Business Pillar

Scott Luton, TalentStream & Co-Director, Business Pillar

Scott Luton serves as Managing Partner for TalentStream and is a member of the ownership group. He brings more than 15 years of general management and growth-focused leadership experience to TalentStream. After serving as an active-duty data analyst in the United States Air

Force, Luton later joined EmployBridge, where he was named to the President’s Club in 2007 and 2008. He has held a variety of leadership roles with organizations, with extensive experience in the manufacturing and professional services sectors. Scott currently serves as Executive Vice President of APICS Atlanta and was also named to the 2018 Georgia Logistics Summit Executive Committee. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and holds the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional credential. Scott also volunteers as Co-Chair of the Business Pillar for VETLANTA, maintains active membership in the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance and founded Supply Chain Now Radio in 2017. Connect with Scott Luton on LinkedIn here and follow him on Twitter at @ScottWLuton

Mark Horn, Evans Building Maintenance & Co-Director, Business Pillar

Mark Horn currently serves as Chief Operations Officer and associate principal with Evans Building Maintenance. He has over 28 years of experience in the contract services industry, and he brings a wealth of knowledge in business development and operational oversight.

Mark began his career with the founding of Professional Systems in 1989. Professional Systems provided contract cleaning and temporary engineering services to the manufacturing, medical and hospitality markets. By 2016, Professional Systems, with revenues of $250,000,000, employed 8000 cleaning, engineering and management staff in over 40 states.

Mark formed Evans Building Maintenance in 2017 with United States Army veteran Mike Evans. Mark is a civilian who knows the benefit of veterans. He is a spirited and dedicated supporter of veterans, and a determined advocate of organizations dedicated to enhancing the lives of veterans and their families.

Mark serves as co-chair of the Business Pillar with Vetlanta. He has served as a mentor with the Mentors program through the Bibb County Board of Education. He served on the church finance committee, and also serves in numerous functions as a parishioner at Vineville United Methodist Church. He is a graduate of The University of Georgia, is married, and he enjoys time with his wife Mindy and two children.

VETLANTA Entrepreneurial Center of Excellence (VECOE) Mentorship Program

VECOEVETLANTA Entrepreneurial Center of Excellence (VECOE) Mission: To build a world class program that helps our veteran entrepreneurs build a strong foundation to successfully launch, grow and sustain their business ventures.

The VECOE program has three core initiatives:

  1. Mentorship: We connect veteran entrepreneurs with senior businesses leaders through a structure mentoring program to help build a strong a successful business
  2. VOB Summit Series: Facilitating innovation and networking through the ongoing summits with thought leaders from around the country for Veteran Owned Businesses (VOB)
  3. Incubator: Establish and facilitate an incubator program to provide an environment for start-ups to take off and succeed

Mentorship Program Description:

Provide an accessible point of entry to get connected with resources and networks who can quickly help define the fundamental builds blocks to create a successful business that is specifically tailored toward veterans and is free.

Mentor program Roles/profile:

  • Veteran Entrepreneur: Any prior service military member who is seeking to start and/or grow their own business
  • Mentor: An individual with a proven business background who can present the fundamental aspects of a strong business model. Will typically have a professional network they can access to help with research and consultation to provide industry/market specific guidance to the veteran’s business plan
  • VECOE Project Team: Identify key challenges facing the small business startups and the veteran community and co-develop the program to meet those needs including the mentor/protégé program
  • Resources: a network of key resources offering expertise in various aspects of what a veteran business owner will need that are brought into the mentorship engagement as needed

Mentorship Timeframe:

  • Three month’s long with two brief sessions per month. This is a baseline but will vary depending on the needs and dynamic of the engagement
  • Initial engagement would typically be 1-2 hrs. in person
  • Participate in an Incubator Program and other future external opportunities that may be derived from this program

VOB Summit Series Description:

  • Facilitating innovation and networking through the ongoing summits with thought leaders from around the country for Veteran Owned Businesses (VOB).
  • Target Attendees are veterans who own a small to medium sized business and are looking to gain insight on business trends that will impact their business and for those who want to gain peer-to-peer networking opportunities.

Incubator Program Description:

  • Establish and facilitate an incubator program to provide an environment for start-ups to take off and succeed.
  • Target participants are veterans who own a small to medium sized business, who meet our criteria, and are looking to have a hosted office environment to launch their business.

Register Here