About the Team

GSE TEAM LEADER: Rotarian William R. "Bill" Barney III, 58

Bill was raised in Ohio and educated in Michi­gan. He owns a successful retail sporting goods business in Atlanta, Georgia. When not tending to business, Bill enjoys active travel. In May he rode a mountain bike from Marrakech, Morocco across the Atlas mountains and down into the Sahara. He has also ridden from the lowest point in the United States to the highest point. The journey started in Death Valley, from where Bill rode his bicycle 135 miles to the base of Mount Whitney and then ascended Mount Whitney. He has climbed in South Korea and Bolivia and cycled across New Zealand, Ireland, and most of Western Europe. Other interests include tennis, golf, and squash racquets.

Bill is the father of two grown children; Will is a bond trader in Chicago, Illinois. His daughter, Kate is in graduate school in Italy.
Bill was a GSE student in 1984 representing Dis­trict 6630 in Ohio. The exchange took place with District 3650 in Seoul, South Korea.

Bill is a Paul Harris Fellow.


Email Bill at wbarn3@bellsouth.net.

GSE TEAM MEMBER: Whitney Miller, 29

Whitney’s quick mind, committed work ethic and natural people skills have made her a success since she joined Jackson Spalding in 2003. She currently leads the award-winning Orkin Residential business, focusing on strategic public health partnerships and cause-related marketing. Previously, Whitney gained experience in both consumer and business-to-business accounts, managing high-profile projects for Coca-Cola, Shell and Georgia Transmis­sion Corporation. Whitney grew up in Owensboro, Kentucky, but has been an Atlantan since her college days at Agnes Scott where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in History.


Email Whitney at wmiller@jacksonspalding.com.

GSE TEAM MEMBER: Blake Beyer, 35

Blake was born in Virginia, the middle child of three boys. His father was an active duty of­ficer, and his family moved around a lot. Middle school was spent in upstate New York and Italy. High School was in Alaska and northern Virginia, where his father retired and his mother took over running her family’s business. He left Virginia to study Civil Engineering at Georgia Tech. After graduation he worked for Lockheed Martin as a Structural Engineer, enlisted in the Army Reserves, and worked for Capital One as a Systems Analyst before returning to Georgia Tech for his MBA in 2002. After graduation, he attended flight school for the Georgia Army National Guard, learning how to fly Blackhawk Helicopters. He then joined Booz Allen Hamilton as a defense consultant. He went inactive in the National Guard after eight years, and left Booz Allen to join North Highland to pursue process improvement opportunities.

He and his wife have three cats and an Alaskan Malamute to keep them company. Blake enjoys snow skiing, white water rafting, running, travel, Georgia Tech sports, reading, and informed discussion.


Email Blake at blake.beyer@northighland.com.

GSE TEAM MEMBER: Renee Nelson, 35

Renee Nelson is a consultant with The North Highland Com­pany where she works in Information Technology Management, Interactive Marketing and Social Media. Renee graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Business Communications and French. After graduation, Renee spent six months working in the US and Foreign Commercial Service at the US Embassy in London, England. Upon her return to the States, she joined the non-profit sector and spent the next eight years in fundraising and technology. During this time Renee pioneered online chari­table giving, raising the greatest percentage online of any organi­zation in the world for two years, as recognized by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Renee is married to her high school sweetheart.


Email Renee at renee.v.nelson@gmail.com.


According to her parents, at the age of one-and-a-half, Amy could properly hold a pen and color within the lines. She spent her childhood in fabric shops with her seamstress mother and in the studio with her water colorist grandmother. She earned a degree in literature at Clemson University in South Carolina and served as layout editor for the school’s literary magazine, “Semantics.” Her work with that publication was recognized by university leaders for its fresh design. Amy was honored as Media Rising Star in 2002. Amy currently works as staff writer, designer and photographer for The Reporter Newspapers, based in Atlanta suburb Sandy Springs.


Email Amy at amy_wenk@yahoo.com.