Executive Team


Deborah Ball

Chief Executive Officer/Owner

Deborah graduated from Hollins College, Virginia with a BA degree in 1980. Her Master's in Business Administration (MBA) degree came from the University of South Carolina with a focus on Marketing.  In 1992, Deborah also received her Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. Prior to joining her family’s business, Deborah spent 15 years working in the areas of Strategic Marketing and Strategic Corporate Planning in the Banking, Insurance, and Investment industries.

Lisa Buonamici

Vice President, Finance

Lisa brings to Cott several years of finance and accounting experience in both the public and private sectors, including ten years in public accounting providing accounting services to various industries.  Lisa obtained a B.S. in Marketing from Ohio State University and completed the accounting curriculum at Youngstown State University.  She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is an active member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Karen L. (Ball) Bailey

Karen graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS degree in 1985. She joined Cott Systems and was responsible for various duties in the Administration Division. In 1987 she was promoted to Office Manager of that Division. After returning to school to study Finance, Karen began managing the Company's assets. She was elected Company Treasurer in 1989. Today, Karen continues to oversee the Company's assets as well as participate in the management of the Purchasing, Billing, and Accounting Departments.  

Steve Gilbert

Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Steve brings to Cott 17 years of sales and sales operations experience in roles including Vice President of Sales at AutoSoft, National Sales Director at Standard Register, and several sales positions at the Reynolds and Reynolds Company including Sales Manager, Sales Operations Manager and Strategic Sales Solutions Consultant. Steve received his Bachelor’s Degree in Managerial Business Communication from Ohio University.

 Sales Team


Mark Hellbusch


Mark has 25 years of software development and technology experience in multiple organizations, from startups to large global corporations in both the private and public sectors.  His positions have included:  Information Systems Design and Engineering, Application Services & Enterprise Architecture, Solutions Development, Vice President of Quality, Vice President of Engineering, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer.  Mark has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado as well as an MBA from Duke University.


Tonie Dotson DeLoach

Vice President, Human Resources

Tonie joined Cott Systems in 1984 and throughout her career worked in different areas of the company including Professional Services and Finance. In 1996, Tonie transitioned into Human Resources, and began managing the function in 2002. Tonie is a member of the Human Resource Association of Central Ohio, the Columbus Compensation Association, and the Society of Human Resource Professionals, and is certified as a Senior Human Resources Professional.