June LuncheonStarts: Jun 04, 2015 at 11:30
Ends: Jun 04, 2015 at 01:00
Named the vice president of entrepreneurial development for the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) in 2010, Nancy Wright Whatley is responsible for generating new business development opportunities for small business members by connecting small and large businesses together.
Prior to joining MAC, Whatley opened and operated VantagePoint Staffi ng Solutions -- a certified Women’s Business Enterprise from Sept. 2006 to Aug. 2010 when she successfully sold her company. Negotiating and winning contracts with clients such as Georgia Power, Southern Company, Turner Broadcasting, Chick-fi l-A and Cox Communication are some of the successes she adds to her experience.
As CEO and managing principal for VantagePoint Staffi ng Solutions, Whatley was a fi nalist in the NAWBO-Atlanta Women Entrepreneur Awards in the “Rising Star” category for 2008 and 2009. The Rising Star award represents Women Business Owners who have owned their business for one to two years, and have achieved exceptional new business start-up results including projected revenue goals, executing successful marketing awareness, creating business exposure in the market place and demonstrating business leadership in her community.
Prior to that, Whatley spent more than 26 years in the staffi ng business. Whatley joined the Georgia-Pacifi c Corporation in 1987, and became the company’s expert consultant in areas of supplemental staffi ng and employment, and was selected as one of ten “Women of Achievement” for the Georgia-Pacifi c Corporation for outstanding accomplishment of company goals. She also was the architect in creating Georgia TEMP, Inc. -- a wholly owned subsidiary and in-house staffing company.
Before joining the Georgia-Pacifi c Corporation, Whatley spent six years with a national staffi ng company. Native to Atlanta, Whatley has a Bachelor of Business Administration in management from the University of Georgia. She is a member of Vistage, the world’s largest CEO Organization, serves on the Board of Directors for Startup Atlanta and the University of Georgia Terry College of Business Alumni Association. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for the University of Georgia Alumni Association where she was instrumental in establishing the Women of UGA organization.
She was an active member of the American Staffi ng Association and the Georgia Staffi ng Association -- holding several different board of director and committee positions during her staffi ng career. She most recently served as chair of the American Staffi ng Association Information Committee, which was developed to foster better public understanding of the industry and its role in the economy. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Women Business Owners, and participated on the Ambassador Council at the Commerce Club.
Whatley is an avid, competitive golfer and has enjoyed competing at ballroom dancing.