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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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Soyini’s Story

Soyini Coke

Soyini shares her story on CEO Exclusive Radio.

 

Soyini Coke / Annona Enterprises / CEO Exclusive Radio
Principal / Host

Soyini Coke is an accomplished business leader who excels at increasing the bottom line for the clients she serves. Soyini works directly with executives to write actionable, investor-ready documents while developing financial projections to map the growth of their business. She facilitates the launch and growth of many businesses, conducting research necessary to determine each venture’s true potential for success.

Soyini graduated Cum Laud from Harvard University in 1998, and has been featured by a variety of publications and events through organizations to include the Atlanta Business League, BrainTrust, CaolRoth.com, EB-5 Magazine and many more.

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C.W. Henderson, Chantay Jones and Kalani Rosell with NewsRx, LLC

NewsRx

 

C.W. Henderson / NewsRx, LLC
President

C.W. Henderson, PhD, has been on the covers of Billboard and USA Today, which selected him among Six Who Made a Difference. With eleven eHealthcare Leadership Awards, he is the president of NewsRx, author at Penguin Random House, and executive director of Researcher Institute. He is co-inventor of six patents for artificial intelligence and fintech, and he is on the Board of Directors of the Specialized Information Publishers Association division of the Software & Information Industry Association. NewsRx, located in Atlanta, GA and New Haven, CT, pioneered artificial intelligence journalism in 1999, when it became the first company to automate news article writing. The scholarly paper titled “The Journalist Machine” cited NewsRx technology as the Guttenberg Press of the 21st Century. The History of Artificial Intelligence said NewsRx technology began the marriage of artificial intelligence and journalism.

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Kalani Rosell / NewsRx, LLC
Vice President / Publisher

Currently Vice President & Publisher at NewsRx, Kalani centers his efforts on creating and implementing client acquisition strategies, while also identifying opportunities to foster new business partnerships and growth. He has been a member of the NewsRx team since joining the company in 2009, when he conducted market research and identified key areas for company growth. In 2012, he founded, and was CEO of Pubz, an online research workflow solution sourced from periodicals and professional content, that he then led to a strategic merger with NewsRx in January of 2015. Kalani received both his undergraduate and masters degrees from Yale, and is a graduate of the Yale Publishing Course. He was nominated as a finalist in SIIA’s Emerging Leaders Awards, which recognizes the rising stars under the age of 35 who represent the next generation of leaders shaping the future of the software and information industries.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Kalani enjoys surfing, was a triathlete for Team USA, and has been a guest lead performer for the New Haven Ballet.

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Chantay Jones /  NewsRx Tech
President

The same week NewSRX Tech president Chantay Jones ended a 22-year career and retired as U.S. Navy Chief of Information Technology, she began her second career for ten years as corporate head of IT in the private sector. Now with NewSRX Tech, she has started her third career: her own nationally certified Woman-Owned Small Business. And with her additional certifications of Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business and Minority Business Enterprise, her former co-workers got behind her and wanted to jump on board and sign a five-year IT contract to help launch her new enterprise, because they knew she was the best there is.