Keynote Speaker: Judy L. Randall
Judy is a researcher who has spent over 25 years capturing the voice of the customer. She is president/CEO of Randall Travel Marketing, Inc., a company that focuses solely on research for the travel and tourism industry.
She has conducted comprehensive visitor research studies for over 150 small, medium and large destinations. Judy, along with Dr. Larry Gustke, co-author the annual Top Ten Trends in Travel and Tourism (published annually since 1995). Judy is one of the top speakers in the travel industry and has spoken at numerous U.S. and international travel conferences.
Judy will present both the opening and closing keynotes.
Lunch Keynote Speaker: Steve Morse
Dr. Steve Morse is Dean of the McCamish School of Business at Reinhardt University. He will identify and discuss the top 3 reasons why tourism plays a significant role in community economic development in Northwest Georgia. He will examine the new and growing relationship between officials from tourism organizations and local economic development organizations.
Steve will also present a breakout session.
Lacey Cameron is a Business Development Manager in the Tourism Division at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. She manages domestic business development strategic planning for the division and works to develop relationships with state partners – and with key tour operators - to increase group tour market sales efforts domestically and internationally.
Bruce Cross is retired from two careers, one in Naval Reserves with 20 years service as a Commander (O-5) and the other as a registered pharmacist. On retiring in 2013 he began planting vines at Trillium Vineyard. The winery and tasting room came on line in 2015. He has served as President of the Vineyard and Winery Association of West Georgia and continues on its Board of Directors. He invites you to come visit his vineyard, winery and tasting room.
Stacey Dickson is President of Lake Lanier Convention & Visitors Bureau. She is regarded as an industry leader in product development, marketing and promotion, Stacey has created innovative partnerships, tour programs and unique revenue sources for the CVB’s she has helmed and has been working in the tourism industry for over 25 years.
Jessica Godbee is the manager of the Georgia Visitor Information Center located in Sylvania. She has been with the Georgia Department of Economic Development since July of 2017, becoming manager in March of 2018 and taking over the statewide fulfillment program. She has over a decade of experience in hospitality and tourism.
Daniel Jackson is President and CEO of Carroll Tomorrow and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. (Carroll Tomorrow is a public-private partnership focusing on economic and community development created in 2001). He has worked with Carroll Tomorrow for over 17 years and has served as the Chamber President for 13 years.
Kellie Lord-Zieba currently serves as the Manager of the Georgia Visitor Information Center in Savannah with the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Her primary goal is to encourage and assist travelers to spend their tourism dollars in Georgia. She has 30 + years in tourism owning a hotel property management company, managing hotels and serving on tourism boards.
Terry Miller is the manager of the Historic SAM Shortline Railroad for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources – State Parks & Historic Sites Division. He came to SAM Shortline after a long journalism career with several national magazines and three years as the digital media manager at 41NBC / WMGT-TV in Macon. He serves on the Cordele Main Street board and is active in regional and state tourism efforts.
Vicki Starnes is the Director and Curator of the Crawford W. Long Museum in Jefferson where she is responsible for the daily operations, new exhibits and educational and marketing programs for the museum.She currently serves on the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Tourism Development Council and the Leadership Jackson Advisory Council.