Past Speakers

Feb. 18, 2021–Joel Hamilton / Executive Director–Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

Alabama’s Gulf Coast Zoo Bio – Joel M. Hamilton Mr. Hamilton joined the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo with a long history of zoo-related work.  Prior to moving to Gulf Shores, Joel served as the Vice President and General Curator of the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans. In this leadership role, Mr. Hamilton managed the animal collections of Audubon Zoo

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Feb. 11, 2021–Michelle Parvinrouh / Executive Director–Innovation Portal

Michelle Parvinrouh is Executive Director of Innovation Portal. Michelle has been a startup cheerleader for over 15 years, focusing her career on entrepreneur and startup support, business development, and organizational improvement. She has provided mentoring and coaching to entrepreneurs of all types, in various sectors, and across multiple subjects. Most notably, she has provided investor pitch coaching to early stage

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Jan. 14, 2021–John Driscoll / Director & CEO, Alabama State Port Authority

John C. DriscollDirector and Chief Executive OfficerAlabama State Port AuthorityMobile, AlabamaJohn C. Driscoll began serving as the new director and chief executive officer of theAlabama State Port Authority on June 1, 2020. Prior to joining the Port Authority, Mr.Driscoll was the Maritime Director at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, CA. At Oakland,John had operational and marketing oversight of one

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Jan. 7, 2021–Mike Bunn / Director, Historic Blakeley State Park & Author “Fourteenth Colony: The Forgotten Story of the Gulf South During America’s Revolutionary War

Mike Bunn is a historian and author who has worked with several cultural heritage organizations in the Southeast. He currently serves as Director of Historic Blakeley State Park in Spanish Fort, Alabama. He is author or co-author of several books, including Fourteenth Colony: The Forgotten Story of the Gulf South During America’s Revolutionary Era; The Assault on Fort Blakeley: “The