2021 Executive Auction is December 13-17
The Technology Association of Georgia Education Collaborative Executive Auction is a great opportunity to compete for a meeting with corporate executives from across Georgia that could potentially propel your career skyward. At the same time, you will be contributing to the TAG-Ed Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit Foundation which supports education pathways state wide.
Allen Moseley joined NMP in 1998 and leads the firm’s healthcare practice focused primarily in healthcare information technology and healthcare services. He currently represents NMP on the boards of Hospicelink, Navitas Credit Corp., Novu, Pure Life Renal, RemitDATA and Streamline Health Solutions (NASDAQ: STRM), and serves as a board observer for Advance Health. Allen was previously a director for several prior NMP investments including Apex Analytix (acquired by PNC Equity), Bloodhound Technologies (acquired by Verisk Analytics), Lanx (acquired by Biomet, Inc.), Renal CarePartners (acquired by Ambulatory Services of America), Senior Whole Health (acquired by TA Associates), U.S. Radiosurgery (acquired by Alliance Imaging), Valor Healthcare (acquired by Humana), Wellcentive (acquired by Philips) and Witness Systems (board observer, IPO and acquired by Verint Systems).
Prior to joining NMP, Allen was in the corporate finance group at The Robinson-Humphrey Company, an investment banking firm previously owned by Citigroup and most recently acquired by SunTrust. Allen worked extensively in the healthcare and business services industries, advising on a number of initial public offerings, M&A transactions and private placements. He was also involved in R-H Capital Partners, the private equity investment arm of the firm. Previously, Allen held investment banking positions with Bowles Hollowell Conner & Company and Merrill Lynch & Co.
Allen currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA), the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Research Alliance and the Technology Association of Georgia, and the Board of Directors of the Nashville Health Care Council. Allen received a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
As Chief Financial Officer, Chad Gold is responsible for Rubicon’s financial operations and reporting. In addition, he plays a key role in strategic business planning and development, global expansion, and revenue growth. Gold brings significant experience in leading and scaling global financial functions within multiple industries.
Before joining Rubicon, Gold was the Global Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at SAP Ariba, a cloud procurement/business network division of SAP. In this role, he led SAP Ariba’s global finance organization spread across five continents and oversaw a period of significant growth, with cloud subscription revenue more than doubling following SAP’s acquisition of Ariba in 2012. Prior to SAP Ariba, Gold held multiple finance leadership roles at The Home Depot in the areas of financial planning and analysis, international, and M&A. He began his career working as a Senior Consultant in Business Valuation in the Atlanta, Georgia office of Ernst & Young. Gold earned his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Florida, and his MBA from Emory University.
Vice President Global Technology Business Management & Global CIO Chief of Staff
Chris leads IHG Global Technology Business Management with responsibility for global technology strategy, financial planning & investment management, technology supplier performance management, delivery excellence & transformation, change management and communications. Additionally, he serves as Global CIO Chief of Staff responsible for assisting, guiding and mentoring executive and management staff, organizational & role development, and driving a high-performance culture as a direct extension of IHG’s Global CIO.
Before joining IHG, Chris was Group Head of Technology & Innovation and CITO Chief of Staff for Etihad Aviation Group (EAG), headquartered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He was responsible for the global leadership of all technology enabling capabilities across the Group including Program Management Office, Innovation Design and Change, Supplier Performance Management and TBM Offices, Governance and Performance Management, Financial Planning, Strategic Projects and Communications. He also held Chief of Staff responsibilities for EAG’s Chief Information and Technology Officer.
Prior to EAG, Chris led the formation of Taleris (a joint venture company between GE and Accenture) and served as Corporate Officer and Vice President, responsible for all global commercial and technology solution architecture activities. He previously co-founded and served as Managing Partner for Transform, an Atlanta-based CXO-level business transformation and technology integration services provider for global clients. Earlier in his career, Chris held roles of increasing responsibility at GE and Motorola across digitization, acquisition integration, program and project management, strategic programs, global business planning and competitive intelligence.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing from Emory University’s Roberto C. Goizueta Business School. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Change Acceleration Process Facilitator, holds additional certifications in program management and software delivery methods, and has attended executive development programs at both GE and Accenture.
Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors for Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and has actively participated in both the Goizueta Business School and Oxford College mentor programs as an Alumni Mentor since 2004. He is also a past Member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce’s (MACOC) Board of Advisors, MACOC’s Technology Marketing Council and Venture Atlanta.
SVP, Head of Change Office
Christina is the Senior Vice President, Head of Change Office for SunTrust Banks, Inc. Christina leads and inspires a team in the transformation of a waterfall delivery culture to an agile culture and delivery approach to include Enterprise Agile Coaches, DevSecOps, and Software Delivery Lifecycle to enable the business to more rapidly better serve our clients.
Christina’s outcome based, customer driven experience in the technology industry focuses on relationships, change, program & project management, operations and process re-engineering. Christina has a B.S. in Management Science from Virginia Tech an M.B.A. from Regis University and holds certifications as a SAFe Agilist, PMP and ITIL Service Manager.
Prior to joining SunTrust, Christina worked for The Home Depot providing innovation and deployment of store technology, process efficiencies, quality and testing. While at The Home Depot, Christina was a founding member of the I.T. Women’s Leadership Forum. Christina also held the position of Information Systems Business Manager at the entrepreneurial, Virgin Atlantic Airways.
In her free time, Christina serves as Vice President and Board of Directors for Women in Technology (WIT), a non-profit organization passionately advocating for women of all ages in Georgia’s STEAM community as well as Board of Directors for Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). She also serves as an Executive Advisor for WIT on Campus, President of the Homeowner’s Association and Financial Coach for Operation Hope.
Claire "Yum" Arnold
Co-founder and CEO
Claire Lewis Arnold is CEO and co-founder of Atlanta based Leapfrog Services, providing extraordinary IT services in a remote management model, to businesses and organizations of up to several thousand users.
Prior to Leapfrog, Ms. Arnold acquired and built NCC LP into one of Georgia’s five largest privately held companies. During nearly 10 years with Coca-Cola USA, she worked in marketing, sales, sales management and long-range planning. She’s served on the Boards of Directors of six NYSE-listed companies and currently serves on one.
Ms. Arnold’s entrepreneurial spirit has been recognized by numerous awards including Most Admired CEO in the Technology Sector (2015), The MACOC/ABC Entrepreneur of the Year (2001), and ABC’s Women Who Mean Business (2017), as well as the Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award (2004) for outstanding service as a corporate director. Her active civic engagement, focused primarily around education, environmental sustainability and the arts, has earned her recognition with the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Changing the World Award, Atlanta Rotary Club’s Armin Maier Community Service Award, YWCA’s Academy of Women Achievers, the 2014 Turknette Servant Leadership Character Award and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Mary Baldwin College, where she completed a BA in Math in 1969, later serving on its BOT for many years including 5 years as its Chair. She currently serves on the Boards of EARTH University Foundation, The Tull Foundation, the Technology Association of Georgia, The Commerce Club, Achieve Atlanta, The Woodruff Arts Center and Spelman College as well as on The Atlanta Committee for Progress. Additionally, she is on The Board of Councilors of The Carter Center and was its Chair in 2009. She was President and Chair of Atlanta Rotary Club in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
TV & radio personality
Regular Contributor to Forbes and HLN
Dana Barrett is an award winning TV & radio personality and a regular contributor to Forbes and HLN. She is the host of The Dana Barrett Show at noon on iHeart’s talk station WGST, 640AM where she discusses politics, current events, business and technology. She is also the former host of Atlanta Tech Edge on Atlanta’s NBC affiliate. Before moving to radio and television, Dana was both an entrepreneur and a corporate executive, working in a variety of industries including IT where her experience includes being a self-taught programmer, and working her way up to VP of Technology. She is active in the community as a speaker and emcee for business, technology and non-profit events, a supporter of PowerMyLearning, and the official spokesperson for TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation.
Jacque Rushin is Managing Principal at Rich Rush Enterprises. She is a thought leader, subject matter expert in the fields of leadership, operational excellence, Diversity and Inclusion, and a passionate advocate for humanity. She specializes in helping leaders define their purpose and focus on relationships, activities and measurements that get results. She uses conscious decisions and patterns to determine future outcomes related to developing new revenue streams and holistic corporate and leadership growth.
Jacque is an entrepreneur and has over 20 years of experience in corporate leadership. She is the writer of several articles and served as the leader for several key organizations including President, Women in Technology, Chair, TAG Diversity and Inclusion Society, Advisor for Georgia State University’s Project Healthy Grandparents, Board Member for TAG, and many more. She has received numerous awards grounded in humanitarian deeds and is a past recipient of The International Alliance for Women’s “World of Difference 100” award and the first Visionary Leadership Award for the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency. Jacque holds a B.S. Degree in Business Education, and an M.B.A. in Management. She is a Life Coach and Mentor who spends time with disadvantaged youth, homeless veterans and women, young professionals and entrepreneurs. Jacque’s style is to use real life examples and experiences from diverse people and organizations from around the world to help leaders understand how their action or inaction drives change in their personal and professional lives. Her engaging style and humor is infectious and leaves her clients and audiences uplifted and enlightened.
Industry expert with over 13 years of experience in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) space. Jesse has served as a trusted adviser to executives at Fortune 500 companies, Members of Congress, senior officials at the FAA and White House, leading Silicon Valley Venture Capital groups, among others. Jesse has been featured in a variety of print and broadcast media outlets such as CNN, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Washington Post, Bloomberg, and has spoken at a large number of trade shows and events as an expert in both the regulatory and commercial aspects of the industry.
Jesse has spent his career in various parts of the industry and is now focused on leading an innovative business within Airbus, called Airbus Aerial. He is leading Airbus Aerial to bring a new services capability to the United States and around the world, focused on delivering actionable data to commercial customers via satellites, drones, high altitude aircraft and other means.
Jesse joins Airbus from Airware where he led work with global drone manufacturers, service providers and major corporations looking to use UAS technology. He also led the companies work with the FAA and other regulatory agencies domestically and abroad to advance commercial drone regulations around the world. He was also the President of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the leading trade organization for unmanned systems, and was also the CEO of the Small UAV Coalition.
Jesse received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology where his research focused on aerodynamic design of drones along with air traffic management and optimization. After his graduate work, he spent many years working at the FAA and other federal agencies helping to develop the framework for integrating drones into the U.S. National Airspace System. His work focused evaluating the wide range of NextGen systems and how drones could potentially tie in, as well as looking at what technologies would be required for safe and efficient integration.
Chief Strategy Officer
Jim Forbes is a senior technology executive with proven leadership in creating and operationally implementing corporate strategy for highly competitive global Internet & Telecommunications companies.
Mr. Forbes is the former Chairman & CEO of NS8 Corp. (OTCBB:NSEO) a software technology development company; backed by a $1 billion hedge fund. Previously, Jim was Corporate Vice President of Equant Networks (NYSE:ENT) a $3 billion provider of managed Internet and data services; sold to France Telecom. Additional Telecom leadership roles include Division President of Cable & Wireless USA, Vice President of MFS and General Manager of MCI.
He also served on the boards of iBAHN, a global Internet service provider (backed by Intel Capital) and Vizzia Technologies, wireless IT service provider.
Mr. Forbes is currently a management consultant with the Ibex Group and Chief Strategy Officer of Vizzia Technologies. He is also a Board of Director and past Chairman of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Corporate Development Society; a C-level forum on VC/PE and M&A best-practices.
Chair of the Technology Group
John Yates is chair of the Technology Group of the Atlanta-based law firm, Morris, Manning & Martin LLP. He has been practicing exclusively in this area for over 30 years and is internationally recognized in the technology, ecommerce, new media and internet law fields. His firm represents tech companies in all stages of growth and is a leader in representing clients in venture capital, private equity, IPOs and M&A transactions. Mr. Yates has held numerous leadership positions in technology associations and has served on the Board of Advisors of many technology companies in the U.S. and abroad. He co-founded several non-profit associations, including the Southeastern Software Association (SSA), the CEO Council, and the Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA). Mr. Yates is co-chair of the Technology Council of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and also serves on the Chamber’s Board. In addition to being a frequent speaker at major technology organizations, Mr. Yates has authored hundreds of articles and was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Kodak vs. Image Technical Services. Mr. Yates is frequently quoted in business publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, and his J.D. from Duke University and serves on the Board of Visitors at the Duke University School of Law and Board of Trustees of Furman University. Mr. Yates is also the chair of the 2013 NCAA Final Four Basketball Tournament to be held in Atlanta in April 2013.
Global Vice President and General Manager, Digital Identity Services
Julie has nearly 20 years of experience in Information Technology, Cyber Security, and Data Management across numerous Industry Verticals. Julie is currently leading the enterprise data strategy and implementation of a comprehensive business solution bringing together data from numerous disparate enterprise systems, cross business partners, customers and third-party sources into a trusted source providing improved reporting, visualizations and real time scalable insights and advanced analytics capabilities. Prior to joining Magellan Health Julie served as the Head of Information Security Operations at SunTrust where she led the development, alignment and implementation of the Enterprise Information Security strategy ensuring SunTrust’s ability to proactively identify and mitigate security threats while meeting compliance requirements.
Julie has held key transformative CISO positions at Symantec and The Ohio State University where she established and aligned global security strategies while leading the implementation of Security capabilities to reduce each organization cyber risks exposure. In addition, she has led critical information security, risks governance and business resiliency organizations at Cardinal Health and JP Morgan Chase.
Last fall, Julie was a finalist for the Atlanta Technology Professional (2017) Award and recently served as the Chair for the Technology Association of Georgia largest fundraiser and technology conference- The Summit. She has been a Central Region finalist for the Information Security Executive of the Decade and was selected Central Region Information Security Executive of 2010, which are awards sponsored by Tech Exec Networks (T.E.N.). Currently, Julie is serving as Board Member and Executive Committee member for the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). Julie has also served on the ISC2 Trustee Foundation, a Board member of The Drug Free Alliance and Dell Software Security Advisory.
Julie has a passion for supporting women in their advancement and fulfillment within their careers and has sponsored several Women in Technology Initiatives. Julie also has obtained Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Business Continuity Planner (CBCP), and Certified Governance Enterprise IT (CGEIT) certifications and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
SVP Global Strategy & Business Development
Mark Taylor is the SVP Global Strategy & Business Development at Arrow. In this role, Mark leads the overall strategy, execution and growth of the company’s worldwide partner and alliances ecosystem.
Before joining Pitney Bowes in April 2016, he was President, Global OCS at Arrow Electronics, their Embedded Systems Division. Mark held a series of executive positions at Arrow including VP & General Manager Enterprise Software and has over 30 years experience transforming businesses by working with worldwide system integrators, influencers and distributors.
Mark holds a degree in Finance from Georgia State University. He is also a board member of the Technology Association of Georgia. Mark is married with two children and resides in Atlanta, GA.
SVP & CIO
Matt is responsible for IT strategy and governance, application development, and IT operations. He began his career in 1999 where he was the lead web developer for the University of Georgia sports communications department. Matt then spent 10 years with AIG Aerospace, first as an application engineer and then later growing his experience within the project management office as a business analyst and project manager. He joined Old Republic Aerospace in 2011 to organize the project management office and in 2014, was promoted to senior vice president, chief information officer. Matt is a 2002 graduate of the University of Georgia and currently contributes as a member of the University of Georgia Terry College MIS Advisory Board. He is active in the Atlanta tech community including serving for TechBridge as an Executive Ambassador on the steering committee, as well as a participating member of IIBA, PMI and GCLA.
Founder & CEO
Phyllis Newhouse is an entrepreneur, retired military senior non-commissioned officer, mentor, Founder and CEO of Xtreme Solutions, Inc. and Founder of ShoulderUp. A pioneer in cybersecurity, she is the first woman to win an Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur Of The Year® award in the technology category. Passionate about women-led businesses, Newhouse teaches aspiring entrepreneurs to recognize and capitalize on their leadership skills and empowers others to operate in greatness.
From growing up as the youngest child in a family of modest means, to her days as a U.S. Army officer and her time in the US Army. Newhouse, a service-disabled veteran, has constantly relied on hard work, ethics, her love of technology and a desire to make a difference to become recognized as one of the top leaders in technology.
While serving in the United States Army on various assignments she has always focused on our National Security. She stablished the Cyber Espionage Task Force. Although offered a senior level position, she decided to shift her focus to entrepreneurship and founded Xtreme Solutions, Inc. (XSI) in 2002. Today, XSI offers a wide range of IT expertise and provides industry leading, state-of-the-art information technology and cybersecurity services and solutions. XSI has employees in 42 states, with 40% of its workforce made up of veterans.
Newhouse doesn’t just advocate for her cybersecurity clients, she is also an avid supporter of women in business. In 2019she founded ShoulderUp alongside Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting and supporting women on their entrepreneurial journeys. Through ShoulderUp, Newhouse encourages women to speak up, stand up and shoulder up, allowing them to see themselves in a different context, teaching them to grow their influence, encouraging them to increase their economic power and create their own, powerful legacy. Newhouse hosts Leadership Inspirational Talks (LITalks), addressing the ShoulderUp audience directly to develop leaders through their spiritual and inspirational journeys.
In 2017 and Newhouse became the first woman to win an Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur Of The Year® award in the technology category. She was admitted into the 2013 class of EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women, and in 2019 was inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of fame. Additionally, XSI received inclusion in the Inc. 5000 list in 2013 and 2014, and has been recognized as one of Women’s Presidents’ Organization’s (WPO) 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned Companies in the U.S. consecutively for the past seven years.
Newhouse was elected to the board of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) in 2019. She is currently a member of the Business Executives for National Security (BENS), and she is a member of the WPO where she proudly serves on the Executive Board. Newhouse also serves on the Board of Directors of Girls Inc., a nonprofit organization that encourages all girls to be “Strong, Smart, and Bold.”
Newhouse has been featured in Entrepreneur, Inc., Atlanta Business Journal, Tallahassee Democrat andmore. She received her degree from John F. Kennedy University and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
CEO & Managing Partner
Richard Makerson is CEO and Managing Partner of BlueFletch, a consulting firm focused on Mobile solutions. By defining services and product strategy, Richard has led the firm to becoming a leader in Enterprise Mobility with clients that include Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta and Haverty’s.
Richard enjoys working with clients to identify the core issues at hand and conceive innovative solutions. He is both trusted advisor and a creative force. Richard runs BlueFletch with his founding partner, Brett Cooper, out of their headquarters in midtown Atlanta.
Richard has been recognized as a leader in the field by a variety of Atlanta institutions. In 2018 he was awarded Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Small Business Person of the Year Award. In 2017 he graduated from the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection program where he was awarded the Eagle Award. The same year he was recognized as a Diversity Game Changer by the Technology Association of Georgia.
Prior to BlueFletch, Richard managed teams at Accenture and was CEO and owner of R&R Express, a shipping freight company. Richard has a Computer Science degree from Morehouse College.
BlueFletch is a mobile development consultancy that helps Enterprises build mobile apps that empower their employees to better serve their customers.
As the leading firm helping companies transition legacy to modern mobile solutions, we have successfully built and deployed mobile apps across large enterprises including The Home Depot, Delta Air Lines, Woolworths, Coca-Cola, and Disney.
Clients hire us because of our proven experiences with large companies, our fast paced and pragmatic approach, and the tools we bring to help successfully deploy innovative mobile solutions.
Romeen Sheth, President of Metasys Technologies, (MTI), a workforce management advisory firm based in Atlanta. MTI partners with leading global organizations to advise on the full lifecycle of their talent management strategy. We have been recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest growing private businesses in the country and by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the “Top Places to Work” in the city.
Prior to leading Metasys, I was a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company. At McKinsey, I worked across industries and specialized in strategic transformation, merger integration, organizational design and capability building initiatives. Prior to McKinsey, I led Business Operations & Strategy at Ravel, a venture-backed startup in Silicon Valley that was acquired by LexisNexis in 2017.
I am passionate about business, technology and startups and avidly write and present on these topics. I have been featured by the Financial Times, BBC, Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession and Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. I also currently serve on 3 Boards. I am an Affiliated Fellow at the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession (CLP), an appointed member of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Emerging Leaders Council and a Director for the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG).
In my free time, I run a podcast where I interview prominent technology investors, founders and executives. I’ve interviewed 50 individuals (including Keith Rabois, Andy Rachleff, David Tisch, Megan Quinn, Jason Lemkin, Jim Koch, Chris Kelly and more). I am also an active, stage agnostic angel investor and am always excited to partner with world class founders.
Ron McMurtrie leads marketing across the Sage, inspiring long-term relationships through creativity and innovation. In addition, he leads ‘Business Enablement’ comprising Business Services and IT in order to support the evolution of our operating model.
McMurtrie aligns the strategic direction of brand, digital marketing and communications, public affairs, business operations and oversees key functional areas for new customer acquisition, building customers for life, and advancing Sage’s cloud strategy.
Before joining Sage, McMurtrie was global Chief Marketing Officer at Recall, an information management company, leading worldwide marketing strategy and operations. Previously, McMurtrie has over 20 years’ experience in similar roles for brands including VCE – the joint venture between Cisco, EMC and VMware – First Data, Verizon and MCI.
Sage is the global market leader for technology that helps small and medium sized businesses manage everything from money to people. This is done through Sage Business Cloud – a business management solution comprising Accounting, Financials, Sage Intacct, Enterprise Management, People & Payroll and Payments & Banking.
Head of Global Policy & Community Banking
Sam has worked in alternative credit space since he experienced how micro credit offered enterprising Zambians a sustainable path out of poverty. Since 2007, Sam has promoted alternative credit across Africa, South America, Asia, the Caribbean and rural America with a variety of non-governmental organizations and the United Nations. Sam was exposed to policy and government relations work while helping small business owners navigate state and federal regulatory requirements
at the Montana Community Development Corporation in Bozeman, MT. Before coming to Kabbage, Sam served as a special assistant to the Head of the United Nations in Indonesia working on upstream policy development using “big data”, project financing, political affairs and bilateral diplomacy. Sam is responsible for Kabbage’s interactions with state, federal and foreign governments and community development organizations. He covers issues ranging from banking regulations to artificial intelligence, privacy, CRA, and corporate social responsibility.
Sam holds a degree in economics from Sewanee: The University of the South with a concentration in econometrics and finance. His favorite small business is Calleva’s Liquid Adventures, a Maryland whitewater kayaking school.
Co-founder & CMO
Sangram Vajre is the CMO and Co-Founder of Terminus. He has quickly built a reputation as one of the leading minds in B2B marketing. Before co-founding Terminus, a SaaS platform for account-based marketing, Sangram led the marketing team at Pardot through its acquisition by ExactTarget and then Salesforce. Since the Terminus platform launched in 2015, the company has experienced white-hot growth winning accolades such as Atlanta’s Startup of the Year, #1 Best Place to Work from The Atlanta Business Chronicle, and #1 in Employee Appreciation from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In 2016, Sangram was named to the DMNews 40 Under 40 List. He’s the author of Account-Based Marketing For Dummies and is the mastermind behind #FlipMyFunnel.
Energetic technology leader, passionate about assembling dynamic teams that deliver enterprise platform solutions. Scott serves as President of Improving-Atlanta where he directs the day-to-day consulting services of more than 135 software professionals primarily in the Atlanta area, and with delivery offices in Washington D.C. and West Palm Beach, Florida. Scott leads a go-to-market strategy that is built on providing experienced, trusted consultants who engineer quick wins that demonstrate his firm’s value in caring about the delivery of the end solution.
In his term as President, Scott has provided Program Management & Oversight of the extensive National Background Check Program Initiative. He serves as Chief Technology Advisor for the National Institute of Excellence in Teaching (NIET), and has significant depth of experience in Product Development for technology-powered companies. Scott leads the development and advancement of Innovative Architects’ Services Offerings including his most recent focus on Cloud Architecture, Data Engineering, and Dev Ops. Scott engineered the acquisition of Innovative Architects by Improving Enterprises in January 2019 based on a shared culture of trusted advisorship and employee enagement.
Scott is a Georgia native, having served the client and his community of North Metro Atlanta for his entire career. He is a graduate of Southern Polytechnic State University and resides in Alpharetta with his wife and four kids. His favorite past time is Lake Life!
Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer
Scott Price is UPS’s Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer (CSTO). Scott and his teams are responsible for strategic planning, global business services, mergers and acquisitions, the Advanced Technology Group and driving and facilitating transformational change. These efforts include identifying and executing opportunities for profitable growth within existing business units and in new markets and product segments through the identification of resources that may be redirected to the highest strategic benefit and greatest shareholder value.
Scott was most recently executive vice president of Global Leverage for Walmart International. He led Global Sourcing, International Technology, International Logistics, Fresh Manufacturing and key strategic leverage initiatives for the company’s international segment.
Previously, he served as president and chief executive officer of Walmart Asia from 2014-16. Before joining Walmart, Scott served as CEO of DHL Express Europe. Previously, he was CEO of DHL Express Asia-Pacific. He also was president of DHL Express Japan, DHL’s largest market in the Asia-Pacific region.
Prior to joining DHL, Scott spent a decade with The Coca-Cola Co. During that period, he assumed various roles of increasing responsibility, including country leadership positions in Japan and as a director and region manager in China.
Scott serves as chairman of the National Center for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the only U.S. business association focused exclusively on facilitating American private sector input to the APEC process and APEC’s 21 member countries. He is also one of three ABAC (APEC Business Advisory Council) members appointed by the White House in December 2016. He was previously a member of the U.S. India Business Council and served on the board of trustees for the University Of Virginia Darden School Of Business.
A Montana native, Scott earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. He also holds a master of business administration degree and a master’s degree in Asian studies from the University of Virginia.
Stephen Ichatha is an Operations Manager at Google’s Douglas County Data Center.
As an Operations Manager at Google, Stephen aligns people, processes, and technology to maintain Google data centers and help them scale. He does this by leading program managment teams, and driving cross-functional projects that support Google’s critical business operations. Additionally, Stephen is a member of the Google Data Centers Equity, Diversity, Integrity and Inclusion team.
With over a 20-year career, Stephen has worked in banking, technology, and telecommunications – leading the transformation of their businesses.
Stephen holds a doctorate degree in Business from Georgia State University and a master’s degree in Internet Technology from the University of Georgia. Stephen currently resides in Alpharetta, GA with his wife and two children.
Tiffany has spent over 15 years bringing innovative medical technology from benchtop to bedside. She leads the Global Center for Medical Innovation, a non-profit organization that represents the Southeast’s first medtech innovation center. GCMI is catalyzing a highly capital efficient method approach to move innovation to products that impact patient outcomes, bringing the critical assets, infrastructure, and expertise needed to support entrepreneurs from concept through preclinical testing.
Tiffany joined GCMI from Scientific Intake, where she was VP of Business Development & Strategy. In 2002, she launched ACell as VP of Corporate Strategy & Finance, leading a broad range of initiatives, including regulatory, reimbursement, and the scientific advisory board. A former consultant & investment banker, she brings considerable experience in strategic planning, business development, operations, and financial analysis.
Tiffany serves as Founding Member of Medtech Women @ SEMDA, was Past-President of the Southeast Medical Device Association (SEMDA), and on the Georgia Bio Board of Directors. She is a Member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2015 Tiffany received the Georgia Bio Community Award and in 2017 was presented with the Industry Growth Award. She was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of “17 Inspiring Women to Watch in 2017” and one of Becker Hospital Review’s “110 Women in Medtech to Know in 2017”.
SVP & Global CSO
Tim joined Aflac in April 2014 and is responsible for the Aflac Global Security Program, which includes technology risk management, physical asset protection, the information security program, threat and vulnerability management, cybersecurity operations, information technology compliance, security engineering, crisis management, business resiliency and disaster recovery. He is responsible for the protection and availability of the information assets for the world’s leading provider of supplemental and voluntary insurance. He leads various security and risk committees and structures to help business partners accelerate in a safe and sound manner, while protecting Aflac clients.
Prior to Aflac, Tim was senior vice president, business continuity and information assurance, at SunTrust Bank. In this position, Tim was responsible for SunTrust’s corporate threat and vulnerability management, information security monitoring and investigation, business resumption, incident response/crisis management, technology risk project office, records and information management programs.
Prior to SunTrust, Tim served as first vice president, technology risk management, and chief information security officer, at Peoples United Bank in Bridgeport, Connecticut. During his tenure, Tim also served on the State of Connecticut Judicial Committee on Identity Theft to assist in building requirements for protecting sensitive personal information introduced into the judiciary through legal actions.
Tim was a career military professional serving in leadership positions throughout his 23-year career. In his final assignment, Tim was the program manager for a command risk management function at one of the U.S. Air Force’s Major Command Headquarters.
Tim is a recognized industry thought leader, with awards that include: Evanta’s 2015 CISO Top 10 Breakaway Leader Award; 2009 Information Security Executive of the Year – Northeast People’s Choice Award; 2007 Digital ID World Industry Award; 2006 Information Security Executive of the Year – Southeast People’s Choice Award; and 2006 Digital ID World Industry Award. He is a certified information systems security professional, a certified information security manager, a certified project manager, and is certified in risk and information systems control. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of the State of New York.