© Executive Round Table

Speakers

Explore both future and former speakers we host at our dinner meetings.

Blake Patton

Founder and Managing Partner of Tech Square Ventures

Blake is the founder and Managing Partner of Tech Square Ventures. He represents Tech Square Ventures on the boards of Cypress.io (Chairman), Pointivo (Chairman), PreTel Health, Sequr, and UserIQ and is a board observer of Haste and Salesfusion. Blake also serves as Tech Square Venture’s fund manager for Engage, an innovative accelerator and venture fund in partnership with 10 leading corporations and Georgia Tech.

Prior to founding Tech Square Ventures, Blake was General Manager of the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) at Georgia Tech – named by Forbes as one of the “Top 12 Incubators Changing the World”. Prior to leading ATDC, he served as President & COO of Interactive Advisory Software and EVP of iXL, an internet services company that he joined through the acquisition of Swan Media and was part of the executive team that grew the company from startup to over $400 million in annualized revenue and an IPO. Blake also founded Siteman – one of the first cloud offerings in the online content management space. He started his career as an Associate at SEI Corporation.

 

Dwayne O. Irvin

Vice President of Sales, Coca-Cola

WestRock Company

Dwayne is Vice President of Sales of Beverage with responsibility for the

Coca-Cola Global account for WestRock. Previously, he was Senior

Director of Sales with responsibility for Coca-Cola North America

operations for MWV. Since joining Mead in 1996, Dwayne has held a

variety of key commercial roles across the beverage business all involving

Coca-Cola. Dwayne is the current Chairman of the C5 Georgia Youth

Foundation Board of Directors. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business

from Ball State University, where he was a four-year letterman and team

captain.

Blake Patton

Founder and Managing Partner of Tech Square Ventures

Blake is the founder and Managing Partner of Tech Square Ventures. He represents Tech Square Ventures on the boards of Cypress.io (Chairman), Pointivo (Chairman), PreTel Health, Sequr, and UserIQ and is a board observer of Haste and Salesfusion. Blake also serves as Tech Square Venture’s fund manager for Engage, an innovative accelerator and venture fund in partnership with 10 leading corporations and Georgia Tech.

Prior to founding Tech Square Ventures, Blake was General Manager of the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) at Georgia Tech – named by Forbes as one of the “Top 12 Incubators Changing the World”. Prior to leading ATDC, he served as President & COO of Interactive Advisory Software and EVP of iXL, an internet services company that he joined through the acquisition of Swan Media and was part of the executive team that grew the company from startup to over $400 million in annualized revenue and an IPO. Blake also founded Siteman – one of the first cloud offerings in the online content management space. He started his career as an Associate at SEI Corporation.

Blake is an active leader in the technology community, serving on the boards of Georgia Advanced Technology Ventures (GATV), the Southern Capital Forum, and as Chairman of the Center for American Entrepreneurship. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of ATDC, Georgia Tech’s Cowan-Turner Center for Servant Leadership, and Georgia Tech’s Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things (CDAIT). Blake is a former Chairman of Venture Atlanta, a Georgia Tech Alumni Association Trustee, a Georgia Research Alliance Industry Fellow, a member of the selection committee for the NC State Chancellor’s Innovation Fund, and an instructor at Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business where he teaches Entrepreneurial Finance.

Blake earned a Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering degree from Georgia Tech, where he was captain of the swim team. He was inducted into the Georgia Tech College of Engineering’s Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni and previously served on the Georgia Tech Advisory Board.

 

 

Tom Noonan

Founding Partner, TechOperators

Tom Noonan is a founding partner of TechOperators LLC, an early stage technology investment firm in Atlanta. Noonan is also Chairman of TEN Holdings, LLC, a diversified family office investment company. Most recently, he was the General Manager of the Energy Management business of Cisco Systems, following the acquisition of his company JouleX in 2013, where he was co-founder and CEO. A serial entrepreneur, Noonan also co-founded Endgame Security where he currently serves on the board of directors. Endgame is the leading provider of software solutions to the U.S. Intelligence Community and Department of Defense, protecting national security missions from the most sophisticated adversaries in the world's most hostile environments. He is also the former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Internet Security Systems, Inc., which was acquired by IBM for $1.9B in 2006. Tom Noonan and Chris Klaus launched ISS in 1994 to develop the premier network security management company.

 

Prior to co-founding ISS, Noonan held senior management positions at Dun and Bradstreet Software, where he was vice president, worldwide marketing. He began his career as a product manager and engineer for Rockwell Automation, specializing in real-time, automated control systems for computer-integrated manufacturing. Noonan founded two successful technology companies while residing in Boston: Actuation Electronics, a precision motion-control company and Leapfrog Technologies, a software development company designed for networked control system applications.

 

Noonan’s management style and vision have been widely recognized by industry-leading publications including Forbes, Business Week and Fortune. In 1999, Ernst and Young recognized him as “Entrepreneur of the Year.” In 2002, President Bush appointed Noonan to serve on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), a White House homeland defense initiative that protects information systems critical to the nation's infrastructure, where he served under President Obama and continues to serve under President Trump. Noonan was elected into the Georgia Technology Hall of Fame in 2006.

 

Noonan holds a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Tech and a business degree from Harvard University. He is a frequent speaker at leading industry events and serves on numerous, company, industry and civic boards, including Intercontinental Exchange (ICE/NYSE), Manhattan Associates (MANH), Endgame, Phantom Cyber, Ionic Security, Barkly Protects, NexDefense, SalesLoft , Relayr, and DeDrone. Noonan serves on the boards of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, The Westminster Schools, the Georgia Tech Foundation and the Georgia Tech Athletic Association. He is an active technology investor and is a leading philanthropist through the work of the Thomas Noonan Family Foundation that supports education, environmental and healthcare causes locally and nationally.

 

Admiral James Winnefeld, Jr.

Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Admiral James Winnefeld served as the ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  In this capacity, he was a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Nation’s second highest-ranking military officer. 

 

Admiral Winnefeld graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology and received his commission from the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He subsequently served with three fighter squadrons flying the F-14 Tomcat and as an instructor at the Navy Fighter Weapons School. 

 

Admiral Winnefeld’s unit commands at sea included Fighter Squadron 211, USS Cleveland (LPD 7), and USS Enterprise (CVN 65).  He led “Big E” through her 18th deployment, which included combat operations in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom immediately after the terrorist acts of Sept. 11, 2001.  As Commander, Carrier Strike Group TWO/Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, he led Task Forces 50, 152, and 58 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and maritime interception operations in the Arabian Gulf. He also served as Commander, United States SIXTH Fleet, Commander NATO Allied Joint Command Lisbon, and Commander Striking and Support Forces NATO.  

His shore tours include service in the Joint Staff Operations Directorate (J-3), as Senior Aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as Executive Assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations.  As a flag officer, he served ashore as director, Warfare Programs and Transformational Concepts, United States Fleet Forces Command, as Director of Joint Innovation and Experimentation at United States Joint Forces Command, and as the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5) on the Joint Staff.  He most recently served as the Commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM).   

 

Admiral Winnefeld’s awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, and five Battle Efficiency awards.

 

 

Joe Depa

Managing Director at Accenture Digital

 

Joe Depa is a Digital Transformation Executive focused on helping companies leverage digital capabilities and analytics to transform their business and better serve their customers. He has a passion for developing high performing teams that drive innovation and improve business results. He currently serves as a Managing Director at Accenture Interactive.

Focus areas include diving marketing effectiveness via personalization and multichannel attribution, improving business operations via digital operating model strategy and scaled agile design, and developing new innovative products via rapid prototyping and data driven design. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Trainor

Technology Consultant at CapTech

Ms. Trainor is a Big Data focused information technology consultant with a passion for predictive analytics, natural language processing, machine learning and data analysis. She has proven her ability to implement complex data storage, analysis and visualization techniques using a wide variety of technologies in the healthcare, financial and government sectors, including her role performing supersonic systems analysis using natural language processing at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. She is a Certified Developer for Apache Hadoop, Spark and Cassandra and is a skilled developer in several programming languages including Python, Java, Scala SQL, and R and is especially experienced with machine learning Python libraries including scikit-learn and PyML.

 

Ms. Trainor completed her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at The College of William and Mary. She completed her Masters of Science in Computer Science with a concentration in Machine Learning from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Jarel Portman
Founder of JPX Works
 

 

Jarel Portman founded JPX Works, LLC in 2011 to focus on urban in-fill development and redevelopment
opportunities. Prior to JPX Works, Mr. Portman’s real estate career was focused in the areas of hospitality and
mixed-use development. Mr. Portman spent 25 years in the Portman family businesses, where he participated on
professional teams responsible for the following major projects:

 

  • $185 million debt/equity recapitalization of the 750-room Westin Charlotte in Charlotte, NC;

  • $175 million redevelopment of the historic Jin Ye Li town house district in Shanghai, China. Originally constructed in 1929/1930 in the "Shikumen" style (a blend of French and Chinese architectural elements); the project includes 63 hotel units, 54 strata title residences, and 40,000 square feet of street-front retail;

  • $25 billion joint venture development in lncheon, South Korea to be developed on 1,500 acres of urbanlandfill. Portman Holdings' venture partners in this project include Samsung Corporation, Hyundai and a public sector entity, the International Free Economic Zone ("IFEZ');

  • The 5ongdo Landmark City project envisions office, hospitality, residential and retail uses within a pair of linked 151 story towers;

  • Branding, public relations, marketing and web presence leadership for various enterprises under the Portman Companies umbrella. 

Mr. Portman earned a bachelor's degree in hotel management at Florida International University in 1986.

Charles Smithgall
 

 

After graduating from Georgia Tech, Charles Smithgall went on to the Wharton School of Business for a year before spending time in Canada on several cattle ranches. He then joined the Army and served tours in Korea and Vietnam. Upon leaving the service, Smithgall headed west to start a career as a ranch manager, but he found the financial rewards to be less than spectacular. "It looked like the most you could make was $400 a month and all you could eat," he remarked, "so I decided I'd rather be a ranch owner."

 

Smithgall headed back to Atlanta and joined Holder Construction, rising to vice president. He then left to pursue a degree at Harvard Business School. A chance meeting with Ted Turner at a cable convention in New Orleans sparked his next career move as a cable franchise operator in Chattanooga.

 

Several years later, Smithgall returned to Atlanta and joined Turner as a sales consultant. The colorful visionary was just beginning to build his media empire, and Smithgall was there for some historic moments, including the launch of CNN. In 1981, Turner urged Smithgall to buy a local AM radio station (680) and rename it WCNN. Four years later, the station won the rights to broadcast Georgia Tech football and basketball, which WGST had carried for 61 years. That gave Smithgall the opportunity to renew his relationship with Bobby Dodd, who hosted a weekly show on the station.

 

Smithgall, who has three children with his wife Griff, later sold the station and started a new company, Smithgall Enterprises, which operates over 40 Aaron's Rents stores in the northeast and midwest. "That's my fifth career, from construction to cable TV to Turner, then radio, and now this, said Smithgall. "The one single thing that has meant the most to me in my business career was going to Georgia Tech." Smithgall continues to show his support of Georgia Tech in a number of ways and is a dedicated Life Member of the Alexander-Tharpe Fund.

 

Andrew Somoza

President of uBack

Andrew Somoza has a long track record of growing early stage technology startups into successful companies. Currently, Andrew serves as President of uBack, a social impact fundraising platform that bridges the intersection between nonprofits and organizations allowing individuals to make donations in seconds anytime, anywhere via a mobile device. Andrew is a proven entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in vast leadership and business development roles. Along with his love of technology, he’s also an active angel investor in various ventures including music venues, a minor league

baseball team and number of local technology companies.

Andrew is a former student-athlete and graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Management and a minor in Economics and Marketing. Andrew and his wife, Jessie, have three daughters. He is an active member of Christ the King Church. He is currently serving as a Board Member for Georgia Tech’s Alexander-Tharpe Fund, Board Member/Investor for Transcend LLC, Board of Directors for YMCA of Metro Atlanta, Board of Advisors for QASymphony, Junior Achievement Georgia, and the Woodruff Arts Center EFA Committee. And when he’s not busy with his family, Andrew can be found in the woods or on a river enjoying his other passions.

 

General Philip M. Breedlove

Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO Allied Command Operations

Gen. Philip M. Breedlove is Commander, Supreme Allied Command, Europe, SHAPE, Belgium and Headquarters, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany.

General Breedlove was raised in Forest Park, Ga. and was commissioned in 1977 as a distinguished graduate of Georgia Tech's ROTC program. He has been assigned to numerous operational, command, and staff positions, and has completed nine overseas tours, including two remote tours. He has commanded a fighter squadron, an operations group, three fighter wings, and a numbered air force. Additionally, he has served as Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. Operations Officer in the Pacific Command Division on the Joint Staff, Executive Officer to the Commander of Headquarters Air Combat Command, the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, and Vice Director for Strategic Plans and Policy on the Joint Staff. 

Prior to assuming his current position, General Breedlove served as the Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe; Commander, U.S. Air Forces Africa; Commander, Air Component Command, Ramstein; and Director, Joint Air Power Competence Centre, Kalkar, Germany. He was responsible for Air Force activities, conducted through 3rd Air Force, in an area of operations covering more than 19 million square miles. This area included 105 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, as well as the Artic and Atlantic oceans. As Vice Chief, he presided over the Air Staff and served as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Requirements Oversight Council and Deputy Advisory Working Group. He assisted the Chief of Staff with organizing, training, and equipping of 680,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. General Breedlove has flown combat missions in Operation Joint Forge/Joint Guardian. He is a command pilot with 3,500 flying hours, primarily in the F-16.

Christina Ruggiero

Chief Procurement Officer of Coca-Cola Refreshments & Coca-Cola North America

Christina Ruggiero serves as Chief Procurement Officer for the Coca-Cola System within North America, and President and CEO for Coca-Cola Bottlers' Sales & Services, LLC (CCBSS), an organization that aggregates and optimizes supplier and customer-related activities for the U.S. bottling franchise network.

Christina was most recently Chief Procurement Officer, Coca-Cola Bottlers' Sales and Services and Vice President, Procurement for Coca-Cola Refreshments.

Prior to Coca-Cola, Christina was Vice President, Procurement, for Diageo plc, where she led procurement and supply chain teams globally, including teams in the United States, Africa, Europe, and Russia. While at Diageo, Christina was honored by DiversityPlus Magazine as one of their "2012 Top 25 Women in Power Impacting Diversity" for driving diversity both internally and externally.

Christina holds a Masters of Management (University of Huddersfield, UK) and a Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences (Marymount College), where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, Valedictorian. In addition, Christina is a veteran of the U.S. Navy where she was a cryptologist for the National Security Agency.

Christina lives in Atlanta with her husband Herb and their two boys.

 

Robert G. Cross
Chairman and CEO of Revenue Analytics
 

 

Robert G. Cross is the Chairman and CEO of Revenue Analytics. He received a BA in Chemistry and JD (cum laude) from Texas Tech University. Robert G. Cross guides Revenue Analytics’ strategic vision and provides a wealth of industry expertise. He is actively involved in client work, and his leadership has been instrumental in helping develop leading Revenue Management capabilities for Revenue Analytics clients, including Coca-Cola, Marriott International and InterContinental Hotels Group.

 

Labeled the “Guru of Revenue Management” by The Wall Street Journal,
Robert G. Cross, prior to Revenue Analytics, founded Talus Solutions, Inc., a company credited with creating billions of dollars in value for clients such as Delta Air Lines, Ford Motor Company and UPS. Talus was acquired by
Manugistics Group, Inc. in December of 2000 for $366 million.

 

Robert G. Cross authored The New York Times Business Best Seller, Revenue Management: Hard Core Tactics for Market Domination, (Broadway Books 1997), which has been subsequently published in French, German, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Portuguese editions. He is in demand as a global lecturer on Revenue Management and is frequently quoted in international business publications. His writings have been included in the Book of Management Wisdom (John Wiley & Sons 2000) along with such business luminaries as Bill Marriott, Jack Welch and Lee Iacocca.

 

Christopher Klaus

Founder and current CEO of Kaneva

Chris is regarded as one of the youngest and brightest Internet pioneers of our time, having founded and served as former CTO of Internet Security Systems. Klaus formed ISS in the early 1990s as a student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 2004 Chris Klaus stepped down from his role of Chief Technology Officer of ISS to pursue other interests, although he remained a significant shareholder and retained his role as the company's Chief Security Advisor. In 2006 ISS was sold to IBM for $1.3B.

 

In recent years Klaus has become one of Georgia Tech's most visible contributors, giving a $15M naming gift to build the College of Computing's new home, the Klaus Advanced Computing Building. Klaus has also focused his efforts in the growing Atlanta Tech Start-up market and has been working with ATDC.

 

Sarah Kirsch

Executive Director of ULI Atlanta,

 

 

Ms. Kirsch in the Executive Director of ULI Atlanta, one of the largest and most active district councils of the Urban Land Institute. The Urban Land Institute provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI is an independent global nonprofit supported by members representing the entire spectrum of real estate development and land use disciplines.

 

David Scheible

Chairman and CEO of Graphic Packaging Holding

 

A $4.3Billion NYSE company headquartered in Atlanta, GA. He has been the chief executive since 2007. Graphic Packaging is the world’s largest manufacturer of folding cartons for the consumer food and beverage markets supporting global brands like AB, Coca-Cola, General Mills, Kellogg, Kraft, Miller Coors, Nestle, Pepsi Co., and many more. They have over 14,000 employees globally and make 2.3M tons of paper in 7 paperboard mills, operate 70 converting plants and numerous sales and distribution centers in over 20 countries. Mr. Scheible has held executive leadership roles in the Company, including President and Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Commercial Operations. He also served as President of the Flexible Packaging Division of legacy Graphic Packaging Corporation from January to June 1999. Mr. Scheible was previously affiliated with the Avery Denison Corporation in a variety of global operating roles.

 

Stephanie K. Mains

Vice President of Global Services for GE Power & Water’s Distributed Power

 

 

Stephanie K. Mains is Vice President of Global Services for GE Power & Water’s Distributed Power, a leading provider of power equipment, engines and services, focused on power generation at or near the point of use. Distributed Power’s product portfolio includes highly efficient industrial reciprocating engines and industrial gas turbines that generate 200 kW to 100 MW of power for numerous industries globally. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Distributed Power employs more than 4,500 people around the world. Stephanie has 25 years of GE experience in finance, operations, and business management. She joined GE Transportation as part of the Financial Management Program and during the next 10 years held roles of progressive responsibility in finance and quality at GE Transportation and GE Capital. 

 

Mack Reese
President of Gateway Development Services
 

Mack Reese began his career with the Trammell Crow Company in 1985 in the office leasing and development division and, in 1988, left Crow with Don Childress in the formation of Childress Klein Properties. While with Crow and Childress Klein, he was involved in the development and leasing activities of the Atlanta Galleria, 999 Peachtree and a variety of mid-rise office buildings in the Atlanta market. In 1996, he formed his own office development company and, in 1998, merged his company’s operations into the formation of Gateway. Reese graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management, followed by a Master of Science in Management. Reese remains involved in all aspects of Gateway’s development projects, including finance, design and construction and provides leadership on all marketing and leasing activities. 

Brian Betkowski 
Partner and Co-Founder of Jabian
 
As a serial entrepreneur, Brian focuses his creativity, passion, and leadership towards driving meaningful and practical transformational change for his clients and the Firm.  He holds two patents, has been published by the Technology Association of Georgia and in The Jabian Journal, has spoken at the ASP National Conference and Business Process Management Society, has been featured on the Professional Atlanta radio show and TAG radio, and has co-launched the Atlanta Process Executive Roundtable.
Brian’s leadership at Jabian has earned him the prestigious designation of being one of Atlanta’s “40 Under 40 Up and Comers” in 2010, highlighting the most promising leaders in Atlanta. It has also led to numerous recognitions from Consulting Magazine, Inc. 5000, Vault.com, Georgia Trend Magazine, and Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Best Places to Work and Fastest Growing Company awards.
 
 

 

 

Al Trujillo
President of the Georgia Tech Foundation
 
Al Trujillo is President of the Georgia Tech Foundation (GTF). GTF’s primary function is to manage Georgia Tech’s financial investments, a sizeable endowment used to support everything from student scholarships to strategic growth. After a successful career in business of over 25 years, Trujillo concentrated on volunteerism and business consulting in order to assist companies and investment groups with acquisition and operational strategies needed to optimize organizational potential. We enjoyed welcoming Mr. Al Trujillio to our dinner meeting on September 4th!
 
 

 

 

David Cummings
CEO at Kevy and Atlanta Inventures
 
David has been an entrepreneur for over a decade. In 2001, David founded Hannon Hill, which was recognized as the 247th fastest growing company in the U.S. In early 2007, David co-founded Pardot, which was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as the fastest growing technology company in 2010. David was subsequently named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner. Most recently, David founded the Atlanta Tech Village, which at 103,000 sq ft is the largest technology entrepreneur center in the Southeast. We enjoyed welcoming Mr. Cummings to our dinner meeting on April 3rd!
John Marshall
Airwatch
 

John Marshall serves as President and CEO at AirWatch, where he drives the company’s strategy and operations. Marshall founded AirWatch in 2003 and the company achieved early success by managing ruggedized devices. Under Marshall’s leadership, AirWatch has become the largest enterprise mobility management provider in the world, with customers that include the top four global Fortune companies. In February 2013, he secured one of the largest Series A funding rounds in history at $200 million.  We enjoyed welcoming Mr. Marshall to our dinner meeting on March 6th, 2014!

 

David Moeller
CodeGuard
 

Mr. David Moeller is the CEO and co-founder of Atlanta-based ATDC startup company CodeGuard.  David has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, highest honors, from Georgia Tech, and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School.  With his many accomplishments, ERT was very excited to welcome Mr. Moeller to our meeting on January 23!

John Palmisano
USA Today
 

Mr. John Palmisano, Vice President of Information Technology at USA Today, joined our meeting on November 7, 2013.  We enjoyed discussing how news is changing due to the digital age we live in today.  Our members provided fantastic ideas towards the innovation and new direction of the news industry!

Mark Chancy
Suntrust Banks, Inc.
 

Mr. Mark Chancy, Corporate Executive Vice President and Wholesale Banking Executive of Suntrust Banks, Inc, joined our dinner meeting on October 17, 2013.  We enjoyed discussing the millenial perspective of banking services.  Mr. Chancy sparked exciting conversation between all of our members regarding financial planning and banking services.

 

 

Tom Beaty
Insight Sourcing Group
 

Mr. Tom Beaty, President, Founder, and CEO of Insight Sourcing Group, joined our dinner meeting on September 19, 2013.  He discussed the necessity of corporate culture for a successful business.  We had a great meeting to begin the semester!

Pierre Ferrari,
Heifer International
 

Mr. Pierre Ferrari, President and CEO of Heifer International, joined ERT at our dinner meeting on January 24, 2013.  The presentation and discussion on technology in the industry was quite stimulating for all those in attendance.  What a great way to kick off 2013!

 

 

Ambassador Charles Shapiro
Venezuela
 

Ambassador Charles Shapiro joined us for a dinner meeting on March 7, 2013.  The meeting attendees enjoyed an exciting discussion about international trade and investment, particularly in the Americas.  With his experience as Ambassador of Venezuela, Mr. Shapiro was able to provide unique insight into the benefits of trading with and investing in the South American countries.

 

Senator Saxby Chambliss
Georgia
 

Senator Saxby Chambliss joined us at our dinner meeting on September 6, 2012.  We were honored to have Senator Chambliss as a distinguished guest!  The meeting was a great success, kicking our year off with a wonderful start.  The members, guests, and corporate sponsors who were at this meeting thoroughly enjoyed a powerful conversation about our country's current financial dilemma.

 

Wick Moorman
Norfolk Southern Corporation
 

Wick Moorman, President & CEO of Norfolk Southern Corporation, engaged in dialogue with Executive Round Table on October 11, 2012.  We had a fabulous conversation about freight transportation issues in our country.  ERT was excited to welcome our new student members as well as many new faculty and industry members to this meeting!