Past Speakers

Sept. 27, 2018–Yael Girard, Executive Director, Weeks Bay Foundation

Yael joined the Weeks Bay Foundation in the spring of 2015 and has been the Executive Director since June 2016. Prior to coming to Alabama, she worked in North Carolina for the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy seeking improved farmland access. There, she was in charge of developing an Incubator Farmer program that provided farmland and guidance for young and beginning

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Sept. 13, 2018–Van Simms, Chairman of the Board & Past President, Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo & Justin Thompson,

Van Sims – Bio Van was raised in the small town of Jackson, AL and has resided in Mobile for over 15 years. Growing up in a rural community helped Van appreciate the outdoors and sparked his interest in conservation. Upon arriving in Mobile after college, he began his involvement with the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR) and the

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Sept. 9, 2018–Scott Posey, Director of Communications, AM/NS Calvert

Having worked in public, private and non-profit communications in Alabama, Louisiana and northwest Florida for over 25 years, Scott was named Director of Communications for AM/NS Calvert by former owner ThyssenKrupp AG in January 2008 prior to the facility’s construction. In 2014, the facility was acquired by a joint venture of ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, the

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Aug. 30, 2018–Joni Hendee / Marketing and Public Relations Director, Dumas Wesley Community Center

Joni Hendee is the Marketing and Public Relations Director for the Dumas Wesley Community Center. For over 11 years, she has been serving the community center in a variety of capacities, including: public speaking, special events and fundraising; communications planning; media relations; crisis management; online promotion and cause-related marketing; social media and Web 2.0, and website content management. Her dedication

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Aug. 23, 2018–Sujin Kim / Land of Morning Calm (South Korea)

ABOUT SUJIN KIM Sujin Kim, Esq., was born and raised in Korea. Due to her understanding of both the Korea and U.S. business environments and cultures, she has been able to provide a vast array of legal and non-legal services to clients and communities (for both in- and out-bound related business and investment with South Korea), including connecting them with

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Aug. 16, 2018–Matt Ericksen / ALDOT, Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Project Director

Matt Ericksen, P.E. – Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Project Director Matt Ericksen is the Project Director for Alabama Department of Transportation’s (ALDOT) Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project. A Professional Engineer with 25 years at ALDOT in the Mobile area, he has served as the District Engineer, County Transportation Engineer, Materials and Tests Engineer, Construction Engineer and Assistant Region

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Aug. 9, 2018–Stacy Wellborn / Wellborn Strategies

With over fifteen years of experience, Stacy Wellborn has worked with a variety of companies solving myriad communication challenges. From brand development to website design, email and social media marketing and public relations, Stacy works with clients to identify creative solutions to business challenges, to generate awareness, build community relationships and increase revenues. Wellborn Strategies works with business leaders and