Coloring the World with Happiness, Hope, Love and Peace

Board of Directors

Our efforts are supported by a Board of Directors with diverse backgrounds and expertise dedicated to serving the mission of Global Paint for Charity and providing governance and guidance to the organization. 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)

If there’s one thing we can learn from Rony Delgarde—and there are many—it’s that color matters much more than we think. His personal mission is to bring colors, hope, pride, peace, happiness around the world. He is a Haitian native, arrived in the U.S. and landed at the Miami International Airport over a decade ago with five dollars, a holy Bible in his pocket and a dream to educate himself and become empowered within a career path. Rony earned a Master and Bachelor of Business Administration (MBA), awarded as the Outstanding Georgia Citizen and Goodwill Ambassador from the Secretary of State of Georgia, nominated as the Top Finalist of 2016 Metro Atlanta Chamber E3 Awards and awarded the 2015 Best of Atlanta Company for leading a best Waste Recycling Service & Equipment in Atlanta.

When he is not volunteering and working for Global Paint for Charity, he works as an independent consultant. Currently he has taken small contracts and projects wide-ranging national and international. Prior to this, he worked with various large corporations on full time basis involving in distribution center, supply chain & logistics, healthcare, commercial properties, urban development, sustainability and waste management.

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 positons 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.

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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