THE TEAM

Team


Seasoned professionals applying their experience for your success.

Michael I. Connolly

Founder and CEO – Atlas


Michael’s passion is to help companies build value. Today, his firm, Atlas Digital Partners, serves clients by offering the following solutions: Venture Development, Corporate Revitalization, SaaS software development, Sales Enablement and select Strategic Advisory Services. Michael is the Co Founder of Silicon Y’All – the premier event in the Southeast for SaaS and Internet CEOs. He’s inspired by SaaS leaders and recently revitalized Varsgen – a SaaS company - that helps online merchants detect and protect online credit card fraud. Michael has led, founded and exited several digital media companies; including the sale of ElderCarelink to QuinStreet. He started his career with a leading global consulting firm McKinsey and Company where he assisted Global Fortune 500 companies with profit improvement initiatives. He later served as Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development for American Express, where he incubated a number of key business development projects; such as American Express Tax and Business Services. Michael has led revitalizations efforts for both private and public clients such as Insignia Systems and Trammell Crow. Michael’s diverse digital and traditional experience makes him a valuable advisor to senior leaders. He has held several CEO leadership roles in Internet media, multi-unit franchising, financial services and healthcare industries (Great Clips, Jamba Juice, BuyerZone, ElderLife Financial Services and MarketBridge.) He is often engaged to coach business leaders to be more effective by guiding them through emotional intelligence exercises. Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College in History and a Masters of Business Administration with second year honors from Harvard Business School. Michael is the Executive In Residence at Birmingham-Southern College.
I am passionate about building companies and developing people.

PARTNERS


Will Wright

Entrepreneur In Residence at Economic Development Partnership of Alabama


Will Wright has founded or been part of the early team for 2 start ups focused on driving better outcomes in healthcare (Digital Health Coaching company Pack Health and physician management company Vascular Management Associates). He has also had a range of high impact engagements as a consultant with McKinsey & Company and Health Benchmarks (now part of IMS Health). With expertise in building products, business development, consumer behavior, patient engagement and measuring healthcare value, he provides a range of advice to clients seeking to grow solutions to the problem of healthcare value.

Cecil Bostany

Technology & Life Sciences Practice Leader at Warren Averett LLC


Cecil G. Bostany, CPA joined Warren Averett as a Member in the Tax Division in 2002. He is a former partner with an international accounting firm and has over 39 years of experience working with privately owned, venture-backed and publicly-held companies. Cecil is the leader of Warren Averett’s Life Sciences & Technology Practice Group and also a Co-Leader in Warren Averett’s Transaction Advisory Services Group. Cecil is taxation planning specialist with extensive experience in mergers & acquisitions, buy and sell side due-diligence, transaction structuring and financing. Cecil serves a variety of clients related to technology & life sciences, venture & private equity backed, manufacturing, restaurant and automotive. Cecil and his wife have three sons and reside in Birmingham.

Taylor Peake

President, Motion Mobs


I am a software engineer by trade that started MotionMobs to help companies by utilizing tech strategies, custom software development, mobile and web applications and data-driven analysis in order to prepare for funding rounds, exits, or exponential growth.

Shiv Narayanan

President, How To SaaS


Shiv Narayanan is the Founder and CEO of How To SaaS, a management consulting firm that works with leading private equity firms to help their portfolio companies scale marketing impact on business results.

ADVISORY BOARD


Experience. Wisdom. Trusted Advisors