Past Speakers

Sept. 10, 2020–Thomas “Chris” Curry / President, Mobile Airport Authority “Update from the Mobile Airport Authority

Thomas “Chris” Curry was hired as the Executive Director of the Mobile Airport Authority in October 2017, and was recently promoted to the position of President in September 2018. Upon his appointment to the position, he placed airline recruitment, evaluating the roles of Mobile Regional and Downtown Airports, and expanding business opportunities on the Brookley Aeroplex at the top of

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Sept. 3, 2020–Stephen McNair / Owner & Senior Consultant – McNair Historic Preservation, Inc. “Return of the Passenger Rail to the Gulf Coast”

Bio: Stephen McNair is the owner and senior consultant of McNairHistoric Preservation, Inc., a national full-service historicpreservation consulting firm based in Mobile. The firm specializes inhistoric tax credit development projects and National Registernominations. McNair serves as a Commissioner on the Alabama SmallBusiness Commission and Southern Rail Commission. McNair received hisBachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama, a Master’s inHistoric Preservation Architecture from Tulane University, and a

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Aug. 20, 2020–Dr. Gia Wiggins–Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP / President, Morale Resource, LLC

Dr. Gia Wiggins HR management career has spanned 21 years. A native of Mobile AL, she received a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Grambling State University, a MBA from California State University and a PhD in Business Administration at the University of South Alabama with a concentration in Management. She also holds a (SPHR) and (SHRM-SCP) Human Resources certifications.

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Aug. 13, 2020–William Admire, D.O. / Vice President & Chief Medical Officer for Mobile Infirmary and North Baldwin Infirmary

William Admire, D.O., is the Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Mobile Infirmary and North Baldwin Infirmary and has served Infirmary Health in multiple capacities since joining the organization in 2013. In addition to Chief Medical Officer responsibilities, Dr. Admire continues to work with Infirmary Occupational Health and iHealthy, Infirmary Health’s external wellness program. Dr. Admire holds a Bachelor

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Aug. 6, 2020–Nina Ford Johnson, MD, Pediatrician / “Public Health”

Biography of Nina Ford Johnson, MD Nina Ford Johnson, MD, FAAP, has been practicing as a general pediatrician in Mobile, AL for nine years. She graduated in 2003 from Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. Shortly thereafter, she completed her medical doctorate from Meharry Medical College in 2008 and finished her pediatric residency at Baylor College

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July 30, 2020–Garrett Williamson/President-Personal Edge Fitness, Inc. “The Lie of Aging”

Garrett Williamson A native Mobilian, Garrett is a graduate of UMS-Wright Preparatory School and holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Georgia where he was a pole-vaulter. After graduation, he earned his Master’s in Fitness Management from the United States Sports Academy, interning in Dallas, Texas at Dr. Kenneth Coopers’ Aerobic Research Facility and also in

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July 16, 2020–Dale Speetjens / Co-Founder & CEO–Shipshape Urban Farms

Kenneth Dale Speetjens is the Co-Founder and CEO of Shipshape Urban Farms, an agritech company focused on the design, manufacturing, and operation of hydroponic farms built inside up-cycled shipping containers. The technology developed by Dale and the Shipshape team requires 90% less water, significantly less energy vs. conventional farming, and can go anywhere. Dale began his career by serving in

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July 9, 2020–Janet Cobb / Executive Director—USS Alabama

BIO – JANET L. COBB, MG (USA Retired) Executive Director, USS Alabama Battleship Commission and Battleship Memorial Park, Mobile, Alabama Janet Cobb became the eighth executive director of the USS ALABAMA Battleship Commission and Battleship Memorial Park on December 14, 2015. She enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in May 1974 and served until August 1976. She was commissioned a