Georgia Tech Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

Ivan Allen College Advisory Board

H. Inman Allen
President & CEO of Ivan Allen Workspace (Retired)

H. Inman Allen, now retired, was chairman and CEO of the Ivan Allen Company, founded in 1902 by his grandfather, Ivan Allen Sr. He is chairman of the Allen Foundation as well as the Inman Foundation. He is the son of the late Ivan Allen Jr., the former Atlanta mayor, who presided over the city’s integration and economic growth in the 1960s and for whom Georgia Tech’s Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts is named.  Inman Allen has served as a board member in many local organizations including the Henry W. Grady Foundation, the Woodruff Arts Center, Egleston Children’s Hospital, and Leadership Georgia. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   

Ivan Allen IV
Director, Enterprise Business Development
Staples Contract and Commercial

Mr. Allen is employed as Director, Business Development for Staples. Mr. Allen is actively involved with Hands on Atlanta. Along with wife Blain, and their four children, they all enjoy community restoration projects. Mr. Allen is also on the Board of Hope Homes and the Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary. Ivan Allen IV is grandson of Mayor Ivan Allen Jr., a tech alum and namesake of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.

Trey Childress
Deputy Governor of Illinois

Trey Childress was appointed Deputy Governor of Illinois in January 2015. A founding partner in Perdue Partners, LLC, he served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the State of Georgia for two Governors where he was responsible for leadership and supervision of Georgia’s 50 state departments, agencies and their boards and commissions. Prior to being named as COO, Mr. Childress served as the Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning & Budget, responsible for the State’s $35 billion budget, annual capital outlay portfolio of $1 billion and strategic planning. Mr. Childress earned a Master’s of Science in Public Policy, a Bachelors of Science in Industrial & Systems Engineering and a Bachelors of Science in International Affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Col. Stephen C. Hall

Col. Stephen C. Hall was senior fellow of Depot Operations for L-3 Communication Systems-West, a leading supplier of products and services used in aerospace and defense platforms. He served in the Air Force for over two decades. Hall and his wife Pamela M. Hall have contributed to many endeavors at Georgia Tech, including the establishment of the Stephen C. Hall Endowed Scholarship and endowments of the Bynum Suite in the Skiles Building and the Stephen C. Hall Building. Col. Hall is a frequent lecturer on campus. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Georgia Tech. 

Hubert L. “Herky” Harris, Jr.
Owner – Harris Plantation, Inc.

Mr. Harris has served as Chief Executive Officer, CFO, CEO of Retirement, and a member of the Board of Directors at Invesco. He was the Assistant Director of the Office of Management and Budget during President Carter's administration, and currently serves on multiple boards, including Aaron’s, Inc., SEI Mutual Funds Complex, Board of Trustees for the Alexander-Tharpe Fund, the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Tech Foundation as a Trustee Emeritus, the Board of Councilors for The Carter Center, and as a Trustee of the William Harris Homestead Foundation. He previously served as Chairman of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, Chairman of the Georgia Tech Foundation, and Executive Director of the International Association for Financial Planning. Mr. Harris holds degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University.

Douglas R. Hooker, PE
Executive Director, Atlanta Regional Commission

Doug Hooker is the Executive Director for the Atlanta Regional Commission. He has also worked as Vice President and Southern States Director for global technical consulting firm Atkins North America, as the Executive Director of the Georgia State Road & Tollway Authority (SRTA), and as the Commissioner of Public Works for the City of Atlanta. He currently serves on the boards of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Tech Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Board, and the Regional Business Coalition. He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree and a Master of Technology & Science Policy degree from Georgia Tech, as well as an MBA from Emory University. 

Richard R. House, Jr.
President of CompuCredit Holdings Corp. (Formerly CompuCredit Corp)

Richard R. House, Jr. is president of CompuCredit Holdings Corp. (Formerly CompuCredit Corp.), a position he has held since October, 2000. Prior to that he served as Chief Credit Officer for th company. House has over 16 years' experience in the consumer credit industry. From 1993 until 1997, Mr. House managed and directed Equifax's Decision Solutions division and Equifax's quantitative analysis and modeling group. Prior to joining Equifax in 1991, he was employed by the JC Penney Company, where he held various positions in credit operations and credit policy. He serves as Director of Purpose Financial Holdings, Inc. He has been Director of CompuCredit Holdings Corp. since May 2002. Mr. House earned a BA in Economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MA in Economics from Southern Methodist University.

Lynne Land 

Lynne Land has served on the executive board of the Atlanta Council for International Visitors and the advisory board of the Margaret Mitchell House.  She served as a board member and as treasurer for two 501c3 organizations, A Million Matters and the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation (ARCS). She served as a trustee of Randolph College (formerly Randolph-Macon Woman’s College) where she is also an alumna.

Alyssa Lee 

Alyssa Lee is senior officer of American Cities Project at The Pew Charitable Trusts. She was previously President and CEO of Social Compact. Alyssa removes barriers in investment decision-making and defines market solutions for individuals and communities. She has worked with small consultancies to large organizations such as Cushman & Wakefield, as well as federal government and nonprofits such as the Brookings Institution. She holds a Master of City and Regional Planning with distinction from Georgia Tech. She received a double Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Urban Studies from Northwestern University.

Carlos Martel

Early in his career, Carlos worked in international marketing, sales, and business development. In 1982, he co-founded The Multisource Group, an international consulting firm specializing in export marketing and foreign investment. He served as the company's president until 1992, when he became deputy commissioner for international trade at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. In 2005, he left the department to serve as a strategic adviser to international economic development organizations before retiring in 2007. Carlos is also a founding member of the Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health Advisory Board and the Dean's Council.

Carol Martel

Carol worked for the Atlanta office of the Institute of International Education. She later joined the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and became vice president for international affairs. After nearly 10 years with the chamber, Carol was recruited by The Coca-Cola Company. She retired in 2007 as director of stakeholder engagement in global labor relations and workplace accountability, with a focus on human and labor rights.

H. Bruce McEver
Chairman – Berkshire Capital Securites, LLC

Bruce McEver is the founder and Chairman of Berkshire Capital Securities, LLC, an investment bank engaged in mergers of financial service companies in NYC.  He serves on the boards of the Poet’s House, University of Georgia Press and the Story Preservation Initiative and is a member of the Dean’s Council at the Harvard Divinity School and the Candler School at Emory.  He holds a BIE from Georgia Tech, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and an MTS degree from the Harvard Divinity School.  He is the author of two books of poetry and is a Professor of Practice in the Ivan Allen College. 

J. Vernon O'Neal, Jr.   
Senior Vice President – Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc. 

Vernon O’Neal Jr. is a senior vice president with Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc.  He previously served as the senior vice president for the Hamilton Dorsey Alston Company. He also has worked for the United States Fidelity & Guaranty Company (USF&G) and has served on that company’s national advisory council. He is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society and the Society of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Georgia Tech.

Haywood Solomon

Principal – HFS Management Consultants

Haywood Solomon is a retired executive with over 40 years of experience in leading companies in the Food Industry. During his career he has served as the Director of Capacity Planning and Feasibility Capabilities for Proctor and Gamble, Georgia Tech’s Director of Minority Recruiting / Admissions Counselor (1972 -1974), President of Bunge North America’s Food Division (one of the three major global agribusinesses) and President of  Havi Logistics North America providing logistical services to Starbucks and other quick serve restaurants. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Tech Alumni Association and provided expert consulting services to various private equity funds in the evaluations and acquisitions of food companies. Prior to retiring and settling back in his home town of Atlanta, he was President & COO of Beavers Logistics North America, headquartered in Chicago, IL. He holds a BS degree in Management from Georgia Tech.

John M. Stern Owner – Methods Workshop, LLC

John Stern is the owner of Methods Workshop, LLC. He has also worked for RCG Productivity Services Inc., Cheltex Inc., DHJ Industries Inc., Phillips Van Heusen, and the Ford Motor Company. He serves on the boards of the Sewn Products Equipment Association of the Americas (SPESA) and the American Apparel & Footwear Association. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lafayette College.

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