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Bennett Thrasher is the eighth-largest Atlanta-based full-service certified public accounting and consulting firm. What differentiates Bennett Thrasher from other accounting firms is the respect and regard we have for our clients and for each other. The firm creates significant value and a unique positive experience through collaboration- with and between clients, partners, associates and the community. Founded in 1980 by Rick Bennett and Ken Thrasher, today Bennett Thrasher boasts a dedicated, experienced team of 31 partners and more than 210 associates serving our clients in tax, financial reporting & assurance, valuation, litigation, client accounting services, international, personal financial services, state & local tax, dispute resolution & forensics, transfer pricing and wealth management.
Lindsey Sykes is a Partner and the service line leader for our Financial Reporting and Assurance department. Lindsey has over twenty fi ve years of business experience, having spent twelve years in public accounting with Arthur Andersen and six years as Chief Financial Offi cer of a publicly traded company prior to joining Bennett Thrasher in February of 2007. Lindsey has signifi cant experience in serving companies from the start-up/ development stage through large multi-national public companies. He has been involved with companies in the technology, manufacturing, distribution, real estate and service industries.
Vince Eget is a Partner within Bennett Thrasher’s Tax practice. He has signifi cant experience working with companies in technology, healthcare and service businesses, and in the areas of taxation of passthrough entities and mergers and acquisitions. Vince provides a broad array of tax consulting for entities ranging from formation and structural issues to succession and liquidity events as well as critical business and tax planning throughout their life cycle. He has considerable experience with advising clients through the acquisition and sale of their businesses. These have included asset sales, stock sales, IRC §338(h)(10) elections, ESOP transactions, management buy outs, recapitalizations, redemptions, and mergers.
Founded in 2004, Carabiner Communications is an Atlanta-based agency specializing in marketing, PR and sales lead generation. We custom-build a nimble team of B2B experts to partner with clients for as much or as little as they need. We’re strategic, cost-effective, and very, very human. If you’re helping to steer a start-up, a fast-growth company or an organization headed in a new direction and need branding, marketing, public relations, content development, social media or lead-gen assistance to get to the next level, then let’s talk.
Peter Baron serves as a senior-level consultant, offering advice to clients on product positioning, lead generation and nurturing, and digital marketing. Through more than two decades of technology marketing and PR experience, Peter has the skills to recognize new trends and opportunities, helping companies plan strategies accordingly. His client experience spans telecommunications, networking, healthcare technology, mobile computing and myriad software solutions. Peter received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and PR from the University of Utah.
Clarity Capital partners with entrepreneurs to prepare for an optimal exit. We identify key value drivers, create a defined exit plan, uncover potential buyers and run a competitive process to achieve an optimal exit.
Senior Executive with a track record of building Private Equity backed Companies through to exit.
Completed 100 M&A transactions involving capital formation in excess of $1BN.
• Senior Leadership
• European Experience
• Building and leading teams
• High Growth Businesses
• Fundraising, Capital Markets
Clarity Capital Advisors, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, provides strategic advice to small and medium size businesses. We specialize in interim/fractional CFO solutions, M&A and general corporate finance advice. Our corporate finance professionals have transaction and industry experience to help businesses evaluate, navigate and successfully execute a full range of strategic alternatives.
Our team is client-focused and dedicated to providing senior level, quality advice to business owners, management and shareholders
Crowe Horwath is a public accounting, consulting, and technology firm with offices across the globe. Connecting deep industry and specialized knowledge with innovative technology, our dedicated professionals create value for our clients with integrity and objectivity. We accomplish this by listening to our clients – about their businesses, trends in their industries, and the challenges they face. We forge each relationship with the intention of delivering exceptional client service while upholding our core values and our industry’s strong professional standards. Crowe invests in tomorrow because we know smart decisions build lasting value for our clients, people, and profession.
Mr. Parker has over 25 years of public accounting experience in providing tax consulting services to a broad range of clients in the manufacturing, distribution, technology and other industries. Professional and Industry Experience Mr. Parker works in many areas of taxation including; merger and acquisitions, S-corporation taxation, C-corporation taxation, partnership taxation, multi-state taxation, and individual tax. He has extensive experience in the following activities:
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With more than 2,000 people, Dixon Hughes Goodman ranks among the nation’s top 20 public accounting firms. Offering comprehensive assurance, tax and advisory services, DHG focuses on major industry lines and serves clients in all 50 states as well as internationally. Visit www.dhg.com for additional information.
Alpa serves as a tax partner with DHG, based in the firm’s Atlanta office. Alpa joined the Atlanta office with DHG’s predecessor firm, Crisp Hughes Evans, in 1997 after working in the corporate tax department of a local restaurant group. Throughout her career with the firm, Alpa has developed experience in several areas, including tax planning, business consultation, and transaction guidance, as well as tax research and compliance for corporations, partnerships, limited-liability entities, and individuals with high net worth. Her vast industry knowledge includes manufacturing and distribution, construction, agribusiness, service providers and insurance underwriters, and she serves clients ranging in size from private start-ups to large public companies.
Alpa strives to serve as a valued consultant to her clients, having successfully negotiated numerous client positions before the Internal Revenue Service, as well as various state and local jurisdictions. She has completed postgraduate work at New York University, and is a recognized guest lecturer for continuing professional education courses. Alpa is committed to the success of key programs within DHG, including the firm’s Women Forward program, the Emerging Leaders Academy, and personnel recruitment and retention.
Billy Parker leads DHG’s Technology industry practice. He brings to DHG more than 30 years of experience with a Big Four firm focused in software (SaaS and Cloud), financial technology (“FinTech”), healthcare IT (“HealthTech”), technology manufacturing and services.
Billy serves as lead audit partner, client executive partner, and/or industry partner for public and private technology companies ranging from the Fortune 1000 to start-ups. As part of his commitment to excellent client service, Billy provides deep technical and business guidance, which includes extensive experience with revenue recognition accounting and business models, controls and process, SEC filings, stock compensation, financing and mergers and acquisitions.
Additionally, Billy works with private equity and venture capital (VC) growth companies assisting them through their development and establishment of policies and practices in areas such as initial public offerings (IPO), business combinations and revenue recognition.
Matt Whitmire serves as a partner with the Dixon Hughes Goodman Atlanta region. His experience is concentrated in the areas of closely held, high growth and publicly traded companies within the manufacturing, technology, construction and financial services industries. In the delivery of audit services to technology and software companies, Matt has developed extensive experience in accounting revenue recognition, development costs, goodwill and stock compensation. Matt has also served in the Risk Services Practice, assisting non-audit clients in fulfillment of their responsibilities pertaining to evaluation of the design and operating effectiveness of internal controls as required by Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
Matt has participated in numerous SEC reporting engagements, including the preparation and review of 10-K filings, 10-Q filings, earnings releases and secondary public offerings. He consults on various accounting and reporting issues including assistance with completeness, accuracy and timeliness of SEC filings. Matt assumes full responsibility for directing and managing client engagements, including identifying key business and audit risks and providing recommendations for process improvements and strategy for implementing such recommendations.
Chip Chambley began his career in 2007 and serves a Tax Partner in DHG’s Atlanta office. His background includes reviewing income tax compliance and consulting projects for publicly-traded and privately-held corporations in a variety of industries including manufacturing, technology and logistics. He also has experience with various consulting engagements including international, merger and acquisition, due diligence, and federal and state income tax planning. His experience also includes inbound and outbound international tax as well as ASC 740 for publicly-traded and privately-held corporations. His background includes tax provision outsourcing, assisting clients with internally-prepared provisions, and preparation of tax provisions for clients with complex organizational structures including tiered consolidations with US and Foreign taxable and flow-through entities.
At Fifth Third Bank, we are always listening to new ideas so that we can strengthen our commitment to you and the communities we serve. Fifth Third Bank, N.A., Member FDIC. Fifth Third Bank is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. M/F/D/V
Randy Koporc serves as president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank (Georgia). In this role, he is responsible for the growth and strategic alignment of our Commercial, Wealth & Asset Management and Consumer businesses to deliver distinctive value to our customers and community impact in the region.
Previously, Randy served as executive vice president and head of the Payments and Commerce Solutions Division, responsible for Credit Card, Debit Card, HSA, Treasury Management, Sales & Product Development, Currency Processing Solutions, Payment Innovation and Strategic Partnerships for the enterprise.
Prior to joining Fifth Third in 2010, Randy spent more than two decades in financial services, having worked in various roles with First Union National Bank, Wachovia and Wells Fargo, including president of the Greater Virginia region for Wells Fargo. In addition to consumer banking, wealth management and commercial banking, he delivered corporate banking and capital markets results throughout Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and southern Pennsylvania. Randy began his career as a commercial banker, in his hometown of Orlando, Florida.
Whether leading teams or managing client relationships, I facilitate the banking products and services privately held companies and their owners need to execute their strategic plans.
I work with business owners in the commercial/middle-market segment, targeting companies between $20MM and $500MM in topline revenue. My clients typically borrow $5MM or more and rely heavily on our robust treasury platform for daily cash management needs. In addition, my team and I can help clients acquire real estate, finance working capital and capex, protect themselves from fraud, exit their business, acquire businesses, manage personal assets, mitigate interest rate risk, commodity, and foreign exchange risks, and streamline operations through industry-leading AR and AP optimization platforms.
Founders Legal (Bekiares Eliezer LLP) is a Corporate & Intellectual Property Law Firm based in Atlanta, Georgia USA, that focuses exclusively on complex matters in the areas of Intellectual Property, Corporate, Transactional, and Securities law.
We employ the services of highly skilled and experienced attorneys who are specialized in their unique areas of practice. Our team is dedicated to creating, utilizing, and continually iterating upon the latest software, technology, and processes to maximize efficiency and provide uncompromising value to its clients.
We are devoted to making the practice of law more efficient while improving the client experience and delivering uncompromising value. As a Founders Legal client, you will benefit from the Founders Legal Client Experience 2.0 — combining the newest technology and automation with a dedicated team of highly-skilled, practical, responsive, and results-oriented professionals to meet your legal needs. Our Practice Specialties include: Intellectual Property, Business Transactions, Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Technology Law.
Founded in 1962 and a public company since 1983, Raymond James Financial, Inc. is a Florida-based diversified holding company providing financial services to individuals, corporations and municipalities through its subsidiary companies engaged primarily in investment and financial planning, in addition to capital markets and asset management. The firm’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (RJF). Through its three broker/dealer subsidiaries, Raymond James Financial has approximately 8,400 financial advisors throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. Total client assets are $1.18 trillion (as of 9/30/2021). Raymond James has been recognized nationally for its community support and corporate philanthropy. The company has been ranked as one of the best in the country in customer service, as a great place to work and as a national leader in support of the arts.
As team leader, Trey has final responsibility for investment strategies, planning strategies and client care. He understands the tremendous value that services such as financial planning and tax strategies have and the significant role they play in the financial future of their clients.
Previously in his career, Trey was a financial advisor and vice president at Morgan Keegan when the firm was acquired by Raymond James in 2012. Earlier, he was a financial advisor at A.G. Edwards, and also held positions at Scientific Atlanta and Arris Technologies. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Washington and Lee University.
Trey grew up in Clearwater, Florida, and attended St Paul’s Episcopal and Shorecrest Prep.
His wife, Chandler, is a Georgia native and well-known lobbyist. They have two children, Carter and Sara Elizabeth. Trey is a member of Northside Church and Cherokee Town and Country Club.
In his free time, Trey enjoys attempting to lower his golf score. He also enjoys duck hunting twice per year in South Carolina and Arkansas, and saltwater fishing for snook, tarpon and redfish, preferably in the skinny waters around Florida.
We provide financial planning services to closely held business owners.
Our process begins with a Tax Mitigation Analysis (TMA) for the business owner considering a liquidity event.
Liquidity events can include a sale, a partial sale, a growth capital recap, or divestiture.
We work closely with multiple sell side advisory firms and can provide confidential introductions to evaluate options.
Family office services for families begin post liquidity event.
These services include:
– Tax Planning
– Cash Flow Planning
– Private Banking and Lending (through Raymond James Bank)
– Risk Management (through a partnership with MARSH)
– Investment management (multiple custodial options)
– Direct private investing
– Family governance
At Humans Doing, we utilize our 50+ years of combined national technology-centric recruiting experience to pair great clients and candidates together. Our approach and experience ensure that both receive great value, growth, and appreciation for each other. We take pride in making sure both sides make great decisions that will have a lasting positive impact on their companies, careers, and families.
In addition to being a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of Measure Up: Mastering Your Career Search Like a Boss I’m also a three-time founder, entrepreneur, tech investor, board member and advisor to high growth companies. More importantly, I’m thankful to be a husband with a very patient wife & a new father who’s in over my head.
I’m passionate about helping people make great hiring and career decisions so they can have the most fulfilled, abundant, and meaningful lives possible. I’ve spent almost 30 years in the recruiting and coaching world consulting with and placing thousands of leaders, sales, and tech-savvy people into high-growth companies. I’ve founded, built, and sold a national tech staffing company and have helped countless leaders of high-growth companies grow their teams with the right people to have a positive impact on their products, culture, and, ultimately, their customers. My experience has molded me into a leading expert in recruiting, hiring, employee retention, and career growth best practices.
As a 20 year veteran in the discipline of Talent Acquisition, Recruiting, and Staffing Industries, I have found joy throughout my career in assisting individuals and organizations in achieving their highest potential. I have learned that the human experience is most meaningful when individual talent is self-actualized. Being a guide for others in their respective career search has come to be my “superpower”. Equally, partnering with organizations I believe in, while strategically guiding those organizations to obtain the most talented individuals in their respective business arena is my passion as well. I believe as a collective, collaboration and growth through human capital is our greatest asset.
Since 1986, Insperity’s mission has been to help businesses succeed so communities prosper. Offering the most comprehensive suite of scalable HR solutions available in the marketplace, Insperity is defined by an unrivaled breadth and depth of services and level of care. Through an optimal blend of premium HR service and technology, Insperity delivers the administrative relief, reduced liabilities and better benefit solutions that businesses need for sustained growth. With 2020 revenues of $4.3 billion and more than 80 offices throughout the U.S., Insperity is currently making a difference in thousands of businesses and communities nationwide.
I am passionate about working with small-medium sized businesses in the Atlanta community. I help business owners increase their bottom line by helping them focus on their business. I do this through streamlining efficiencies, mitigating risks, cost containing their employee benefits while providing the big company benefit options and offloading many of the areas that take focus away from growing their business.
Exceptional account manager and business development professional with a proven track record in prioritizing and balancing multiple facets of account development. Consistent top performer who exceeds revenue targets through building relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Qualifications include growing existing accounts and renewing multi-year contracts. Intuitive business acumen and professional presence with the ability to establish collaborative partnerships with C-Level executives.
Integgra Valuation & Advisory Services provides business valuation and financial advisory services. The scope of business valuation services and the methodologies applied therein can be unclear to many people. We differentiate ourselves by focusing on impeccable client service and by clearly and efficiently communicating valuation issues and defensible opinions while maintaining a high standard of technical excellence. The result is a higher level of client service and satisfaction.
The needs of each client and the nuances of each business are unique. We invest time in listening carefully to ensure that our analyses reflect that uniqueness.
We operate with cutting-edge technology. This enables us to exchange data efficiently with our clients and to provide current financial data and research in an efficient and cost-effective process. This results in high-quality valuation reports with a shorter turnaround time, which translates to reduced fees for our clients.
Gregg Ficery is President of Integgra Advisory Services, which he founded in 2011. He has over 15 years of business valuation consulting experience and has valued hundreds of private companies. He also has over 10 years of industry experience in the technology, telecommunications, and financial services sectors in finance, accounting, and corporate development roles.
Prior to founding Integgra, Gregg held a Director position at SVB Analytics, a subsidiary of Silicon Valley Bank, where he led over 150 valuation engagements advising early stage private technology companies for the purpose of determining stock option pricing for IRC 409A and SFAS 123R compliance. In this role, Gregg managed a global team of analysts and interfaced with C-level executives, Boards of Directors, attorneys and auditors throughout all phases of the valuation process. In addition, Gregg developed business with top audit and law firms, leading to sales of valuation and financial software services.
Prior to joining SVB Analytics, Gregg held a Senior Director position at Taylor Consulting Group, a boutique valuation consulting firm in Atlanta, where he was responsible for valuation analysis, financial and transaction advisory services covering public and closely held companies. In this role he developed and led engagements requiring valuation of companies for purposes including mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, financial reporting, tax compliance, and litigation support, including providing expert testimony. He served clients in a wide variety of industries, including technology, telecommunications, renewable energy, healthcare, food and beverage, financial services, retail, and manufacturing.
Morris, Manning & Martin is a full-service law firm with national and international reach. We dedicate ourselves to the constant pursuit of our clients’ success. In order to provide our clients with optimal value, we combine market-leading legal services with a total understanding of their needs to maximize effectiveness, efficiency and opportunity.
Our Firm and lawyers possess a keen understanding of our clients’ businesses and the sectors in which they operate. Legal solutions are delivered by industry-focused, diverse, involved lawyers who are dedicated to their clients’ success, whether in a transaction, in court or in the everyday course of business.
Lori C. Bibb is a partner in MMM’s Atlanta office and a member of the Corporate Department. Ms. Bibb concentrates her practice on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, venture capital investments, joint ventures, complex business transactions and securities offerings.
Ms. Bibb also advises clients on corporate governance matters, as well as periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and compliance with NYSE and NASDAQ listing requirements.
Ms. Bibb graduated with a B.S. from Vanderbilt University in, of all things, Molecular Biology and Art History, and earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she served as Articles Editor of the Tennessee Law Review.
David M. Calhoun is a partner in the firm’s Corporate Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Financial Technologies practices. Mr. Calhoun practices in the areas of corporate finance, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. He has significant experience in public and private securities and corporate finance, including representation of issuers, underwriters, and investors. Representative transactions include debt and equity offerings (public and private), going private transactions, venture capital financings, IPOs, secondary offerings of common and preferred securities, PIPEs (private investments in public equity), and tender offers. Mr. Calhoun has been active in mergers and acquisitions for public and private companies, including acting as counsel in transactions ranging in size from less than $100,000 to over $1 billion. Representative M&A transactions include representation of both buyers and sellers in mergers, asset sales, stock sales, international and cross-border transactions, and leveraged buy-outs. He has represented companies in numerous industries, including technology, financial technology, green tech, logistics/freight forwarding, medical devices, business process outsourcing, manufacturing, and financial institutions. Mr. Calhoun’s practice also includes general corporate counseling, corporate governance, audit and special committee representation, and securities law compliance matters.
I am a member of the Corporate Law group and the chair of the International M&A practice with Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP. I represent domestic and international clients in a variety of corporate and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity transactions, joint ventures, emerging company issues, fund formation, private placements, and franchise law. I also routinely serve as a general business and legal advisor to my clients, counseling on matters such as corporate governance, executive compensation, employment and partnership disputes, regulatory compliance and commercial contracts, coordinating, where appropriate, with other attorneys within my firm.
I help private equity funds and their portfolio companies with a variety of corporate transactions to help grow their businesses. This frequently includes platform acquisitions, bolt-on acquisitions, sell-side transactions and debt and equity financings. I also work with venture capital-backed and founder-owned businesses in transactions such as mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. My clients are in numerous and diverse industries, though I have significant experience in the software, technology and technology-enabled business services sector. I often serve as outside general for my clients, coordinating legal support across the organization and from other skilled attorneys within the firm.
Mr. Yates has practiced exclusively in the technology law field for 30 years. He chairs the Technology Group at Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, one of the leading law firms in the country. The firm represents private and public technology companies, entrepreneurs, and business services companies throughout the U.S. and globally.
Mr. Yates co-founded and has been a Board member of leading tech organizations, including the Southeastern Medical Device Association, Southeastern Software Association, Technology Association of Georgia, Technology Executives Roundtable, and Atlanta CEO Council. He serves on the Board of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, co-chairs its Technology Leadership Group, and chairs its political action committee.
Proven client-facing business leader with a record of driving multimillion-dollar sales growth… penetrating new markets…spearheading joint ventures…developing and executing revenue/growth strategies for both start-ups and a $1 billion company.
Specialties: Strategic business development expertise across multiple disciplines and in diverse industries. Includes Sales & Marketing/ General Management/ Business Development roles in professional services, business consulting, and pharmaceutical/healthcare distribution. Provides leadership in key account development, management and expansion, consistently broadening customer base and channels of product distribution.
Refactor Talent is an elite, women owned talent agency obsessed with delivering the right talent to enable you to achieve your desired outcomes. All teams, even the best ones, need to be refactored and augmented at times to improve performance.
The recruiting team at Refactor Talent has over 75 years of combined experience helping companies of all sizes, from all industries hire the best talent to grow, refine, and enhance their workforces. Let us help you do the same.
Renasant Corporation, a 118-year-old financial services institution, is the parent of Renasant Bank. Renasant has assets of approximately $16.9 billion and operates 196 banking, mortgage, financial services and insurance offices throughout Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Savills is a global real estate services provider with a network of more than 39,000 people in over 600 offices across the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. A FTSE 250 company (LON: SVS) headquartered in London, Savills advises corporate, institutional and private clients who are seeking to acquire, lease, develop or realise the value of residential and commercial property in the world’s key locations.
SGR is a full service, International law firm that advises regional, national, and global businesses on a wide range of legal matters. The firm’s 270 attorneys provide legal counsel in more than 45 specialized practice areas, including corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, aviation, banking, real estate, construction, employment law, and employee benefits and executive compensation. Founded in 1893, SGR has offices in Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Jacksonville, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Southampton, and Washington, D.C.
Gregory J. Kirsch is a Partner and the Head of the Intellectual Property Practice of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP.
Mr. Kirsch serves as patent counsel to clients ranging from large multinational corporations to small start-ups, as well as universities. His practice encompasses the entire range of patent law, including patent procurement, strategic patent portfolio development, patent opinions (infringement, validity and patentability), post grant proceedings, licensing, as well as patent litigation. He has served as a patent expert in a patent litigation matter, and has participated in patent opposition hearings at the European Patent Office. He has prepared and obtained many hundreds of patents during his career for a diverse clientele, for inventions spanning the full range of technologies, including software, business methods, computer technology, electronics, communications technology, analog and digital circuitry, medical technology, mechanics, electromechanics, plus many others. In addition to his US patent practice, Mr. Kirsch has extensive experience overseeing and pursuing on behalf of his clients patent protection in patent offices throughout the world, utilizing patent treaties (Paris Convention and the Patent Cooperation Treaty), in coordination with foreign patent counsel.
In addition to his full-time legal practice, Mr. Kirsch has served as an Adjunct Professor of patent law at Emory University School of Law since 1997, and as an Adjunct Professor of intellectual property law at Washington University School of Law (St. Louis) since 2011. He is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences on various intellectual property topics, and has contributed chapters on patent law to two books.
Mr. Kirsch serves on the Board and on the Executive Committee of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce-Southeast, and is a past Chair of the State Bar of Georgia’s Intellectual Property Law Section. He’s also been active in the Intellectual Property Section of the American Bar Association, and is a past Chair of that section’s Patent Policy Committee.
Mr. Kirsch received his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1987. He received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 1990, where he was Notes & Comments Editor of the Washington University Law Quarterly. Mr. Kirsch is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C., Georgia, Virginia and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Brett Lockwood is a Partner in the Corporate Practice of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP and chairs the Firm’s Technology Law Practice Group.
Mr. Lockwood devotes a substantial portion of his practice to serving as principal outside counsel with his clients, advising on corporate, cybersecurity and technology issues as well as significant business transactions. His practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, cybersecurity and data privacy, technology transactions, licensing, strategic alliances and corporate finance matters.
He has published extensively on business and legal topics in many publications and has spoken widely about technology legal matters. Mr. Lockwood is AV Rated (top rating) from Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyer.
His current professional affiliations include serving as Co-Chair of the Atlanta Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society and as a member of the ACG’s Capital Connection Planning Committee, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and the Technology Association of Georgia. He has previously served as a Board member and officer of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals, the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Georgia’s Technology Law Section (former Chair), the Business & Technology Alliance, the Atlanta Electronic Commerce Forum, the Georgia Technology Forum, Literacy Volunteers of America (Metro Atlanta), and as the Editor-in-Chief of the Georgia Bar Journal.
Mr. Lockwood received his B.A. degree, cum laude, from the University of North Florida, performed graduate studies at Columbia University’s School of International Affairs and received his J.D. degree, with distinction, from Emory University School of Law. During law school he served as Executive Managing Editor of the Emory Law Journal and received the Laughlin Award for excellence in legal research and writing.
Talent 360 provides comprehensive staffing solutions for the Information Technology and Finance industries. With decades of experience within our chosen markets, our goal is to provide headache free staffing solutions. We will ensure that we hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards by meeting our client’s needs precisely and completely. We will cultivate a working environment that provides a human, sustainable approach to earning a living, and living in our world, for our partners, employees and for our clients. Our vision is to provide our clients with excellence in the hiring process. We strive to handle each client with accountability and responsiveness, as if we were recruiting for our own business. Our mission is to take on the hiring headaches for our clients, by providing efficient cost-effective staffing solutions.
Kevin Raxter is a 20 year veteran of the Staffing Industry here in Atlanta. In 2018, he founded his second staffing agency, Talent 360. Today, Talent 360 provides both permanent and staff augmentation services to both companies local to Atlanta and across the country. Talent 360 has a strong focus in IT and Accounting/Finance recruiting, with many clients asking them to help in additional areas of need.
Kevin is published author of, Staffing! Recruiting with New Tricks and Old Techniques and he focuses his attention on small to medium size companies, where the power of hiring the right person is truly magnified. He works closely with his clients to understand exactly what are seeking, both from a skill standpoint and personality/culture fit.
Experienced C level executive with a demonstrated history of working across multiple industries. Strong business development professional skilled in Sales, Marketing, Networking and Public Relations/Branding. Passionate about making a difference in the community through relationship creation especially in the not for profit community.
Trevelino/Keller is a nationally ranked reputation marketing agency with the industry’s #1 retention. With a mission to build, launch and scale companies using an integrated suite of public relations, marketing and creative services, it’s recognized for its outcome-driven approach. Highly successful across B2B and B2C, it is nationally and locally ranked in each of its practice areas including technology, healthcare, financial services, franchising, environment, government, food & beverage and lifestyle. Groovy Studios, its award-winning creative brand, delivers brand development, graphic design and web services. Headquartered in Atlanta, the firm has been ranked among the country’s fastest-growing. For more information, visit www.trevelinokeller.com.
Specialties: Public Relations | Integrated Marketing | Creative Services. Industries: Technology | Franchising | Financial Services | Health | Government | Environment | Lifestyle | Food & Beverage
Genna Keller is cofounder and principal at Trevelino/Keller. She served in executive leadership positions with global public relations firms for 16 years before launching her own agency with longtime colleague Dean Trevelino in the early 2000s. Together they created a full-service digital public relations and marketing firm ranked as the fastest growing firm in Atlanta for 2020.
The Atlanta CEO Council has been an important part of the Atlanta business community fabric for almost 2 decades. It remains our great honor to partner with the Council as it uniquely serves the needs of top executives in some of the region’s best companies & non-profits. There’s not another organization quite like it in our rapidly growing city and region.Peter Baron, Founder and Principal, Carabiner Communications
In just a few short months since joining the Atlanta CEO Council, I have developed relationships with countless individuals and companies. The CXO receptions and CEO dinners have provided unrivaled opportunities to meet some of the top leaders in Atlanta. The Atlanta CEO Council is unlike any networking group I have ever been a part of … no pressure, no selling, just the chance to meet new people. Looking forward to all the 2020 events lined up!Kevin Raxter, Managing Partner, Talent 360 Solutions
Stone Soup Tech is a company offering a diverse suite of complementary technology, management, and marketing services.
Bradley Kirkland is the co-founder of Stone Soup Tech Solutions (SSTS), a company which has offices in the US, Romania, and Germany. SSTS focuses on custom complex software development, including AI, native mobile apps, and complex web systems. He has also founded or co-founded several companies in the software space, as a co-working space and accelerator.
Bradley is a managing partner of Stone Soup Holdings, LLC which focuses on early stage AI related companies. As an active angel for 6 years, he’s invested in 12 software companies. Among his volunteer efforts, Bradley is active as a mentor for Startup Weekend, Founder Institute, Georgia Tech, VentureLab, ATDC, and the National Black MBA Association, as well as a shark for startup competitions in many cities world-wide.
Like many people, I was not sure what career I wanted to pursue. I went through some courses in the veterinary field, medical billing and coding, and microcomputer applications. I also worked in customer service and direct sales for several years.
While working as a receptionist, I was asked to build a custom database (I already did the website and technical maintenance anyway, so I liked the idea of taking on this project). That is when I discovered how much I loved coding! I ended up building a database for my office and one for a separate company. The databases increased productivity and reduced user errors tremendously by allowing hand-written forms to be populated electronically at the click of a button, as well as organized the large number of details needed for customers. I currently work as a Project Manager and assist on databases (MS Access, SQL) and websites (WordPress, HTML, CSS).
ATL CTO gathers the best and brightest product development tech leaders. Then, we bring them together to network and collaborate. We’re all about learning from each other. Plain and simple. We bring great people together to exchange innovative ideas. We’re united by our passion for building technology, right here in Atlanta.
I like to build. Software. Infrastructure that runs software. Teams that build software and run infrastructure. Organizations that deliver value through technical achievement. I like to build.
For over 20 years I have worked with engineering teams large and small, at companies large and small. Together we optimized MPLS networks with hundreds of nodes in real time, we automated the planning of $65M/yr of IP and voice capacity, we delivered self-service insurance claims to 40M mobile phone users, and we migrated petabytes of data and over 150M users to Google Cloud Platform.
I’m interested in truly agile approaches to getting things done and in continuously improving my product, my team, and my craft.
Jay Sandhaus is a technology executive with twenty years experience growing companies, building teams and delivering great software. He is hands-on and loves to code as well as manage and set technology direction.
Jay leads the technology organization at PriorAuthNow, an innovative health care technology company. Previously he was Sr. Vice President of Technology at Mobilewalla, a consumer intelligence company that specializes in data science and artificial intelligence, and CTO of PlayOn Sports and the NFHS Network. Before PlayOn, he was Senior Director of Content Management and Social Media at Turner, where he built the publishing platform for Turner’s digital properties, including CNN.com, NBA.com, and NCAA.com. Jay wrote software for the Foreign Exchange desk at Goldman Sachs and led development of Emmy-award winning projects for the PGA Tour and NASCAR.com at Sportvision. He serves his community as the treasurer of the Freedom Park Conservancy and organized the Friends of Freedom Bridge. Jay received a MS in Computer Science from Columbia University.
Specialties: AWS, Video, Leadership, Building teams, Planning, Strategic vision, Product Development
Venture Atlanta is the region’s largest venture conference gathering together more than 1,200 entrepreneurs, investors, leaders, and students for a high-caliber, 2-day conference.
We began 14 years ago with one mission – to connect companies to capital. Today, this mission has expanded beyond monetary capital to connect startups with the resources, network, clients, partnerships, and talent they need to grow. Venture Atlanta has played an important role in the tech ecosystem of the Southeast and is proud to be a part of so many success stories in the community.
Our network of 575 alumni companies have collectively achieved have led to $4.7B in funding raised and $14B in successful exits.
It takes a village to make an event as exceptional as Venture Atlanta a reality. Our incredible team of leaders and visionaries work throughout the year to recruit the best companies, investors and sponsors to bring the event to life.
Sales, Marketing and Business Development senior leader and executive with over 30 years of experience. I have what it takes to help a company, conference or organization grow and thrive! Extensive fundraising skills.
At SouthStar Funding, I was responsible for all marketing and communications during my 9 1/ 2 year tenure. SouthStar Funding grew to be one of the most reputable, respected and trusted wholesale mortgage lenders in the country. SouthStar received many accolades including A+ Employer, Fastest Growing Privately Held Company and was on Inc. 500’s list of fasting growing privately held companies.
I am currently the CEO for Venture Atlanta. Venture Atlanta is the premier investor showcase in the Southeast. The conference brings the most innovative technology companies together with top-tier investors from around the country. It is an opportunity for anyone who works with emerging technology companies or investors to network, interact and make great connections.