Gerry Klaskala

Executive Chef and Owner of Aria in Atlanta

Gerry Klaskala is one of the most respected voices on the national dining scene. As the owner of two of Atlanta's top restaurants, Aria and Canoe, Gerry is one of Atlanta's most celebrated Chefs.


His award-winning cuisine has been featured in highly-acclaimed publications including Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Esquire, FOOD & WINE, The New York Times, and Southern Living.


Chef Gerry Klaskala's perpetual passion for food and art has brought him much success throughout his career and now serves as the underlying theme of his menu at Aria. His principles include fresh ingredients, simple flavors, and time-honed techniques; he puts a modern take on fine American cuisine. Klaskala's goal is to leave his guests both fulfilled and intrigued at every visit. He focuses on products which are grown with the utmost integrity and respect for tradition.

Sherwin Krug

Partner at TechCXO

Sherwin Krug has more than 20 years of CFO, COO and CEO experience with high growth venture backed technology companies from start-up through mid-market. Experience includes Finance, Operations, M&A, Legal, HR, Marketing and Product Management.

Prior to TechCxO, Sherwin was the Founder/CEO of AppointmentCity.com a funded internet start-up that enabled prospective patients to book appointments with physicians in a real time setting. Sherwin built and successfully ran the company through its sale to Colorado based Healthagen in January 2011.


Before that Sherwin was the COO of MFG.com a high growth venture backed global internet marketplace for the manufacturing industry. Sherwin had direct responsibility for all operations and led their European acquisitions and the set-up of operations in China.

Sherwin was was CFO for Tectonic Network, a micro-cap public company primarily focused on payment processing software. He also served as CFO for CMD Group, a 1,200 employee worldwide database company, through its sale to Reed Elsevier plc for $300 million.

Sherwin spent the first 10 years of his career with Ernst & Young in both its Johannesburg, South Africa, and Atlanta offices, where he focused on entrepreneurial growth companies including positioning them for successful IPO's.


Sherwin is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Bachelor of Accounting Science Honors from the University of South Africa.

Greg Fea

Greg Fea is the former President and CEO of illycaffè North America and previous GM and Global Commercial Director of illycaffè S.p.A. He also serves on the Board of Directors of illy North America and ilko (the joint venture with Coca Cola and illy).

With over 32 years of food & beverage experience, mostly with European brands, Greg Fea is one of the most knowledgable people in the world on international business and the global HORECA scene. His previous and current roles at illy have him at the forefront of an iconic brand and multinational company who's product (the unique illy blend of coffee) is seen in 140 countries.

Justin Epstein

Justin Epstein is the CEO of  The Premier Agency. A customer-centric PR and Creative branding agency that specializes in building relationships and integrated marketing strategies for the lifestyle and entertainment community. Their aim is to leave a lasting impression: from hosting launch parties, to pitching your business or product to the media, to building your brand and developing your website, their multifaceted approach generates lucrative results. Through his agency, Justin is a proud supporter of many local and national charities including Bert’s Big Adventure and JDRF.