Staff & Board Members

Davis Knox, Chairman of Board, President

Co-Founder & CEO, Fire & Flavor

Drew French, Secretary

Founder, Your Pie

Peter Dale

Chef / Owner, The National, Seabear, Condor Chocolates

Erika Lane, Athensmade

Erika Lane

Sr. Director Loan Support, Synovus

Michael Ripps, Vice President

Co-Owner & President, Jittery Joes

Eric NeSmith

Vice President, Community Newspapers Inc., Athens, Ga; Publisher, The Bitter Southerner

Ryan Moore, Ex-Officio

Director, Athens-Clarke Economic Development Deparment

Trevor Jones


Fortson, Bentley & Griffin

Johnelle Simpson

Coordinator of Work Based Learning & Great Promise Partnership, ACC Schools

Tai Sherman

Development Officer, UGA Lamar Dodd School of Art

Zachary Godfrey

Zack Godfrey

Board Fellow, UGA MBA candidate


Executive Director


Mary Charles Howard

Executive Director, Athensmade