Meet our Stars
Jim Glover has lived in Marietta most of his life, where his family has been for six generations. After graduating from Bryan College, Jim was the sixth generation to work in his family's business, Glover Machine Works, Inc. Originally, it was the only steam locomotive manufacturing facility south of Virginia.
He is currently a managing broker and V. P. for Atlanta Fine Homes Sothebys International Realty, Cobb office. He was the board chairman of the Cobb Symphony Orchestra (now the Georgia Symphony Orchestra) for four years and COO/CFO/ and CEO of Proia Dance Project, a non-profit ballet and contemporary dance company.
Jim was also a co-founder of the Marietta Welcome Center in 1987, charter chairman of The Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour, co-founded the Cobb Preservation Foundation, Inc., was a member of the Glover Park Restoration Committee in the 1980s and holds the title of Duke of Albermarle in the Society of First Families of South Carolina. Jim is active in animal rescue and wants to see every living creature have a bed to sleep in at night, which is why MUST Ministries touches his heart.
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Ollie Patterson was once the highest-ranked executive for a Fortune 50 company responsible for leading four business units to world-class status, each ranging in revenue support responsibility from $200 million to $600 million in size.
After 25 years in corporate America, Ollie stepped out to pursue his real passion: music. He wrote a jazz-gospel song that reached the top 10 most requested song on the radio for two consecutive years and was the former director of music at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. In 2019, Ollie served as president of the Kennesaw Business Association. He has four children and he and his wife, Anna, live in Acworth. He is currently the President of Ollie Patterson Music, LLC.
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Ashbelle Pierre is the Children's Associate at Piedmont Church and is currently pursuing a dual Masters in Business Administration and Divinity. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, enjoying new restaurants, hosting game nights, hiking, or watching the latest Marvel movie. Ashbelle said she is dancing because it is such a great opportunity to merge together her love for helping the community and dance.
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Kathryn Ruff was born in Savannah and spent most of her childhood in Cobb County. She attended Kennesaw State University, majoring in middle grades education. In a turn of events, she shifted gears in 2008 to focus on marketing for small to medium-size businesses and formed her own marketing business, Catalyst 21, focusing on Georgia brands.
Her professional philosophy is based on helping people take their natural talent given by God to grow their business and impact their community. Over the years, she has expanded her scope to include more philanthropic efforts and has helped raise over $300,000 for local nonprofits. She also serves on the board for Cobb Schools Foundation.
Kathryn and her husband, Wes, are a blended family of seven and have one child still in school at McCleskey Middle School. In addition to focusing on her growing business, she enjoys studying holistic health, natural science, theology, and spending time at her favorite regenerative farm, White Oak Pastures.
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Farrah is a marketing specialist with Credit Union of Georgia. From volunteering through AmeriCorps and Big Brothers/Big Sisters to giving back to local charities with Credit Union of Georgia, she strongly feels that there is no way to better our communities than through faith and serving.
Farrah has a passion for helping others. Born and raised in the local community, she has previously helped serve families in need with the MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Program and is now ready to take it a step (or foxtrot) further by partaking in MUST Dance.
At the end of the day, you can find Farrah and her one-year-old daughter, Fran, playing outside with their German Shepherd, riding in the pasture or just relaxing on the back porch with a popsicle.
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Dan Garcia is the President of C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. and has been in the industry for 26 years. Dan was born in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to the United States at the age of 17 after completing high school. He attended The Citadel and graduated in 1996 with a BS in Civil Engineering, then received his MBA from Mercer University in 2010. Dan serves as a board member of North Cobb Christian School, Extra Special People, Youth in Mission, and the Georgia Highway Contractors Association. He recently assisted in the capital campaigns for MUST Ministries and The Extension.
Faith and Family are very important to Dan; he attends St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marietta. Dan and his wife Debbie have been married for 23 years and have 5 children - Erika, Brianna, Kevin, Michelle, and Katherine.
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