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2019 REED Summit

Join us for a unique one-day event focused on industry trends, educational pathways, career opportunities, and the future of business in the rapidly-growing north Georgia region. 

North Georgia Means Business

Date: September 10, 2019

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Place: UNG Dahlonega Campus, Convocation Center, 180 Alumni Drive, Dahlonega, Georgia

Cost: $25.00 per person, student tickets $10.00 per person

Keynote Speaker

Geoff Duncan Lieutenant Governor of Georgia

2019 REED Summit Schedule of Events

Time Event Location
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration and Resource Fair

Networking Breakfast, sponsored by Gainesville Mechanical
9:00 a.m. Welcome
Kate Maine, University of North Georgia
Presenting Sponsor, Northeast Georgia Health System
Arena Floor
9:20 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. The Future of Business in Georgia
Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan
Arena Floor
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Georgia Business Leaders Industry Panel
  • Rob Hathy, Oakwood Plant Manager, King's Hawaiian
  • Shannen Oyster, Oyster Bamboo Fly Rods
  • Scott Szwast, Vice President International Strategy, UPS
Moderator: Ben Jarrard, University of North Georgia
Arena Floor
11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break and Resource Fair

Sponsored by Jackson EMC

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. North Georgia Region Economic Outlook
David Tanner, Associate Director, State Services and Decision Support, UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government
Arena Floor
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch, sponsored by Georgia Power

Big Data Decision-Making
Ron Bertasi, CEO of GIS Web Tech
Arena Floor
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Hall County Inland Port:  Driving Growth in Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics
Location: Room 218
  • Matt Markham, Director, Center of Innovation for Logistics, Georgia Department of Economic Development
  • Rep. Kevin Tanner, Co-Chair of the Georgia Commission on Freight and Logistics
  • Phil Sutton, Vice President of Kubota Manufacturing of America
  • Scott Szwast, Vice President International Strategy, UPS

Moderator: Tim Evans, Vice President of Economic Development, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

The Growing Demand For Fintech and Cyber Warriors In Every Industry
Location: Arena Floor
  • Randall Toussaint, Director, Corporate Solutions & Cybersecurity, Georgia Department of Economic Development
  • Shannon Whiting, Senior Vice President and Head of Wholesale Information Security Office, SunTrust
  • Pete Statia, Information Security Officer, Northeast Georgia Health System

Moderator: Robert Long, VP Economic Development, Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce

Embracing Emerging Technologies:  The Future-Proof Entrepreneur
Location: Room 219
  • Jim Syfan, CEO, Syfan Logistics
  • Shannen Oyster, Oyster Bamboo Fly Rods
  • Rep. Matt Dubnik, CEO, Forum Communications
  • Rep. Todd Jones, Executive VP and General Counsel, ProcessMap Corporation
Moderator:  Dr. Ruben Boling, Director of the Mike Cottrell College of Business Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation 
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Preparing Students for the Business World: Educational Opportunities and Pathways
  • Dr. Mary Gowan, Dean, Mike Cottrell College of Business
  • Dr. Chris Jespersen, Dean, College of Arts & Letters
  • Tim McDonald, EVP, Lanier Technical Institute
  • Leslie McFarlin, Dean for Academic Affairs, North Georgia Technical Institute
Moderator:  Dr. Chaudron Gille, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Arena Floor
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Resource Fair Concourse

2019 REED Summit Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors!  Click on a sponsor’s logo or name to learn more about the company. 

Presenting Sponsor

Northeast Georgia Healthcare logo

Breakfast Sponsor

Gainesville Mechanical Logo

Lunch Sponsor

Georgia Power logo

Refreshment Sponsor

Jackson EMC Logo

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