AMA 2017-2018


The Piedmont AMA Speaker Series provides our students with the opportunity to engage with business leaders as well as recent graduates as part of our on-going professional development program. Speakers are scheduled throughout each Fall and Spring semester as an integral part of our general membership meetings. These events are open to all Piedmont College students. The thumbnail sketches below highlight our speakers for Fall 2017.

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Katheryn Knarr


Senior Research Associate, Bellomy Research Inc.

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Katheryn was a founding member of the Piedmont AMA Collegiate Chapter and its first chapter president. She led the first AMA Case Competition submission for the chapter as well as fundraising and community service endeavors.  Katheryn graduated Suma Cum Laude with dual degrees in Business Administration and History.  Academic honors included Delta Mu Delta and Sigma Alpha Pi.  Her undergraduate activities included the Lady Lions Volleyball Team, the Piedmont Debate Club.  Katheryn earned a Masters in Marketing Research from the University of Georgia.


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Dalton Sirmans

CEO, MainStreet Technologies

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MainStreet Technologies, Inc., provides comprehensive technology solutions to financial institutions and government agencies for better collection, storage and analysis of data. Founded in 1999, the Georgia-based technology company serves financial institutions across the U.S. and in Asia as well as local, state and federal government agencies. For more information on MainStreet Technologies, please visit

Specialties: With 13 years in the newspaper business, some may wonder how that experience led me to help found, build and operate a technology company. What many people might miss is the diversity of disciplines required to publish profitable and distinguished newspapers. Of course quality journalism is required, but so is an understanding of business management, accounting, human resources, public relations, marketing, sales, and computer technology.


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Ira Davies

Vice President of Sales, Invoiceware International

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At Invoiceware we provide a solution that helps F-1000 companies address the complex world of Latin American Electronic Invoice (eInvoice) Mandated Compliance Regulations. Clients utilize our Cloud Based Compliance Network, to communicate with the LATAM tax authorities (Brazilian SEFAZ, Mexican SAT, Argentinian AFIP and Chile DTE) to obtain the necessary compliance approvals. By using our solution, clients are able to focus their efforts on value-add activities, free from the concern of business interruption due to non-compliance with these complex mandated local country regulations.



Dawn Pierce

Supervisor, Recruiting - Connecting Talent with Opportunity at Mansfield Energy

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16+ years of recruiting experience and counting. I love helping people find the right job and helping managers find the right people to do the job. I still get very excited when I speak with someone and just KNOW that they will be THE ONE to hire for a particular role.

In addition to recruiting, I also have experience as a career coach and as a social worker. I possess a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs).