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|NAME||J. Darien Southerland (pronounced Darren)|
|AKA||The BG Guy|
|BORN||With a Golden Horseshoe in Smyrna, GA|
|LOVES||His family, his faith and his hard-working staff, and baseball|
|BEST KNOWN FOR||His contagious enthusiasm for life and fierce negotiating skills|
|WACKY FACT||Darien’s name was misspelled at birth and he personally met with|
|Joe Biden and Donald Trump (talk about being in the middle)|
Darien Southerland’s energy is plumb contagious. He does everything like his hair’s on fire and delivers BG results for BG AD Group clients ALL. THE. TIME. He has the uncanny ability to match brands with audiences perfectly, and knocks it out of the park when it comes to putting together targeted events that generate growth. Make no mistake: Darien is a fierce negotiator, award-winning sales leader and expert trainer. Darien likes to say he is abnormal in a positive way, and it works to his advantage. He’s just lucky enough to have normal staff around him to keep it real. Darien is an expert in automotive marketing, and shares his passion and instant drive with all clients he represents. Darien has mastered the art of bringing qualified folks on-site with traffic-driven marketing that helps BG AD Group automotive, education, event and all other clients succeed.
In regards to life outside of the office, Darien takes community involvement seriously. He has served as the Head Middle School Football Coach for Whitefield Academy in Mableton, Georgia as well as the former choir director at his church. Additionally, Darien serves as a Chamber of Commerce member for Cobb County, Douglas County, Hall County as well as Nashville’s Chamber of Commerce. He even serves as the Assistant Director of New Members Class at Marietta First United Methodist Church. He enjoys all types of music, is an excellent singer, and a hard core American Picker (if you have to ask, you don’t know, so talk to Darien). What does this man not do? Darien’s wife Mary has been an educator in Gwinnet/Cobb County for the past seventeen years. They have two children, Jacob (Lenoir-Rhyne University Class of 2017) and Kendall (Georgia College and State University Class of 2018), who not only dedicate their time to academics, but also community involvement.
|NAME||Dr. Jim Killgore|
|BORN||To lead with excellence, in Anderson, SC|
|LOVES||Leading his small group at church, playing guitar, and volunteering at the local food bank|
|BEST KNOWN FOR||Going to The Masters EVERY year|
|WACKY FACT||Jim once had dinner with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip|
Jim’s what we call ‘old-hat’. With 25-plus years of non-profit CEO-COO leadership, he’s figured out how to avoid the mines (and help put the pieces back together when it blows) for businesses and organizations. As a seasoned ‘pro-fesh-un-al’, he basically helps organizations get better and more efficient at what they do. He’s got a lot of fancy schmancy qualifications—like being President of The Atlanta Christian Foundation, the founder of GC2 Consulting, the President and CEO of Advancing Church’s in Missions Commitment, and the senior executive of an international organization in Islamabad, Pakistan where he worked in over 50 countries. He’s basically a ninja at helping for-profit and non-profit organizations, colleges, universities, and groups. He has also done coaching and consulting, business development, marketing, and performed first-class research. At BG AD Group, he’s our Secret Sauce.
Outside the office, Jim has built personal relationships with many leading faith leaders in America such as Andy Stanley, Louie Giglio, and others. His father-in-law was the former director of the nuclear regulatory commission during the Reagan administration, so he had to walk a chalk line with his daughter. Jim is married to Grace and is the proud grandfather of Owen, his first grandson. Secretly he would like to own a goat farm in upstate South Carolina one day.
|BORN||To be the glue that holds BG AD together, in Sewickley, PA|
|LOVES||Animals and Roller Coasters|
|BEST KNOWN FOR||Her willingness to lend a helping hand|
|WACKY FACT||Sandy was a dance instructor for 6 years|
Sandy Hamrich is the glue that binds us. She first came to BG AD as a part-timer in February of 2013 after retiring with 36 years from the Department of Defense. Her experience includes super cool stuff like working with Ret. General Colin Powell, being an Air Force Emergency Management Adviser alongside FEMA during Disaster Relief Operations throughout the US, and other less glamorous (but nonetheless important) tasks like Office Manager, Budget Officer and Program Analyst. After working in Darien’s garage for a while, Sandy realized Darien needed a swift kick in the pants and that’s when things really started happening at BG AD Group. Sandy is a proven leader, manager, advisor, planner and operator at all levels who is known for her innovations and practical management style. She is a highly motivated professional dedicated to customer service and satisfaction and she’ll take anyone to task, so best mind your manners around Sandy.
In Sandy’s past life, she was a Girl Scout and Girl Scout Leader for over 2 decades, first for her daughter and then her granddaughter. She loves sports and played softball and volleyball for many years; her favorite sport is soccer. Sandy has two children: her daughter Jennifer lives in Birmingham, AL and they have two children, Autumn and Evan. Her son EJ is married to Jessica and they live in Denver, CO. Thank goodness Sandy loves to travel.
|TITLE||Operation Manager/Event Coordinator|
|BORN||To make friends in Marietta, GA|
|LOVES||Golf, Family and the Braves|
|BEST KNOWN FOR||Never meeting a stranger|
|WACKY FACT||Tim served for 25 years as a Choir Director (bless his heart)|
|TITLE||Summer Marketing Intern|
|BORN||In the heart of Atlanta|
|LOVES||Her cat Maella|
|BEST KNOWN FOR||Bringing fresh, creative ideas|
|WACKY FACT||Alex can lick her elbow|
“No matter how good you are at planning, the pressure never goes away. So I don’t fight it. I feed off it. I turn pressure into motivation to do my best.”
Alex is a youngster with a love for marketing. She currently attends Georgia State University as a forth-year student. She will be graduating with a BBA in Marketing this year at age 20, two and a half years early. Alex now lives in downtown Atlanta in condos from the 1920s. Her hobbies include: interior design, easting mint chocolate chip ice cream, and sleeping through a thunderstorm.
|TITLE||Lead Event Coordinator|
|BORN||To have fun in Marietta, GA|
|LOVES||The Atlanta Braves, University of Alabama, Friends, and Family|
|BEST KNOWN FOR||His laugh|
|WACKY FACT||Nick DOMINATES Darien in the American football|
|video game Madden|
|BORN||Carrying a tune in Mableton, GA|
|LOVES||Music and family|
|BEST KNOWN FOR||Putting others ahead of himself|
|WACKY FACT||Logan’s Daddy is a doppelganger for Danny Divito|
|BORN||To bring cuteness to the office in Smyrna, GA|
|LOVES||Sleeping, chewing on shoes, and teddy the Bear|
|BEST KNOWN FOR||Snoring|
|WACKY FACT||He’s afraid of his own reflection.|