OUR BOARD
 
Bret Bowlin is the President of ATL Urban Farms and is also a sales rep for Future Growing, LLC. He is dedicated to helping people grow healthy local food using world class technology. Raised in the Metro Atlanta area, Bret graduated from Georgia State University in 1981 and has worked in the horticulture industry since 1985. He has been active in state agribusiness issues and has served on tech school and trade association boards, including the Georgia Urban Agriculture Council. As a member of Cumming First UMC, he has served on the administrative board, Mission and Search committees, and in youth ministry. He is part of a men’s small group and relational ministry. Bret and his wife Cindy raised their two children on the farm in Cumming, GA. Bret shares Rev. Guardiola’s vision for ministry based on relational discipleship and outreach according to the model of Jesus Christ.
 
Mike Hardin is the president and owner of Harcon, Inc., a concrete frame and formwork subcontractor working throughout the southeastern US. He obtained a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Florida and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has served on the Associated General Contractors of America Board of Directors – Georgia Chapter and the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia Board of Directors. He is the past Chairman of the Board of the Associated Builders and Contractors of America – Georgia Chapter and past Chairman of the Board of SPSU’s Construction Industry Advisory Board. Mike has been greatly involved in Mexico missions for several years, coordinating mission trips and fundraising events to support Pastor Gonzalo and Pan de Vida.He attends Northpoint Community Church, CLC Bible study, and a weekly men’s small group.
 
Troy McMahan is a director in the Atlanta office of Northwestern Mutual Real Estate Investments.  Troy graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1991 and has spent his career working in the financial services industry, in a number of different capacities including project management, operational efficiencies, financial management, and strategic planning.  He has used these skill sets in the past to help other non-profit organizations develop their strategic and financial plans and structure their processes and is doing the same with RIO Ministries. Troy is a devoted husband and father of three children and an elder at Life Bible Church in Canton, GA.  Troy and his wife, Chris, have worked together in a married couple ministry and with an organization that counsels and rehabilitates teens from broken families.  They continue to meet regularly with individuals and with small groups in their home.  Troy and Chris have a desire to disciple individuals and couples and feel that this passion aligns well with RIO Ministries’ vision to see lives and families restored for Christ.
 
Ken Morrow was raised on a small farm in northwest Alabama.  As a young boy, he recognized a love for farming and agriculture and has pursued this industry throughout his education and career. Ken graduated from Auburn University in 1975 and in 1978 with an MS in Agricultural Economics.He is currently President of TPM in Cartersville, GA. Ken serves on several industry trade association boards and as the lieutenant governor’s appointee on the Georgia Seed Development Commission.
Ken and his wife Pam live in Suwanee, Georgia where they enjoy spending time with their family (two sons- Jason and Joshua) which has expanded with the marriage of their sons and births of five grandsons. Ken’s personal ministry has focused on building relationships in Jesus and encouraging men to be part of small groups walking together and sharing their lives. He is active in supporting the National Prayer Breakfast. Ken is active in his faith, enjoying the depth of relationships resulting from shared experiences with friends in numerous ministry areas.
 
George Peart is the Director of Sales and Partner in Gulf States Engineering Co., Inc., working in Louisiana, Mississippi, Western Tennessee and Arkansas selling equipment for environmental projects for municipalities and industry.  George is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and has spent the majority of his career in the environmental sector, working primarily to provide solutions for water and wastewater treatment projects.  He is professionally active in the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation, and various state Rural Water Associations.  George and his wife Tammie have been married for 29 years and have a 5 year old son named Will, who is their true blessing from the Lord.  Because of their desire to see children and youth flourish in the Lord, they intend to serve RIO to plant seeds into the next generation.  They have been involved in leading and teaching adult bible studies and George has been deeply involved in relational discipleship throughout the Southeast.  He has actively supported the work of men’s small groups and the National Prayer Breakfast for several years.  He has a deep love for the people of Mexico at Pan de Vida and the Lord has gifted him with the ability to speak, read and write Spanish.  He is eager to serve RIO with these gifts and is looking forward to working with the leadership to serve as the Lord leads.  
 
David Harper is the President and CEO of Legacy Advisory Partners, the firm he co-founded in 2000. He has worked extensively in all areas of investment advisory services – specializing in the institutional market.His journey began in 1978 as an investment adviser with The Principal Group where he achieved the highest level of success. In 1991 he began working with companies on the design and implementation of qualified and nonqualified retirement plan solutions. David serves young leaders as a Young Life Atlanta Project committee member and as the director of The Great 8 mentoring program. He is also a board member of RIO Ministries. He has authored two books, The Great 8, and Light Their Fire for God. He lives in Cumming, GA with his wife, Anne – both are Atlanta natives – and together they have three children and twelve grandchildren. David and Anne are members of North Point Community Church and attend the Browns Bridge Church campus in Cumming. David enjoys fishing, exercising, and mentoring the next generation of leaders. David is a graduate of Davidson College (B.A.) where he played quarterback from 1971-1975.