Jonathan Goldman

Founder & Managing Partner

Genesis Capital LLC

Jonathan Goldman is the Founder and Managing Partner of Genesis Capital LLC, an independent investment and merchant bank with a national client base focused on key growth sectors of the economy. The firm has established a track record of working with public corporations, family owned businesses and private companies to achieve their most important strategic and financial objectives. Mr. Goldman has successfully completed a wide variety of transactions including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, private placements, recapitalizations, leveraged buyouts, going private transactions, restructurings, initial and secondary public offerings, debt financings and derivative hedging transactions.

Mr. Goldman has led Genesis Capital’s focus on company needs rather than size, and, as a result, the firm has relationships with companies ranging from under $50 million to over $30 billion in value. Genesis Capital has completed transactions with leading public corporations such as Northrop Grumman (NYSE: “NOC”), Spectrum Brands (NYSE: “SPB”), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (NYSE: “HOT”), Cousins Properties, (NYSE: "CUZ"), Choicepoint (NYSE: “CPS”), and Lodgian (AMEX: “LGN”), as well as leading family owned businesses, including The Paradies Travel Shops, Herschend Family Entertainment Group, and Jackson Healthcare Inc. Genesis Capital also enjoys strong relationships with many private equity firms, hedge funds and family offices.

Prior to founding Genesis Capital, Mr. Goldman was a Partner and Member of the Management Committee of Robertson Stephens, L.L.C., a leading international investment bank. Jonathan's responsibilities included managing the firm's global activities for the Software Group, Electronic Manufacturing Group, Energy Technologies Group, serving as a senior leader for the Healthcare Group, and serving on the firm’s Fairness Opinion and Commitment Committee. Prior to joining Robertson Stephens, Jonathan was a Managing Director with The Robinson-Humphrey Company, where he served as Head of the Healthcare Group and also focused on technology solution and service providers. Prior to that, Jonathan was a Vice President at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he was a member of the Investment Banking Group.

Jonathan serves on several community, philanthropic and company boards. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Atlanta Charity Clays, Chairman of the Atlanta Regional Committee of Camp Sea Gull and Seafarer, and is a member of the University of Texas McCombs Business School Masters of Finance Board and The Rotary Club of Atlanta. Jonathan has served on the Boards of EveryBody Wins for Literacy, Georgia Special Olympics, and The Temple. Jonathan is involved with several companies and is currently a Director and Board Member of The Paradies Shops, Inc. and The Last Straw, Inc.

Jonathan received a B.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the University of Texas in Austin and is married with three sons.

Kathy Stewart Schwaig

Dean, Coles College of Business

Kennesaw State University

Kathy Schwaig is Dean and Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of Entrepreneurial Management and Professor of Information Systems in the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Schwaig joined the faculty at KSU in 2002 bringing over twenty years of teaching and professional experience to the classroom. Dr. Schwaig has served in several administrative roles at the department and college levels.

An authority on the topic of information privacy and policy formulation, her research has been published in some of the leading journals in the information systems field including Information Systems Research, Communications of the ACM and Journal of Management Information Systems. Currently, she serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Information Security and Privacy.

A native of central Texas, Dr. Schwaig earned a BBA in Accounting and an MBA in Information Systems from Baylor University and a PhD in Management Information Systems from the University of South Carolina. She formerly served on the board of the Atlanta Care Center. Currently, Dr. Schwaig serves as Chairman of the Board of Partnership and Academics and Development, a non-profit focused on education initiatives in Central Asia, and is a member of the advisory board of The Edge Connection, a non-profit organization providing business education to microentrepreneurs. In addition to her research, teaching, and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Schwaig serves as a consultant and board member to an Atlanta based IT staffing firm.

Kathy and her husband, Mike, live in Woodstock, Georgia and have one daughter, Emma Grace.