Edward J. Buckley, III, Ph.D., is the CEO of Peerfit, a digital platform that makes it easy for insurance carriers, brokers, and employers to offer local fitness classes to their clients and employees. Ed leads Peerfit’s expansion strategy by driving national partnerships, business development, and fundraising. With nearly 10 years in the fitness industry and a background in digital health behavior research, Ed continues to push the envelope on innovation in the fitness-technology space. He is passionate about designing new ways to drive engagement and help deliver flexibility and personalization to the health and wellness marketplace. Ed holds a Ph.D. in Digital Health Behavior, and a Master’s of Public Health, from the University of Florida. He is also the co-founder and Vice-President of the Board of Governors for Balance180, a non-profit that encourages children with disabilities to be physically active.
Under the direction and leadership of Mary Ellen Garrett, Senior Vice President –Wealth Management Advisor, The Garrett Group provides clients with 35 years of solid industry experience at Merrill Lynch. Within Merrill Lynch, The Garrett Group is a leader in the firm’s wealth management line of business, striving to offer exceptional capabilities in wealth planning and investment and financial management to high net worth individuals, families, family offices, corporations, charitable gift programs, endowments and foundations. Mary Ellen is a frequent guest speaker at seminars and is recognized for her commitment to professional excellence, client trustand community service. In 2018 she was named to Forbes “America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors” list in 2018*, Forbes “Best-in-state Wealth Advisors” list*, and in 2017 she was named to Forbes “Top Women Advisors” list*, as well as being recognized out of close to 60,000 Merrill Lynch employees worldwide as a recipient of the 2015 David Brady Award.*
In the Atlanta community Mary Ellen serves as Chair of the Mercy Care Foundation Board. She is also the Chair of United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society, and is an Ivan Allen Member. She is also a United Way Worldwide board member in Washington, D.C. Mary Ellen has been married to Scott for 35 years and has three children and one grandchild.