Bill Schnitzer, Board Chair
Bill is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Automotive Training Center. He has held several key positions with large corporations (Kraft Foods, ZEP Manufacturing, and Georgia Pacific) prior to acquiring Quality Fabricators® in Atlanta, GA. His ownership in this small business allows him the time to give back to the community. In addition to his work with ATC, he is also a board member and volunteer at Remerge, TEDxPeachtree, and the CFO/COO of Community-Guilds –STE(A)MTRUCK – a mobile maker space disrupting education in Atlanta. Bill and his wife Rita live in Atlanta. They have two children and one grandchild. Bill is a foodie, soccer, and hockey fan, loves to bike ride, and practice yoga.
Justin is currently Director of Pivet Atlanta, Cox Automotive’s fleet servicing brand. Prior to joining Cox, Justin has held several roles in the automotive industry, including leading used vehicle reconditioning for Tesla and as a senior buyer with Carmax. Justin grew up around automotive and attributes his passion for cars with keeping him out of trouble as a youth. Justin and his wife Suzy live in north metro Atlanta and enjoy spending time outdoors with their young son, Samuel.
Bill Green is the current Executive Director of The Common Market Southeast, a non-profit food distribution organization seeking to bring food grown by local farmers to local communities. Prior to coming to The Common Market, Bill worked at The Kroger Company for 18 years in various roles, including Legal Counsel, Store Manager, District Manager, and Vice President of Operations. He is also very involved in the community, having volunteered for organizations such as The Boy Scouts of America and Junior Achievement. Bill is a speaker and author of “The 12 Pillars of Manhood,” a Christian perspective on maturity, leadership, and the importance of rites of passage. He has led many youth training seminars from primary grades to the university level, focusing primarily on preparing young adults for the world of work and attaining personal goals. Bill and his wife Kristy lead The Vine Network, an in-home Christian fellowship based on love and connectedness. They live in East Point, GA, and have three adult children, Taylor, William IV, and Ethan.
Su came to America when she was 8 years old and experienced her first two years of American life in the unfamiliar humidity of Lakeland, Florida, the birthplace of Publix. Her family moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1983 and she considers herself a proud Southerner. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Classical Studies and Secondary Education degree. Su taught Latin at the Fairfax County Public Schools System until she decided to stay home to be with her three beautiful children. Su now heads her family business, CBM Atlanta, Inc., a professional janitorial company that has humble roots; her parents supported Su and her siblings to go to college by cleaning office buildings at night. Su enjoys reading when she’s not binge-watching Law & Order. She also enjoys leisurely walks with her dog, Keavey.
Shawn McHargue, Technical Instructor
Shawn McHargue is ATC’s other Co-Founder and Technical Instructor. He started off working as a technician at a Pep-Boys, but his last position was as a technician at Anthem Automotive, the #1 Yelp rated auto-repair business in Atlanta. Shawn also received his ASE Certificate while he was there. He graduated from the University of Central Florida, receiving his bachelor’s degree in Public Administration. He also minored in Nonprofit Management and is certified as a Nonprofit Leadership and Management Professional. Shawn’s technical and business expertise, along with his non-profit background create a unique skill set that suits him well in teaching students and managing the business side of ATC.
Larry Witherspoon Jr, Executive Director
Larry Witherspoon Jr. is a Co-Founder and the Executive Director of the Automotive Training Center. Larry has held multiple leadership positions in the U. S. Navy and with Frito-Lay, a Fortune 100 company. He also has 5+ years of sales experience with Cintas, a Fortune 500 company. In addition to his business experience, Larry grew up watching his father mentor young men. His father was a high-school teacher, coached multiple sports, and worked part-time at a juvenile detention facility. Larry grew up understanding the difficulties all young men face becoming adults especially those that come from challenging circumstances. ATC is a place where both of his passions can thrive. He has taken those experiences growing up and combined them with his passion for vehicles to start the Automotive Training Center.
David is a strategic and analytical leader with a passion for helping organizations solve talent challenges. At Mercedes-Benz USA, he is responsible for creating and overseeing the strategy to address the company’s Technician shortage through recruiting, developing, and retaining a skilled and diverse technical workforce across MBUSAs dealer network. David completed his Master's in I/O Psychology at the University of Georgia - focusing his research on talent attraction of underrepresented candidates. In addition to his work at MBUSA, David serves as the Managing Director of UNITYio, a purpose-driven start-up that helps nonprofits, law enforcement agencies, and the government solve complex workforce challenges. Outside of work, David enjoys following the Atlanta Falcons, playing video games, trying new recipes, and occasionally getting lost on Wikipedia.