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 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, CPA
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

Renecia has been an active member and officer of the NABA, Inc. Atlanta Chapter since 2015, and currently serves as Secretary. Prior to becoming Secretary, she served on the Membership Committee. A native of Atlanta, she is a graduate of Georgia State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. While serving in the United States Air Force, Renecia also earned an associate degree in criminal justice from the Community College of the Air Force. 

Renecia is currently a Senior Bank Examiner with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Prior to joining FHFA, Renecia was a Lending and Disbursement Analyst with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, where she earned the Housing Development Finance Certification.

Renecia Glass
Vice President, Administration

Kaisha has been an active member of NABA, Inc. since 2016 and currently serves as the Co-Director of Financial Literacy. She is a graduate of Georgia State University, holding a dual Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance. Kaisha also obtained her MBA and Master of Accountancy from Mercer University. 

Kaisha is a Senior Accounting Analyst at Cox Communications. With over eight years of professional experience, she has previously held roles at the Center for Disease Control, Porsche Cars North America, and a public accounting firm in Atlanta, GA. 

In addition to being a member of NABA, Inc., Kaisha is an active member of the National Black MBA Association. Outside of the office, she enjoys traveling, mentoring, and spending time with family and close friends. 

Kaisha Smith, MBA
Treasurer

Bonnie is currently the Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP) Director for the NABA, Inc. Atlanta Chapter.  She has been a NABA member since 2012, has served as ACAP Co-Director and co-chairs the NABA, Inc. Atlanta College Scholarship Selection Committee. Bonnie holds bachelor's and master's degrees in finance and completed a Master of Accountancy at Georgia State University. 

Bonnie's professional experience includes both the public and private sector in varying accounting roles as well as service in the United States Army. She is currently an Accounting Supervisor in the Cellulose Division at Georgia Pacific. 

Outside of the office she enjoys traveling, reading, and doing renovation projects in her home. Bonnie has two daughters, one a senior at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and one serving in the US Army.

Bonnie Collins, MBA
Secretary

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

 

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