Fran Tarkenton

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Fran is a hands-on entrepreneur. His companies are the result of his ideas and his direct day-to-day involvement. He funds the start-ups, develops the business plans and executes the strategies to build thriving businesses. Fran has launched 20 successful companies over the last 30 years, the largest one reaching revenues of $142 million. Today, he advocates for the small business community as a regular guest on Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, SiriusXM Radio and other major media outlets.

Nick Serba

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Nick has been involved in nearly every aspect of sales, sales training, sales leadership training and sales management for well over 30 years. Nick rose from the ranks of trainee to General Manager with New York Life, then went on to launch and run various businesses. Nick discovered LegalShield in 1993 and in his 20-year career with the company; he has been honored with numerous accolades and responsibilities, including his current role as National Director of Small Business Sales.

Lara Hodgson

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Lara has extensive experience in brand development and marketing, operations, corporate strategy, business development and launching new product and service companies. She has led work for companies including Nike, The Home Depot, Coca-Cola, KEDS and others. Lara has served in executive management roles with the Dewberry Capital Corp, Dunk.net (a performance footwear and apparel brand) and iXL. Lara received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was also a member of the varsity track team.

Ruston Miles

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Ruston directs Bluefin Payments’ Tulsa, OK, division and founded Bluefin Payment Systems in Tulsa in 2002. He has over 12 years of experience in payment processing, specializing in developing secure payment gateway technologies. Ruston is a Certified Payment Professional (CPP), Certified Internet Business Strategist (CIBS), and an active participant with the PCI Security Standards Council. He holds a BS in Management Information Systems (MIS).

Will Adams

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Will has more than 11 years of progressively responsible experience in all aspects of operations management. Will has served in a variety of leadership roles within dynamic revenue-driven organizations. His understanding of business operations encompasses retail sales, direct sales, talent acquisition, talent development, and general management. Prior to joining Tarkenton Companies, Will served as a sales manager and talent acquisition coordinator for Toys R Us ®/Babies R Us ® stores. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

Kevin Sasser

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Kevin is responsible for developing and managing the revenue associated with Company.com's vendor networks and strategic partners. Prior to Company.com, he served as Senior Vice President with Goldleaf Financial Solutions, Inc. He has led sales efforts in the areas of enterprise content, document, and knowledge management solutions, where his teams consistently ranked in the top 5% in sales performance. Kevin is a seasoned professional speaker and published author most noted for his works on sales strategies, presentation tactics, and sales closing techniques.

Jason White

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Jason has broad legal experience and expertise, having worked across a number of different areas of the law. His primary areas of practice are corporate law, sports & entertainment law, civil litigation, creditors' rights, commercial leasing, estate planning and criminal defense. Jason holds a Juris Doctor from Emory University, and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the American Bar Association.

Gray Johnson

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Gray has a wealth of experience in finding great talent. From his own experiences working as a Financial Analyst at IBM, as a military officer, and as an entrepreneur, Gray has been able to identify key factors that contribute to success, productivity and compatibility in the workplace. Prior to his work with Gibson-Johnson, Gray served as a Search Consultant at a national top 10 executive search firm. He has a keen sense of focusing on the needs of the client, understanding his clients' issues and helping them solve their business issues. In all of his relationships, both personal and professional, Gray's high level of integrity defines his brand.

Rick Gossett

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As COO of Tarkenton Companies, Rick is responsible for managing and leading every aspect of the Tarkenton business ventures, across a variety of sales and distribution channels. He has fulfilled this role for more than 20 years, spearheading new business software development, unique partnerships, business educational content and consulting, and more. Prior to joining Tarkenton Companies, owned and operated a private practice as a CPA. Prior to that, he was a Senior Manager at Pannell Kerr Forster in tax and audit, as well as Principal at Arthur Young, a small business advisory group.

Mark Turkel

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Mark is the co-founder and CEO of Palm Beach Software Design, Inc. PBSD is a software development and consulting company, specializing in software development and implementation of N-tier business systems, business analysis, Database Design and Development, and MIS planning.

Larry Johnstone

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As IT Director for Tarkenton Companies, Larry oversees and coordinates all IT processes involved in day-to-day operations. He is also responsible for maintaining security protocols across a number of networks and sales channels, helping to ensure smooth delivery of software products and services to customers. Prior to joining Tarkenton, Larry also served as IT Manager at Seagull Software.

Dan Fontaine

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With a background in online media, promotions and client management, Dan creates web and television content through compelling narrative and promotional video production, from concept to completion. Dan's specialties include Videography, Post Production, Project Management, and Content Creation. Dan has a wide variety of experience and an extensive portfolio, with previous stops at The Onion, Patch.com, U.S. Soccer, and others. In addition, Dan is an entrepreneur, having launched his own specialty beer tour company, Atlanta Beer Tours, in early 2012.

Scott Miller

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After graduating from Washington & Lee University in 1967, Scott Miller began a career in advertising and political consulting. As Creative Director of McCann-Erickson in New York, he worked for such clients as Coca-Cola, Miller Brewing and Exxon, and won every major award for creative excellence in the advertising industry, including Clio Awards and a Lion d'Or from the Cannes Film Festival. In 1979 he founded Sawyer/Miller Group with David Sawyer. In 1988, Scott co-founded Core Strategy Group. At Core, he has worked on developing communications, marketing and branding strategies for a number of Fortune 100 clients. In addition, he provides commentary on political and corporate communications on the major television networks, and often lectures on communications, branding and insurgent strategies.

Alex Sherman

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As an integral part of a dynamic software marketing and development team, Alex spearheads product definition, enhancements, pricing and assisting with product marketing across multiple sales and distribution channels. He also documents and recreates user experiences and functionality issues, assisting programmers in resolving software issues and creating a better user experience for sales professionals and customers alike.

Matt Tarkenton

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Matt is an experienced executive with financial and operating experience within various entrepreneurial environments. He is also a committed non-profit volunteer, with particular passion for development and fund raising for organizations which focus on education and children. Professionally, he is also part of the team at Renova Partners, a boutique investment bank focused on emerging growth companies and community banks in the southeastern United States. Matt attended Princeton University and also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Rachel Baker

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As a customer service and support specialist, Rachel has extensive experience interfacing with clients and sales professionals. She understands the keys to creating positive experiences that will keep customers loyal and returning. She also knows how to communicate effectively with sales professionals in order to help them get the information they need to generate sales and production.

Chris Barnes

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Chris is a jack of all trades. Currently serving as recruiting director for Tarkenton, Chris interfaces daily with prospective sales team members, using his extensive knowledge of the financial services industry and his skill at reading individuals to determine which candidates will be effective producers. He also has great experience in radio marketing, advertising and production, lending his talents to various entertainment projects, including as the primary analyst and host of an online fantasy football website.

Phil McKenzie

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Phil has over 34 years of commercial insurance experience, and is a former Chairman of the Large Agents meeting. His areas of expertise include law firms, financial institutions, churches and religious organizations. Phil is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

Tracy Williams

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Tracy has extensive experience and leadership in commercial and investment banking. Prior to joining State Bank, Williams was a senior commercial banker with Wells Fargo in Atlanta, managing director for an Alpharetta real estate company, and specialized in software and media practice markets for Wachovia Securities. He began his banking career with KeyCorp, principally working with their buyout subsidiary KeyEquity Capital, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Matt Gossett

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Matt is responsible for the production of email communications such as client newsletters, product surveys and feedback forms, company announcements and sales promotions. Working closely with graphic design, product development and marketing teams, he creates visually appealing email templates, effective landing pages and other online messaging for various audiences.

Nick Reynolds

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As a Risk Control Manager at Johnson & Bryan, Nick specializes in developing specific accountability programs, return to work programs, post-injury management, ergonomics, fleet safety, and loss trend analysis.