Our 2016-2017 Atlanta Steering Committee is a group of renowned local professionals, dedicated to delivering top quality programs and networking opportunities. For further details on who's who, take a look at some of their bios listed below:
Steering Committee Members:
Bona K. Allen, Senior Vice President & CFO, Kajima Building and Design, Inc.
As the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Kajima Building and Design, Inc. and its subsidiaries, Bona is an accomplished professional who provides financial and operational leadership at the highest levels across the United States. With more than 30 years of experience in real estate development, construction, ownership, and management, his property expertise includes industrial, manufacturing, hospitality, office buildings, single family residential, multi-family residential, retail, recreational, and power generation.
John Bechtel, Regional Director & Corporate Development Executive, Radius
John currently serves as Regional Director and Corporate Development Executive for Radius, a leading business and software services company that serves as a single-source provider of international accounting, finance, banking, tax, human resources, legal, and compliance services. With more than 17 years in the information and communications technology industry, John possesses a comprehensive background working with clients across small-to-mid-market and large multinational enterprises to help them to solve problems, minimize risk, reduce costs, achieve quick ROI, and exceed their goals & objectives
Bruce Benator, Managing Partner, Williams Benator & Libby, LLP
Bruce has been helping emerging, middle-market, and closely held businesses grow and succeed for more than 30 years. He specializes in audit, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, and advisory services for the staffing, software, manufacturing, distribution, professional services, and health care industries. Along with his fellow partners, he has built an accounting and business consulting firm based on the philosophy that accounting is more than just a numbers business. It is about developing long-term relationships and investing in clients’ success by studying their companies, understanding their industries, and helping them to thrive.
David Brazeal, CFO, Laser Spot, Inc.
Lazer Spot, a private equity backed company, is a market leader in yard management and logistics services, servicing Fortune 500 companies across the United States.
Steve Clay, Executive, Host Analytics
Steve is a 25 year sales veteran with more than 15 years in Enterprise Performance Management at Hyperion, Oracle, and Host Analytics. He is former US Marine Corps officer.
David Damiani, CFO and Founding Partner, Balentine
As CFO and Founding Partner of Balentine, David oversees all financial and administrative aspects of the firm and serves on its Management Committee. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, he is also a course instructor for the Atlanta Society of Finance and Investment Professionals and a guest lecturer at the University of Georgia. In addition, his innovative views on liquidity management have been recognized by the CFA Institute.
David holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Science degree from Georgia State University.
Jack Healey, CEO, Bear Hill Advisory Group, LLC
As CEO of Bear Hill Advisory Group, LLC, Jack provides C-Level services to organizations, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, Business Crisis-Risk™, process re-engineering, debt and financing transactions, fraud and forensic investigations, high-risk negotiating consultation, transitional gaps in leadership, and operational and financial due diligence services. He holds board of director positions with several organizations, including Governance and Audit Committee Chair.
Stacy Henry, CFO, Big Nerd Ranch,
Stacy is the CFO of Big Nerd Ranch, a company that develops custom mobile applications for clients, teaches immersive development classes, and writes best-selling books on mobile application development. Prior, she worked as an auditor for Arthur Andersen, a controller for a photography retailer, and a high school teacher. Stacy is a CPA and loves being a hands-on CFO for a growing technology company.
Wendy Johansson, CFO, Engent
As CFO for Engent, Wendy is responsible for the management of the business unit's financial health and supports the strategic direction required for growth in both new and existing markets. She brings a strong skillset in evaluating, structuring, and closing new corporate ventures, as well as effectively handling business integrations. Her background includes more than 20 years of accounting experience in diversified industries, including manufacturing, distribution, and engineering services. In addition to her CFO experience, Wendy has familiarity with international, private equity, venture capital, and closely held ownership structures.
John Kahn, CFO, CFO Advisory Services
John is an accomplished CFO and financial leader with deep international and private equity portfolio company experience. He has managed acquisitions and divestitures (including carve-outs) and achieved over 50% IRR for private equity investors from a successful sale. John also likes to operate as a strategic partner / sounding board to the CEO / senior team, am flexible, hands-on, have good attention to detail and am highly networked. John blocks and tackles well (has created many 13-week cash forecasts) and is also adept at negotiating and working with investors, bankers and analysts. He enjoys improving financial performance and helping hit home runs. John has experience managing banking relationships, finance organizations, legal, HR, investor relations, IT and international expansion.
Eric Mandus, Partner and Head of Corporate, International, and Transaction Practices, Smith, Gambrell, & Russell, LLP,
Eric has a general corporate law practice and is often consulted on the formation of business entities, as well as the negotiation and preparation of agreements and contracts. He has extensive experience in the representation of commercial landlords and tenants, including matters relating to the operation and management of properties and the negotiation of leases involving office, retail, industrial, and mixed use projects. Eric also represents both publicly and privately held businesses, in stock, asset, and merger transactions, many involving complex pricing, earn-out, and financing structures.
Allyson LaPierre, Practice Director, Staffing, Randstad Professionals
Randstad Professionals connects professionals to the companies who need specific skills in finance, accounting, human resources, sales or marketing to meet their business goals. We develop an understanding of wants and needs to achieve and, with our industry knowledge, marketplace intelligence and longstanding relationships, identify the best positions and best candidates.
John Monroe, COO, TradeRocket, Inc.
John has the challenge of managing TradeRocket’s operations, including legal, human resources, customer service and sales support. With over 30 years of experience in finance, treasury operations and accounting, he has worked as for a variety of companies. Most recently he worked as the Treasurer for Wells Real Estate Funds, Inc., a national real estate investment management company that raised over $10 billion of equity and acquired over $12 billion of office real estate. John holds a BS from Washington and Lee University and an MBA from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business.
Case Olszewski, Account Executive, NetSuite
Case specializes in helping growing software companies to optimize their business management processes through integrated platforms for accounting, revenue recognition, complex billing, subscriptions management, professional services automation, and human resources,
Sandy Petty, CFO
Sandy is a financial executive with more than 20 years of experience, ranging from public accounting and SOX consulting to controllership and finance. Her career in public accounting includes Coopers & Lybrand, Deloitte, and McGladrey. Her experience in the private sector spans the spectrum of financial management and includes policy and procedure development, process improvement, systems implementation, financial risk assessment, financial analysis, technical accounting, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Sandy is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant. She is also a member of the AICPA and the Georgia Society of Public Accountants. Additional credentials include Professional in Human Resources, as well as the new SHRM-CP. Sandy is a member of both the national and local Atlanta Chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management.
Judy Romano, CFO , Equifax International
As the CFO of Equifax International, Judy's responsibilities span through Latin America, Canada, Europe, and Asia, as she leads a team of senior financial executives. In this role, she is accountable for all aspects of financial management, reporting, and international operations and is essential in supporting the development of strategy and innovation to consistently meet and exceed growth plans for the business. Judy's prior roles include CFO and COO of McKesson International Operations Group as well as various global positions within the areas of property & casualty insurance, information technology, and healthcare.
Renata Smutna, Senior Vice President of Business Finance Services of Global Payments Inc.
Renata serves as the Senior Vice President of Business Finance Services of Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN), one of the world’s leading payment processing companies. In her role, Renata leads the Asia Pacific and European Finance and Worldwide Pricing & Big Data Analytics, overseeing planning, forecasting, reporting, pricing and key metrics reporting. She is a culturally aware, multi-lingual leader combining her deep finance expertise with practical decision making and risk identification. Renata’s international experience includes Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Central and Western Europe, United States, Canada and Brazil, and her expertise spans financial planning, reporting, forecasting, pricing, data analytics, accountancy, transfer pricing, procurement, facility management, audit and M&A due diligence and integration.
Chris Torie, Senior Vice President, Fifth Third Bank
Chris joined Fifth Third in August 2015, from BNP Paribas/Bank of the West, where he was building out their Atlanta-based commercial team. Prior to BNP, Chris worked for Wells Fargo and Bank of America.