Heath is an accomplished search marketer with a strong track record of providing his teams roadmaps to product viability through agile product development practices. Heath has spent the past decade on enterprise-level ecommerce marketing technologies, with a focus on D2C commodity SKU search traffic generation and conversion optimization. Today he, along with his serial cohort Kevin Wallace, is responsible for leading HM Wallace’s marketing and CMS efforts and setting the strategic direction of NationalBuilderSupply.com and its network of properties. Prior to founding HM Wallace, he co-founded Celecast, broadcaster of live NCAA event audio through mobile devices.
Heath is an active member of a number of Atlanta’s professional communities including AiMA, SEMPO and Shop.org as well as offering his time to help local start-ups decipher and define their Search + Social Marketing strategies and development cycles. Heath completed undergraduate studies at Samford University followed by an MBA from Georgia State University.
King is a tech lawyer by training and an entrepreneur and angel investor. He co-founded cable TV software company N2 Broadband in 2000, raised $25 million in VC money and sold the company for $120 million in 2005. He was an early investor and advisor to Last Minute Tee Times, which was sold for $18 million in 2008. He is also the co-founder of ATL accelerator Shotput Ventures in 2009, as well as an angel investor in Pardot and Sentrinsic. He currently serves as a technology lawyer at FSB Legal.
Dave Sutton is a leading authority today on how to plug 21st-century strategic marketing techniques and enabling technology into the modern business to drive organic growth.
He is the founder and Managing Partner of TopRight, LLC – a new kind of strategic marketing consultancy that helps companies corner the markets where they choose to compete. TopRight delivers marketing strategies and solutions with a blend of art and science, combining strategy, creativity, execution and analytics to accelerate business growth.
Sutton is also the co-author of Enterprise Marketing Management – the ground-breaking book considered to be the definitive statement of a new business discipline designed to create sustained, profitable and organic growth.
Erez Katz is an accomplished entrepreneur and a business executive with a proven track record of strong leadership, profitable growth, and unparalleled resolve and perseverance in accomplishing targeted business goals.
He is an expert in applying technology to solve complex business challenges, particularly in the areas of interactive technology, social media, mobile and high-end ecommerce solutions. Katz is the founder Objectware, Inc., a custom web and mobile application development company that was acquired by Bridgeline Digital in 2007. He currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Bridgeline Digital.
Katz is also an active member of the American Israeli Chamber of Commerce and is a member of ATA (Atlanta Technology Angels). He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from Baruch College in New York City and, prior to immigrating to the U.S. in 1986, he was an Officer in the Israeli Military.
Gordon A. Rogers
Gordon is a 25 year veteran of startups in the ﬁeld of digital education and learning management, having founded an e-learning software company (Meliora Systems) in 1988. He took the startup from the bootstrapped stage to an IPO in 1998, through a merger with Paul Allen’s company, Asymetrix Learning, now part of SumTotal Systems, a leading LMS provider. Since leaving the company in 2000, he has spent his time working with early stage ventures in the ed-tech sector, including both K-12 and higher-ed markets, as well as startups developing innovative offerings in the digital publishing, virtual worlds/MMO games for kids, and mobile learning areas.
He is also a mentor at Georgia Tech’s ATDC technology incubator as well as Managing Director of Vernon Bridge Ventures, an early stage capital/advisory ﬁrm. He serves on the advisory boards of Excelegrade, Evirx, Rapid LD, and Proving Ground. He is also Past President of Atlanta Technology Angels and sits on the selection committees for Venture Atlanta and the TAG Top 40 competition. He also serves as a guest lecturer and business plan competition judge at Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Emory and University of Georgia business schools. He has extensive experience serving on non-proﬁt boards (YMCA, Interfaith Outreach Home, Teacher Support Network, The Lionheart School).
Gordon has a BA in Economics, and an MSc in Engineering Economics from the University of New Brunswick, and an MBA in International Finance from the University of British Columbia.
I am a son, brother, husband, dad, entrepreneur, boxer, golfer, author, mentor and technology fanatic. From my rented house in 2000 I founded a company that a decade later would become WhatCounts. Through a series of innovative growth strategies that included seven acquisitions the company has grown into one of the largest email marketing firms in the world delivering billions of targeted messages on four continents in over 35 languages.
Through the years the company has received numerous awards including three times
being named an Inc. 500 company representing the fastest growing enterprises in the United States. In 2009,
the Technology Association of Georgia named WhatCounts one of the state’s most innovative companies. The
company has also consistently ranked among Atlanta’s Pacesetters representing the city’s fastest growing
private companies. In 2010 WhatCounts partnered with a global multi-billion dollar private equity firm to
help the team reach new heights.
I have had opportunities that don’t matter, such as the being mentioned the prerequisite amount of times in the paper, or listed in the most this, or the youngest that. I have also had opportunities that do matter, like having amazing mentors and working with crazy smart team members.
I am the first person in my family to attend college, so I am especially proud of my education. My community time, or karma investing is focused on “first generation college bound students”, participating in Young President’s Organization (YPO), and helping to launch new businesses at Georgia Tech’s ATDC and FlashPoint programs.