Our History

The NABA Atlanta Chapter was founded in 1974 by men and women committed to expanding the experience of minority professionals in the Atlanta community.  Over 40 years later, the Atlanta Chapter is the largest chapter in the NABA Southern Region and the second largest chapter in the nation, with approximately 400 members.  The Atlanta chapter has cultivated several past presidents, who have served in national and regional roles shaping the future of NABA.  Members of the professional chapter participate in community outreach programs, serve our students and enjoy opportunities to learn from and network with our corporate partners.

 

Founding Officers

Linwood Hill, President  |  Robert Drake, Vice President  |  Virgil Carr, Treasurer  |  Gwen Morris, Secretary

 

Founding Members

Reginald Banks  |  Arnsil Collier  |  Eddie Collier  |  Jackie Collins  |  Gordan Drennan  |  Gregory Ellison  |  Steve Elmore

Sharon Gary Finney  |  Millwood Hobbs  |  Milton H. Jones  |  Marshall Mitchell  |  Brenda Peters  |  Thom Peters  |  James Pittman

W. E. Richardson | Percy Smallwood  |  Langston Walker  |  Glenda Watkins

Quesa was first introduced to NABA, Inc. as a student member on the campus of Georgia State University where she earned a Master of Science in Information Systems in 2014. Quesa also holds bachelor's degrees in both accounting and finance. She has been an active member of the Atlanta Chapter for the past 2 years and currently serves as the Vice President of Administration. Previously, she has served as Professional Development Director, Special Events Director, Collegiate Mentoring Program Lead, and ACAP committee member.

Quesa is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and currently supports the Corporate Finance organization at Southern Company, where she specializes in asset valuation and renewable energy acquisitions.

In addition to being a member of NABA, Inc. Quesa is an active member of the National Black MBA Association and the Georgia Society of CPAs. She serves as a mentor for the Gates Millennium Scholars Alumni Foundation and previously led the organization's community outreach efforts. As an Atlanta native, Quesa is passionate about leading a life that leverages her financial education and expertise to drive positive change in her local community and beyond.

Quesa Lowe
President

Andrew has been a member of the Atlanta Chapter of NABA, Inc. since 2015, when he joined as the Co-Director of Financial Literacy. Andrew is currently serving as the Director of Financial Literacy and is also one of the co-founders of Young Professionals of NABA (YPN). YPN was created to address the unique needs of NABA professionals with 10 years or less of professional work experience.

Andrew graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor's degree in finance and went on to work as a Finance Specialist at the Coca-Cola Company. While working for Coke, he was an active member of Toastmasters and served as the Vice President of Membership. In 2017, Andrew left corporate America to pursue his passion of financial education full time. Andrew is the Founder and Director of Preparing Now for the Future (P.N.F), which provides Life Coaching services for high school and college students.

Andrew exemplifies the NABA motto "Lifting As We Climb" and is excited to continue impacting the lives of students and young professionals.

Andrew Vassell
Vice President, Operations

Ann-Marie Hammond, currently serves as the NABA Atlanta Vice President of Administration. Ann- Marie is a CPA and a lifetime NABA Member. She is also the Senior Finance Director at Change Healthcare.

Ann- Marie Hammond
Vice President, Administration

Ben Shaw currently serves as the NABA Atlanta Treasurer. Ben holds several certifications, a CPA, CIA and CISA, Ben has previously volunteered for NABA Atlanta on our Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP) and Corporate Partnership Committees.

Ben Shaw
Treasurer

Jeff is an active member of the Atlanta and Cobb communities, and is currently serving his second term as President of the NABA, Inc. Atlanta Chapter. In addition to leading the Atlanta Chapter, he is a member of the Georgia Society of CPAs, a mentor with the Marietta Mentoring for Leadership Program, and an Ambassador for the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce. He also provides educational workshops to local colleges, universities, and industry groups.

Prior to entering the financial services industry in 2008, he had a successful career at The Ritz Carlton, Automatic Data Processing (ADP) and then as an entrepreneur in the food and beverage industry. He is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University and holds a Series 6, 63 and 65 securities license along with life, health and variable annuity licenses.

Jeff is honored to have served two terms as President and is excited to lend his support to the new leadership team.

Jeff Morris
Immediate Past President

 

 LaTrice Fitzpatrick serves as the NABA Atlanta Special Events Director. LaTrice is the founder/owner of VIRTISERV. LaTrice is in her first term as the Special Events Director.

LaTrice Fitzpatrick serves as the NABA Atlanta Special Events Director. LaTrice is the founder/owner of VIRTISERV. LaTrice is in her first term as the Special Events Director.

LaTrice Fitzpatrick

Director, Special Events

 Mark Peaks serves as the NABA Atlanta Membership Director. Mark is currently the CFO at Star Chain, Inc.

Mark Peaks serves as the NABA Atlanta Membership Director. Mark is currently the CFO at Star Chain, Inc.

Mark Peaks

Director, Membership

 Samara Rivers is the NABA Atlanta Membership Co-Director. Samara is an informatics Analyst at MiMedx and is in her first term as the Co-Director of Membership.

Samara Rivers is the NABA Atlanta Membership Co-Director. Samara is an informatics Analyst at MiMedx and is in her first term as the Co-Director of Membership.

Samara Rivers

Co-Director, Membership

 Shani Walker currently serves as the NABA Atlanta Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP) Director. Shani is a Tax Associate at Dixon Hughes Goodman (DHG) and is in her first term as the ACAP Director.

Shani Walker currently serves as the NABA Atlanta Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP) Director. Shani is a Tax Associate at Dixon Hughes Goodman (DHG) and is in her first term as the ACAP Director.

Shani Walker

Director, Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP)

 Curt Mencer serves as the NABA Atlanta Corporate Partnership Director. Curt is a CPA and has served on the NABA Atlanta board for several years. Curt is also the Director of Internal Audit at Morehouse School of Medicine.

Curt Mencer serves as the NABA Atlanta Corporate Partnership Director. Curt is a CPA and has served on the NABA Atlanta board for several years. Curt is also the Director of Internal Audit at Morehouse School of Medicine.

Curt Mencer

Director, Corporate Partnership

 Wendy Grace serves as the NABA Atlanta Community Affairs Director. Wendy is a CPA, and CFE. Wendy is currently a Senior Risk Advisory Consultant at EY.

Wendy Grace serves as the NABA Atlanta Community Affairs Director. Wendy is a CPA, and CFE. Wendy is currently a Senior Risk Advisory Consultant at EY.

Wendy Grace

Director, Community Affairs

 Shawn Brown serves as the NABA Atlanta Student Member Services Co-Director. Shawn holds several certifications, a CISA, CRISC, and CSM. Shawn is currently the Director of Compliance and Audit at Acculynk.

Shawn Brown serves as the NABA Atlanta Student Member Services Co-Director. Shawn holds several certifications, a CISA, CRISC, and CSM. Shawn is currently the Director of Compliance and Audit at Acculynk.

Shawn Brown

Co-Director, Student Member Services

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Bryan Payne

Managing Partner - Apollos Partners

David Sewell

Partner - EY

Greg Ellison

Partner - Banks, Finley, White & Company

Holly Reid

Sr. Manager - Turner Broadcasting System

Jeff Kammerer

Partner - PWC

Jeff Morris

Principal - CPA Allies, LLC

Jerry Hanes

Accounting & Internal Audit Professional - Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc.

Kerry Hogan

Managing Director - Southern Company

 

Lisa Griffin

Vice President - Turner Broadcasting System

Milton H. Jones, Jr.

Former Executive

Uso Sayers

Principal - Johnson & Lambert