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Leadership Team

 

Mitchell Jones

CEO

Mitchell is a highly successful entrepreneur who has founded and sold several companies since the late 1980’s, and is a well-known expert in the software infrastructure industry.  Mitchell was a recipient of the highly prestigious Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" award, and several of his companies have been named to the Inc 500 “Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies” lists.  His entrepreneurial career began when he founded Space & Asset Management, an office interior logistics firm that assisted large companies in re-locating office assets. In 1995, he sold his growing business and founded W2Com which provided a turnkey solution involving telecommunications networking, software, and video equipment, along with training and service support.  After expanding the business to 14 offices and over $25 million in revenue, Mitchell led the negotiation process that resulted in the company being acquired in 2000 by Israel-based Arel, LTD for $42.5 million. Currently, Mitchell is the Chief Manager for Anchor South LLC, a growing marine management company in the southeast, and is an outspoken advocate of the industry. He has served as President of the Tennessee Marina Association and was selected to serve on the TVA Regional Resource Stewardship Council. 

 

Alicia Jones

President

A Magna-Cum-Laude graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a double major in Retail and Consumer Science and Business Management along with a Minor in Accounting, Alicia began her career as an intern with Belk Department Stores in Atlanta. Within a year she was promoted to Store Manager and six months later, she was given a divisional buying role. After two years with Belk, she chose to return to her home state of Tennessee and accepted a corporate buying job with Proffitt’s, a division of Saks Incorporated. For eight years Alicia traveled the world buying a variety of products for the growing department store. She was promoted to Senior Buyer at the age of 25 and was one of only three corporate buyers placed on an executive fast track for a Vice-President role. Alicia was also a part of the training staff, and served as a corporate IT liaison. When Proffitt’s was sold in 2005, Alicia was highly recruited by several national retailers and chose to accept an executive position with the largest supplier of gemstones in the world, Jewelry Television. She became the company’s only on-air planner and developed the standards, protocol and system support to measure the profitability and performance of Jewelry Television's products. In 2007 Alicia joined her husband Mitch at Anchor South managing the accounting, IT, Marketing and Social Media roles.

 

Scot Braun

Chief Financial Officer

Scot has 30 years of corporate experience with both public and private companies, working in the areas of finance, treasury, deal flow, capitalizations, and private equity raises. Scot has managed dozens of acquisitions totaling billions of dollars in value. He has held positions of Chief Investment Officer, Treasurer, and Chief Financial Officer for several companies.

 

Rick Thomas

Chief Operating Officer/Asset Manager

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati and management positions at several corporations including Federated, Proffit's, and Belk Department Stores, Rick brings a wealth of operational, retail, and multi-facility management experience to the Anchor South team. Rick's expertise extends from product merchandising as a Divisional Merchandise Manager to multi-facility operational oversight as a Regional Store manager. In addition to his corporate background, Rick brings an entrepreneurial mindset to his role as COO/Asset Manager having owned his own business for the past 8 years. Over the past two years with Anchor South, Rick has managed over $2M in facility upgrades including cabin and houseboat remodeling, dock rebuilding, and overall property improvements. With Rick's steadfast commitment to putting the customer first, Anchor South has been able to continue upgrading its customer experience across its platform of memorable destinations.

 

Belinda Byers

Regional Director of Operations

Belinda has been a member of the Anchor South management team since December 2013.  Although she is new to the hospitality industry, she has a strong, 22-year background in business management, financial planning and control, and customer service. Belinda graduated from Montreat College with a degree in Business Administration. She enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, camping, riding four-wheelers, and exploring the beautiful North Georgia Mountains.

Having grown up on Lake Chatuge, Belinda is passionate about the area and the many opportunities The Ridges Resort and Marina has to offer… anything from a short get-away weekend trip to a family vacation, full of activities in the mountains and on the lake.

 

Karen Cobb

Director of Retail and Procurement

Karen graduated Magna cum Laude from The University of Tennessee with a major in Music Theory, then returned for two years of post-graduate work in Accounting.  Her career has largely been with department stores, spending 18 years with Proffitt’s (division of Saks Inc.), then Belk in Charlotte NC and Goody’s Family Clothing, specializing in Merchandising and Planning across a variety of families of business.  Most recently Karen was with The University of Tennessee as a Program Coordinator for the Graduate and Executive Education department within the College of Business, where she enjoyed being “home” on campus every day.  Her other interests are cooking, gardening, homekeeping, and cheering her son Ben on in the Farragut High School Marching Band and in summer swim team meets.  Karen is proud and excited to become a member of the Anchor South Management team, and is looking forward to living the “lake life” all year around.

 

Sam Corbin

Director of Information Technology

Sam Corbin has been in the IT industry since his pre-teens, working on first level mainframe servers and early business technology. In 2005 Sam had the opportunity to work in Ireland on a mission team as the lead IT consultant for conferences, team meetings, church events, and organizational planning. At the same time he was earning his degree in Computer Engineering, Information Technology, and Science, he completed the A+ Hardware Certification and Microsoft Certifications. After living in Ireland for over a year Sam returned to North Georgia where he continued his advanced studies while working at the front desk of a local marina. After only a brief period working at The Ridges Resort & Marina, management recognized Sam’s skills and he was offered a full time position as the IT Manager. After 3 years with The Ridges Resort and Marina, Anchor South Management promoted Sam to Corporate IT Director managing all of Anchor South Management’s communications needs. Today Sam is on call 24/7 and works diligently keeping communications up and running for all the Anchor South properties, while providing new technology to the host of employees, workstations, and servers that span multiple states. He also provides assistance and service to all guests with any in house technical issues that they may have.

 

Marvin Copeland

Corporate Revenue / Reservations Manager

Marvin has been with Anchor South Management for over a year. Marvin attended the University of Georgia and Valdosta State University. He began his hospitality career as an on-site Audio/Visual Coordinator (or Specialist) with Projexions AV Company. He later joined Micros Fidelio as an installer of Property Management Systems (PMS) which took him to hotel/restaurants across the nation.  He participated in the launch and installation of the Micros Opera PMS system, now one of the most popular hotel management systems in the country. After traveling the country, Marvin teamed with Anchor South Management to bring his experience to the company. Marvin enjoys cruising, traveling and experiencing other cultures.

Marvin brings his passion for hospitality and the outdoors as well as an extensive knowledge of hotel management as well as unique and creative ways to create new experiences and packages for our guests. He is also very active throughout our Social Media channels ensuring that all know the latest news from Anchor South Management.

 

Hayley Burch

Director of Sales

Hayley became part of the Anchor South family in 2010, when Anchor South purchased The Ridges Resort & Marina.  She has served as the Director of Sales for The Ridges since 2006, where she and her team focus on sharing Georgia’s only mountain, lake resort, an ideal location for meetings, special events, and social gatherings, with Atlanta and the southeast. She has more than 20 years of management experience in the hospitality industry in both operations and sales including five Walt Disney World Resorts, University of Georgia Continuing Education Conference Center as well as small, independent mountain resorts. Hayley graduated with a degree in Communications and Public Relations from Wesleyan College and became a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) in 2003.  She enjoys writing, traveling, and listening to live music. Hayley has a relentless passion for hospitality and believes that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the joy of boating where the mountains meet the lake.

 

Cynthia Lynd

Graphics and Marketing

Cynthia has been part of The Ridges Resort & Marina/Anchor South team since 2009. She is responsible for creative design and routing of promotional collateral to highlight the many amenities offered by Anchor South Management’s properties. She has earned multiple business and accounting degrees; however, her love for creative design lead her to pursue a career in the fields of art and design. Cynthia has years of experience in newspaper design; she served as the Graphic Coordinator/Designer for North Georgia Living Magazine and Life on the Coast Magazine. Mother of two and grandmother of one, Cynthia’s family is of the utmost importance. Her hobbies and interests include volunteering at a local free clinic as Lab Manager, spending quality time with her grandson, and crocheting. Working in the hospitality and recreational field seems like the perfect fit for Cynthia as she strives to make each guest’s experience perfect.

 

David Lawrence

Properties Manager

David joined MEJ Properties, LLC in 2003 after 22 years as a lead project foreman with Cincinnati based Prus Construction. While there, he focused on constructing large structures such as Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ball Park, where he played an important role in the on time, on budget completion, as he did with many other projects. David is responsible for all capital improvement projects at Anchor South locations.  Major projects have included adding 200 wet slips to Choto Companies, construction of a 4 level, 70 bay dry storage addition with all necessary infrastructure including design, planning, budgeting and installation of utilities. In addition to always exemplifying hard work, dedication and knowledge of construction, David is also recognized as an excellent manager who keeps his team focused and energized on every project.