|William N. Delmont
Chairman and CEO
Bill is currently chairman and chief executive officer of Accelegrow Technologies, which markets, sells and distributes Accele-grow- M. It has an exclusive license to the formula for Acccele-grow- M, a powerful kelp-based plant growth stimulator. Applied with traditional NPK fertilizers, Accele-Grow-M incrementally increases plant yields and crop quality in a cost effective, environmentally friendly manner-particularly in extreme conditions such as drought.
Bill Delmont was a senior sales executive whose career at United Parcel Service spanned 31 years, including leading the firm’s $23 billion dollar worldwide business development operations. Form 1991-1996 he served as corporate department manager for business development and vice president and director of sales for UPS with responsibility for sales strategy, field operations, sales management systems and training, quality, and customer service programs with a worldwide sales and support organization of 15,000 people. In this role he led the restructuring of the entire UPS field organization from geographic territories to a customer segment based strategy, which resulted in a $7 billion dollar revenue growth over 5 years. Bill was also responsible for managing the UPS corporate sponsorship for the 1996 Summer Olympics, chaired the UPS Customer Advisory Council, and initiated strategic alliances and consulting relationships with more than a dozen firms. During 1995, he was instrumental in the consolidation and outsourcing of the firm’s telesales and teleservicing capabilities worldwide across 65 sites and 7,000 people.
Prior to this appointment, Bill managed sales and customer service for the U.S. field operations and was also instrumental in launching UPS’ field regulatory group and congressional relationships in Washington. Through his involvement, UPS was successful in equalizing service provider legislation between private package delivery companies and the United States Postal Service. This capability led to the introduction of UPS’ intrastate services in UPS’ southwest territories during the early 1980’s.
As a region business development vice president, Bill led two multi-state western territories of more than 1000 salespeople each during UPS’ expansion during the 1970’s and 80’s. At the same time he and his team launched next day and worldwide delivery service offerings across all customer segments resulting in a doubling of revenue over 5 years. Bill’s UPS career included assignments in operations, marketing and congressional awareness.
Bill retired form UPS in February 1997. In addition to his current role as chairman and chief executive officer of Accelegrow Technologies, he provides executive council to business leaders. He has served as a director on the Golf Club of Georgia’s board for four years and was President during the 06/07 term. He was a board observer and company advisor to Accudraft Inc, Lake Mary Fl and E-freightsoluitions, Atlanta Ga.
He has been an active supporter of the United Way and the Muscular Dystrophy Association and has assisted these organizations by raising more than $ 2 million dollars during the past 15 years. Bill studied economics at Temple University, logistics at Michigan and attended the Executive session at Columbia Business School. He served in the US army Airborne and enjoys golf, photography, travel, and is a collector of guns and model trains. He is married and has two daughters.
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Dr. Clifton A. Baile
Dr. Baile is a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Agricultural Biotechnology and Distinguished Professor at The University of Georgia. At the university he has coordinated the Georgia Research Alliance's program in Agricultural Biotechnology. This program has dual goals of conducting leading-edge research and seeding start-up companies to commercialize animal and plant biotechnology in Georgia. In 2002 he was awarded the UGA Lamar Dodd Award for recognition of “an outstanding body of scholarly and creative activities in the sciences”. He was recognized in 2008 with the highly meritorious D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professorship by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences for “sustained exemplary achievements in research.” He was the first to receive the Professorship since 1997 and only the third of the present faculty to be so honored.
Dr. Baile has a distinguished career in academic and commercial spheres with over thirty-five years experience at Harvard University, The University of Pennsylvania, The University of Georgia, SmithKline Beecham, and Monsanto Company. He has participated in the founding of seven companies and has served on the Board of Directors of AgGlobalVision, Inc., Angionics, Inc., AptoTec, Inc., InsectiGen, Inc., MetaMorphix, Inc., Oncose, Inc., and rPeptide, LLC. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Research Alliance representing the other 50 GRA Eminent Scholars. He is a member of the Georgia BIO Board and the Louisiana Gene Therapy Research Consortium. He serves on the University of Georgia Faculty of Engineering Advisory Board.
Dr. Baile has served as a consultant to more than twenty companies, including several in the top Fortune 50. As Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of AptoTec, Inc. and InsectiGen, Inc., Dr. Baile provides management for the research and development and commercialization programs and did the same formerly for ProLinia, Inc. and Oncose, Inc. In 2003 he was recognized for his entrepreneurial spirit and energy by the Georgia Biomedical Partnership which presented him with a Community Award for “putting UGA on the map as one of the most active biotech business incubation centers in the Southeast.” In 2007 Dr. Baile was presented an Alumni Citation of Merit by McPherson College. In 2009 he was named a Fellow of the American Society of Animal Science and received the Missouri University Faculty-Alumni Award. In 2010 he received the University of Central Missouri Alumni Award and was named an AAAS Fellow.
Dr. Baile is known internationally for his research on the control of feed intake and the regulation of energy balance in animals. His contributions to the literature on the relationships between growth, lactation and the control of feed intake include approximately 350 journal articles, 300 abstracts and presentations for scientific meetings and 17 patents. Prior to joining the University of Georgia, Dr. Baile was employed by the Monsanto Company in St. Louis, MO, where he was a Distinguished Fellow and Director of Research and Development, Animal Sciences Division. His department successfully developed an injectible bovine somatotropin with a two-week delivery system for dairy cows. He has been successful in directing drug research and development projects from the discovery stage to FDA approval and commercialization.
Dr. Baile received his B.S. degree in Agriculture and Business from the University of Central Missouri in 1962 and his Ph.D. in Nutrition from the University of Missouri in 1964.
Jerry L. Blankenship
Jerry is a retired senior manager from United Parcel Service’s finance group. He held numerous positions in the finance and accounting function leading up to his promotion as Corporate Internal Audit Director. In his role as Regional Corporate controller in two of UPS largest operations Jerry was responsible for protecting UPS revenue and monitoring all cost reduction activities. He was very instrumental in UPS’s service improvement initiatives. His career at UPS spanned more than 30 years. Jerry received a BS degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana Illinois. He was a Director of Mountain State Bank for five years prior to its acquisition by GB&T. He is currently a Managing Member of Elite Real Estate Ventures, LLC based in Cumming, GA.
Mr. Blankenship has been involved in a number of civic and community activities, especially those relating to children and local children’s sports programs. He served as president of Batavia, Illinois Little League Baseball for 3 years. Mr. Blankenship presently devotes much of his time and talent to volunteer service work to United Way, Georgia Special Olympics, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Habitat for Humanity, Food for the Poor, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He and his wife are active parish members of St. Brendan Catholic Community Church.
|Donald R. Duckworth
Don Duckworth is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The CWD Group, a management consulting and private equity investment firm serving a wide array of clients, from Fortune 50 global giants to small cap startups. The firm has a strong vertical industry focus and its partners have either served as a CEO, a COO, or an equivalent senior position in their respective industry segments. This collective experience results in the delivery of “ results driven advice” to the firm’s clients, based upon actual experience rather than theory, in the areas of strategy, performance improvement, organizational transformation, human capital processes, and corporate governance. When this intellectual capital is combined with the firm’s financial capital, it brings to the client an unequalled portfolio of resources to insure future success.
Prior to this position, Don was in the executive search industry and served as the CEO and co-managing partner of two “global 20” search firms, Horton International and Johnson, Smith & Knisely/Accord. Both firms operated in over twenty five countries with more than forty offices, in such diverse locations as Shanghai, Hanoi, Kiev, Mumbai, Stockholm, Budapest, Prague, Buenos Aires, and Santiago. Don pioneered the introduction of global account management programs in the executive search industry and also introduced synergistic services in the areas of executive coaching, executive assessment, and e-cruiting.
Before entering the executive search industry in 1993, Don served in corporate leadership roles in the oil and gas industry with Standard Oil (Ohio) and BP. Some of the positions he held were Vice President, Human Resources; Vice President, Corporate Security and Risk Management; Vice President, Finance and Administration; Senior Vice President, Change; and Chief of Staff. He also served on a number of the Company’s executive and board committees, including the management, environment, contributions, and compensation committees.
Don is a graduate of the University of Georgia; the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia; and the US Army Command and General Staff College.
He has served on a number of Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards, including Link Staffing Services, ROXCO, Crystal Insights, MARS, and Cambrian Stone. His professional memberships include Business Executives for National Security (BENS); Association of Former Intelligence Officers; Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; Technology Association of Georgia; the British American Business Group; and the executive committee of the Atlanta Council of Boy Scouts of America.
On a personal note, he is an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer. He has participated in the Grand National Waterfowl Hunt, the Kansas Governor’s Turkey Hunt, the One Shot Antelope Hunt; and the One Box Pheasant Hunt. Don also regularly fishes a number of marlin tournaments, ranging from the Bahamas to Cabo San Lucas. He is an active member of all major hunting, fishing, and shooting organizations and has been an active volunteer in the Atlanta Charity Clays Shoot, the Georgia SCI chapter, and Ducks Unlimited. He is currently the co-Chairman of the Boy Scouts Sporting Clays Championship. In 2004, Don was inducted as a regular member of Boone and Crockett, one of the nations leading game conservation organizations, founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887. His personal memberships include the Golf Club of Georgia, Cat Cay Yacht Club, Yale Club of New York, 191 Club, Ravinia Club, the Sons of the American Revolution, and the Society of the Cincinnati.
Chairman and CEO - Accelegrow Technologies, Inc.
Daniel J. O’Dwyer
Danny O’Dwyer has over 35 years experience in Planning and Project Management, with over twenty six years as a senior UPS Industrial Engineering Manager. Danny was instrumental in creating and implementing successful operational strategies that increased business, reduced costs, improved service levels and positively impacted the bottom line results. He has demonstrated his strong background in Project Management and his ability to keep a “critical eye” for opportunities to improve operations. Both his organizational skills and team building abilities were keys to a very successful career.
Danny has 11 years of experience working for the United States government where he provided expertise in the development of route plans and flow control for the Department of Transportation. Danny also has 26 years experience with United Parcel Service where his continual successes allowed him to assume positions of greater responsibility. His last assignment prior to retiring was as the Corporate Transportation Industrial Engineering Manager where he was responsible for the planning of the Domestic U.S.A. Operations with an overall budget in excess of $4 Billion annually.
Danny was a member of the “Commission for a New Georgia” and was instrumental in developing practical recommendations for streamlining processes and reducing costs that were implemented by Governor Sonny Purdue.
Danny has been an active member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers for almost 20 years. He served as the Industry Advisor on their Council on Industrial Engineering for five years representing the Transportation sector.
Danny is a successful serial entrepreneur and provides guidance and assistance to many companies as well as assisting them with securing funding. Danny is also a Managing Partner of Smith Capital, LLC which is based in Georgia.
Danny has a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Adelphi University and a Masters Degree in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management.
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