Georgia State University Foundation Board of Trustees

Members of the Board of Trustees

John R. Bauer '89

John Bauer is the Chief Executive Officer of Tropical Nut & Fruit, a food manufacturer, importer and distributor of bulk and packaged snacks and specialty foods. Tropical sells to hotels, restaurants, grocery stores and contract feeders. The company also owns four Healthy Home Market natural food stores  in the Charlotte area and operates  a retail outlet store called the "Nut House" within its’ plant in Charlotte.  The company was started by his wife's family and is run as a second generation family business. John holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State and an MBA from Georgia State. He and his wife, Angela Bauer, have three children.

Mark P. Becker

Since beginning his tenure as Georgia State University’s seventh president in January 2009, President Mark P. Becker has provided a vision for the future of Georgia State and led the institution into a period of marked growth and advancement. Reflecting his vision of the urban public research university for the 21st century, the university adopted a dynamic 10-year strategic plan that has Georgia State well on its way to becoming one of the nation’s premier urban research universities. 

As a first generation college student who began his educational career at a community college, Becker is personally and professionally committed to ensuring that students of all economic backgrounds succeed and are given opportunities to compete on a level playing field. Under his leadership, Georgia State’s graduation rate has already increased by 10 percent, and the university is becoming a national model for undergraduate education. It leads the nation in eliminating disparities in graduation rates based on race or ethnicity, and, as one of the most diverse universities in America, is first in the nation among non-profit institutions in graduating African-American students and is among national leaders in graduating Hispanic and Asian-American students. Becker has aggressively promoted the achievements of the university, making it more visible locally and nationally, and demonstrating the value of a Georgia State degree. Under his leadership, the university has set a series of records for enrollment, graduation rates and total graduates.

Becker’s passion for student success has been matched by his commitment to increasing multidisciplinary research and economic development as facilitated by the creation of new research centers, the Second Century Initiative—an ambitious program to hire 100 new faculty members to serve in interdisciplinary research clusters, and an enhanced emphasis on the translation of faculty research into products and companies. This commitment has brought the university to new heights of research accomplishment, as reflected, for example, in new university records for sponsored research funding and federal research funding. Becker has advanced the campus’ physical development and made Georgia State a major contributor to the revitalization of downtown Atlanta. Georgia State has made major additions to campus housing and dining, research and academic facilities, and intramural and athletics facilities.

Prior to his appointment as president of Georgia State, Becker was executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of South Carolina and dean of the School of Public Health and assistant vice president of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response at the University of Minnesota. From 1989 to 2000, Becker was a professor in the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, where he also was associate dean for academic affairs. He has held academic appointments at the University of Washington, the University of Florida and Cornell University. Becker attended Harford (Md.) Community College, earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Towson State University in 1980 and his Ph.D. degree in statistics from the Pennsylvania State University in 1985. Becker grew up in Havre de Grace, Md., near Baltimore. He and his wife, Laura Voisinet, have two adult children, Matthew and Julia.

Kenneth L. Bernhardt

Kenneth L. Bernhardt is Regents Professor of Marketing Emeritus at the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University in Atlanta where he has been a member of the faculty since 1972.  He previously served as department chair and as Assistant Dean for Corporate Relations.  Earlier in his career Dr. Bernhardt served as Consumer Research Advisor at the Federal Trade Commission.  Dr. Bernhardt has published twelve books and monographs and numerous articles on marketing and consumer behavior.  His other work experience includes consulting and research assignments for a number of organizations including Chick-fil-A, UPS, The Federal Trade Commission, Kimberly-Clark Health Care, Holiday Inn, BellSouth, IBM, Southern Mills, Coca-Cola, Snapper, Center for Disease Control & Prevention, Engauge Digital, AirTran Airways, and several law firms.  He serves on the Board of Advisors for Honey Baked Ham Company, New Heights Manufacturing, Proving Ground, and What’s Up, an interactive marketing agency.  His other activities include service as past Chairman of the Board of the 45,000 member American Marketing Association, past President and former Executive Secretary of the Association for Consumer Research, and past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Marketing Association Foundation.  He is chair of the board of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, a past chair of the Board of Directors and current Vice Chair of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, and immediate past chair of Leadership Atlanta’s board of directors.  He serves as a member of the board of director and executive committee for Junior Achievement of Georgia, is a past chair of the board and a Life Director of the Alliance Theatre and is a former Chair of the U.S. Census Bureau Marketing Advisory Committee. He received his MBA from the Harvard Business School and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Frances L. (Mimi) Breeden '80

Frances L. Breeden (Mimi) is the retired Corporate Executive Vice President, Director of Human Resources for SunTrust Banks, Inc. Prior to assuming that role in 2006, Mimi lead several lines of business at SunTrust, including Private Client Services, Institutional Trust and In-Store Banking. Before joining SunTrust, Mimi completed the Associate Training Program for Macy’s Department Stores and was a buyer for Davison’s in Atlanta until she left to pursue her M.B.A. Mimi graduated from Florida State University with a B.A. in English and French. She earned her M.B.A. from Georgia State University, with a concentration in Marketing. Mimi has been involved with various not-for-profit boards and councils, including the Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross; The Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta; The Atlanta Human Resource Leadership Forum; and Annandale Village at Suwannee, a community that serves adults with developmental disabilities and where Mimi’s brother is a villager. She also creates eclectic objets d’art through her design studio, MBreeden Designs. Mimi is married to Bruce Brittain and has one daughter, Lindsay.

David A. Deeter '77 '78

DeeterAs a co-founder of Frazier & Deeter, LLC, David Deeter has a major role in facilitating the growth of the firm. From 2001-2009, during his term as Managing Partner, the firm experienced an average growth of 20% annually and became a Top 100 Firm in the U.S. David advises clients in all aspects of financial business management. Working with company owners and executives, he coordinates and analyzes clients' financial information, provides tax planning services with an emphasis on the minimization of corporate taxes and personal income taxes, and offers broad-based consulting services. He has been involved in numerous corporate and partnership organizations and reorganizations. These activities include working closely with clients and their attorneys to obtain the most strategic capital structure. David received his BBA and MBA from Georgia State and was a member of the Athletic Association board.

John Dyer

John DyerJohn M. Dyer is the president and chief executive officer of Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company.

A 37-year Cox veteran, Dyer is responsible for the company’s four major subsidiaries: Cox Communications, Manheim, Cox Media Group and AutoTrader Group, as well as the Cox Family Office and corporate functions including financial operations, human resources and administration. Dyer also serves on Cox Enterprises' board of directors and its executive strategy committee.

In his most recent roles as chief operating officer and before then, chief financial officer of Cox Enterprises, he led a realignment of the company’s executive management team, strengthened the company’s balance sheet and oversaw more than $1 billion in acquisitions. Dyer joined Cox in 1977, spending most of his career in increasingly expansive financial and operational roles to help build the company’s broadband and entertainment subsidiary into the third-largest cable provider in the nation. As the chief financial officer at Cox Communications, Dyer was responsible for financial planning and also managed the company's commercial services and cable advertising divisions: Cox Business and Cox Media respectively.

Prior to that position, he played a critical role as senior vice president of operations in managing the company’s mergers and acquisitions as it integrated $10 billion in cable operations in the central and southwestern regions of the country. Dyer briefly worked for Times Mirror Cable, where he was vice president of operations, and returned to Cox when it acquired the company in 1995.

Dyer holds a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from the University of West Georgia and a master's degree in business administration from Georgia State University. Dyer is a member of the Marcus Autism Center board of trustees, Atlanta Committee for Progress board of directors and the Carter Center Board of Councilors.

Iris Feinberg '12

Georgia State UniversityIris Feinberg has been active in Atlanta’s philanthropic community for the last 15 years with The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, The Epstein School, Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta, The Posse Foundation, and others. She has also been involved with national and international philanthropic organizations including Encounter, The Jewish Agency for Israel, and United Jewish Communities. A Ph.D. Candidate in Health Communications at Georgia State University, Feinberg’s health care experience ranges from participating in development of state and national health care policy to owning and running a medical claims processing company. She currently is involved in research with the limited health literacy population at Grady Hospital. A graduate of The Wharton School, Temple University, and Georgia State University (MA’12 Applied Linguistics), Feinberg is a recognized expert in both teleworking and health care administration. Iris and her husband, Bruce live in Midtown and have four children - Jonathon, Michael, Rachel and Daniel.

Brad Ferrer '81

Brad Ferrer is executive vice president of finance and administration for CNN Worldwide. Based in Atlanta, he was named to this position in June 2000 and is responsible for financial and administrative matters for each division within CNN. Since joining TBS, Inc. in 1995, Ferrer has also provided financial and administrative oversight of the construction of Turner Field and Philips Arena and due diligence on potential digital and other business investments. From 1981-1995, Ferrer was a CPA for Price Waterhouse in the accounting and auditing group. He is a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He serves as a member of the Board of Advisors to the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and previously served as President of the Georgia State University Alumni Association Board of Directors. Ferrer holds a bachelor of business administration degree from Georgia State University.

David H. Flint

David Flint is a founder of Schreeder, Wheeler & Flint, LLP, an Atlanta law firm. He represents clients in antitrust, first amendment problems, land use and zoning, eminent domain, construction claims, white collar crime investigations, and complex business disputes.  He is a member of the American Arbitration Association and frequently serves as an arbitrator and mediator. Mr. Flint is a member of several business and civic organizations, among them being the American Opportunity Foundation, the Atlanta Law School Foundation, the Arnold Foundation, the Shepherd Center, the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation, Georgia Primary Bank and Westside Bank (Chairman). He is married to the former Sandra Lee Love and has two sons – one an attorney and the other a real estate developer – both of whom live in Atlanta, and four grandchildren. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree (with distinction) in 1967 from West Georgia College (now the University of West Georgia) in Carrollton, Georgia, and a Juris Doctorate degree (first honor graduate) in 1971 from Emory University.

Ron Freeman

Ron FreemanProviding legal services since 1986, Attorney Freeman’s primary focus is in the area of business and construction litigation and dispute resolution involving the public and private sectors. Additionally, he serves as General Counsel to a number of businesses that are confronted with employment and construction related issues. Even more, Attorney Freeman has been recognized as a Georgia “Super Lawyer” and one of Georgia’s “Legal Elite”.  He is also a frequent speaker and commentator on legal issues in the media involving government officials and the private sector.

Attorney Freeman graduated with high honors from Morehouse College in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Furthermore, he received his Juris Doctor in 1985 from Georgia State University College of Law as a Regents Opportunity Scholar.

Timothy J. Gunter '83

Tim Gunter is the former president and chief executive officer of IDI, a full-service industrial real estate developer based in Atlanta, providing strategically located properties throughout North America.  Tim set the strategic direction for IDI, as exampled by the 2009 launch of IDI’s newest business service, investment management, which provides fee-based asset management to select institutional investors.  In 2008, Tim was honored by Commercial Property News as one of the top three executives in industrial real estate.  Tim is very involved in the Atlanta community. He was selected to Leadership Atlanta’s Class of 2010; one of the city’s most prestigious organizations, Leadership Atlanta inspires members to take on new challenges that benefit the community.  Tim serves on the Board of MillionMile Greenway, an organization which strives to achieve a balance between incredible population growth and conservation of land and water resources. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of Batson-Cook Development Company and on the Endowment Board of the Paideia School.  Tim is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Sustainable Development Council and an active member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta. He earned his BA from the University of Georgia and his MBA from Georgia State University.  Tim and his wife, Kathy, live in Atlanta and have three children, Maddie, Greg and Maura.

David F. Haddow '82

David Haddow, CRE, is the president and founder of Haddow & Company. He has represented individual and institutional clients in real estate investments since 1979, including seven years at Landauer Associates, Inc., where he was Senior Vice President in charge of the real estate consulting practice in the firm's Atlanta office. He has an undergraduate degree from Emory University and master's degrees in city planning and business administration from Georgia Tech and Georgia State University, respectively. A former mortgage banker and city planner, he serves as a part-time instructor in the College of Business Administration at Georgia State University and the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech. His articles have appeared in numerous real estate journals and periodicals. He is a licensed real estate broker and a member of the prestigious Counselors of Real Estate. Active in civic affairs, Haddow has served on numerous boards and volunteered considerable time to non-profit organizations.

Richard J. Jacobson '80

Richard Jacobson is the retired senior vice president of finance of Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation's leading media companies and providers of automotive services. Jacobson joined Cox in 1982 and served as assistant to the treasurer, manager of treasury operations, assistant treasurer and treasurer respectively. Jacobson serves on the advisory board of Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and on the boards of the Dunwoody Medical Center and The Chattahoochee Nature Center, where he also serves as treasurer. A cum laude University of Florida graduate, Jacobson holds a bachelor's degree in finance and accounting. He also has a master's degree with honors in finance from Georgia State University.

Beth Johnston '85

Georgia State UniversityBeth Johnston most recently served as the Chief Human Resources Officer at Qatar Airways Group. Johnston joined the company in 2010 as the Executive Vice President of Human Resources and was quickly promoted to Chief Human Resources Officer within her first year at the company. Prior to joining Qatar Airways Group, Johnston worked for Delta Air Lines for more than 35 years and held various leadership positions in Corporate Services, Information Technology, In-Flight Service, Flight Operations, Finance, Corporate Planning and Airport Customer Service. Additionally, she led field HR organizations supporting Customer Service, Operations and Marketing divisions globally. Johnston managed the full range of HR functions leading the areas of compensation, benefits and services, recruitment, diversity, equal opportunity and compliance, organizational effectiveness, and leadership development. Beth is a member of the Robinson College Board of Advisors and earned her MBA from Georgia State in 1985.

Marjorie F. Knowles (Faculty)

Marjorie Fine Knowles is a Professor Emeritus of Georgia State University’s College of Law, where she served as dean from 1986 to 1991. Formerly, she was a professor of law at the University of Alabama College of Law. She was a member of the court-appointed task force to monitor implementation of the settlement in the race discrimination suit against Coca-Cola, and served on the committee on Shareholder Rights of the International Corporate Governance Network. She was also a member of the Board of Trustees of TIAA-CREF. She is a member of the International Coporate Network Foundation US Board and the ICGN Business Ethics Committee. She holds an A.B. from Smith College and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School.

Donna Lee

Donna LeeDonna A. Lee recently retired as the Chief Marketing Officer of Business Markets of AT&T Southeast (Formerly BellSouth Corp.). Ms. Lee was responsible for strategic planning, business development, market research and competitive analysis, pricing, billing, and product and lifecycle management for BellSouth’s voice, advanced data and Internet services. Prior to that, she served as President of BellSouth’s entrepreneurial data technology services company, Managed Network Solutions Inc. She joined BellSouth in 1998. She served more than 20 years at AT&T in a variety of engineering, operations and product development positions. She currently serves on the Board of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Lee served as Director of Radiant Systems Inc. from March 14, 2007 to August 24, 2011. She previously served on the Boards of BeVocal and the Atlanta College of Art. Ms. Lee graduated summa cum laude from Mary Washington College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. She holds a Master's of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. She is married to Howard Ehni and has 2 children. Ms. Lee and her family reside in Johns Creek, Georgia.

John Lundeen '76

Georgia State UniversityJohn Lundeen has more than 40 years of experience in commercial real estate. In 1997 Mr. Lundeen, started Coro Realty Advisors LLC with his German Partner Joachim Herz and has served as its President and Managing Partner since its inception. Under his leadership, Coro has grown into a Real Estate Investment, Advisory and Development Company that currently oversees a portfolio valued in excess of $800 million. Mr. Lundeen started (1975 to 1997) his real estate career at Branch Properties and became a senior officer and Partner in the Company during the mid-1980. During his tenure at Branch his responsibilities included property management, acquisitions and dispositions, asset management, development and oversaw in excess of 2,000,000 sq. ft. of commercial and residential assets. He is currently on the boards of the Buckhead and Perimeter Community Improvement Districts, a member of the Buckhead Coalition, International Council of Shopping Centers, Commercial Board of Realtors, principal member of the Retail Brokers Network, holds a Georgia Brokers License and has been designated a Counselor of Real Estate. Mr. Lundeen received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Real Estate Land Planning and Development from George State University in 1976.

Lee A. Macenczak '84

Lee Macenczak is the retired Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Delta Airlines. After joining Delta in 1985, he held numerous leadership positions within the company, specifically in Information Technologies, Cargo Marketing, Agency Sales, and Distribution Planning. He served as Delta's Vice President - Customer Service, Vice President - Reservation Sales and Senior Vice President - Sales and Distribution. A native of Atlanta, Ga., he received his undergraduate and master's degree in management from Georgia State University and holds a doctoral degree (DBA) in management from Kennesaw State University.

Cynthia Maloy '76

Cindy Maloy, partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP, is the Southeast Assurance and Advisory Leader for the Consumer & Industrial products industry group. She serves some of the firm’s most complex manufacturing clients in the Southeast Region. With her extensive knowledge of manufacturing operations, systems, and inventory accounting methodologies, Maloy has assisted a number of clients with mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and financing transactions.

Maloy has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University.

She serves on the Board of the Alliance Theatre and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is a former board member (secretary-treasurer) of the Georgia State University Alumni Association Board.

Nancy Mansfield

Nancy R. Mansfield serves as the Director of the Women Lead Program and Senior Faculty Associate for Women’s Leadership Development. Professor Mansfield has long been committed to excellence and innovation in undergraduate education and to experiential learning as part of the university experience. She brings significant depth and breadth of experience to the women’s leadership initiative. Throughout her career in education, Professor Mansfield has built curricula and programs across disciplines, including developing and teaching courses on business, law and ethics. Most recently, she has served as Professor of Legal Studies, Department of Risk Management and Insurance, and Faculty Associate for Scholars in the Honors College. During her tenure at GSU, she also served as the Director of Freshman Studies for Georgia State from 2001-2003. Professor Mansfield has won a number of national, college and university-wide awards for her excellence in teaching, research and service, including the Outstanding Service to Students Award at GSU. She serves as a founding member of the Steering Committee of the Women’s Philanthropy Initiative (WPI) at Georgia State University, and as the vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of the Atlanta Girls School.

Walter Massey

Walter Massey came to Georgia State University after a 22 year career at Florida State University, where he served as vice president of the foundation and had significant roles in two major campaigns that raised $300 million and $600 million, respectively. He has spent 32 years in higher education, and served as Dean of Students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University before moving to development. He has served as Chair of the board for the Dick Howser Center for Childhood Services and has been on the boards of Special Olympics of Prescott Arizona, and The Stubbs Education Foundation. He has conducted board workshops for various foundations including Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation, Tallahassee Museum of Natural History, Sacred Heart Hospital and North Florida Land Trust. Walter was awarded the Circle of Gold, Florida State’s Distinguish Alumni Award.

J. Gary Meggs '74 '78 '83

Georgia State UniversityGary Meggs is Director, Risk Management for Southern Company, one of the largest U.S. investor-owned electric utility holding companies. Since 1987, he has been charged with overall responsibility for risk financing, administering property/casualty insurance coverages and for providing other risk management services to the electric utilities comprising the Southern electric system.

Gary received his undergraduate degree (BBA,’74) as well as dual Master’s degrees in Business Administration (‘78) and in Insurance (‘83) from Georgia State University (GSU) and holds the CPCU and ARM professional designations. He serves on the Risk Management Advisory Committee of industry mutual insurer Aegis, the Strategic Planning Committee for Energy Insurance Mutual and the boards of the GSU Educational Foundation, Inc. and Y-Mutual Insurance Company.

Dale Palmer

Dale Palmer is assistant treasurer and chief financial officer of the Georgia State University Foundation and assistant vice president for development at Georgia State. Prior to joining Georgia State, he was the senior associate vice president and controller of the Arizona State University foundation. Dale previously held positions at the Iowa State University foundation and the University of Northern Iowa foundation. He is a CPA with a degree in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa.

Jerry Rackliffe '83 '88 '05

Jerry Rackliffe is the Vice President for Finance and Administration at Georgia State University. Mr. Rackliffe has been at Georgia State University for 24 years and has held several positions including Director of Budget and Financial Systems, Associate Director of Grants and Contracts and Acting Assistant Vice President for Finance. He received his undergraduate degree in accounting and earned his MBA and JD from Georgia State University. He holds a Certified Public Accounting license in Georgia.

Deepak Raghavan '09

Deepak Raghavan co-founded Manhattan Associates, Inc., a global leader in supply chain solutions, in 1990, where he conceptualized, designed and developed the industry's first "packaged" distribution management software for the consumer supply chain. While continuing to provide strategic and governance oversight as a director, Deepak left full-time employment at Manhattan Associates in June 2002 to pursue his passion for astronomy. He earned his Ph.D. in astronomy at Georgia State University in 2009 and currently serves as adjunct professor in the Physics & Astronomy department. Deepak received his bachelor's degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi, in 1987. From 1987-1990, he served as Senior Software Engineer at Infosys Technologies Limited, where he designed and implemented information systems for the apparel manufacturing industry. He received his MBA from Georgia State University in 1998. As president of the Deepak Raghavan Family Foundation, he is actively involved in supporting the foundation's priorities of education, animal conservation and children's healthcare. Deepak serves on the boards of Woodward Academy and Georgia State University Foundation, as well as the advisory board of the Robinson College of Business at GSU. He is a founder, mentor member, past president and past chairman of the board of the Atlanta Chapter of TiE, a global entrepreneur organization. He has served as vice chairman of the board of Zoo Atlanta, advisory board member of the Atlanta CEO High Tech Council, and director of the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. Deepak resides in Atlanta with his wife and two children.

Julio Ramirez '75

Julio Ramirez had an expansive career with Burger King Corporation, spanning 26 years, under five different owners. Ramirez left the company in late 2010, following its acquisition by Brazilian equity firm, 3-G Capital. At Burger King, Ramirez worked his way up in the corporation from an entry level marketing manager in 1984 to a senior executive for 16 years, including two terms as President of the Latin America/Mexico/Caribbean division as well as two years as senior executive of franchise operations and development in North America and Executive Vice President for Global Operations. Upon leaving Burger King in 2011, Julio founded JEM Global, Inc., a company that specializes in assisting start-up brands in franchising and developing new countries and the US. In his first major project, Julio set up 4 new franchise groups in key cities in Mexico & Colombia for “100 Montaditos”, a Madrid based authentic Andalusian restaurant/brewery, which is expanding in the Americas. Julio recently received the prestigious “Alumni of the Year” Honors from Terry College of Business from the University of Georgia.

Douglas F. Reid

Doug is Chief Executive Officer of Analytic Solutions LLC, providing data management and business reporting services to businesses in consumer products, financial products, real estate, and wholesale distribution.  Doug is also President of Right-Way Services, a general management consulting practice.  He is a trustee of Atlanta's High Museum, a board director of St. Jude's Recovery Center, and board director of several businesses.  Patty and Doug have two grown children, Jill, living in New York City, and Tommy, attending the University of Virginia.  Doug earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and MBA from Stanford University.

Joe Reinkemeyer '81 '87

Joe is a retired partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers after 36 years of service with the firm. During his career, he held various leadership positions including Southeast Technology and Telecom Tax Leader and Atlanta Private Company Services Tax Leader. He currently is a part time instructor for Georgia State University in the RCB. Joe has been actively involved in Junior Achievement of Georgia for over 25 years holding various leadership positions on the Board of Directors including chairman of the board from 2012 through 2014. Joe also serves as a board member on both the Georgia State University Athletic Association and the Panther Athletic Club. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s of taxation degree from Georgia State University.

Joseph D. Sansone '79

Joseph D. Sansone is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Pediatria HealthCare, LLC (PHC), a privately held company focusing on day treatment centers for medically fragile children and pediatric private duty home nursing services. PHC has offices in Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Massachusetts with over 1,200 employees. Mr. Sansone is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and a resident of Johns Creek, Georgia. He dedicated his career to the healthcare services industry after training at The University of Chicago and becoming a Registered Respiratory Therapist. Pursuing his management ambitions, Mr. Sansone graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, with a BS in Healthcare Administration, and received an MBA from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

T. Dallas Smith '86

Dallas Smith is the founder and president of T. Dallas Smith & Company, a commercial real estate brokerage firm that focuses on Tenant/Buyer Representation. He has 30 years of commercial real estate experience structuring and closing real estate transactions. He was the first African American to work with Cushman & Wakefield of Georgia in 1989, serving local and national companies such as Jostens Learning Corporation, the Georgia Lottery Corporation and the Arthritis Foundation with their office leasing and acquistion needs. He also pioneered the brokerage division for H.J. Russell & Company in 1995 and worked directly with Herman and Jerome Russell. T. Dallas Smith & Company is licensed in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina and North Carolina. Helping companies make real estate decisions that positively impact their bottom line, is the company’s main focus.

R. Todd Shutley '91

Georgia State UniversityTodd Shutley is an Executive Vice President in Commercial and Business Banking for SunTrust Bank Inc. In this role, he leads Industry Specialties and oversees the Corporate Finance Specialties, Market Analytics and Sales Effectiveness teams. Prior to this role, Todd served as Head of Strategy and Recruiting for SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (STRH), a leading full-service corporate and investment bank dedicated to helping companies grow through a comprehensive range of strategic advisory, capital raising, risk management, financing and investment solutions. Todd formerly was the Head of the Structured Real Estate Group which raises various forms of real estate capital for corporations. Todd previously worked for Bank of America and ING. He has 30 years’ experience. Todd Shutley received his BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia and his Masters of Science in Finance from Georgia State University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Geri Thomas '85

Geri Thomas is Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Georgia Market President for Bank of America.  She serves as the chief strategist and leader for diversity and inclusion globally and serves on the bank's Global Diversity & Inclusion Council.  As Georgia market president, Thomas is responsible for driving business integration opportunities across Georgia to grow market share and deliver the full power of Bank of America to individuals, companies and institutional investors.  She also oversees the company's corporate social responsibility strategy locally, including philanthropic grants, community development lending and investing and volunteerism activities. Thomas joined Bank of America in 1970 in Consumer banking support. Progressing through a number of Human Resources leadership roles, she became global diversity and inclusion executive in 2002, and was named the Georgia market president in 2009. She is a member of the Consortium of Chief Diversity Officers at Georgetown University, where the country's first diversity masters program resides.

Ray Uttenhove '72 '75

Ray Uttenhove is Executive Vice President and Managing Principal for SRS Real Estate Partners. She joined SRS Real Estate Partners in June 2005. Prior to joining SRS, Uttenhove was executive vice president with CB Richard Ellis. Uttenhove has been in the real estate business for 30 years now, having made the transition from middle school teacher and school psychologist. She leads the Atlanta office and serves on the SRS Board of Directors. She has a significant record of achievement in providing comprehensive real estate and consulting services to users and owners of retail real estate. Her client list has included many multi-million dollar deals and companies, such as TJX Companies, Gap Inc., Barnes and Noble, Nordstrom and Toys R Us.

Ray is a past member of the Executive Committee of the Atlanta Symphony Board of Directors, Past President of the Atlanta Women's Foundation and Past President of Commercial Real Estate Women of Atlanta. She holds a BA in History from Mary Baldwin, a MA in History and MED from Georgia State.

Christopher Valianos

ValianosChris Valianos has practiced business and real estate law in Atlanta for over 25 years and currently concentrates in mediation and arbitration of business and real estate disputes. His legal experience and expertise is further enhanced by his over 15 year association with one of Atlanta’s largest private equity investment firms where he served as managing partner of the company’s real estate funds. Prior to his legal and private equity career, Chris served as a planning and budget analysts with the State of Georgia’s Governor’s Office, and before that as an analyst with the Office of the Comptroller of the U.S. Department of Defense and Department of the Army at the Pentagon. Prior to his government service, Chris served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a communications and cryptology officer, until he was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. Chris earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France, and received his Juris Doctor with Honors from George Washington University Law School where he was an Associate Editor of the Law Review. Chris’ linkage with Georgia State University is his wife, Aileen Valianos, who earned both her bachelor’s degree and her master’s degree in business from Georgia State before starting her health insurance business. Chris and Aileen have established an estate planned gift residuary bequest for the benefit of the Georgia State School of Music. Last year they endowed a music scholarship fund for outstanding undergraduates, and currently they are endowing a Fellowship in Music for Georgia State graduate students.

Jeffrey L. Warwick '85

Jeff Warwick is Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Compass Real Estate, an Atlanta based boutique private equity firm, former CEO and President of BentleyForbes, a Los Angeles based real estate investment firm, and former Managing Director of Portman Holdings, an Atlanta based real estate investment firm. Jeff retired from Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2011 as Region Executive of Global Commercial Real Estate Banking, after a progressive 20-year career in senior executive leadership roles. He has originated, negotiated, and closed over $50 billion of real estate capital, led numerous IPO/M&A transactions throughout the US, and held FINRA Series 24, 7, and 63 securities licenses. Jeff earned a BBA in Real Estate from Georgia State University in 1985, serves on the GSU Real Estate Department Honorary and Alumni Boards, and earned the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005. He serves on numerous industry and community organization boards and is a frequent conference speaker and panelist. Jeff and Cindy live in Alpharetta, and their daughter works in higher education at Samford University.

John E. Williams '74 '76 '86

Georgia State UniversityJohn E. Williams is the Mills Lane Professor of Finance and retired Dean of the Division of Business Administration/Economics at Morehouse College. His primary research focus is "Land Economics.” Publications include: manuscripts related to Mortgage Finance, Portfolio Management, Tenure Choice, International and domestic Real Estate Portfolio Diversification, Real Estate Investment Software, Real Estate Investment Case Book and Real Estate Software User's Guide. Current research includes the application of modern portfolio theory to economic base analysis, inner city real estate markets and mortgage market efficiency. President and Chair of the Executive Board of the American Real Estate Society; Member of the Board of Directors of AACSB, International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), and Member of its the Blue Ribbon Committee (BRC) charged to review and rewrite the current Business Standards. Immediate Past President and member of the Board of Directors of the HBCU Business Deans’ Roundtable, member of the European Real Estate. He earned his BA in Business Administration from Morehouse College, his BBA in Accounting/Information Systems from Georgia State University; his MBA in Finance from Georgia State and his Ph.D in Land Economics and Finance from Georgia State University. Dr. Williams has also completed Post Doctorate work at MIT, NYU and the Wiemer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Land Economics, where he is a Homer Hoyt Fellow and a member of the Weimer School faculty.

Andrew D. Wise '06

Georgia State UniversityAndy Wise is Vice President, Wealth Management and a Certified Financial Planner with Morgan Stanley. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley he was a financial advisor with Invesco.

Andy is the Chair of the Georgia State University Alumni Association, a member of the Robinson College Board of Advisors and is a mentor for honor students at the university. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Major Gifts Committee. Andy earned his BBA from the University of Georgia and his MBA from Georgia State University.