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Erin Izen

Executive Director, The Home Depot Foundation The Home Depot Foundation Board Chair

As Executive Director of The Home Depot Foundation, Erin Izen leads The Home Depot’s philanthropic strategy, volunteer efforts and employee assistance program.

Additionally, Erin oversees The Home Depot’s military relations and workforce development programs.

Erin joined The Home Depot in 2005. Most recently, Erin served as the senior director – Talent Acquisition, leading our Workforce Development, Military Hiring and Relations, and the Contingent Workforce Program Office. Erin has served as a Board Member for The Home Depot Foundation since 2011.

Before joining The Home Depot, Erin worked at Radiant Systems in Alpharetta, Georgia. She holds a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology and is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Erin is active in her church and several nonprofits that support the armed forces, veterans, and homelessness. She is married to LtCol Jim Izen, USMC (retired) and mother to four (the oldest is also a Marine Corps veteran).

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Erin Izen

Jose Barra

Senior Vice President, Merchandising Décor The Home Depot Foundation Board Member

Jose Barra is senior vice president of merchandising, décor, at The Home Depot. He oversees the company’s strategy to provide customers with innovative and exclusive products across flooring, paint, kitchen, bath, appliances, décor, storage and organization. 

Jose joined The Home Depot in 2017 and previously served as senior vice president of merchandising services, where he led a team of more than 26,000 associates and was responsible for the company’s in-store environment, field merchandising and merchandising execution team efforts.

Jose brings more than 25 years of industry experience to the company. Before joining The Home Depot, he served as executive vice president of Optum Inc., a diversified health and well-being company. Prior to that, he served as executive vice president of merchandising, essentials and hardlines at Target. Earlier in his career, Jose also held positions with McKinsey & Company Inc. and served as a managing director with a business incubator in Ecuador.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago-Booth School of Business.

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Molly Battin

Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer The Home Depot Foundation Board Member

Molly Battin is senior vice president and chief marketing officer at The Home Depot. In this role, she is responsible for The Home Depot’s branding, marketing strategy, personalization efforts and the company’s retail media network, Retail Media+.

Molly joined The Home Depot in 2022 and prior to joining the company has held executive leadership roles across prolific brands like, Coca-Cola, Warner Media and Delta Air Lines. During her time at Delta, she led global corporate brand strategy and brand management across the company. Her oversight included the global company’s cross-functional marketing strategy and channels.

Molly is a Fellow of the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Betsy Magness Leadership Institute and was named the 2018 WICT Southeast Woman of the Year. She’s currently on the advisory board for Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2018, and a member of the Agape advisory board.

Outside of work, Molly is a proud wife and mother of three children, an avid runner and a triathlete. Molly earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and an MBA from Northwestern University.
 

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Marc Becker

Vice President, Merchandising The Home Depot Foundation Board Member

Marc Becker is vice president of merchandising for The Home Depot. He is responsible for the company’s millwork department, which includes molding, windows, interior doors, exterior doors, patio doors, garage doors and related products.

Marc joined the company in 1999 as a credit analyst. He has held positions of increasing responsibility including assistant store manager, inventory merchant, manager supply chain, merchant, senior merchant, divisional merchandise manager for outdoor power and most recently field merchandising vice president for the Western Division. Marc has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Georgia Southern University.

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Marc Brown

CEO – HD Supply The Home Depot Foundation Board Member

Marc Brown serves as CEO of HD Supply, a critical part of The Home Depot’s strategy to serve Pro customers in the maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) industry.

Previously, he was senior vice president of supply chain for The Home Depot.

Marc joined the company in 1998 and has held numerous functional support and line operational roles, including human resources manager, store manager, field install manager, district manager, senior director of Pro sales, regional vice president for the Southeast Region and senior vice president of retail operations. He has led critical initiatives during his tenure, including enhanced supply chain and retail labor models, supply chain automation and productivity, freight flow, and on-shelf availability.

Prior to joining the company, he spent eight years in retail at Wal-Mart and Blockbuster Video, both in field and corporate support positions.

Marc is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in administrative management.

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Pete Capel

President, Northern Division The Home Depot Foundation Board Member

Pete Capel is president of the Northern Division for The Home Depot. He is responsible for the sales and operations of 802 stores in 24 Midwest and Northeastern states, with a team of more than 110,000 associates.

Most recently, Pete served as vice president of Field Merchandising for the last seven years for the Northern, Southern and Western divisions. In this role, Pete also led Home Depot’s emergency response teams for natural disasters. 

Pete joined the company in 1990 as a sales associate in South Florida and has held roles of increasing responsibility, including assistant store manager, store manager, district manager, regional install manager, regional merchandise manager, divisional sales merchant, field merchandising vice president for the Northern Division and vice president of in-store environment.

A proud veteran, Pete served for seven years in the United States Marine Corps before joining The Home Depot.

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Chris Duffy

Vice President, Home Depot Installation Services The Home Depot Foundation Board Member

Chris Duffy is vice president of Home Depot installation services. He is responsible for creating a best-in-class consultation, sales and installation experience for our do-it-for-me customers.

Since joining Home Depot in 2000 as a sales associate, Chris has held several positions of increasing responsibility including store manager, district manager, director of operations process, vice president of workforce operations & strategy, building services and energy management, vice president of interconnected retail for homedepot.com and, most recently, vice president of in store environment.

Chris has a bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University and received his master's degree from Duke University.

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Chris Duffy

John Ellington

Director, Finance and Grants Administration, The Home Depot Foundation The Home Depot Foundation Officer

John Ellington is the director of finance and grants administration for The Home Depot Foundation.  He is responsible for establishing and managing the collaborative strategies to implement the Foundation’s focus – working to improve the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families.

John joined The Home Depot in 2005 in the Assurance and Advisory Management Program, a two-year program designed to develop the future leaders of the company.  Since that time, John has held roles of increasing responsibility across the company’s corporate finance landscape in the functional areas of financial planning & analysis, store operations, merchandising services and online merchandising.

Prior to joining The Home Depot, John spent four years at Ernst & Young in a variety of roles within their Atlanta office.

A native of the Acadiana region of southern Louisiana, John graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Accounting and minor in economics from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA.  He proudly serves in The Foundation in honor of his late father, a veteran of the Vietnam War.

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Daniel Grider

Vice President, Technology The Home Depot Foundation Board Member

Daniel Grider is vice president of information technology at The Home Depot. He is responsible for the IT infrastructure, engineering and operations, and accountable for the company’s strategic technology footprint that supports more than 400,000 associates and 2,200 stores. This includes virtualization, network engineering, database, storage, platform, open systems, mainframe, software deployment, data centers and operational command centers.

Daniel joined The Home Depot in 2009 and has more than 22 years of retail information technology experience. He has held various roles of influence throughout his career, with emphasis on development, operational excellence and infrastructure effectiveness. Most recently, Daniel implemented strategic plans to significantly improve self-service infrastructure, overall operational controls, including root cause analysis, response time, productivity and system availability.

Prior to joining The Home Depot, Daniel was senior director for eBay’s global operations team, and spent several years with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. leading the IT security and business continuity divisions. In addition, Daniel worked nine years as a certified law enforcement officer in the state of Arkansas.

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Crystal Hanlon

Senior Vice President and Culture Officer The Home Depot Foundation Board Member

Crystal Hanlon is senior vice president and culture officer at The Home Depot. Crystal is responsible for driving the company’s culture development and strategy and oversees The Home Depot Foundation, The Homer Fund, events and internal communications teams.

Crystal began her career at the company in 1985 as a cashier in Texas while attending the University of Houston. During the last 30-plus years, she has held numerous positions and built a reputation for leading with The Home Depot’s culture and values at the forefront. Crystal served as customer services manager, assistant store manager, store manager, district manager, senior director of operations, merchandising vice president of décor, regional vice president of the Midwest and regional vice president of the Gulf Region. Most recently, Crystal served as president of the Northern Division, a position she held for eight years.

Crystal studied business management at the University of Houston.

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Crystal Hanlon

Stacy Ingram

Associate General Counsel and Deputy Corporate Secretary The Home Depot Foundation Board Member

Stacy Ingram serves as associate general counsel and deputy corporate secretary for The Home Depot, which she joined in April 2009. She is responsible for a broad range of securities, compliance, corporate governance and corporate finance matters.

Prior to joining The Home Depot, Ms. Ingram was a partner in the Atlanta office of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, where she represented clients in a full array of securities, corporate governance and corporate finance matters. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Society for Corporate Governance and chair of its Policy Advisory Committee, and has served as president of the Society’s Southeastern Chapter. Ms. Ingram also serves on the board of The Home Depot Foundation and The Homer Fund.

Ms. Ingram received her law degree from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Heather Kennedy

Vice President, Government Relations and External Communications The Home Depot Foundation Board Member

Heather Kennedy is the vice president of government relations and external communications at The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer. Heather has served in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility at the company for over 20 years. She is responsible for international government relations, federal lobbying and political activity in the Washington, D.C. office as well as state and local government relations across all 50 states. She oversees strategy for external communications including proactive brand PR, executive communications, and issues management. Heather serves on the company’s Incidence Response Team, Privacy and Data Governance Committee, the steering committee of Home Depot’s Civil Rights, Equality, Economic Inclusion and Diversity Task Force (CREEiD), and serves at the chair of The Home Depot Political Action Committee. 

Prior to The Home Depot, Heather was a legislative director at public affairs firms in Florida and Georgia, working in state legislatures. Heather graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a BA in Business Management and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Georgetown University.  She is a graduate of the Women in Power program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as well as the Public Affairs Council’s Public Affairs Institute. 

Heather serves on the board of directors of The Home Depot Foundation, chairs the Georgia Retail Association and sits on the Public Policy Steering Committee of the Retail Industry Leaders Association. She serves on the board of directors for the Public Affairs Council, chairs the Governance Committee for the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, sits on Ford’s Theatre Corporate Advisory Board and is a member of the DC Economic Club.  

Heather lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Jacob and two daughters and enjoys traveling and playing golf. She puts her passion for golf to work as a board member of the First Tee of Greater Washington, DC and as a co-chair of the Ambassador program for the National Links Trust.
 

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Charles Wilson

Vice President, Operations The Home Depot Foundation Board Member

Charles Wilson is vice president of operations and responsible for the retail customer and associate experience, including labor operations, customer care, specialty and front end.

Prior to this role, Charles Wilson was a regional vice president for The Home Depot responsible for the operations of 110 stores in Florida, Alabama, southern Georgia and southern South Carolina.

Charles joined the company in 2003 as an assistant store manager. He has held progressively responsible roles, including store manager, district operations manager, director of strategic development and district manager.

Charles holds a Master of Business Administration in strategy and finance from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Hampton University.

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Chuyu Xi

Vice President, Sales Enablement and Operations The Home Depot Foundation Board Member

Chuyu joined the company in 2006 as a director in our installation services business. He has held positions of increasing responsibility, including senior director and vice president of services operations overseeing maintenance of a national network of service providers, customer issue resolution and the regulatory compliance function. Chuyu also led Home Depot’s renovation services business, providing B2B turnkey installation solutions to large institutional clients.

Most recently, Chuyu was the vice president of merchandising. He was responsible for the company’s flooring department which includes carpet, rugs, wood floor, laminate floor, vinyl floor, tile and tile set materials.

Prior to joining the Home Depot in 2006, Chuyu spent 10 years of his career with General Electric, primarily in its power systems & energy division. During his tenure with GE, Chuyu held various operational leadership roles in global sourcing, supply chain risk management, quality and customer service. Chuyu is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Chuyu graduated from the University of Maine at Fort Kent, and later obtained his MBA and master's in industrial & management engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

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Chuyu Xi

Sherry Yaskin

Vice President, Human Resources The Home Depot Foundation Board Member

Sherry Yaskin is vice president of human resources – merchandising, marketing, online, and contact centers – for The Home Depot.

Sherry joined The Home Depot in 2004 as director of learning and has held positions of increasing responsibility, including director of talent management and organizational effectiveness, senior director of human resources for both the western and northern divisions, senior director of human resources for U.S. operations and the pro business, vice president of talent management and organizational effectiveness and most recently, vice president of human resources for U.S. stores and operations.

Prior to joining the company, Sherry was a district manager with Circuit City. She also spent more than 14 years with Gap, Inc., where she held a variety of leadership positions.

Sherry holds a bachelor's in speech communication from the University of Florida.

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Sherry Yaskin

Crystal Hanlon

Senior Vice President and Culture Officer The Homer Fund Board Chair

Crystal Hanlon is senior vice president and culture officer at The Home Depot. Crystal is responsible for driving the company’s culture development and strategy and oversees The Home Depot Foundation, The Homer Fund, events and internal communications teams.

Crystal began her career at the company in 1985 as a cashier in Texas while attending the University of Houston. During the last 30-plus years, she has held numerous positions and built a reputation for leading with The Home Depot’s culture and values at the forefront. Crystal served as customer services manager, assistant store manager, store manager, district manager, senior director of operations, merchandising vice president of décor, regional vice president of the Midwest and regional vice president of the Gulf Region. Most recently, Crystal served as president of the Northern Division, a position she held for eight years.

Crystal studied business management at the University of Houston.

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Crystal Hanlon

John Carr

Regional Director Merchandising Execution, New England Region The Homer Fund Board Member

John Carr grew up in Massachusetts and attended the University of Massachusetts before joining The Home Depot in 1994. During his 25-year career with the company, he has held many positions of increasing responsibility from department supervisor, assistant store manager, store manager, district manager and his current role as regional director merchandising execution for the New England region. 

John spends his free time with his wife Rebecca and three children, Maxwell, Taylor and Siena.

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Nicolas Darget-Lacoste

Director of Human Resources, Canada The Homer Fund Board Member

Nicolas Darget-Lacoste is a director of human resources for Canada, responsible for supporting all store support center functions.  

Nicolas started at The Home Depot Canada in 2001 as a district human resources manager in Quebec. Throughout his career, he has held roles of increasing responsibility in human resources, including director of associate relations, director of human resources for China retail operations and director field operations Canada. 

Prior to joining the company, Nicolas worked in retail leadership roles for the Hudson Bay and Eaton companies and for Disney World as a cultural representative.

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Jim Emge

District Manager The Homer Fund Board Member

Jim Emge is a district manager for The Home Depot, responsible for sales and operations in nine stores in the Baltimore Metro area. He’s held this position for the last 18 years and has been with The Home Depot for over 26 years. Jim is a former board member of Maryland Habitat for Humanity and former vice president and board member of the Baltimore Tool Bank.

Jim believes in The Home Depot’s values and drives Homer Fund participation and Team Depot volunteer events. His district consistently sets the standard in both the in Mid-Atlantic region and Northern Division. He led the 2019 Celebration of Service kickoff event for the Northern Division and is regular volunteer and donator to the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation.

Jim has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Baltimore. He resides in Jarrettsville, Maryland with his wife Amy and has two adult sons, Justin and Patrick. 

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Jennifer Hepp

Senior Manager, Human Resources The Homer Fund Board Member

Jennifer Hepp, a member of The Homer Fund Board of Trustees since 2002, is a senior manager of human resources responsible for the day-to-day HR support of the interconnected experience and customer teams.
 
Jennifer began her career at The Home Depot in 1994 as a store human resources clerical, opening the Darien, Ill., store. During the last 25 years, she has held numerous positions, including store HR manager, associate relations HR manager, SSC HR manager for Southern Division MET and customer care, and SSC senior HR manager supporting labor operations, building services & energy management, asset protection, tool rental, pro and technology.
 
Prior to joining The Home Depot, Jennifer worked at Futren Corporation in Atlanta, Ga., as a personnel administrator.
 
Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in business from Kennesaw State University.

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Jennifer Hepp

Stacy Ingram

Associate General Counsel and Deputy Corporate Secretary The Homer Fund Board Member

Stacy Ingram serves as associate general counsel and deputy corporate secretary for The Home Depot, which she joined in April 2009. She is responsible for a broad range of securities, compliance, corporate governance and corporate finance matters.

Prior to joining The Home Depot, Ms. Ingram was a partner in the Atlanta office of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, where she represented clients in a full array of securities, corporate governance and corporate finance matters.

She currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Society for Corporate Governance and as the chair of the Society’s Policy Advisory Committee. Ms. Ingram also serves on the board of The Home Depot Foundation.

Ms. Ingram received her law degree from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Stacy Ingram

Scott Jacobson

Regional Vice President The Homer Fund Board Member

Scott Jacobson is a regional vice president for The Home Depot. He is responsible for overseeing 92 stores and 16,000 associates in Central and Southern California, and Las Vegas, Nev. He is engaged with the everyday business strategies of operations, human resources, asset protection, and merchandising for his region.

Scott joined the company in 1986 as a cashier. He has held positions of increasing responsibility including department supervisor, assistant store manager, store manager, regional merchandise manager, district manager, regional operations manager, director of store operations and senior director of operations process.

Scott has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from San Diego State University.

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Sylvester Johnson

Director, Strategic Projects The Homer Fund Board Member

Sylvester Johnson is currently director of strategic projects for The Home Depot. Sylvester joined The Home Depot in 2011 as a co-store manager and has served as store manager, district manager, and most recently, director of operations.

Prior to The Home Depot, Sylvester worked at Titan Commercial Services, Inc. and he spent over 12 years with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

He is a decorated combat veteran and former captain in the U.S. Army serving tours in Europe, Southwest Asia, and various locations in the United States. He is a graduate of the United States Army Airborne School.

Sylvester earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Alabama A&M University and Master of Business Administration with a Leadership cognate from Liberty University.

He is the co-founder and board member of the Purpose Foundation of the South and former board member of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.

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BJ Powers

Regional Vice President, Gulf The Homer Fund Board Member

BJ Powers is a regional vice president for The Home Depot. He is responsible for the operations of 103 stores in Texas and leads a team of more than 18,000 associates.

BJ joined The Home Depot in 1992 as a lot associate and has held roles of increasing responsibility, including assistant store manager, store manager, district manager, divisional pro and tool rental director and, senior director of operations for the western division.

BJ has a degree in business management from California State University, San Bernardino.

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Ro Rodriguez

Vice President, Rental The Homer Fund Board Member

Ro is the vice president of rental, leading the tool rental and equipment services strategy and operations for The Home Depot.

Ro joined the company in 1995 as a cashier. She has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility including department supervisor, district asset protection manager, district operations manager, regional asset protection manager, regional director of operations, district manager and most recently, regional vice president – New York Metro.

Ro is currently a board member for Ken’s Krew.

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Brad Seitel

Senior Director, Technology The Homer Fund Board Member

Brad Seitel, a member of The Homer Fund Board of Trustees since 2023, is a technology senior director within corporate systems responsible for the technology supporting the human resources and corporate communications business functions.

Brad began his career at The Home Depot in 1998 as a systems engineer supporting the Savannah Import Distribution Center. Over the past 25 years, he has held numerous positions across the technology function in support of supply chain, international, stores, home services and call centers.

Prior to joining The Home Depot, Brad worked at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in Atlanta, Georgia, as a consultant and the Legislative Data Center in Tallahassee, Florida as a systems analyst.

Brad has a bachelor's degree in computer science from Florida State University and a master's degree in computer science from the University of Florida.

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Layne Thome

Director, Support Systems The Homer Fund Board Member

Layne Thome is the director of support systems, leading payroll and HR systems support for The Home Depot.

She joined the company in 1992 and served as the regional HR director for the Mid-South region where she led the human resource function for 149 stores across Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. Layne also served as the regional associate relations manager for the Mid-South region and director of associate services for the HD enterprise.

Most recently, Layne was responsible for leading the team of 230+ associates that represent the service center.

Layne is a native of Atlanta. She graduated from Georgia State University and received her MBA from Strayer University. Layne currently resides in Smyrna, Ga. with her husband and two children.

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Tim Wilkerson

Senior Vice President, Home Services The Homer Fund Board Member

Tim Wilkerson is senior vice president of Home Services, overseeing The Home Depot’s installation operations, in-home sales, customer contact centers, as well as contractor sourcing, onboarding, and compliance.

Prior to this role, Tim was vice president of the merchandising execution team for The Home Depot. He was responsible for leading a team of more than 27,000 associates to deliver in-store merchandising solutions that drive sales, enable speed and create value for our stores, suppliers and customers.

Tim joined the company in 1996 as an import distribution center assistant manager. He has held roles of increasing responsibility including shift manager, import distribution center manager, divisional director of logistics, senior manager of logistics, director of logistics, senior director of supply chain, district manager, regional vice president of the gulf region and, most recently, vice president of store operations.

Tim has a bachelor’s degree in management from Georgia Southern University.

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Tim Wilkerson