Sandy serves as Senior Vice President - Head of Operations for First Data’s Network & Security Solutions (NSS) organization. NSS includes the STAR Network, EFT processing, Digital Banking, TeleCheck, Prepaid, Security and the Government solutions businesses. She has over 30 years of experience in the Payments Industry and has driven some of First Data’s largest strategic initiatives. She is named on 25 issued patents.
Sandy supports and mentors First Data’s LGBT employees, women leaders and young professionals, encouraging them to engage and grow, personally and professionally. She advocates for a safe, diverse and inclusive work environment where First Data’s employees can thrive, grow and be themselves at work and in their communities. She is an advocate, a voice, and a champion for diversity, inclusion and workplace equality. Sandy founded and co-chaired First Data’s Atlanta Diversity and Cultural Council (Employee Resource Group (ERG) Steering Committee). She is an active member of the Women’s Leadership Council and serves as the Atlanta Executive Sponsor of UNITY – First Data’s LGBT ERG. She also served on the Executive Planning Group for FinTech Atlanta. Sandy’s coming out (at work) story was published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle/Pride Edition 2016.
She was recently honored by Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) with the 2018 Diversity Leadership Award of Excellence (Enterprise) and by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the 2018 “Women Who Mean Business”. In 2017 she was awarded by Georgia Diversity Council as one of 2017's "Most Powerful & Influential Women".
Sandy and her wife (Jennifer) live in Midtown Atlanta with their dog Liza Minnelli.
Petrina Bloodworth is an Internal Audit Leader with over 15 years of combined experience in Big 4 public accounting, radio broadcast media, manufacturing and financial services industries, and government and educational institutions executing Sarbanes-Oxley 404 compliance, Green Book compliance, financial, information systems, operational and regulatory compliance auditing, business process evaluation and design, risk management and fraud investigation in consulting, private and publicly traded companies.
Petrina graduated from Florida A&M University with a BS degree in Business Economics and Georgia State University with a Master's of Accounting. She is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), has a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), and is currently studying for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Professional memberships include The Institute of Internal Auditors, The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
She resides in the Emory/CDC area with her wife, Emma Foulkes. Petrina and Emma were the first same-sex couple in the United States to wed on June 26, 2015 when the Supreme Court lifted the ban on gay marriage.
Daniel Dunlop is the President of Dunlop Productions, a corporate meeting, conference and live event production company.
Dunlop Productions partners with clients to deliver creative solutions, event management, video & music production, scenic design & fabrication, and live entertainment for corporate events at a world-class-level. Dunlop Productions consistently “wows” their clients by captivating their audiences, engaging their senses, and motivates them to take action.
Throughout Dan’s career, he has worked with a number of influential companies like, IBM, Procter & Gamble, Nationwide Insurance, LexisNexis, The Direct Selling Association, NuSkin Enterprises, and Silpada Designs and has assisted them with their international, national and regional conferences. His work as a show producer has taken him abroad where he has produced conferences in Paris, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Toronto, Ukraine, and others. His conferences often go beyond those present in the ballroom or arena, and are streamed to thousands that are joining on-line or by satellite broadcast.
Dan’s passion is to create events that bring about a memorable experience. His core belief and practice is that edge and excellence must never be compromised.
In addition to being a member of the AGLCC, Dunlop Productions is nationally certified by the NGLCC.
Dan resides in Mid-Town Atlanta and enjoys finding new restaurants, working out, and routinely spending time at Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Beltline.
Billy Cochran is the Vice President of TP Corporate Lodging. He has worked in corporate housing and for TP Corporate Lodging since 2001. He oversees all operations and sales and assists the owner with the daily management. TP Corporate Lodging provides executive furnished apartments in the Atlanta, GA and Jacksonville, FL areas. Billy represents the company through their trade association in several capacities and is a longtime advocate of Corporate Housing. He has also served on their Board of Directors and was named Member of the Year in 2013.
Billy has served as one of the Facilitators of the Gay Fathers of Atlanta for over 12 years. He is a father of 2 and Grandfather of 5 and has worked with men to help them through divorce and coming out issues over that 12 year period. He has also been a board member and volunteer with Mega Family, and has volunteered with Atlanta Pride and the Gwinnett Humane Society. He and his husband attend Buford United Methodist Church.
Billy was raised in the small town of Rockmart, Georgia where he spent most of his life. There he learned that to get something back, you have to first give something and that’s where he learned to love to volunteer. Billy and his husband Barry live in Dacula, Georgia with their poodle Jada and their Bichon Sammy.
Glen Paul Freedman serves as the CEO for The GPF Group, LLC, a political management consulting, and operations management services firm. Clients include: Georgia House Democratic Caucus-Democratic Party of Georgia, House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, GeorgiaNext LLC, Grady Health System, The LMB Group LLC, Upfront Megatainment.
Formerly, Glen Paul Freedman served as Chief of Staff to the Honorable Lisa M. Borders, President of the Atlanta City Council/Vice Mayor. Freedman provided political strategy, executive management and political support to the City Council President/Vice-Mayor. Freedman also worked with Grady Health System, The LMB Group, LLC, several state & city campaigns and community events.
Prior to joining the Atlanta City Council President’s office Glen Paul worked in the Airline Marketing Automation and Travel Distribution Services area for 19 years with Delta Airlines & Worldspan.
Freedman continues to work within the LGBT community primarily focusing on achieving Full Equality for all LGBT persons and continued political advancement in the State of Georgia for LGBT persons.
Freedman currently serves on the non-profits boards of Atlanta Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta Pride Committee, Georgia Equality, & Victory Fund Campaign which all work to advance LGBT equality.
Freedman was honored to have served on the boards on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Atlanta Steering Committee, HRC National Board of Governors, InterPride, LGBT Atlanta Police Department Advisory group and several other non-profits and political organizations. Freedman lives in the Old 4th Ward, Atlanta, Georgia.
Matthew J. Lee is an attorney at the firm of Solomon Baggett, LLC, where he represents businesses and individuals in matters related to Creditor's Rights, Bankruptcy, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Landlord-Tenant, Real and Personal Property Foreclosure and General Corporate law.
Matt handles a wide range of legal matters related to corporate and commercial law, including corporate & LLC formations. He often represent clients in negotiations, lawsuits, and bankruptcy matters and advises his clients on issues related to debt, contracts, insolvency and civil litigation. His experience includes representation of secured and unsecured creditors, handling pleadings for commercial collection litigation matters on behalf of large corporate clients and financial institutions, representing banks and commercial clients in civil litigation related to business disputes and serving as national coordinating attorney for the recovery efforts of both secured and unsecured creditors. He has also advised clients on landlord-tenant and eviction issues, represented clients at arbitrations, mediations and settlement conferences, and managed both pre- and post-judgment collections efforts of his clients, including asset searches, bank garnishments and liens.
Matt is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, where is a member of the Creditor’s Rights and Bankruptcy sections, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia. He is a graduate of Georgia State University College of Law and has a B.A. in Economics from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.
In addition to AGLCC, Matt is also an active member of Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia, the statewide organization for LGBT and allied lawyers, judges and legal professionals. During his involvement with Stonewall, he has served as a Student Member of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Perimeter-area networking group, member of the Outreach Committee and as a mentor for LGBT law students.
Matt is a native Kentuckian and lifelong Kentucky Wildcats fan. He moved to Atlanta in 1999 and he and his partner Tim currently live in Midtown.
Luis Quinones is the Catering Sales/Account Development Manager at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, the only 5 Star, 5 Diamond Hotel in Atlanta.
Luis began his career with Four Seasons in early 2016 and dedicates himself in establishing new relationships while continuing to foster existing parnerships all while planning and creating memorable experiences for his customers.
Luis has been in the hospitality and event sales industry for 16 years and began his career with Wyndham Hotels in Chicago as the wedding sales manager followed by a career with Hilton Worldwide specializing in account development and wedding & corporate sales.
In 2008 Luis moved to Miami to continue his journey with Hilton Hotels as the Catering Sales Manager with CONRAD Miami. After 4 years with Hilton Hotels he decided to pursue a career with EPIC Hotel in Miami as Catering Sales and Hotel Monaco as Associate Director of Catering, both a Kimpton Hotel.
In addtion to being a member of AGLCC Luis is also a member of the National Association of Catering Executives. Luis has the attention to detail and passion for planning memorable and special events.
In 2013 Luis and his partner, Keith decided to move to Atlanta where they live happily in West Midtown with their pug, Mr. Bundles and French Bulldog, Marcel
Courtney DeDi is the founder and CEO of DiOGi Pet Services and the Executive Director of non-profit DiOGi CARES. DiOGi Pet Services is Atlanta's premiere dog walking, pet sitting and dog training company specializing in caring for pets with behavioral issues and special needs since 2010. DiOGi CARES' main focus is on shelter intervention and was created as a way to give back to the community that has so lovingly supported her business throughout the years. They serve the underprivileged pet owners in Metro Atlanta by offering vet assistance, pet food and supply delivery, free spay and neuter services as well as scholarship based dog training classes.
Courtney is a 2017 graduate of the National Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program. The benefits of completing this curriculum has been exponential. This, in part, inspired Courtney's desire to invest in small business development through the AGLCC.
Michael Vescio is currently a Sales Manager for the Discover DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau. Mr. Vescio has been in the hospitality industry for the past 36 years. He most recently was the Tourism Sales Manager for the new City of Brookhaven. At the Discover DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau his focus is to bring motorcoach groups – student and seniors as well as attracting the LGBT inbound market to DeKalb county – thus making it a preferred destination. The Bureau recently won an Honorable Mention for their Destination Guide from the Marcom Awards – an international competition for Marketing and Communication Professionals. He currently is in his fifth year on the Board of Directors of Georgia Motorcoach Operators Association and also his fourth year on the Board of Atlanta Metro Travel Association. Mr. Vescio grew up in Central Florida and is a proud graduate of Florida State University. His interests include sports, good food and supporting theatre and the arts in the area. Mr. Vescio has resided in Marietta for over twenty years and enjoys all the area has to offer.
Hillary has worked in non-profit and education for over 17 years. While a student at Spelman College, Hillary began her non-profit career by working with the Atlanta Bar Association. After graduation, she became a classroom teacher with Atlanta Public Schools. Being driven to continue to serve with an interest in programming, Hillary took her first program coordination job with Hamilton County Schools as a Family Partnership Specialist.
While with HSC, Hillary attended the Johns Hopkins University National Network of Partnership Schools Training and received extensive training on The Framework for Understanding Poverty. After being inspired by the training, Hillary decided to move to Washington, DC to attend graduate school. While working with the District of Columbia Public Schools as an Out of School Time Coordinator, Hillary completed her Advancing Youth Development Training and began working on her Master of Public Administration/Non-Profit Management degree at the University of Baltimore.
Hillary took a position with Experience Corps as a Field Manager and later as a Program Director. She was with Experience Corps during the transition into becoming AARP Experience Corps. While with AARP Experience Corps DC Branch Hillary’s responsibilities included volunteer management, member training, and program implementation. After moving to Atlanta Hillary transitioned to the AARP Georgia State Office as their Program Specialist- Outreach. Hillary recently transitioned to the position of Sr. Program Specialist and is now responsible for presenting AARP’s programs to the community at large and for LGBT Outreach.
David is the co-owner and president of Hierarchy, Inc., a full-service marketing agency that's focused on the customer experience between brands and consumers.
The team at Hierarchy are results-oriented, analytic problem solvers and thought leaders in creative shopper marketing who helps brands discover “the moment their customers have been waiting for.” Hierarchy merges vision, best practices, and a natural sixth-sense to deliver 360º brand expressions that create buzz-worthy results.
David is an enthusiastic student of human behavior, dedicated to helping clients uncover authentic insights that can be translated into relevant action. His experiences helping fortune 100 brands: AT&T, The Home Depot, Newell Rubbermaid, Georgia Pacific and more with strategy, campaign design, multi-channel content development, retail store design, and merchandising make him an invaluable partner and skilled team leader.
As a 15+ year transplant from Chicago, David has genuinely embraced living in the south and resides in Midtown Atlanta with his impressive feline, Griffin. He is an avid traveler checking off one country at a time and lover of all things ATL.
Crystal King is a Corporate Relations Manager at Georgia Power Company. She joined the Southern Company family in 2004. She has worked at Southern Company Services and Southern Linc Wireless in addition to Georgia Power Crystal has held varied positions in Finance, Accounting and Supply Chain. A native of Chicago, Crystal studied for her BBA with a concentration in Accounting at Robert Morris University in Chicago and her MBA at Mercer University. Crystal and her husband David are the proud parents of two adult sons.
Michael D Daniels is a Vice President, Business Banking Relationship Manager for Chase Bank, Georgia. In this role, he is responsible for boosting financial productivity for businesses, their owners, and employees, through lending; cash management, payroll processing, and payment services solutions. Michael serves businesses with annual revenues between $2MM- $20MM, focusing on South and Southeast GA markets.
Prior to joining Chase Bank in 2018, Michael has spent over 14 years in the banking industry, working in a variety of roles with SunTrust Bank in Atlanta and Commercial Business Banking with Fifth Third Bank.