We are ATLAS

Seasoned professionals applying their experience for your success.

Michael I. Connolly

Founder and CEO – Atlas

Michael’s passion is to help companies build value. Today, his firm, Atlas Digital Partners, serves clients by offering the following solutions: Venture Development, Corporate Revitalization, SaaS software development, Sales Enablement and select Strategic Advisory Services. Michael is the Co Founder of Silicon Y’All – the premier event in the Southeast for SaaS and Internet CEOs. He’s inspired by SaaS leaders and recently revitalized Varsgen – a SaaS company - that helps online merchants detect and protect online credit card fraud. Michael has led, founded and exited several digital media companies; including the sale of ElderCarelink to QuinStreet. He started his career with a leading global consulting firm McKinsey and Company where he assisted Global Fortune 500 companies with profit improvement initiatives. He later served as Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development for American Express, where he incubated a number of key business development projects; such as American Express Tax and Business Services. Michael has led revitalizations efforts for both private and public clients such as Insignia Systems and Trammell Crow. Michael’s diverse digital and traditional experience makes him a valuable advisor to senior leaders. He has held several CEO leadership roles in Internet media, multi-unit franchising, financial services and healthcare industries (Great Clips, Jamba Juice, BuyerZone, ElderLife Financial Services and MarketBridge.) He is often engaged to coach business leaders to be more effective by guiding them through emotional intelligence exercises. Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College in History and a Masters of Business Administration with second year honors from Harvard Business School.
Helping clients make sense of the complicated world of online marketing.

Lydia Zaleski

Project Manager

Lydia is a project manager for Atlas. She champions tasks for clients and makes sure their goals are achieved. Lydia is a 2018 Venture for America fellow with a background in business development. She received her Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Williams College, with a double major in Economics and Political Science while concentrating in Leadership Studies. At Williams, Lydia was on the Women's Basketball team and captained her senior year.


Will Wright

Entrepreneur In Residence at Economic Development Partnership of Alabama

Will Wright has founded or been part of the early team for 2 start ups focused on driving better outcomes in healthcare (Digital Health Coaching company Pack Health and physician management company Vascular Management Associates). He has also had a range of high impact engagements as a consultant with McKinsey & Company and Health Benchmarks (now part of IMS Health). With expertise in building products, business development, consumer behavior, patient engagement and measuring healthcare value, he provides a range of advice to clients seeking to grow solutions to the problem of healthcare value.

Cecil Bostany

Technology & Life Sciences Practice Leader at Warren Averett LLC

Cecil G. Bostany, CPA joined Warren Averett as a Member in the Tax Division in 2002. He is a former partner with an international accounting firm and has over 39 years of experience working with privately owned, venture-backed and publicly-held companies. Cecil is the leader of Warren Averett’s Life Sciences & Technology Practice Group and also a Co-Leader in Warren Averett’s Transaction Advisory Services Group. Cecil is taxation planning specialist with extensive experience in mergers & acquisitions, buy and sell side due-diligence, transaction structuring and financing. Cecil serves a variety of clients related to technology & life sciences, venture & private equity backed, manufacturing, restaurant and automotive. Cecil and his wife have three sons and reside in Birmingham.

Michael Hanson

Owner & Founder of VBI

With a well-rounded background in SAAS and cloud technologies covering a variety of industries from manufacturing to entertainment, Michael brings a rare combination of design, programming, strategic leadership, and management to help guide Atlas technologies down the necessary paths for success. From winning the Malcom Baldridge Award for Excellence to tracking down the latest usable technologies within software architecture, Michael’s skill set ensures Atlas’ vision for success is aligned with the right architecture and strategy for scalable growth by staying ahead of the curve, proper growth management, and risk aversion.

Allen Oakman

Owner & Principal of Out There Creative

Marketing is everywhere: it offers diverse job opportunities and its cutting edge is being redefined every day. For the last 20 years Allen has effectively marketed large corporations, small companies, and for-profit and nonprofit organizations. In a world of fast-paced media that ranges from television to Twitter, the demand for outstanding marketing professionals has never been stronger. Mr. Oakman sees the opportunity to provide services by implementing national sales plans; supervising a creative team with a focus on the clients needs and expectations.


Experience. Wisdom. Trusted Advisors