Atlanta CEO

Since its inception, the Atlanta CEO Council has been supported by limited exclusive sponsors, leaders in their industry who recognize the importance of cultivating exceptional business leaders and prioritize giving back to their community. Click each image below to get to know the people behind the logo.

Exclusive Partners

Bennett Thrasher is the eighth-largest Atlanta-based full-service certified public accounting and consulting firm. What differentiates Bennett Thrasher from other accounting firms is the respect and regard we have for our clients and for each other. The firm creates significant value and a unique positive experience through collaboration- with and between clients, partners, associates and the  community. Founded in 1980 by Rick Bennett and Ken Thrasher, today Bennett Thrasher boasts a dedicated, experienced team of 31 partners and more than 210 associates serving our clients in tax, financial reporting & assurance, valuation, litigation, client accounting services, international, personal financial services, state & local tax, dispute resolution & forensics, transfer pricing and wealth management.

Lindsey B. Sykes

Lindsey Sykes is a Partner and the service line leader for our Financial Reporting and Assurance department. Lindsey has over twenty fi ve years of business experience, having spent twelve years in public accounting with Arthur Andersen and six years as Chief Financial Offi cer of a publicly traded company prior to joining Bennett Thrasher in February of 2007. Lindsey has signifi cant experience in serving companies from the start-up/ development stage through large multi-national public companies. He has been involved with companies in the technology, manufacturing, distribution, real estate and service industries.

Vince Eget

Vince Eget is a Partner within Bennett Thrasher’s Tax practice. He has signifi cant experience working with companies in technology, healthcare and service businesses, and in the areas of taxation of passthrough entities and mergers and acquisitions. Vince provides a broad array of tax consulting for entities ranging from formation and structural issues to succession and liquidity events as well as critical business and tax planning throughout their life cycle. He has considerable experience with advising clients through the acquisition and sale of their businesses. These have included asset sales, stock sales, IRC §338(h)(10) elections, ESOP transactions, management buy outs, recapitalizations, redemptions, and mergers.

Founded in 2004, Carabiner Communications is an Atlanta-based agency specializing in marketing, PR and sales lead generation. We custom-build a nimble team of B2B experts to partner with clients for as much or as little as they need. We’re strategic, cost-effective, and very, very human. If you’re helping to steer a start-up, a fast-growth company or an organization headed in a new direction and need branding, marketing, public relations, content development, social media or lead-gen assistance to get to the next level, then let’s talk.

Peter Baron

Peter Baron serves as a senior-level consultant, offering advice to clients on product positioning, lead generation and nurturing, and digital marketing. Through more than two decades of technology marketing and PR experience, Peter has the skills to recognize new trends and opportunities, helping companies plan strategies accordingly. His client experience spans telecommunications, networking, healthcare technology, mobile computing and myriad software solutions. Peter received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and PR from the University of Utah.

With more than 2,000 people in 12 states, Dixon Hughes Goodman ranks among the nation’s top 20 public accounting firms. Offering comprehensive assurance, tax and advisory services, the firm focuses on major industry lines and serves clients in all 50 states as well as internationally. Visit for additional information.

Alpa Patel

Alpa serves as a tax partner with DHG, based in the firm’s Atlanta office. Alpa joined the Atlanta office with DHG’s predecessor firm, Crisp Hughes Evans, in 1997 after working in the corporate tax department of a local restaurant group. Throughout her career with the firm, Alpa has developed experience in several areas, including tax planning, business consultation, and transaction guidance, as well as tax research and compliance for corporations, partnerships, limited-liability entities, and individuals with high net worth. Her vast industry knowledge includes manufacturing and distribution, construction, agribusiness, service providers and insurance underwriters, and she serves clients ranging in size from private start-ups to large public companies.

Alpa strives to serve as a valued consultant to her clients, having successfully negotiated numerous client positions before the Internal Revenue Service, as well as various state and local jurisdictions. She has completed postgraduate work at New York University, and is a recognized guest lecturer for continuing professional education courses. Alpa is committed to the success of key programs within DHG, including the firm’s Women Forward program, the Emerging Leaders Academy, and personnel recruitment and retention.

Paul Lundy

Paul Lundy is the Assurance Market Leader for DHG’s Atlanta practice. Paul’s experience spans over 25 years and includes both financial and operational management roles and extensive public accounting experience.

As a former Chief Financial Officer, Paul has managed a number of significant projects, including the implementation of an enterprise resource planning system, due diligence efforts for acquisitions and divestitures and the preparation of private placement memorandums and business plans. Additionally, his public accounting experience includes various audit and advisory services, financial statement audits of public and private companies, due diligence assistance and public offerings of stock and debt.

Morris, Manning & Martin is a full-service law firm with national and international reach. We dedicate ourselves to the constant pursuit of our clients’ success. In order to provide our clients with optimal value, we combine market-leading legal services with a total understanding of their needs to maximize effectiveness, efficiency and opportunity.

Our Firm and lawyers possess a keen understanding of our clients’ businesses and the sectors in which they operate. Legal solutions are delivered by industry-focused, diverse, involved lawyers who are dedicated to their clients’ success, whether in a transaction, in court or in the everyday course of business.

David M. Calhoun

David M. Calhoun is a partner in the firm’s Corporate Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Financial Technologies practices. Mr. Calhoun practices in the areas of corporate finance, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. He has significant experience in public and private securities and corporate finance, including representation of issuers, underwriters, and investors. Representative transactions include debt and equity offerings (public and private), going private transactions, venture capital financings, IPOs, secondary offerings of common and preferred securities, PIPEs (private investments in public equity), and tender offers. Mr. Calhoun has been active in mergers and acquisitions for public and private companies, including acting as counsel in transactions ranging in size from less than $100,000 to over $1 billion. Representative M&A transactions include representation of both buyers and sellers in mergers, asset sales, stock sales, international and cross-border transactions, and leveraged buy-outs. He has represented companies in numerous industries, including technology, financial technology, green tech, logistics/freight forwarding, medical devices, business process outsourcing, manufacturing, and financial institutions. Mr. Calhoun’s practice also includes general corporate counseling, corporate governance, audit and special committee representation, and securities law compliance matters.

For more than 160 years, we have been committed to providing our clients with great service and powerful financial expertise to help them meet their financial goals. We are proud of our longstanding history of supporting not only our customers but also our communities, employees and shareholders.

Brendan T. McGuire

Brendan T. McGuire is Head of Corporate Banking for PNC’s Texas market. In this role, Brendan is responsible for all facets of providing innovative solutions to middle market and large corporations in Texas.  He leads a team of senior bankers who use PNC’s relationship-centric approach to deliver value-added advice and products in finance, capital markets, treasury management, investment banking, asset management and many other key areas of financial services.  Brendan also co-chairs PNC’s technology banking efforts where his primary focus is on the data center, communications, fintech and cyber security industries.

Preceding his new role in Dallas, Brendan served as a senior relationship manager for PNC’s Atlanta market.   There he covered the middle market and large corporate space primarily in the technology, media and telecommunications industries.  In this effort, Brendan led key syndicated and institutional transactions that were instrumental in propelling PNC’s success in the Southeast.

Prior to joining PNC, Brendan led the Atlanta office for RBC Bank’s Knowledge Based Industries Group, a vertical corporate banking team that worked exclusively with technology, communications, and fintech companies. His career-long appetite to address the capital needs of high-growth, technology-enabled businesses while utilizing strategic and transformative deal structuring has fueled the growth of many successful entrepreneurial stories in the region.

Before RBC, Brendan ran the Strategic Development Group at Morris Manning & Martin, a technology-centric law firm in Atlanta, and was a senior consultant with KPMG’s Forensic Accounting group.

A graduate of Kennesaw State University, Brendan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and achieved the designation of Certified Public Accountant. He and his wife Helen are currently relocating to Dallas with their two daughters.

Colliers in Atlanta focuses on accelerating our clients’ success by seamlessly providing a full range of services to investors, property owners, tenants and developers.

Founded in 1967, the Atlanta office of Colliers International provides a wide range of services to owners and users of commercial real estate. Our clients benefit from the market knowledge of one of the most experienced groups of real estate professionals in the Atlanta area. Additionally, our clients enjoy a national and international reach through our ownership in Colliers International.

Andrew Waguespack

Andrew serves on the Board of Directors for Colliers Atlanta, and is a Principal and Senior Vice President of the Office Services Group.  Andrew represents corporate tenants in their commercial lease negotiations, but has also represented landlords including a two-million SF, Piedmont Center complex over his 20+ years of commercial real estate experience. Andrew is an active member of the Buckhead Church as well as Wills Club, a division of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In addition, Andrew and his wife Penny have recently adopted a foster child.  He is also an avid golfer and likes to travel.


Crowe Horwath is a public accounting, consulting, and technology firm with offices across the globe. Connecting deep industry and specialized knowledge with innovative technology, our dedicated professionals create value for our clients with integrity and objectivity. We accomplish this by listening to our clients – about their businesses, trends in their industries, and the challenges they face. We forge each relationship with the intention of delivering exceptional client service while upholding our core values and our industry’s strong professional standards. Crowe invests in tomorrow because we know smart decisions build lasting value for our clients, people, and profession.

James Parker

Mr. Parker has over 25 years of public accounting experience in providing tax consulting services to a broad range of clients in the manufacturing, distribution, technology and other industries. Professional and Industry Experience Mr. Parker works in many areas of taxation including; merger and acquisitions, S-corporation taxation, C-corporation taxation, partnership taxation, multi-state taxation, and individual tax. He has extensive experience in the following activities:

  • General Corporate Tax Planning
  • Personal Income Tax Planning
  • Buying and Selling of Businesses
  • Merger and Acquisitions
  • Multi-state Income Tax Compliance and Consulting
  • Internal Revenue Service Examinations

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Georgia, Florida, Ohio CPA Societies

Education & Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science, Accountancy
  • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)| Georgia, Florida, Ohio

We believe capital can work to benefit all of society. We make this belief a reality by putting clients first, leading with exceptional ideas, doing the right thing, and giving back. We help our clients build a sustainable future mobilizing capital to deliver sustainable growth and long-term value. Our people are our strongest asset. We know that the talent and points of view of diverse individuals built our legacy and shapes our future. Dedicated to local and global communities since 1935. Our firm was founded with commitment to community as our guiding principle. And we’ve been making a difference ever since. Global presence is key to our clients’ success. Our international offices allow us to monitor markets and make a difference around the world.

Hemant M. Naran

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Senior Vice President
Financial Advisor

Navidar is an investment banking firm, providing companies and investors in dynamic industries with strategic M&A advice, capital raising solutions, vital insights and breakthrough opportunities. Clients can expect to receive completely independent advice and creative solutions – experiencing the difference between uncertainty and success.

Stephen Day

During his 20 year investment banking career, Stephen has executed over 80 M&A and financing transactions with deal volume totaling nearly $22 billion. He has provided M&A advisory services to leading companies such as Cognos, CSC, EMC, FreeMarkets, Geac, IBM, Internet Security Systems, and Logica. He has also underwritten many equity and debt offerings for leading companies such as Accenture, Aspect Communications, Cognizant, CoStar Group, CSC, Infosys, Oracle, Patni, Sapient, SRA International, and VistaPrint.

Paramount is Atlanta’s leading provider of Infrastructure solutions offering data storage management, infrastructure monitoring, and staffing solutions, with a unique blend of creative and strategic planning to address the toughest challenges for your businesses. Today’s technology business solutions not only demand high productivity, but also an unmatchable combination of quality and affordability. Paramount Software Solutions is geared to offer solutions through its technical specialists in multiple areas like Consulting Services, Network Implementation & Support, Custom Software Development Data Management, Infrastructure Monitoring, and Drupal focused Content Management Systems, and many more areas that are critical for a solid IT support to run a business efficiently.

Pramod Sajja

Pramod’s professional goal in life is to drive business growth through strategies that break stereo- types, by embracing innovative change and adopting industry demands to generate employee growth and customer fulfillment.

An entrepreneurial leader Pramod is focused on achieving exceptional results in highly competitive environment that demand continuous improvement. He successfully led the inception and growth of Paramount Software Solutions since 1997, with winning strategies and the expanded the scope of business in the most dynamic and challenging times. With in- depth understanding of industry dynamics, Pramod gave shape to the organization to become and organization with customers across the United States and an employee base of almost 200 employees.

Pramod has been the recipient of TiE Top Entrepreneurs Awards 2016, and Outstanding Business Leader Award at the US – India Business Summit, Atlanta in October, 2015. Paramount has been ranked as Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies of America, Best Staffing Firms to Work by Staffing Industry Analyst (2017), and Best and Brightest® Best Places to Work For through the past few years.

Pramod has been a resident of Atlanta for 20 years, and lives with his wife and two beautiful children. Anyone who has known him in the years of his growth knows his strong belief in giving back to the community in whichever little or big way he can. And that includes not only social development in the community but cultural and technological development, as well. His principle is “The community plays a major role in building your enterprise, and you achieve sustainable growth only when you work towards community growth simultaneously”.” He is very active in supporting several social and community organizations through sponsorships and participation in programs which are of community interest.

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