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.

Tom Lutz

Chair & Executive Coach

While planting several churches in the Baltimore area, Tom became involved in a small startup information services company that serviced the construction industry. Over the next 20 years, as Tom filled various senior roles including divisional President, the company grew to $120 million with 1600 employees in 18 countries. After the sale of CMD Group, Tom launched Vision Planners, LLC, a consultancy designed to assist visionaries in finding, planning, and executing their vision. Tom currently facilitates two Convene peer-advisory groups in the Atlanta area, including one where Ambactus is a member. With his unique background, Tom helps guide our company in the development of strategic plans and implementation designed to ensure the realization of our visions.

Michael Moffitt

Principal
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.

Java Hemmat

Founder & CEO

Java Hemmat is our oldest client and one of our closest partners. She was born to Persian parents in the oasis of United Arab Emirates, surrounded by desert dunes and date-bearing palm trees. Growing up, her family constantly interacted with cultures outside of her own community by taking trips to exciting locations, making new friends from other countries, and creating family meals using colorful spices from the cultures they encountered. It was out of these cultural experiences that she started Hummus Chick, aiming to share her own experience and love of cooking with others. As an existing client and friend, we are thankful for Java’s continued support and feedback about how we are serving, how we are growing, and how we can improve.

Patrick Sneed

Partner
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.

Steve Atkins

Steve has over twenty-five years of experience in information technology ranging from real-time embedded systems to business applications.  His background includes positions in software engineering, project and program management, and general management.  In addition, he has served as adjunct instructor for both the School of Engineering and the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. With an MBA in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh and his extensive experience scaling companies, he brings expertise to the Ambactus team in the areas of entrepreneurship, finance, investing, and growth strategies.

Ben Johnson, Ph.D.

Senior Manager, Decision Science
Coca-Cola

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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