Lara O'Connor Hodgson - President and CEO

Lara O'Connor Hodgson is a founder of NOW Corp and has served as its President and CEO since its inception.

Lara has launched product and service businesses, raised capital, and served in executive management roles with Nourish (a patented consumer product for children), Insomnia Consulting LLC (an infrastructure development company), Dewberry Capital Corporation, DCH (a $400M private equity firm in which she was a founding principal), Dunk (a performance footwear and apparel brand), and iXL, an Internet development company. Lara has extensive experience in brand development, corporate strategy, business development, marketing, and operations, Lara has worked with companies such as Nike, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Keds, and others.  

Lara received an MBA from The Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering with highest honors from Georgia Tech where she was a scholarship member of the Varsity Track team, was named one of the top 20 students in the U.S. by USA Today, and was selected to study in Japan with the U.S. Department of Defense.  Lara also served as the Ambassador to Lebanon for the 1996 Olympic Games.
 
Lara serves as an appointee of the Governor to the board of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority and the Regional Transit Committee (she previously served as an appointee of the Governor on the Transit Planning Board and the Transit Implementation Board), is an adjunct lecturer in finance at Georgia Tech’s graduate school of Management, and serves as a founding Board member of Atlanta Heights Charter School. Lara has also served on the Boards of Flag Bank, Society of International Business Fellows, Central Atlanta Progress, and Georgia Tech’s Alexander Tharpe Fund.
 

Lara is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2004 and the Leadership Georgia Class of 2005. She was recently honored by the Georgia Tech Athletic Association with the Total Person Alumnus Award and by the Georgia Tech Women in Engineering as the Alumnus of the Year. Lara is a member of the Georgia Tech Young Alumnus Hall of Fame and is an internationally recognized speaker on innovation and creativity.


Archie L. Jones, Jr., CPA - Vice President of Finance, CFO

Archie Jones joined NOW as CFO in September 2014.  With his experience and expertise in strategy and finance, Archie will guide the continued growth and scale of NOW’s financial and operational capabilities.

Prior to joining NOW, Archie served as an officer of Kenexa Corporation (NASDAQ: KNXA) and its Vice President of Business Development since 2005.  In this role, Archie has focused on three key growth drivers: strengthening and broadening the suite of offerings, increasing the geographic reach of the business, and expanding into new industry sectors and markets.  His efforts facilitated Kenexa’s industry-leading growth through over twenty M&A and partnership transactions in seven countries.  In December of 2012, Kenexa was sold to IBM.

Prior to joining Kenexa, Archie spent his career in private equity.  His private equity experience began with Merrill Lynch Capital/ Stonington Partners as a financial analyst and then as a founding member and Principal of Parthenon Capital in Boston.  Archie served on the Board of Franco Apparel Corp. and served as its interim CFO.  Archie also served on the Board of Kenexa Corporation of Wayne, PA helping chart its path to IPO.

Archie currently serves on the Board of AIT Worldwide Logistics, Inc., Year Up- Atlanta, and the Taly Foundation.

He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University and is a magna cum laude graduate of Morehouse College with a major in Accounting.  Archie and Lara Hodgson were classmates at HBS.


Kim Humphreys - Vice President of Marketing

Kim has helped launch a number of financial services technology companies, including Security First Network Bank (the world’s first Internet bank), S1 (a global provider of Internet banking software solutions), nFront (an Internet banking solution provider for U.S.-based community banks), Magnet Communications (a secure, Web-based business banking and cash management solutions company), WebToneTechnologies (a multi-channel customer relationship management software provider for the financial services industry), and Harbor Payments (provider of electronic billing and electronic invoice presentment and payment solutions).

 

Most recently, she spent four years at American Express upon their acquisition of Harbor Payments. There she helped launch the American Express eInvoice&Payweb-based payment platform, including its Buyer Initiated Payment (BIP) solution and other business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) electronic invoice, billing and payments offerings.

 

Majoring in communications at the University of Alabama, she has authored numerous articles and co-written several books on eCommerce, including Banking & Finance on the Internet (Van Nostrand Reinhold) and The Handbook of Technology in Financial Services (Auerbach). She also has written for Time magazine, has served as editor of several business publications, and is a founding member of TAG FinTech, which serves to promote the financial technology and payments industry.

 

Haddy Jallow Coulibaly - Vice President of Credit

Haddy Jallow Coulibaly has worked in the financial services industry for over eight years and has extensive knowledge in accounts receivable management, credit risk management, credit and financial analysis, operations, customer implementation, and administration of financial systems.

Prior to joining NOW, Haddy served as a Senior Underwriter and Credit Analyst at FTRANS Corp., an affiliate of Synovus Financial Corp. and an innovator in trade credit outsourcing.  During her six years at FTRANS, she played a vital role in creating risk models, developing and maintaining an internal receivables management system, underwriting small businesses, managing receivables assets, and managing credit risk across a large portfolio of accounts.

Haddy received a B.A. in French Language and International Business with a minor in Finance from Georgia State University and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix with highest honors, earning a membership to Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business.

Haddy is also an active Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), a Cobb County Juvenile Court mandated court reporter and a child advocate. 


Dave Clauson - Vice President of Client and Partner Development

Dave Clauson enjoys the challenges of building a business. He serves as NOW’s Vice President for Client and Partner Development. In this role he designs and deploys the programs necessary to help serve NOW’s customers better and grow NOW’s business in the process.

Prior to joining the NOW team, Dave was the Founder of Big Blue Sky a multinational Indigenous and minority enterprise development consultancy. Big Blue Sky works with governments and corporations in energy, construction, natural resources and infrastructure development initiatives and operates in Australia, Mexico, Indonesia, Canada, Papua New Guinea, Chile and the United States.

Dave also previously served as Vice President, International for NANA Development, a $2.5B Alaska Native-owned corporation with engineering, construction, natural resources, IT, government contracting and hospitality operations in 12 countries and 5 continents. While at NANA Dave defined the company’s new growth and strategic acquisition plans and built the company’s first commercial IT services operation working with companies such as Apple, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, AT&T and Verizon.

Dave has over 25 years of technology business development experience in hardware, software and the Internet including a stint at Internet and online financial services firm iXL where he was head of worldwide marketing. Under his tenure, Dave helped grow the company from less than 20 to more than than 2,000 people worldwide and was a key member of the management team that took iXL through its successful IPO and secondary financing achieving a market cap of over $4 Billion.

He is the Founder of several Silicon Valley start-ups three of which became successful public companies. Working in virtually every category of the technology industry, Dave has either led or was a key member of the teams that launched the IBM PC and AS 400, the Intel Pentium Processor, Apple’s Powerbook, Adobe Acrobat and Amazon.com. All were dominant brands in their category.

An academic honors graduate of UCLA, Clauson is a noted expert in minority business development and has advised the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Minority Business Development Agency and the Federal Trade Commission on various economic, technology and legislative issues.


John B. Hayes - Chairman

John B. Hayes is a founder of NOW Corp and has served as its Chairman since its inception.

 

John brings over 40 years of experience in developing technology-based companies, several of which provided innovations that displaced existing industries.  In 1974, John created, in association with Wang Laboratories and the US Senate, the first computer-based word processing system, which replaced the typewriter as the primary tool for creating business documents.  He was co-founder and president of TCS Corporation, the company that built the first microcomputer accounting software, now called Peachtree Accounting, which replaced manual bookkeeping for small and mid-size businesses and was one of the six applications introduced with the introduction of the IBM-PC in 1981.

John co-founded Comsell, an early producer of online interactive technology, which was sold to News Corporation in 1986.  John developed, in partnership with Intelligent Systems, the "Picture Computing" line of products including  the full color graphics technology used by IBM for the early PCs and is the basis for color displays today. John founded Interactive Health Network / GeoMedica, a producer of health-related interactive online products, which was sold to Reuters in 1994. 

John created the web-based technology that allowed WestLaw to be used by all lawyers, largely replacing manual legal research. In 1997, John founded OneCoast Network, a supply-chain consolidation, which was sold to Internet Capital Group in 2000.   In 2004, John founded and served as the first CEO of FTRANS Corp., an affiliate of Synovus Financial Corp. and an innovator in trade credit outsourcing.   Under his leadership, FTRANS was recognized as #345 on the 2009 Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies in America. 

John was an attorney with Alston, Miller & Gaines (now Alston+Bird) where he practiced securities, banking,  corporate, and cooperative law.  John was a member of the team that filed the first public securities registration for Gold Kist, then the largest cooperative in the southeast, and the team that transformed C&S National Bank into a multi-jurisdictional bank that become part of Bank of America.  John was also a staff member for U.S. Senator Herman Talmadge where he worked on rural economic development among other issues.  

John earned a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a JD from the Emory University School of Law, where he was a member of Emory Law Review and an instructor in Legal Research and Writing. John is a member of the Leadership Georgia class of 1974.

John was chairman of the Georgia Tech Committee of 20, which initiated the effort that created the Advanced Technology Development Center on the Georgia Tech campus in 1979.   In 2009, John was recognized for his outstanding leadership by Tech America and received the Southeast Spirit of Endeavor Award.

John is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the American Bar Association. He is currently active is helping create the FinTech Society of TAG - the Technology Association of Georgia. John is the author of Use the Credit Crisis to Grow Your B2B Company and the principal inventor for four U.S. patent applications.