Robert has been an entrepreneur his entire life and has participated in the startup of over 50 companies over the last forty years. His primary strength is in the area of sales and marketing but has a finance background being one of the first Certified Financial Planners in the United States. Robert currently operates an entrepreneurial development center in a public private partnership with the city of College Park, Georgia. This center provides office, mentoring and resources to over 100 members and currently houses over 35 new startup businesses with over $20,000,000 in annual revenue.
Robert W. Johnson, President
Joann Allen, Secretary
General Manager at Club E Atlanta
Joann is the current General Manager, overseeing the day to day operation of Club E. Joann worked for Delta Airlines for 27 years and retired seven years ago to set up a non-profit, One Talent, Inc. with her daughter that serves at risk young girls in the south metro area. Joann has been instrumental in developing our youth program, YES, at Club E.
Board of Directors
Dr. Stan Coley
Dr. Stan Coley is one of the world’s preeminent scholars and businessmen. He has distinguished himself as an educator, innovator, civic partner and developer all within the geographic embrace of Athens and the University of Georgia.
Dr. Coley was the founder, owner and operator of Coley Ranch and Embryological Sciences. As one of the world’s leading embryologists he was involved in the commercial embryo transfer business from 1975 to 2005. He successfully conducted many international embryo transfer projects and has also helped train embryo transfer practitioners in several foreign countries. International marketing of livestock embryos was very much a part of his portfolio.
Nick Snider’s life has always been centered on service. He served in the US Army as a commissioned officer followed by a 33 year career with United Parcel Service (UPS). Snider was actively involved in numerous UPS community projects and was instrumental in building and developing its worldwide volunteer program. He was awarded the first national UPS Corporate Community Service Award, now given annually. He is an active supporter of the USO, and currently serves on the Georgia USO Board of Directors, as well as many others.
A Commissioned Officer of the United States Army and a 1965 graduate of Officer’s Candidate School, he is a lifetime collector of patriotic jewelry and collectibles, of which he has acquired the world’s largest collection. He has authored 2 volumes on Patriotic Collecting (1995 & 1996) and collaborated on a third in 2000. For many years he has dedicated his life to creating the National Museum of Patriotism in Atlanta which opened on July 4, 2004. The museum’s mission is to promote the history of patriotism, to encourage people to examine what patriotism means to them, and to educate students and to promote civic participation.
Michael E Moore is a farm kid from Alabama, an Eagle Scout, a military officer during an unpopular war, a recovering banker and entrepreneur. Michael received his BS degree in accounting and finance from Auburn University in 1972 and served his country as a U.S. Army officer. He relocated back to the South (Atlanta) with his wife Karen in 1975 to work for the Citizens & Southern National Bank.
Mr. Moore shares beliefs that to succeed you must invest with those close by and use the skills on the team to set and accomplish objectives (goals). Michael brings over forty years of diverse experience in leadership, banking, manufacturing, retailing and business startups to the table. He also can burn up, tear up or just about destroy old paradigms of thinking as they relate to execution of an idea while keeping the team moving forward. Michael has been involved with professional growth as a personal and business coach for his entire career. Michael currently is involved as an ambassador for the Ritz Group, a board member of the Atlanta Micro Fund and the EpiCenter Endowment Fund.
Important items in his daily activities are to identify the operational efforts and connections of those involved in Club E and “Turn up the Volume” on results, growth and success.
- Founder & Executive Director of the EpiCenter
- Founder of the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame
- Voice of Entrepreneurship, as host of Let’s Talk Business radio for 20 years
- Founder and Chairman/CEO of the Let’s Talk Business Network for 17 years
- Positioned by the media as the “Entrepreneurs’ Entrepreneur“
- Founded 6 different companies over 35 years, and sold two of them
- Featured on CNN, New York Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, Success Magazine, Wall Street Journal and countless others
- Voted one of the 100 most important radio talk show hosts in America by Talkers Magazine
- Co-Founder of the Magic Wand Foundation
- Inventor of the “two tone” (orange & yellow) tennis ball
- Producer, Director and host of “Franchising Today“, which aired on LifeTime TV Network.
Dr. Gregory McPherson
Dr. Gregory Allen McPherson is currently a Senior Research Associate for the Global Health & Humanities Summit at the Emory University School of Medicine, and recently named Chancellor of The International Consortium of African & Asian Universities. He’s also the Founder & Music Director of the African Urban Legacy Orchestra in Atlanta.
The Atlanta based composer has been recognized as a major figure in entertainment, being one of the most sought after leaders in today’s industry. At age 11, he began his professional career in music as a percussionist & pianist, touring throughout the United States and abroad. Some of the artists and ensembles benefiting from his talents and expertise include jazz greats Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughn, Clark Terry, Lionel Hampton, James Moody, Max Roach, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Warren Hill, Betty Carter, George Russell, and Nancy Wilson.
Dr. McPherson has produced records for CBS, RCA, Quincy Jones’ QWEST Records, BMG ,MCA, Elektra, Capitol, Arista, SONY, Atlantic, Polygram, Warner Brothers, Motown, EPIC, Disney, and several other labels.
Miles Murphy has highly varied background in marketing, sales, consulting, and corporate strategic development. Mr. Murphy’s twenty years at IBM which included management of IBM’s vaunted National Sales School laid a foundation of professionalism, expertise and experience across a wide spectrum.
Mr. Murphy has worked with hundreds of companies and organizations in developing their corporate strategies and creating high-impact initiatives aligned with those strategies.
Mr. Vollmer is the author and founder of Jobenomics, the book deals with the economics of business, job, wealth and tax revenue creation. Jobenomics, the national grassroots movement has a goal of creating 20 million new US private sector jobs by 2020 (20 by 20). Jobenomics currently has the following of several million people. Jobenomics’ Proof-of-Concept projects and Initiatives are highly scalable business creation efforts that can generate tens of thousands of new small, emerging and self-employed US businesses. Jobenomics projects and initiatives involve: women-owned businesses, electronic-waste recycling, community based business generators, energy and green jobs, cloud computing, direct-care, business ministries, real estate, mining, direct sales, and foreign owned US businesses and investments. Mr. Vollmer is the founder of eCycle which was created by Jobenomics to recycle electronic waste and finance inner city business generation efforts.
Mr. Carpenter has been a builder and developer in Atlanta for 40 years. His background has led him to serve his community of College Park as the former President of the Main Street Association that has guided the city in its recent redevelopment efforts. Mr. Carpenter has also provided funding for some of the startup businesses located in Club E.
Mr. Camp has been a builder and developer for 30 years in the south metro area. One of his projects, Senoia, has been recognized nationally for its attention to detail in reviving a community that had fallen on hard times. Mr. Camp is involved with the Main St. Association in College Park as a board member.
Carl is one of the founders of Club E International. He is a motivational speaker and author on entrepreneurship and business training. His company, CMT International provides coaching and mentoring to entrepreneurs. Carl has been in the development and real estate business in addition to his training business over the last 20 years.
Karl is the co-founder of Club E International. Karl has spent his entire career as a business consultant and speaker. His consulting company, Third Eye Management has been involved in working with companies to turn them profitable.
His management style is accurately summarised as: “A very effective and considerate decision maker led by factual information but able to appreciate any emotional undercurrents. A high level of control with notably well-developed leadership skills, preferring a participative team style but not dependent on them to make the decisions. An effective communicator and motivator with a balanced level of creativity. Not affected under stress. Confident, responsible, conscientious, assertive, relaxed, adaptive and flexible.”
Sue Malone is the largest SBA loan originator in the US. She serves on national committees for funding small businesses. Sue has been an Advocate for Club E since its inception in Phoenix, Arizona in 2006. Sue has provided funding for over 100 Club E members over the last 8 years.
David has an engineering background and has been involved in the technology, communications and service sector of business for many years. David is a serial entrepreneur and creative and commercially adept individual with a wide range of business experience including operational roles within large multi-site organizations, consultancy for major corporate clients, not-for-profit organizations and managing his own companies. David has a proven history of managing business environments that require marketing development and communications to improve performance, productivity and profit.
David is the managing director and founder/owner of IP UtiliNET LLC, a Georgia First Sustainability engineering firm that specializes in the reduction of budgetary consumption.
Steve has been in the real estate business for the last twenty years. He has successfully developed major real estate projects in Georgia including Harbor Point Yacht Club, a 320 lot recreational community on Lake Lanier. Steve has also provided real estate evaluation and due diligence services to Fortune 500 companies looking for new locations in the Southeast.
Steve graduated from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business in 1988 with a Bachelor in Sciences in Business Administration and Marketing. After graduation, Stephen received his Georgia Real Estate License and joined the Adams Cates Company, one of the largest and most respected commercial real estate firms in Atlanta, as a Sales Associate. Shortly thereafter, Adams Cates was acquired by Grubb & Ellis Company, one of the top three commercial real estate services companies in the United States.
Ben Gaxiola is a professional architect, general contractor and entrepreneur. Ben received his BS degree in Architecture and Building Technology from Autonomous University of Guadalajara in 1986 and moved to Atlanta to pursue his higher education in business and technology.
Ben has been involved as a member of the AIBD for over 20 years, a member of the ICSC (shopping centers) and as an senior member for the SGGI (green technology for buildings), a founding member of the PCP Entrepreneur Fund and is fortunate to meet weekly with of Atlanta’s foremost tech leaders to find ways to help the community. Ben heads the Building Exchange, an Atlanta based premiere design-build firm specializing in commercial projects.
Steve will be our resident consultant from E Cycle USA during the first year of operation of the E Cycle facility. For the past twenty years, Steve has served as a project manager for several industrial manufacturing entities and has been through the operational training with CHEMA on the equipment we will be using in the facility. Steve will also be the liaison between CHEMA’s technical staff that will provide onsite training during the first 90 days of operation of the new facility.
Felix is the Adelmann International Sales Director for North America, E Cycling USA engineering consultant, and SST, ECO, Inc. VP of Advanced Development, and is the liaison between Adelmann and E Cycling USA. He is fluent in German and was the architect in bringing the Adelmann UMwelt GmbH system to the USA.