Manager, Tax & Accounting - DiLuzio & Henssler, Inc.
Daniel J. DiLuzio, C.P.A., founded Dickinson & DiLuzio, Certified Public Accountants, LLC in 1991 with business partner Dennis Dickinson. In 2007, Dickinson & DiLuzio, Certified Public Accountants, LLC merged with Henssler Financial to form DiLuzio & Henssler, Inc.
Mr. DiLuzio serves high net worth individuals, corporations, small businesses, estates, trusts and non-profit organizations with tax and accounting services, such as business valuations, fraud examinations and audits, investment banking
and tax consulting.
Mr. DiLuzio earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University and attended the Master of Taxation program at Georgia State University. His prior work experience includes shareholder positions with North Atlanta C.P.A. firms and as a senior tax accountant in the Washington, D.C. office of Arthur Andersen & Company.
Mr. DiLuzio was named on the 2014 Atlanta Five Star Accounting and Estate Planning Professionals list in the October issue of Atlanta magazine. The Five Star award goes to tax consultants who satisfied 10 objective eligibility and evaluation requirements, identified by market-specific research. The survey considered 909 Certified Public Accountants, with 28 professionals named to the final list.
Attorney, Michael M. Sullivan P.C.
Corporate and Business lawyer with extensive U.S. and International M&A and commercial transactions experience with Wall Street law firm, large and small, low tech and high tech companies. Formerly SVP-General Counsel for $12B global engineering and electronic products manufacturing company. Returned to private practice in 2004. Now with 125 lawyer full service Atlanta law firm. Provides "one-stop shopping" for small to mid-size companies --- formation, early stage, capital raising, etc. Also does non-profit work.
Lately, have been doing day-to-day counseling, M&A, private placements, venture capital, project finance and joint venture transactions. Counsels clients (for profit and non-profit) in Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and corporate governance best practices.
Specialties: U.S. & International M&A transactions, licensing, commercial transactions, inward investments, private placements, registered broker-dealer acquisitions, Shareholder and Operating Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements, Executive Employment & Compensation Agreements, corporate finance transactions, and joint ventures.
Partner, Burr & Forman LLP
Chip helps his clients successfully resolve multiple types of business disputes, including those involving breach of contract, commercial lending, unfair competition, real estate, and employment issues.
He has represented clients ranging from individuals and small businesses to large banks and Fortune 500 companies in matters involving between tens of thousands to tens of millions of dollars in dispute. Chip firmly believes in working with his clients at the beginning of an engagement to clearly identify the client’s objectives and develop a strategy and budget for achieving the client’s goals in the most cost-effective manner. Although he is able to efficiently resolve most of his cases through dispositive motions or alternative dispute resolution, Chip is fully prepared to go to trial for his clients when necessary, having tried cases and handled appeals at both the State and Federal levels.
Disputes involving real estate and lending comprise a substantial portion of Chip’s practice. In the recent economic climate, Chip has spent the majority of his time representing several national and regional lenders in litigation involving large defaulted commercial loans, including the institution of receivership proceedings and defense of lender liability claims. He also has considerable experience representing title insurance companies and their insureds, most recently establishing new law on asset forfeitures in the Eleventh Circuit in the oft-cited case of United States v. Shefton, 548 F. 3d 1360 (11th Cir., 2008). Chip has also handled and resolved multiple disputes for property owners and businesses arising out of commercial leases, purchase and sale agreements, and construction projects.
Chip has significant experience and expertise in helping businesses of all types prevent unfair competition through the drafting and enforcement of non-competition, non-disclosure, and non-recruitment covenants and the pursuit of remedies for misappropriation of trade secrets, breaches of fiduciary duties and other similar claims. He has written and lectured extensively on those subjects, including authoring posts on Burr's Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Law Blog. Chip has also successfully defended companies and individuals accused of unfair competition, as exemplified by his representation of the defendant in the reported Eleventh Circuit case of Capital Asset Research Corp. v. Finnegan, 160 F.3d 683 (11th Cir. 1998).
Chip is also often called upon to handle disputes arising from the break-up of business partners (the “business divorce”). In those cases, he attempts to temper the high emotions usually associated with such matters and work out a fair and common-sense resolution, thereby avoiding costly litigation that rarely provides a true economic “win” for any party in those types of cases.
While in law school, Chip was selected as a member of the Moot Court team. As such, he was a finalist in the ABA/LSD Southeast Regional Moot Court Competition, advancing to the national competition in Washington, D.C. Chip was also inducted as a member of the Gridiron Secret Society.
In November 2009, Chip was elected to the City Council for Sandy Springs, the third-largest city in Metro Atlanta. As Vice-Chairman of the Committee for Sandy Springs, Chip was heavily involved in his hometown’s nationally-recognized quest for cityhood, which culminated in the creation of the City of Sandy Springs in 2005.
Chip also served a three-year term on the board of Heritage Sandy Springs, an organization that promotes the historical and cultural heritage of the community and sponsors numerous community events and festivals. From 2004-2005, Chip served as legal counsel for the Sandy Springs Turtles project, a popular community art event that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the community.
Chip has coached his three sons’ little league baseball teams at the Northside Youth Organization since 2003, winning the Positive Coaching Award for his league in 2009.
Director of Information, Kaiser Permanente
Patti Austin is a Director of Information Technology with Kaiser Permanente in the Georgia Region. Austin has over 20 years of experience in leading and developing talent as well as implementing major health care changes through technology solutions. After earning her Bachelor in Arts degree, Austin went on to earn a Masters in Computer Information Science from the University of Denver and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health from Creighton University. She is committed to giving back to the community and community health through ongoing Kaiser Permanente community benefit activities across Metro Atlanta, the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber and North Springs Charter Health Science Advisory Board.
Sandy Springs Civic Roundtable
After receiving a degree in Business Administration from UCLA, Axt worked for IBM in a management capacity in sales and marketing. She recently retired as Executive Director of Leadership Sandy Springs where she served since 2001 and continues as chair of the LSS sponsored Sandy Springs Civic Roundtable. She was a founding member of the predecessor Sandy Springs Education Force (SSEF) and served as Executive Director under the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. Prior to LSS, she initiated special programs in our local schools including a Partnership and Mentorship program at North Springs High School and a Parent Involvement program at Spalding Elementary.
As a long-time resident of Sandy Springs she has served on many non-profit boards and civic task forces, including Heritage Sandy Springs, Sandy Springs Conservancy, Cowart Family Ashford Dunwoody YMCA and the FCS Superintendent’s and local school Advisory Committees. She was a founding member of the Sandy Springs Education Force where she served as Executive Director under the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce.
Carolyn was the recipient of the Sandy Springs Martin Luther King Award, the SSPCC Volunteer of the Year, and the Cowart Family Ashford Dunwoody YMCA Volunteer of the Year award among others.
She and her husband Bob are the parents of 3 children. They enjoy the out of doors, participating in community events, traveling, bicycling, and spending time with their 7 grandchildren.
CEO, Portfolio Manager - Liquid Strategies
Brad Ball has more than 29 years of investment industry experience. Brad co-founded Liquid Strategies in 2013 and serves as Managing Member, Chief Executive Officer and Portfolio Manager. He serves on the Liquid Strategies investment team.
Prior to Liquid Strategies, Brad was a founding partner and CEO of Perimeter Capital Management and was a member of the management committee of Concourse Capital Management, LLC, an affiliated investment adviser to a long/short equity private fund. Brad also served as Executive Vice President of Trusco Capital Management and served on the firm’s executive committee. Brad has been in the investment industry since 1985 and has served on numerous industry boards and is a frequent conference speaker.
Brad is a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he received a degree in Finance.
Market President, Bank of Sandy Springs
Chris Burnett has been a community banker in metro Atlanta for over 35 years. In 2013, he formed Bank of Sandy Springs as a division of First Landmark Bank and currently serves as its President. Mr. Burnett has served on the chamber board since its inception, including two terms as Board Chairman in 2011 and 2015.
He also serves on the Sandy Springs Economic Development Advisory Council and the city’s Strategic Planning Committee. Other board positions include the Holy Innocents Episcopal School Board of Trustees and the YMCA Camp High Harbor Board, and he is a member of the Sandy Springs Rotary Club.
Chris and his wife, Karen, have lived in Sandy Springs for many years and are active in Holy Innocents Episcopal Church.
President, Pinnacle Search Partners
Bill is a former Executive Vice President & CFO of Simmons Bedding Company where he worked with three different private equity sponsor groups over an 11-year period. Bill is currently an Executive Consultant with Pinnacle Search Partners and President of Clarity Advisors, LLC . In addition to his recent experience at Simmons, Bill has spent years in executive finance leadership roles and as a partner in the international public accounting firm KPMG, where he worked in the US and Ireland. Bill currently serves on the Advisory Boards of several private companies and nonprofits, including Chair of the Advisory Board to the Martha & Spencer Love School of Business at Elon University. Bill Graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School
General Counsel, Mercedes-Benz USA
Matthew Everitt became general counsel at Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) in 2016. In this role, he has oversight of the legal department, which provides support, counsel and guidance for the company and its employees in the United States. Everitt reports to Thomas Laubert, vice president and general counsel at Daimler AG, and Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of MBUSA.
Everitt began his Daimler AG career in 2011 in Stuttgart, Germany, as senior counsel responsible for legal and regulatory compliance matters. In 2013, he joined Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. (MBUSI) and Mercedes-Benz Vans Manufacturing, LLC., as general counsel.
Before joining the automotive industry, Everitt worked at global law firm White & Case, LLP in Washington, DC, for five years and then served as the Assistant U.S. Attorney in Nashville, TN. Everitt received his bachelor's degree from Washington & Lee University and his juris doctor from Columbia University. He was a board member for the Business Counsel of Alabama and is a member of the bar in New York, DC, and Tennessee.
Everitt lives with his family in Sandy Springs, GA.
Economic Development Director, City of Sandy Springs
Andrea Hall currently serves as the Economic Development Director for the City of Sandy Springs, where she is responsible for facilitating the location or expansion of businesses in the City. In this role, Andrea works with various partners at the local, state and regional levels to provide site selection assistance for companies and acts as the City’s business ombudsperson. Prior to joining Sandy Springs, Andrea served five years as the Economic Development Manager for the City of Smyrna. In addition to business retention and recruiting efforts, she was also involved in the City’s redevelopment efforts, working with Tax Allocation Districts and a variety of public-private partnership tools. Before her public sector work, Andrea worked with Mirant, an independent power producer and energy trading firm, where she worked in various positions, including Economic Development, Regulatory Affairs, and Performance Management. Her past experience also includes real estate and site selection work with Arthur Andersen LLP.
Ms. Hall is a member of the International Economic Development Council, the Urban Land Institute and the Georgia Economic Developers Association. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies from Georgia State University and a Masters in City Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Andrea believes she has one of the best jobs in the world – she gets to combine her love of policy with assisting companies to make the decision that Sandy Springs is THE BEST place to grow their business.
Vice President & Brand Manager, Charles Schwab & Company
Adam Heatley is responsible for maintaining a high level of excellence at my branch, where we can partner with you to understand your goals, create a personalized plan, and provide investing guidance. You’ll understand where your money is invested and why, how your investments are performing, and how much it’s costing you. Plus you’ll have access to Schwab’s portfolio management expertise, insights, and specialists. It’s a modern approach to wealth management—so you can take ownership of your financial life.
Senior Vice President, BB&T
BB&T is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with $191 billion in assets and market capitalization of $29.6 billion. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., the company operates 1,903 financial centers in 13 states and Washington, D.C., and offers a full range of consumer and commercial banking, securities brokerage, asset management, mortgage and insurance products and services. A Fortune 500 company, BB&T is consistently recognized for outstanding client satisfaction by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Greenwich Associates and others.
Executive Director, Jabian Consulting
Fred Jewell is an Executive Director at Jabian Consulting, a locally-focused management consulting firm with offices in Atlanta, Dallas and Charlotte. Fred's has over 25 years of consulting experience, helping clients in multiple industries around human capital strategy, organizational effectiveness, engagement and culture, change management, workforce transformation, process improvement, and technology delivery.
Fred holds a BS and an MS in General Engineering, specializing in Human Factors and Engineering Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Vice President, Government Affairs and Sustainability
Andrew Johnson is Vice President, Government Affairs and Sustainability of Graphic Packaging Holding Company. From January 2012 until September 2014, Mr. Johnson served as Director of Government Affairs and Sustainability for Graphic Packaging Holding Company. Mr. Johnson provides strategic leadership for the global execution of the Company’s Government Affairs program. In addition, he oversees Graphic Packaging’s sustainability program, establishing its vision and leading execution. He has been with Graphic Packaging for 12 years holding positions of increased responsibility in Marketing and Business Development; including Director of Business Development. Mr. Johnson has over 25 years of experience in packaging, serving as the Director of Marketing and the Center for Innovation at Smurfit-Stone and in leadership roles in package engineering and procurement at consumer packaged goods companies, Pillsbury and Borden Foods Corp.
Owner, Reporter Newspapers
Steve Levene has more than 30 years of experience in all facets of sales, circulation, business and editorial operations for local, regional, national and international publications.
He is the founder of Springs Publishing LLC which publishes five community newspapers in metro Atlanta—the bi-weekly Reporter Newspapers in Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Brookhaven and the monthly Atlanta Intown.
From 1997-2005, he was the vice president/publisher of Renaissance Media, which publishes custom and community-focused newspapers and magazines in major U.S. markets, including Atlanta.
Prior to moving to Atlanta, Steve spent 16 years in diverse sales and marketing management positions at Dow Jones & Company. These included responsibilities as the corporate circulation/marketing director, assistant to the publisher of The Wall Street Journal and circulation director of The Asian Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong. He also assumed key management roles in several editorial and business initiatives for new products and services across company divisions.
A native of Binghamton, NY, Steve graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Sociology and holds an MBA from its Wharton School. He is a graduate of the 2008 class of Leadership Sandy Springs and a member of several local boards including the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, the Cowart Ashford YMCA and the Private Bank of Buckhead board of advisors.
Marketing Director, Comcast Business - Big South Region
Seasoned marketing professional with extensive B2B and B2c expertise. Successful track record creating opportunities and solving challenging through innovative and strategic approaches. Proven ability to navigate complex relationships and work environments via exceptional interpersonal and collaborative communication skills.
Vice President, Global Human Resources at JAS Worldwide Management, Inc.
Jayne Maser currently holds the position of Vice President of Global Human Resources for JAS Worldwide Management, Inc. She has responsibility for all HR related functions for over 4,000 employees worldwide in 45 countries.Her career with JAS Forwarding began in 2006 as the Human Resources Manager for JAS Forwarding (USA), Inc. In 2009 Jayne was promoted to Director of Human Resources where she continued to developthe human resource function for the organization.
Jayne started her career in Human Resources while working at Gearon Communications which later became part of American Tower Corporation. While there she was instrumental in developing the HR processes related to Talent Management, Performance Management and Succession Planning. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.
Jayne and her husband are long-time residents of Sandy Springs.
City Manager, City of Sandy Springs
John McDonough serves as the city manager of Sandy Springs, Georgia and is responsible for the oversight and management of the largest public-private partnership (PPP) for the provision of local government services in the country. Mr. McDonough is recognized as a leading authority on the implementation of public/private partnerships and has presented nationally and internationally on the concept and potential benefits to local governments. He has provided advisory assistance to numerous cities in the United States as well as to cities overseas. He has also served as an advisor, under a Japanese government grant, to cities in Japan that are considering transitioning to the Public/Private Partnership model.
In addition, Mr. McDonough led the formation of the Chattahoochee River 9-1-1 Authority (ChatComm), started in 2009, in partnership with the City of Johns Creek. This public/private model gives residents a more rapid and reliable response from police, fire and EMS, and is the largest, and to date, the only outsourcing of a municipal 9-1-1 center in the United States.
Under Mr. McDonough’s leadership, the City is recognized with a multitude of awards including:
• The prestigious Innovation Award from the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships
• A runner up in the 2010 Pioneer Institute Better Government Competition for the City’s utilization of the Public/Private Partnership
• Two Crown Community awards for the start-up of the fire department and improving cardiac survival rates
• 2011 Keep Georgia Beautiful Award for New Park Development (Overlook Park)
• Named a Government Trailblazer by the Center for Civic Innovation
• 911 Government Leader Award in 2012
Prior to joining the City of Sandy Springs, Mr. McDonough served as city manager of Beaufort, S.C., Albany, Ga., and other South Carolina cities. He holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. Mr. McDonough is a graduate of the 2007 Regional Leadership Institute of Atlanta.
Mr. McDonough is a colonel (retired) with 26 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He has held command at the platoon, company and battalion levels. He also served in senior staff billets including his final assignment as the Reserve Assistant Chief of Staff (Manpower) for U.S. Marine Forces Pacific. His personal decorations include: Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Armed Services Reserve Medal.
Senior Director of Corporate Services, Cox Enterprises, Inc.
Scott McLane is the Senior Director of Corporate Services for Cox Enterprises, one of the nation's leading media companies and providers of automotive services. Scott is responsible for the Corporate Services Department which includes a team of over 40 employees that manage all aspects of the Central Park campus, including design, space planning and construction projects, food service, fitness and mail center operations and the everday maintenance and operations of the facilities.
Scott joined Cox in 2013 as a Senior Manager of Operational Services in Real Estate and has held a number of positions including Director of Corporate Services for Cox, Senior Project Manager for CBRE, Director of Development for the Sembler Company, Project Manager for Holder Construction Company and Design Associate for Edward D. Stone, Jr. & Associates (Ft. Lauderdale, FL).
Scott and his wife have two children and are actively involved with JDRF and his daughter's high school band program.
Scott is a graduate of The University of Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture and a Master's Degree in Construction Management.
Executive Managing Director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank's
As an Executive Managing Director for Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s (formerly Grubb & Ellis Company) (NGKF) Office Agency Group, Tom oversees the marketing and leasing for a number of Atlanta Class A office projects located throughout the metro area. His current portfolio includes several major multi-building suburban mid-rise developments.
Mr. Miller has more than two decades of commercial real estate experience. Before being named an Executive Managing Director with NGKF, he was a Senior Vice President with CB Richard Ellis and Managing Director with Insignia/ESG prior to that firm’s merger with CBRE. During his tenure with CBRE and Insignia/ESG, Mr. Miller became recognized as one of the city’s most creative and aggressive third-party leasing agents. His success in growing his leasing portfolio was only matched by the increases in leasing activity and overall occupancy within his client’s assets, which currently include Monarch Centre, Glenridge Highlands Two, One and Two Lakeside Commons, The Dupree, and Parkview One.
Before joining Insignia/ESG, Mr. Miller was with Cushman & Wakefield of Georgia where he was an Investment Sales Broker. At Cushman & Wakefield, he was involved in the sale of 15 shopping centers and 16 office buildings, which together totaled more than 7.2 million square feet with a market value in excess of $730 million.
Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Miller was a Valuation Consultant with Landauer Associates and Consultant for U.S. Realty Consultants, where he provided analysis and site selection for the United States Postal Service.
Highwoods Properties, Intercontinental Real Estate Corp., Macfarlan Capital Partners, Piedmont Office Realty Trust
CBRE Global Investors, Clarion Partners, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors, Equus Capital Partners, Ltd., Founders Properties, Goddard Investments, Jackson Corporate Real Estate, LNR Property, Lehman Brothers, Parkway Properties, RREEF, Ridgeline Property Group, Seven Oaks Company, Shorenstein Properties
BS in Real Estate from Florida State University.
2008 Office Deal of the Year - Atlanta Business Chronicle
2006 Phoenix Award (10 year Million Dollar Club recipient) - Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors
1999 Alvin B. Cates Award (Most Creative Deal of the Year) - Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors
CFO and COO of Perimeter CIDs
Dawn Minecci currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Perimeter CIDs, where she is responsible for leading enterprise-wide financial and administrative operations, including hands-on leadership of HR, IT, Finance, Accounting, Vendor Relations, Contract Negotiations and Executions, and Grant Applications.
At PCIDs, Ms. Minecci maintains authority over a $7 million annual operating budget and Capital Projects associated with transportation and infrastructure development in excess of $135 million.
Ms. Minecci’s success is driven by her ability to build highly effective operational and financial management strategies that drive gains in fiscal effectiveness, cost savings, revenue, and growth. She has previously offered her services at Global Payments, Worldplay, and Electronic Data Systems (EDS).
Her specialties include Finance Operations Leadership, ROI Determinations, Cost Savings Calculations, Revenue Systems, Process Improvements and General Management.
Ms. Minecci studied at the University of Michigan.
Vice President Corporate Public Affairs, United Parcel Service
As Vice President of Public Affairs, Frank Morris manages the State Government relations for UPS in the Southeast. He also represents UPS as a board member of the state trucking associations and various chambers of commerce.
In 1984, Morris began his UPS career at the Salt Lake City Hub loading trailers while attending the University of Utah. Prior to his promotion to manager, Morris held numerous positions including as a driver, HR and operations supervisor. In 1999, he was promoted as the manager of the Salt Lake Twilight Hub. Morris held manager positions in Salt Lake and Las Vegas, before being promoted to the South Carolina District Human Resources Director in 2005.
In 2010, Morris accepted a position at the UPS corporate office in the Human Resources group as the Workforce Strategy Division Manager.
In January 2012, he was promoted to Vice President Corporate Public Affairs in Atlanta where he manages State Government relations for UPS in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Morris is a board member of the State Trucking Associations in those states as well as a board member of the Georgia and Sandy Springs Chambers of Commerce.
Morris graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. He resides in Milton with his wife Debbie and daughters Mallory and Bethany. Their son, Brady, lives in Columbia, SC.
Founding Member and Partner, O'Daniel McDonald, LLC
Clay S. O’Daniel McDonald is a founding member of O’Daniel McDonald, LLC, located in Sandy Springs. He practices civil litigation and specializes in Transportation/Trucking Litigation, Construction Law, Premises Liability, and Insurance Defense. McDonald is admitted to practice before all Georgia trial, appellate courts and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia. In 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016, Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Stars recognized Clay as one of the top attorneys in Georgia.
McDonald grew up in Alpharetta, Georgia. He attended Furman University on a football scholarship where he played defensive end for the Paladins and received his Bachelors degree in Business Administration.
McDonald was awarded his Juris Doctor degree with honors, from Georgia State University School of Law. While at Georgia State, he served as Associate Editor of Lead Articles on the Georgia State Law Review. McDonald also had the opportunity to work with the former Chief Judge of the Northern District of Georgia and the Office of the Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives while at law school.
He currently resides in East Cobb with his wife Jennifer and their two children Walker and Grayson, and his chocolate lab Jasper. McDonald enjoys spending time with friends on his family farm and cheering on the Atlanta Falcons.
Principal Banking Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo Bank
Paula Owens joined Wells Fargo Business Banking in 2012, as Vice President and Principal Relationship Banker. She brings an extensive background in Business and Retail Banking. Her 28+ years experience includes Retail Banking, as an Area Manager leading 12 Retail branch locations as well as Business Banking in the Dunwoody/Sandy Springs area. She has lived and worked in Sandy Springs for 25 years.
Owens is an advocate of community service, serving on the boards of the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, Past Chair of the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Sandy Springs, where she is a 2009 graduate. She is a member of Sandy Springs Society, a philanthropic organization serving the needs of Sandy Springs.
Mayor of Sandy Springs, GA - City of Sandy Springs
Elected mayor in November 2013, Russell K. (Rusty) Paul brings more than 35 years of federal, state and local public policy and public administration experience to the job.
Mr. Paul was elected to the founding city council for Sandy Springs in November 2005 and served one term. He chaired the City's charter review commission and the Sandy Springs Development Authority.
Mr. Paul was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations in the first Bush Administration under Secretary Jack Kemp. Secretary Kemp also appointed him acting Assistant Secretary of Community Planning and Development, detailed him to the Office of Thrift Supervision to set up the Federal Housing Finance Board under the FIERRA legislation, and tapped him to oversee the department's disaster response to Hurricane Hugo and the 1989 San Francisco earthquake.
He received the Secretary's Golden Eagle Award, the highest honor a cabinet officer can bestow. Paul also served as an intergovernmental relations officer and deputy assistant secretary for grant program.
Besides his stints in federal government, Mr. Paul is a former Georgia State Senator and served on the Stone Mountain City Council, Stone Mountain's planning and zoning commission, and served two terms on the Georgia Municipal Association board of directors.
In 1995, Paul was elected chairman of the Georgia Republican Party and served on the Republican National Committee, where RNC Chair Jim Nicholson appointed him to chair the State Chairman's Advisory Committee.
Mr. Paul is a past chairman of the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce and a member of Sandy Springs Rotary. He and his wife, Jan, are parents of five adult children and attend Holy Innocents Episcopal Church.
CEO, Pond & Company
Al Pond currently serves on the Board for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for four community banks, the Planning Commission (including Vice Chair) and Board of Appeals (including Chairman) for the City of Sandy Springs, and on the Advisory Board for Trust for Public Land. He is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, an urban leadership development program.
Pond serves as Chief Executive Officer of Pond & Company, a multi-discipline architecture, engineering and planning firm headquartered in Metro Atlanta. Based on revenues for design firms, Pond & Company has been consistently ranked by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in the Top 25 in Metro Atlanta (#4 in 2014); and by Engineering News Record in the Top 500 nationally (#275 in 2015).
Prior to joining Pond & Company, Pond served in the US Army (Captain), then worked for the Georgia Department of Transportation, and Paul E. Lee Consulting Engineers.
Pond has over 42 years of experience in management and civil engineering for a variety of projects in the government and private sectors. Pond graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Military Institute and a Masters of Engineering from the University of Virginia. Pond has been instrumental in the development of facilities for Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, MARTA, the 1996 Olympics Rowing & Canoeing Venue and numerous Federal, State and Corporate clients nationwide. Al has contributed his expertise and leadership to thousands of projects over a very long career.
Pond has been active in many professional organizations, including serving as past President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia. He was recently recognized by the Georgia Engineering Alliance with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to his profession and community.
Pond has participated in numerous community activities. He spearheaded fund raising campaigns inside his firm during the last 4 years for the Wounded Warrior Project raising over $200,000 to help support our military service members. He has been active in United Way, Heart Association, and Buckhead Baseball (both a board member and community coach). He is a member of Northside United Methodist Church.
He and his wife Kathi live in Sandy Springs, and have three children.
CEO & Private Wealth Advisor - Highpointe Wealth Advisors, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Susan Riley Hayes serves as a Sandy Springs Chamber of Commerce board of director, executive committee and chair for the small business council. Hayes is the CEO and Private Wealth Advisor at Highpointe Wealth Advisors. She received the American Circle of Success award 2009-2015 and the FIVE STAR wealth Manager award 2013-2016. She is also active in WE Network Core Leadership WE Chair Networking Committee, Financial Planning Association, and Million Dollar Round Table Women in Insurance & Financial Services, Christian Franchise Advisor Network, and the National Association of Professional Women. Hayes has 21 years of experience in her field.
Hayes attended Louisiana State University at Shreveport, a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor from the College for Financial Planning and leadership development, executive negotiation from The Wharton School.
Hayes and her husband Sam have three beautiful children, Darby, Rowan and Isaac. They are active members of the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church and are also very involved with the care of Susan's sister, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy.
Manager, Talent Acquisition & HR Administration - Northside Hospital
Mark E. Rosenthal, FACHE has over 30 years of progressive healthcare experience. As a previous healthcare executive in community, academic and for-profit hospitals and as an executive recruiter. Rosenthal brings a true blend of healthcare operations and human resources experience to Northside Hospital as its Manager of Talent Acquisition and Human Resource Administration from 2006. In 2015, Rosenthal was promoted to Manager of Human Resources Operations for the system.
Rosenthal is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is active in several community organizations in Atlanta currently serving as a Board member of the SSPC and is an Alumni and Past Board member and President of Leadership Sandy Springs.
He is married to Phyllis, and has two daughters Heather & Emily. Rosenthal and his family have been a resident of Sandy Springs for 23 years.
Attorney at Law, Kathryn S. Seabolt Attorney at Law - Wills, Trusts & Estates
Kathryn S. Seabolt manages her own solo practice in Sandy Springs, having opened her own firm to provide highly personalized Wills, Trusts and Estates legal services, at reasonable fees. Those services include estate planning; the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney for finances and healthcare, counsel on special needs trusts, guardianships and conservatorships, and eldercare law; and guidance on probate matters, including estate administration. She has assisted over five hundred families and individuals who required planning assistance, or have lost a loved one.
Kathy returned to law school with the specific desire to practice trusts and estates law after an executive-level corporate career with AT&T. At the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, she concentrated her studies on Wills and Trusts law, with a focus on estate planning for individuals, families, and business owners.
She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Georgia Bar Association, the Trusts and Estates Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, and the Sandy Springs Bar Association. She is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Georgia, and has been admitted to the Northern District Court of Georgia. She is also a trained mediator.
Kathy graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia, where she was the first honor graduate of the Henry Grady School and received numerous awards for campus leadership and philanthropy. Throughout her business career, Kathy has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, and has led countless volunteer fundraising and community project initiatives. A long-time church leader, she is particularly devoted to children's charities. She has three adult sons, all of whom graduated from Riverwood High School, where she was a career soccer mom.
Co-Owner, Hammocks Trading Co. & Under the Cork Tree
Jason Sheetz is the co-owner of Hammocks Trading Company. Hammocks, opened in 2012, has quickly become a popular dining destination in Sandy Springs. His second restaurant, Under the Cork Tree, opened in 2015. Under The Cork Tree offers Mediterranean dishes in a casual elegant atmosphere as well as a tapas and wine bar.
Before opening Hammocks, Jason managed many well known restaurants in the Atlanta area including Blue Ridge Grill, Bones and served as an area director for the Here To Serve restaurant group for 10 years.
Sheetz, a Sandy Springs native, understands the area and the opportunities Sandy Springs has to offer small and large businesses. He joined the Sandy Springs Chamber of Commerce in 2012, is a founding member of Savor Sandy Springs and is an active supporter of Sandy Springs Hospitality and Tourism as well as numerous local schools and civic groups.
Sheetz earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from The University of Georgia. He and his wife, Lake, have 2 children and a house full of rescued four-legged friends.
Vice President, Leasing - Cousins Properties Incorporated
I began my career in commercial real estate in 1986 as an office broker with Portman Barry Investments. In 1988 I joined The Landmarks Group, a real estate development firm as a member of their leasing team. In 1993 Faison & Associates acquired the Landmarks Group, and Faison was subsequently acquired by Trammell Crow Company in 1998. In 2001 I moved to Cousins Properties where I was responsible for a portfolio of approximately 4,000,000 RSF of class A office properties in Atlanta. In October of 2012 Cushman & Wakefield acquired the Client Services division of Cousins Properties and I joined the Agency Leasing Team at C&W.
As a 25-year veteran of commercial real estate in Atlanta, I have extensive experience in all phases of leasing class A urban and suburban office properties, including prospecting, lease negotiations, broker relations, financial analysis, tenant relations and marketing. I have worked with private and institutional owners, including The Landmarks Group, TIAA-CREF, Jamestown Properties, Cornerstone Advisers, Parmenter Realty, St Joseph’s Mercy Foundation, CalPERS, The Campbell Soup Foundation and Cousins Properties Incorporated.
Sample lease transactions include:
• Compucredit Corporation (411,000 SF)
• Sutherland Asbil & Brennan Law Firm (239,000 SF)
• T-Mobile (150,000 SF)
• Dell Computers (115,000 SF)
• US Bank (113,000 SF)
• Merrill Lynch (110,000 SF)
• Cox Enterprises (85,000 SF)
• Ericsson (76,000 SF)
• Kodak (76,000 SF)
• Shionogi Pharmaceutical (75,000 SF)
• UBS (46,000 SF)
• Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (35,000 SF)
• Oxford Industries (31,000 SF)
• CitiGroup (31,000 SF)
• Bank of America (23,000 RSF)
Senior Manager, Media Relations - Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
Mary Beth Spence is the Senior Manager of Media Relations at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital. In this role, she provides media, public relations, marketing and communications management for the hospital. Mary Beth is also a member of Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences media relations team, and collaborates on regional and national media opportunities for Emory Healthcare.
For the past two decades, Mary Beth has developed and managed strategic internal and external communications initiatives. She began her career as a founding member of the Savannah Magazine editorial staff, serving for many years as editor of the publication. Mary Beth has also worked as a freelance editor and writer for a variety of publications around the state, covering higher education, health care, city government, arts and entertainment and sports.
Prior to her role at Emory Saint Joseph’s, Mary Beth was the assistant director of Marketing and Communications at Georgia Southern University, managing all internal and external publications on campus. This included serving as the editor of Georgia Southern alumni magazine and as the speechwriter for the University president.
Mary Beth is a graduate of the University of Georgia and has served on the Sandy Springs Chamber board since July 2015. She is a member of Leadership Sandy Springs and the Georgia Hospital Association marketing council.
CEO & Owner, MLQ Attorney Services
Lever Stewart is the 2016 Sandy Springs Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman. He is the CEO and owner of MLQ Attorney Services, the largest and oldest full-service legal support services company in Georgia. Stewart is also a founding partner of Accushield, LLC, a provider of credentialing validation and management services to senior living communities.
Principal & Event Coordinator, A Classical Affair
Karen Trylovich is currently a Principle and Event Coordinator at A Classical Affair, an Event Planning and Dream Realization company founded in 2008, specializing in social and corporate events. Trylovich has more than 5 years of marketing experience. Prior to marketing, Trylovich worked in sales.
She received an Event Planning Certification from Clayton State University in addition to studying Business Management and Marketing at Valencia Community College and Women Leading Business at Harvard Business School.
Trylovich is involved in many community organizations. She is the Women’s Business Network Chair. Trylovich is a member of the Savor Sandy Springs Restaurant Council, the Corporate Exchange Alliance, Leadership Sandy Springs , the Business Development Committee and on the Board of Trustees. She is also the Executive Committee Secretary. Trylovich was the recipient of the 2011 Member of the Year and the 2012 Founders Award.
General Manager, The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North
Martin van der Laan is currently the General Manager at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North. Laan has 35 years of experience. He became involved in the industry on a part-time basis when he was 16 years old.
Laan began his career in 1985, as the Chef de Service at the Hotel Jungfraublick in Beatenberg, Switzeland. Later that same year, he moved to the US and began working with Carnival Cruise Lines as its Maitre D’ and Dining room Manager. Laan has vast amounts of experience within this industry. In 1997, he became Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort’s General Manager and during his time there he received a certificate of appreciated from the Cayman Islands Tourism Associated. A few other General Manager roles followed which led to his current role at the Westin. Laan graduated with a degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Management from the Hotel school Hanze Kollege Zwolle and Advance Administrative Studies from H.A.V.O. Bataafse Kamp in Hengelo.
Throughout his career, Laan received a multitude of awards. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report awarded Laans’ hotel as #1 Best Hotel in Oklahoma City and the State of Oklahoma. That same hotel was received a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor. Laan was also nominated for the Outstanding General Manager of the Year by the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association. Laan has affiliations with Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association as a Perimeter Hotel Council member, The Sandy Springs Georgia Restaurant Council and the Sandy Springs Georgia Hospitality & Tourism.
Laan currently lives in Johns Creek, GA with his wife Diane.