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Keynotes 2018-05-11T14:42:59+00:00

KEYNOTES

Morning Keynote

HR Leadership Lessons from H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D!

Andy Masters
Award-Winning Author and Leadership Expert

Andy Masters is an award-winning author and international speaker who has written 5 books, earned 4 degrees, and presented hundreds of programs on a variety of sales/service, leadership, and personal development topics.

Andy has earned the prestigious “CSP” designation of the National Speakers Association (NSA), the highest earned international recognition for professional speakers, in which less than 10% of speakers worldwide have achieved.

Andy has been featured on many major media outlets, including “The Balancing Act” on LIFETIME TelevisionPBS “Horizon”, and the “DayTime” TV show syndicated in over 100 U.S. markets.  Andy is also a favorite among meeting planners, as he has presented at over a dozen events for Meeting Professionals International (MPI).

Andy’s professional career included working for two high-profile performance improvement and marketing services firms, where his clients included Lexus, Honda, Nestle-Purina, and Anheuser Busch.  Andy escaped the corporate world just in time to preserve his sanity, as he followed his passion for speaking, consulting, and entrepreneurship in 2003.

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Lunch Keynote

Paving the Way for Atlanta’s Next Generation, an Economic Keynote

Dr. Thomas J. Cunningham
Chief Economist, Metro Atlanta Chamber

Thomas J. Cunningham is Senior Vice President and the Chief Economist for the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC). Tom joined MAC in July 2015 following a 30-year career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He is a specialist in open economy macroeconomic policy and regional analysis. At MAC, he manages an internal team that supports the research and advocacy roles of the economic development and public policy departments.

After starting his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as an economist in the Macropolicy group, Tom served at various times as associate director of research, interim director of research, vice president for the Regional group where he was also responsible for the Latin American group, and acting head of the Finance group. He served on the Bank’s Personnel, Information Technology, and Risk Management Committees and as a member of the Federal Reserve System’s Information Security Group and Technology Services Council. He also was the acting director of, and helped establish, the Bank’s Center for Real Estate Analytics. When Dr. Cunningham retired from the Fed, his title was Vice President, Senior Economist and Regional Executive.

He received a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in economics from California State University, Fresno. He earned a master’s degree, a master of philosophy, and a PhD in economics from Columbia University. Dr. Cunningham has published numerous professional articles and is a member of the American Economic Association, the Western Economic Association, and the Southern Economic Association.

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