McCalman Executive Roundtable Events
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Ms. Denise Quarles
City of Atlanta
Director, Mayor's Office of Sustainability
Denise Quarles serves as the director of the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Sustainability. Denise's most recent milestone, a refresh of Atlanta's sustainability plan Power to Change, sets the pathway for realizing Mayor Kasim Reed's goal of making Atlanta a top-tier city for sustainability. Her office's priority is to foster an environmentally and economically sound government while merging a multi-stakeholder collaborative that will foster the achievement of both short and long-term sustainability goals.
Prior to joining the Reed administration, Denise served as vice president of environmental affairs for Southwire, North America's leading producer of electric wiring and cabling. Prior to her tenure at Southwire, Quarles was a senior manager at DaimlerChrysler, where she gained extensive experience in business and operations management during her 12 years with the company.
Denise has also taught Operations Management part-time at the University of West Georgia, Richards College of Business. She is a member of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership Board of Directors and maintains memberships with many professional organizations.
A Michigan native, Denise holds a Master of Business Administration degree as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Mr. Danny W. Jett
Douglas County Bank
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Danny W. Jett is the Chief Executive Officer of Douglas County Bank, located in Douglasville, Georgia. Mr. Jett is a native of Roswell, Georgia and is a graduate of West Georgia College (now the University of West Georgia) and John Marshall Law School. Mr. Jett has been involved in the banking and financial services industry for over 35 years. He and his wife Nina currently reside in Suwanee, Georgia. The Jetts have four grown children and seven grandchildren.
Prior to joining Douglas County Bank, Mr. Jett served in senior executive positions in both community banks as well as a major regional banking company and served as Corporate Operations Director for the full service brokerage subsidiary of a major U S banking company located in London, England. Mr. Jett also held the position of Chief Executive Officer of EastPoint Technologies, LLC, headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire, a provider of banking software and services to financial institutions nationwide.
Mr. Jett is on the Board of Directors of Main Street Solutions, Inc., a non profit organization focused on providing support to free enterprise activities starting at the individual level and continuing through small business organizations all the way through the public policy making activities of local, state, and national government. A fundamental element of Main Street Solutions’ activities is to support the development of research that may provide information and direction for the formation of solid public policy and an understanding of the impact of that policy on the daily lives of individuals as well as small business and governmental entities.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald
Georgia Department of Community Health
Director, Division of Public Health & State Health Officer
Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald serves as the Director of the Division of Public Health and State Health Officer for the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH). Dr. Fitzgerald, a board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist and a Fellow in Anti-Aging Medicine, has practiced medicine for three decades. Her perspective is one of a practicing doctor deeply committed to sound public policy.
Prior to joining DCH, Fitzgerald held numerous leadership positions. Fitzgerald served on the board and as president of the Georgia OB-GYN Society, and she worked as a health care policy advisor with House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senator Paul Coverdell. She has served as Chairman of the Board for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and remains a Senior Fellow. Additionally, she served on the Military Academy Selection Boards for Senators Paul Coverdell and Saxby Chambliss, and was a founding board member for the Paul Coverdell Leadership Institute. She also contributed to Leadership Georgia serving as a program chair, served as the 7th District Representative to the Georgia State School Board and held board posts with Voices for Georgia’s Children, the Advanced Academy of West Georgia, the University of West Georgia Foundation and the Carrollton Rotary Club.
Fitzgerald holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Georgia State University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Emory University School of Medicine. She did her post-graduate training at the Emory-Grady Hospitals in Atlanta and held an assistant clinical professorship at Emory Medical Center. As a Major in the U.S. Air Force, Fitzgerald served at the Wurtsmith Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC) Base in Michigan and Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C.
John R. Harris
eTelecare Global Solutions
President and Chief Executive Officer
John Harris has more than 30 years of experience in the outsourced business services and information technology industry, with senior executive roles spanning sales, marketing, strategy, business operations and mergers/acquisitions, as well as extensive international experience in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Mr. Harris has been CEO of several private equity backed technology service companies. He most recently served as President and CEO of eTelecare Global Solutions, a business process outsourcing company delivering technical support, sales, and care services to the Fortune 1000 market. During his tenure the company doubled revenues and expanded operations in the Philippines, Central America and South Africa. He also successfully led the company’s IPO, privatization and ultimate merger in 2009 that created a $1 billion BPO services company.
Mr. Harris spent 25 years with Electronic Data Systems (EDS). Under his leadership, the business grew from $65 million to approximately $1 billion serving clients in 22 countries providing outsourcing, system integration, process management, consulting, and call center services.
Mr. Harris graduated from the University of West Georgia with a BBA and MBA. He has held board positions with a number of public and private telecommunications and technology services companies. He has been a long term member of Young Presidents’ Organization and World Presidents’ Organization. Mr. Harris resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Karen C. Handel
Georgia Secretary of State
Karen Handel was elected in November 2006 and sworn in to office on January 8, 2007 as Georgia's first Republican Secretary of State. Her office oversees elections, corporations, securities, and professional licensing boards, and also controls the state archives and the Capitol museum.
As president and CEO of the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Secretary Handel was responsible for working with state, local, national and international organizations to bring job growth to north Fulton County. She has also served as an executive at several Fortune 500 companies
Handel has served in several roles in government, including as a Deputy Chief of Staff for the Bush-Quayle White House, Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Sonny Perdue, Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. As Chief Executive for the state's largest and most populous county, Handel was credited with passing the strongest ethics laws of any local government.
Secretary Handel and her husband Steve live in Roswell.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
John W. Oxendine
Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner
In addition to being Georgia's Insurance Commissioner, John W. Oxendine is also the Safety Fire Commissioner, Industrial Loan Commissioner and Comptroller General. His duties include regulating approximately 1,600 insurance companies; licensing 149,000 insurance agents; and regulating over 1,000 industrial loan offices.
Oxendine has been instrumental in passing legislation that made health insurance portable, protected consumers from unlicensed insurance companies, reduced the cost of workers compensation insurance in Georgia, improved the quality of healthcare in rural Georgia, protected citizens from dangerous pyrotechnics, and implemented tough disclosure laws for insurance companies and agents. In 2005 he launched his $126.5 million Rural Health Initiative which includes one of the largest and most comprehensive telemedicine networks in the United States.
He has received many awards for his public service including the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for outstanding statewide elected official from the American Medical Association, the Friend of Housing Award from the Georgia Apartment Association, the Chairman’s Hope Award from Operation Hope, and the Special Presidential Award from the Georgia State Firefighters Association.
Oxendine has served or is serving on numerous boards for non-profit organizations, including the Northeast Georgia Boy Scouts of America, the Board of Directors of Safe Kids of Georgia, and the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute He received his undergraduate degree in 1984 and his law degree in 1987, both from Mercer University. He currently resides in Gwinnett County with his wife Ivy and their children J.W., Philip and Caroline.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
P.J. Younglove Hovey
V.P. of Wealth Management
Ms. Hovey is a Vice President of Wealth Management and a Financial Planning Specialist with Smith Barney. Her work is focused on women of means and intergenerational family clients. Her first career was in retail management, where she spent 15 years as an entrepreneur/owner of stores and as a retail fashion management consultant.
A life long commitment to the non-profit sector, beginning with the Junior League, has been an important parallel career. Ms. Hovey has held positions of leadership in the Junior League, the Capitol Children’s Museum in Washington D.C., the Children’s Defense Fund, and the Washington Ballet. She served as Chairman of the Board of Georgians for Children. Ms. Hovey has been a trustee of the Alliance Theater in Atlanta for over a decade and is the Chair of the Community Foundation of West Georgia.
She was educated at Skidmore College, Dartmouth College, and the George Washington University School of Management. Ms. Hovey has two daughters: Elisabeth, a social worker in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Hillary, an actor and writer in Atlanta.