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. Ken has served in numerous community and civic leadership roles. He was Chairman of the Board of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council from 2011-2013. He has also served as the Chairman of the Board of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce, as a Commissioner on the Henry County Development Authority, and on the Board of Directors Executive Committee and Finance Committee of the Southern Regional Medical Center.
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
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. He also received the 2009 KSU First Year Advocate award.
Michael Edelson, Treasurer
In 1998, Michael began his financial services career with Interstate/Johnson Lane. Through mergers, he has been with Wachovia Securities and is now presently with Wells Fargo Advisors. Michael works with a select group of individuals, families, businesses, and institutions to help them build, manage, protect, and transition their wealth.
As a graduate of the University of Georgia, Michael majored in Political Science and received a degree of Bachelor of Arts. He has been a life brother of Alpha Epsilon Pi, a national fraternity, as well as a member of the University’s Alumni Association for over twenty-five years.
Jason R. Edgecombe, Secretary
Jason R. Edgecombe is an attorney in the Atlanta office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, PC where he represents clients undergoing internal investigations as well as individuals, corporations, and other entities facing regulatory enforcement actions and regulatory compliance issues.
In addition, Jason advises corporate boards and executives in a variety of industries on issues involving regulatory compliance and fiduciary duties and regularly writes on these issues. Jason received his J.D. from Emory University where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Executive Managing Editor of the Emory Law Journal. In 2012, he received the Excellence in Pro Bono Service Award from the Atlanta Lawyers Foundation. Jason has served on The Edge Connection’s board of directors since 2011.
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.
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.
April M. Harris
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”; received the Peabody Award for contribution to CNN’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the 2008 Presidential campaigns and debates; and received the Alfred I. Dupont Award from Columbia University recognizing her coverage of the 2004 tsunami disaster in South Asia.
As owner of Marble Slab Creamery and co-owner of MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream & Treatery, she has more than 9 years of business management experience. April secured vendor contracts, managed marketing initiatives, and provided staff training in customer service. These efforts earned her recognition at the International Franchise Convention. April holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.
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.
After leaving the corporate world, she served as a consultant for the U.S. Federal Government, State Governments, and national non-profit organizations. She was selected to oversee a $5.2 million excess goods project for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. At this time, she also started her own sales consultancy and training company, whose mission is to teach women how to sell without manipulation to sustain their business. She also teaches women communication skills to empower them to handle conflict and negotiate better in their lives.
Tonya is an ordained minister and member of the United Methodist church. She further developed her ministerial work by completing Level I Chaplaincy training at Grady Memorial Hospital.
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.
Dr. Sheb True
Dr. Sheb True is a Professor of Marketing and Senior International Officer in the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University (KSU). He is also the Special Assistant to the Dean for Strategic Initiatives, the Founder and Director of the Georgia Advancing Veterans Education (GAVE) Initiative, the Director of the Paul D. Coverdale Fellowship program for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, and the Director of the United Nations PRME program in the Coles College.
He joined the faculty at KSU in 1998 and has served as the Associate Dean of Graduate Business Programs and as the Director of the MBA the program that went from never being ranked to #22 in the country by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. He has published more than fifty articles, edited four books, and created and edited the Journal of Executive Education. He has led and participated in international programs for students and faculty in fifty-three countries. He serves as a consultant to organizations in the area of marketing strategy and customer orientation.
Sheb received his Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi, his MBA from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and his BBA from Stephen F. Austin State University. He has been certified as a Master Teacher and has completed programs at the Harvard Business School for teaching the case method and at the American Graduate School of Business (Thunderbird) for teaching international marketing. He was also a tenured faculty member at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.
Tiffany Hollin Wright
Tiffany Hollin Wright is Vice President, Community and Economic Development (CED) Manager for Fifth Third Bank (Georgia), which includes $2.0 billion in assets. In her role, she provides oversight of the Georgia Affiliate’s CED initiatives by fostering and facilitating community development lending and services and investment opportunities to benefit low and moderate-income individuals and small businesses.
Monique LaRue Wilson
At my core, I’m a connector with a zest for establishing new partnerships and cultivating meaningful connections. Helping people and organizations to win profitable relationships is my passion, and I find this work to be incredibly rewarding.
As a creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial-minded consultant with a talent for business management, I take great pride in my ability to bridge the gap between people and resources to drive business growth and sustainability. Throughout my career, I’ve been a relationship manager, a business analyst, a program director, a teacher and a community involvement leader. I’ve also founded a magazine, authored a book, and invented a methodology for creating genuine relationships called the 3C-Technique. The common trend that ties all of my career experience together is my talent and enthusiasm for cultivating meaningful connections.
I’m most excited about working with collaborative organizations that value innovation, solutions-oriented thinking, and interpersonal connections. I thrive in environments that allow me to blend my relationship-building skills, business management expertise, and creative problem-solving abilities to serve as a catalyst for change and deliver tangible results.