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Our Speakers

TaShan Parks Twyman

 

With more than 20 years of real-world experience working within and building cross-cultural organizations within a spectrum of verticals, TaShan has cultivated the cultural versatility and entrepreneurial success required to be a competitive leader in today’s dynamic marketplace.

As a marketing strategist and expert sales trainer, she shows her clients how to maximize their marketing efforts, exponentially increase sales and scale their revenue by showing them how to easily identify their customer, create effective marketing campaigns and converting those campaigns into predictable revenue.

Sought after as a marketing & sales expert on numerous radio shows, panels, and podcast, she also serves as leading expert on the intersectionality of Advocacy, Inclusion, Equity & Innovation.

Her training provides companies a successful roadmap to create inclusive environments that not only bridge the cultural gaps but drive up the bottom line.

 

As a Clark Atlanta University alumna, she credits most of her business success is based on what she learned while at CAU

 

John J. Inhouse, III
Managing Director 

Market Executive

Atlanta Buckhead & Associates Market      

 

John Inhouse serves as the Market Executive of the Atlanta Buckhead & Associates Market headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The Market includes offices in Buckhead, Atlanta Galleria, Alpharetta, Athens, Duluth, and Peachtree City and is comprised of over 400 partners.  

 

John began his career with Merrill Lynch in Akron, Ohio in 1990 as a Financial Advisor and was a Circle of Excellence Financial Advisor and Resident Director from 1996-1998.  John became a member of the leadership team in Merrill Lynch's Global Private Client Group in 1998 and served as the Associate Regional Director for the Mid-America Region from 1998 - 1999.  Prior to joining Merrill’s Private Banking and Investment Group, John was the Director of the Akron Complex from 1999-2000 and the Cleveland Complex from 2002-2006. He was nominated to the Director’s Advisory Council to Management in 2006 and became the Chairperson in 2008. In 2009, John assumed the role as Regional Managing Director of the Mid-South Region based in Atlanta, GA.        
       
John attended Youngstown State University and is a Board Member with the Atlanta Police Foundation, Clark Atlanta University Financial Planning Advisory Board and Morehouse College. John serves as an Executive Sponsor with LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Development) for Women as well as Bank of America’s Atlanta based Black Professionals Group. John resides with his family in Sandy Springs, GA and enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife, two sons and daughter.

 

Scott Meyerhoff

InComm 

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

 

Chief Financial Officer at InComm, an Atlanta-based prepaid and payments technology company that innovates new commerce solutions to reward consumer loyalty, drive foot traffic at retail and provide unique gift-giving opportunities. He has completed multiple public debt and equity offerings, raising in excess of $1 Billion, and he has played a key role in over 100 mergers and acquisitions.

 

Prior to joining InComm, Scott spent time consulting in executive capacities at companies such as Arthur Andersen, Intercept, Infor Global Solutions and Intersect. Prior to InComm, Scott most recently was the Founder and Partner in The Intersect Group, a provider of tailored finance, accounting and technology solutions. Under Scott’s direction, Intersect was named to the prestigious Inc. 500 List in 2010.  

 

Scott resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife and three children. 

 

 

2018

 

Scott Meyerhoff came to InComm in 2011 as CFO and has completed multiple public debt and equity offerings in that time, raising in excess of $1 billion. He has also played a key role in more than 100 mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining InComm, Mr. Meyerhoff was a consultant in executive capacities at multiple companies, including Arthur Andersen, Intercept, Infor Global Solutions and Intersect. Under his direction, Intersect was named to the prestigious Inc. 500 List in 2010.

 

As CFO, Mr. Meyerhoff oversees all of InComm's corporate infrastructure. In 2018, Mr. Meyerhoff was named "CFO of the Year" in the large-private category by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Mr. Meyerhoff attended Penn State University, where he earned a degree in accounting.

 

Sheena Allen was born in Terry, MS and is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where she received a dual degree in Psychology (B.S.) and Film (B.A.). In 2011, Sheena started her first company, Sheena Allen Apps, and bootstrapped the media tech company to millions of downloads. While visiting her hometown in Mississippi in late 2015, Sheena took notice of how people in her community were still very much into using predatory financial services, such as payday lenders. This led her to start her second startup, CapWay. CapWay is a neo-bank that also includes financial education and gamified micro-lending for those who do not fit into the traditional banking system.

 

In late 2016, Sheena made her premiere in She Started It, a documentary film that follows five women around on their startup journey. In early 2017, she released her first print book, The Starting Guide, a three-part book that talks about her journey, a guide for those interested in app development but not sure where to start, and business 101 tips. The response from The Starting Guide led Sheena to start App It Out, an interactive workbook and curriculum around simplifying app ideas and app development.

 

Sheena has traveled around the world and spoke on subjects such as owning a successful tech company as a non-technical founder and inclusion in tech. She has been featured in various publications, including Black Enterprise and EBONY Magazine. Sheena is a 2018 Business Insider Under 30 Innovator and part of the Forbes 30 Under 30 2019 class.

 

Kia McEwen is a Business Development Officer, Assistant Vice-President for PNC Bank and comes from a 20 year background in the Banking Industry. She currently supports the Atlanta, Smyrna and Decatur markets for PNC Bank’s WorkPlace Banking Program, a turnkey program that enables companies to offer employees added benefits, incentives and financial wellness resources in addition to onsite opportunities that “brings the bank to the workplace”.

 

Kia’s financial experience consists of Retail Branch Management, Wealth Management, College & University Campus Card Programs, Payroll and Benefits, Auto Sales and Financing, and overall development of relationships with the key players of her client’s companies.

 

Kia attended the University of Georgia for 3 years and received her Business Management degree from Shorter University. She is a proud Atlanta native and has 3 wonderful boys.

 

Marcellus Haynes is a software developer with over 20 years of experience and founder of the Technologists of Color, an organization that seeks to provide a platform for growth of Blacks in technology. Technologists of Color began in May 2012 as a meetup group on meetup.com and now boasts more than 2,600 members. Due to his work with Technologists of Color, Mr. Haynes was recognized in a January 2017 Huffington Post article as one of the 20 Innovators Shaping Atlanta’s Black Startup Community. He was also honored by Wiley College as a “Man of Honor” for being a role model to young black men and working to “educate the young, inspire and lead”. Marcellus holds a degree in computer engineering from the University of Florida and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

 

Makayla joined the Melanin.Tech team in 2018. She graduated from the College of William & amp; Mary with a double B.A. in Government and German. While working in the legal field after college, Makayla had an opportunity to work for Melanin.Tech here in Atlanta. She never envisioned herself in this career and is passionate about making tech accessible to everyone

 
 

As Co-Founder & Head of Business Development for SpokeHub, Richard Berryman III leads and oversees the company’s new and emerging market strategy along with being a bridge between development and sales/marketing. He has perfected a proven and well defined sales methodology centered on sales cycle management and negotiation skills. Prior to SpokeHub he spent 10+ years within the SaaS/software sales management arena and had the honor of being a
part of a number of high growth sales organizations such as Avalara, ChannelAdvisor, Blackboard and Rockwell Automation. 
  

Richard is a proud graduate of North Carolina A&T State University where he obtained a BS in Electrical Engineering (concentration in semiconductor fabrication) and now resides in Durham, NC with wife Jessica and 2 children - Kennedy and Langston.

Justin McLeod is a Georgia State University Alumnus graduating with a B.A. in Marketing, minor in Hospitality, and certificate in Event Management. Justin holds over 7 years of experience in the event services industry ranging from event production, sponsorships, and event promotion strategies for small to large-scale events.

 

Being a business savvy visionary, Justin combines his passion for events, marketing, and innovation into all of his endeavors.

 

Joanne Gaskin 
Vice President Scores and Analytics at FICO

Ms. Gaskin oversees the FICO Scores regulatory practice and is responsible for

the strategic direction of FICO’s analytic solutions and partnerships serving the mortgage industry and capital market space. In her role, Ms. Gaskin works globally in partnership with financial institutions and regulatory agencies to support making better decision to drive growth, profitability and customer satisfaction.

She is driven by the positive impact that FICO makes on the lives of consumers by working collaboratively with the financial services industry.

Prior to joining FICO, Ms. Gaskin served as President and CEO of Auto Club Trust FSB, and Executive Vice President with Michigan National Bank

 

Sylvia Jones serves as Assistant Vice President, Market Relationship Manager for Education Financial Services, a Division of Wells Fargo’s Consumer Lending Group and America’s second largest provider of private student loans.  In her role, as Market Relationship Managers Sylvia manages relationships across 4 states in the Southeast regions of the country. 

 

She is responsible for the promotion of Wells Fargo’s college financing resources; helping customers throughout the community as well as business partners, high schools, and colleges. Her focus is to provide quality information, guidance, and support to allow customers to make informed borrowing decisions about financing a college education.

 

Sylvia is a veteran of the financial education industry.  She has held leadership positions at Citibank and Discover Student Loans.  Prior to joining the banking industry, she served as Director of Financial Aid and Interim Dean of Enrollment Management at Colorado Mesa University. She also served as Director of Financial Aid at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA.  

 

Sylvia is passionate about financial literacy and volunteers to help students gain a better understanding of the subject.  She also serves as a mentor for young women.

 

A 14 year resident of Macon, Georgia, Sylvia and her husband Paul have two children.  They are active members of their community, often volunteering to support several non-profit organizations.  

 

Sylvia holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Utah State University where she also serves on the College of CHASS board and an MBA from Western State Colorado University.  She also serves on the Peach County Chamber of Commerce.

 

As a Financial Advisor, Julian Pouncy works with clients to identify and prioritize key lifetime financial goals. Then I structure and implement customized investment strategies that have a high probability of attaining those goals. He assist clients with Investment Planning, Retirement Planning, Insurance and Estate Planning.

Julian adheres to a four step Wealth Management Process to help clients achieve their financial goals.

WEALTH MANAGEMENT: THE PROCESS
       

   1. Establish Goals & Objectives
   2. Set a Strategy
   3. Implement Recommendations
   4. Review Progress