Board of Directors

Matt Stevens
Matthew J. Stevens, Chairman of the Board
Service Start Date: 2009
Matthew is the VP, Professional Services for Cbeyond. Prior to this he served as the President of High Tech Ministries and was instrumental in our growth and transformation. Mr. Stevens has 20+ years of experience building and leading technology professional services businesses. He built his career on a foundation of technology having been a programmer, technical architect and DBA.

Matthew is an avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman. He is an active member of the Atlanta technology community and also serves on the Board of Directors of The 3:15 Project. Along with his wife Candace and their three children, he lives in Sandy Springs, GA and are active members of Buckhead Church.
   
Brian Hill

Brian Hill, Secretary of the Board
Service Start Date: 2010
Brian is an Atlanta native. He attended Clemson University and graduated in 1984 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He began his career with Hewlett-Packard and spent 18 years serving in a variety of sales and management positions. He worked with several start-up companies as a sales executive before joining EMC Corporation as an Enterprise Account Manager.  Brian and his wife Lesley have been married 26 years, have 3 children, and live in the Alpharetta area. They are actively serving at Grace North Atlanta church.

Brian has been involved with High Tech Ministries since 2004. He is a graduate of the Ambassador program, multi-year Host Committee Member, Discovery@Work Leader, Host@Work leader and currently serves as a mentor in the Ambassador Program III.  He is active in mentoring young adults, teaching, and leading small groups. His hobbies include running, golf, gardening, and tailgating with family at Clemson football games.

   
Brian Hill Matt McConnell, Treasurer of the Board
Service Start Date: 2010
Matt McConnell is President and CEO of Intradiem, an employee productivity software company. He has spent the last 15 years building and growing Intradiem into the leading provider of employee productivity and performance software in the call center industry. Prior to starting Intradiem, Matt worked as an engineer for the Coca-Cola Company. He is on the Board of Directors of The Men’s Health & Wellness Network and serves as a volunteer at Camp Sunshine and MUST Ministries. Matt, his wife, three children and two dogs live in Alpharetta, Georgia. Matt is the author of the book Customer Service at a Crossroads and holds eleven software patents. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in industrial and systems engineering.
   
Dave Mims Dave Mims
Service Start Date: 2012
Dave is the Founder and CEO of Sophicity, a technology company whose focus is serving the local government and municipal league market for the past 12 years.  Prior to starting Sophicity, Dave worked as a software developer for IBM and then Intertech Information Systems.  He is a graduate of Southern Tech in Marietta with a bachelor's degree in computer science.  Dave lives in Woodstock, Georgia with his wife, Marti, and 3 children.  His family attends First Baptist Church Woodstock.  In addition, Dave came to Christ through High Tech Ministries and was the local speaker at the 2010 High Tech Prayer Breakfast.  He is also active as a Host Committee member, Grace@Work attendee, Serve@Work sponsor and participant, HTM corporate sponsor, Ambassador graduate, and a leader on the iTeam.
   
Marcus Graham

Marcus Graham
Service Start Date: 2014
Since 1985, Marcus has been the CEO of GM Voices, the world’s largest producer of prerecorded voice files for automated technologies like IVR, on-hold, call routing, GPS, telematics, and business storytelling applications. He has spearheaded creative, brand, and marketing projects for Voclarion since its founding as Intorrent Technologies in 2004. Marcus likes to hunt and play his guitar.

   
Jason Smith

Jason Smith
Service Start Date: 2015
Jason founded iStaff in 1995 after several years working in both branch, corporate and management positions at AccuStaff, and was part of their successful IPO. He has over 20 years of staffing industry experience. Jason is the founder of GTAP (Georgia Technology Awareness Program), is a board member with High Tech Ministries, a member of C12, is involved with Rainbow Village and FCS, serves as an officer at Perimeter Church and is active in the IT community. He has a heart for mission trips and has served in GuatemalaTanzania, and Uzbekistan on teams with his church. Jason’s free time is spent mainly with his bride and 3 children. He also enjoys coaching youth sports (baseball, softball and football) in Gwinnett County, GA. He places a strong emphasis on ethics and integrity. Jason has a BA in Business from Florida State University.

   
 

 

Prior Board Members

   
Charlie Paparelli
Service Start Date: 1996-2014

Charlie is President and founder of Paparelli Ventures, a pre-formation investment company focused on entrepreneurs in the Atlanta technology market. PV has funded over 16 Atlanta startups in the last 15 years. Currently he is the managing partner of his two active investments, iPartners, LLC and Torad Engineering, LLC.

Charlie has over 30 years experience in the information technology industry serving as entrepreneur, executive, IT Services incubator founder and venture capitalist.
   
John Richie John Richie
Service Start Date: 2007-2013
John has been an entrepreneur and executive in Atlanta in the technology and service business for over 20 years, having been part of both start ups and successful exits. John is now a Coach with Venture after being a Chair at Convene for over 6 years. In this capacity, he worked with CEO’s from all over Atlanta helping them build great businesses, increase leadership success, and honor their heavenly father in the process. From 2000 to 2005 he was the CEO of Tax Partners, a technology enabled service company that provided outsourced sales and use tax compliance. Tax Partners was the nation’s largest tax compliance service bureau. A graduate of Presbyterian College with an MBA from UGA, John lives in Marietta with his wife, Martha. They have three children and two grandchildren.
   
Regi Campbell
Served 1996-2010

Regi Campbell is a seed capital investor in startup technology-driven service businesses. Since being recognized as Georgia's High Technology Entrepreneur of the Year as CEO of Async Corporation, Campbell has been CEO of 4 startup companies and been involved in 14 others.  He has also been involved in a number of not-for-profit startups, including High Tech Ministries, Bravehearts, Camp Highland, Good Samaritan Health Center-Cobb, and Next Generation Mentoring. He has twice served as an elder at North Point Community Church and is the author of two books that relate to ministry in the marketplace. About My Father's Business (Multnomah/Waterbrook, 2005) shares an approach to relational evangelism in the workplace while his newest book, Mentor Like Jesus (B&H Publishers, 2009) encourages experienced men and women to invest in the lives of the next generation by mentoring them in small groups.
   
Bruce Cook
Served 2007-2010
Bruce Cook is president and CEO of Choosing the Best, a national leader in abstinence education curricula, training, and resources. Bruce co-founded Choosing the Best, along with his wife, Donna, in 1993. Over 2,000,000 students across the United States have completed the Choosing the Best program. Bruce also serves as Board Chair for the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA).

Bruce is considered a national expert on empowering teens to choose abstinence until marriage. Bruce has over thirty years of experience in educational training and has authored over 25 educational training programs used extensively in business, professional, and educational communities. Bruce is a graduate of The Georgia Institute of Technology and the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.

Bruce has also been active in Georgia community affairs. In September 2003, Bruce was appointed by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as Chairman of the Board of the Department of Human Resources. Since that time, Bruce has been appointed to the Commission for A New Georgia, chaired a task force for improving how public mental health services should be provided in Georgia, and appointed to the board of the Department of Community Health.
   
Price Harding
Served 2008-2012

In addition to being a Partner of CarterBaldwin, where he spends most of his time leading senior level executive searches, Price is an active investor and board member. He serves on the board of Industriaplex, and is Chairman of United Technology Group and Bell Oaks Company. In addition to several ministry boards, Price also serves on the board of Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Technology Executives Roundtable. He has a degree in Theology and is married to Nancy, his high school sweetheart. They live in Cumming where they are active members of First Redeemer Church. Price and Nancy have two daughters, two sons-in-law and one grandpuppy.
   
Emma W. Morris
Served 1996-2007
Emma is a founding partner and heads The Morris Group in Atlanta, GA. She has held executive positions with IBM, Ernst & Whinney and Dun & Bradstreet Software and served as founding CEO for three technology companies subsequently acquired by global firms. An expert on rapid growth, merger integration and corporate change, Emma serves on numerous for-profit and not-for-profit boards.

Emma’s passion is advising and coaching executives to become phenomenal leaders and growers of leaders throughout their organizations. She believes people are the life and future of the organization and that every generation has much to learn from those ahead and behind them. Her latest work in this area is found in her new book, "Wingtips for Women: Success Without Compromise."
   
David Thompson David Thompson
Served 2009-2012
David is the Founder of Thompson Technologies, an IT Staffing Company specializing in the placement of IT Professionals in both contract and full-time placements. Starting in his home office 14 years ago, publicly declaring "God as his CEO", David's Company catapulted to a $30M business and has been the recipient of numerous growth awards including; Inc. 500 (twice), Atlanta PaceSetters (twice), Best Places to Work in Atlanta (twice), Top 50 Atlanta Entrepreneurs (twice) and several others. David is married to his childhood sweetheart Lori and the couple has three adult married children and three grand children (so far). In addition to being a new BOD member for HTM, David & Lori serve as Deacons at their Messianic Jewish Synagogue in Roswell, Cong. Beth Hallel.
   
Rusty Gordon
Served 2009-2014
Rusty Gordon, an original Atlanta high tech entrepreneur has led numerous successful business turnarounds, startups and acquisitions over the last 25 years, including Knowlagent, iFleet, ADS Nettools, Peachtree Software and Choice Retail Systems. Rusty has also applied his business building skills to many local technology associations and non profits as a senior officer or board member. These include the Technology Executive Roundtable, Teacher Laptop Association, High Tech Ministries, and Southeastern Software Association among others.

Mr. Gordon received his Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree from Auburn University in 1975 and was recognized by Auburn as the IE outstanding alumnus in 2002. He and his wife, Ann, of 30 years have three children. He is the lay leader at Roswell United Methodist Church and for the last 16 years has focused his service on senior high and young adults in the metro Atlanta area. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, tennis, baseball and anything Auburn.
   
Bill Leonard
Served 1993-2014

Bill Leonard is the founder and former chairman of High Tech Ministries and the High Tech Prayer Breakfast. In 1975, Bill started Wm. Leonard & Co., a boutique tenant advisory firm delivering customized real estate solutions primarily to high growth technology companies. The firm began to focus on the technology community in 1989 and has since become the leading tenant representation firm to technology companies in the Atlanta area.

Bill is actively involved in the Atlanta technology community and serves on the boards of the Technology Executives Roundtable and High Tech Ministries. In 2000, the Technology Association of Georgia honored Bill with its "Leader of Influence Award" for his outstanding service to the area's technology community.

He is the co-founder of the Real Estate Prayer Breakfast; co-founder of the Fellowship of Companies for Christ International and has advised six other industry-specific prayer breakfasts in their inception. Bill has also served as a board member of Crown Financial Ministries, Ambassadors for Christ International, the Fellowship of Companies for Christ International, and Camp Highland.

Bill and his wife, Sandy, have two grown children and three grandchildren.