The Atlanta Sales Leadership Community was co-founded by Georgia State University and SOAR Performance Group to create a forum for best practice sharing and executive networking within the greater Atlanta area.
  • The community is a cross industry organization of senior sales leaders focused on building a community within the Atlanta market for advancing best practices in sales leadership.
  • It also creates networking and mentoring opportunities for Atlanta senior sales executives with Georgia State University students participating in the Georgia State University Sales Program.
  • The community is led by the advisory board with representatives from companies that represent different industries and go-to-market models.
  • In addition to the breakfast meetings that include panel discussions on sales leadership topics, the community also provides online options for participation.
  • Recordings from the panel discussion will be posted in the previous events section.
  • An online discussion group is available on LinkedIn.



Kent Jones | Georgia State University | Co-ChairKent Jones
Georgia State University

Christiane Palpant | Georgia State University | Co-ChairChristiane Palpant
Georgia State University

Charlie ThackstonCharlie Thackston
SOAR Performance Group

John BourneJohn Bourne
Senior VP, Channels and Alliances

Kyle BowkerKyle Bowker
Chief Revenue Officer

Justin Breitfelder Justin Breitfelder
Regional Director

Margaret BrooksMargaret Brooks
Verizon Enterprise Solutions
Office of Customer Success

Marty FaganMarty Fagan
Senior VP, Sales & Business Development

Tim FullerTim Fuller
Executive Director, SAP Go-To-Market

Mike HayesMike Hayes
Newell Brands
Chief Customer Officer

Frank IannottiFrank Iannotti
FourKites, Inc.
Chief Revenue Officer

John IrwinJohn Irwin
BaseSix Systems

Chris JonesChris Jones
Chief Revenue Officer

Kirsten Kliphouse | Red HatKirsten Kliphouse
Google Cloud
President, North America

Scott MacdonaldScott Macdonald
Siemens Industry
VP, Sales

Heath MorganHeath Morgan
VP of Client Sales, SE Cross Industry Enterprise

Dean NolleyDean Nolley
Ricoh Americas
VP, Global Technology Sales

Mike PollittMike Pollitt
Boston Dynamics
Chief Sales Officer

Craig PottsCraig Potts
Assurance Software
Former CEO
Former EVP

Hugh RiversHugh Rivers
Group Vice President, North America Healthcare & Life Sciences Sales

Sophia Weatherby WilliamsSophia Weatherby Williams
NCR, Telecom and Technology Division
Vice President and General Manager

Steve YoungSteve Young
Georgia State University
Founding Director

About Georgia State University

The largest business school in the South and part of a major research institution, Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business has 200 faculty, 8,000 students and 75,000 alumni. With programs on five continents and students from 88 countries, the college is world-class and worldwide. Its part-time MBA is ranked among the best by the Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S. News & World Report, and its Executive MBA is on the Financial Times list of the world’s premier programs. Located in Atlanta, the Robinson College and Georgia State have produced more of Georgia’s top executives with graduate degrees than any other school in the Southeast.

About SOAR Performance Group

SOAR Performance Group is a client-focused sales consulting and training company that concentrates on sales performance improvement. We accelerate results for our clients through the development and execution of new sales and go to market strategies. Clients achieve success through a process of insights, diagnostics, consulting and training centered on a comprehensive understanding and connection to each client’s business.