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Kris Maher with One Ring Networks, Lee Farabaugh with PointClear Solutions, and Sarah Lodato with The Iron Yard

ATL Tech Leaders

Kris Maher/One Ring Networks Linkedin Twitter

With over a decade of industry experience, Kris Maher is the trailblazer behind One Ring Networks and its responsive, customer-focused culture. Maher heads the field and channel sales company-wide and leads sales teams for all of One Ring Networks fiber and fixed wireless customers in Atlanta, Dallas and Fort Worth. He is a member of the Atlanta Promise Neighborhood Initiative and loves spending his time outside of the office with his family and dog, Ivy. When Kris isn’t helping businesses stay connected, he can be found enjoying the great outdoors skiing, golfing, and searching for the next great golfer to help bring home the win at the annual customer golf tournament.

Kris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Marketing from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.

Lee Farabaugh/PointClear Solutions Linkedin Facebook Twitter

Lee Farabaugh is a senior user experience research and design expert, having worked in user experience in healthcare for the past 8 years. She has worked on projects in a variety of healthcare domains, from public health and life sciences to consumer- and provider-facing healthcare applications. As Chief Experience Office at PointClear Solutions, she currently leads the User Experience, Clinical Insight, Business Analysis, and Project Management teams.

Before becoming a founding partner of PointClear in 2006, she was a usability engineer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA. Lee is a member of the adjunct faculty of University of Alabama’s School of Health Professions, teaching Masters level students in the Health Informatics program about user experience in healthcare information technology. She also serves on the HIMSS EHR Usability Task Force.

Lee holds a Master of Health Informatics from University of Alabama at Birmingham, a Master of Human-Computer Interaction from Georgia Tech, and a Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University.

Sarah Lodato/The Iron Yard Linkedin Facebook Twitter

The Iron Yard exists to create exceptional value for people and their ideas through code education, startup accelerators and coworking spaces.

Through our broad, deep and growing network of teachers, programmers, designers, entrepreneurs, investors, employers and coworking spaces, we have developed a thriving community where serendipity happens en masse.

We are people-centric.

We put our students, teams, investors and supporters first in all of our decision making. Our success is entirely dependent on their success.

Our challenge is immense.

The world has huge problems that need to be solved, many of which technology is perfectly suited to address. Companies around the globe are answering this call, but anyone with boots on the ground can feel the acute shortage of talent needed to rise to the occasion. That gap is widening right now, and over the next decade the shortfall will affect industries, economies, businesses and individuals as they fight to add value in a digital world.

The Iron Yard is a solution at that juncture of supply, demand, business and a broken education system.

We are committed to training the highest-quality developers and startups in the world, both in skill and in character. Our mission is to find people who want to pursue the craft and life-long adventure of technology, teach them the tools of the trade, and then release them into the world with the drive and capability to make a difference. We believe that passionate, talented people who love what they do will create great families, jobs, companies and solutions to the world’s problems.


Brad Anderson with MapR Technologies, Chad Adam and Ben Walle with Hopintop


Brad Anderson / MapR Technologies LinkedinTwitter

Brad Anderson is a Solutions Architect with MapR Technologies. Brad has been wrangling data for 20 years, first with data warehouses, and more recently building and using non-relational data systems in the big data space. Previously, he worked on a large-scale video-on- demand platform in Erlang, helped Cloudant build its hosted NoSQL offering based on CouchDB (IBM just acquired Cloudant), and organized the NoSQL East 2009 conference in Atlanta. He has recently worked with Cascading, Storm, Titan, & Solr, and has contributed code to CouchDB & HBase open-source projects. Brad has founded or co-founded four technology companies, including Verdeeco, a smart energy grid company in Atlanta, as well as Heartbyte, a realtime audience participation platform.

Chad Adam and Ben Walle / HopInTop TwitterGoogle Bookmarks

HopInTop is the go to Atlanta based marketing firm specializing in Search Engine Optimization, Internet Marketing, Web Design, Pay Per Click Adwords, Public Relations, Content Marketing and Social Media, driving revenue to local businesses. With many clients worldwide, HopInTop strives to increase business revenue by matching actionable and attractive Websites with buying traffic through Internet promotion. Branding is a top priority with HopInTop, dedicating valuable time to communicate the goals and objectives, while understanding companies bottom line. HopInTop is performance you can count on.



Blake Patton with Tech Square Ventures, Mark Seeley with Intellinet and Nancy Treaster with Verint


Blake Patton/Tech Square Ventures Twitter

Blake is a technology entrepreneur and investor with 20 years of experience in startup, venture backed, and publicly traded internet, software, payments, and financial services companies.

Prior to founding Tech Square Ventures, Blake was General Manager of theAdvanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) at Georgia Tech – recently named by Forbes as one of the “Top 12 Incubators Changing the World”. Before ATDC, he served as President & COO of Interactive Advisory Software; CEO of iKobo; and EVP of iXL, an e-business consulting firm that he joined through the acquisition of Swan Media and was part of the executive team that grew the company from startup to over $300 million in annualized revenue and an IPO. Blake also founded, and later successfully sold, Siteman – one of the first application service provider (ASP) offerings in the online content management space. He started his career as an Associate at SEI Corporation.

Blake currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta CEO Council and Venture Atlanta and is aGeorgia Research Alliance (GRA) Industry Fellow. He earned a Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering degree from Georgia Tech, where he was Captain of the Swim Team. He was inducted into the Georgia Tech College of Engineering’s Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni and previously served on the Georgia Tech Advisory Board.

Mark Seeley/Intellinet LinkedinTwitterFacebook

Mark Seeley has over 20 years of experience as a strategic business executive and entrepreneur. Having founded and co-founded five companies across varying industries – including software, ecommerce, logistics, and real estate – Mr. Seeley’s passion is helping companies succeed by maximizing the business value of IT. As president and senior partner of Intellinet, he is responsible for establishing the company’s vision, strategy and objectives, as well as serving as an executive strategist for creating innovative client solutions.

Since joining Intellinet in 1996, Mr. Seeley has served in a variety of strategic business development and leadership roles. Most recently, his responsibilities included developing Intellinet’s go-to-market strategy and operational readiness plan, as well as direct management of strategic client accounts ranging from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial start-ups. Prior to joining Intellinet, Mr. Seeley served as a senior management and process consultant at Andersen Consulting where he specialized in business process optimization and data integration solutions.

Mr. Seeley earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a member of The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), The MIT Enterprise Forum, Technology Executive Roundtable (TER), and High Tech Ministries. He resides in Mableton, GA with his wife and three children.

Nancy Treaster/Verint LinkedinTwitterFacebook

Nancy Treaster serves as a Senior Vice President and General Manager of Strategic Operations for Verint® Enterprise Intelligence Solutions™, part of Verint Systems Inc. Verint is a leading global provider of Actionable Intelligence® solutions that include award-winning Customer Engagement Optimization software and services. In this capacity, she drives global strategies and the corresponding execution of those strategies across the business line, including go-to-market and M&A strategies, strategic alliances and marketing.

With 30 years of experience in the high-tech software industry, Treaster has held an array of leadership positions, including 10 years with Witness Systems and 13 years with Dun & Bradstreet Software. As part of Witness Systems’ senior management team, she served as senior vice president of global marketing, including product management, working alongside the worldwide sales, support and engineering organizations. At Dun & Bradstreet Software, she directed product management and product marketing, and held leadership roles across such areas as training, consulting, product management, sales and marketing.

Treaster holds a Bachelor of Science in management science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.



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Matthew Bivens – The Digital Marketing Guy, Paul Lizon with TixSameDay and Corregan Brown with ProjectLocker


Matthew Bivens/The Digital Marketing Guy LinkedinTwitterGoogle+

Matthew Bivens was born in San Diego and raised in Roswell. He attended the University of Florida for undergraduate (BA in Psychology) and graduate school (MS in Entrepreneurship). Matthew has worked in startup companies and marketing firms.

Paul Lizon/TixSameDay LinkedinTwitterFacebookinstagram

With secondary ticket marketplace solutions shutting down 8-10 hours prior to the game or event, hopeful attendees or ticket holders needing to buy or sell their tickets are out of luck. Not any more. TixSameDay is an easy to use mobile app that helps last minute ticket buyers and ticket sellers connect and transact. On the day of or even after the event has begun, the TixSameDay app will help millions of consumers buy and sell last minute event tickets by leveraging geo-location, in-app messaging and in-app payments. No more wandering around aimlessly hoping to find tickets to buy or people to buy your tickets!

Corregan Brown/ProjectLocker LinkedinTwitterFacebook

Corregan has a passion for applying software and technology to solving real-world problems. He has spent the past twelve years working with customers in the United States and Internationally, having worked as a consultant, technical lead, and project manager for Cambridge Technology Partners, pcOrder (a division of Trilogy), and Blue Martini Software. After years of seeing the effects of project infrastructure on project schedules and delivery quality, he co-founded ProjectLocker, a suite of Web-based services to make it easier to manage software development projects in the cloud. Corregan has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Princeton University.


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