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Melanie Bialko Leeth

Vice President

Imlay Investments

 
Melanie Bialko Leeth is Vice President of Imlay Investments, Inc. and has worked at the company since 1991. Imlay Investments is the personal investment company of John P. Imlay, Jr., former Chairman of Dun & Bradstreet Software (formerly Management Science America). Ms. Leeth has worked on the management of Mr. Imlay’s investment portfolio on both the public and the private venture capital markets. Ms. Leeth has sat on the board of a number of Imlay’s private investments. Ms. Leeth also serves as a Director of the Imlay Foundation, Atlanta Technology Angels and Venture Atlanta.

Prior to joining Imlay Investments, Ms. Leeth was a Vice President with MG-First Boston, a start-up venture between Metellgesellshaft and First Boston in New York. She was also an investment banker with Citibank, NA.

Ms. Leeth has her Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics and Spanish from Vanderbilt University.

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Richard Kopelman

CEO and Managing Partner

Habif Arogeti & Wynne

 
Richard is the strategic visionary, leading Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP’s growth to the next level.

For the past 20 years, Richard has enabled clients’ success by focusing on what he can do FOR them not what he could do TO them. This distinction has resulted in the success of many high-growth businesses in the areas of manufacturing, distribution, transaction processing, service providers and insurance agencies. In fact, he has helped companies increase profits by 500 percent by using Lean Manufacturing and the Theory of Constraints.

He is known for being one of the most well-rounded business leaders in Georgia because of his ability to offer strategic consultation and insights, which has changed the game for many of his clients, while at the same time being able to dive into the details of a company’s financials to discover opportunities for efficiencies, thus improved financial performance. Richard gets results. He has helped clients throughout the country recover millions of dollars in federal and state tax refunds targeted as incentives for high-growth companies.

Prior to his role as CEO- and Managing Partner, Richard was the partner in charge of the Firm’s manufacturing and distribution industry group, having grown that group’s revenue by 800 percent since 2001. He is regularly called on by the national and local business, trade and industry press for expert commentary and insights. He is quoted frequently in publications like IndustryWeek, Manufacturing & Technology, Food Manufacturing, Plastics News, Accounting Today and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. He also has been interviewed by WSB-TV, WSB-Radio, and National Public Radio (NPR) on important business issues.

From 1999 to 2001 he served as a part-time CFO for a technology start-up that today is one of the largest online managing general insurance agencies in the country.

Richard earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of South Florida and joined the Firm in 1992. He is licensed in Georgia and Wisconsin, serves clients nationally and globally.

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Garrett Van de Grift
CEO

Red Wizard Group

Garrett Van de Grift is CEO of Red Wizard Group, which comprises a collection of closely held companies

in the fields of vending, day care, landscaping, trash hauling, real estate, and financial services. In 1997, after four years of finance training at Ford Motor Company and four years of sales and marketing experience at The Coca-Cola Company, Garrett embarked on his entrepreneurial career path, founding the first of several vending management companies. Collectively, Garrett’s vending management companies now manage more Coca-Cola full-service machines than any other Coca-Cola client.

Through other startups and acquisitions, the Red Wizard Group portfolio of companies includes Enterprise Vending Group, GV Holdings, Pine Leaf Management, Sandy Springs Lawn Scapes, SSLS Factoring, The Suzuki School, U.S. Vending, Vending Corporation of America, Vending Management Consultants, and Wastelogix.

An active philanthropist, Garrett has been involved in many Jewish organizations and strongly believes in his responsibility to give generously of his time and resources. Garrett is a past president of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.

Garrett received his MBA with a concentration in Economics from the University of Chicago (1993), his JD from the University of Florida (1989), and his BSBA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1986).