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Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan

 

After his career as a professional baseball player and a successful entrepreneur, Geoff Duncan was elected Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor in November of 2018. Duncan is a graduate of Chattahoochee High School in Alpharetta as is his wife, Brooke. He and Brooke likewise each attended the Georgia Institute of Technology where Geoff was a pitcher for the Yellow Jackets. In his junior season he was drafted by the Florida Marlins’ organization and spent six seasons playing minor-league ball advancing as high as AAA before a shoulder injury forced his retirement in 2001.

 

After baseball, Geoff and Brooke launched a marketing firm headquartered in their living room. The company experienced tremendous success which allowed the Duncans to sell the business and move on to other entrepreneurial ventures including custom home construction. Geoff most recently served as the CEO of a health technology startup.

Geoff’s faith inspired him to a life of leadership and prompted his upstart run for political office. He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2012. During his time in office he authored several important pieces of legislation including HB 749-The Cargo Theft Act, HB152-Michael’s Law and most recently SB258- the Rural Hospital Tax Credit.
The Duncans have three sons: Parker, Bayler, and Ryder. Geoff has coached youth sports for 23 years and also leads a weekly bible study with his wife Brooke. The family attends Browns Bridge Community Church together.

 

 
 

BOB COSTELLO

American Trucking Associations - Chief Economist & Senior Vice President of International Trade Policy and Cross-Border Operations

Bob Costello is the Chief Economist & Senior Vice President of International Trade Policy and Cross-Border Operations for the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the national trade association for the trucking industry.  As Chief Economist, he manages all of ATA's collection, analysis and dissemination of trucking economic information.  This includes several monthly trucking economic indicators, motor carrier financial and operating data, an annual freight transportation forecast, driver wage studies, weekly diesel fuel price and economic reports, and a yearly trucking almanac.  Bob also conducts economic analyses of proposed regulations and legislation affecting the trucking industry. Bob also heads up ATA’s International Trade and Cross Border Operations Policy. In this capacity, he works on issues related NAFTA/USMCA, tariffs, customs and immigration.    

 

Rear Admiral Phillip Dur

United States Navy

Rear Admiral Dur was commissioned in 1965 from the NROTC program at the University of Notre Dame. He earned a Masters degree in Government and International Studies with a specialization in Soviet East European Area Studies. Rear Admiral Dur was then assigned to Harvard University as a Scholarship recipient and received the Masters in Public Administration (1973) as well as the PhD in Political Economy and Government (1976).

In 1978 he was transferred to the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he served in the Planning and Requirements Directorate and as Military Assistant to the Deputy Undersecretary (Policy).  
In August of 1982, he reported to the Executive Office of the President to serve on the staff of the National Security Council as a Director of Political Military Affairs and as Military Assistant to the President's Special Envoy to the Middle East. Then in April of 1988 he reported to the Office of the Secretary of the Navy as Executive Assistant and Senior Naval Aide to the Secretary.

In 1989, he was assigned as Defense Attache to France where he was inducted by the Defense Intelligence Agency into the Defense Attache Hall of Fame.  Following this command tour, he reported to the Office of the CNO as the Director of the Strategy and Plans Division and subsequently as the Assistant DCNO Plans, Policy, and Operations.  While serving in the latter assignment, he was elected to the Council on Foreign Relations.

During his service Rear Admiral Dur was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon as well as various campaign medals.  In addition, for his service in France, he was awarded the French Ordre nationale du Merite in the grade of Commandeur, and he serves as the US member of the French Academie de Marine.


  

DAVID MCMILLIAN

MCMILLIAN & ASSOCIATES - PRESIDENT

David McMillian is the President of McMillian & Associates and the Founder of Taxploration.  McMillian & Associates is uniquely focused on comprehensive tax credits for small businesses to Fortune 500 companies across the company.  Taxploration is a start-up comprehensive tax credit management solution. Both companies were started to help business create new opportunities through tax credits.  David has over 15 years of Tax Credit and Incentive experience in 45 states for hundreds of companies resulting in tens of millions of dollars captured. 

 
 

Kenn Kington

Kenn is one of the most popular Comics on XM radio and performs regularly across the country, but Kenn is so much more than a comedian. He has spoken to hundreds of companies giving amazing focus in the midst of change, maximizing productivity, developing record-breaking product launches. Kenn was also a top 10 salesman in a Fortune 500 growth company.

Kenn has written two bestselling books on relationships and records a regular radio show/podcast that inspires thousands to experience life to the fullest. Yet, he is more than simply inspirational. When you hear Kenn, rest assured you will be entertained, encouraged, challenged and inspired but the greatest benefit is that you will leave with more hope, clarity, insight and motivation to experience true success and significance.

Kenn is the feature entertainment on a regular basis for many of the nation’s top companies. He also possesses the ability to communicate some of the most original concepts in business today. He can blend Comedy with Content in an unparalleled manner.

 
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