Speakeasy’s Board of Advisors

Speakeasy is a 501(c)7, non-profit organization officially chaired for legal purposes by Chad Massaker, Brian Durst and Charlie Fisher.

The Inner Smoke Ring members are critical to the success of Speakeasy. Nominations to be accepted to the board are accepted each December and the 1 year term begins in January. All members of the Inner Smoke Ring wear the special pin show on the left. If you have questions about Speakeasy, or would like to make a suggestion, seek these people out at a future event.

Duties of Inner Smoke Ring members include:

  • Acting as a board of advisers to Founder & Head Aficionado, Chad Massaker
  • Advocates for Speakeasy membership body in terms of expressing the wants and needs of all members within
  • Acts as ambassadors to new members, orienting them to the way our organization works.
Chad Massaker

Chad Massaker

Founder, Head Aficionado

By day Chad is the CEO & President of Carceron Systems Group, a managed IT services provider based in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a nationally ranked fighter in both Judo & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Along with cigars, he also greatly enjoys wine: tasting it, learning about… all facets – and is certified by the Wine & Spirits Education Trust as a WSET 2.

All photography of Chad throughout this web site was done by Speakeasy member, Bill Ramsey, of Ramsey Portrait Art

Faye Sykes

Faye Sykes

Board of Advisors, Membership Co-Chair

Faye Sykes, NSSA, CLTC, is a National Social Security Advisor and CEO of Atlanta-based company Social Security Benefit Planners. In her years of financial consulting, Faye observed that most clients were unsure of the best time to start taking Social Security – a decision which has a huge impact on future retirement income. To solve this problem, she founded Social Security Benefit Planners, a flat-fee planning service designed to help people understand the best way to maximize this important retirement insurance benefit. Faye holds a BS from Syracuse University and has provided specialty Social Security planning services for several years. www.socialsecuritybp.com.

Charlie Fischer

Charlie Fischer

Official Board Member

Long time cigar aficionado – having started smoking cigars in college – Charlie is an ambassador for General Cigar. He is also a lover of good Tequila, and a proud Parrothead fan of Jimmy Buffett. His day job is working with hedge funds.

Trevor Smith

Trevor Smith

Board of Advisors, Membership Co-Chair

Trevor is the National Sales Director for greencents™, self-proclaimed “Super-Connector” of people & companies, and the “Go-To Beer Guy” of Speakeasy. On the weekends Trevor supports the Ole Miss Rebels and enjoys racing his Nissan GTR around town.

Ashleigh Poff

Ashleigh Poff

Board of Advisors, Event Manager

Ashleigh is our resident event manager and spends her days curating campaigns for businesses that give back. She founded Rich Beyond Wealth and loves partying for a purpose, especially when it includes champagne and cigars!

Kent Johnson

Kent Johnson

Board of Advisors

Kent is Director of Johnson Assets – Sales & Management Consulting – Capital, Medical, Dental & CRM. Lived in Sydney Australia for the last 11 years, where I founded www.SydneyCigarClub.com relocated to Atlanta in 2014 with My Wife and kids.

Terry Brinker

Terry Brinker

Board of Advisors

Terry is the president and founder of Reliable Energy Advisors, specializing in assisting utility companies with compliance and regulatory matters.  Terry is passionate about our youth and currently mentors students at Georgia Tech.  He is married and the proud father of three kids.  Terry’s hobbies include fishing, traveling, and a good bourbon.

Byron Alterman

Byron Alterman

Board of Advisors, Partnerships Chair

Byron is a transactional attorney specializing in commercial real estate sales, financing, and leasing.  Byron began his own firm in 2009 after leaving a large Atlanta law firm.  He is a frequent speaker at commercial real estate functions, including continuing education seminars for attorneys.  Byron also plays guitar and sings for a local Atlanta rock band.