Dr. Ron Braund is a family business consultant, behavioral health professional, mission leader and author. He is currently president of Family Business Transitions, facilitating family owned business leaders in generational transfer and succession planning to achieve personal & philanthropic goals. His clients include the owners of Chick-fil-A, family foundations, corporate executives and athletes. He partnered with professional golfer and U.S. Ryder Cup Captain, Paul Azinger, to implement a successful team-building strategy in America’s victory over the European Ryder Cup Team at Valhalla.
Within the global mission community, Ron has facilitated strategic planning, team building support, member care counseling and critical incident debriefing. His personal focus has been to support the needs of orphans & neglected children through direct care and transition programs. He is committed to serving collaborative networks which implement strategies for foster care programs and country specific family-based solutions.
Ron has over 30 years experience as a Marriage & Family Therapist. He hosted a daily radio program, Marriage & Family Today, in association with Moody Broadcasting.
He is the author or co-author of four books including Understanding How Others Misunderstand You; The Strong-Willed Child or Dreamer?, and Cracking The Code: The Winning Ryder Cup Strategy, Make It Work For You.
Ron and his wife, Ginger, reside in Marietta, Georgia.
Roy Jones is currently a principal at Seven Hills Strategies, LLC, an Atlanta-based strategic consulting firm. With Seven Hills, Roy will serve as a coach and advisor drawing upon his experience and business acumen developed over a decades-long career.
Most recently, Roy served Chick-fil-A, Inc. as the Executive Director of the Cathy Family Office. Roy was recruited by Dan Cathy, the Chairman and CEO, in 2014 to build a dynamic team of professionals to serve both the family’s multiple households and Chick-fil-A, Inc. Roy led the team that provided a variety of services to the Cathy family, including estate planning and administration, financial planning, income and estate tax, private foundation governance, family governance, real property and investment management, risk management, and other services. He also served as the captain of a “Dream Team” of Chick-fil-A leaders and external consultants that was charged with delivering a comprehensive plan and structure for Chick-fil-A to remain privately owned by the Cathy Family for generations to come.
Roy initially honed his family office management skills leading the Family Office of Henry F. “Hank” McCamish from November 1998 through January 2004. As part of the McCamish team, Roy served as the Chief Investment Officer, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of the McCamish Group. He also served as the President of McCamish Foundation. The Foundation focused on entrepreneurial investing, with all gains being given to Christian, educational, and humanitarian causes.
Roy practiced law for 14 years in a firm that he co-founded. His practice specialized in commercial real estate transactions and development, private equity, estate planning, deal structure, and financing complex transactions. For the last several years of his legal career, Roy functioned as primary advisor to several extraordinary families and gained intimate exposure to the inner workings of private companies, successful families, investment strategies, and intergenerational planning.
From 2004 to 2014, Roy was a founding Director of three private equity funds. With those funds, he built on the experience he had gained as a founding member of both the Advisory and Investment Committees of Greenspring Associates, a Baltimore based PE fund that now manages more than $8.7 BBL of committed capital.
Throughout his career, Roy has served on the Boards of multiple private companies and non-profit entities. He currently serves on the SEFOF Advisory Committee; FOX Executive Council ‘04; as a Director and Investment Committee Member of Elmwood Management (the Herschend Family Office); and as a Trustee of the Eagle Ranch Foundation.
Roy is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington and Lee University. After college, he led a successful start-up in Richmond, Virginia then returned to Atlanta to attend Emory University School of Law. He was on the Law Review, graduated with distinction, and received Order of the Coif honors. In 2000, Roy was admitted to practice before The Supreme Court of the United States of America.
A native Atlantan, Roy married his best friend and college sweetheart, Carter, more than 40 years ago. They have two grown sons and worship at The Church of the Apostles. Roy leads a weekly mentoring group/bible study with millennial men and also enjoys hiking, shotguns, and cooking on his Big Green Egg.
Mark Conklin is the founder of Wise Counsel Inc., and is committed to transforming families, leaders and organizations. In July 2018, Mark retired from his role as Director, Staff Leadership Development at Chick-fil-A Inc. where he focused on the strength and sustainability of the CFA staff leadership pipeline.
As a prolific thought leader for over two-decades, Mark helped Chick-fil-A become one of the world’s most admired and respected brands. His career with the company included work in Field Operations, Leadership Development, and Talent as the company grew from $400 million to over $10 billion in sales. In 2002, he assumed responsibility for Chick-fil-A leadership development programs and designed, developed, and delivered a range of leadership programs to create effective servant leaders who could operate successfully in a high growth, global, diverse work environment.
Prior to joining Chick-fil-A, Mark spent eight years working in higher education and also served stateside and overseas on active duty as a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.
Mark is a frequent public speaker and has consulted on a range of leadership topics for families, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Most recently, he is leveraging his years working along-side the Cathy family at Chick-fil-A to help enterprising families intentionally steward their ownership, family, and business roles.
A summa cum laude graduate of Nyack College, Mark holds a Master of Divinity degree with a Marriage and Family Therapy concentration from Alliance Theological Seminary. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School and is a doctoral candidate in Global Leadership Studies.
Mark has served on the board of trustees for Cross International, Focus on iThemba and his local church elder board. He is a Trustee Emeritus at Strong Rock Christian School and currently serves on the board of the With Open Eyes Foundation. A native of Pennsylvania, he and his wife, Joy, have been married 35 years and have two adult children, JohnMark and Sarah and a son-in-law John. Joy and Mark reside outside of Atlanta, GA.