Susie Higginbotham is the President of Higginbotham CPA Group, PC. Her company has served hundreds of individuals and business owners since 1977, helping them to make better financial and tax choices for themselves and their businesses.
Susie graduated from David Lipscomb University and began her career with King Hahn CPAs in San Antonio, then with the Tokyo office of Price Waterhouse Coopers. In 1971 she came home to Nashville, to accept the position of Chief Accountant for Hospital Corporation of America.
Susie served in past years as the Chairman of the Board of Hospital Hospitality House and on several other nonprofit boards. Her work with End Slavery Tennessee began in 2009.
Her husband Tony has been in non-profit management for many years; he is now a principal in the consulting firm Higginbotham, Drescher, and Burgess, LLC. They have four children and three grandchildren, and are both active in the ministries of The Village Chapel.
Whitney Akin is originally from Memphis, Tennessee. She completed her undergraduate studies at Samford University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Mass Communication. She has worked as a buyer and managing partner for The Bride Room in Nashville and also in management for Barneys New York. Apart from spending time with family, her hobbies include travel, tennis, event planning and movies.
Whitney enjoys living and serving in the community in Nashville. She volunteers her time weekly at The Next Door. She has also chaired the auction for Cause for Paws, a fundraiser for the Nashville Humane Association. She and her husband Will are members of Covenant Presbyterian Church, where they both enjoy helping with Room in the Inn.
As the founder and managing member of Decker Wealth Management LLC, Bill’s primary responsibilities include the fiduciary development and application of investment strategy for clients of the firm.
Bill’s career experience includes 12+ years with Morgan Stanley where he served as Senior Vice President – Investments and 5+ years with US Trust/Bank of America where he served as Senior Vice President & Private Client Advisor. At both firms, he focused on wealth management for high net worth individuals and families.
Bill completed his undergraduate studies at Baylor University, earning a bachelor’s degree with a public administration major. After applying this mix of economics and political science to his first job with the City of Los Angeles, he earned an MBA from Pepperdine University. Post-graduate studies have included a number of corporate-sponsored opportunities unique to the financial services industry, including an intensive program held onsite at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
In addition to Decker Wealth Management LLC, Bill serves in board and leadership positions for several private companies and local community programs, including the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Nashville, as well as on the servant leadership council of his church, The Village Chapel. He and his wife Courtenay have four children.
Kye is Vice-President of Human Resources, Safety and Aviation for Rogers Group, Inc., a $500MM, 1,350 employee crushed stone and construction company headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. His 30 year business career has included time with Exxon Company, USA, in real estate and automotive manufacturing.
He is a graduate of Abilene Christian University with an Industrial Management degree and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Kye is a former board member of Affordable Housing Resources. Outside of work, Kye enjoys travel, the outdoors, and family.
Julie Hunt is President of Production 101, Inc. and a full-time champion for children. Her passion for teaching kids and parents to be smart about life has lead her to writing, producing, and starring in five DVD training programs which are taught all over the United States and several foreign countries.
She is the former parenting columnist, writing as the Virtual Mom, for The Tennessean in Nashville.
Julie is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and her outside interests include gardening, kayaking, and playing with her grandson.
Marilyn completed her undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She worked as a buyer at McClures Department Store and is a licensed Real Estate agent. She was a founder co-owner and buyer at The Holding Company, an organization store.
Marilyn has served the community through volunteer positions with many organizations such as The Eve of Janus, Tri Delta’s charity benefiting The Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Program at The Monroe Carroll Children’s Hospital, Nashville Junior League, The Cumberland Science Museum, Habitat for Humanity, Preston Taylor Ministries, Harding Academy & MBA parents groups. Marilyn and her husband Elliott have two grown children and one grandchild.
Jack was born and raised in Ohio. He graduated from David Lipscomb College earning a BS Degree in Business Administration, with a minor in Economics.
He served as a District Scout Executive for the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America and National Life and Accident Insurance Company as a Systems Analyst. In his thirty-six years with the company he served in several administrative and managerial positions in the Controller and Marketing Departments. He earned his FLMI designation from the Life Office Management Association. The last half of his career involved many corporate mergers, including American General (AG) and American International Group (AIG). He was very involved in the coordination of local office consolidations, clerical staffing and budgetary analysis.
Jack served on Mayor Bill Boner’s Efficiency in Government Task Force, is an active member of the Brentwood/Cool Springs Chamber of Commerce and was Campaign Manager for a candidate elected to the Williamson County School Board. He served as Treasurer and President of his neighborhood homeowner’s association. Currently, he is Sr. Vice President and on the board of Puffy Muffin, Inc. He is actively involved in his church, is a volunteer teacher for the Nashville Teen Challenge program and has served on the board of Koinonia Christian Bookstore and Obed Ministries in Israel.
Lee Tabor, CPA, is a senior analyst in the Valuation, Litigation and Business Transition Services Group of Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC (LBMC), one of the Southeast’s largest accounting and business consulting firms.
Lee graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2008 with his masters of accountancy. After graduating, Lee worked for KPMG in Memphis as a senior auditor before accepting his current position here in Nashville with LBMC in June of 2012. He brings a broad range of experience in providing auditing services for clients in a variety of industries including financial services, not-for-profits and manufacturing. Lee is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.
He is also a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters and he and his wife, Jenny, are active members of Cross Point Church.
Beth B. Wright is Vice-President for Corporate Communications and Strategic Marketing for Capella Healthcare, based in Franklin, TN. Prior to joining Capella Healthcare in 2010, Beth was Director of Marketing Services for LifePoint Hospitals® in Brentwood, TN. and prior to that, worked in hospitals affiliated with HCA for 27 years.
She is currently serving on the Public Relations Task Force of the Federation of American Hospitals and on the Physician Strategies Task Force of the American Hospital Association’s Society for Healthcare Strategy and Marketing Development.
In 2009, Beth received the prestigious “Best in Show” Achievement in Marketing (AIM) Award from the Nashville American Marketing Association for a colorectal cancer education campaign that generated over 15,000 calls for free at-home test kits.
A graduate of Leadership Sumner, Beth served as President of the Goodlettsville Chamber of Commerce in 2007. She serves on the Board of You Have the Power. As a member of Toastmasters International, Beth served as District Governor for Georgia’s 200+ clubs in 1989-90, achieving President’s Distinguished District honors.
A native of Rome, Georgia, Beth graduated from Shorter University with a bachelors’ degree in communications.
She and her husband David are active members of Long Hollow Baptist Church.