Mike Honious was appointed to the LEAD Board in February 2019 and is the current board chair. Mr. Honious joined GEODIS in November of 2005. He oversees the Contract Logistics and Warehouse business in the Americas which includes 140+ facilities and 40+ million square feet of warehousing space. Mike’s previous responsibilities at GEODIS included executive oversight of engineering, operational excellence, project management, IT implementation, and the Nashville based forklift company Material Handling Resources. Prior to joining GEODIS, he spent thirteen years with Gap Inc. serving in various management capacities. He was Senior Director of Campus Operations, responsible for 2.2 million sq. ft. of warehousing operations. He also served as Director of Global Engineering Services for the specialty retailer. Honious is an active member of WERC and has coached youth baseball, basketball and hockey. Mike earned a BS degree in Industrial Engineering Technology from the University of Dayton and has attended supply chain and executive leadership courses at Tennessee, Penn State, and Vanderbilt Universities. He currently resides in Hendersonville, Tennessee with his wife and two sons.
Nashville native Carter Paine joined the LEAD Board of Directors in August of 2016. Carter is COO of naviHealth, a post-acute care management company partnering with health plans and health systems. Prior to naviHealth, Carter worked in healthcare investing and finance in San Francisco and New York. Carter and his wife, Kristin, who is the Chief Advancement Officer at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, have two children. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds a MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
A Nashville native, Dwayne brings a wealth of business and human resource expertise to LEAD’s board and currently serves the network as the network CEO in addition to his Board seat. Dwayne also sits on the board of Tennessee State University, his Alma Mater. Dwayne and his wife Carmen have two college-age children.
Dr. Earl Robert Lattimore, III is a passionate, family-oriented educator with a strong background in family advocacy, support and engagement, community-based services and crisis management. He serves as the LEAD Board parent representative and is the father of LEAD Academy alumnus Tyree Williams ’14 and current student Justice Williams ’20. He holds his Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN, a Master of Science degree in Public Service Management from Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN, and a graduate certification in Non-Profit Management from Tennessee State University. Dr. Lattimore currentluy works as a non-traditional educational program consultant for the State of Tennessee, Department of Education. His passion remains supporting the needs of underprivileged and at-risk youth which is a common theme throughout his professional career.
Dr. Annette Little is an Associate Professor and the Director of Studies in Applied Behavior Analysis at Lipscomb University. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of education. Annette taught special education classes in residential treatment centers, public schools, and alternative schools for 8 years before moving into higher education. Annette has conducted research in the areas of PBIS, reading and writing strategies for students at risk for EBD, and prevention of behavior problems. Annette is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2007. She is currently serving as the President of the TABA, President-Elect for TAILACTE, Chair of the Applied Behavior Analyst Licensing Committee, Ex Officio Member of the Board of Examiners of Psychology, and member of the St. Patrick’s SchoolBoard in McEwen, TN. Annette received her PhD from Vanderbilt University in 2007.
Jerome Oglesby is currently the Global Chief Technology Officer at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, and has 27 years of experience in the information technology field, including experience in military intelligence technology and satellite communications technology. He joined Deloitte & Touche USA in 2004 as Director of Infrastructure. He was appointed U.S. Firm Director in 2005, and serves as a member of Deloitte’s Chief Information Officers’ Leadership Team. He was appointed Chief Technology Officer for Deloitte Services LP in October of 2007. Jerome earned a Bachelor of Science in information systems from The University of Texas – Arlington, and a Master in Business Administration at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. He also completed formal education in communications electronics technology at the United States Marine Corps Communications Electronics Institute.
Jimmy is the Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Controller for Rogers Group Inc. Jimmy joined Rogers Group Inc. in 1995 after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Belmont University and having worked for five years in public accounting and earning a CPA designation. He received an MBA degree from Vanderbilt University in 2000 and served as Vice President-Finance and Treasurer prior to moving to his current position as CFO.
Don Williamson is a current managing director of Compass Executives, LLC, an organization of C-level executives who provide management consulting, interim management and leadership development. He is a former president and CEO of Rogers Group, Inc., a crushed stone and asphalt construction company with locations across the Southeastern United States. Mr. Williamson is a member of the Board of Directors for Nashville Public Radio. He is a former chairman of the PENCIL Foundation and Samaritans, Inc. and the E.A.R. Foundation. He has additionally been a vice-chairman of the United Way of Middle Tennessee and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a former Board member for the Nashville Alliance for Public Education. Mr. Williamson holds his BA and MBA from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Carlos Alexander “Alex” Ryerson is a Partner at Luxor Capital, a $3bn investment firm, where he has worked since 2008. Prior to Luxor, Alex worked at the investment firm Courage Capital in Nashville, TN. Alex was born and raised in Houston, TX, where he attended St. John’s School from K-12th grade. After graduating from St. John’s, he attended Vanderbilt University where he majored in Economics, Mathematics, and Engineering Science. After working in investment banking at Wasserstein Perella and Miller Buckfire, Alex attended Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where he graduated with an MBA in 2007. Alex is married to Polly Dempsey Ryerson, who he met in 1999 and married in 2004. Polly is a native of Mobile, AL. They have three children, Gazzie, Guy, and Knowles.
Rob was appointed to the LEAD Board of Directors in December 2019. He has a broad range of experience in telecommunications, sales, and product management and has served as VP, Client Services at Asurion for 17 years. Rob holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in business and marketing. He and his wife Shawna have three adult children and have been Nashville residents since 2004. They are active in a variety of organizations including Search Nashville and Nashville Rescue Mission.
Valerie Hayes is a Managing Director at Deloitte Services LP in Hermitage, TN. She is a finance, operations, and IT executive with more than 20 years of international experience in these fields. She holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in Biology both from Tennessee State University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration at Liberty University.
Valerie was appointed to the LEAD Board of Directors in December 2019. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for Ascend Federal Credit Union and is the Chair of the Trustees at First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill. Her record of volunteerism includes assisting families at FAFSA workshops, teaching through Junior Achievement, mentoring high school students interested in business, mentoring college students seeking careers in Information Technology, and serving as a former campaign consultant for the United Way of Middle Tennessee.
Linda Pannock was appointed to the LEAD Board of Directors in December 2019. She is a Managing Director at Ankura, where she leads clients through transformational organizational change. She has more than 25 years of experience in a variety of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, logistics, retail, professional services, and government. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin. [LP] Linda has two sons and resides in Nashville with her husband.
Digital marketing and payments expert with more than 25 years of experience and a track record for building successful organizations. A relentless entrepreneur and a strong leader with deep startup and large company corporate experience. Excellent communicator and team builder who creates a fun and vibrant workplace that attracts and energizes top talent. Prior teaching experience includes serving as an instructor, coach, and faculty member for internal professional develop and skill enhancement programs for emerging leaders across various corporate environments. Jonathan is a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences on a range of topics from payments to leadership.
Jonathan is currently founder and Chief Executive Officer of FutureSelf Network based in Nashville. As founder, he developed the idea and created the business model for serving DEI leaders across global 1000 companies. FutureSelf Network (FSN) is an invitation-only global network of leading organizations focused on executing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. We identify management strategy, processes, tools and frameworks that will allow our members to avoid reinventing the wheel in addressing problems they share in common with their peers. Our goal is to support our member community with action-oriented deliverables, executive networking, and planning tools that drive their DEI strategy forward.
Prior to FutureSelf Network, Jonathan was Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Spring Marketplace, Inc., the leader in leveraging payment transaction data to connect on-line advertising to in-store revenue outcomes. Prior to Spring, Jonathan served as Chief Operating Officer for edō Interactive where he was instrumental in defining a new advertising category that is now called “card-linked offers”. Prior to edō, Jonathan served as CTO/CIO for The Corporate Executive Board (NASDAQ: EXBD), a provider of best practices research and quantitative analysis focusing on corporate strategy, operations and general management issues.
Dr. Bryan Fisher is a vascular and endovascular specialist at The Surgical Clinic in Nashville, TN. After completing his general surgery residency at Ohio State, he did his fellowship for vascular surgery at Vanderbilt University. His vascular specialty includes arteries, veins and lymphatics – the vessels that carry blood away from the heart and towards the heart. What’s most exciting to. Dr. Fisher is the advancement in vascular/endovascular surgery that now allows surgeons to treat patients from further away without open surgery so the patient gets home sooner (within 1-2 days post surgery).
Jim Vesterman is currently on the Board of Directors of Raptor Technologies, the world’s leading provider of school security software. From 2012 to 2020, Jim was the CEO of Raptor Technologies, where he led the growth of Raptor from serving 7,000 schools in the United States to serving over 40,000 schools with an integrated suite of K-12 safety software. Jim led the company’s revenue growth of 600%, new bookings growth of 1500%, and total employee growth of 1000%. Jim sold the company to JMI Equity, an $8 billion software-focused private equity fund. Prior to that, Jim founded the private equity search fund Liberty Place Capital in 2009 and used the fund to acquire Raptor Technologies in 2012.
Jim began his career at Monitor Group, a global strategy consulting firm, and Monitor Clipper Partners, a middle market private equity fund. Jim has served in senior operating positions in firms ranging from Fortune 500 companies to software start-ups. Jim also served in the United States Marine Corps in the Special Operations forces and was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal for his service in Iraq in 2004. Jim graduated from Amherst College with his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Spanish and earned his M.B.A. from the Wharton School in 2006.