CEO, The Jesus Alliance
Upon graduation from LSU in 2000, Michael started an IT consulting firm and within twelve months merged with another local firm to form Sparkhound, a Louisiana-based IT services company. As an owner/partner and COO, Michael helped Sparkhound achieve 250 percent growth between 2008 and 2012 and position the company among the most respected and fasting growing IT consulting firms in the country with more than 230 team members and nearly 30 million in annual revenues. ≫
Michael left Sparkhound to launch the ALL IN MOVEMENT in 2013 after more than 15 years in the IT industry. On the night of June 29, 2012, God called Michael “all in” and gave him a mission to reignite the hearts of an apathetic American Church. The very next day, the Lord had Michael give his truck away to a stranger in a donut store parking lot and his “all in” journey officially began.
Michael works with faith-leaders and organizations across America to reignite and refresh the hearts of God’s people through his testimony and the anointing that God has placed upon his life. In 2019, he succeeded Bob Williamson as the CEO of The Jesus Alliance and oversaw the merge of the needserv ministry with the Jesus Alliance in 2020.
In 2017, Michael’s book ‘Just Choose’ was published by Worldwide Publishing Group to share his journey towards becoming the man he was created to be with the world and to help every person move from a life of comfort to a life of significance.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Louisiana State University and is an ordained minister of the Gospel.
Board of Directors
The Jesus Alliance
What makes Williamson’s accomplishments all the more inspiring is to understand the tremendous personal challenges that he overcame in his early life which he details in his autobiography, Miracle on Luckie Street. He has spent nearly all of his free time over the last several decades sharing his inspirational true life story in an effort to provide hope to anyone who might happen to need it. He writes a devotional five days per week entitled Words for the Day and has been doing so for over 21 years. Williamson co-authored a success book, Crazy Like Foxes, which was released in 2017.
In 2012, God began revealing Himself to Bob with a series of revelations to enter the ministry on a fulltime basis. He founded The Jesus Alliance, in an effort to unite the church (body of believers), equip it, and motivate Christians to actively work towards global revival, preaching the Gospel, and discipling every nation. Part of the Jesus Alliance’s mission is also aimed towards changing our culture from anti-faith dominance to faith-based. Bob is married to his wife of nearly 50 years, Teresa, and he has three sons and six grandchildren. ≪ Hide
Born and married in Puerto Rico, Manuel Calderon moved with his wife Yvina and his daughter Sofia to Wilson, NC to work as a Technology Lead for BB&T Bank in 2001. Since then Manuel has held leadership positions in the financial services and technology sectors as a Senior Consultant for Equifax, Delivery Manager for CMSI , Business Development Director for Sparkhound and Vice President of Professional Services for Cypress Software Systems. Manuel is currently the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for FlexManage.≫
Manuel became a Christian when he was 16 years old. His love for the Lord and the Church drive him and his family as they walk with the Lord daily.
Jonathan Fife has served in executive and founding roles in several technology companies over the past 19 years. He is an entrepreneur at heart and founded a very successful company, Energov, which specializes in the public sector space. Energov was acquired by a publicly traded company, Tyler Technologies, in 2012 where Jonathan serves as the Vice President of Development and leads a large development team in Duluth, GA. He has a knack for taking big ideas and turning them into real-world solutions that help customers use modern technology in new ways.≫
Jonathan is the proud father of two boys, Tristan and Dylan. He and his wife, Pam, have been happily married for almost sixteen years. In his spare time, he is involved in both football and basketball with his boys and loves spending time on the lake fishing and boating with his family. Jonathan is an alumnus of The University of Georgia where he earned a BBA from The Terry College of Business. Jonathan is a member of 12 Stone Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia and is a graduate of the J-Men faith and leadership program at 12 Stone. He has also completed the Legacy in Leadership program provided via The Spirit Ranch.≪ Hide
VP of Community Relations, Jesus Alliance
Annette has been married to her husband Jeff for 29 years and has a son and one daughter.
Annette has a BA from Valparaiso University is certified in Disaster Response from Harvard Humanities, and has extensive training in FEMAs National Incident Management System.
Prior to joining Michael and Ryan to co-found NEEDSERV, Annette served as Executive Director of The Provisions Project, a nonprofit partner to government, non-government and faith-based organizations with a focus on training and coordinating efforts to rebuild communities after a disaster strikes.≫
Annette is passionate about disaster response and her proficiency in relief operations has enabled her to build quality relationships with organizations across America.≪ Hide
Dr. S. Bryan Hickox
President and CEO of Bryan Hickox Pictures
In 2013, Mr. Hickox produced the live 4-hour television special-event of the Global Day of Prayer, in Jacksonville, Florida. The telecast was beamed up to 8 satellites and was seen by an estimated 300 million viewers worldwide. His television movies and Mini-Series have been nominated for 16 and won 7 National Emmy Awards. In addition, he has won the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, and over 200 other national and international film festival awards and competitions. Mr. Hickox serves on numerous boards including The Jesus Alliance/NeedServ board. His wife, the reverend Joanne Hickox, is the founder and Executive Director of the Jacksonville, Florida based ministry, Seniors on a Mission.≪ Hide
Stephen E. Reiter
CEO; DXM360 Advisory & Advisory Services
He was asked to assume responsibility for the sale, then later the management of the largest non-owned Business Process and IT Outsourcing deal in history worth $4.2 Billion. He has received awards for his Servant Leadership style of Management and considered by multiple publications as one of the most innovative executives in industry.
Steve is an author of a business book selling 48,000 copies in six languages, along with numerous articles in the global press, spoken at 60 conferences and seminars and as well served as an instruction at a Chicago-based graduate school. Additionally, Steve has served on seven for-profit, and eleven not-for-profits boards. Steve and Mary, his high school sweetheart, have been married 48 years. They have three adult children and six grandchildren. Steve’s daily prayer is simply for the Lord to use him and Mary in a manner that is pleasing to Him.≪ Hide
VP Operations & Technology,
Business & technology innovator with a track record of building successful organizations that create value for shareholders, employees and investors. A decade of entrepreneurial effort created a dozen businesses, raised millions in seed capital, and created double digit returns for investors. 20 years of experience from the bottom to the top and back, built a tenacious but humble character with a passion for success. Dynamic leadership style characterized by a personable common sense approach that galvanizes individuals to achieve a common vision. Reverent and compassionate giver with a focus to balance the scale for those truly in need.
Ryan’s service mentality has allowed him to be successful in both the business world and in ministry. Ryan achieved success as a top 10 producing sales manager for a fortune 200 company prior to founding and serving as President of Workforce Benefit Solutions, a Louisiana based benefit broker and payroll service provider built to focus more on helping others than making a number. ≫
In 2013, Ryan founded Wings of the Spirit Missions, an aviation, disaster relief organization, built to mobilize the faith-based community and serve those in affected areas through goods distribution and volunteered manpower.≪ Hide
Jon Williamson has served in senior executive and founding roles at several companies. He is an experienced sales executive with some 20 years’ experience in various businesses. Jon is a University of Georgia graduate where he received a degree in Marketing. Currently he serves as a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch. He is part of a seven-person team in Atlanta Georgia whose goal is to provide the most innovative wealth management thought available in the private wealth management space. His team strives to deliver ideas and strategies to meet the unique and complex needs of ultra-successful families to include: Family Governance, Estate Planning Services, Tax Planning, Asset/Liability Management and Reporting. He holds the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor SM, CRPC® designation which provides the financial acumen to better assist his clients with their retirement planning needs.≫
Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Jon served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Honey Lake Plantation Resort and Spa, a boutique resort and hunting plantation located on approximately 5000 acres of beautiful property that was founded by his father and him that is in the Red Hills region of North Florida. Jon focused on sales and operations during his tenure and the five-star Honey Lake Plantation Resort and Spa received several accolades under his watchful eye, including being named as the only Orvis Endorsed Wing Shooting Lodge in the state of Florida, and the distinguished Sporting Classic Magazine Lodge of the Year designation. Additionally, the resort was named as a top wedding destination for North Florida by The Knot Magazine.
Prior to his tenure at Honey Lake Plantation, Jon served as the Executive Vice President of Sales at Horizon Software International. Founded in 1992 by his father, Horizon rapidly grew into a premiere technology company and soon became one of the largest institutionalized food service technology companies in the world. Its comprehensive enterprise software was installed in some 18,000 facilities worldwide. The company has delivered technology to some of the largest food service operations operating across 19 countries. Its offerings are installed in numerous key vertical markets including: healthcare, higher education, K-12 public school systems and senior retirement communities. Key customers included the Department of Defense including every land base, ship, submarine, and remote battlefield for the Army Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. Also the top food service companies in the world including ARAMARK, Morrisons, Sodexho, and the Army & Air Force Exchange Service.
Jon is happily married to his loving wife, Michelle, and is the father of two fantastic boys, Owen and Ryan, both of which attend Greater Atlanta Christian School. Jon enjoys coaching his kids in football, basketball, baseball, golf, and lacrosse. He is an avid golfer and loves watching his alma mater, the University of Georgia, play football as well as watching the Atlanta Falcons. He also enjoys spending time with his two dogs, Lou and Lolly. Lou is a grumpy old dog that does not like strangers while Lolly is the complete opposite and befriends anyone that comes through the door.
Jon is an active community member; he and his family are members of Gwinnett Church with Andy Stanley as its pastor. He lives in Sugarloaf Community and belongs to TPC Sugarloaf Country Club. He is active with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, serves on the United Way of Atlanta Board, and is an alumnus of the 33rd Class of Leadership Gwinnett. ≪ Hide
CEO, IO Education
Michael is most recently CEO of IO Education (www.ioeducation.com). IO Education is a leading K-12 education technology company focused on improving student educational outcomes in school districts across the US. ≫
IO’s solutions help schools collect and aggregate all of the key student, staff and operational performance data, generate relevant and important insights, and facilitate educators taking action on those insights to improve outcomes including dropout prevention and student academic and social/emotional interventions. IO has made significant strides to achieve traction in all 50 states, over 8,500 schools implemented with over 6,000,000 students impacted on the platform. IO Education was formed from the merger of Longleaf Solutions, which Michael founded in 2011, and Casenex through a transaction facilitated by LLR Partners, a Philadelphia based private equity firm. The transaction was awarded the 2015 ACG Atlanta emerging growth “Deal of the Year”.
In June of 2018, IO Education was strategically acquired through Insight Venture Partners (www.insightpartners.com) by their portfolio company, Illuminate Education (www.illuminateed.com), as part of a 5-way merger transaction. Michael has been asked to stay on with the company to lead and manage the integration of the 5 companies into a single consolidated platform and to continue to do additional M&A.
Prior to IO Education and Longleaf Solutions, he served as President/CEO of Horizon Software International. Founded in 1992 by his father, Horizon grew rapidly into a premiere technology company and soon became one of the largest institutionalized food service technology companies in the world. Its comprehensive enterprise software was installed in some 18,000 facilities worldwide. The company has delivered technology to some of the largest food service operations operating across 19 countries. Its offerings are installed in numerous key vertical markets including the Department of Defense, healthcare, higher education, K-12 public school systems, and senior retirement communities.
Horizon remained a privately owned firm from its inception until 2008, when it was acquired by Roper Technologies (NYSE: ROP). After Roper acquired the company, Michael continued to serve as President/CEO of the business for an additional two years and operated it as a Division within Roper.
Michael resides in Johns Creek, Georgia with his wife Michelle and twin daughters. Hailey and Lauren (age 12) are in 6th grade and attend Wesleyan School where they are involved in Cheerleading, Softball, Lacrosse, and Tennis. Michelle and Michael grew up in Atlanta and went to middle and high school together at South Gwinnett High School. She received two bachelor’s degrees, cum laude, from The College of Charleston in Accounting and Business Management.
Michelle has two Tennessee Walker horses where she enjoys weekly trail rides. When not travelling and working, Michael spends time playing golf and fly fishing. They enjoy being in the mountains and have had a residence in Cashiers, NC for the past 8 years.
The Williamsons regularly attend and are involved at Passion City Church, pastored by Louie Giglio, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Education & Recognition
- University of Georgia, Athens: BBA Management Information Systems, Terry College of Business, 1997
- University of Pennsylvania: Executive Program, Finance & Valuation, Wharton School of Business, 2009
- 2018 ACG Fast 40 Company recognizing the fastest 40 growing middle market companies in Georgia
- ACG 2015 Atlanta Emerging Growth “Deal of the Year”: LLR Partners investment in IO Education
- Inc 5000 list multiple years (Horizon Software)
- Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Georgia Award, TAG 2008
Counsel and Advisors
Joseph Infranco, Esq.
Infranco holds the highest peer-rated ranking, as an AV Preeminent® attorney. He has been involved in hundreds of cases involving religious liberty, and fought to preserve the equal access freedoms of churches in prominent cases like Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of the City of New York. He also participated as counsel on many important First Amendment cases such as Lambs Chapel v. Center Moriches School District, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that churches have the right to rent public schools for events. He is a frequent lecturer and debater, as well as a presenter at Bar Association functions. Infranco has testified on religious freedom issues before Congress, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and numerous state and local legislative bodies.≪ Hide
Nancy Schulze’s national speaking career focuses on the worldview of the Founders, the unraveling of their vision, and the reclaiming and rebuilding of the “real” America on her founding principles and Constitutional roots. Speaking has taken Nancy to conferences, conventions, campaigns and events throughout the country and abroad.
In 2008, Nancy founded the Republican Congressional Wives Speakers, with seminars for the wives featuring top experts in the field of speaking, media training and content. In 2016 she organized and produced the “Women for Trump” bus tour which made 30 stops in the critical swing state of North Carolina & generated significant national press coverage. Eleven Congressional wives took part in the tour which, according to the Trump Campaign Co-Chairman, “put Trump over” in North Carolina. ≫
Nancy’s career path began in New York City, with several years on the road singing principal roles in musical theatre productions. USO Tours took her overseas, one in which she played Molly in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”.
Romance took Nancy to Montana where she owned a real estate company, was the “Salesperson of the Year” in her area, and was elected to represent her peers on the National Board of Directors for the National Realtors Association. Nancy’s first husband, Jim Waltermire, was Montana’s Secretary of State, President of the National Association of Secretaries of State, and Republican frontrunner for Governor when he and his pilot lost their lives in a plane crash.
She later married 9-term Congressman Dick Schulze (PA), member of the Ways & Means committee, founder of the Sportsmen’s Caucus in Congress and member of “The Reagan 13”. Nancy resumed singing and became an event singer in Washington, D.C. performing solo from the U.S. Capitol Rotunda to Constitution Hall to Ambassadors’ Residences in Washington and abroad, to the Inaugural Prayer Service for the U.S. Congress, the Inaugural Prayer Service for the Governor of New York, Galas for First Ladies of the United States, and multiple others. Nancy’s one woman show of World War II and patriotic music brought standing ovations in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. ≪ Hide