The Tocqueville Society has a new executive committee and cabinet: As we share the excitement of these new leaders, we also want to provide our greatest thanks to Chris Peck who has served as the chair of the Tocqueville Cabinet from 2019 – 2022. Thank you, Chris, for your tireless and constant leadership and steering us towards success. Here are our new cabinet leaders!

Tricia Holder – Chair

Tricia is a native Atlantan, and she has been involved with United Way over the past 7 years on the cabinet of both Tocqueville and Tocqueville Women United. She has been married for 32 years and has 2 wonderful kids, Julie Ann and Jack. She has 23 years of business development and marketing experience, and she serves on numerous boards in Atlanta. Tricia is beginning to reframe discussions and narrative about Tocqueville and United Way of Greater Atlanta. She worked tirelessly in 2021 and 2022 to re-engage existing members and recruit new members. Tricia’s depth of experience In the Atlanta philanthropic community will bring a fresh new way to engage members this coming year.

David Abee – Vice Chair, Growth

David is a senior director with Synovus Bank, leading their middle market banking group for Greater Atlanta and North Georgia. David been a banker for 31 years, serving in various leadership roles within retail banking, private wealth, and corporate and investment banking. David has been a Tocqueville member for 10 years and has been an active donor to United Way for 26 years. David is married to Susan (26 years), and have three grown children who live in Orlando, Nashville, and Birmingham.

Tanesha Boldin – Vice Chair, Engagement and Retention

Tanesha, proud mama bear of 3 amazing humans and passionate community servant with experience on former boards to include the United Nations Association, Salvation Army, The Living Classrooms Foundation, MedStar, and others, is here in Georgia to make an impact. After stepping away from a successful career in banking, Tanesha ran a nonprofit in Haiti where she collaborated with the UN, World Health, and other global organizations to provide resources to the wonderful people in Jacmel, Haiti. She enjoys cooking, imagining she’s a comedian, being an advocate for her children, and community service.

We are excited to share the full membership of the Tocqueville Cabinet:

Chris Peck – Chair Emeritus, and former VP, UPS

Lawrence Ashe – Senior Counsel, Parker Hudson Rainer & Dobbs, LLP

Amy Corn – Academic Program Director, FinTech, Georgia Tech

Kathy Dowling – Former VP, AT&T

Steve Evans – CEO, Lupus Foundation of America

Lashonda F. Foy – SVP, Wells Fargo

Heather Generes – General Manager, e2open

Doug Gosden – Partner, Holland & Knight, LLP

Laura Boring Hopkins – CEO, Haven Floors and Director Demand Generation, Flock Safety

Doug Hutcherson – CEO, Lockton Companies

Kate Kennedy – Founder, Boyce L. Ansley School

Amy Rudolf – Partner, Eversheds Sutherland

Lyn Turknett – Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Turknett Leadership Group

Shelli Willis – Partner, Troutman Pepper, LLP

Tocqueville Society Member
David Abee

David Abee truly embodies the spirit of what it means to “Live United.”

Although his day job is with Synovus, he dedicates countless hours volunteering on the Tocqueville Society Cabinet. Furthermore, he leads the Engagement & Retention Committee as its chair, seeking to ensure that each member feels recognized and appreciated.

 

Prior to his experience with United Way of Greater Atlanta, David served in volunteer leadership capacities with organizations such as the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement of Georgia, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, American Heart Association and March of Dimes.

Q: Why did you decide to get involved with United Way?
A: Early in my career at the age of 21, my employer at that time encouraged both giving to and volunteering with United Way of Central Alabama; I started with volunteering my time tutoring elementary students in Birmingham and giving $10 a paycheck. Over the years, I have continued to volunteer and give, with it truly being a life-changing experience.

I continue to give to United Way today as a Tocqueville Society member, fully confident that every dollar continues to make a difference in the lives of all those around us. I completely TRUST United Way is making a real difference with those who need it most.

Q: Who or what inspires you to give back to the community?
A: The small community-based nonprofit that is passionate about making a difference in our local communities… THEY truly inspire me to give back to my community and do everything I can to support their efforts. They are heroes!

Q: If you were to choose another career path, what would it be?
A: I would love to teach, and I would enjoy helping others learn. To be a teacher is certainly a calling! Along with teaching a subject or a course, teachers truly play an important role in teaching life to students and pouring into them!

Q: Where is your favorite spot in Atlanta to grab a bite to eat?
A: Chops in Buckhead is my favorite restaurant!  Whether for a business lunch, a casual gathering with friends, or a wonderful dinner in the main restaurant or Lobster Bar… Chops is a great experience!

Q: What has Synovus done to support its customers and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic?
A: For the Synovus team, this COVID-19 pandemic has renewed the belief in our company’s purpose – to be here for our customers and communities, in good times and when hardships come; to be accessible, present, and to personally partner to meet the most critical needs. To say it’s been a silver lining — a true privilege — to stand beside our customers and to support our community healthcare heroes, organizations, and businesses in various ways would be an understatement. There have been so many defining moments for our company’s team members over the past several weeks.

I am especially grateful for the opportunity to have helped thousands of our small business customers through the Paycheck Protection Program (P3). To date, we’ve been part of distributing almost $3 billion in P3 funds to thousands of small business customers who employ nearly 340,000 individuals across our Southeast footprint. For the thousands with whom we at Synovus have celebrated success, I am deeply humbled by their stories as well.