Ken Huff

Advisor to the CEO

Ken Huff is the former/retired Supplier Diversity Strategy & Reporting Manager for Southern Company, one of the nation’s largest generators of electricity. In this role, he provides strategic direction for small business utilization and supplier development at Southern Company’s various subsidiaries. Additionally, he manages the goal-setting, federal small business compliance, and regulatory reporting activities of the company. Ken began his Southern Company career in 1984 as an accountant at Gulf Power. During his career, Ken has gained extensive financial and operational experience through work assignments in finance and accounting, power generation, customer operations, unregulated marketing, and customer service. Prior to his current position, Ken managed the Supplier Diversity and Development team at Georgia Power Company. Also, in a previous role as External Affairs manager, he directed the community relations and community development activities in Henry County, one of the top 10 fastest growing counties in the United States.

Brian M. Wooten

Vice Chairman & Executive Director of Community Engagement, Kennesaw State University

Brian M. Wooten is the Executive Director of Community Engagement at Kennesaw State University (KSU).  Prior to serving in this role, he served as the Director of the Center for Student Leadership (CSL) and Assistant Professor for University Studies at Kennesaw State University (KSU). During his tenure, the CSL developed programs that connect leadership development and applied research and scholarship with local, national, and international civic engagement initiatives.

Wooten has been the recipient of numerous awards including Kennesaw State University’s Betty L. Siegel award in 2005.  In 1999, he received NACA’s C. Shaw Smith New Professional Award and in 1997 the New Professional Award for the southeast region. He also received Kennesaw State University’s George H. Beggs Advisor of the Year award and was recognized by the African American Student Alliance as the 1998 Staff Supporter of the Year.

April Harris

Owner, Marble Slab Creamery at Town Brookhaven Shopping Center

April M. Harris is the owner of the Marble Slab Creamery in the Town Brookhaven Shopping Center in Atlanta, GA. Before taking on the reins as an entrepreneur, April worked for more than 15 years in broadcast journalism.  April joined CNN in 1992 as a video journalist and worked her way up the ladder to become the Atlanta-based Producer for the Emmy Award-winning show Lou Dobbs Tonight.

April played an important role in coordinating coverage of several major breaking news stories, including the Atlanta Olympic Bombing, Hurricane Katrina, and the September 11th terrorist attacks.  She covered business news stories as a Unit Producer/Superdesk Coordinator for CNN’s business unit CNNfn and as a Field Producer for CNN Saturday Morning and CNN Sunday Morning.

April has received recognition from the National Academy of Arts & Sciences for Outstanding Extended Coverage of a Business Story on Lou Dobbs Tonight, episode“Exporting America”.

Larry Zgrabik

CEO & Business Coach, AdviCoach

Larry Zgrabik is an experienced President / GM and business development executive with over 30 years of experience at revenues of less than $1MM to over $300MM. He has consistently delivered double-digit growth along with superior financial performance and has been formally recognized for customer service excellence.  He has led strategic business development and M&A activities for both global industrial leaders as well as emerging entrepreneurial ventures. Larry is currently CEO & Business Coach with AdviCoach and primarily works with small to mid-size businesses.  His prior experience includes CEO of Circon Systems, a high tech turn-around, VP Industrial Automation with Siemens, and VP Strategy & Business Development for ABB.  He is also former Vice Chairman & Division Board Member of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.

He has a BS Electrical Engineering, MS Management, and Executive Management Programs at both Duke / Fuqua and Northwestern / Kellogg graduate schools of business.