Founded in 2012, the Board of Visitors for the Georgia Gwinnett College School of Business is a consortium of prominent business and civic leaders selected from prestigious regional, national and international entities. Board members partner with constituencies outside academia to build private support for the scholarships, professorships and internships that bring outstanding students, faculty and programming to GGC. For a term of three years, board of visitors members serve as connectors, advocates and representatives of the GGC School of Business, articulating its mission and vision.
Membership on the board is by invitation only. The roster of members of the Board of Visitors for the Georgia Gwinnett College School of Business is presented below.
Don Balfour, II – Chair
Don Balfour is a Vice President with Waffle House, Inc., where he has worked since 1984. He spent 22 years working in the Georgia State Senate, where he served on the Senate Rules Committee, the Appropriations Committee, Education Committee, and the Health and Human Services Committee. Also during his time with the Georgia State Senate, Balfour authored and helped pass the bill (Georgia SR 33) that established Georgia Gwinnett College. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Bob Jones University and is the proud father of a GGC Class of 2017 alumnus.
Peach State Federal Credit Union
Marshall Boutwell grew up in eastern North Carolina in a military family. He volunteered for the U.S. Army in 1967 where he held several command and staff positions. During his service in Vietnam he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, twelve Air Medals and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He completed his military service in 1972 and attended Campbell College in Buies Creek, N.C. graduating with honors in 1974.
Following 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, Boutwell joined Peach State Federal Credit Union (formerly Gwinnett Federal Credit Union) as president/CEO in 1994. During his tenure, Peach State has grown from $14 million to over $420 million in total assets. The credit union currently serves more than 60,000 members in Georgia and South Carolina.
In addition to serving on the Board of Visitors for GGC, Boutwell is an active member in the Rotary Club of Lawrenceville, serves on the Aurora Theatre board, the Gwinnett Tech Foundation board and the Lawrenceville Planning Commission. His dedication to the credit union movement earned him the prestigious Moses C. Davis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. He was also inducted into the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders in 2013 and was the recipient of the Polish Credit Union Foundation “Feniks” Award for his service to Polish credit unions in 2009.
Boutwell resides in the City of Lawrenceville with Lee, his wife of 49 years. They have one daughter, Meredith, who lives in Darien, Conn. with her husband Chris and their children.
Andrea Brakebill – Vice Chair
Andrea Brakebill was a leader in the insurance industry her entire career, and for 18 years with American International Group, Inc. in roles of increasing responsibility. She served as vice president in AIG’s Global Claims Operations where she managed a diverse team of business professionals handling global functions.
Brakebill’s strengths are training and developing staff and her greatest accomplishments have been watching employees reach their full potential through gaining new job skills or promotion. While a global project lead she had an opportunity to travel globally where her communication style and industry knowledge led to successful project execution. Brakebill has significant experience in claims, claims litigation, risk management, project management and finance.
Brakebill resides in Cumming, Ga., and when not working, enjoys her family and friends, travel and learning about wines.
She's Her Own CEO® and Kathryn Style Boutique®
Kathryn Brooks is the CEO, founder and owner of the trademarked fashion, professional success and lifestyle brands, She's Her Own CEO® and Kathryn Style Boutique®. She regularly appears as a professional success expert on top TV business interview shows, such as “Atlanta & Company,” “Charleston’s Fox 24 News Now,” “Good Morning Chattanooga: Fox Edition,” “Jacksonville’s First Coast Living,” “Atlanta Plugged In,” and “Good Day Tri-Cities.”
Prior to her entrepreneurial pursuits, Brooks was an accomplished and results-driven manager at The Coca-Cola Company. She has depth of experience in P&L management, marketing operations, and performance and metrics management involving top global consumer brands. Most recently, she led creative operations for Coca-Cola Studios, the inside creative agency for The Coca-Cola Company. Prior to that, she drove year-over-year profitable results as U.S. finance manager of The Coca-Cola Company’s strategic partnership with McDonald’s Corporation.
Recognized as a natural people leader with a creative and entrepreneurial mindset, Brooks is a highly motivated problem-solver and an effective communicator with a strong ability to achieve process improvement-based results.
Brooks holds an MBA in finance from Mercer University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration with minors in economics and music from Oglethorpe University. She serves on the President’s Advisory Council at Oglethorpe University and on the Board of Visitors for the Georgia Gwinnett College School of Business.
Brooks regularly speaks to and is a mentor to students in the areas of personal branding, professional career success and e-commerce. She earned a perfect 6/6 score on the GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Delta honor societies.
U.S. Asset Management
David Cross is a Certified Portfolio Manager and Wealth adviser with U.S. Asset Management. His primary responsibility is portfolio management and client relationship management. In 2016, he left Merrill Lynch where he was the leader of a team that was responsible for managing over $220 million in client assets. He holds a degree in finance from Auburn University and earned the Certified Portfolio Manager designation through the Academy of Certified Portfolio Managers and Columbia University. David has earned numerous distinguished service awards with his former employers including highest client retention and new client acquisition concurrently in 2009. He has over 25 years of experience managing investments for individuals, businesses and charities. He is active in the business and civic community, serving or having served a variety of organizations within the Gwinnett County area.
David Harvey, a native of Western Massachusetts, has worked in engineering for more than 30 years. Harvey’s talent for engineering began with his high school’s vocational design engineering program. Early in his career, he became interested in the new technologies involving 3-D computerized modeling and animation. This interest led to a stint with the Oscar-award winning visual effects firm Mass.Illusion. During his tenure, Harvey helped to create effects for numerous Hollywood blockbusters, including Judge Dredd, Eraser, Starship Troopers, Event Horizon, What Dreams May Come, The Matrix, Star Trek: Insurrection, and End of Days, pioneering set reconstruction and new fabrication techniques. In late 1999, Harvey relocated to the Atlanta area to work as a consultant for The Coca-Cola Company’s Bottle/Can group and Panasonic Mobile Communications.
Currently, Harvey is a principal engineer with Coca-Cola North America’s Food Service & On-Premise Freestyle Global Center. For the past 17 years, he has designed and developed the latest in food service innovations. As one of the original six design engineers who created the Coca-Cola Freestyle platform, Harvey has been awarded multiple patents for his work.
Harvey holds an Associate of Applied Science in civil engineering technology from Hudson Valley Community College and a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in leadership from Georgia Gwinnett College. He lives in Suwanee with his wife Carolyn and daughter Marit, and is an avid outdoor grill and BBQ enthusiast.
Managing Partner, LH Artisans
Jonathan Holmes is a founder and managing partner of Mighty 8th Media, a full-service marketing and creative agency in Buford, Ga. The agency was founded in 2005 and was named one of the "Top 50 Marketing Agencies in Atlanta" by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2017 and 2018. Mighty 8th also has been named one of Atlanta's "Best Places to Work" and a "Best Place to Work in Georgia."
Holmes is also a managing partner of LH Artisans, an upscale hair boutique.
Holmes is a highly trained professional in accounting, non-profit operations, marketing, web and strategic planning, with over 35 years of hands-on experience in revenue growth, organizational development, brand repositioning and entrepreneurial start-ups.
He is a native South Carolinian and a graduate of the University of South Carolina. However, as a 2018 graduate of Leadership Gwinnett and a resident for over 17 years, Holmes considers Gwinnett his “hometown” and is committed to making it great.
He currently serves as board chair of ArtWorks! Gwinnett, the acting council for the arts of Gwinnett, growing the arts, entertainment and technology sectors as an economic engine for Gwinnett. He also serves as a board member of The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning and is active in the Gwinnett Chamber and an investor in Partnership Gwinnett.
In 2012, Holmes was presented with an "Award for Innovation" from Partnership Gwinnett for his achievements in technology, innovation, and community service.
Chrissy Rosen, CFRE – Secretary
Georgia Gwinnett College
Chrissy Rosen is currently executive director of Individual Engagement in the Office of Advancement at Georgia Gwinnett College. She supervises a team of fundraising professionals in the areas of annual giving, major gifts, planned giving and alumni engagement.
Rosen was previously vice president for Planned Giving and Development for The United Methodist Foundation for the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences. Her non-profit career includes positions at Austin Peay State University, Murray State University and the University of South Carolina. Rosen was area director for the Paducah, Ky. office of the American Cancer Society and County Director of the Fighting Back Drug Prevention Initiative in Newberry, S.C. She has also served as a board consultant and trainer for the ministries of the Southeast Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church.
Rosen's first career spanned nearly ten years in the 1980s and 90s in quick-service restaurant marketing and advertising. She worked with six different chains, including three years as account supervisor over a multi-million dollar yearly advertising budget for five markets of McDonald's.
In 2013, she earned the CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) accreditation which designates experienced fundraising professionals with the highest standards of ethics, competence and service to the philanthropic sector.
Rosen and her husband Walt reside with her youngest son in Cumming, Ga. Her oldest son, a recent college graduate, works in restaurant management in Tennessee.
Senior Vice President
Wells Fargo & Company
As the director of Community Outreach, Rowden is responsible for leading community engagement programs and the company’s mortgage outreach strategy. He oversees these outreach initiatives and collaboration with national nonprofit organizations, local housing counseling agencies and legal aids agencies in support of homeownership education, home preservation and special community programs. Hugh’s team focuses on helping customers and community stakeholders in challenging times.
Rowden’s previous roles with Wells Fargo include interim central region community relations leader managing local foundation giving and community development activities, local government relations regional director, mortgage servicing outreach director and retail mortgage sales manager for the Southeast Region.
He attended the University of Northern Colorado for his undergraduate degree, the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton School of Business for Middle Management Leadership Development and Executive MBA from Mercer University at The Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics.
Perry L. Taylor, Jr., JD
Caledonian Investment Partners LLC
Perry Taylor is currently the chief executive officer of Caledonian Investment Partners LLC. Taylor is responsible for all aspects of organizing and managing Caledonian Investment Partners LLC, a private investment bank and NASD member. He is also one of two partners principally responsible for transaction review, analysis, structuring, pricing and negotiating.
In addition to serving on the Board of Visitors for GGC, Taylor is a member of the Board of Trustees and serves as the chair of the Investment Committee, and a member of the Strategic Planning, Finance and Executive Committees of the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. He has served on the American Arbitration Association’s Panel of Commercial Arbitrators since 2008.
Taylor received a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePauw University in 1970 and a Juris Doctor, with High Distinction and Order of the Coif, from the University of Iowa in 1973. He is also a Captain, United States Air Force Reserve, Retired.
Dr. Tyler Yu
Georgia Gwinnett College
Dr. Tyler Yu is currently a professor of economics and the dean of the School of Business at Georgia Gwinnett College. He has taught at the university level for 20 years, primarily at Mercer University, Ga. Undergraduate courses taught include principles of microeconomics, principles of macroeconomics, intermediate microeconomics, intermediate macroeconomics, international economics, quantitative analysis and methods, business statistics, multivariate applied business statistics, financial accounting, managerial accounting and cost accounting. At the graduate level, he has taught managerial economics, operations management, decision theory and international economics.
Yu has published more than 30 articles in refereed journals. He has also presented papers at academic conferences and published some of them in peer-reviewed conference proceedings.
He has been living in the Alpharetta area since 1990 with his wife, Mei, and their two sons. In his spare time, Yu loves to read, travel and spend time outside in the mountains or at the beach.
Henry C. Hardin, III (Chair Emeritus)
Founder, President and CEO, SCI Companies
Henry C. Hardin, III is a pioneer in the field of human capital development. He has helped to establish new business models for the human resources (HR) field, enabling companies to transform from a functional operations model to a process-driven, customer-focused model. His theories and practices are nationally recognized.
Founding Atlanta-based SCI Companies in 1985, Hardin’s vision was to offer employers the opportunity to develop their human capital and provide solutions for human resources management. Focused on the under-serviced small and medium-sized business market, SCI Companies’ solutions deliver value through reduced administrative costs, better strategic focus and the integration of world-class HR technologies and services. Most recently, Hardin launched PlatformOne to serve the human resources mid-market.
Hardin's concept for developing a unique model for HR services was first conceived when he was employed as a health care consultant at American Medical International. He has represented the HR field through numerous professional publications and national and international conferences. Hardin hosts the radio show, “The Carter Hardin Show: Where You and Your Workplace Matter.”