Karen Cashion is CEO of the Alpharetta Technology Commission (“ATC”), which was created by the City of Alpharetta in 2012 and is now a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization. The ATC’s mission is to identify opportunities and initiatives to help grow the technology industry in Alpharetta.
Karen is also the founder, Chairperson, and past president of the Greater Alpharetta Tech Network (“GATN”), also a 501(c)6 organization, which she formed in 2013 in order to provide the Greater Alpharetta technology community with a locally-based technology organization whose mission is to connect technology executives through tech thought leadership, educational, and networking events.
Karen is an attorney with twenty years of experience as a commercial litigator and corporate technology lawyer. Karen began her career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City, and in addition to law firm practice, has served as Assistant General Counsel for EarthLink and Legal Counsel, Global Technology for Travelport, LP 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.
Karen has served as a Commissioner on the City of Alpharetta’s Planning Commission, is a 2014 graduate of Leadership North Fulton, and is a graduate of the 2015 Georgia Academy for Economic Development. Karen and her family are longtime residents of the city of Alpharetta.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Insperity – Certified Business Performance Advisor; Founder – How I Give Back & Kingdom Kids
Kevin Ford is a Certified Business Performance Advisor with the pioneer of the PEO industry, Insperity, where he helps small-medium sized technology companies and service providers with human capital business solutions. His past experience in growing some of Georgia’s fastest growing businesses helps him assist employers with best-in-class solutions to attract and retain top talent in a talent-driven technology landscape.
Kevin also is highly involved in supporting the local community through his founding of two local non-profits – Kingdom Kids and How I Give Back. Kingdom Kids was started in 2009 as a wish-granting organization for local children facing challenging circumstances. They have granted over 150 wishes to date including everything from Disney trips, celebrity meet & greets, and most recently installing a batting cage in the backyard of a Roswell boy battling cancer. How I Give Back is a web-based crowdfunding platform focused on helping 501(c)3 non-profits to engage donors’ social networks in new and innovative ways. Final touches on the software are underway and this new service will launch in Q4 of 2017.
Kevin serves on several local Boards including the Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife and daughter reside in Cumming, GA.
Karyn Mullins, EVP & General Manager, Healthcare Staffing Technologies
Karyn Mullins is a proven executive leader with experience in healthcare, technology, and Internet businesses/e-commerce. In her role with Healthcare Staffing Technologies, she is responsible for strategic planning as well as running day to day business operations. Karyn has a reputation for strategic vision, creative direction setting, and fostering partnerships throughout all levels of the organization.
Prior to joining Healthcare Staffing Technologies (a Jackson Healthcare company), Karyn served as Vice President of Marketing for Lightyear Direct, a leading provider of digital x-ray technology in the dental market. She has also held marketing management positions at CipherTrust and Internet Security Systems where she served as a significant contributor to each company’s explosive growth. Karyn holds a Bachelor of Administration from Stetson University.
Genna’s 26 years of agency experience, from global firms to her own agency, has offered her the opportunity to work with significant organizations and brands at important times, including established and emerging brands. She has also been the first in line of work with key brands such as Equifax, TSYS, Verizon Wireless and United Healthcare and has worked with more than 100 startups – all trying to establish a voice and reputation and own a slice of an industry segment. With a start in technology, followed by a global agency run with Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, her career has included a significant focus around reputation creation, promotion and protection. Her vision for the future of communications resides around outcome driven strategies – those that impact company growth, value, leadership or engagement. A proponent of the start up community, Genna is actively involved in ATA, LP2X, The Raise Forum, ATV, The Keiretsu Forum and is a founding partner of Winepreneurs. A Wake Forest University graduate, Genna lives in Atlanta with her husband and son.