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Keynotes 2018-07-17T12:55:11+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, MA, CSP is an award-winning author and international speaker based in Orlando who has presented over 750+ programs across North America, including as the keynote speaker for over 50+ SHRM Conferences & HR events.  He also served as keynote speaker for the National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development Conference with over 1,400+ attendees in Austin, TX.  Andy has earned the prestigious CSP award of the National Speakers Association (NSA), the highest international recognition for professional speakers, achieved by less than 10% of the 5,000+ speakers worldwide.

Andy has written 5 books and earned 4 degrees, including an M.A.-Human Resources Development and an M.A.-Marketing from Webster University in Missouri.  He is the author of the award-winning book “Kiss Your Customer: 77 Reasons Why Sales & Service Are Just Like Dating & Relationships” and his latest book “Things LEADERS Say: A Daily Guide to Help Every Leader Empower & Inspire.”  Andy has been featured on the LifeTime Television network, PBSInvestor’s Business Daily, and Leadership Excellence magazine.  His website is www.Andy-Masters.com (Click on Business).

Things LEADERS Say by [Andy, Masters]Plus, all attendees will receive an autographed copy of Andy’s latest book, “Things LEADERS Say: A Daily Guide to Help Every Leader Empower & Inspire .”

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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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