Our Advisors

Our advisory board has decades of experience starting and running dozens of successful companies. With one Ph.D. and others trained in finance, law, and business, they regularly provide us with needed advice and direction as we seek to serve clients better. From contributing to Inc.com to advising dozens of entrepreneurial clients, we are proud to have a team of experienced business advisors supporting us as we grow. We are also excited to connect our community to their work and passion for business.

Chuck Blakeman

Founder, Chief Transformation Officer
Crankset Group

Chuck Blakeman is a serial entrepreneur, internationally acclaimed speaker, best-selling business author, and world-renowned business advisor who built ten businesses in seven industries on four continents, and now uses his experience to advise others. Recent print and online appearances include Inc. Magazine (regular contributor), Success Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNNMoney.com, and NYTimes.com.

Michael Moffitt

MSM Advisors, LLC

Mike brings us 38 years of experience in financial accounting, taxation, business consulting, wealth management, estate planning, and industry CFO positions. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Personal Financial Specialist, and Certified Financial Planner and regularly provides start-up business consulting and planning, entity design, and financial compliance.

Patrick Sneed

Davis, Pickren, Seydel & Sneed, LLP

Patrick is the managing partner of Davis, Pickren, Seydel & Sneed, LLP. He has considerable experience in the litigation, dispute resolution and trial advocacy practice areas, with emphasis and significant experience in commercial, construction, health care, catastrophic personal injury and real estate litigation. He also provides general corporate and business counsel for his clients with a broad range of experience in business formation and strategic planning, closely-held business issues, and other various commercial, transactional and business matters.

Ben Johnson, Ph.D.

Senior Manager, Decision Science

Ben is an engineer by training and a people person at heart. He brings us a unique perspective on economic development at the intersection of engineering and business. Trained as a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at Georgia Tech, Ben translates technical expertise into general business understanding both in his work at Coca-Cola and as a board member for Ambactus.

Mario Velez

WWPS Business Development Manager, International Expansion-Edge (LCC)
Amazon Web Services

Mario has extensive international market development experience and specializes in assisting companies in their geographic expansion plans into Europe, North America, and Latin America  He has completed a specialization program in entrepreneurship at The Wharton School and holds an M.A. in International Transactions from the George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs. Currently, Mario is helping AWS drive its international expansion plans into Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. In this role, he is working to support cloud adoption by the public sector, as well as ensure the appropriate infrastructure is introduced in the countries throughout this territory.

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