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Barclay Keith is the CEO and co-founder of Artis Technologies, a provider of modern lending solutions for businesses to offer affordable, low-friction financing to their customers at the point of need. Keith is responsible for the overall strategic vision, execution, and success of the company, instrumental in launching the startup and providing direction in its earliest critical stages of growth and development.
A self-taught coder with no additional training, Keith is a highly motivated individual who spent several years serving in the U.S. Army with a stent in Afghanistan – an experience that not only shaped his character but also largely influenced his business leadership style. Artis is where his technical skill converges with his desire to build a company that takes care of its people.
Before Artis, Keith was a Director at GreenSky where he was responsible for long-term forecasting, data analytics, and credit strategies research. Among other things, he rebuilt the VBA-based forecasting models, which reduced run times by more than 90 percent.
Keith also spent three years as the director of GUDHO, a company that serves the woodworking, plastics and composites industry with precision cutting tools. It’s a field he knows well, a passion of his being woodworking with traditional tools. Throughout his time at the company, he automated company operations and was given P&L responsibility.
Keith was the director for Heard Capital as well, developing risk management, investment, and trading execution strategies. As the company’s second hire, he helped build the firm to more than $30 million in capital.
After serving in the Army, Keith pursued his bachelor’s degree in finance at Kennesaw State University. He continued his studies by obtaining a Masters in Babson College’s Global Entrepreneurship programs and master’s in finance from the University of Rochester. He was also one of the original co-founders of the Atlanta Bunker Lab, a veteran entrepreneurship chapter.
He is from Atlanta and currently resides in the suburb of Roswell, with his wife and toddler son. An avid traveler, Keith lived in seven different countries and done business on three continents. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors – anything from fishing and hunting to mountain biking and snowboarding.
John Wichmann is COO and co-founder of Maptician; helping organizations accomplish the important objectives of returning to their offices in a safety-conscious, organized manner, and enabling them to plan their future, post-COVID use of office space to reduce expenses and improve employee experience.
John has spent the past 20 years focused on software and consulting services to help organizations gain new visibility, make better decisions, and unlock value. For the majority of that time, John has accomplished this through leading and growing teams that sold and delivered software, software services, and consulting services.
Most recently, John led services practices at both Teradata (TDC) and Fiserv (FISV). At Teradata, John led a $25M consulting practice responsible for selling and delivering software and consulting services to some of the largest and well-known companies in the world. At Fiserv, the practice area John led implemented and configured SaaS and installed software for hundreds of clients per year across banks, credit unions, and mortgage providers, with implementation durations ranging from less than a week to over 6 months.
Prior to Teradata, John served as President of Xpanxion, a software services company where he first worked with Maptician Co-founders Nick Eurek, and Paul Eurek. It was at Xpanxion that the team experienced, first-hand, the challenges of managing multiple offices within a growing organization. It was this, plus time spent at dozens of client offices that resulted in the launching of Maptician in 2017 and the software solutions it offers today.
John received his degree from Georgia Tech in Industrial and Systems Engineering. While there, had the opportunity to work for Lotus Development Corporation in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as a co-op student. Lotus, one of the earliest and most innovative providers of business software, provided an early view into what well-designed software, paired with an energized company culture and effective leadership, could result in.
John lives in the Alpharetta area with his wife and three children, ranging in age from 10 to 18. John and the Maptician team are excited to be both founded and located in Alpharetta, Georgia; home to hundreds of technology companies and the innovations they bring to market.
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About Your Host
Joey Kline is a Vice President at JLL, specializing in office brokerage and tenant representation. As an Atlanta native, he has a deep passion for promoting the economic growth and continued competitiveness of communities in and around Atlanta, as well as the Southeast as a whole. He has completed transactions in every major submarket of metro Atlanta, and works primarily with start-ups, advertising/marketing agencies, and publicly-traded companies. With a healthy mix of tenacious drive and analytical insights, Joey is a skilled negotiator who advises clients on a myriad of complex real estate matters.
With a strategy and business development background, Joey is first and foremost a pragmatic advisor to his clients. Most recently, he was the Director of Business Development for American Fueling Systems, an Atlanta-based alternative energy company. While at JLL, he has become a member of the Million Dollar Club, and has built a reputation as an expert on the intersection of transit-accessibility and urban real estate. With intimate involvement in site selection and planning/zoning concerns, Joey approaches real estate from the perspective of the end user, and thus possesses a unique lens through which to serve his clients.
Joey holds a Master of Business Administration from Emory University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a founder, board member, and the treasurer of Advance Atlanta, and also sits on the Selection Committee for the Association for Corporate Growth’s Fast 40 event. In addition, he is a member of CoreNet and the Urban Land Institute. Finally, he is part of LEAD Atlanta’s Class of 2019.
Connect with Joey on LinkedIn.