The Atlanta Film Society (ATLFS) has appointed three new members to its Board of Directors, along with five new officers and committee chairs.
Joining the Board of Directors are Caroline Osborne, Cal Bowdler, and M. Cole Jones.
“Caroline, Cal, and M. Cole will bring distinct and diverse areas of thought leadership and backgrounds with a common energy to serve our mission to lead the community in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image,” said Walker Anderson, ATLFS co-chair.
Osborne works in revenue growth management with The Coca-Cola Company, where she leads the long-term revenue growth strategy for coffee and tea with the North American operations of Coca-Cola. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and romance languages, magna cum laude, from Washington and Lee University and an MBA in International Business from The Moore School of Business of the University of South Carolina. Having grown up in Atlanta, Osborne also adds a distinct local perspective to her international outlook.
A former NBA first-round pick, Bowdler was selected by the Atlanta Hawks as the 17th overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft. After three seasons with the Hawks, he traveled abroad, playing three more seasons in Italy before retiring. From there, Bowdler transitioned into entrepreneurship, starting his own business, Downtown Auction Company. After seven years as an entrepreneur, he entered the corporate arena and currently works for Comcast/NBC Universal in builder relations and new housing development. Bowdler holds a Bachelor’s in exercise science from Old Dominion University.
A tech entrepreneur, Jones is a recognized business leader in the local Atlanta community. He is the co-founder of covello, where he works with companies to build non-traditional, disruptive partnerships that encourage collaborative growth. The clientele of covello includes startups such as Snapchat and large conglomerates such as Chick-fil-A, JBL Audio and Harman/ Kardon. In 2015, Jones was named to the list of Top 40 Under 40 for Georgia Trend magazine. He is also a partner with NextGen Ventures. Jones holds an MBA in marketing from East Carolina University.
New officers and committee chairs include: Alix Rice, ATLFS co-chair; Eric Bromley, ATLFS treasurer and finance committee chair; Ashley Epting, events/hospitality committee chair; Asheem Khondker, ATLFS secretary and marcom committee chair; and Barclay Taylor, governance committee chair. Ray Benitez and Rebecca Shrager continue to serve as industry committee co-chairs.
“The new additions and new leadership are a representation of our commitment to continue to push our structure to grow and evolve in our effort to fulfill our mission, for the benefit of both our filmmaking and film-loving audiences,” added Anderson.