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Board of Directors

The Global Paint for Charity's Board of Directors governs the work of the organization. Our Board shapes the organization's direction through its mission, strategy, budget, and key policies; ensures that the leadership, resources, and finances in place match the organization's strategic vision; and monitors and improves the performance of the organization. The organization Board meets formally four times each year, as well as between the regular committee meetings as needed to conduct the organization's business. Please see below for brief biographies of our talented board.

We would like to recruit new board members to fill our vacant seats. We are looking to bring in new leadership talents in several key areas including fundraising, environment, logistic operations, global corporate relations, marketing and communications. If you are interested or have any contacts in these areas, please pass along our information and get in touch with us.

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Cliff Stanford (Chair)

Cliff Stanford is a partner at the law firm of Alston & Bird, LLP, where he serves as chair of the firm’s bank regulatory group, providing experienced advice and strategic counsel to U.S. and foreign banks and non-bank financial services companies on the full array of regulatory concerns affecting the banking, financial services and payments industries. Cliff’s experience includes serving on the boards of other non-profits and assisting non-profits with governance, contracting, policy development, and fundraising efforts.

Rony Delgarde (Founder/CEO)

Rony S. Delgarde is an advocate for color and waste management, he is the founder of Global Paint for Charity, the first and largest paint recycling and provider of Latex paint to those in need around the world. After coming to the United States from Haiti, Rony discovered there was a tremendous supply of unused paint that would otherwise end up in the waste stream, over 68 million gallons of paint were thrown away from businesses and residents every year and he knew there is a larger demand for that paint in third world countries. Instead he provided the products to needy charities and vulnerable individuals in Africa, Caribbean, Asia and Central America, as well as domestically targeted communities in the United States. For a typical entrepreneur, identifying large supply and large demand means dollar signs. But Rony isn’t a typical entrepreneur. He realized that the good he could do vastly outweighed any amount of money he could make. Rony founded the organization in 2010 and built it into an entity with a truly global impact. Today he has shipped more than 200,000 gallons of paint to 24 different countries— and 40 cities in the United States. By every metric, Global Paint for Charity has been an incredible success.

Rony’s selflessness story has featured on CNN and he has received dozens of awards, state proclamations and citations for his work, including the National ENERGY GLOBE Award, one of the most prestigious environmental awards in the world. Rony earned a Master and Bachelor of Business Administration (MBA, BS). He also won the 2017 Metro Atlanta Chamber E3Awards| NEW VENTURE Category for Startup and New Business that Advances Sustainability through Business Solutions

When he is not working for Global Paint for Charity, Rony is volunteering and mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs and startups on how to build successful businesses that make a positive impact. Regardless of what your ambitions are – nonprofit, technology, finance, and so on – Rony’s passion and heart for helping others is an example you should take to heart."

James Tompkins (Chair of the Governance Committee)

James is the Director of the Corporate Governance Center at Kennesaw State University and a Professor of Finance. James has been working with Boards and Senior Management in a variety of corporate governance consulting assignments since 1999. He has also served as the Corporate Governance expert witness and/or provided litigation support in several high profile cases including, among others, Enron, J.P. Morgan (London Whale), Diebold (accounting restatements), Colonial BancGroup (most expensive bank failure in U.S. history), PFG Group (most expensive insurance failure in Florida). In 2010, NACD’s Directorship listed James as one of 34 “People to Watch” in corporate governance. His experience with Boards and top Management includes facilitating and developing optimal governance policies and practices. James also has international experience in governance and has designed and provided governance education in both Romania and Greece. He is an active academic researcher in corporate governance and corporate finance, and has authored both research papers and cases in these areas.

Ted Williams

Ted Williams received his Associates Degree from Wallace Community College in 1989 and a Bachelors of Science from The University of Montevallo in 1992. Shortly after graduation he joined The Sherwin-Williams Company in 1993 working in their Automotive Finishes Division. He continues to work at Sherwin-Williams where he had served in several key sales leadership roles through his career and now serves as Manager of Business Consulting. In his current role he works as an internal consultant to the executive leadership team and an external business consultant to many of Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes largest customers nationally. He is a recognized industry expert and regularly publishes articles in leading trade magazines focused on lean process and eliminating paint & material waste

Vickie Irwin (Supplier Diversity & Development)

Vickie is the Georgia Power Supplier Diversity & Development Manager leading a team of five supplier development professionals. During her tenure at Georgia Power she has held the positions of Supplier Development Project Manager and Supplier Development Consultant. Vickie is involved in all aspects of supplier diversity and is also Georgia Power’s Small Business Liaison Officer. She is a board member of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC), co-chair of the GMSDC Supplier Diversity Leadership Council, Georgia Hispanic Construction Association Advisory Board, Georgia Society of CPAs, American Association of Blacks in Energy, and Project Management Institute-Atlanta Chapter.

She holds a BBA degree in Accounting from Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Project Management Professional (PMP).

Prior to joining Georgia Power, she worked with national organizations in positions of CFO, Director of Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, and SVP Global Program Management & Strategy. She enjoys traveling to Florida to visit her two daughters, son in law and granddaughter.

Sam Tanton (V.P- World Trade Center, Board Director )

Sam is a Successful Entrepreneur, CEO, Board member, Investor, Mentor, and Management consultant. Encourages out of the box thinking, and loves being a creative problem solver. Brings a Global perspective, having traveled and done International Business in America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Sam "gets business" with 30+ years overall Global Business experience, including 15 + years in IT Software. Founder of 4 new ventures in different industries (Global Trade / Business Intelligence / IT software / Manufacturing). Successfully took his own start-up venture to an IPO and listing it as a Publicly Traded Company. Sam is also actively involved in investing in new businesses, judging business competition, as member and advisor to both private business and not-for-profit boards.

On the Advisory Council Board of Saint Leo University (Donald R. Tapia – Business School). Lectures at EMORY University -- Executive-MBA program as a guest speaker, on Global scalability and Growth strategy for business. CEO Group Chairman, at Vistage (World's largest CEO organization), Private advisory board for CEO's and Business Owners.

Sam’s better half is Dr. Ritu Shrivastava, works at CDC and leads the Global Public Private Partnership program. Have 2 son’s, elder son graduated from MSU in Computer Science and works at GM. The younger one, studying Mechanical Engineering at University of Toledo, Ohio.

HOMERO M. TORRES, C.P.A. (Chair of the Audit Committee)

Homero M. Torres is Vice President of Taxation for InterContinental Hotels Group (NYSE: IHG [ADRs]; LON: IHG), a leading global hospitality company.

Mr. Torres overseas and directs the company’s tax function in the Americas covering countries within North and South America. He is an elected board member and/or officer of numerous InterContinental Hotels legal entities, both domestic and foreign and participates in strategic discussions, including the development of strategies regarding the acquisition or disposition of hotels businesses.

Mr. Torres began his career with InterContinental Hotels Group in June 1989 as Manager of Federal Taxation. He was responsible for providing a range of global tax strategies and services to the company.

Before joining InterContinental Hotels Group, Mr. Torres worked for Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand for 5 years, he provided tax advice, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, for numerous clients including Sony USA, Hyatt Hotels, Jaguar USA and Alpha Romeo.

fluent in Spanish and is originally from Cuba. He is married and has two sons.

Joshua W. Jones (Board Director)

Joshua W. Jones has provided strategic counsel to some of the world’s leading corporations, political candidates and associations. As the founder and CEO of Red|Clay Communications, Jones has consulted for more than 450 political and public affairs campaigns. His extensive experience in political advocacy, management and communications has translated into victories in nearly every state. During the previous administrations, Jones served as a lead for the White House Office of Presidential Advance, He has appeared on broadcast news networks, including NBC and ABC, and his work has been featured on cable news networks across the country. Jones received a degree in public relations and political science from The University of Georgia prior to returning in 2016 to earn his MBA from the Terry College of Business. He currently serves on the Universality’s Board of Visitors and Young Alumni Council and he named one of the University of Georgia’s 40 Under 40. “I look forward to helping advance the cause and work to strategically position the brand in a manner that develops pubic knowledge and also sustainable communications.” Josh.

Chris Moder (Advisory Board Member)

Chris Moder joined the University of Georgia's Public Service Faculty in January, 2006, and serves its J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development in a shared position with the University System of Georgia's Office of Economic Development. As Program Director of the Intellectual Capital Partnership Program (ICAPP), Mr. Moder promotes community and economic development in the state by linking the needs of businesses, communities, and organizations with the resources of the 35 public institutions within the University System of Georgia (USG).

Mr. Moder earned a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree, with honors, from the University of Georgia.

Thomas Gregory (Advisory Board Member)

Thomas provides consultancy services to non profits and non governmental organizations using proprietary methodologies to identify and solve risk, compliance, and control issues unique to this industry. He works with client executives and board of directors to improve operational effectiveness and capacity building.

Prior to opening his consultancy practice in 2013, he spent 12 years managing the internal audit departments of two global NGOs, IRC and Save the Children. Thomas is a certified public accountant with a degree in economics from the University of Connecticut who started with KPMG then moved on to serve in CFO positions with three privately held companies. He is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Association of Fraud Examiners.

In my travels to developing countries I witnessed first hand the poor interior conditions of many buildings particularly schools. We take for granted the beautiful colors that surround us yet a coat of brightly colored paint in a classroom can have a positive influence on a student's learning.

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