Amy Hill is Vice President of the Digital Content Studio at Scientific Games, Lottery Group. Amy leads a software development and design team responsible for creating a portfolio of promotional web sites, online loyalty programs, interactive games, and mobile applications. Providing product development and strategic solutions for technology-based companies throughout her 28-year career, she is experienced at leveraging technology platforms to engage today’s savvy internet and mobile consumer. Amy is an inventor on nine issued patents for the company. She is passionate about promoting STEM careers and is active in organizations that help inform and elevate new generations about the exciting possibilities in this field.
Karen began her legal career as an associate at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, a nationally recognized Wall Street law firm in New York City, and she has previously served as Assistant General Counsel for EarthLink, Inc. in Atlanta.
Karen received her J.D. with high honors from Duke University School of Law, where she served as Senior Editor of the Law & Contemporary Problems Journal. Karen received her Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Emory University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She is the author of “Starting a New Business in 2013?” in the Fulton County Women’s Journal, May/June 2013 edition, she has been a guest on both Buckhead Business RadioX and Alpharetta Business RadioX, and she has been a frequent CPE and CLE speaker on managing corporate risk and minimizing corporate exposure.
Karen serves on the Executive Board of the Alpharetta Technology Commission, as a member of the Academic Advisory Board of Gwinnett Technical College, and as a Commissioner on the City of Alpharetta’s Planning Commission. In addition, Karen is a 2016 nominee for the Turknett Leadership Character Award, and a 2015 graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. Karen and her family are longtime residents of the city of Alpharetta, GA.
Susan O’Dwyer is Director of Business Development at Habif, Arogeti& Wynne, LLP and by all meanings of the word, a connector. By more than virtue of her career, Susan loves meeting and building relationships with individuals from all areas of business. In her role at HA&W, Susan is responsible for driving business development across all industry sectors serviced by the Firm. Susan’s willingness to help companies be successful has led to her own personal career success.
Susan’s specialty lies in the technology and venture capital industries, two industries that go together hand-in-hand. She is known throughout the Atlanta business community for her passion for connections which resulted in Susan being recognized as one of the Top 50 women you need to know in Atlanta, as well as a finalist for the 2012 Turknett Leadership Character Awards.
She received a bachelor of arts degree from Fresno State University in Journalism. Her professional and civic affiliations include:
- University of Alabama’s Culverhouse School of Business’ International Business, Advisory Board Member
- Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce’s Technology Marketing Committee’s Venture Capital Program, Chairperson
- American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), National Council Member
- Ron Clark Academy, Advisory Board Member
- March of Dimes “Dining Out” program, Co-Chairperson
- 2011 & 2012 Ambassadors class at High Tech Ministries, Mentor
- Magnolia Disaster Relief, Volunteer
- Georgia Alumni Chapter for Fresno State University, President
- Sigma Delta Chi and Phi Kappa Phi, Lifetime Member
- Operation LifeShield, President
- Semper Virginia Society, Member
- HealthForward Alliance, Board Member
Nathan is Senior Vice President with Atlantic Capital Bank and leads the Bank’s Payments Industry Practice. In this role he provides corporate banking services to clients operating in the Payments and FinTech markets. Nathan has 18 years of experience in international banking, treasury services, finance and operations.
Prior to joining Atlantic Capital Bank, Nathan was Director of Business Development with High Street Partners where he provided consulting and financial operating services to clients operating internationally. Additionally, Nathan has served as Senior Vice President with Silicon Valley Bank where he managed the Bank’s Relationship Development and Cash Management teams in the Southeast market and delivered commercial banking services to the technology, life sciences, venture capital and private equity industries.
Nathan has served on the Boards of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG,) MIT Forum, the Florida Venture Forum and Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. Nathan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida State University with BS and BA degrees in Finance and International Economics.
Sarah is a technology marketing communications professional and business leader with extensive experience at launching and growing technology brands across Europe, Middle East and North America. Sarah began her in career in technology marketing at WORDSPAN (now Travelport) where she supported the launch of Microsoft Expedia, the first online travel booking site. She then moved to Motorola Inc at their London HQ, managing corporate communications across Europe, Middle East and Africa.
She founded Media Frenzy Global in 2006, an award winning tech marketing agency and led the company’s developments across Europe, Middle East and North America providing Messaging, Branding, PR and AR services to Fortune 1000 companies including Motorola Solutions, Nokia (Symbian OS), Convergys, Ingenico and to smaller disruptive tech players including Autotask, iMobile3, LNL Systems, Photoweb, Stratix, Twocanoes.
Sarah has a proven track record of growing technology brands by leveraging her network of tech media and analysts and by implementing core tech marketing disciplines with a go getting attitude. Sarah is well versed in mobile platforms, applications and devices, network infrastructure solutions, e-commerce and m-commerce, mobile payments, beacons and wearable technology. She is a personable and tenacious individual with excellent communication skills and a result’s driven approach to business.
Dr. Jeremy Bennett is the Director of MBA Programs for the University of North Georgia. The Cottrell MBA has campuses in Gainesville and Cumming and serves the North Atlanta region. Prior to this he served as the Dean of North Fulton for 2 year the Dean of Business and Art & Design for 3 years at Gwinnett Technical College. Dr. Bennett is also a consultant in the online education sector as a developer, trainer, instructor and quality assurance evaluator.
Jeremy has a PhD in Sociology, Master of Science in Organizational Change and Development and Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University. He also has a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Georgia. Prior to entering the world of education Jeremy held training and management positions at multiple hospitality companies. His focus throughout his career has been workforce development and employment.
Dr. Ruben Boling
Director, Center for the Future of North Georgia
Assistant Professor of Management
Mike Cottrell College of Business
University of North Georgia
With over 30 years of combined experience in business and academics, Dr. Boling has developed an expertise in the fields of strategy, entrepreneurship and management.During his business career, Ruben has served in leadership and staff positions for several major companies including Arthur Andersen, Georgia Power and WorldColor. He has also served as owner and co-owner of two small businesses and a key partner in start-up initiatives in larger companies and institutions. His managerial and consulting experience has spanned several industriesand focused on enhancing or improving strategy, customer acquisition and retention, and operations.
As part of the Mike Cottrell College of Business and as Director of the Center for the Future of North Georgia, Ruben’s primary focus is to promote entrepreneurship and business leadership in the classroom and regional and international business community.
Ruben holds a Doctor of Business Administration with a focus in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from Kennesaw State University, Master of Science in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology, and Bachelor of Civil Engineering Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University.
With over 15 years of experience, Gregory Burch, Vice President of Business Development, Mobility and ISV Relationships for Ingenico Group, is responsible for developing strategies to bring new technology and solutions to customers as well as introducing Ingenico Group products and services into new markets. Recent focus includes helping enterprise clients with their EMV, P2PE and Mobile Wallet strategies. Greg also serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Alpharetta Technology Network and his background includes work at Nortel Networks as a Software Design Engineer.
Greg earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Mathematics at Georgia State University and, when not working, lives in Atlanta with his wife Michele and loves to play tennis.
Connor Ford is the Co-Founder and visionary behind Spirit App LLC (https://www.spiritapp.co), which provides mobile solutions for engaging students outside the classroom. Connor also works with Soccer In The Streets, a non-profit which uses soccer as a medium to work with at risk children in Atlanta. He developed an online event and fundraising management system, which helped grow event fundraising by 350%, increase event participation by 150%, and reduce administration costs by 80%. His achievements have led to him being recognized by the 21st Century Leaders organization with a Georgia Youth Leadership Award, and featured as an Atlanta 20 under 20. Connor is meticulous and driven, with a passion for developing technology solutions to improve people’s daily lives.
Bill Leonard, founder and president of Wm. Leonard & Co., is a Life Member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, recipient of the Board’s Exclusive Phoenix Award, and Silver Phoenix Award and was the Board’s fifth largest producer in office leasing in 2000 with over $50 million in volume. He has been active in commercial real estate since 1971 and is dedicated to the development of value-added services and lasting client relationships.
Wm. Leonard & Co. is a boutique tenant advisory firm representing tenants in negotiating office and industrial leases. Since 1990, Wm. Leonard & Co. has focused on representing high-growth technology companies from their early stages through maturity. In particular, with his vast experience, Bill brings a unique understanding to the lease negotiation process and is one of the most respected negotiators in the real estate community.
Bill has been actively involved in the Atlanta technology community for over 25 years serving on the boards of the Technology Executives Roundtable, High Tech Ministries and the Southeastern Software Association. Bill founded the High Tech Prayer Breakfast in 1992, which has become the largest invitation-only event in the technology community each year. In 2000, the Technology Association of Georgia honored Bill with the “Leader of Influence Award” for his outstanding service to the area’s technology community and he was also selected by the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Who’s Who in Technology” in 2002.
Kimberly Little is Director, Identity Management, for the risk solutions business of LexisNexis®, where she is responsible for the strategy and long-term guidance of the Identity Management product portfolio at LexisNexis, which includes identity proofing, biometrics, and other forms of consumer authentication.
Sutherland has 20 years of experience leading global business strategy, product management, and technology business consulting.
Sean Gordon is CEO of Intelliverse, a global leader in sales accelerated enterprise software and managed services. Prior to Intelliverse, Sean was Vice President at West IP Communications for 10 years where he helped turn a $30 million dollar startup organization into a $3.5 billion industry leader. He has also held various leadership positions at AT&T, EMC and Nortel Networks Corporation.
Rich Napoli, CEO of Object Frontier Software, has more than 35 years of experience in the software industry running product development for five different software firms. As CEO, Rich has led OFS through a dramatic growth period and helped position the company as a leading provider of software and digital product engineering services.