Stephen Fleming
Vice Provost for Economic Development

Georgia Institute of Technology


Stephen Fleming has 14+ years of private equity experience at the General Partner level. Prior to his venture capital career, he spent 15 years in operations roles at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Nortel Networks, and LICOM (a venture-funded startup).

An Atlanta native and summa cum laude graduate of Georgia Tech, Stephen returned to his alma mater in mid-2005 as Chief Commercialization Officer. In 2009, he was promoted to Vice Provost, Economic Development and Technology Ventures, and Executive Director of the Enterprise Innovation Institute at Georgia Tech.

In addition to his roles at Georgia Tech, he is also a member of the Investment Committee of the Seraph Group, an early-stage venture capital firm. Stephen is active in the "alternative space" industry; he is an investor in three private aerospace companies and is a founding member of the Space Angels Network. Mr. Fleming also serves on the Boards of Trustees for the Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta and for Tech High School, a charter high school emphasizing science, math, and technology in urban Atlanta.

John Yates

Morris Manning & Martin, LLP


John C. Yates is the partner-in-charge of the Technology Practice and a member of the firm’s IndUS Practice. Mr. Yates is one of the pioneers of the technology law field and has been practicing exclusively in this area for over 27 years. The firm’s technology practice has represented hundreds of technology companies and provided legal services in such areas as IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, patent prosecution, Internet law, biotech and medical devices, ecommerce/distribution, corporate finance and venture capital, international law and dispute resolution.

Mr. Yates is internationally recognized in the technology law field. He has founded and been a member of the Board of Directors of leading technology organizations for over two decades. Mr. Yates helped to found the Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) in 2004, a non-profit trade organization that supports and promotes medical device companies in the Southeast.  He serves on the editorial board of leading technology publications, and his articles have been cited in the computer law area, including citation by the U.S. Supreme Court inKodak vs. Image Technical Services. He is a co-author of articles published in The Law and Business of Computer Software and The Handbook of Business Management. Mr. Yates is frequently quoted in business publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Mr. Yates has also been recognized in a Harvard Business School case study (“Ockham Technologies: Living on the Razor’s Edge”) as a leading lawyer representing fast growth companies.

Mr. Yates is a frequent speaker at national and international business and technology law organizations. He has delivered more than 250 speeches during his career.  He has also spoken at annual computer law seminars sponsored by the Georgia Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Foundation, Minnesota Computer Law Institute, and American Bar Association’s Section of Science and Technology.

Mr. Yates is currently co-authoring a book, entitled “The Art of Business Friendship,” and is a columnist for various online computer and legal publications. He was selected as a “Georgia Super Lawyer” in the fields of Business/Corporate (Technology) in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and is among the top five percent of the state’s attorneys to be so honored. 

Robin Spratlin
Economic Development Manager

Georgia Power


As director of economic development, Robin is responsible for business recruitment and support services. Her team assists in the location or expansion of businesses in Georgia, identifying potential buildings and sites. Support services include engineering evaluation and site analysis, preliminary site design, industrial park development, GIS and custom mapping, research and demographic data, and the Georgia Resource Center.