Anne Poe is a Georgia native, currently living in Jefferson, Georgia. She has a Masters degree in Math
Education and is a professor of mathematics for several universities.
Anne has been geocaching since February 2012. Since then, she has found nearly 21,000 geocaches and
has hidden 55 caches of several different types. She has found geocaches in all 50 states, as well as 28
other countries! In 2018, she was elected to the Georgia Geocachers Association Hall of Fame.
In 2014, she was responsible for creating the “Jackson County Heritage Trail”, one of the top Geo-Trails
in the country with over 1,750 people visiting the trail! She is partnering with the Jackson County Tourism
board and leading a diverse team to launch a brand-new successor to that trail in April 2020.
DR. MARK NEWTON
Dr. Mark Newton is on the faculty of the Harry W. Walker School of Business at Piedmont College in Athens where he is starting the new Hospitality and Tourism Management Program. Dr. Newton taught Marketing and Sports Marketing classes for the past two years at the Demorest campus. Mark retired in 2016 as the Director of the Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management Program at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Mark also taught two online classes at Georgia State University - Hospitality Law, and Service Marketing until May 2018.
Shannon is the social media coordinator for Visit Savannah and the Savannah Area Chamber of
Commerce. In addition to managing the social content for both leisure and nonleisure brands, Shannon
assists with editorial content for VisitSavannah.com. Some of her creative highlights with Visit Savannah
have included “The Perfect Day in Savannah” and “Savannah Loves You” projects. In May 2019, Shannon
and the Visit Savannah content team planned and hosted the inaugural “VIP Garden Party” for their
users with the most engaging content featured on Visit Savannah’s social media channels. Shannon has
been invited to speak on social media best practices at Geekend 2019, Buy Local Savannah and
#TourismChat live broadcasts. She holds a B.A. in dance, concentration in ballet performance, from
Point Park University as well as a minor in business management. Be sure to follow @VisitSavannah for
all things Savannah, Georgia!
Juliet Hall is the owner of Juliet Hall INC, a leadership consulting firm based in Atlanta, GA. She is a respected advisor and leadership consultant as well as an emerging, compelling voice on the topics of self-maximization and inclusive leadership. She is licensed by Chick-fil-A, Inc. to teach the Chick-fil-A SERVE Model (Copyright 2001 CFA Properties) and has presented to a range of industry audiences in business, education, tourism and ministry nationally and internationally.
Juliet is a former 20-year corporate agent of two US billion-dollar brands, Chick-fil-A and Wachovia Bank (Wells Fargo). She is a graduate of Spelman College and the Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia. She is annually recognized as one of Atlanta’s top Black women of influence and excellence by several business organizations, including the Atlanta Business League, Atlanta Tribune, Women Works Media and several others.
Jacquelyn Blackwell joined the Advance Travel and Tourism team at its conception in 2014. Since then, Jacque has been an integral team member assisting in strategy, and relationships. Jacque graduated from The University of Alabama with a degree in Communication and Information Science, with a focus on Advertising and Psychology. She has always had a strong passion for marketing, and more recently has fallen in love with digital marketing. Pairing data and research to formulate a holistic and comprehensive marketing campaign is her sweet spot, along with analyzing a campaign for improvements. She loves to travel and explore the southeast both for business and with her family.
Jay represents Georgia’s convention and visitors bureaus / destination marketing organizations as
GACVB Executive Director. GACVB serves as the unified voice, educational resource and
professional development for our state’s tourism marketing and management professionals.
Jay began his career in downtown development and tourism marketing/product development in 1999 serving six years on the production committee of AthFest, the award-winning Athens GA annual summer Music & Arts festival.
Jay has served the statewide tourism industry as a Board member and President of the Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus and has most recently joined the Southeast
Tourism Society Board of Directors in 2018. Jay earned the Leadership Excellence Certification (LEC) in 2017 from GACVB administered by the Leadership Institute at
Columbus State University.
A native of Savannah, Georgia, Jay is a UGA Alum and holds his Travel & Tourism Marketing
Professional (TMP) designation as a graduate of the Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College.
Jay lives in Augusta with his wife Sumner and their two sons, Joe and Hart.
Carlton Chamblin, born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, has fused a degree in art history and a love for creating cocktails to form Farm2Cocktail -a brand devoted to creative cocktailing. With this brand he also markets a line of drinking vinegars known as shrubs. You can find Farm2Cocktail shrubs at farm2cocktail.com and local retailers in Rabun County and beyond.
In addition, since moving to Rabun County in 2016, he has been a welcoming face at Fortify Kitchen and Bar and an ardent supporter of the Northeast Georgia Food Bank and Teaching Kitchen where he has served as host for the Chef‘s Throwdown, an annual fundraiser and local food competition. Carlton resides in Tiger, Georgia with Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey and Diva, his three canine rescues.
AMY DOUGHERTY, TMP
Amy has worked for the City of Suwanee for over 14 years. She started as a part-time employee with 27 events and now oversees over 40 events a year. Suwanee’s events have won many awards over the years and continue to grow and diversify each season. Amy is also responsible for creating community engagements by connecting residents with volunteer opportunities. Amy has spoken at Southeast Festivals and Events Association one-day seminars and annual conferences for several years.
When not at work, Amy and her husband Dan who has lived in Suwanee 24 years enjoy spending time with their three children. In 2015, Amy earned one of her favorite titles, “survivor” as she battled and beat breast cancer!
Anissa Starnes owns a consultancy specializing in partnering with Chambers of
Commerce and Nonprofits. Her passion is helping nonprofit professionals grow in
their careers and helping organizations succeed.
Before becoming an entrepreneur, Anissa served as the Director for National
Organizations for Constant Contact overseeing the partnership with 7000
nonprofits. . Anissa is a graduate of the University of
Georgia’s Institute for Organization Management program and South Carolina
Economic Development School at the College of Charleston.
Anissa and her husband Jerry reside in North Carolina and enjoy traveling for
work and fun, hiking in the mountains and cheering on their beloved Carolina