Les Bethune serves as the managing partner of accounts for the Southeast Region at Ernst and Young. He provides leadership to more than 200 partners and principals in the Southeast Region and serves as Coordinating Partner on several of the firm’s larger accounts.
Prior to serving in his current capacity, Bethune was the Georgia/Alabama markets leader. He has more than 20 years of external-audit and risk experience and served as CFO for two companies. He has significant experience in both privately owned and publicly held companies as well as in managing integrated accounting, auditing, and advisory services. His experience includes financial statement auditing, period SEC filings, registration statements, coordination of significant mergers, acquisitions, IPO’s and secondary offerings. He has significant experience in the area of risk, including internal audit outsourcing/co-sourcing services, risk assessments, governance, risk and compliance, and internal controls.
Bethune served as treasurer and chairman of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, the largest entrepreneurial support organization in the U.S., with more than 4,500 members. He is a licensed CPA in North Carolina and Georgia, and he’s an active member of AICPA, NCACPA and the Institute of Internal Auditors.
Bethune received his bachelor’s in business administration from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
SVP Finance & Senior Financial Officer, Equifax Inc.
Doug Brandberg is SVP and senior financial officer for Equifax’s $1.2B U.S. information-solution business unit. As senior financial officer for Equifax’s largest operating unit, Brandberg is responsible for all aspects of financial management, including financial analysis, budgeting, forecasting, strategic planning, business case development, profitability analysis, process improvement, financial systems, investor relations support, and merger and acquisition analysis.
Prior to joining Equifax, Brandberg was SVP for and held division CFO positions with First Data Corporation, a global technology and payments processing leader, serving more than six million merchant locations, thousands of card issuers and millions of consumers worldwide. His responsibilities included First Data’s $1.4B financial services division, and he was division CFO for First Data’s global operations and technology group, where he was responsible for the financial management of more than $2B of expense and capital worldwide.
Prior to working at First Data, Brandberg was a senior financial officer at Equifax. In this role, he had division CFO responsibilities for Equifax’s personal-solutions business. He partnered with senior leadership to drive operational and strategic decisions, resulting in significant improvements in operating profit and margins.
Brandberg has more than 20 years of increasing responsibility as a business leader and finance professional.
CFO, Oldcastle Materials, Inc.
Charlie Brown joined Oldcastle Materials in 2003 as vice president of finance. In 2008, he was promoted to CFO, leading the finance, risk management and IT functions. His current responsibilities also include oversight of energy and procurement.
Prior to joining Oldcastle, Brown held various finance-based leadership roles in the mining and manufacturing industries. Brown earned his B.A. in economics from The George Washington University and his MBA from Northwestern’s J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Tax Accounting Manager, Crawford & Company
Jessica Brunson is a tax accounting manager with Crawford & Company. She has two years of experience in public accounting and two years of experience with the tax department at Crawford & Company.
Brunson is a certified public accountant and an active member of the Junior League of Atlanta. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in accountancy from Auburn University.
Finance Transformation Leader, Finance Center of Competency, IBM
William Darsney is a seasoned finance transformation expert with extensive experience spanning multiple industries and large multi-national companies. His focus with clients is on large global finance transformation and strategy initiatives, helping enterprises keep pace in an increasingly disruptive and competitive global market. He consults with senior finance executives to ensure the function continues to transform and evolve their operating model, technologies, people and processes to provide forward-looking insight, effective control, and cost reduction.
Andrew R. Davis
Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
Senior North America Economist, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research
Emanuella Enenajor is the senior North America economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research. In this role, she covers U.S. data and economic news for the firm’s trading floor and clients, and regularly publishes research on the outlook for the U.S. economy. Enenajor is also responsible for the firm’s economic and monetary policy forecasts for Canada.
Enenajor joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2014 from CIBC Economics, where she spent three years as a senior economist, focusing on economic trends and their implications for financial markets. Prior to joining CIBC, she was an analyst in the financial markets group at the Bank of Canada, where she published research on the impact of monetary policy on financial markets.
Enenajor received a bachelor of science and a master’s in financial economics from the University of Toronto.
Co-Leader, Washington Council, EY
Gary Gasper is co-leader of the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice. He assists clients on a variety of matters before Congress, the White House, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service. Gasper provides services related to federal tax legislative and regulatory matters involving corporate taxation, financial products, tax-exempt entities, employee benefits, insurance taxation and other areas.
From 1989 to 1993, during the George H.W. Bush and Clinton Administrations, Gasper served as senior tax advisor in the Office of Tax Policy at the Department of the Treasury and as assistant to the Internal Revenue Service Commissioner. He was selected by President George W. Bush to serve on the 2000 “Transition Team” for the Department of the Treasury.
He previously worked at a leading national law firm and served as an attorney-advisor to the Honorable Judge Perry Shields of the U.S. Tax Court. Gasper also served as tax advisor to the National Commission on economic growth and tax reform (Kemp Commission).
Gasper received a B.S. in accountancy from the University of Illinois, a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and an LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a certified public accountant and lawyer licensed in the state of Illinois and in the District of Columbia.
President, Precision Cybersecurity
VP & CFO, Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
Harald Henn serves as vice president and chief financial officer of Mercedes-Benz North America. His responsibilities include overall profitability, pricing, budget, controlling of wholesale and retail business, procurement, tax, and IT. He has served as VP and CFO since 2013.
Henn joined Mercedes-Benz in 1991 and has served in a number of countries and capacities, such as deputy project director for the SLR sports car development program with McLaren in the U.K., vice president of finance Latin America for Mercedes-Benz financial services, vice president and chief financial officer for Mercedes-Benz Canada and, more recently, Mercedes-Benz Japan.
Henn has advanced degrees in business and automotive engineering, including a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Stuttgart.
Senior Vice President, Market Executive, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Anthony Hilliard is a market executive in global commercial banking for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He leads a team of commercial banking professionals that delivers integrated banking solutions to commercial banking clients in Georgia.
Previously, Hilliard was a senior client manager in global commercial banking, a position he held from 2011—2015. In that role, he was responsible for helping clients meet a range of financial goals, including accessing and deploying capital, treasury management, international finance, and advisory services.
Prior to that, Hilliard spent 12 years at CoBank and SunTrust Bank in client management, underwriting and risk. He also spent three years in the U.S. Navy in both active-duty and reserve roles.
Hilliard is a member of the board of directors for Everybody Wins! Atlanta, an organization committed to improving children’s literacy though shared reading experiences. He also is a member of the Leadership Council at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Hilliard holds an MBA from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. He graduated from Florida State University, where he majored in finance.
VP, Financials Products & Go To Market, Workday
John Hugo joined Workday Inc. as vice president of financials products and go to market in 2015. Prior to Workday, he was SVP, corporate controller and principal accounting officer at Life Time Fitness, a Minneapolis-based Healthy Way of Life Company. Previously, Hugo held accounting and financial leadership roles with CompleTel Europe, N.V., in Paris, and Jones Intercable, in Denver. He started his career at Arthur Andersen LLP, also in Denver. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration in accountancy from Iowa State University and is a CPA (inactive) in the state of Colorado.
VP, Relationship Pricing
Jon Kolodziejczak is currently working as a vice president of relationship pricing. He has more than eight years of experience across treasury, strategy and corporate finance. Kolodziejczak’s experience has ranged from working for a leading global manufacturer to working for a Fortune 500 company. He thrives on forecasting, project management, strategic analysis, and change management, and has a strong curiosity for problem solving and process improvement.
Kolodziejczak is a CTP and holds a master’s in business administration.
SVP & CFO, HD Supply Inc.
Director-Product Sales Specialist, Global Trade and Supply Chain Solutions, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
John Loy is a director and team lead in the global trade and supply chain solutions group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
He and his team provide global trade and supply chain solutions to the Bank’s global commercial banking clients located in the central region of the U.S.
Financial Analyst, BlueLinx Corporation
Harper Morris is a financial analyst in the strategic planning department of BlueLinx, located in Marietta, Georgia.
In 2015, Morris graduated from Georgia Tech, where he majored in business with a concentration in finance. He was a member of the Georgia Tech Investment Committee, the Student Foundation, the Georgia Tech Marching Band and the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.
Dr. James Nelson
Chief Diversity Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic
Author and Thought Leader, Storytelling with Data
Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic tells stories with data. She is the author of “Storytelling with Data: A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals” and writes the popular blog http://www.storytellingwithdata.com. Nussbaumer Knaflic honed her unique talent over the past decade through analytical roles in banking and private equity and on Google’s people analytics team. Her well-regarded workshops and presentations are highly sought after by data-minded individuals, companies and philanthropic organizations worldwide.
SVP, CFO & Treasurer, BlueLinx Corporation
Susan O’Farrell has served as BlueLinx Corporation’s SVP, CFO, treasurer and principal accounting officer since 2014. She has responsibilities for accounting, SEC reporting, internal audit, treasury, financial operations, investor relations and tax, as well as financial planning and analysis. Additionally, she has responsibility for leading the inventory and pricing teams.
O’Farrell previously was a senior financial executive holding several roles with The Home Depot since 1999. As the VP of finance, she led teams supporting the retail organization. She was responsible for the finance function for The Home Depot’s at home services group. Prior, she was the chief procurement officer for $6B in indirect sourcing. Prior to that, she was the division finance leader for The Home Depot’s northern division with more than $25B in revenues.
O’Farrell began her career with Andersen Consulting LLP, leaving as an associate partner in 1996 for a strategic information systems role with AGL Resources. She is an alumna of Leadership Atlanta and has been recognized by Business to Business as a women of excellence and as a WOW Women to Watch.
O’Farrell earned a bachelor’s in business administration from Auburn University. She attended Goizueta’s executive leadership program at Emory University.
CFO, Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc.
David Pipes became the chief financial officer of Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc. in 2011, concurrent with its acquisition by Roark Capital Group. In his current role, Pipes leads all accounting and reporting, tax, financial planning and analysis, treasury, information technology, revenue management, and internal audit functions. In 2005, he became the chief accounting officer for Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc. After becoming senior vice president of financial planning and analysis for Arby’s, he played a lead role in the acquisition of Wendy’s International, leading to the formation of Wendy’s/Arby’s Group in 2008.
Pipes joined the company in 2003 through Arby’s franchisee RTM, bringing with him more than 20 years of finance and accounting experience.
He has held various positions in finance with Arby’s and related companies, including brand CFO for Wendy’s, CFO of Wendy’s/Arby’s International, and senior vice president of financial planning and analysis for Wendy’s/Arby’s Group. Prior to joining Arby’s, Pipes was USA controller for Yum! Brands Inc.
In 2013, he received Atlanta Business Chronicle’s CFO of the Year award in the largeprivate company category. Pipes received his bachelor of business administration in accounting from The University of Texas at Arlington.
EVP & CFO, Church's Chicken
EVP & CFO, Primerica, Inc.
Alison Rand serves as EVP and CFO of Primerica, a leading provider of financial services to middle income households throughout North America. She is a member of the company’s executive committee and, as CFO, is responsible for all aspects of PRI's finance and accounting functions, treasury, capital management, tax, and investor relations. In 2010, she successfully led the organization’s Initial Public Offering on the NYSE and since then speaks regularly at investor conferences to promote the company. Rand began her career at PRI in 1995. At that time, she was responsible for financial reporting; later she focused on business strategy and development, before being named CFO in 2000.
Prior to PRI, Rand was an auditor with KPMG LLP, where she specialized in the insurance sector. She is currently a board member of the Partnership Against Domestic Violence, the Atlanta Children’s Shelter, Cool Girls, and Junior Achievement of Georgia. Formerly she served on the boards of Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, and the Georgia Council on Economic Education. She also serves as an advisory board member of the Terry College of Business CFO Roundtable.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Florida.
Vice President, Business Operations, Atlanta United
Ann Rodriguez was named vice president of business operations at Atlanta United FC in 2015.
Rodriguez is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day business operations of the franchise, including sales, marketing, ticket operations, fan experience and sponsorship. She works closely with AMB Sports & Entertainment leaders in managing the cross functional groups providing shared services and expertise in communications, public relations and community relations for the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United FC, and the new Atlanta stadium.
Previously, Rodriguez served as SVP at NextGen Angels, an investment group focused on early-stage companies. In this capacity, she was involved in marketing, partnerships, strategy, organizational design and driving business growth. Before NextGen Angels, Rodriguez was global category director for soccer and lacrosse at Under Armour, where she led Under Armour’s entry into the Barclay’s Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, and secured Colo Colo of Chile as the brand’s first soccer team in South America. She also led strategy for the apparel division and worked on projects in product development, operations, and distribution. Before Under Armour, Rodriguez served as VP of sales and marketing for the San Jose Earthquakes, leading ticket and sponsorship sales teams.
SVP & CFO, Printpack, Inc.
SVP, Finance, Process Industries & Drives Division & Digital Factory Division., Siemens Industry, Inc.
Harry Volande is the senior vice president of finance for the process industries and drives division and the digital factory division at Siemens Industry Inc. He is responsible for directing his global organization’s financial interests, including controller and treasurer functions. His primary responsibilities include finance and accounting, information technology, operational processes, strategic planning, and M&A. He’s acquired and integrated a significant number of software companies globally.
Prior to joining Siemens PLM Software, he held similar responsibilities at Siemens Energy and Automation Inc. where he was instrumental in the restructuring and reorganization of the enterprise including implementation of a companywide ERP system, replacing 25 different legacy ERP platforms.
Prior, Volande served as VP of motion control systems for Siemens AG automation and drives group in Germany, where he was responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, closing process, analysis and reporting of division performance, logistic performance, IT function, and mergers and acquisitions. A few of his notable accomplishments during this period include the acquisition of three companies, formation of a strategic alliance in Japan, significant improvement in asset performance and a restructure of the finance department.
Volande received a bachelor’s in business administration and served with the German Air Force.