of the Scholarship Committee of the Georgia Tech Club and is currently a member of the Georgia Tech Industrial Advisory Board as well as the Scheller College of Business Advisory Board.
Address: 7505 Macon Rd, Midland, GA 31820-3937
Mr. Graham retired as the Chief Operating Officer of Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems and Vice President of Lockheed Martin Corporation. He has over 30 years of experience in the aerospace business including sales and marketing; international relations and joint ventures; strategic planning; product support; manufacturing reengineering/lean production; program and general management.
Previous positions include Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board of Directors at Allison Engine Company in Indianapolis, Indiana; Vice President of Business Development and Product Support at Lockheed Aeronautical Systems, Marietta, Georgia; Chairman, Board of Directors, Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems Support Company; Chairman, Board of Directors, Lockheed Martin Aeroparts, Inc.; Managing Board, Lockheed Martin Alenia Tactical Transport Systems; and Sales Director at General Electric Aircraft Engines, Cincinnati, Ohio. He currently manages investment ventures and is active in several philanthropic organizations.
He has traveled extensively and developed several international joint ventures and alliances. Early in his career he lived in southern Iran for two years where he learned to speak Farsi (Iranian) while managing 250 expatriates. He has led the rejuvenation of several organizations and companies by identifying and matching employee strengths with job responsibilities and effectively coalescing diverse disciplines, cultures, and management styles into cohesive focused teams.
Mr. Graham’s affiliations have included: Board of Trustees, Berry College where he served as chairman of the Budget, Finance and Investment Committee and on the Executive Committee; Executive Board, Boy Scouts of America-Atlanta Council where he served as Vice President of Finance and on the Executive Committee; Board of Stewards, Atlanta Steeplechase; Board of Trustees, Southern Polytechnic State University; Chair College of Management Advisory Board, Georgia Tech; Board of Trustees, Georgia Tech Alumni Association where he served on the Executive Committee; Advisory Board, C3 Inc.; Governing Board and Treasurer, Vice President and President Cherokee Town & Country Club; U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Retired.
He graduated from Georgia Tech with a B. S. in Industrial Management in 1969 and later attended the Columbia University, Executive Program in Business Administration as well as courses at California Polytechnic Institute, Emory University, GE Management Institute, and Lockheed Management Institute.
Terry and his wife Molly live in Sandy Springs, Georgia and have three sons, Ryan, Sean, and Tyler. The entire family is active in the local community and enjoy sports - tennis, snow skiing, water sports, racquetball and golf.
Address: 5579 Williamson Dr, Gainseville, GA 30506-2310
Mr. Huang currently serves as CEO of UniqueSquared, Inc., an e-commerce retailer focused on vertical niche markets. Prior to joining UniqueSquared, Mr. Huang was a member of CIENA Corporation's founding team. Ciena is a publically traded leading manufacturer of fiber optic transport systems. Before CIENA, he co-founded Tridom, a manufacturer of satellite communications systems. Tridom was acquired by AT&T in 1989.
He is a trustee of the Georgia Institute of Technology Foundation and ex-chairman and member of the Georgia Institute of Technology Scheller College of Business Advisory Board. Mr. Huang holds a BSIM from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Georgia State University.
Mr. Huang has been married to Nancy for 39 years, has 2 children, Kristine and Adam, and 6 grandchildren, Jack, Eli, Lucy, Tess, Tobia and Durelle. He is actively involved in Habitat for Humanity as a mentor and tutor. He resides in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
His hobbies include auto racing, flying, golf and tennis.
Address: 217 San Juan Dr, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082-1817
Previously, she served as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of a $24 billion market cap publicly-traded global corporation, and previously as an executive at Big 4 consulting firms where she gained deep multidimensional experience accelerating growth and mitigating risk within Fortune 100 companies. Working directly with the C-suite and board, she establishes risk management as an insight-driven, business focused resource rather than a compliance-driven function. This has enabled senior executives and the board to understand the holistic risk landscape and enhance readiness and resilience accordingly.
Critical to her success, Tami strategically leverages her expertise in cybersecurity strategy, regulatory compliance, and sophisticated technology applications, as well as her solid financial management and operational abilities, to ensure business resilience and cost-effective execution of programs. Of further value, she has extensive experience across several industries including: Financial Services, Human Resources and Consumer Goods. Further she has served on Diversity Councils within global organizations, is proficient across multiple cybersecurity pillars, and has experience working across North America and Europe.
Tami has received numerous awards and recognition in her career, most notably as a keynote speaker at high-profile industry events, including The Wall Street Journal, and has recently been recognized as the National Diversity Council’s 2021 list of “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology.” Additionally, she is active in community and academia, including mentoring teams focused on diversity & inclusion, ands serving on several non-profit boards.
Tami received her Master of Business Administration (MBA) as a Merit Scholar at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and her Bachelor of Science cum laude in Business Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Address: 9816 Sedgfield Drive, Charlotte, NC 28173
Phone: (513) 543-1441
Keith D. Jackson is Chief Human Resource Officer for AT&T Mexico and AT&T International. He is responsible for managing HR functions for AT&T Mexico, AT&T International and support of the CEO of AT&T Latin America and Global Marketing organization. Jackson joined BellSouth in 1989 as a premise sales representative in Orlando for BellSouth Advertising & Publishing Corporation (BAPCO), the directory publishing and Yellow Pages sales division for BellSouth. He worked his way up the Sales Management ladder ultimately becoming Regional Vice President-Sales in South Florida 1999.
In 2002, Jackson became the executive director – Human Resources for BellSouth’s Domestic Operations. In 2006, Jackson was responsible for merger integration planning for the AT&T, BellSouth and Cingular Merger. In 2007 Jackson relocated to San Antonio, Texas, to become the Vice President-Human Resources Compensation and Human Resources Operations. In 2008 became the Vice President-Training where he managed the training organization for Wireline and Wireless Operations for ATT. Next Jackson held the position of Vice President Strategic HR Partner supporting Consumer and Mobility Channels (Sales, Service and Operations) along with the Business and International organizations.
Over the past 3 years, Jackson has held the position of Chief Human Resource Officer for AT&T LATAM, supporting Vrio and AT&T Mexico. Jackson received his bachelor’s degree in management from Georgia Tech, along with certificates in Economics and History. He was a participant in the British Studies Program at London University and Queens College in Oxford. He also earned a master’s degree in Business Administration and a graduate certificate of specialization in International Business from Nova Southeastern University.
Jackson external leadership roles:
- Board of Director for the Beta Psi Foundation. A non-for-profit collegiate scholarship and leadership organization for Georgia Tech students.
- Georgia Tech Industry Advisory Board for the MS Analytics program
- Member of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Regional Economic Information Network (REIN)
- Member of the Conference Board’s Senior Human Resource Council.
Address: 630 Idlewood Dr, Atlanta, GA 30327-4728
Dennis is a Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of ScoresMatter, a company that helps consumers understand how businesses use the data originating from their on-line activities.
Dennis has spent over twenty years leading consumer marketing businesses focused on industries such as credit card marketing, credit reporting, consumer analytics and digital media.
Following his graduation from Georgia Tech, Dennis went to work for SunTrust as a corporate banker and then moved on to some entrepreneurial endeavors while also earning his MBA from The Wharton School. Dennis has been very active at Georgia Tech having served two terms on the Advisory Board of the Business School and most recently chairing the Class of 1992 Homecoming Reunion Committee.
He resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, Molly and three sons: Hamilton, Georgia Tech BSBA 2024, Andersson, Georgia Tech BSBA 2026, and Henry.
Address: 635 River Chase Point, Atlanta, GA 30328
A successful professional and a valued alumnus of Georgia Tech, Gary Jones has continued to give liberally of his time, energy, and financial resources to support the Georgia Tech community, and he has inspired countless others to follow his lead.
After graduating from Georgia Tech, Jones earned an MBA from The Darden School at the University of Virginia. In 1974, he started at the investment banking firm, Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette (DLJ) in sales and trading. In 1978, he moved to L. F. Rothschild where he worked for 10 years and was their youngest partner in charge of High Grade Corporate Bond Trading and Sales.
In 1988, he returned to DLJ as global sales manager for the Fixed Income Division. DLJ eventually merged with Credit Suisse First Boston, an arm of Credit Suisse Group which has almost 150 years of experience and operates in over 50 countries with 60,880 employees.
Now retired as managing director of Credit Suisse First Boston Financial Institutions, Jones has launched a new career as a professor of the practice in the Scheller College of Business, teaching a course for MBA candidates and upper classmen on Management of Financial Institutions. He served as Vice-Chair and Chairman of the Georgia Tech Foundation Board of Trustees. He also served as Treasurer and as Chairman of the Finance Committee, the Investment Committee, and the Development Committee.
In 2008, Jones received the Joseph Mayo Pettit Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor conferred by Georgia Tech and the Alumni Association. Jones is currently Vice Chair of the Georgia Tech Capital Campaign Steering Committee and served as Chairman of the Class of 1971 40th Reunion Committee. A charter member of the Hill Society, Jones is a former member of the Alexander Tharpe Board of Trustees and the Ivan Allen College Executive Advisory Board. He is currently Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Piedmont Hospital.
He graciously funded the Gary T. and Elizabeth R. Jones Chair in Management. In honor of his wife "Libby" and his generosity and commitment, the College dedicated the Gary T. and Elizabeth R. Jones Career Center. Most recently the Evelyn T. and Mallory C. Jones and the Helen W. and John T. Rhett Classrooms were named in honor of Gary and Libby Jones' parents.
Jones and his wife, who is an attorney, recently returned to Atlanta after living in the New York area for more than 30 years. They have two children: daughter Taylor, a graduate of Dartmouth who received her MBA from The Wharton School and currently works for GE Capital in Chicago; and son Grier, a graduate of Amherst College, who served as a Captain and Infantry Officer in the U S Marine Corp for 6 years with two deployments in Iraq, and also received his MBA from the Wharton School. He lives and works in New York with Credit Suisse in its Investment Banking Group.
Address: 1 Brookhaven Dr NE, Unit 303, Brookhaven, GA 30319-3059
Stephen M. (Mac) Jordan is a 1971 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a BS in Industrial Management. Mac worked in the financial services industry in manufacturing and consulting for 40 years. In 1973, he joined Diebold, Inc., where he was one of the pioneers in bringing ATM technology to banking. In 1984, he cofounded Omron Financial Systems in Dallas, TX, leading the sales and marketing efforts. In 1990, Mac joined Speer and Associates as the EVP of Business Development. In 1995, he was made a Partner with KPMG in the FS Consulting Business. Following the separation of the consulting business from its audit practice, Mac became a VP of BearingPoint in 2001. In 2009, Mac helped restart Capco, Inc. in North America. As the head of Account Management and Business Development in North America, he led the rebuilding of Capco’s financial services presence, which was sold to FIS in 2011. Mac retired from Capco’s management team at the end of 2012.
Mac was the President of the GT Alumni Clubs in Dallas, TX and Chicago, IL; member of the GT 25th and 40th and the current 50th Reunion committees; and a past member of the fundraising committee for the TKE house reconstruction and is currently on the Advisory Board.
Mac is a member of Johns Creek Presbyterian Church, where he heads the Technology committee and is a member of the Stewardship Committee and is a Stephen Minister. He is a member of St. Ives Country Club, where he has been a Board Member and head of the Golf, House, and Compliance/Risk committees.
Mac is married to his wife Karen. They have three children and four grandchildren. His hobbies include golf, exercise, wine collecting, and history.
Kim Keever is SVP, Security, Analytics and Technology Services, and Chief Information Security Officer for Cox Communications in Atlanta, Georgia. Her teams are responsible for all aspects of Information Security; the Technology, Product and Operations Center of Excellence for Analytics; and for Technology people programs. Since joining Cox, she has built an industry recognized security practice and expanded a high-performing COE that transformed the use of analytics, resulting in significant cost savings.
In early 2016, Kim was named a top woman in technology by Multichannel News. Each year from 2017-2019, she was named one of the most powerful women in cable by Cablefax. She was a 2018 Women in Technology honoree in the large/enterprise organization category. In 2019, she was named the Information Security Executive (ISE) of the Year for the Southeast Region and North American Information Security Executive of the Year in the Commercial category. Kim received the 2020 Women in Technology Award presented by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers/ Women in Cable Telecommunications and Cablefax magazine. This award recognizes one woman each year who has demonstrated outstanding professional growth while contributing to the advancement of the cable telecommunications industry.
Kim worked in the Coca-Cola system from 2009 to 2014. There she served as the Vice President of Information Security and Controls for Coca-Cola Refreshments and CISO for the Bottling Investments Group. In those roles, her teams were responsible for strategic security direction, identity and access management, information protection, business continuity and oversight of regulatory compliance. During that time, her team significantly reduced security risk, improved controls and transformed ongoing operational processes to enable sustainability of these controls. In 2014, she was recognized as a top leader in the security industry by CSO Magazine and her team won an award for innovative security initiatives delivering business value.
Prior to joining the Coca-Cola system, she served for eight years as the Chief Information Officer and executive team member for Invesco Retirement Plan Services. Kim also served as Invesco’s Director of Information Technology Audit. Kim started her career with Accenture in the Information Technology Consulting practice.
Kim is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology. She has served as a member of several industry associations and boards including the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and the FCC Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council V. She is active in volunteer organizations including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Technology Advisory Board and supports homeless shelters located in Atlanta.
Address: 5255 Wyntercreek Way, Dunwoody, GA 30338
Tony Kepano is a Vice Chairman with CBRE’s Industrial and Logistics Advisory & Transaction Services. He has been supplying brokerage services to global customers for more than 35 years. He focuses on providing advisory services for corporate clients requiring warehouse and distribution strategies.
Mr. Kepano was promoted to Vice Chairman in September 2015, one of only two Industrial specialists to ever receive the designation in CBRE history, and the first to achieve this distinction in the U.S. Mr. Kepano received numerous awards including Top “Power Broker” nationally by CoStar Group, was recognized as one of the top brokers nationally by “Real Estate Forum” magazine, as well as the #1 Industrial Broker award by the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors on multiple occasions.
Before joining CBRE in 2007, Mr. Kepano was the National Practice Leader and founding member of the Logistics Services Group at Trammell Crow Company. In this role, he helped to better align supply-chain networks with corporate strategies, as well as lead the execution of their real estate procurement requirements.
Mr. Kepano is a member of the Warehousing Education Research Council and the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) where he was former Vice President of the Georgia Chapter. He also served on Georgia Institute of Technology’s Alexander Tharpe Board of Directors.
Mr. Kepano received a B.S. degree in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and served as Georgia Tech Football Team Captain.
Address: 524 Gramercy Drive, Marietta, GA 30068
Dr. Kimani is founder, President and Chief Executive Officer at PreMedicus, LLC, a precision population health startup in urgent and emergency care management. He is also co-founder and Chief Medical Officer at Dreamscape Medical, a sleep medicine startup in sleep apnea diagnosis, treatment and remote monitoring holding multiple U.S. and international medical device patents.
Dr. Kimani is a multi-specialty physician with extensive clinical, academic research, teaching and administrative leadership experience. He has a clinical faculty appointment at Emory University School of Medicine, is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and was inducted to the National Medical Honor Society. He earned his M.D. from Oral Roberts University School of Medicine, a B.S. in Biomedical Chemistry graduating summa cum laude from the same institution, and an Executive MBA specializing in Management of Technology from Georgia Tech.
Address: 9105 Clark Road, Fairburn, GA 30213
As founder and chairman of Pope & Land Enterprises, Inc., A.J. Land has played an instrumental role in the brokerage of industrial and commercial real estate for the past 29 years. In his early career days of 1960, Mr. Land handled industrial and commercial real estate for Pope & Carter Company, Inc. In 1969, he became Vice President and Managing Partner of an affiliated company which evolved into Crow, Pope & Land Enterprises, Inc. Three years later, he became President and Managing Partner of Crow, Pope & Land Enterprises, Inc., a company whose projects exceeded $500 million in the United States and Southeast Asia. In January, 1979, he formed Pope & Land Enterprises, Inc., continuing his legacy of commercial real estate development and brokerage.
Mr. Land is a member of the Georgia Bar Association and the Atlanta and Cobb County Boards of Realtors. He is currently a Trustee of the Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc., the Randolph Macon Women’s College and the Preservation Institute of Nantucket. He has also served as a past Trustee of the Metropolitan Atlanta Crime Commission, the Georgia Tech Alumni Association and Georgia Tech’s Alexander-Tharpe Fund. He has served as Chair of the Georgia Tech Foundation and is Member Emeritus of the Scheller College of Business Advisory Board at Georgia Tech.
Mr. Land received a B.S. degree from Georgia Tech in 1960, a Doctor of Law degree from Emory University in 1963, and graduated from the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program in 1978. He and his wife Mary Lynne of Columbus, Georgia, reside in Atlanta. They have two adult children.
Address: 4195 Farmington Place, SE, Atlanta, GA 30339-4712
Tommy Lester, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, has worked for more than 20 years in Atlanta’s financial services community with roles in commercial banking and real estate finance at institutions including BB&T, SunTrust, and PNC. Tommy is also a longtime entrepreneur and angel investor with business interests that include commercial real estate development, sports & media, and early-stage technology companies.
Since 2016, Tommy has served as President/CEO of SWAN Development Partners, which manages the acquisition, rehab, and disposition of single-family homes and small commercial properties around Atlanta, with a focus on market-rate affordability and neighborhood stabilization. He also works as a Capital Advisor with StackSource (a fintech start-up that sources equity and debt financing for commercial real estate projects) and provides consulting & seed-funding to early stage entrepreneurs through his firm, StartupBFF.
Tommy received a BS in Marketing from Hampton University and an MBA from Georgia Tech, where he served as class treasurer and president, was recognized as MBA Student of the Year, and earned the Georgia Tech OMED Tower Award for Academic Excellence. He is active in the Atlanta community as a board member with the DeKalb Private Industry Council, Raising Expectations, and Big Kidz Foundation. Tommy is an alumnus of Leadership DeKalb, the Georgia Academy for Economic Development’s Regional Leadership Development Program, Project REAP, and the Urban Land Institute’s Center for Leadership.
Tommy lives in Stone Mountain, GA with his wife of 21 years Jennifer and their daughter Temple, a nationally recognized advocate for girls and minorities in STEM fields.
Address: 4483 Woodland Forest Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Maggie Lovatt is an Investment Strategist at Truist. Prior to joining Truist, she was an Associate in the Investment Management Division at Goldman Sachs where she advised various institutions, foundations, endowments, and private clients.
She joined Goldman after receiving her MBA from the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology where she was featured in Poets & Quants “100 Best & Brightest MBAs” with a concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Maggie worked as an Institutional Equity Research Analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in New York City.
Maggie holds a B.A. from Wake Forest University with a degree in Psychology and an MBA from Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business. She is active in the Atlanta CFA Chapter to promote greater financial literacy for students in Atlanta and is a mentor for university teams competing in the CFA Institute Research Challenge.
Address: 280 Old College Way, Atlanta, GA 30328-1046
Michelle Mabery is a Human Capital Consultant at Deloitte. Prior, she was a Senior Manager at The Walt Disney Company, where she partnered with Technology leaders to apply a holistic, data-driven approach to strategic planning across the global Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products segment.
While at Disney, Michelle had the occasion to combine her curiosity and love of storytelling to make technology projects a reality – and in turn, create magic for Disney guests. Before joining Disney, Michelle spent several years as a management consultant focused on delivering best-in-class organizational design and development solutions for industries ranging from financial services to agriculture. She began her career as a classroom teacher, where she learned the power of great storytelling, and the value of imagination and resourcefulness.
The MBA program at Scheller gave Michelle the tools to pivot from secondary education to management consulting, and then to technology. Her insatiable curiosity and love of languages have led her to opportunities working abroad in Europe and Central America.
Michelle holds a BA in French from Yale University and an MBA from Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business.
Address: 654 Upton Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
After graduation from Georgia Tech in 1985, Bill joined Shaw Industries where he worked in various leadership and executive roles domestically and internationally. Bill retired from Shaw in 2021 after serving as the Vice President of Customer Experience since 2018.
Bill and his wife of 30 years Renee reside in St Marys, Georgia where both are active in volunteering in the community. Bill is currently a Track and Field coach at Camden County High School.
Address: 237 Cardinal Circle W, Saint Marys, GA 31558-4138
Daniel McCarthy has worked for over 20 years in the Financial Services industry. Most recently, Daniel was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking division based in New York where he was Co-Head of Global Credit Products. He oversaw Trading, Sales, and Strategy for Investment Grade and High Yield Corporate Bonds (inclusive of electronic and systematic trading), Institutional Par Loans, Credit Derivatives, and Distressed Credit. Daniel was also responsible for the origination, structuring and syndication of Corporate Asset Financing and Collateralized Loan Origination Warehouse Lending, as well as the collateralized Credit Repo business. Previously, Daniel held the position of Head of US Credit Trading and Strategy after trading on the High Yield bond desk focusing on the Energy and Technology sectors.
Before joining Credit Suisse in 2007, Daniel worked at Citigroup Salomon Smith Barney where he traded for five years on the High Yield and Investment Grade desks focusing on both Credit Derivatives and corporate cash bonds. Prior to that, Daniel started his career within the Credit Derivatives group at Barclays Capital in both London and New York from 2000 to 2002.
Daniel grew up in Sebastian, Florida and was awarded the President’s scholarship at Georgia Tech in 1994. He earned a Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineer in 1998 and an MBA from the Scheller Business School in 2000. Daniel met his wife, Paige (CE 1999), at Georgia Tech and they have been married for 18 years. The McCarthy’s have 3 children and reside in Rye, NY. Daniel is active in his community, serving both in his local church and in youth sports leagues. Daniel enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and fly fishing. The McCarthy’s are passionate Georgia Tech and Atlanta Braves fans.
Address: 7 Martin Road, Rye, NY 10580
Michael A. McCarthy is the Co-Founder and Director of Research of Shapiro Capital Management LLC in Atlanta, GA. From 1985 until forming Shapiro Capital in August 1990, he was an analyst and portfolio manager at Heilweil, Hollander & Jacobs.
Mike has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a MS in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Address: 3778 RiverlyTrace, Marietta, GA 30067-4241
Phone: (850) 622-3879
Cooper Mills is partner and Managing Director of CHILDS Advisory Partners. Cooper joined CHILDS Advisory Partners in 2009 following successful tenures at several leading investment banks. He leverages his three decades of experience advising high-performing business and technology services companies to provide firm leadership and applies his extensive sector-focused experience to help CHILDS’ clients meet their financial objectives.
Prior to joining CHILDS, Cooper founded SunTrust Robinson Humphrey's business and technology services industry group in 1993. Under Cooper’s leadership, this group became one of the most active equity underwriters and M&A advisors in the human capital management industry. In addition, he and his team were active in the marketing and information services and industrial services industries and they were responsible for developing and transacting public and private-equity capital raises, private debt placements, M&A transactions and financial advisory assignments for companies such as Source Services, MPS Group, EmployBridge and Cross Country Healthcare.
Cooper's previous experience includes three years with Rotan Mosle in Houston, concentrating on financial institutions and 10 years with Trust Company Bank as a manager of national accounts in Atlanta and as the manager of the European representative office in London.
Cooper also serves as an advisory board member of the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Institute of Technology, foundation trustee of Atlanta Youth Academy, and foundation trustee of Center for the Visually Impaired in Atlanta. He received his M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia and B.S. in industrial management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Address: 21 Ferry Landing Lane NW, Unit 1611, Atlanta, GA 30305-1674
Darlene Nicosia is Chief Executive Officer of Hearthside Food Solutions, a leading food contract manufacturer.
Previously, Nicosia served as President of Coca-Cola’s Canada & Northeast US Zone. She has over three decades of food industry experience with roles at The Coca-Cola Company, Kraft, and PepsiCo. A seasoned supply chain and operations executive, she previously held leadership roles at The Coca-Cola Company that spanned 29 years and included running the Company’s global Commercial Product Supply organization and serving as its Chief Procurement Officer.
Nicosia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Address: Hearthside Food Solutions, Downers Grove, IL 60515-8342
Beth Nowers held a number of marketing, consulting and technology positions with McKinsey and Co., The Boston Consulting Group, IBM, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. While at McKinsey, her responsibilities included providing strategic long-term analysis and recommendations on corporate strategy and implementation to varied industry segments including communications, manufacturing and financial services. She led the development and implementation of a new strategic plan for the Art Gallery of Ontario and worked with the board and leadership team of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston to develop a three-year strategic plan.
Beth has also pursued a variety of volunteer opportunities. She serves on the board of the Toronto International Festival of Authors and is a founding member of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Contemporary Circle. Beth is also an author, having co-wrote The Good School Book: a Guide to Private Education in Canada. Beth has lived in various cities in Canada, Brazil, and the United States. She obtained her Bachelor of Science from Georgia Institute of Technology with Highest Honours and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Address: 132 East 72nd Street, Apt. 10, New York, NY 10021
Gregory J. Owens retired as the Chairman and CEO of IronPlanet. Through Mr. Owens’ strong business and financial acumen, he led IronPlanet through its business expansion both domestically and internationally. His broad business experience and vision resulted in substantial growth acceleration across a number of companies in which Mr. Owens has held executive-level roles.
Prior to IronPlanet, Mr. Owens served as Managing Director of RedZone Capital. Mr. Owens and RedZone Capital’s Managing Partner, Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, focused on turning around and growing under-performing companies. Prior to RedZone Capital, Mr. Owens served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Manugistics Group Inc. (NASDAQ:MANU), a global enterprise software solutions company, from April 1999 to July 2004. Mr. Owens was responsible for growing Manugistics from annual revenues of approximately $150 million to more than $300 million. Mr. Owens received numerous awards including: Maryland Technology CEO of the year, Washington Titan of Business and Mid-Atlantic Technology Entrepreneur of the Year.
Mr. Owens served as Global Managing Partner Supply Chain Management of Andersen Consulting (Accenture) (NYSE:CAN). Mr. Owens was one of the founding members of the Supply Chain Group, and was responsible for growing the group to revenues of over $1.4 billion annually.
Mr. Owens has served as a Director of S1 Corporation since January 2003 and serves as a Member of the Nominating and Compensation Committees. He served as a member of SERENA Software Inc.’s Board of Directors from March 2002 until it was sold in 2006 for $1.2 billion. He also serves, or has served on several outside boards including 3VR, Guardian Analytics and SecureWorks.
He holds a B.S. in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and serves on the President’s Advisory Board as well as the Scheller College of Business Advisory Board.
Address: 315 Rainwater Road, Senoia, GA 30276-2649
Juan Perez is CIO and EVP of Salesforce. He is responsible for the global IT organization and leads the company’s internal digital transformation to support growth and scale. Perez’s team supports the integration of new acquisition companies across the Salesforce ecosystem to streamline technology integration processes, and drives global operational efficiencies through the implementation of modern technologies, including analytics, automation, artificial intelligence, and security, among others.
Previously, Perez was Chief Information and Engineering Officer for UPS and a member of the UPS Executive Leadership Team, responsible for all technology and engineering functions. He was appointed to the role in 2017 after having served as CIO since 2016. He was a driving force behind UPS’s adoption of advanced analytics, and led the implementation of new technologies, including artificial intelligence, virtual assistants, and virtual reality solutions for driver training. He oversaw numerous technology systems that support the company’s financial, human resources, operations, customer service, and sales, and managed a $6 billion engineering and IT budget. He oversaw the Advanced Technology Group, charged with future operational technology strategy including robotics, autonomous transportation, and network optimization, and helped develop driver dispatch and navigation solutions aimed at improving service and efficiencies. Perez also led the largest automation and capacity expansion in the company’s recent history, He was also an executive advisor on diversity across the enterprise.
In 2013, Perez was recognized by Computerworld as a Premier 100 IT Leader. In 2015 and 2017, he was recognized as one of the top 100 Hispanic IT leaders by the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC). The Atlanta Telecom Professionals (ATP) awarded him with the 2015 Leadership Award. He was recognized in 2016 as a Top Latino Leader by the Council for Latino Workplace Equity. He was named CIO of the Year in 2017 by CIO Dive. In 2018, Perez was honored with the Distinguished Mexican award from the Mexican government for his personal and career achievements in the U.S. He was named 2018 CIO of the Year by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association in the Super Global category at its annual CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards. Perez was ranked 43 in the Latino Leaders Magazine 2020 list of the 101 Most Influential Latinos, and named to theboardiQ Hall of Fame LatinX | Hispanic Top 100 Honorees. In 2019, Perez received the Forbes CIO Innovation Award for his contributions in developing UPS’ Global Smart Logistics Network.
Perez holds a B.S. in industrial and systems engineering and an M.S. in computer and manufacturing engineering from the University of Southern California. He is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and holds several professional certificates in project management, business administration, and IT management. He serves as a program evaluator for the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) and was a lecturer at USC for seven years, where he taught courses in engineering economy, quality control, industrial engineering, and operations management.
In 2019, Perez was named a member of The Hershey Company’s board of directors, and is a member of the advisory boards for the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at UPS and the School of Business at Georgia Tech. Upon his retirement in 2022, UPS established the Juan Perez UPS Endowed Scholarship at the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC in support of Hispanic and female engineering students. Perez is an active member of his church and community.
Address: Salesforce, Inc., Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 304-3765
Pete Quinones is President and CEO of MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service (MAAS). He founded the company in 2000 to restore accountability and responsiveness to the citizens of Cobb County. MAAS began with 10 employees and 2 ambulances and has grown to over 600 employees, with a state-of-the-art communications center, fleet maintenance facility and a fleet of more than 100 vehicles that provide services in Cobb County, Paulding County, and greater Savannah. Under Quinones’ leadership, MAAS has become one of Georgia’s largest and most respected private ambulance service providers. It is one of an elite few in the nation to receive accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services.
Quinones stresses voluntarism and provides employees with paid time off to volunteer. The company is actively involved in giving time, treasure and talent by serving in leadership roles on boards and other committees in support of local, non-profit agencies. In 2016, they donated over 2,500 volunteer hours to organizations including the Boy Scouts and the Boys & Girls Clubs.
Quinones has received numerous awards and recognition from organizations including the State of Georgia, Healthcare Georgia Foundation and Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. His company has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.
He and his wife Michelle reside in Atlanta.
Address: 4774 Northside Drive, Atlanta, GA 30327-4581
Phone: (770) 693-8445
Ernest "Ernie" Scheller Jr., who graduated from Georgia Tech in 1952 with a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Management, gave the $50 million gift that led to the 2012 renaming of the business college from Georgia Tech College of Management to the Ernest Scheller Jr. College of Business. He recently gave another gift that will fund the Scheller Tower in Tech Square Phase III. The tower will be the new home of the College’s MBA and Executive Education programs. It is expected to open by 2025.
Scheller is chairman emeritus of Pennsylvania-based Silberline Manufacturing Inc., a company his father founded in the 1940s that is now a leading global supplier of high-quality pigments—primarily to the automobile industry—that tremendously enhance the visual appeal of coatings, paints, inks, plastics, and textiles. If your car has a metallic finish, chances are the shimmer was provided by Silberline.
“Georgia Tech taught me the importance of perseverance and persistence,” says Scheller. “Over the years, I’ve applied those same principles to my support of Georgia Tech and its College of Business. In order to build a College that will rank among the world’s best business programs, you’ve got to have great leadership, a broad-based vision, and a lot of determination. The College has been fortunate these past years to enjoy the leadership of Dean Steve Salbu and Dean Maryam Alavi. By any barometer you could choose, the College has improved dramatically during their tenures. I have never been more optimistic about the future of Georgia Tech and its College of Business, and I am eager to see the great things that are planned for the coming years come to reality."
Address: 2555 Rue Du Jardin, Naples, FL 34105-3195
Phone: (601) 406-8435
Jacquelyn Renée Schneider is a Double Jacket having graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction (2006) and her MBA (2018). She also has graduate degrees from the Johns Hopkins University and University of California, Davis. Jacquelyn has over 10 years of experience in consulting and currently works for Jabian Consulting advising clients on business strategy and operational excellence. Jacquelyn is an avid volunteer, philanthropist, and has demonstrated a fervor for the Georgia Tech community over the years.
Jacquelyn was elected by her peers to serve as GEMS President (2017-2018) where she worked across the MBA programs to foster collaboration among the Executive SLT, Full-Time GBC, and Evening GEMS student organizations. She served over 400 Evening MBA students by ensuring quality extracurricular programing to support their academic experience. For her efforts as GEMS President, Jacquelyn received the Dean’s Prize in 2018.
During her time at Scheller, Jacquelyn was selected by the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business to complete research as a Scheller Sustainability Fellow. She also served as a Scheller College of Business -Diversity and Inclusion Councilmember. As a Scheller MBA Ambassador, she actively participated in events to recruit the best and brightest to Scheller. Jacquelyn served on the Women’s Panel for the 2018 MBA Open House, as a panelist for MBA Career Services Event in fall 2018, and at numerous Evening MBA Information Sessions. She also participated in Evening MBA orientation from fall 2016 to fall 2018.
Jacquelyn has mentored graduate and undergraduate students through the Mentor Jackets Program since 2015 and continues to serve in this capacity today. Jacquelyn now serves at Georgia Tech on the Scheller Advisory Board. She is the recipient of the 2019 Scheller Evening MBA Student of the Year award and the Alumni Association's 2022 Outstanding Young Alumni award.
Address: 3950 Saint Clair Court NE, Brookhaven, GA 30319-1846
Since May 2016, Jean-Pierre Serani is the Head of the Investment Banking division of Bancolombia, where he is in charge of the M&A, DCM/ECM, Project, Corporate and Acquisition Finance, Loan Syndications, Merchant Banking and Special Situations teams. Previously, for three years he was the CEO of Valores Bancolombia, the bank´s brokerage unit and the Head of the Sales & Trading division. Before 2013, he held several positions on the Investment Banking division for more than eight years and at the Treasury Department of Corfinsura for more than five years.
Currently, he is the Chairman of the Board of Enka de Colombia, leads the Regional Committee of United Way Foundation por Antioquia and is a member of the Advisory Board of Scheller College of Business of Georgia Institute of Technology.
Mr. Serani received his undergraduate degree in Business from Universidad EAFIT and his MBA degree from Georgia Institute of Technology as a Fulbright Scholar. He has also attended different executive programs at Harvard, Stanford and Wharton.
Address: Alto de las Palmas Km17. Vereda La Acuarela, Envigado, Colombia
John Sherman is President and CEO of Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, the second largest privately held Coca-Cola bottler in the U.S. and the fourth largest overall in North America. Under John’s leadership, Coca-Cola UNITED recently completed a multi-year expansion that more than tripled the size of the company. Today, Coca-Cola UNITED has more than 60 facilities throughout the southeast in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee, and employs approximately 10,000 associates. John has been with the Coca-Cola system for almost four decades.
In 1979, while still enrolled at Georgia Tech, John began his Coca-Cola career as a part-time Clerk in the accounting department of Atlanta Coca-Cola Bottling Company, which was then a part of Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Inc. He advanced to positions of Department Manager, Cold Drink Manager, Home Market Sales Manager and Sales Center Manager for the Atlanta market. In 1987, John was promoted to Region Manager, responsible for the Alabama and South Georgia bottling franchises of CCE.
In 1990, Sherman joined Birmingham, AL-based, Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, Inc., as Director of Marketing for the East Region, based in Augusta, GA. In 1993, he moved to Birmingham as Central Region President, responsible for the Birmingham and Chattanooga, TN, market territories. In 1999, Georgia and South Carolina were added to his responsibility, and he was named a Corporate Vice President and President of the newly-formed East Region, which included Birmingham, Carbon Hill, and Cullman in Alabama; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Augusta, Brunswick, McRae, Milledgeville, Savannah, Statesboro, and Waycross in Georgia; and Spartanburg, South Carolina.
In 2013, as the company embarked upon a major territory expansion, John was named Corporate Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, responsible for leading the reorganization of Coca-Cola UNITED’s legacy operating units and overseeing the transition and integration of all new franchise operations, current and future. In this role, he was also responsible for Commercial Leadership, Operational Marketing, and Customer and Revenue Management across Coca-Cola UNITED. In April 2016, John was named President and CEO.
John has also held executive roles within the beverage industry including President of the Alabama Soft Drink Association (now Alabama Beverage Association) for an unprecedented two consecutive terms, from 1999 to 2005. He currently serves on the Board of the Dr Pepper Bottlers Association.
In 2005, John received the Alabama Beverage Association’s Distinguished Service Award – the highest honor bestowed by the state’s soft drink industry. In 2016, under John’s leadership, Coca-Cola UNITED won the inaugural and prestigious Market Street Challenge award from The Coca-Cola Company, recognizing the organization’s top executional excellence among all U.S. bottlers.
John serves on the Board of Advisors of the Brock School of Business at Samford University, as well as on the Scheller College of Business Advisory Board at Georgia Tech. In the community, he is on the Board of Directors of both the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and the St. Vincent’s Foundation. In 2018, John received the “Top CEO” award from the Birmingham Business Journal and was also named an “Executive of Influence” by that same publication.
John’s hobbies include golf and hunting, and he is a member of Briarwood Presbyterian Church. John and his wife of nearly 40 years Terry have three grown sons, Jack, Bobby, and Keith, and delight in their five grandchildren.
Address: 5017 Shandwick Circle, Birmingham, AL 35242
René Simon is a Senior Data Scientist with over fifteen years of experience spanning many Fortune 500 companies. René specializes in Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Semantics. He lends his time to teach Data Science and Analytics, most recently at Norfolk State University and previously at Georgia Tech.
While at Scheller, René was on the founding board of Blacks in Business and continues to work closely with the organization to ensure proper representation in the business community. In addition to giving his time, René is funding a scholarship to help minority business students reach their goals. René is an avid comic fan, out of shape athlete, romantic husband, and a father of four.
Address: 145 Vintage Club Ct., Duluth, GA 30097
As retired Chairman of Speer & Associates, Inc. (S&A), Richard N. Speer, Jr. was responsible for management of S&A’s worldwide consulting business and resources. He also managed major consulting assignments including: board and governance development; overall financial institution strategic organizational and business planning engagements; merger and acquisition evaluations and integration; financial service retail / commercial customer, product and delivery system strategy development for major financial institutions, financial service providers, and processors in the U.S. and abroad.
Prior to the formation of S&A in 1980, Rich was Senior Vice President in charge of American Express Payment Systems, Inc. (PSI) Consulting Division where he was responsible for managing consulting engagements worldwide. Before joining American Express, Rich held positions with three major U.S. banks at which he was at various times responsible for credit card project management, formation of a corporate cash management department, operations group management and financial services strategic planning.
Mr. Speer has served on the Boards of a major regional US bank holding company, an international bank, national finance company, mortgage company, check cashing company, and several venture capital and private equity investment firms. Rich is a past Chairman of the Board of the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and a Board member of the Junior Jazz Foundation. He is also a member of the Georgia Tech Letterman’s Club. He and his family are members of St. Luke’s Church.
While a student at Tech, Rich was Vice President of the Student Body, and member of ANAK, founder of the Atlanta Urban Corps, member of the Georgia Tech Swim Team and member of a number of other Tech Student organizations.
He lives fulltime in Hilton Head Island where he resides with his wife Tami. They have four sons and one grandson.
Address: 50 Heritage Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928-4232
Kathy Waller retired as Executive Chief Financial Officer and President, Enabling Services, for The Coca-Cola Company, where she was responsible for the overall internal control environment of the Company and also held responsibility for the consolidation of the Company’s financial statements. She joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1987 as a Senior Accountant in accounting research.
Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, she worked as a Senior Accountant for Deloitte Haskins and Sells Public Accounting Firm, both in Rochester, New York and Atlanta, Georgia. While at Coca-Cola, Waller chaired the company’s Women’s Leadership Council that addresses the rapid impact global changes in demographics, economic access and personal expectations are having on the marketplace for talent.
Waller is the 2007 recipient of the University of Rochester William E. Simon School Distinguished Alumna Award, 2007 Treasury and Risk Magazine 100 Most Influential People in Finance designation and the 2005 University of Rochester Career Achievement Award. She is a member of the University of Rochester’s Board of Trustees and Catalyst Board of Advisors.
Address: 1585 Wesley Pkwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30327-1800
Mr. Watanabe is Japan CFO of AbbVie. Since receiving his MBA from Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business in 2006, he has had a distinguished career in the pharmaceutical industry. He first worked in the Business Planning & Analysis Division of Novartis Japan where he was involved in expanding the company’s oncology business into the Japanese market.
In 2010 he joined Symbio Pharma as Finance Director and spearheaded the company’s IPO listing on first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. He was promoted to Senior Director and was responsible for negotiating alliances several biotech companies. In 2014 Mr. Watanabe joined AbbVie Japan, shortly after its split from Abbott Laboratories, as its CFO. Since then he has been involved in expanding the company in Japan, helping to make it the No. 2 affiliate in the AbbVie group globally.
Address: 4-10-1-E906 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 2200012
Charles Wilson is the VP of Operations for Customer and Associate Experience at The Home Depot.
Charles joined the Company in 2003 as an assistant store manager. He has held roles of progressively increasing responsibility, including SM, DM, director of strategic development, DM, and most recently as RVP of the Southeast Region.
In 2020, Charles joined the board of directors for The Home Depot Foundation which provides support to non-profit organizations addressing the needs of our veteran community, helping families impacted by natural disasters, and training skilled tradespeople.
Charles earned his MBA with a focus on strategy and finance, from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in accounting from Hampton University.
Charles currently resides in Tampa with his wife Erica and their three children. He enjoys, spending time with his family, golfing, and cooking.
Address: The Home Depot, 2455 Paces Ferry Road SE, Atlanta, GA 30339-6444