Chair and Executive Director, Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors
Mary has taken a company public, served on boards of private, public companies, and non profits. She has served on the audit, governance, and nominating committees. She has been active since 2001 in the Atlanta Chapter of NACD, as Chair, Director, Officer, Program development. The organization hosts monthly luncheons on topics from Executive Compensation, Risk Management, Committee Responsibilities, Proxy season, fraud, and other issues of importance to directors. Mary has also been involved in the Directors’ College, Terry College, University of Georgia, for the last nine years, as a speaker, resource and advisor. In 2004 Mary Co-founded the Atlanta Chapter of Women Corporate Directors with 30 members who are on public boards with one or two on private boards.
From 1981-1994, Mary was President, Founder and Co-CEO of Information America, the first company to offer on line access to public record data. She created the firm, raised over $8 million from angel investors and venture capital, grew profitable revenues to $25 million, took it public, and then sold the company to Westlaw delivering an attractive return to shareholders. Subsequent to Information America, she joined ChoicePoint as Vice President of Public Records. She has worked with ValuBond, Inc. (sold), eAttorney (sold to Lexis), fabric.com (sold to Amazon), Miavendia.com, LVGRM, and LAWDOCS. She currently does turnaround work with Grisanti Galef and Goldress.
She has received awards including: inclusion on Inc magazine’s 500 List for three years running, and finalist for Inc’s Entrepreneur of the Year. She is a member of the Committee of 200, CEO Netweavers, and the Society of International Business Fellows. She is and has been on several advisory boards for TI:GER program at Georgia Tech and Emory University, Kennesaw University Center for Corporate Governance, the Grove, Northwestern Mutual Shareholders Internet Advisory Board, and the Global Foundation Network.
She received a BA in Math and Economics from Vassar College and an MLS in Library of Science from Columbia University.