Soyini Coke / Annona Enterprises
Larry Kihlstadius / Vistage International
Mr. Kihlstadius leads the Southeast Vistage region which includes Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina. He assists the Vistage Chair community in growing and improving their individual practices. Vistage International is the world’s leading peer group membership organization for CEOs and senior executives with over 18,000 members.
Mr. Kihlstadius is a graduate or the United States Naval Academy and served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He has held senior leadership positions at Accenture, Monster, American Woodmark, and Randstad.
Linda Gabbard / Vistage International
A high- performing Chair and Chair Coach, Linda Gabbard is known for driving growth and results in large global companies, start-up businesses, and turnarounds. She has deep experience in the manufacturing space, with experience in product marketing, sales, general management, leading international business units, and change management. She runs a successful consulting practice specializing in strategic execution, change management, and executive coaching. Recognized as a change agent and strategist, she combines teamwork, creative problem solving, and a sense of humor in supporting clients and members in the resolution of complex issues in fast-paced environments. Winner of Chair Excellence Awards, Master Chair Award, and 2012 National Chair of the Year, she is a certified Co-Active Coach (CPCC and ACC) and Leadership Circle 360 Practitioner.
Nat Padget / Shareholder Solutions, LLC
H. N. “Nat” Padget began his 36 years career in banking and finance as a federal bank regulator before moving to the private sector where he worked in various executive capacities from credit approval to business development to executive management.
In 1998, founded and served as CEO of CNB Holdings, Inc., a public company that owned what was Chattahoochee National Bank, First Capital Bank and later merged into Flag Bank, which was sold to RBC Bank in 2006 (a $457 million transaction). CNB Holdings original investors who held until its final sale to RBC enjoyed an average annual return of 47%.
During Mr. Padget’s time as CEO, CNB Holdings was awarded the Atlanta Journal/Constitution’s “Top 100 Public Companies of Georgia” four out of its last five years based on financial performance factors including shareholder value. In 2003, He received the “Financial Advocate of the Year” award from the U.S. Small Business Administration for Georgia.
Padget has been the subject of cover story articles in Georgia Trend magazine; Inc. Magazine and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. His marketing initiatives garnered an AMY award in 2005, while his banks received the highest ratings for credit quality from regulators. In 2010, Padget was a finalist for the Vistage Leadership Award.
Today he is owner of Shareholder Solutions, LLC., a consulting practice to aid executives, boards, and owners in enhancing the value of their companies. Padget is also managing partner of Sophisticated Solutions, LLC, a commercial loan company. Padget has been a guest lecturer at Georgia State University and various business associations. He enjoys accurately predicting outcomes in the financial sector well ahead of established pundits.
Specialties: Fractional CFO, banking and finance consulting, board and executive management assessments, shareholder representation, debtor representation, risk management, market strategies, strategic planning, and expert witness in business litigation.