Steve Soto, President
Steve has been at the crossroads of the hospitality and technology industries since 1998, helping transform and grow both as a sales executive for Internet pioneers ITN, GetThere, Sabre, and Rearden Commerce.
He is experienced in the areas of Enterprise eCommerce technology, procurement, and business service solutions with specific expertise in the areas of software and customer service management. Steve has enjoyed success creating customer revenue growth, relationship management, and retention strategies and possesses.
Steve moved to Atlanta in 1996 from Boulder, CO and has been actively seeking ways to bring the city’s powerful outdoor play mindset to Atlanta. As a father of three daughters, he has served as a volunteer coach for over 10 years with various organizations, including Decatur-DeKalb YMCA, Haygood (UMC) Hoops, and Atlanta Youth Soccer Association. Steve also was a founding member of swimming-focused Pool Together and Atlanta ContactPoint.
Steve believes that we all enjoy play and will exercise more often if we are playing versus “working out.” Citizens of Atlanta struggle to find places to play the sports they love, and Atlanta ContactPoint aims to address this challenge. Click HERE to watch Steve’s statement.
Ray Connolly, Vice-President
Ray is an entrepreneur with experience in real estate, construction, hospitality, and philanthropy. He moved to Atlanta in 1979 and began a career in the local hospitality industry, opening local landmarks, including the Hard Rock Café and The Tabernacle.
Ray also founded Collins Real Estate and Connolly Consulting, and in 2006, he established Citizens for a Greater Atlanta, a non-profit organization that partnered with the Atlanta City Council and Central Atlanta Progress to address quality of life issues in the city.
Ray is a sports enthusiast who has played hockey from the age of four and continues today with a local men’s league. Active in his children’s basketball, hockey, and baseball teams, Ray is a resident of Inman Park and enjoys spending time with his wife and five children. Click HERE to watch Ray’s statement.
Steve Gallo, Treasurer
Steve is a native of Westchester County NY but has lived in Atlanta for over 18 years. His friends consider him an entrepreneur, a sports nut and a great connector of people. Steve co-founded a technology company at the Georgia Tech Incubator and also a product fundraising company for schools and sports leagues, which he sold in 2005. Steve has raised capital and put advisory boards and business plans together for several entities in Atlanta.
As for sports, Steve played college football for Yale and graduated in 1988 with a BA in Economics. He has coached HS football in PA and currently coaches middle school girls basketball and youth soccer in Atlanta. He loves coaching but still enjoys playing full court basketball 2–3 times per week, Flag football and weightlifting.
Steve has also recently served as the Membership Chair for the Entrepreneur’s Organization in Atlanta, Vice President of Parent Involvement for the Inman Middle School PTA and still coordinates an emergency freeze shelter every winter for our homeless neighbors on Ponce.
In the evening, he can be found watching sports with friends or at The Family Dog after his family time with wife Jamie and 2 daughters Kendall and Ansley is done.
A native Atlantan, Shannon is passionate about creating positive change for her city. She enjoys staying active and sharing her love of the arts, and wants to build stronger, sustainable community ties. Shannon also is a believer in the important role that sports play in increasing children’s self confidence and social skills.
Shannon brings to Atlanta ContactPoint a variety of skills, including teaching, consumer and Internet marketing, fundraising, and public relations. She has created a successful art business, coordinated and managed a neighborhood swim team, and assisted local businesses with organizational support. Click HERE to watch Shannon’s statement.
Shannon looks forward to making the dream of Pullman Yards and Atlanta ContactPoint a reality and believes it will not only enhance the lives of local residents, but also re-energize the surrounding neighborhoods and the city of Atlanta.
An avid swimmer, Shannon and her husband have two daughters and are both actively involved in their basketball, swim and soccer teams.