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Featured Speakers: Industry Leaders & Innovators in the World of Leisure

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Keynote Speakers

Regina M. Benjamin, MD is the 18th Surgeon General of the United States. As America’s Doctor, she provided the public with the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and the health of the nation. Dr. Benjamin also oversaw the operational command of 6,500 uniformed public health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote and protect the health of the American People. In addition, she served as chair of the National Prevention Council, which is comprised of 17 cabinet-level federal agencies that developed the National Prevention Strategy, a roadmap for the nation’s health.

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From her early days as the founder of a rural health clinic in Alabama—which she kept in operation despite destruction inflicted by hurricanes George and Katrina, as well as a devastating fire—to her leadership role in the worldwide advancement of preventive healthcare, Dr. Benjamin has forged a career that has been recognized by a broad spectrum of organizations and publications.

Dr. Benjamin is the former associate dean for rural health at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and a past chair of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States. In 1995, she was the first physician under age 40 and the first African-American woman to be elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees. She also served as president of the American Medical Association Education and Research Foundation and chair of the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. In 2002, she became the first African-American female president of a state medical society in the United States when she assumed leadership of the Medical Association State of Alabama.

Dr. Benjamin is a member of the Institute of Medicine—the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, which was chartered under President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and was chosen as a Kellogg National Fellow and a Rockefeller Next Generation Leader. Past board memberships include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Catholic Health Association, and Morehouse School of Medicine. She was recognized by Time as one of the Nation’s 50 Future Leaders Age 40 and Under. Dr. Benjamin has been featured in the 1995 New York Times article, “Angel in a White Coat;” on the December 1999 cover of Clarity magazine; in the 2002 People magazine’s article, “Always on Call;” and on the January 2003 cover of Reader’s Digest as an Everyday Hero. She was also named Person of the Week on ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and Woman of the Year by CBS This Morning.

In 1998, Dr. Benjamin was the United States recipient of the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights. She received the 2000 National Caring Award, which was inspired by Mother Teresa, and was recognized with the Papal honor Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice from Pope Benedict XVI. In 2008, she was honored with a MacArthur Genius Award Fellowship. In 2011, Dr. Benjamin became the recipient of the Chairman’s Award during the worldwide broadcast of the 42nd NAACP Image Awards. In May 2012, Reader’s Digest, ranked her #22 of the 100 Most Trusted People in America.

Dr. Benjamin has a BS in chemistry from Xavier University, an MD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an MBA from Tulane University. She attended Morehouse School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency in Macon, Georgia. Dr. Benjamin is the recipient of 22 honorary degrees.

Dr. Benjamin can collaborate on exciting ideas for customized speech topics with clients and offer audiences thought provoking information and tools on the journey towards a healthier nation. Her diverse background and expertise on a wide range of topics - from persevering in the face of overwhelming odds to her intimate knowledge of our rapidly evolving healthcare system - make her a strong speaker for not only healthcare and community organizations, but also in the areas of education, diversity and women's interests.


Regina Benjamin



Roger Dow

Roger Dow is president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, the national umbrella organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. that represents all segments of travel in America, an industry responsible for generating $2.0 trillion in economic output annually.

The mission of U.S. Travel is to increase travel to and within the United States. The association advocates for improved travel facilitation and visa reform, provides authoritative travel research and analysis, and hosts annual signature events, including IPW, which generates more than $3.5 billion in future travel business to the United States.

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Dow was instrumental in leading an industry-wide movement for creation of the Travel Promotion Act. This bipartisan legislation, signed into law by President Obama in March 2010, established the nation’s first-ever communications and promotion program, known as Brand USA, which aims to increase international travel to the United States.

U.S. Travel addresses critical travel-related policy issues, including:

Reducing barriers to travel through smarter visa policies, especially in high-growth markets such as Brazil, China and India;

Welcoming more international travelers to the U.S. by expanding the Visa Waiver Program, such as the recent addition of Taiwan;

Improving the entry experience at America’s gateway airports;

Implementing common-sense approaches to reform America’s air travel security and screening system to maximize safety, while making the process less burdensome on the vast majority of travelers who pose no threat, such as the Transporation Security Administration’s PreCheck; and

Investing in the nation’s transportation infrastructure to accommodate increasing demand and desire for travel to and within the U.S.

Dow has served in his present position since 2005. Prior to joining U.S. Travel, Dow advanced through the ranks at Marriott International in a career that spanned 34 years, where he began as a summer lifeguard at the sixth Marriott hotel and rose to senior vice president of global and field sales, where he led Marriott’s 10,000-person worldwide sales organization. His many accomplishments for the company included development of Marriott Rewards, the world’s leading frequent traveler program.

Dow was honored with the 2013 Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International Albert E. Koehl Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2013 APEX Award for Distinguished Service by Black Meetings & Tourism Magazine. He was also recognized by CEO Update as one of the Top CEOs in Associations 2012 out of more than 7,000 trade associations, and additionally, one of just 10 CEOs selected as the Top CEO. His peers named him Association Executive of the Year, an honor presented by Association Trends magazine, which reflected Dow’s success in unifying the travel industry and greatly increasing its effectiveness on Capitol Hill. He has also been named to the Convention Industry Council’s prestigious Hall of Leaders, was recognized by Meeting Professionals International (MPI) as one of the industry’s top leaders, was honored by the Destination and Travel Foundation with the Spirit of Hospitality Award, was selected by MeetingNews as one of the 25 most influential people in the meetings industry and has been honored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) with its Academy of Leaders Award. In 2009 he was presented with an honorary degree from Johnson & Wales University (Doctor of Business Administration in Hospitality Management).

Dow frequently speaks on leadership, sales, marketing and management at conventions and corporate meetings. He has co-authored two books: “Turned On – Eight Vital Insights to Energize Your People, Customers and Profits” and “The Trust Imperative – The Competitive Advantage of Trust-Based Business Relationships.”

He serves, or has served, on the Board of Directors of ASAE, PCMA, ASAE Foundation, MPI Foundation (Chairman), GWSAE, the Travel Institute and RE/MAX International, as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Committee of 100 and on the Advisory Boards of Arizona State University’s Center for Services Leadership and the University of Richmond Robins School of Business.

Dow served in the United States Army with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, where he received the Bronze Star and other citations.

A native of New Jersey, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hall University, where he was senior class president, captain of the varsity wrestling team and secretary of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He was named TKE alumnus of the year for 1991 and was presented with the award by President Ronald Reagan. In 2012, Dow was honored as Seton Hall University’s Most Distinguished Alumnus. Dow and his wife, Linda, reside in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Céline Cousteau is founder and executive director of CauseCentric Productions; a non-profit organization creating cause focused multi-media content. With a masters in International and Intercultural Management and fluent in three languages Céline also creates independent documentaries including shorts such as Syrenus and Scars of Freedom. Her current major work is a multimedia project focused on indigenous tribes in the Brazilian Amazon to include an online interactive platform, full-length documentary and engagement campaign followed by a collaborative capacity building initiative.

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Céline Cousteau - Explorer and Filmmaker

Céline Cousteau is founder and executive director of CauseCentric Productions; a non-profit organization creating cause focused multi-media content. With a masters in International and Intercultural Management and fluent in three languages Céline also creates independent documentaries including shorts such as Syrenus and Scars of Freedom. Her current major work is a multimedia project focused on indigenous tribes in the Brazilian Amazon to include an online interactive platform, full-length documentary and engagement campaign followed by a collaborative capacity building initiative.

Daughter of ocean explorer and filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau and granddaughter of the legendary Jacques Yves Cousteau, Céline is a member of the Council on Oceans for the World Economic Forum. As Creative Director for a major ocean themed event in Brazil based on her 2011 “Ocean Inspiration” event, Céline illustrates that ocean advocacy comes in all forms, from science to art, dance to filmmaking.

Céline has been the international spokeswoman for the La Prairie skincare company since 2007, representing their Advanced Marine Biology collection and guiding their marine conservation initiatives. In 2010, she joined forces with Contiki Holidays as their Sustainability Partner. Céline is also a Guest Designer for Swarovski, sits on the boards of Plant a Fish as well as Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, and travels often as a public speaker.

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Céline Cousteau



Andrés Duany

Andrés Duany and his firm first rose to international fame in 1980 as the visionary behind the design of Seaside, Florida, and subsequently 300 other towns, regions, and community revitalization projects across three continents. Duany also founded the Congress for the New Urbanism which the NY Times called, the most important collective architectural movement in the U.S. in the past 50 years. Now he publishes and lectures at universities and events like the World Leisure Congress.

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Daniel Levine is one of the world's best-known trends experts. He is regularly featured in newspapers and magazines and is often on television and radio, including CNN, NBC and others. Daniel is the Global Editor of the popular social trends website WikiTrend.org and the leader of a large international team of trend spotters – over 9000 researchers who chronicle the latest ideas, products and experiences from around the globe.

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As an inspirational keynote speaker at WLC, Daniel will employ the full resources of The Avant-Guide Institute to demonstrate the most exciting trends and technologies driving today's leisure and lifestyles.

Future Trends in Travel and Technology:

A survey of the most exciting new ideas, products and experiences from one of the world's greatest trends experts

Travel leaders need to know what will be, not just what is now. So fasten your seatbelts, put your tray tables in the upright position and get ready for an exhilarating look forward towards the most spectacular and creative tourism and lifestyle trends that are just around the bend. Packed with great examples of where contemporary culture is headed, this fun presentation will take a one-of-a-kind look at the profound changes that are dramatically re-shaping how people live, communicate and travel. Spotlighting remarkably original cases, Daniel utilizes the full resources of the Avant-Guide Institute to demonstrate how creative companies from around the world are answering the latest social trends in innovative new ways. Then he explores how travelers and travel industry leaders can take advantage of these same trends to attract attention, generate excitement and positively affect travel and lifestyle decisions. While this presentation is inspirational, funny and packed with amazing visuals, the focus is on the practical: You will learn about the newest trends that will significantly impact your life and walk away with remarkable insights and tactics you can immediately put to use.

 

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Daniel Levine




Anthony Vanky

Anthony Vanky, a researcher and partner strategist at the MIT Senseable City Lab and PhD candidate in Urban Studies and Planning at MIT holds prior degrees from MIT and Tulane. As an urban designer and architect, he has worked on projects across the USA, and his design work has been exhibited widely. Anthony's research considers the use of new, pervasive sensing technologies on urban planning processes.

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Anthony Vanky is a researcher and partner strategist at the MIT Senseable City Lab, and a PhD candidate in Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Anthony holds prior degrees from the MIT and Tulane University. Trained as an urban designer and architect, he has worked on projects across the United States, and his design work has been exhibited widely, including at the Venice Architectural Biennale, the Dutch Design Week, Gwangju Design Biennale, and New Orleans DesCours. At the MIT Senseable City Lab, Anthony’s research considers the use of new, pervasive sensing technologies on urban planning processes. Anthony has organized workshops and presentations on issues of design, technology and urbanism for organizations including Volkswagen AG, Chrysler, Harvard University, Skanska Worldwide Research & Development, and the Smithsonian Institution. He has also been published in both academic and popular publications, including as a former contributor to Metropolis Magazine and the American Institute of Architects. Beyond his research and design endeavors, Anthony is an active leader in the architectural profession.

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Rowan Simons (UK) is President, Greater China for Guinness World Records Limited and a member of its Global Leadership Team.

Rowan is responsible for the Company’s growth strategy across the fastest growing record breaking region and represents GWR in its senior Chinese government and corporate relations. He joined GWR in 2011 with over 25 years’ experience helping the world’s biggest broadcasters and commercial brands navigate China’s state controlled media and sports sectors. He is Founding Partner of CMMi, a private media consultancy with clients including the BBC, Children’s Television Workshop, German Films and National Geographic Giant Screens, and Chairman of ClubFootball, communist China’s first independent grassroots soccer network.

A contributor to English and Chinese trade journals for over 20 years and a regular speaker, moderator and panelist at professional media and sports conferences in Asia and Europe, his first book Bamboo Goalposts (Macmillan) was shortlisted for the 2008 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award and was described by the Times of London as “profound, wise and very funny”.

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Rowan Simons

Featured Speakers



Muffy Davis

Muffy Davis, a 7 time Paralympic Medalist, World Champion, US Ski and SnowBoard Hall of Fame Inductee, World Adventurer and mother was paralyzed from a ski racing accident when at age 16. She has not let her disability slow her down or keep her from reaching her dreams. Last year, Muffy dominated the 2012 London Paralympic Road Cycling events, winning 3 Gold medals. She is an ambassador for the International Paralympic Committee and US Paralympics and an accomplished adventurer and world traveler.

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Josiah (Jo) Robins Bonner, Jr. was named Vice Chancellor for Government Relations and Economic Development for The University of Alabama System in August of 2013. As Vice Chancellor, Bonner works with state, local and national leaders - in government, business and higher education - to advance The System's strategic mission, building on existing relationships and developing new ones, that will enhance the mission of the state's largest higher education enterprise university system and help grow Alabama's economy.

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Josiah (Jo) Robins Bonner, Jr. was named Vice Chancellor for Government Relations and Economic Development for The University of Alabama System in August of 2013. As Vice Chancellor, Bonner works with state, local and national leaders – in government, business and higher education – to advance The System’s strategic mission, building on existing relationships and developing new ones, that will enhance the mission of the state’s largest higher education enterprise university system and help grow Alabama’s economy.

The University of Alabama System is comprised of three doctoral research universities: The University of Alabama, The University of Alabama at Birmingham and The University of Alabama in Huntsville as well as the UAB Health System. This fall total enrollment will exceed 60,000 for the first time and the System’s economic impact exceeds $8 billion annually.

For more than a decade, Bonner represented Alabama’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was first elected to 108th Congress in November 2002, and was successfully reelected to five additional terms. As a student at The University of Alabama, Bonner worked on Capitol Hill as an intern for Congressman Jack Edwards. After graduation, he returned to Washington as chief of staff and press secretary to Congressman Sonny Callahan. He parlayed his almost 18-years-experience as a staffer into a convincing win in a crowded Republican primary in 2002. Bonner never lost an election and ran unopposed in the November 2012 general election.

In Congress, Bonner earned a reputation as a respected and influential voice of reason in both Alabama and Washington. In addition to his service on the House Appropriations Committee, he was a member of three key subcommittees: Defense; Commerce, Justice & Science; and Financial Services. Widely respected on both sides of the aisle, Bonner was selected by House Speaker John Boehner for a six-year stint on the House Ethics Committee where he served as chairman during the 112th Congress.

While Bonner and his staff were well-known for having the state’s best constituent services, he devoted a significant amount of time to help turn around the sluggish economy of South Alabama. In 2012, the Mobile Press-Register called Bonner “a champion for South Alabama” and he is credited with playing a major role in helping land several significant economic development projects including the $5 billion ThyssenKrupp project in 2007, as well as helping secure $5 billion in contracts in 2010 for Austal to build 20 new ships for the U.S. Navy.

His crowning Congressional accomplishment came in 2012 when Airbus announced plans to build their first U.S. Final Assembly Line in Mobile. Over the years, Congressman Bonner developed a close personal friendship – and strategic partnership – with the leadership at Airbus, one of the world’s largest aerospace and defense companies. The Airbus project is valued at more than $600 million and is expected to bring at least 1,000 new jobs to Mobile.
Jo Bonner has received numerous awards including the Distinguished Public Service Award in 2013, which is the highest honor the U.S. Navy bestows on a civilian. He also received the 2012 “Governor Bob Riley Building a Better Alabama Award” from the Business Council of Alabama. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from The University of South Alabama in 2012.

Bonner earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from The University of Alabama in 1982. He is married to the former Janée Lambert, of Mobile, and they are the parents of a daughter, Lee, age 18, and a son, Robins, age 15.

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Charmaine Crooks C.M, is a Member of the Order of Canada, a Five-Time Olympian, Olympic silver medalist and was the Flag Bearer at the Opening Ceremony of the 1996 Olympic Summer Games. She is President of NGU Consultants Inc, a global strategic advisory company, a Director of several profit/non-profit Boards and a keynote speaker, and freelance TV presenter. Charmaine was elected a Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) 1999-2004. There she was on the IOC Athlete’s Commission (1996-2011) the founding IOC Ethics Commission, IOC New Media working group and the IOC Culture/Education Commission. She is a current member of the IOC Press Commission. She also served on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Foundation Board and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport.

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Charmaine Crooks



Olusegun Obasanjo

As President from 1999-2007, His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo he oversaw the creation of a new constitution for Nigeria, and implemented a wide range of governmental reforms. He became a fellow at the University of Ibadan's Institute of African Studies. He has published numerous books and articles on African development and served on a variety of policy research and advisory committees concerned with the future of African countries.

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Olusegun Obasanjo, a Nigerian military officer, first came to international prominence in 1975, when he co-engineered the bloodless coup of General Yakubu Gowon, then Nigeria's head of state. The following year, Obasanjo took over as the country's leader. In 1979, after implementing a wide range of governmental reforms, Obasanjo stepped down from office and restored civilian rule. In doing so, he became the only Nigerian military leader to voluntarily hand power to a democratically-elected government. Following two decades of corrupt political leadership, Obasanjo presented himself as a candidate for president, and was elected in March of 1999.

Education and Through the Ranks of the Nigerian Military Olusegun Obasanjo was born on May 5, 1937, in Abeokuta, Ogun State, in southwest Nigeria. He was educated at Abeokuta Baptist High School and Mons Officers Cadet School in Aldershot, England. In 1958, Obasanjo enlisted in the Nigerian army. He was commissioned in 1959, and served in the Congo (now Zaire) the following year.

During his military career, Obasanjo frequently studied in Britain, receiving training at the Royal College of Military Engineering in Chatham and at the School of Survey in Newbury. At the British Royal Engineers' Young Officers School in Shrivenham, he won first prize and a citation as "the best Commonwealth student ever." In the mid-1960s, Obasanjo studied at the Indian Defence Staff College and the Indian Army School of Engineering.

In his two decades in the military, Obasanjo advanced steadily through the ranks. From 1958 to 1959, he served in the 5th Battalion in Kaduna and the Cameroons. In 1959, he was commissioned second lieutenant. The following year, he was promoted to lieutenant, and served in the Nigerian contingent of the UN Force in the Congo. In 1963, he became commander of the only engineering unit of the Nigerian Army; the same year, he was promoted to captain. He became a major in 1965, lieutenant-colonel in 1967, and colonel in 1969.

Meanwhile, in 1960, Nigeria gained its independence from Britain, and a period of intense political instability followed. In 1966, the military seized power. In 1969, Biafra--the country's eastern, predominantly-Christian region--seceded from Nigeria, and civil war broke out. During the civil war, Obasanjo served as commander of the 3rd marine commando division. Under his leadership, federal troops split the Biafran Army into two enclaves, and forced surrender less than a month later.

In his autobiographical work, My Command: An Account of the Nigerian Civil War, Obasanjo described this tumultuous period in Nigerian history: "Within a space of six months I turned a situation of low morale, desertion, and distrust within my division and within the Army into one of high morale, confidence, co-operation, and success for my division and for the Army....A nation almost torn asunder and on the brink of total disintegration was reunited and the wound healed."

Following the war, Obasanjo returned to his former position as chief of army engineers. After he was promoted to brigadier-general in 1972, he enrolled in an advanced training course at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. Two years later, he returned to Nigeria, and was appointed federal commissioner for works and housing.

Head of State of Nigeria The political situation in Nigeria, then under military rule, continued to be unstable. In 1974, the Nigerian head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, declared that a return to civilian rule would be postponed indefinitely. Opposition to Gowon's rule grew, and in 1975 Obasanjo, along with Murtala Muhammed, led a bloodless coup that overthrew him.

The following year, Muhammed Murtala was assassinated, and Obasanjo was appointed head of state and commander-in-chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces. He assured Nigerians that he would follow a strict program to return Nigeria to civilian rule. During his time in office, Obasanjo proved himself to be a tough leader, unafraid to stand up to colonial powers. At one point, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher refused to restore British authority in Rhodesia (now called Zimbabwe) after the country's white population usurped power. In response, Obasanjo nationalized British Petroleum's interests in Nigeria, and threatened to boycott British imports. Thatcher eventually relented, and began the process that led to free elections and majority rule in Zimbabwe.

In 1979, after three years as Nigeria's leader, Obasanjo handed power to elected president Shehu Shagari. In doing so, he became the only military ruler in Nigeria's history to voluntarily step down in favor of a democratically-elected government. While Obasanjo was widely praised for adhering to his promise, many Nigerians were glad to see him go. "Students and journalists remember his years in office as a time of repression and lack of tolerance," Barnaby Phillips wrote in the Daily Telegraph.

While in office,Obasanjo oversaw the creation of a new constitution for Nigeria, and implemented a wide range of governmental reforms. However, the newly-elected civilian government suffered from corruption, and collapsed in just five years, when the military once again seized power. According to the Economist, "the army, once seen as the only institution capable of running the country, turned instead to looting, and destroyed it. Nigeria's descent into chaos accelerated."

A Dedication to Farming and Writing Having retired from the armed forces as a general in 1979, Obasanjo started a company called Obasanjo Farms Nigeria Ltd. in Otta, Ogun State. According to Jonathan Power, writing in the Los Angeles Times, "Obasanjo was so obsessed by his countrymen's refusal to come to terms with economic chaos, not least the running down of the country's precious agricultural base, which he decided to show what could be done with the land." He supervised the construction of the farm closely, often choosing to spend the night in the half-built structures. "I call myself a chicken farmer," he told Rushworth M. Kidder of the Christian Science Monitor. "Some of my friends don't like that, but some do!"

Obasanjo also became a fellow at the University of Ibadan's Institute of African Studies. During the 1980s and 1990s, he wrote prolifically, publishing numerous books and articles on African development. He served on a variety of policy research and advisory committees concerned with the future of African countries. "Democracy, farming, and disarmament are Obasanjo's passions," Jonathan Power wrote in the Los Angeles Times, "and he has relentlessly promulgated them."

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Since her career in Paralympic track & field began in 2002, Holmes has continued to succeed, improving each and every step of the way. She has broken IPC World Records fourteen times and American Records eighteen times in the 100, 200, 400 meters and the long jump. Over her astonishing career, April has put together several undefeated seasons, and her first Paralympic gold medal in the 100 meters at the 2008 Beijing Games. Speed and quickness are her best friends as she continues to break her own world records every season. With a commanding lead over the growing field of competitors, Holmes continues to captivate track enthusiast with her grace and style. April put on the USA uniform again at the 2012 Paralympics in London and after a photo finish was awarded bronze in the 100 meters in front of a sold-out arena.

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April Holmes



Sandy Stimpson

Mayor Sandy Stimpson is serving his first term as Mayor of the great City of Mobile. Sandy's business and civic endeavors are numerous and varied. He has been a member of the boards of the Alabama Alliance of Business and Industry, Boys and Girls Club and Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, where he served as Chair in 2009. He continues to be active with the Alabama Business Hall of Fame Nominating Committee;; the Business Council of Alabama, where he served as chair in 2010; and Coastal Alabama Leadership Council, where he currently serves a co-chair. He previously served as finance chairman of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference and as the state finance chairman for the senatorial campaigns of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions in the 2002 and 2008 elections.

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One Mobile - Moving Forward Together

Sandy is working hard to achieve the vision of One Mobile, empowering
every person to have a voice and make a difference in the City. Being
the visionary that he is, the Mayor is collaborating with others to
achieve the goal of Mobile becoming the safest, most business and family
friendly City in America by 2020.

A culture of transparency, effectiveness, and efficiency is being
cultivated at City Hall, allowing each stakeholder to invest in the
advancement of Mobile. During his short time in office, the Mayor has
worked hard to address issues of stormwater management, downtown
revitalization, and fiscal responsibility.

In 1975, Sandy Stimpson graduated from the University of Alabama with
a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and returned to his hometown
of Mobile, Alabama to pursue family, career and community service.
Upon graduating, Sandy began what would become a 37-year-plus
commitment to Gulf Lumber Company and its successor, Scotch & Gulf
Lumber. Drawing on a childhood of summer maintenance and cleaning jobs
at Gulf Lumber, he worked his way up through virtually every job in the
family business.

Sandy offers leadership and support to organizations concerned with
quality of life in Mobile and the state, from economic development and
policy to education and the outdoors.

With the belief that education is key to quality of life, Sandy is
particularly committed to education and has served extensively on the
boards of UMS-Wright Preparatory School and Prichard Preparatory School.
He is also a member of the University of Alabama's President's
Cabinet.

Sandy's business and civic endeavors are numerous and varied. He has
been a member of the boards of the Alabama Alliance of Business and
Industry, Boys and Girls Club and Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, where
he served as Chair in 2009. He continues to be active with the Alabama
Business Hall of Fame Nominating Committee;; the Business Council of
Alabama, where he served as chair in 2010; and Coastal Alabama
Leadership Council, where he currently serves a co-chair. He previously
served as finance chairman of the Southern Republican Leadership
Conference and as the state finance chairman for the senatorial
campaigns of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions in the 2002 and 2008 elections.
Sandy's commitment to conservation and wildlife efforts include prior
service on the boards of the Alabama Wildlife Federation, Governor's
Conservation Advisory Board, the Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust, and
Partners for Environmental Progress (PEP). He also served on the
executive committee of the Governor's Coastal Recovery Commission.
Sandy and Jean Stimpson have been married since 1975 and have four
grown, married children and eight grandchildren. A volunteer with
Outback Ministries, he is also an active member of Ashland Place United
Methodist Church.

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Speakers & Presenters

Dr. David Bronner


Ed Hall


Dr. Rory Cooper


Roger Blum


Mike Mushett


Dr. Giovanni di Cola


Dr. Luiz Trigo


Dr. Christina Ortega


Dr. T.J. Rosandich


Mike Dow


Dr. Ulrich Reinhardt


Steve Heacock


Dr. Song Rui


Dr. Jim Gramann


Dr.George Crozier


Katherine Scott


Joan Cronan


Dr. David L. Edgell


Daniel Moore


Lynn Stratford


Troy Glover


Benjamin Hickerson


Dr. Galit Nimrod


Jack Argos


Dr. Christopher Edginton


Dr. Richard L. Hayes


Connie Hudson


 


Dr, Roger Coles


 


 


 

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