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Information is constantly being updated.

Special Guest


Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves

As Lieutenant Governor, Tate Reeves has earned a reputation as a strong leader with a long-term vision for Mississippi. Click here to read more.

General Session Speakers


Craig Ray – Visit Mississippi

Craig Ray is the Director of Visit Mississippi, the Tourism office of the Mississippi Development Authority. Click here to read more.


Sarah Thomas – Simple Math

On April 8, 2015, Sarah Thomas was one of nine new game officials added to the NFL officiating roster for the 2015 season, becoming the first-full time female official in NFL history.  Click here to read more.


Pamela Weaver – Chief Marketing Officer – Mississippi Development Authority

Pamela Weaver serves as the chief marketing officer of Mississippi Development Authority. In this role, she manages three bureaus responsible for promoting investment and job creation throughout the state by providing public relations, marketing, event planning, graphic design, website management and advertising in support of MDA’s divisions. Click here to read more.


Berkeley Young – “Innovators Lead the Way Into 2018”

Berkeley W Young has 20+ years of travel/tourism marketing and management experience including destination marketing and hotel management.  Click here to read more.

Breakout Session Speakers


Steve Chandler is an emerging thought leader and strategist on the topic of place branding and marketing. His energetic and engaging presenting style creates a personal, and certainly entertaining, audience experience. Did we mention Steve has a lot of energy? Click here to read more.



Thomas Broadus

Thomas Broadus is the Director of Digital Strategies for The Focus Group, where he helps clients understand digital marketing. Click here to read more.


Teckie Hinkebein
Director of Marketing – Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport

More information coming soon.


Deborah Tierce – Leadership: Tools for you Toolbox

Deborah Tierce is a Motivational Speaker, Realtor and Leadership Skills Trainer

Her company mission is to do enough teaching, training and speaking to positively influence the world in which she lives.

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Culinary Panel


Chef Derek Emerson
Chef and Owner, Walker’s Drive-In, Local 463, Parlor Market

Derek Emerson is executive chef and owner of Walker’s Drive-In in Jackson, Mississippi. Derek grew up in Beverly Hills, Calif., but spent summers with his grandparents in Meridian, MS. Click here to read more.


Elizabeth Heiskell – Debutante Farmer

Elizabeth Heiskell was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, an agricultural area bordered by the Mississippi River where food and fun go hand in hand. With her passion for food, fun, and adventure, Elizabeth started her culinary journey with courses at the Culinary Institute of American in Hyde Park, New York. Click here to read more.

Greendwood, Mississippi

Stewart Robinson – Esperanza Outdoors/Delta Supper Club

Stewart grew up in Jackson Mississippi but grew up hearing stories about the Delta from his Grandfather who grew up in Holly Bluff. When he moved back to Mississippi with his wife and daughters and had the opportunity to work and hunt through out the Delta he fell in love with it. Click here to read more.


Robert St. John – Chef Author, Restaurateur & World-Class Eater

Robert St. John has spent almost four decades in the restaurant business. Thirty of those years have been as the owner of the Purple Parrot, Crescent City Grill, Mahogany Bar, Branch, Tabella, and Ed’s Burger Joint in Hattiesburg, MS. Click here to read more.