GENE WRIGHT is a seasoned business executive and advisor to many small and mid-market businesses in the US and abroad. As a founder and owner of multiple businesses, Gene has successfully raised capital and helped many clients prepare their business to attract investment capital to help realize their growth potential. Gene recently founded the Georgia Crowdfunding Association (GCA), a non-profit organization focused on crowdfunding advocacy and providing education and awareness to Georgia’s crowdfunding ecosystem and serves as GCA’s executive director.
He is a Trustee and certified advisor with The Organization for Entrepreneurial Development (OED) a non-profit organization dedicated to providing local business assistance to Atlanta area businesses. .
Gene began his professional career with pioneer warehouse club operator Makro in 1977 based in Utrecht (Netherlands), opening the first Makro warehouses in the US. Upon the sale of Makro to Kmart, he joined KMart’s specialty retail group in 1990. Following Kmart, Gene joined the global consulting firm Andersen Consulting (Accenture) as Associate Partner responsible for facilitating discussion with Andersen’s global client’s senior management teams. He facilitated workshops focused on growing and sustaining competitive advantage for companies such as Best Buy, Sears, McDonalds, Harley Davidson, Target, Home Depot, Carrefour, JC Penney, CB Richard Ellis, Costco, Mercedes, Ito Yakado, Kitamura, among others.
A graduate of the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration, he lives in the Buckhead area.
CHONCHOL GUPTA is the Founder and CEO of Rebirth Financial, Inc, America’s first platform connecting small business borrowers directly with individual and institutional lenders. Gupta is also the author of the soon to be released book, Understanding Crowdfunding, and is the former host of the radio talk show, “Entrepreneur Happy Hour.” He is a globally-recognized financial innovator, small business funding expert, trusted consultant to both foreign and domestic government financial organizations, and an adviser to public and private financial institutions. He earned his MBA in Global Management Degree and Certificate in Latin American Business Studies from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business, where he served as President of the Graduate Business Council. He also holds a BS in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University, and a BA in International Studies with a focus on Asia and the Pacific Rim from the University of California, Irvine.
DAVIN GREEN is the Founder and Lead Strategist of Green Machine, Inc. He has a passion for marketing, information technology, and design, and has spent the last ten years following trends in online marketing, design of digital products, and internet strategy with emphasis on engagement and conversions. Green extends brand awareness, ensures quality delivery of services, and manages the execution of strategies both internally and for clients. Outside of the office, you’ll find him helping to promote sustainability initiatives, camping in the North Georgia Mountains, or touring around town on his Honda motorcycle.