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Andrew Wells with Aspirent and Kathy Chiang with Wunderman Data Management

Andrew Wells and Kathy Chiang

 

Andrew Wells / Aspirent / Monetizing Your Data
CEO

Andrew is the CEO of Aspirent, a management consulting firm focused on analytics.  He has extensive experience building Analytical Solutions for a wide range of companies, from Fortune 500s to small non-profits.  Andrew focuses on helping organizations utilize their data to make impactful decisions that drive revenue through monetization strategies.  He has been building analytical solutions for over 25 years and is excited to share these practical methods, tools, and techniques with a wider audience.

In addition to his role as an executive, Andrew is a hands-on consultant, which he has been since his early days building reporting solutions as a consultant at Ernst & Young.  He refined his craft in Silicon Valley working for two successful startups focused on customer analytics and the use of predictive methods to drive performance.  Andrew has also held executive roles in industry as Director of Business Intelligence at Capital One where he helped drive several patented analytical innovations.  From consulting, to startup companies, to being in industry, Andrew has had a wide variety of experience in driving growth through analytics.  He has built solutions for a wide variety of industries and companies including The Coca-Cola Company, IHG, The Home Depot, Capital One, Wells Fargo, HP, Time Warner, Merrill Lynch, Applied Materials, and many others.

Andrew lives in Atlanta with his wife, Suzannah, and he enjoys photography, running, and international travel.  He is a co-owner at Michael Andrews Bespoke.  Andrew earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on Finance and Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia.

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Kathy Chiang / Wunderman Data Management / Monetizing Your Data
VP, Business Insights

KATHY WILLIAMS CHIANG is an established Business Analytics practitioner with expertise in guided analytics, analytic data mart development and business planning. Prior to her current position as VP, Business Insights, at Wunderman Data Management, Chiang consulted with Aspirent on numerous analytic projects for several multi-national clients including IHG and Coca-Cola, among others. She has also worked for multi-national corporations including Telecommunications Systems of Trinidad and Tobago, Acuity Brands Lighting, BellSouth International and Portman Overseas.

Chiang is experienced in designing and developing analytic tools and management dashboards that inform, matter and drive action. She is highly skilled in data exploration, analysis, visualization and presentation and has developed solutions in Telecom, Hospitality and Consumer Products industries covering customer experience, marketing campaigns, revenue management and web analytics.

Ms. Chiang, a native of New Orleans, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, summa cum laude with University honors (4.0), from Louisiana State University, as well as a MBA from Tulane University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Mensa. Among the first wave of Americans to enter China following normalization of relations, Ms. Chiang lived in northeast China under challenging conditions for two years teaching English, learning Mandarin Chinese and traveling extensively throughout China. Over her career, she has worked in the United States, Caribbean, UK, Latin America, and China.

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Carol O’Kelley and Malinda Wilkinson with Salesfusion

Salesfusion

 

Carol O’Kelley / Salesfusion
CEO

Carol O’Kelley, CEO of Salesfusion (provider of marketing automation), wields more than 20 years of technology and marketing experience. Previously, she was Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of RedPrairie, now JDA; Vice President and Chief of Staff of Oracle’s global business unit for retail; and Director of Corporate and Americas Marketing at Manhattan Associates.

Since Carol joined Salesfusion as CEO in March 2015, the company has earned recognition as a Gartner 2015 Cool Vendor, won Best Seamless SugarCRM Integration, has been dubbed a “2015 Pacesetter” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and made its debut on the Gartner Magic Quadrant for CRM Lead Management. The company has also been named a “2016 Top 40 Innovative Company,” courtesy of the Technology Association of Georgia and a “2016 Pacesetter,” again recognizing the company’s growth and innovation.

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Malinda Wilkinson / Salesfusion
CMO

Malinda started her career as a consultant with Accenture working on enterprise software implementations. She transitioned into a Product Marketing role after joining a software company that was acquired by Manhattan Associates. While at Manhattan, Malinda held traditional marketing roles leading corporate communications and retail marketing programs. She then joined RedPrairie where she was responsible for programs and events. Most recently, Malinda was the Vice President of Global Marketing at Aptean an enterprise software company. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee.

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Chris Carneal and Stephen Murray with Boosterthon

Boosterthon

 

Chris Carneal / Boosterthon
Founder and President

Chris Carneal is the founder and president of Booster and its flagship school fundraising program, the Boosterthon Fun Run.

The son of a long-time educator, Chris launched his newest endeavor, an innovative fitness fundraiser for schools called the Boosterthon Fun Run. He designed it as an alternative to the product sales that most elementary schools use to meet budget shortfalls.

Chris and his wife Lyndie live in Johns Creek, Ga., with their four children.

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Stephen Murray / Boosterthon
COO

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Andrew Ryan and Jim Catts with MemberSuite

MemberSuite

 

Andrew Ryan / MemberSuite
CEO and Founder

Andrew Ryan is the CEO and Founder of MemberSuite, an Atlanta-based association management software provider.  He has more than 15 years of experience in the association space, starting as Director of IT at an association with a staff of 25 in Alexandria, VA.

With background in software development and cloud computing, experience in the association and no-profit marketplace, and a passion for entrepreneurship, Andrew was driven to create a product and a business model that reflected the growing needs of associations.

Since founding MemberSuite in 2010, Ryan has raised $19.6 million and grown MemberSuite’s staff to more than 50 people focused on the company’s mission to modernize associations and nonprofit organizations.

Andrew wrote his first line of code at the age of six and a half, graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, and can still be found writing code.

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Jim Catts / MemberSuite
Chief Technology Officer

Jim Catts is the Chief Technology Officer at MemberSuite, an Atlanta-based association management software provider.  Catts is responsible for the technical strategy of MemberSuite’s enterprise resource planning solution for associations and non-profits. Catts scaled MemberSuite’s technical operations to support corporate growth from its initial founding in 2010 to over 50 employees, 100 instances, 6 billion records, and 100 million daily transactions while improving engineering efficiency and SaaS metrics.

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Keith and Nicki Schroeder with High Road Craft Ice Cream

Keith Schroeder

 

Keith Schroeder / High Road Craft Ice Cream
Founder & CEO

Keith Schroeder is the founder and CEO of High Road Craft Ice Cream, Inc., a 2016 Inc. 5000 honoree. He is also a veteran chef, cookbook author and cooking magazine columnist. High Road Craft Ice Cream was started in Atlanta by a group of chefs who made ice cream with exceptional flavor for other chefs to serve in restaurants, hotels and resorts. The company has expanded rapidly, and High Road Craft Ice Cream is now found in grocery stores and specialty food stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Prior to founding High Road Craft Ice Cream in  2010, Schroeder served as an executive chef at a number of resort, catering and hotel brands, including Westin and Marriott. Schroeder becaome the youngest chef to be named Executive Chef of the New England Culinary Institute at age 28. In 2014, Schroeder won a prestigious James Beard Award for penning Mad Delicious, The Science of Making Healthy Food Taste Amazing. Schroeder is a 2010 Executive MBA graduate of the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University.

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Nicki Schroeder / High Road Craft Ice Cream
COO

After 20 years of sharing her marketing, advertising and design prowess with Fortune 500  companies including Target, The Home Depot and Coca-Cola, Nicki Schroeder is now bringing that experience to her job as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of High Road Craft Ice Cream, the Marietta, Georgia-based business she created with her chef husband, Keith Schroeder.

In her role as COO, Schroeder wears a haberdashery of hats from managing the company’s sales and marketing, overseeing research and development, insuring ingredient procurement and directing the truck transport schedule to creating the product design on each pint. For High Road’s inaugural retail line of ice creams and sorbets, Schroeder even transformed a small restroom into a makeshift photo studio and shot the mouthwatering images for the pints. She is also a savvy multi-tasker.

Now overseeing High Road’s expansion into the ice cream sandwich and single-serve product lines, Schroeder monitors the company’s social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram daily for customer feedback. “Our customers remain our most reliable barometer of what we need to be doing next and which flavors are resonating. Their feedback is incredibly important as we grow.”

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Bill Tunnell, Jerry Spangler and Tom Walsh with TSW

TSW

 

Bill Tunnell / TSW
Founding Principal, Director of TSW’s Planning Studio

Bill Tunnell brings over 35 years of professional experience in planning and architecture. As principal-in-charge of the firm’s Planning Studio, Bill directs projects ranging from the planning of new towns and resorts to the detailed design of clubs and recreational facilities. His focus is the application of smart growth and new urbanism principles across a broad range of urban and rural settings.

Bill formally began his land planning career in 1980. Since then, as an architect and planner, he has designed residential, commercial, and golf projects in fourteen states, Europe, China, India, Central America, and the Caribbean

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Jerry Spangler / TSW
Director Architect Studio

Jerry Spangler directs Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh’s Architecture Studio and provides planning leadership to many of TSW’s community projects. Drawing from over a 30 year background in architecture, Jerry has designed distinctive community and civic, residential, and mixed-use buildings throughout the Southeast.

Jerry focuses on contextual design of buildings, blending vernacular and modern elements and incorporates comprehensive site design into all of his projects.

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Tom Walsh / TSW
C0-Director Planning Studio

Tom Walsh has over 38 years of experience as a landscape architect, urban planner, and college planner. Tom co-directs TSW’s Planning Studio. Tom has led some of the most transformative projects in the Atlanta metropolitan area, serving as the principal-in-charge of Glenwood Park, Vickery, Downtown Woodstock and many other notable local projects. Before coming to TSW, he also worked on Harbor Town and South Bluffs in Memphis, Tennessee, two early recognized New Urbanist projects in the U.S.

Tom also was lead designer on the Kayak and Canoe Venue for the 1996 Olympics and more recently Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fl., the first recognized flat water rowing venue by FISA (international rowing federation). Tom completed the first truly implemented Master Plan for Piedmont Park and subsequent projects such as Clara Meer and the North Woods.  Finally, Tom has been involved in over 50 College and University master plans throughout the southeast and along the east coast.

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Judy Mozen and Randy Urquhart with Handcrafted Homes, Inc.

Handcrafted Homes, Inc.

 

Judy Mozen / Handcrafted Homes, Inc.

Judy Mozen is President of Handcrafted Homes, Inc, an award-winning design, remodel, and build firm. She is a Certified Remodeler and a Green Certified Professional with NARI, a CGP with NAHB, and an EarthCraft Builder and Remodeler. Judy works with her husband, Randy Urquhart, UDCP, who is Vice President of Handcrafted Homes, Inc.

Judy became a member of NARI in 2004 and has since served NARI both locally and nationally, most recently serving as NARI’s Chair of the Board for 2016-2017. Judy’s main emphasis over her years as a NARI leader has been workforce development.

In November 2016, Judy received the first-ever “Remodeler of the Year” OBIE award from the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association.

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Randy Urquhart / Handcrafted Homes, Inc.

Randy Urquhart is Vice President of Handcrafted Homes, Inc. and is a NARI Universal Design Certified Professional. He is an Atlanta native and a University of Georgia graduate.

Randy joined Handcrafted Homes, Inc. in 1981 and has been a partner since 1985. He considers keeping the clients fully informed of their financial investment to be both his responsibility and his passion.

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Noah McNeely with Product Quickstart and Kristi Gorinas with Kristi G

Noah McNeely

 

Noah McNeely / Product Quickstart
Principal / Founder

Noah McNeely is one of the founders of Product QuickStart, an innovation, product development, prototyping, and manufacturing company serving the inventor-entrepreneur and startup community. He lives and breathes innovation and new product businesses. Noah has spent his career in the trenches of real world product development, balancing tight budgets and narrow development schedules to create everything from toys to military equipment. He has spent much of his career helping to shape and guide a seemingly endless series of “good ideas” into successful product businesses.

Noah is degreed in both mechanical engineering and industrial design, and has extensive experience with prototyping and manufacturing. In his career, Mr. McNeely has innovated and developed products for some of the world’s most respected brands including: Black & Decker, the Coca Cola Company, Kimberly Clark, Proctor & Gamble, Arm & Hammer, Craftsman, Conair, Playtex, Plantronics, the Home Depot, Crock Pot, Schick, Hamilton Beach, and dozens of others. Now, Noah is exclusively focused on being a champion for, and serving the needs of, the growing start-up and inventor-entrepreneur community.

Mr. McNeely is a devoted husband, and proud father of three.

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Kristi Gorinas / Kristi G / Defendables, LLC
CEO

Kristi Gorinas is an award-winning designer, inventor and manufacturer of unique and patented products that span from the juvenile industry to personal safety and wearables. Her passion is designing products and offering services that “Simplify Life” and have a meaningful impact on others.

Kristi is committed to helping other inventors and Mompreneurs get their ideas from concept to retail, and helping them land licensing opportunities.

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Stephanie Van Parys and Joy Provost with Wylde Center

Wylde Center

 

Stephanie Van Parys / Wylde Center
Executive Director

Stephanie Van Parys has a degree in horticulture and has been teaching gardening techniques in the Atlanta community for almost 20 years. In the past 12 years as the Executive Director of the Wylde Center, Stephanie has strengthened the relationship between the Wylde Center and funding partners, schools, organizations, and the community.

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Joy Provost / Wylde Center

Joy Provost is a former Board Chair / former Board Member of the Wylde Center.

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