Ken Huff, Chair
Ken Huff is the Supplier Diversity Strategy & Reporting Manager for Southern Company, one of the nation’s largest generators of electricity. In this role, he provides strategic direction for small business utilization and supplier development at Southern Company’s various subsidiaries. Additionally, he manages the goal-setting, federal small business compliance, and regulatory reporting activities of the company. Ken began his Southern Company career in 1984 as an accountant at Gulf Power. During his career, Ken has gained extensive financial and operational experience through work assignments in finance and accounting, power generation, customer operations, unregulated marketing, and customer service. Prior to his current position, Ken managed the Supplier Diversity and Development team at Georgia Power Company. Also, in a previous role as External Affairs manager, he directed the community relations and community development activities in Henry County, one of the top 10 fastest growing counties in the United States.
Brian M. Wooten,Vice Chair
Brian M. Wooten is the Executive Director of Community Engagement at Kennesaw State University (KSU). Prior to serving in this role, he served as the Director of the Center for Student Leadership (CSL) and Assistant Professor for University Studies at Kennesaw State University (KSU). During his tenure, the CSL developed programs that connect leadership development and applied research and scholarship with local, national, and international civic engagement initiatives.
Wooten has been the recipient of numerous awards including Kennesaw State University’s Betty L. Siegel award in 2005. In 1999, he received NACA’s C. Shaw Smith New Professional Award and in 1997 the New Professional Award for the southeast region. He also received Kennesaw State University’s George H. Beggs Advisor of the Year award and was recognized by the African American Student Alliance as the 1998 Staff Supporter of the Year.
As chief executive officer, Susie provides executive leadership and collaborates with the XIOSS senior management team to establish and pursue the company’s strategic vision. With over 25 years of experience in service industry verticals and small business ownership, Susie leads and manages all aspects of business / product development, operations, and customer service.
She was instrumental in launching XIOSS and leading it to the #1 ranking in CRN’s Top 25 Fast Growth Solution Providers for 2012, which gives recognition to leading independent solution providers with the highest net sales and revenue growth. Susie earned her bachelor’s degree from Auburn University.
Joseph Handy is Georgia Aquarium’s President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2005, Handy moved to Atlanta to serve as Georgia Aquarium’s Director of Visitor Services. He was promoted to Vice President of Guest Experience in late 2006, became Senior Vice President in December 2014, was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2015 and recently became President & Chief Operating Officer in January 2017. In addition to his responsibilities at Georgia Aquarium, Handy is a committee member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), as well as an active member in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Business Operations Committee.
Handy is also heavily involved in many community organizations. He is a member of 100 Black Men of North Metro Atlanta; Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and Central Atlanta Progress Advisory Boards.
April M. Harris is the owner of the Marble Slab Creamery in the Town Brookhaven Shopping Center in Atlanta, GA. Before taking on the reins as an entrepreneur, April worked for more than 15 years in broadcast journalism. April joined CNN in 1992 as a video journalist and worked her way up the ladder to become the Atlanta-based Producer for the Emmy Award-winning show Lou Dobbs Tonight.
April played an important role in coordinating coverage of several major breaking news stories, including the Atlanta Olympic Bombing, Hurricane Katrina, and the September 11th terrorist attacks. She covered business news stories as a Unit Producer/Superdesk Coordinator for CNN’s business unit CNNfn and as a Field Producer for CNN Saturday Morning and CNN Sunday Morning.
April has received recognition from the National Academy of Arts & Sciences for Outstanding Extended Coverage of a Business Story on Lou Dobbs Tonight, episode“Exporting America”.
Tonya Harvey, as the younger of two girls, grew up on Army posts around the U.S. After attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Track & Field Scholarship, she moved to England, on faith, and landed a job selling Apple computers rather than becoming a U.S. diplomat. This was the beginning of her 20-year sales career in various industries consistently demonstrating success in both consulting and sales positions.
During her career, she was responsible for developing and implementing successful sales and marketing strategies for start-up and Fortune 500 companies, like AT&T and Office Depot. Tonya joined an IT Products company as Regional Sales Manager with responsibility for a 7-state territory in the Southeastern US. While in her position, revenues grew to $1.4 million in sales. In 2005, Tonya left corporate sales and served as a consultant for the U.S. Federal Government, State Governments, and non-profit organizations.
Devin Davenport Howell
Devin Davenport Howell currently serves as the Estimating and Pricing Manager for multiple programs within the Air Mobility and Maritime Missions business area of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. She has worked for Lockheed Martin in various financial functions for nearly 15 years and has participated in numerous community outreach programs focused on education during this time. Devin has a Computer Information Systems degree from the University of North Georgia and a MBA in Finance from Auburn University.
Samantha McElhaney is a Vice President and Business Banking Market Manager for Fifth Third Bank of Georgia. In this role, she oversees a team of Relationship Managers on servicing businesses with annual revenues between $2MM – $20MM. The Business Banking Group is responsible for boosting financial productivity for businesses and their owners and employees through lending, cash management, payroll processing, and payment services solutions.
Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank in March of 2013, Samantha worked at Suntrust Bank for seven years and Regions Bank for 12 years in the states of Georgia and Tennessee.
Tiffany is a Director of Product Marketing at Salesforce, where she manages a team responsible for the Salesforce for Marketing message and go-to-market strategy. Prior to joining Salesforce, she led the Watson Marketing strategy for digital marketing agencies at IBM (formerly Silverpop) as their Worldwide Product and Partner Marketing Director and was a product marketing lead at both First Data and Blackboard. Before entering the world of IT, she was the sales and marketing lead at Sisters Gourmet, a locally owned gourmet food manufacturer. Tiffany comes from a family of entrepreneurs and as such, owned her own marketing and sales consulting firm for almost 10 years.
Tiffany is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she received a Masters of Mass Communication and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education. She also attended the University of Georgia and Kennesaw State University Coles College of Business.
Sonia Toson is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. She is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she engaged in various community and social organizations. She received both her Juris Doctorate and her Master of Business Administration from American University in Washington, DC. She is a licensed attorney in the State of Georgia. Before beginning a career in academia, she spent 8 years in private practice specializing in Corporate, Real Estate and Construction Law. Her research interests include the intersection between the law and social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility and sustainability, and pedagogical aspects of the study of law.
Monique LaRue Wilson
Monique LaRue Wilson is a Customer Success Manager for LifeWorks.com. In her current role, Monique LaRue is responsible for managing and retaining the relationships of LifeWorks’ enterprise level accounts in the US & globally. At her core, she’s a connector with a zest for establishing new partnerships and cultivating meaningful connections. Helping people and organizations to win profitable relationships is her passion, and she finds this work to be incredibly rewarding. As a creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial-minded consultant with a talent for business management, she takes great pride in her ability to bridge the gap between people and resources to drive business growth and sustainability.
Monique also founded a micro-business magazine, authored a book, and invented a methodology for creating genuine relationships called the 3C-Technique. She thrives in environments and opportunities, like Board Commitment, that allow her to blend her relationship-building skills and business management expertise to serve as a catalyst for change.
Larry Zgrabik is an experienced President / GM and business development executive with over 30 years of experience at revenues of less than $1MM to over $300MM. He has consistently delivered double-digit growth along with superior financial performance and has been formally recognized for customer service excellence. He has led strategic business development and M&A activities for both global industrial leaders as well as emerging entrepreneurial ventures. Larry is currently CEO & Business Coach with AdviCoach and primarily works with small to mid-size businesses. His prior experience includes CEO of Circon Systems, a high tech turn-around, VP Industrial Automation with Siemens, and VP Strategy & Business Development for ABB. He is also former Vice Chairman & Division Board Member of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.
He has a BS Electrical Engineering, MS Management, and Executive Management Programs at both Duke / Fuqua and Northwestern / Kellogg graduate schools of business.