2018 Speaker Presentations

Monday, August 27, 2018

General Session - Trend Watch 2019
Speaker:  Shawna Suckow, The Buyer Insider

Technology Track:  The Motivations and Mindsets of Travelers
Speaker:  Derek Price, Expedia Media Solutions

Advocacy Track:  Accommodations Tax 101
Speaker:  Eric Lopez, Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs

Marketing Track:  How to be More Memorable Today in Destination Marketing
Speaker:  Shawna Suckow, The Buyer Insider

Leadership Track:  #Winning - Enhancing Your Leadership Effectiveness with Myers-Briggs
Tier 2 - Organizational Excellence)

Speaker:  Cathy Alford, Leadership Institute at Columbus State University


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

General Session - Georgia’s Got Game!  Keeping Score with GDEcD 
Speakers:  Kevin Langston and Lisa Love, Georgia Department of Economic Development

Technology Track:  Content Marketing 101
Steak Shapiro, Bread N Butter Content Studio

Marketing Track:  Visitor Profile Research
Speaker:  Cheryl Schutz, DK Shifflet & Associates

Leadership Luncheon - The Draw of Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Speaker:  Rich McKay, President & CEO, Atlanta Falcons

Technology Track:  Traveler Social Media Preferences and Habits
Speaker:  Jody Farrar, previously with Chute

Partnership & Collaboration Track:  Georgia's All-Star Outdoors Economies - Learn How To Activate Yours
Moderator:  Tracie Sanchez, GDEcD
Panelists:  Lindsey Brown, DNR - Wildlife; 
Brent Buice, East Coast Greenway; Katherine Moore, Georgia Conservancy; Shatakshee Dhongde, Georgia Institute of Technology

Leadership Track:  Make it a Win/Win:  Conflict Resolution 
Tier 2 - Organizational Excellence)
Speaker:  Kim Cantrell, Leadership Institute at Columbus State University


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

General Session - The Next Big Things In Digital Marketing
 Amrita Gurney, CrowdRiff

Partnership & Collaboration Track:  Coming Together So We Can Remain Strong
Speakers:  Kate Skidmore and Caitlyn Blizzard, Destinations International

Marketing Track:  How to Hit your Influencer Marketing Campaign out of the Park
Jade Broadus, Travel Mindset

Advocacy Track:  House and Senate Joint Committee on Economic Development & Tourism
Speakers:  Chairman Mike Dugan, Georgia State Senate; Chairman Ron Stephens, Georgia House of Representatives; Joseph Marinelli, Visit Savannah; Don Welsh, Destinations International