Director Profiles

James B. Miller, Jr., Chairman
Mr. Miller has served as the Chairman of Ameris Bank since July 2019. Prior to Ameris Bank, Mr. Miller served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Southern Corporation since 1979. He was elected Chairman of Fidelity Bank in 1998. He is a director of Interface, Inc., a publicly held textile manufacturing company. Mr. Miller is chairman of privately held family real estate businesses. Mr. Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Florida State University and an L.L.B. from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Mr. Miller’s long leadership experience as well as his board experience with other companies in a variety of industries, brings to the Board the business and financial acumen of an experienced senior executive. We believe this experience along with his financial expertise and legal background qualify him well to serve on our Board, and in particular to serve as chair of our Audit Committee. The Board has determined he is an “audit committee financial expert.”

H. Allan Dow, President, has more than 30 years of experience in strategic planning, sales development and implementation services, and product innovation to streamline, accelerate and optimize supply chain and retail planning enterprises. Mr. Dow joined Logility as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 2000 and was elected President of Logility in 2015. He has been instrumental in shaping the company’s overall strategy development including the transition to delivering a higher mix of SaaS deployments and innovative cloud services. Mr. Dow holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine.

W. Dennis Hogue.
 In November 2013, Mr. Hogue joined ChampionScott Partners, a global management consulting firm specializing in technology and technology-enabled companies, as a Senior Partner and Managing Director. Since January 2005, Mr. Hogue has served as Chief Executive Officer of Hogue Enterprises, Inc., a real estate investment company. Since November 2007, Mr. Hogue has served as President of American Durahomes, a provider of durable and affordable homes. From July 2003 to January 2005, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Datatrac Corporation, a software developer and wireless communications provider for the expedited product delivery industry. Mr. Hogue earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Florida State University in 1974.

Mr. Hogue’s many years of executive-level experience at other companies, his education and training and his in-depth knowledge of the Company’s operations and technology gained in more than twelve years with the Company, from 1983 to 1996, as Group Vice President and in other positions, enable him to provide our Board with strong and capable leadership.

Matthew G. McKenna currently serves as Principal at McKenna & Associates, LLC., an independent strategic consulting firm. Prior to his current role, Mr. McKenna held senior positions with Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc., and Booz & Company including Senior Executive Advisor at Booz & Company and Managing Partner of the Houston office and Energy Sector Operations Practice Leader at Booz Allen. Mr. McKenna holds a B.S. in Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard University.

Mr. McKenna brings to the board more than 35 years of strategic development, operating model design and corporate performance enhancement experience. His track record working with Fortune 50 companies across the globe provides the board with a broad set of leadership capabilities built on decades of experience working across a breadth of industries, functional areas and geographies.

Celena Matlock Ms. Matlock joins as the ninth member of American Software’s Board of Directors. Ms. Matlock will continue to serve as the Chief Audit, Risk & ESG Officer of Sierra Space, as she has since 2022, an aerospace company that is building a shared ecosystem in space for scientific collaboration and innovation. Prior to Sierra Space, Ms. Matlock served as the Senior Vice President, Internal Audit to Aerion Supersonic, reporting to the Audit Committee to build and lead the internal audit program. Previously, Ms. Matlock held several executive positions at Warner Media and Turner Broadcasting System in financial compliance. Ms. Matlock holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting from Boston University.

Ms. Matlock’s strong enterprise risk management; financial and IT controls; diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI); and internal audit background will be beneficial to American Software.

Thomas L. Newberry, V.  
Mr. Newberry founded The 1% Club, Inc. in October 1992 and has acted as its Chief Executive Officer since that time. The 1% Club sponsors programs designed to assist entrepreneurs and their families in accomplishing their goals. He is also the author of motivational books and audio programs dedicated to improving performance in business operations and salesmanship. Mr. Newberry earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia State University in 1989.

Mr. Newberry’s experience as an entrepreneur and a business executive, combined with his leadership in the field of executive performance and motivation, allow him to provide unique and important insights to the Board of Directors, particularly as the Board addresses motivational and management issues.

Lizanne Thomas.
Ms. Thomas serves as the Partner-in-Charge of the Southeast Region of Jones Day, a global law firm, and as Chair of the firm’s Corporate Governance Practice. Ms. Thomas uses her strong governance and M&A background to counsel public companies across a number of industries. She has extensive board experience and knowledge, has served on the boards of three public companies, and is a trustee for several non-profit organizations.

Among her many honors and distinctions, in 2016, Ms. Thomas was named one of the top 100 directors by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). She holds a B.A. from Furman University and received her law degree from Washington and Lee University, where she served as Managing Editor of the Law Review.

Nicole Wu.
Ms. Wu joins as the eighth member of American Software’s Board of Directors. Ms. Wu will continue to serve as the Chief Financial Officer of  PDI Technologies, Inc., as she has since 2019, a cloud based technology company serving convenience retail and petroleum wholesale clients that has successfully grown both organically and via acquisitions during her tenure. Prior to PDI Technologies, Ms. Wu served as the Chief Financial Officer to eVestments, Inc, leading a number of M&A transactions including the sale of that company to Nasdaq. Previously, Ms. Wu held several executive positions at General Electric in division finance, internal audit, and acquisition integrations. Ms. Wu holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China.

Ms. Wu’s strong financial, audit and M&A background will be beneficial to American Software. 

Board Advisor

James C. Edenfield, Chairman Emeritus and co-founder of the Company and  served as CEO for more than 40 years.  Prior to starting American Software in 1970, Mr. Edenfield held several executive positions and was a member of the board of directors of Management Science America, Inc. (now Infor Global Solutions). Mr. Edenfield earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.