William K Whitner is a Partner with Paul Hastings, an international law firm with offices across the globe. Working from the firm’s Atlanta office, he serves as the Global Co-Chair of the Complex Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group, as well as Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity Counsel.
Michael Green is a purpose-driven entrepreneur, real estate professional and community development leader with more than 15 years of experience in real estate development, tax credit finance, brokerage, construction and property management.
Ronald W. Sims II, CFA is the Regional Manager for the FDIC’s Division of Insurance and Research Atlanta Regional Office. His office covers over 650 insured institutions with headquarters throughout the southeast.
Michelle Falconer founded Real Estate Investments and Elite Home Management Services, in 2002. In 2015, Michelle opened a consulting firm and a development company. In 2017, Michelle brought all 4 companies under one umbrella and founded Bailey & Hunter.
Robb Pitts is the Chairman of Fulton County Board of Commissioners, elected in 2017. He previously served on the Fulton County Board of Commissioners from November 2002 to December 2014. During his tenure, he advocated for diversification in revenue sources to relieve the tax burden on property owners.
Attorney E. Carl Touchstone, Jr. is the owner of the Law Office of E. Carl Touchstone, P.C., located in Midtown Atlanta. It is a full service law firm, with a focus on criminal defense, civil litigation, and personal injury cases.
William K Whitner is a Partner with Paul Hastings, an international law firm with offices across the globe. Working from the firm’s Atlanta office, he serves as the Global Co-Chair of the Complex Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group, as well as Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity Counsel. Routinely handling “bet the company” cases for global and national companies in federal, state and arbitration tribunals at the trial and appellate levels, his practice focuses on business litigation with a particular emphasis on complex corporate matters. Says Whitner, “To succeed at anything is to wake up every morning embracing the notion that today is a new challenge and opportunity to do better than yesterday at everything.” Countless accolades include being identified in Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in Georgia and named Best Lawyers’ 2014 “Atlanta Lawyer of the Year” and Best Lawyers’ 2018 “Georgia Lawyer of the Year”; identified by Georgia Super Lawyers as one of the “Top 100 Attorneys in Georgia”; named a Legal Eagle by Franchise Times; recognized as a leading litigation lawyer in Euromoney’s Benchmark: America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys; and recognized as one of Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite.
Michael Green is a purpose-driven entrepreneur, real estate professional and community development leader with more than 15 years of experience in real estate development, tax credit finance, brokerage, construction and property management with a proven track record of structuring and executing public-private partnerships.
Specializing in the development of mixed-use, mixed-income communities, Michael is the founder and CEO of Atlanta-based Pansophy Capital, where he raises and allocates private capital to create, acquire and develop unique business and real estate opportunities; leading successful investments in real estate, real estate technologies and retail concessions.
As the former Treasurer of the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA), Michael structured municipal bond transactions to develop and renovate sports and entertainment assets owned or managed by the Authority. Notable accomplishments during his tenure included the financing of the $200M renovation of Atlanta’s State Farm Arena (formerly Phillips Arena), the $30M Zoo Atlanta parking deck and facility expansion and the $30M disposition of Turner Field.
Michael’s passion for entrepreneurship began as a student at a youth entrepreneurship program at the Wharton School of Business. Paying forward these experiences, he currently serves as a board member for the Kid Entrepreneurs Need Opportunities Foundation, the First Tee of Atlanta, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, as well as Chairman of the Community Projects Committee of AFCRA and the S.M.P. Community Fund Inc.
An active leader in the community, Michael mentors young entrepreneurs, funds programing to teach integral leadership through the game of golf, advocates for safe, alternative transportation options for residents of Atlanta and provides funding for community-based non-profits creating meaningful recreational and educational experiences for children from the stadium-impacted communities and across the City of Atlanta.
Bob Ellis is the Vice Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and the Commissioner for District 2, which encompasses Milton, Mountain Park and large parts of Alpharetta, Roswell, and Sandy Springs.
Elected to office in November of 2014, Bob began his term the following January and serves as Executive Sponsor for Fulton County’s Strategic Priority “All People Trust Government is Efficient, Effective and Fiscally Sound.”
In addition to his duties as Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Bob is Chairman of the County’s Audit Committee, is a board member of the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority, the Atlanta-Fulton County Water Resources Commission and also serves on the Advisory Board of WellStar North Fulton Hospital.
On a professional level, Bob is a National Product Leader for CNA Financial Corporation, a leading property and casualty insurance company. During his twenty-five plus year career in the insurance industry, he has held a variety of underwriting, management and leadership roles. Bob has deep expertise in providing risk management services and insurance protection to companies and senior management.
As the leader of Fulton’s strategic priority to ensure government is efficient and effective, Bob has been a champion for transparency, rebuilding and strengthening Fulton County infrastructure, improving personnel and purchasing procedures, strengthening County management, and championing a culture of excellent customer service. Bob has also been a leader in seeking to reform Fulton County’s property tax system, has been a strong voice for improving the County’s delivery of Behavioral Health and Public Health services and advanced actionable steps to end the county’s opioid epidemic and fight sex trafficking.
Bob is a native of Commerce, GA, graduated with highest honors from the University of Georgia’s Terry School of Business and is a long-time resident of North Fulton County. Bob and his wife Jennifer have three children and reside in Milton.
Bob is an active long-term member of Northbrook United Methodist Church in Roswell, GA where he has served in numerous leadership roles and teaches Sunday school
Ronald W. Sims II, CFA is the Regional Manager for the FDIC’s Division of Insurance and Research – Atlanta Regional Office. His office covers over 650 insured institutions with headquarters throughout the southeast. Currently in his 20th year with the corporation, he has previously served as the Senior Financial Analyst in Atlanta after starting his career in the Chicago Regional office.
Ronald is considered a subject matter expert on all bank related analysis within the Atlanta Region. His expertise covers mostly community sized institutions as well as the retrieval and examination of bank financial information. During his tenure with the FDIC, he has authored several articles for public consumption on topics related to trends in noncore funding, interest rate risk, asset quality, and other emerging issues.
In an effort to provide timely information on banking and economic risks that may be evolving in his region, Ronald routinely participates in speaking engagements to internal and external clients of his division and the corporation. His contributions to the mission of the FDIC have led to numerous awards over the past 20 years. Additionally, he has spent several years working in both corporate and investment banking operations and has also spent time as an adjunct professor of finance at various colleges and universities in Chicago and Atlanta.
After graduating with a BS in Economics from Florida A&M University, Ronald went on to obtain his MBA in Finance from Mercer University's Stetson School of Business in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2002, he completed the requirements to receive the Charter of Financial Analyst designation (CFA); The CFA is one of the most respected designations in finance and is widely considered to be the gold standard in the field of investment analysis.
Ronald grew up in the Southwest Atlanta neighborhood of Ben Hill and is married to the former Ms. Carol Kennedy. Both he and his wife are graduates of Atlanta Public High Schools and have two kids, Ronald III (8) and Harper Elizabeth (17). He is a passionate Atlanta sports fan, avid golfer, and frequent traveler.
Marvin Arrington, Jr. Esq. serves Fulton County as Commissioner of District 5, which encompasses, Atlanta, East Point, South Fulton, and small parts of Union City and College Park. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Arrington is a
renowned “Super” lawyer with over 20 years of litigation and judicial process. The son of Marvin Arrington, Sr., retired Fulton County Superior Court Justice and former City of Atlanta Council President, and Marilyn Arrington, a retired educator; Mr. Arrington adheres to a strong creed of community service and empowerment. Over the past decade, Mr. Arrington has created opportunities to provide education, entertainment, and empowerment to Georgia communities through his various entrepreneurial enterprises and civic initiatives. Attorney Arrington is a partner at the law practices of Arrington & Phillips, LLP, and principal at Arrington Law, where he unites businesses, nonprofits,
and individuals to solve problems and get results. At Fulton County, Commissioner Arrington serves as the Executive Sponsor for Fulton County’s Strategic Priority Area, All People’s Lives Are Culturally Enriched. As Executive Sponsor, Commissioner Arrington uses his legal and entertainment background to help craft policies and initiatives to enhance Fulton County’s residents’ quality of life. Arrington serves on the Board of Directors for McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority, Atlanta Fulton Recreation Authority, National Organization of Black County Officials (NOBCO), Georgia Association of Black County Officials (GABCO), and The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia. He is also a member National Association of Counties (NACo), where he serves on the Justice and Public Safety
Committee and Arts & Culture Commission. Arrington is the fourth Fulton County commissioner and the first male to become a certified County Commissioner through ACCG and the Carl Vinson Institute. In addition to his certification, Commissioner Arrington is a trained Annexation Arbitration Panelist through a partnership between the
Georgia Municipal Association and ACCG. Marvin was raised in southwest Atlanta and is a graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. Marvin is a proud alumnus of both the University of Virginia and Emory Law and
member of the Georgia State Bar. A resident of SW Atlanta, Marvin is the proud father of four daughters.
Michelle Falconer founded Real Estate Investments and Elite Home Management Services, in 2002. In 2015, Michelle opened a consulting firm and a development company. In 2017, Michelle brought all 4 companies under one umbrella and founded Bailey & Hunter. Headquartered in Atlanta Georgia, Bailey and Hunter has additional offices in West Palm Beach and Tampa, FL.
As the visionary and strategic director of Bailey & Hunter Michelle draws on her 20 years of experience in small business by directing her team in the management of several large government and publicly traded client accounts. Both Real Estate Investments and Elite Home Management Services proudly do business with many local agencies such as Atlanta Housing Authority, Fulton County Housing Authority and 25 other agencies. With deep roots in the City of Atlanta, Michelle is a self-published author. Her book teaches entrepreneurÕs about the 3 principals to help them improve profits.
Originally from Denver, CO. Michelle moved to Atlanta in 1994 to attend Clark Atlanta University. At Clark University she earned her BachelorÕs Degree in Mass Communications and minored in Business Science. In addition to her entrepreneurial spirit, Michelle also dedicates her time and resources to many philanthropic initiatives.
Michelle is a dedicated wife to Dr. Walter Z. Falconer and they are proud parents of four beautiful children, sons Hunter and Bryson and daughters Ryan and Devin. Michelle and her family enjoy traveling. Exploring the globe professionally and personally, Michelle has traveled to more than 26 countries.
Robb Pitts is the Chairman of Fulton County Board of Commissioners, elected in 2017. He previously served on the Fulton County Board of Commissioners from November 2002 to December 2014. During his tenure, he advocated for diversification in revenue sources to relieve the tax burden on property owners. Robb previously served as a member of the Atlanta City Council for two decades, chairing the Finance and Community Development Committees for most of those years. He was elected to serve as the Council’s President from 1997 – 2001. Robb encouraged efficiency in city operations and procurement procedures, earning a reputation as the “taxpayers’ watchdog” by scrutinizing spending and diligently reviewing the annual budgeting process. During his tenure as President of the Atlanta City Council, he was a strong supporter of initiatives leading to tax relief for the elderly, including the reduction of sanitation fees and a increase in homestead exemptions for qualified seniors. A businessman and former college professor, Robb earned undergraduate, graduate and post- graduate degrees in education, business, languages and Latin American Studies at Ohio University, La Academia Hispano americana, Kent State University and La Universidad Inter americana. He has a master’s degree in business administration from Emory University and is a former member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors. A registered broker with Mass Mutual Perimeter, he is also the owner and President of R.L.P. Corporation, an international business consulting firm. Robb was an Assistant Professor at Clark Atlanta University, a visiting professor and guest lecturer at Oberlin College, and an instructor at Kent State University. Active in a variety of community programs and an avid patron of the arts, Robb has served on the boards of organizations such as the Georgia Municipal Association, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Atlanta Economic Development Corporation, the Urban Residential Finance Authority, the Latin American Association, the Atlanta Ballet, the Arts Festival of Atlanta, and the Center for the Puppetry Arts. He is also a lifetime member of the NAACP. Robb is fluent in Spanish and has an extensive background in international affairs. In 2003, he
sponsored legislation leading to the creation of the Fulton County Office of International Affairs. He played a key role in presenting Atlanta’s Olympic bid to the International Olympic Committee. He has participated in numerous international cultural exchange programs, including the Friendship Force and the Sister Cities program. He has also worked closely with Georgia’s Consular Corps. A native of Haddock, Georgia, Robb and his wife Fran have a daughter.
Kellye Terrell is a Human Resources professional with over 20 years of invaluable experience providing HR leadership in transportation, airline, corporate, and city government industries. She is well versed in fostering a healthy organization through implementing applicable policies and procedures, ensuring adherence to employment law, promoting leadership development, effective talent acquisition, DEI, and talent mobility practices while maintaining a pulse on the employee experience. She is the Executive HR Director at Georgia Institute of Technology, leading the HR Business Partners and Student Employment strategy. Kellye is passionate about her role and understands HR’s importance to an organization’s success. She challenges the status quo and looks for ways to improve People initiatives and processes that increase Employee performance and engagement while positively impacting the organization’s bottom line.
Kellye established a grassroots organization called AIYM – The Atlanta Initiative for Young Men – due to a desire to improve the future outlook of young men age 15 – 24 in the Atlanta community. The grassroots organization is committed to securing a successful future for young men by inspiring self-respect through the realization of their greatest talents and the identification of their true purpose. Kellye is also the owner of Candlelight Inspiration, a candle and candle accessory company.
Kellye is a native of Atlanta and married with two children. She holds a BS degree in English with a minor in Legal Studies from Georgia State University. Kellye is anchored in her faith and serves others and her community to make a difference. She has served on the Atlanta Commission on Women with the City of Atlanta and as a volunteer for Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie’s Selah Leadership Encounters. Kellye also delivers meals on Saturdays with her family for Meals on Wheels Atlanta. Her love of adventure takes her to travels near and far, with Italy as a favorite. She spends her time catching up with family and friends and enjoying fun times with unforgettable karaoke nights.
Attorney E. Carl Touchstone is the owner of the Law Office of E. Carl Touchstone, P.C., located in Midtown – Atlanta. It is a full service law firm, with a focus on criminal defense, civil litigation, and personal injury cases. Carl was born and raised in Griffin, Georgia and is a graduate of Griffin High School. He then attended Howard
University, in Washington, DC and graduated from the Howard University School of Business, with a BBA in Finance. He then received his Juris Doctor degree from the Howard University School of Law and has been a member of the State Bar of Georgia since 1995. Carl began his law career working for a small litigation firm, on the south side of
Atlanta. In 2001, Carl accepted the appointment as the City Solicitor, for the City of Griffin, Georgia. This was a part-time position, and he remained in that capacity until 2010. Also in 2001, Carl opened the Law Office of E. Carl Touchstone, P.C. While maintaining his own practice, Carl was named as Vice President/General Counsel for the start-up skin care company, Dr. Gram, Inc., which was based on San Diego, CA. In that capacity, he advised the company on contract matters involving production, packaging, and compliance issues, from 2008 until 2012.
Carl has been a resident of the historic Old Fourth Ward community in the City of Atlanta, since 2001. He was appointed to serve on the City of Atlanta Civil Service Board in 2019 and has also been appointed as the Hearing Officer for the City of Atlanta Office of Contract Compliance.