Jeremy W. Porter - CEO
Jeremy Porter is a Partner at WMI, a business strategy, organizational development and human capital firm. This is Jeremy’s second stint with this firm, having been recruited back to the firm by the CEO and Chairman. WMI has been recognized in Inc. Magazine’s 500 lists as one of The Fastest Growing Companies in America and is also listed by Kennedy Publications as one of the top 50 firms in the nation. Jeremy is the leading Client Development Executive in the company, achieving 198% of goal for 2007. His primary focus is working with top executives in Fortune 50 and smaller companies in the nation, within various industries. His forte is analyzing businesses, creating structure and efficiencies, and building strong teams. Jeremy manages the Atlanta team, as well as a virtual team in the Greensboro office.
Prior to WMI, Jeremy was the Vice President of Operations for The Corban Group (TCG) for five and half years, a firm that was similar to WMI. At its peak, Jeremy successfully ran the Georgia operation, directly managing 22 employees and reporting to the CEO in Florida.
He was recruited by the CEO and COO of TCG to “raise the bar” with employees and implement training programs, policies, processes, and procedures in the firm; all of which were completed successfully. While being promoted through the ranks at TCG, Jeremy was known for growing client relationships at a much higher rate than anyone in the company’s history. While managing and solving client’s challenges, he also worked diligently to improve TCG’s corporate and operational structure. Within five and a half years, Jeremy wrote the training and employee manuals, established structure, streamlined processes, and trained all new employees. Within six months of taking over the Atlanta operation from the CEO, Jeremy increased the profits of the company by 17% and increased sales by 19%. In addition, he grew this company, during a recession, by 33% the first year, 22% the second, and lost 3% the third year, for a net gain of 52%. This was during a period when more than 50% of the competition closed it doors.
Prior to TCG, Jeremy was a senior executive consultant at WMI during his first tenure with the firm, reporting to the CEO. He was recruited to WMI by one of the managing partners. During this two and a half year tenure, Jeremy was known for his ability to penetrate practice areas previously untapped by the firm. His base of knowledge spans six industries, including technology, industrial, energy, financial, EPC firms, retail and e- commerce. Jeremy was recognized as a problem solver and troubleshooter for all difficult clients. He exceeded all previously set records for first year employees and surpassed all goals for the second year at the firm.
Before WMI, Jeremy was employed by World Wide Charters (WWC), a firm that specialized in leasing large jet aircraft. He sold over $1.5M in aircraft leasing within one month; $100K less than the CEO’S best revenue. While at WWC, Jeremy exceeded quota every year.
Previous to WWC, Jeremy was a co-owner of Auto Accents (AA) for three years. AA was a high-end/exotic auto performance/customization facility for street cars. Jeremy approached the owner of this failing company and offered to take it over and turn it around. Within nine months the shop was in the black and repaying old debt.
Prior to his assuming responsibility for the company, the firm had been mismanaged and suffered a poor credit history. In the three years under Jeremy’s leadership, the firm achieved a stellar financial performance and regained its credibility with vendors and clients
Prior to AA, Jeremy was part of a start-up business, Restaurant Solutions, and a restaurant equipment business. The business was started in a garage and is now one of the largest restaurant equipment suppliers and resellers in the SE.
A consistent theme while at the above companies has been Jeremy’s ability to drive profits, trouble-shoot and improve operations reduce unnecessary headcount, drive teams to their best abilities, and renegotiate contracts with vendors to retain greater profitability and resolve complex challenges. Jeremy is known for his high ethical standards; In addition, he is highly technical with computers, networks, and software. Jeremy also made the “List Makers” two years in a row in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
- While working at these various companies, Jeremy was also part of a leadership team that created a church from 10 members
- He project managed the installation of an entire high-end audio, video, and lighting project for this church
- Jeremy managed the audio, video, and lighting team for 4.5 years, serving more than eight hours per week at the churchv
- He also contributed as a consultant in various industries regarding strategy and crafting business plans for various companies, including Road Atlanta
- In addition, Jeremy wrote a published technical manual for an Italian chassis manufacturer
- Jeremy was part of a team at Free Chapel that set up and recorded a “live” Christian album that has risen to number three in the national Christian charts
Philosophies Jeremy lives by:
- Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime; give a man a fish you feed him for a day
- Stand on the shoulders of the giants who have been there. Seek wisdom and learn from other’s mistakes, as this accelerates growth and results
- Cross train all team members, mitigating the risk of one part of the company failing due to the departure of one individual. This also pushes higher results from the team because everyone understands each role. Lastly, innovative ideas are crafted in various departments that would have gone undiscovered
40 years of age, happily married, two children, both girls a one year old and two and a half years old.
Hobbies - Racing, physical fitness, Audio Engineer, snowboarding, supercross, audiophile, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, serving in praise and worship area of Church at Free Chapel.
Board of Advisors
Bryan Moss became President Emeritus of Gulfstream Aerospace on April 9, 2007, following a four-year appointment as President of the company and Executive Vice President, Aerospace Group, General Dynamics Corporation. Prior to this appointment he had served as Vice Chairman of the company since he joined in March 1995. He retired in 2008.
In 1966, Moss joined the Lockheed-Georgia Company, where he was assigned to the engineering administrative group. In 1968, he moved to JetStar Sales, becoming Sales Manager in 1975. In 1978, he became Sales Manager, Asia/Australasia, for various Lockheed aircraft.
He joined Canadair in 1979, service as Sales Manager, Southeastern United States. He was appointed Vice President, Sales, at Canadair Challenger, Inc. in 1984; Executive Vice President, Sales in 1986 and President of Canadair Challenger in 1987. Moss became President of the Challenger Division, Canadair Group of Bombardier Inc. in 1989. He was appointed President of the Business Aircraft Division of Bombardier Aerospace Group in 1992.
Moss, who is a former member of the Associate Member Advisory Council of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), served as chairman of the council from 1994 to 1996. He has served on the U.S.-Japan Business Council, the U.S.-China Business Council and the U.S.-Hong Kong Business Council. In 2006, Moss was elected a trustee on the Georgia Research Alliance Board. He is also a member of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board. In 2007, Bryan Moss was awarded the National Business Aviation Association’s Meritorious Service Aware, the Association’s highest award for service and contributions to the business aviation industry.
He is presently active in a consulting role for several organizations; serves on various advisory boards; and is an avid motorsports enthusiast.
Born in Greenville, PA, Moss was education at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management in 1962.
Kent J. Hussey - Former President/CEO Spectrum Brands
Mr. Hussey has over 40 years experience in executive management, finance and turnarounds in a variety of business sectors, including aerospace, automotive, electronics and consumer products.
In mid 2009, as CEO of Spectrum Brands, a global consumer products company, he led the company through a re-organization followed by a 2010 merger which resulted in a $3 billion revenue company with significantly reduced debt and brands such as Remington, Rayovac, Black & Decker, ToastMaster, George Foreman, 8 in 1, Hot Shot and numerous other consumer products.
Prior to joining Spectrum as chief financial officer in 1996, Mr. Hussey served as executive vice president of finance and CFO of ECC International, a global producer of industrial minerals and specialty chemicals. He directed expansion programs in Far East, Australia and New Zealand to capture emerging business opportunities.
Mr. Hussey was vice president of finance and CFO of The Regina Company, president, COO and CFO of Astechnologies, and has held financial management positions for The Conair Group, United Technologies Corp., Fairchild Industries Corp. and Grumman Aerospace Corp.
Mr. Hussey earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Rochester and his Master of Business from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Rebecca L. Powell
Rebecca has over 30 years experience in the transaction processing industry, always with a focus on the operations side of the business. The first 20 years were spent with National Data Corporation, starting with an entry level position and progressing through the management ranks to Director of Operations. That was followed by 2 years as Vice President of Operations for MerchanTech International. In 1990 she joined Nova Information Systems, at its inception, as one of the 12 original members of the company, and retired as an Executive Vice President with the company in 2002.
Her experience has included service management, risk management, in-house sales, employee training & development, and operational consolidation of more than 120 merger and acquisition transactions. Along with functional area responsibilities, she has been part of an executive team that took a company from inception through public offering and onto being acquired by US Bank as a wholly owned subsidiary.
The last six years have been spent in community involvement, including:
- Mentoring at the elementary school level through the Forsyth County Mentoring Program.
- Providing career guidance to participants of Train for Change, a non-profit “last chance” program for those seeking a serious chance to function in society through regular employment.
- Vice President, and now President, of The Place of Forsyth County, a family services United Way organization.
On the personal side, she has been happily married to her husband John for 37 years. They have 3 sons, each married and with young families; hence, 7 grandchildren. They enjoy summers at the beach, skiing in the winter, swimming, motorcycles and anything their children and grandchildren are involved in.
- Right way, right reasons always leads to success.
- Never compromise personal morals and ethics.
- Earn every dollar you are paid, and expect the same from others.
- Success is a measure of the person you become, not the things you accomplish
As the CEO and Managing Partner of Euram Investment Group, Maarten Kuik has 25 years of experience in all aspects of real estate development. Today, in addition to overseeing its legal, financial, administrative and commercial activities, he manages the company's real estate portfolio which consists of development and investment properties in five different states. Maarten also maintains Euram's connection with several Dutch investment partners.
He began his career in the U.S. by taking on an apprenticeship with an Atlanta-based law firm while also working in a liaison position between U.S. and European owners and investors for K&L Advisory Company, the predecessor of Euram Investment Group. His career continued down that path which led to a move back to Netherlands where he managed operations for Sunclass Bungalows B.V., a resort development company with operations in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy and the Netherlands Antilles. Maarten moved back to the U.S. in the late 80’s to run Euram Investment Group.
Maarten is also a 50% partner in Southeast Partners, a public syndication company.
He earned a Masters degree in Dutch Law from the State University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.
Mr. Traner is a partner with the Atlanta brokerage group Apache Capital, LLC. He has been active in the banking and real estate industries for 28 years.
After a brief stint in International Economics with First International Bancshares in Dallas, Texas, Mr. Traner served as an international banker in New York City, Jakarta, Indonesia and Taipei, Taiwan with Chase Manhattan Bank. He also served Chase as a commercial real estate lending officer in Florida and Georgia before engaging with Coopers & Lybrand in real estate restructuring on a national basis. Mr. Traner subsequently acquired well over one billion dollars of U.S. commercial real estate and related debt on behalf of German investors with JAMESTOWN and Baita. He later consulted Wells Real Estate Funds in both acquisitions and dispositions of commercial real estate during a period when Wells grew from several million dollars to approximately $7 billion in real estate assets.
Mr. Traner has been a member of AFIRE (Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate), ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers), NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Properties and REGA (Real Estate Group of Atlanta). He is licensed in real estate sales and brokerage.
He is a graduate with honors from Wichita State University in Kansas and holds a Masters degree with honors from Thunderbird (AGSIM) in Arizona.
He resides in Dunwoody, Georgia with his wife and two daughters and is a member and participating deacon at Dunwoody Baptist Church.
Since 1981, when the Atlanta resident first stepped into a Formula Ford, Murry has been building a reputation as a fast and consistent racing driver. In addition to his professional and technical expertise, he has become known as one of the "good guys" in the often wacky world of motorsports.
David began his 2008 race season driving for Autometrics Racing in the Daytona 24 hour race running as high as 2nd in the first hour and finishing 11th in a field of over 40 cars. He will then compete in all ALMS GT2 races driving with Robertson Racing driving a much anticipated Ford GT.
2007 race season saw David as a factory driver for Nissan and competed in the Grand American/Rolex Series driving GT cars. This would be David’s employment by a fourth different manufacturer. He also competed in Daytona Prototypes, driving a Porsche powered Doran chassis.
Murry's career began in Formula Fords, leading to the Sports Renault series. From 1981 to 1991, while driving everything he could get his hands on, he won numerous races and the 1985 Sports Renault Championship.
1991 saw the beginning of David’s long tern relationship with manufacturers. He drove an Esprit for the Lotus factory and immediately won two races, so impressing Porsche that they hired him away from Lotus as a factory driver.
Driving a Porsche 968 in the Firestone Firehawk Series, Murry recorded three wins in the 1992 and 1993 seasons. In the same 968, he won five races and claimed the 1994 Firehawk Drivers Championship and the manufacturer’s title for Porsche while finishing second in the prestigious World Porsche Cup standings. David also won the World Challenge Championship in a Porsche 911 Turbo. David also drove for the Porsche factory at LeMans in their LMP1 car competing for the overall win.
BMW then approached David contracting him to drive their BMW M3-GTR.
- NASCAR Nextel Cup
- American Le Mans Series
- Grand American Series
- Grand American Cup Series
- 24 Hours of LeMans (3 times) Podium finishing
- SCCA World Challenge Champion
- IMSA Grand Sports Firestone Firehawk Series Champion
- SCCA Professional Sports Renault Champion
- 24 Hours of Daytona (11 times)
- 12 Hours of Sebring (12 times)
- NASCAR Winston/Nextel Cup, running 8th
- 23 National and International Track Records
- Factory Race Driver for Lotus, Porsche, BMW, and Nissan
- Can Am
- Formula 1
- Formula 5000
- Sprint & Production Cars
- Street Stock
- Born: New Orleans, Louisiana
- Residence: Atlanta, Georgia
- Status: Married
- Wife: Trudi Son: Dylan Dog: Jake
- SCUBA diver and private pilot