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2022 Speaker Bios


Brian P. Kemp
83rd Governor, State of Georgia

 

Brian Kemp is a husband, father, businessman, and public servant. On November 6, 2018, he was elected as Georgia's 83rd Governor, earning more votes than any gubernatorial candidate in state history.

Governor Kemp built his first business – Kemp Development and Construction Company – with a pick-up truck and a shovel. Over thirty years later, he is a successful entrepreneur with businesses and investments in banking, farming, timber, manufacturing, and real estate.

Kemp served on the Board of Suncrest Stone in Tifton as a Founding Director of First Madison Bank and St. Mary’s Hospital Board in Athens. From the backhoe to the board room, Governor Kemp understands how to successfully create jobs, grow companies, recruit start-ups, and make deals on the international stage while also providing opportunities for hundreds of hardworking Georgians.

Out of frustration with government, Brian Kemp ran for public office in the early 2000s.

In the State Senate, Kemp was instrumental in fighting to cut fees, taxes, and mandates on job creators and Georgia families. As Secretary of State, Kemp utilized technology and innovation to cut bureaucratic red tape, slash spending, and streamline government.

As Governor, Brian Kemp is fighting to make Georgia #1 for small business through regulatory reform. He will ensure that all parts of our state - including rural Georgia - have opportunities to grow and thrive. Kemp is fundamentally reforming state government, keeping our families safe, and always putting hardworking Georgians first.

Kemp is married to the former Marty Argo of Athens. They are the proud parents of three daughters – Jarrett, Lucy, and Amy Porter – and active members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.


Chris Arnone
CPA Partner, Moore Colson CPAs and Advisors

Chris Arnone is a Partner and Business Assurance Practice Leader at Moore Colson. Chris has extensive experience in serving companies in the transportation, manufacturing, distribution, staffing, private equity and venture capital industries. In addition to audit and accounting services, Chris has significant experience in mergers and acquisition due diligence as well as expertise with employee benefit plans.

Chris’ responsibilities at Moore Colson include leadership of the firm’s Business Assurance Practice, coordination of assurance services for clients, technical research and consultation, maintaining and expanding client relationships, developing and implementing value-added ideas, and mentoring and training professionals within the firm.

Chris graduated from the University of Scranton in 1997, where he served as the co-captain on the men’s basketball team and received the University’s excellence in accounting award.

Chris holds a B.S., Accounting degree from The University of Scranton, Scranton Pennsylvania

Mack H. Guest, IV
Vice President, LAD Truck Lines

Mack H. Guest IV (Dutch) has been an active part of the Oconee community for the past 13 years.  Dutch was born in Gainesville, Georgia, where he became an Eagle Scout and is a graduate of North Hall High School.   He is also a member of the 2002-2003 Gulf South Conference Champions and Division II National Champion Runner Up Valdosta State University Blazer Football team. Dutch finished school at North Georgia University in Dahlonega.

Transportation runs in his blood as he is the fourth generation in his family to work in the trucking industry.  Dutch has worked in various capacities at LAD Truck Lines since 2007 including driver, warehouse manager, truckload and logistics operations, and safety and recruiting director, and general manager.   He is currently Vice President of LAD Truck Lines, Warehouse and Records management where he works alongside his father, Mack H. Guest III and uncle, Judson Guest.   Along with his responsibilities at LAD, Dutch serves in many capacities with several professional organizations.  He is a board member for the Georgia Motor Trucking Association, State Vice President of Georgia for the American Trucking Association (ATA) and a member of the Georgia Poultry Federation. Dutch is on the planning board for the Transportation Profitability Seminar with the UGA Terry College of Business.  He is also a graduate of the LEAD ATA program, the ATA premier selective class for upcoming leaders in the industry.

Dutch serves in various leadership roles for several local organizations as well including Oconee State Bank Community Advisory board, Oconee County Little League, and the Oconee Chamber of Commerce.  He is a graduate of the Oconee Chamber of Commerce Leadership Oconee program. Dutch has served as President of the Oconee County Rotary Club and is the current President of the Athens Touchdown Club.

Most recently, Dutch volunteers his time as an Oconee County Flag Football coach, an Oconee County Little League coach, at Oconee Elementary School and as an active member of Watkinsville Baptist Church.  He is also owner and co – founder of South Main Brewing - Oconee County and Watkinsville’s first brewery.  Dutch is happily married to Mary Beth Lee Guest, a native of Tifton, GA.  She currently is CEO and CFO of the Guest Family.  They have 2 children, Sarah Beth (11) and Mack V (7), as well as a lively 4-year-old Boykin Spaniel, Mr. Remington (Remy).  Dutch enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, working out, and UGA football games.  You will also find Dutch RVing or relaxing on Lake Oconee or on Lake Blackshear.

Douglas Marcello
Chief Legal Officer, Bluewire

Doug Marcello, Chief Legal Officer of Bluewire, is a trucking defense attorney with a CDL.  He had represented trucking clients across the country, having been specially admitted for cases in 35 states.  Doug received the 2018 Leadership Award of the ATA Safety Council.    He has served on the advisory board of the American Trucking Research Institute.  Doug is a member of numerous trucking organizations, including a board member of the PA Motor Truck Association and member of the American Trucking Association Safety Council as well as trucking law organizations including TIDA and Transportation Lawyers.  He has written numerous articles concerning trucking safety and defense which can be found at www.cdl-law.com

You can also find his interviews and presentations on his Youtube channel and podcast, “TransportCenter”, on iTunes.

Steven Murphy

CPA Partner, Moore Colson CPAs and Advisors

Steven Murphy, CPA, is a Partner in Moore Colson’s Tax Services Practice. He currently is the Practice Leader for the Transportation Industry and also serves as the Tax Practice Leader for the Retail Industry. Steven works with the coordination of tax services for clients, planning and organizing engagements, managing the progress of work, maintaining and expanding good client relations, suggesting and implementing tax planning ideas, performing research, and supervising staff.

Steven’s professional background in public accounting, along with his strong interpersonal and team-oriented skills, complement Moore Colson’s already diversified tax team. With expertise in federal and state tax planning, Steven’s successful business background includes serving clients in the transportation, retail, manufacturing, and technology industries.

Steven started his professional career at Arthur Andersen LLP, where he worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions group. He then worked at Deloitte & Touche LLC, where he was a senior in their federal tax practice. Finally, he worked as a Tax Manager assisting closely held businesses at a local firm before joining Moore Colson in 2007.

Steven holds a B.B.A. in Accounting and a M.A. of Accounting, Tax Specialization from the University of Georgia

Dr. Roger Tutterow
Henssler Financial Endowed Chair, Director of the Econometric Center and Professor of Economics, Kennesaw State University

Roger Tutterow is Professor of Economics at Kennesaw State University. He also serves as Director of the Econometric Center, an applied research center housed in KSU’s Coles College of Business.

His analysis of the economic, business and political environments have been featured in a variety of media including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Arizona Republic, Florida Times-Union, Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Orlando Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Wichita Eagle and on CNN, CNBC, NBC, Bloomberg Television, NPR’s “Marketplace” and “All Things Considered,” CNN-Radio as well as by regional electronic and print media.

In addition to his work in academia, Dr. Tutterow has served as a consultant on financial economics and statistical modeling for corporate clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to closely held businesses. He also serves as Chief Economic Advisor for the Henssler Financial Group, an Atlanta-based investment advisory firm and as a strategic advisor to Georgia Oak Partners, a Georgia-focused private equity firm. He has provided expert testimony on economic, financial and statistical matters in state and federal court, before the Georgia General Assembly and before the Georgia Public Service Commission. Dr. Tutterow has given several hundred speeches to professional groups in over 30 states and Canada on topics in the economic, business and political arenas.

For the last four years, he has been selected by Georgia Trend magazine as a “notable Georgian." In 2003, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue appointed Dr. Tutterow to serve on the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, a capacity that he continues to serve in for current Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. In 2010, he was named to the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians which conducted a comprehensive review of Georgia’s Tax Code. In addition, Dr. Tutterow has served on the Georgia Child Support Commission, on the Board of Trustees of Berry College, the Board of Directors of Vinings Bank, the Southern Region Board of Directors for the American Red Cross Blood Services and the Board of Directors for Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Atlanta.

A Georgia native, Dr. Tutterow holds a B.S. in Decision Science from Berry College and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Georgia State University. Prior to rejoining Kennesaw State University, Dr. Tutterow held faculty and administrative appointments at West Virginia University, Georgia State University and Mercer University. He has also served as a visiting professor at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and at the Institute for Industrial Policy Studies in Seoul, South Korea.

Avery Vise
Chief Analyst, Freight Transportation Research Associates, Inc. (FTR)

 

Avery is the chief analyst for trucking-related market data at FTR, the industry leader in freight transportation forecasting.

He is one of the premier industry analysts for truck freight demand, capacity, and pricing dynamics; spot market metrics; and the impact of macroeconomic changes on trucking demand. He is also a leading authority on changes in fleets’ equipment and driver populations and on the impact of trucking regulation on productivity and capacity.

Avery is a frequent speaker on the trucking outlook at association events and private meetings, as well as host of FTR's weekly Trucking Market Update podcast.

He is the principal author, responsible for providing commentary, data analysis, and forecasts for the Trucking Update and Shippers Update services. He is also a regular contributor to the Truck and Trailer Outlook service, and a frequent author of the State of Freight Insights service, which looks at trends in freight transportation.

Currently, he is leading the development of FTR’s upcoming Trucking Closer Look product, which will provide a comprehensive look at trucking capacity by segment.

Avery has closely studied the transportation industry for more than 30 years as an editor, analyst, and researcher, including more than 20 years dedicated to the trucking industry.

Avery resides in Alabama with his wife Julie and their three children. He is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.