Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, our team serves organizations and clients around the globe.
ADDO inspires. So do our people. Get to know the dynamic leaders who make up the ADDO team.
Kevin Paul Scott has traveled to six continents and spoken to leaders from more than 100 countries. Kevin co-founded ADDO in 2011 with a goal to inspire people today to impact tomorrow. Prior to founding ADDO, Kevin’s background included non-profit charitable work, business ventures, and politics. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Kevin served on a presidential campaign team and then worked as a representative for a United States Congressman. In consecutive years, Kevin was named to the “40 under 40” lists for Georgia Trend and then the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Kevin is the author of three books, including The Lens of Leadership. For his leadership and business acumen, Kevin has been featured on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. For fun, Kevin has been cage diving with Great White Sharks in South Africa, trekked Mountain Gorillas in Uganda, and ridden a llama in Colombia. However, he most enjoys being at home to cheer on the Atlanta Braves and Georgia Bulldogs. Kevin was raised in Kennesaw, Georgia, and is active in his local church. Known for his grassroots appeal and southern charm, Kevin speaks extensively at businesses, universities, and within the faith community.
Garrett Gravesen has crossed all 7 continents and has become an expert storyteller along the way. He has spoken to people from more than 100 countries, delivered a commencement address to 30,000 people, and was recently named one of the “Ten Outstanding Young People of the World” by the Junior Chamber International in India. Garrett co-founded both ADDO Worldwide and the ADDO Institute with Kevin. Garrett is a proud alumnus of Harvard Business School and the University of Georgia, where he became the youngest student body president in school history. Before attending Harvard, Garrett did investment banking for Merrill Lynch & Co. in Hong Kong, and worked at an AIDS orphanage in Africa. Professionally, Garrett Co-founded H.E.R.O. for Children, the largest pediatric AIDS organization in Georgia, and the Global LEAD Program, which together have galvanized over 10,000 next-generation leaders in service programs in the United States, Africa, and Europe. Garrett speaks at conferences and to companies about innovation, storytelling, and “10 Seconds of Insane Courage.” On a personal note, he once led a team 100 days from Kenya to Cape Town, wore a tuxedo atop Machu Picchu and the Great Wall of China, and has been to North Korea, Cuba, and Antarctica…legally. More notably, Garrett kissed a penguin on the frozen continent and only packed his tuxedo.
Bart Newman is the President of ADDO. Prior to joining ADDO, he served as the Chief Operating Officer for Thrive Farmers International, which in 2016 placed No. 19 on the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies. Bart’s professional experience began in the U.S. Army where he rose to the rank of Captain and completed a one year tour in Baghdad, Iraq. Upon returning from Iraq, Bart wrote the book “Because of Baghdad: What a Father Would Say About Life, if He Didn’t Come Home to Say It”. This book was featured in numerous media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal Law Blog and The Atlanta Journal & Constitution. Bart has been named “Top 40 Under 40” by the following: The Atlanta Business Chronicle, the University of Georgia, and the Sigma Phi Epsilon National Fraternity. Bart received a BA, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia, where served as Student Body President and was a member of two SEC Championship Tennis Teams. He also earned a master’s degree in Management, Economics & International Relations from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law. Bart and his wife have four children and are active members of their church and community of faith.
Anna is a born and raised Georgia native, most recently living in the Atlanta area where she enjoys how the excitement of the city inspires her work. Through high school and college, Anna developed a love for servant leadership and a passion for seeing people grow individually and as a team through personal and professional development. This led her to ADDO, where seeing people positively impacted is the focal point of the work. Anna’s drive, ambition, and vigor fuel her work at ADDO, where she daily inspires people today to impact tomorrow. In her personal time, Anna continues to pursue her passion for leadership development by volunteering with non-profit organizations, serving at her church as a worship leader and discipleship leader, and ultimately seeking to pour into the next generation of leaders. Anna is married to her high school sweetheart John David. They live in Sharpsburg with their precious pup Lyla, where they enjoy all things outdoors, camping, hiking, and biking.
Lindsay joined ADDO after 15 years as an educator with Cobb County School District. She brings her educational expertise and leadership background as an academic coach and member of the administrative team that she served on for 5 years at her last school. Born and raised in Connecticut, Lindsay attended Central Connecticut State University to obtain her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. She wanted to spread her wings and fly after graduation, so she left the “nutmeg” state of Connecticut and drove 1,600 miles to the “peach” state of Georgia to begin her career in education. Lindsay got her first kindergarten teaching job and continued her studies to receive a Masters in Educational Leadership at Kennesaw State University. She then attended Lincoln Memorial in Tennessee to receive her Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Lindsay won Teacher of the Year two times during her educational career in Cobb County. Over the course of her time as a teacher and educational leader, she impacted close to 7,000 lives and worked with over 500 educators while supporting teachers in the Workshop Model, standards based teaching, and Professional Learning Communities. Although her heart of teaching kindergarten students always remained, her passion was developing students and teachers, encouraging them to be the best that they could be and to follow their hearts. Lindsay has a zeal for education, leadership, and learning that has allowed her to fuel the fire for others. When she is not inspiring others to live a life of passion and leadership, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and loves traveling and being outdoors. She hopes to visit France again, where she can learn more about her family roots and practice her French. La vie est belle!
Laura has been an entrepreneur since the age of 6. Starting her very first lemonade stand in the front yard of her home just outside of Memphis, Tennessee, she hasn't stopped selling, scaling, and making a difference ever since. Years of following in her entrepreneurial father's footsteps instilled a love and passion for people and all things sales and marketing, which would later lead to great success working with her father's first technology company. Laura has more than twenty years of sales and marketing experience, helping companies increase gross revenue by millions of dollars. She has a knack for the human language that she developed while studying creative writing and communication at the University of Memphis. Prior to joining ADDO, Laura successfully helped coordinate hundreds of impact trips overseas for thousands of participants doing global missions and has brought that passion, grit, and heart for servant leadership to ADDO. Laura joined ADDO in 2013 to help develop and scale Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, now one of the nation's largest leadership-specific programs for high school students, impacting hundreds of thousands of students and teachers since its inception. In addition to her current role as Senior Manager of Sales, Laura also serves as one of ADDO's Certified Professional Behavioral Analysts, administering scientific assessments and facilitating debriefs and workshops in an effort to help create high-performing individuals and teams. When you ask Laura what inspires her most about her work, she will tell you it's the people. When she's not leading her team or out making friends with strangers, Laura can be found writing music with her husband, Inus, shopping with their teenage daughter, Anna, or perusing the aisles of Barnes and Noble with a stack of books in one hand and a tall skinny latte in the other.
After four years pitching in the Cincinnati Reds system, Aaron traded in his baseball jersey to join the ADDO team. Coming from the Championship Capital of the world, Aaron is a proud New Englander who is passionate about all things Boston sports. Also a proud Double Deac, Aaron spent 5 years at Wake Forest University where he earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Most importantly, Wake Forest was where he met his wife, Tillman. After his time as the Pitcher and Captain for the Wake Forest Baseball Team, Aaron signed a professional contract with the Cincinnati Reds. He pitched in every level of the Reds' minor league system, Rookie ball to Triple A, before retiring. His favorite baseball memories come from time spent with teammates and the opportunity to impact the communities around him. Aaron was honored with the Reds Community Outreach Award in 2017. Through his minor league experiences, Aaron has become a connoisseur of all things Small Town, USA, and an expert at sleeping in uncomfortable beds, passing time on long road trips, and dealing with arm pain. Aaron is passionate about developing high performing teams, competing, and building relationships. He joined the team at ADDO in order to do these things while working towards something bigger than himself. Aaron also enjoys reading, training, cooking, and anything else he gets to do with his wife, Tillman.
Connecting with people on a heart level has always inspired Sarah. At a young age, she began developing friendships with people of all ages, feeling a natural curiosity to learn what makes each individual unique. Prior to graduating from the University of Georgia in 2019, Sarah exercised the skills she was learning in journalism school by working as a freelance writer for a local Athens newspaper. Writing stories centered around the people in her local community was a perfect way for her to connect her love for people to her gift of storytelling. After working in the nonprofit world of media relations, Sarah joined the ADDO team in December of 2020. At ADDO, she supports a number of the organization's programs all dedicated to helping individual leaders reach their full potential. Not only is she inspired by the leaders ADDO serves, but she also is able to lend her editing expertise to a number of side projects. As a new resident of Atlanta, Sarah enjoys trying new restaurants and coffee shops, visiting local parks and walking trails, and frequenting the many different Jeni’s Ice Cream locations in town!
Noel is a vibrant storyteller with a passion for connecting consumers to inspired stories through the written word. Throughout her career, Noel has tailored her experiences to lead marketing teams across start-ups, non-profits, and corporations. She now brings her expertise to help share, strengthen, and multiply the ADDO story. This dynamic communicator is a graduate of Lee University with a B.S. in Communications, and Syracuse University with a M.S. in Sport Venue and Event Management. After graduation, she led the marketing and events initiatives for a start-up organization, Point 3 Basketball, and has leveraged her expertise to build marketing campaigns and increase sales, consumer engagement, and overall awareness for purposeful organizations. Noel is a planner at heart. You can often find her planning her next world travel experience with her husband, Chris or diligently working on the next Excel spreadsheet to organize impact. Noel believes ADDO has a compelling story to tell, and there are more people, communities, and organizations ready to be a part of that story.
Heather is a true Georgia native, and a South Georgia girl at heart, who graduated from Valdosta State University with a degree in Sociology. From an early age, Heather was taught the importance of serving others and shown what a good work ethic looks like. Her family runs a children's home in South Georgia that cares for the orphaned, neglected, and abused. Throughout her life, she has worked alongside her family and volunteered mentoring at risk youth. Along with a family tradition of caring for others, she was also taught the importance of public service. Her grandfather to this day is still the Mayor of the town in which she was raised. As a longtime servant leader, Heather has always been focused on others and is proud to have served at several levels of government. From internships with a member of Congress and the First Lady of Georgia, to her more in-depth experience working for a State Representative and Superior Court Clerk. Heather brings knowledge and expertise from both the public and private sector to her role with ADDO. Heather is a dedicated wife and mother of three amazing kids who enjoys spending her spare time with her very large family, including her six siblings.
Jake is an enthusiastic, people-oriented addition to the ADDO family, with ten years of leader development under his belt. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee (Go Vols!), Jake graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Tennessee Wesleyan, where he also played baseball. In 2008, Jake joined Booster Enterprises in Dallas, Texas. As the nation’s premier fundraising company expanded its reach, Jake was tapped to launch a team in the Houston market, and within two years, he increased revenue from $70,000 to $1.5 million. Due to his success creating remarkable experiences and raving fans in Houston, Jake moved to Atlanta to help launch additional business units into new markets as Regional Vice President. After Booster, Jake joined with two close friends to open Breakout Games in Atlanta and Greenville, South Carolina, where he got to showcase his entrepreneurial spirit and continue to cultivate his passion for training and coaching team members. With a desire to jump back into more hands-on leader development, Jake joined the ADDO team in 2017, where he serves as Manager of Partnerships and Prospective Business. He is thrilled to be able to exercise his love of business development and to be a part of programs that develop leaders all cross the world. Jake spends his spare time reading, running, and spending time on his parent's farm in Tennessee. But each of those things is secondary to spending time with his wonderful wife, Emily, their daughter, Hunter Kate, and one more come May.
Ben is an enthusiastic critical thinker who loves to find unexpected and creative ways of infusing purpose and meaning into the lives of our clients' employees, customers, and communities. A self-proclaimed doodling master and aspiring amateur cartoonist, Ben enjoys reimagining what he sees, looking for opportunities to think differently, and bringing others along on the creative journey. Outside of work, Ben loves cheering on his Northwestern Wildcats and, as a proud Georgia native, his Atlanta Braves.
Jackie is a dynamic, action oriented member of the ADDO team with Fortune 500 sales and customer service expertise in the risk management and technology space. A proud bulldog from the University of Georgia, Jackie graduated with a B.B.A. in Marketing and a Certificate in Organizational Leadership from the Terry College Institute for Leadership Advancement. Before stepping into corporate America, Jackie served alongside ADDO Co-Founders Garrett Gravesen and Kevin Scott as the Director of Finance and Operations for UGA HEROs, which became the largest collegiate fundraising engine in the Southeast. Inspired by the opportunity to develop as a leader and create meaningful impact in her professional life, Jackie rejoined paths with Kevin, Garrett, and the high caliber ADDO team in 2016. Her thoughtful stewardship of partnerships and keen attention to the customer experience ensures ADDO delivers innovative solutions with excellence to clients. If she weren't in the business world, you would find Jackie performing on Broadway in "Singin' in the Rain" opposite Derek Hough from Dancing with the Stars. But in real life, her husband Brent is the perfect dance partner and teammate. Together they enjoy soaking up every spare minute with their two sons, Benjamin and Oliver.
Elizabeth brings Texas pride and five feet (and two inches) of inspiration to the ADDO team. Elizabeth graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in Business and Enterprise Management, concentrating on Organizational Development and Accounting. She joined ADDO after gaining experience in a top-20 accounting firm but ultimately realized her true passion lies in leadership, applying Design Thinking methodology, and developing high performing teams. At Wake Forest, Elizabeth found energy from the opportunity to increase the potential of other students through various committees and organizations. She carried this passion to ADDO in the early days of a one-room office and, combined with a drive for excellence, has helped scale leadership programs to impact over 70,000 leaders across the country. Although data and numbers are Elizabeth's forte, her ability to translate information into meaningful insights has shaped ADDO's ability to not only acheive but transform clients' strategic goals. Outside of work, Elizabeth is involved with her church, can be found reading the latest copy of a Brene Brown book, and is looking forward to going on safari across east Africa again soon. Elizabeth brings endless to-do lists, a strong work ethic, and a dynamic skill set to the ADDO team. Go Deacs!
Dana McArthur has a deep passion for creating learning experiences that achieve business results while engaging the intelligence and commitment of participants. Organizations value his creative approach, whether it is in his design of learning content or the way he facilitates groups. Individuals enjoy his relaxed style and sense of humor while teaching large groups or facilitating teams. Dana has designed and implemented leadership and development programs for employees across a range of clients in high technology, retail, manufacturing, and education. His learning designs have addressed a host of business and leadership topics such as change management, conflict resolution, performance management, coaching, and consultative selling. Dana partners with ADDO for instructional design, content creation, and workshop facilitation. In addition to serving as a key partner with ADDO, Dana has worked with major companies creating and producing events. These events include content and programming elements, video production, speaker coaching, graphic design, and more. In addition, he has worked with leadership development specialists including John Maxwell, Dr. Henry Cloud, and Dr. Paul White. Prior to his work as an external consultant, Dana served for seven years as the head of Leadership Development for a major division of The Home Depot. He had responsibility for delivering a full curriculum of leadership offerings including change acceleration, preparation for new store openings, situational leadership, and effective selling and merchandising. Dana began his career in the field of learning and development as a trainer for ExecuTrain, where he had global responsibility for delivering computer training within 23 countries. Dana earned a B.B.A in Management from Kennesaw State University. He has held multiple certifications from FranklinCovey, Grove International, and the Ken Blanchard Company. Dana lives in Woodstock, GA with his wife and two adult children.
Andrew strives to demonstrate his business competency through a gentle and servant-hearted demeanor. His desire to create innovative strategies, and his love for building high-impact companies make him a great fit for the ADDO team. After graduating with a degree in Finance from the University of Georgia, Andrew worked for Southern Company in Atlanta. After a year, Andrew’s desire to serve others brought him to a developing school in Northern Uganda. Two years later, he returned to Atlanta and led the supply chain operations for Thrive Farmers International, where they empowered farmers around the world. Most recently, Andrew was brought on as the COO of Cutting Edge Firewood through a period of explosive growth. Andrew is married to his college sweetheart, Chelsea, and they are having a blast raising their new daughter, Margo.
Allie has always been driven by the power of community. Born and raised in a tight knit family in McDonough, Georgia, Allie experienced her first taste of community with her parents, brothers, and sister. She and her siblings grew up hiking, camping, and playing any sport they could together, driving Allie’s interest in athletics and decision to study Kinesiology at Auburn University. In 2010, Allie went on a Lead Abroad trip to South Africa where she met Kevin Scott and Garrett Gravesen for the first time. On this trip, she realized the universal connection between leadership and community and has been passionate about bringing people together ever since. After college, Allie moved to New Orleans, married her college sweetheart Grant, and found a way to combine her passion for community with her love for athletics, and became a health fitness specialist for Capital One, and teaching pilates, yoga, and barre classes on the side. In this season, she fell in love with the community present in the classes she taught and began dreaming of a space where people could come not just to exercise—but to feel encouraged and refreshed by their experience together. Allie moved to Auburn with her husband Grant in 2015 and started True40, a boutique fitness studio. Allie spearheaded True40’s mission to foster physical and mental strength through community and inspired thousands of women to be their truest selves. In 2016, True40 was named Best Emerging Business in Auburn and one of the Top 10 Best Small Businesses for the state of Alabama. Allie successfully expanded and franchised her business over the next four years, selling it in 2020. She then connected with ADDO, finding the perfect place to exercise her gifts and pursue her passion for building up leaders through meaningful community. Allie serves Chick-fil-A Leader Academy participants and sponsors around the country. Outside of the office, Allie and her husband Grant are always seeking their next adventure with their daughter Barlow and two dogs.