Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Robin Loudermilk

Board Chairman

Robin C. Loudermilk,Jr.  
President & CEO,
The Loudermilk Companies

Mr. Robert C. Loudermilk, Jr.  currently serves as the President & CEO of The Loudermilk Companies.  Robin served as the Chief Executive Officer of Aaron's, Inc. (also known as Aaron Rents, Inc.) from June 2008 to November 2011 and its President from 1997 to November 2011. Mr. Loudermilk served as the Chief Operating Officer of Aaron's since 1997. He served as Vice President of Real Estate of Aaron's from 1993 to 1997. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Robin currently serves as chairman of the Buckhead Alliance. He also serves as Trustee for Sky Land Trail, and is a former member of the Young Presidents Organization.

Board of Directors

Vice Chairman

John F. O’Neill III 
Senior Managing Director, Market Leader, Cushman and Wakefield, Inc.

Mr. O’Neill specializes in developing and implementing real estate strategies for a diverse client base that ranges from Fortune 500 corporations to emerging growth companies and non-profit institutions. John and his wife Jada have three sons, Reilly, Owen and Lachlan.

Cal Darden

Vice Chairman, Board Development Chair

Cal Darden 


Cal Darden is a retired senior vice president of U.S. operations of UPS. Darden was accountable for all U.S. operations, which covers 317,000 employees and US$25 billion in revenues.  Darden continues to serve on the Board of Directors for Target Corp., Coca-Cola Enterprises, & Cardinal Health.  Darden is married and has three children.

Board of Directors


Bernard Taylor 

Alston & Bird, LLP

Bernard Taylor is the chair of the firm's Products Liability Group.He concentrates his practice on complex disputes including commercial litigation, products liability and toxic tort lawsuits. Mr. Taylor is a member of the American Bar Association, the Georgia Bar Association, the Gate City Bar Association, the Atlanta Bar Association and a member of 100 Black Men of America.

Tye Darland


Tye Darland
Senior Vice President – General Counsel And Secretary, 

Georgia-Pacific, LLC

Tye Darland began his career with Georgia-Pacific in December 2005 when Koch Industries purchased Georgia-Pacific.At that time, Tye assumed the role of Senior Vice President - General Counsel and Secretary. Tye’s primary specialty areas are mergers and acquisitions and commercial law. Tye received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Iowa in 1986, and was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant that same year. Tye also is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Board of Zoo Atlanta and is a member of the Federalist Society Board of Advisors – Atlanta Lawyers Chapter. Tye was appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission by Governor Sonny Purdue from 2008 through 2010.He is the immediate Past Chairman of the AF&PA General Counsel’s Resource Committee.

Board of Directors - Chris St.Clare

Chair - Resource Development Committee

Christine St.Clare 
Retired, Advisory Partner, 


Chris St.Clare was a partner within the Advisory practice at KPMG LLP.During her 35 years with the firm, she served as lead engagement partner on several of KPMG's largest clients.She is a member of the Women's Leadership Council of United Way of Metro Atlanta, and has chaired several "Women of Tocqueville" United Way Campaigns.

Board of Directors-Dave Wilkinson

Dave Wilkinson

President & CEO
Atlanta Police Foundation

Dave joined the Foundation in 2005. Before joining the Foundation Dave retired as the Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service, Georgia Region. Dave lives in Brooks, Georgia with his wife, Renee, and his two sons, Jacob and Jonathan.

Board Members

John ONeill

Resource Investment Committee

Peter Aman 


Bain & Company

Peter Aman is a partner in the Atlanta office. After joining the firm in 1988 he practiced in Bain & Company’s Boston and San Francisco offices before helping found Bain & Company’s Atlanta office in 1996. Mr. Aman is a leader in Bain & Company’s Media practice as well as its Industrial Goods and Services practice. Aman earned an MBA, with distinction, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.He is also a graduate of Duke University, where he received a BA in Public Policy, with honors. Mr. Aman and his wife Lisa live in Atlanta along with their three children.

Board of DirectorsAmbrish Baisiwala

Portman Holdings

Ambrish is responsible for the management and profitability of Portman Holdings. He oversees the overall operations of Portman Holdings, including real estate development, investment, and capital raising across the US, China, India and South Korea. Ambrish joined Portman Holdings in 2006. Ambrish has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) degree from the University of Rajasthan, India, and a MBA from the Melbourne Business School, Australia. He is a member of Real Estate Roundtable, Urban Land Institute’s Livable Communities Council, Central Atlanta Progress Board of Directors, the Rotary Club of Atlanta, and Zoo Atlanta Leadership Council. He is also a Georgia State University J. Mack Robinson College of Business Real Estate Department Honorary Board Member.

Valerie CallowayValerie Calloway,
SVP Property Management 

HJ Russell & Company

Ms. Calloway joined H. J. Russell Company in late 1977 as Controller of the Property Management Division.Ms. Calloway was subsequently promoted to Vice President of the Property Management Division in 1994 where she developed strategic plans for the effective management of 42 residential communities and eight commercial properties as she lead the company’s public housing privatization efforts. Ms. Calloway is currently serving as Senior Vice President for the Property Management Division.She is responsible for the day-to-day management of 7,000 units and repositioning of the properties in the portfolio through various refinancing instruments.

Chris CarlosChris Carlos
Executive Vice President, 

National Distributing Company

Chris Michael Carlos, a native of Atlanta, Georgia serves as the Executive Vice President of National Distributing Company.  Chris is active in many philanthropic endeavors including the Atlanta Ballet and the Atlanta Zoo. Chris lives in Atlanta with his wife Merry and two daughters.

Thomas CarrollThomas M. Carroll
Head of Division Wealth Management, SunTrust

Thomas Carroll is the head of Division Wealth Management for SunTrust Bank.  In that role he oversees all of the core private wealth management activities delivered by over 100 client advisors across 5 SunTrust divisions.  Prior to his current role, Thomas was the Chief Executive Officer of GenSpring Family Offices, SunTrust’s multi-family office subsidiary, which provides independent advice to ultra high net worth families.  GenSpring advises on over $14B in family assets in 14 different offices across the country.  Before joining GenSpring, Thomas served as the Head of the Sports & Entertainment Specialty Group for SunTrust Banks, Inc.  In that capacity, Thomas managed a group of advisors, who provide private wealth management services to sports and entertainment professionals, and corporate banking services to film, music and sports organizations.

Alec Fraser

Alec Fraser

Captain Fraser, LLC

Alec Fraser served as President of Turner Properties, Inc., a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. He was responsible for overseeing the global facilities and security of all Turner properties worldwide. Fraser is the President of the Rotary Club of Atlanta, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Riverside Military Academy, Vice Chairman of the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, and on the Executive Committee of Central Atlanta Progress.


Board of Directors-Duncan Gibbs

W. Duncan Gibbs, 

CCIM Managing Partner

TriStar Real Estate Investment, LLC 

Mr. Gibbs has 25 years of commercial real estate experience where he has been involved in over $700 million dollars of commercial real estate transactions. TriStar is an asset management company that invests in high yield, value add real estate investments in the Southeast that are below the focus of institutional investors. He serves on the advisory Board of Crime Stoppers, is active in Leadership Atlanta (Class of 2008) and lives in Buckhead with his wife Kristen and son Nolan.

Board of Directors-Mitch Graul

Mitch Graul
Area President,

Wells Fargo

Mitch provides executive leadership to: Overall sales and service performance for 41 stores in the South Atlanta Region. This includes revenue growth, improving direct contribution, expense management, leadership development, business planning and executing on retail sales and service strategies. Mitch joined Wells Fargo in 1997 and is a native of Georgia (Tipton). He also works with Habitat for Humanity, Business Advisory Council and Easter Seals of Alabama.

Board of Directors-Myron Gray

Myron Gray

President, US Operations

Myron Gray is responsible for all U.S. operations, which include the pick-up and delivery of more than 15 million packages each day and 345,000 employees.Gray also is a member of UPS's Management Committee, the 12-person group of senior executives responsible for the day-to-day management of the company.

Board of DirectorsJackson Houk
Managing Partner,


Jackson is President and CEO of three, one of the South’s premier boutique corporate communications firms. Nationally recognized for effectiveness, three provides consumer, employee and investor communications support to some of America’s most respected companies including Southern Company, Simmons, Children’s Healthcare, Atlantic Capital Bank, AIG, Moe’s and a variety of for and not-for-profit enterprises. Founded in 2000, Houk’s team built three around his experiences as a Client in packaged goods at General Foods and Frito Lay, in durables at Simmons Bedding Company, in retail for Stop n Go and in commodity marketing with Valvoline motor oil and Southern Company, the nation’s premier electric utility. He lives, works and worships in Buckhead and shares that home a few hundred feet from the Chattahoochee river, with his wife Dede, daughter, three sons, two dogs, two cats and a herd of about 20 deer that won’t stop eating his hostas.

Board of Directors-Tad Hutcheson

Tad Hutcheson
Vice President Community and Public Affairs,

Delta Airlines

Tad Hutcheson is an airline marketing professional who serves as Vice President of Community and Public Affairs for Delta Air Lines.   In this role, Hutcheson oversees Delta’s efforts to build the airline’s brand in the communities Delta serves by partnering with key non-profit organizations.  Hutcheson rejoined Delta in late 2011 – 16 years after his first stint at Delta. Active in Rotary for twenty years, Hutcheson is a member of the downtown Atlanta Rotary Club.  He and his wife, Janin, a Boeing 717 pilot, make their home in downtown Atlanta.


Jimmy Johnson
Senior Vice President of Sales,
RR Donnelley

Jimmy Johnson is the Senior Vice President of Sales for RR Donnelley.  He serves on a variety of board in the Atlanta area including the Special Olympics of Georgia and the Collier Hill Neighborhood Association.  Jimm is a graduate of UGA and Harvard Business School.

David KingDavid King, 

CFRE, President & CEO, 

Alexander Haas

David H. King, CFRE, President & CEO of Alexander Haas, has lived in Atlanta and been in the field of nonprofit development for more than 20 years. In his 20 years at Alexander Haas, David has provided counsel to more than 125 organizations in the areas of higher education, independent schools, hospitals, conservation, human services, churches and faith-based organizations. David and his wife, Holly, have two children, and on most fall Saturdays can be found passionately rooting for the Florida State Seminoles

Rodney LastingerRodney Lastinger
Group Vice President,

Target Stores

Rodney Lastinger is a Group Vice President for Target Stores, where he has been employed for the past 10 years since he was hired as a college intern. His responsibilities include managing more than 1,000 employees in 71 stores in both Georgia and Tennessee. Rodney earned his MBA at Stetson University and his Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Management at Florida State University. Rodney lives in Alpharetta with his wife, Beverley, and their two sons.

Patrick MackenPatrick Macken
ARRIS Group, Inc.

Patrick is a partner in the Firm’s Corporate Group. Patrick advises clients on a variety of transactional, corporate governance and disclosure matters. Patrick’s practice also includes advising clients in connection with their merger and acquisition activities. Patrick is a frequent speaker on securities law and corporate governance matters and has co-authored a number of articles on federal securities laws and corporate finance transactions..

Board of DirectorsPeter McMahon

General Manager,

Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Peter began his career with Hyatt Hotels Corp. at Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport in Dallas, Texas, in 1994. Throughout his career, Hyatt has recognized his efforts with progressive responsibilities that have led to assignments at successful Hyatt properties in several U.S. cities. Peter has taken leadership roles in each of the communities where he has served. He was a director of both the San Antonio and Savannah Convention and Visitors Bureaus, and served on those cities’ Hotel and Lodging Associations, Tourism Leadership Councils, Rotary Clubs and other organizations. Peter is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. He currently resides in Cobb County and has two sons, Curran and Matt.

Catherine M. O’NeilCatherine O’Neil

King and Spalding LLP

Catherine M. O’Neil is a litigation partner in the firm’s Special Matters and Government Investigations Practice Group in Atlanta. Ms. O’Neil represents companies and individuals in a variety of civil and criminal regulatory enforcement matters, parallel civil litigation and internal corporate investigations. She also has significant experience handling complex commercial litigation matters and conducting corporate compliance reviews. Ms. O’Neil is a member of the Boards of Directors of Zoo Atlanta and the Georgia Council on Alcohol and Drugs.

Leslie PattersonLeslie Patterson

Partner, SESA People Leader
Ernst & Young LLP

Leslie Patterson is the Southeast Sub-Area People Team Leader and a Partner at Ernst & Young LLP.In her current role she is responsible for the People processes for the 2,000 person practice across 14 offices and the E&Y Caribbean practice. She serves as a board member on Hampton University’s Board of Trustees and on other community organization boards.Leslie, her husband Keven, their son Caleb , and twin sons Austin and Blake  live in Mableton, Georgia.

Richard K. ReeceRichard K. Reece

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer,

Acuity Brands

Richard Reece, age 58, serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, having joined Acuity Brands on December 1, 2005. Prior to his appointment as Chief Financial Officer for Acuity Brands, Mr. Reece served as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Belden, Inc., a publicly traded wire and cable manufacturer. Mr. Reece received a bachelor of science degree from Auburn University where he graduated with honors. He is a Certified Public Accountant, and is a member of the AICPA. He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Manufacturers and The Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith
Chief Marketing Officer, 

Rollins, Inc.

Kevin is the chief marketing officer for Rollins, Inc., a $1.3 billion pest control holding company, which includes Orkin, HomeTeam Pest Defense, Western Pest Services, Orkin Canada, The Industrial Fumigant Company, Waltham Services, Trutech and Crane Pest Control.

Roland VaughnC. Roland Vaughn III
Managing Partner,

4V Enterprises LLP

C. Roland Vaughn III is currently the managing partner of 4V Enterprises LLP. 4V Enterprises is an independent contractor engaged in the business of client service in the areas of marketing, sales, business development, community outreach, economic development and public/private relations. Mr. Vaughn utilizes his unique public and private sector experience for the benefit of his clients.

Prior to 4V Enterprises, he  he joined the Rockdale County Sheriffs Department in 1974 where he worked his way through the ranks to the position of Chief Deputy Sheriff. In January of 1981, he was appointed Chief of Police for the City of Conyers and served in that position until April 1994.

Ken Welch, Global Chair Strategy Group, Advisoy Global, Head of Strategic Pursuits, KPMG, LLP

Board of Directors - Ken Welch

Ken is Partner-in-Charge of the Southeast Advisory Services practice for KPMG LLP. Ken has over twenty-five years of global consulting experience across many different industries.  His responsibilities include leading global client relationships, go-to-market efforts and the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) practice.  In addition to his role at KPMG, Ken is also involved in the community with the United Way, Board of Directors Network, the Boys & Girls Club and a member of Tocqueville Society. Ken has a BA in Communications from Valdosta State University.  Ken currently resides in Alpharetta with his wife Terri and their two daughters, Sydney and Taylor.

Board of Directors

Joe D. Whitley, 

Shareholder & Chair, National White Collar Practice, 

Baker Donelson

Joe D. Whitley chairs the Firm's White Collar Criminal Defense Group. He represents clients nationally and internationally in white collar criminal matters and regulatory enforcement, corporate internal investigations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and U.S. export controls and compliance. He also advises clients on corporate compliance, health care fraud and FDA-related matters.

Joe has had a wide-ranging career in the Department of Justice. During the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, Joe served as the Acting Associate Attorney General, the third-ranking position at Main Justice in the Department of Justice. He was appointed by Presidents Reagan and Bush, respectively, to serve as the United States Attorney in the Middle (Macon) and Northern (Atlanta) Federal Districts of Georgia. Throughout his career, Joe served under five United States Attorneys General and four Presidents in a number of key operational and policy positions.

Bob Peterson, 

Chairman & CEO, 


Bob Peterson joined Carter in 2001 as a principal owner and executive vice president. By 2002, he had assumed the role of chairman and CEO.

Since then, Bob has led the transformationof Carter from a full-service commerical real estate company into a highly-focused real estate investment, development, and advisory firm. In September of 2011, Carter sold his brokerage and property management divisions to Cassidy Turley. 


Walt Ehmer,

President and Chief Executive Officer,

Waffle House, Inc. 

Walt Ehmer is President and Chief Executive Officer of Waffle House, Inc.  He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1989 with Bachelor in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Upon graduating from Georgia Tech, Walt began his career as a Sales Engineer for Allen-Bradley Company in Milwaukee, WI. Walt joined Waffle House in 1992 as a Senior Buyer in the Purchasing Department.  He was promoted to Director of Purchasing in 1996, Vice President of Finance in 1999, Chief Financial Officer in 2001, President in 2006, and CEO in 2012.  There are over 1,700 Waffle House Restaurants in 25 States, with over 75% of those owned and operated by Waffle House, Inc. Walt and his wife Cindy have three children and live in the Atlanta area.  Two of his children currently attend Georgia Tech.

Joseph Folz

Vice President,

General Counsel and Secretary, 

Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Joe Folz is Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Porsche Cars North America, Inc. He is responsible for all legal and compliance matters arising in the Porsche Group's North American businesses, as well as for state and local government relations. Joe reports to the Presidnet and CHief Executive Officer and is a member of the Company's Executive Committee. 

Joe spent his career as an attorney in the automobile industry. A lobg-time Porsche owner and enthusiast, Joe joined Porsche in 2010 from the Automotive Practive Group of Chicago-based Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, where he represented a number of vehicle manufacturers. He concentrated his practice on distribution, trade regulation, and franchising. Before that, Joe served for 29 years with Volkswagen Group of America, including 16 years as its chief legal officer. He began his career on the Industry Government Relations Staff of General Motors. 

Advisory Board


Board of Directors

Board Chairman,

John S. McColl, 

Executive Vice President, Cousins Properties

John has more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate development and finance. He serves on the Davidson College Board of Visitors and is     an elder and member of First Presbyterian Church of      Atlanta. Before joining Cousins in 1996, John managed the acquisition and operation of more than 20 operating companies with combined revenues of $1.6 billion.

Sam Pettway

Vice Chairman

Sam Pettway,
Founding Director, BoardWalk Consulting LLC

Sam Pettway is the founding director of BoardWalk Consulting, a firm committed to building strong foundations for nonprofits.®. Sam is a late-blooming athlete who took up running in his late forties. His wife, Barbara VanLandingham Pettway, an executive communications consultant, and his two sons, Cooper and Andrew, are the most vigorous cheerleaders at his races--and often the only ones still there when he crosses finish line.

Rob Baskin

Chair - Marketing & Communications Committee,

Rob Baskin, 
President, Weber Shandwick

Rob Baskin has 30 years of experience in journalism and agency and corporate public relations.He serves on the board of directors of the Georgia Council on Economic Education, the Georgia Alliance for Children, the SafeAmerica Foundation and the Board of Advisors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

Board of Directors - John Geraghty

John Geraghty
Executive Vice President Private Wealth Management, 

SunTrust Bank

John J. Geraghty is currently Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Endowment & Foundation Services Line of Business for SunTrust Bank. Mr. Geraghty resides in Atlanta with his wife Beth and two sons Jack and Will.

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