Board of Directors

Lee Machen

Founder/Board of Directors

Lee has been in the financial services industry since 1992 working with professionals, executives and business owners. 

His prior career was with Unisys Corporation where he served in various management roles including software products and services, quality assurance, and project management.

With his extensive background in financial services, Lee took the initiative to become a leader in the Gwinnett Community when he founded the Gwinnett Leadership Forum in 2013.

Lee holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics/chemistry, and a Master’s degree in Theology. He is married to Renee and has two daughters and three grandchildren.

Clint Thompson

Chairman of the Board

Clint has 30 years of experience building start-up organizations, raising capital and selling businesses in the agriculture, clean energy, environmental and real estate industries. In addition, to his business planning and implementation experience for start-up organizations, Clint has developed National and International Programs for some of the largest organizations in the world. 

He is known for developing first of kind programs and first to market organizations. Prior to starting his own company in 1999, Clint culminated a 10- year career managing a 100 person organization for an international environmental sustainability company. Clint graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. Degree in Environmental Studies. 

Ryan Jones

Board of Directors

Ryan Jones currently serves as Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager for Regions Bank with focus on expanding the bank’s presence in the Gwinnett Market. Ryan has spent the past 15 years in the banking industry providing support to companies of various sizes with lending, cash management and strategic guidance. 

In the community, Ryan serves as the Director of the Pantry @ HMUMC, a food pantry serving an average of 300 families every week. Ryan is the service chair for the Duluth Rotary Club, an advisory board member for the Path Project and a mentor for Gwinnett County Schools community based mentoring program. Ryan is married to Loni, a first grade teacher, and has two young boys Hudson and Grayson. 

Andrew Shannon

Board of Directors

Andrew holds an Executive MBA in International Finance (with a concentration in Economics), as a graduate of The Mercer University’s Stetson School of Business and Economics.  He is Vice President and Senior Business Relationship Manager in Wells Fargo’s Wholesale Banking Segment since 2007.  His previous professional/supervisory/financial-related experiences/expertise include *Financial Advisor *Financial Contractor *Credit Analyst and *Credit Collection.  He enthusiastically serves on the President’s Advisory Board at Wells Fargo Bank.  Andrew is a facilitating member and mentor within the Forsyth (Georgia) Leadership Program, Lanier Rotary Club, Board Member of Forsyth Chamber of Commerce as well as Board Member of the Gwinnett Leadership Forum.

As a Wholesale Banker he delivers a comprehensive suite of products and industry expertise to serve the diverse financial needs of companies with annual sales typically ranging from $10 million to $200 million. While acting in the advisory capacity with C Suite Executives, he also administers his expertise in credit, portfolio and treasury management solutions.  Andrew specializes in multiple industries including Technology, Manufacturing, Healthcare and Investor Real Estate.

 

He proudly served in the United States Air Force as an Administrative and Personnel Supervisor at various locations throughout the United States and Europe.  He served 10 years within joint and/or multi-national defense assemblages, including the vital North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO); culminating 9 years in the Ohio and Georgia National Guard.  He was awarded the Airman’s Medal for Heroism – the highest peace-time medal of United States Air Force.

 

Daniel Sosebee

Board of Directors

Daniel is an associate member in Moore Stephens Tiller’s Gwinnett office. He specializes in assurance and attestation services for closely held businesses and not-for-profit organizations. His expertise includes a variety of industries such as distribution, manufacturing, construction, technology and dealerships, as well as serving on a number of significant non-profit engagements, including our largest private foundation clients.

In addition to assurance and attest engagements, Daniel is passionate about building relationships with colleagues, clients, prospects and networking within the communities we serve. This passion has led Daniel to the position of Director of Business Development where his role is to lead the Firm through organic growth, mergers and acquisitions as well as develop new lines of business. 

Secondly, he oversees the Firm’s employee retention and recruiting department in which he works hand-in-hand with the Firm’s retention and recruiting specialist.

Daniel obtained his BBA in Accounting from Georgia College and State University (where he also was a member of the men’s golf team) and completed his Master of Accountancy at Kennesaw State University.

Daniel is a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is actively involved with his church and community affairs including the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Gwinnett Chairman’s Club, Partnership of Gwinnett and board member of the Gwinnett Leadership Forum and the Hudgens Center for Art and Learning.

Darien Southerland

Board of Directors

Darien is the founder and CEO of BG AD Group clients. He has the uncanny ability to match brands with audiences perfectly, and knocks it out of the park when it comes to putting together targeted events that generate growth. Darien is a fierce negotiator, award-winning sales leader and expert trainer. Darien is an expert in automotive marketing, and shares his passion and instant drive with all clients he represents. 

Darien takes community involvement seriously. He has served as the Head Middle School Football Coach for Whitefield Academy in Mableton, Georgia as well as the former choir director at his church. 

Additionally, Darien serves as a Chamber of Commerce member for Cobb County, Douglas County, Hall County as well as Nashville’s Chamber of Commerce. He even serves as the Assistant Director of New Members Class at Marietta First United Methodist Church. He enjoys all types of music, is an excellent singer, and a hard core American Picker. 

 

Darien’s wife Mary has been an educator in Gwinnet/Cobb County for the past seventeen years. They have two children, Jacob (Lenoir-Rhyne University Class of 2017) and Kendall (Georgia College and State University Class of 2018), who not only dedicate their time to academics, but also community involvement.

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