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Keith W. Stokes is Vice President with the 1696 Heritage Group. Keith is the former Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, Executive Director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce, and a native of Newport, Rhode Island. Educated at Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Quill & Dagger Honor Society) … Read more

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Shanna Martin is the Director of Training and Professional Development at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis where she has worked for the past three years.  In her role, Shanna is responsible for orienting new staff to The Children’s Museum and training all staff on exhibits, including the Emmett Till exhibit.  Shanna enjoys researching each new … Read more

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Kenneth Hoffman was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He earned a B.A. and an M.A. in history from Tulane University, and spent a year studying history at the University of Bristol, in Great Britain. Kenneth has worked as a grant writer for the New Orleans Museum of Art and as … Read more

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Lawrence Phillips is the founder of Green Book Global (, a black travel review platform dedicated to helping black travelers to explore the world safely while also helping them to earn cash. It is akin to a Black “TripAdvisor” and is the first of its kind. It was formed when Lawrence embarked on a 30 country, 7-continent adventure … Read more

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Henry L. Coaxum, Jr., president of Coaxum Enterprises, Inc., is the owner/operator of three McDonald’s restaurants in New Orleans.  He has over 38 years of experience with the McDonald’s Corporation. Coaxum was named chairman of the Business Council of New Orleans & the River Region in January 2021.  He is chairman emeritus of the New … Read more

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An engineering graduate of Georgia Tech and Tulane University, Paul Flower is a builder and an engineer at heart and by training. He developed deep expertise in construction management, civil engineering, and real estate development throughout his career in the architectural, engineering, and construction industry. Paul has worked at Woodward Design+Build for over 50 years … Read more

Timothy Riley

Since 2016, Timothy Riley has served as the Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout Director and Chief Curator for America’s National Churchill Museum (ANCM). Mr. Riley is a graduate, cum laude, of Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and pursued post-graduate study at Columbia University in New York, NY. He served as a curatorial assistant, education … Read more

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Award winning filmmaker (SXSW and many others Awards) and GRAMMY nominated musician MARTIN SHORE started his career as a musician. Mr. Shore has toured with Bo Diddley, Albert Collins, Clarence Clemons, Bluesman Willie, and many others. He has produced soundtracks and has acted as music supervisor and contributed music for a number of feature films, including SAW, SAW II, … Read more

Ian Neville

Ian Neville (born in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American guitarist. He is the son of Art Neville, nephew of Charles Neville, Aaron Neville, Cyril Neville and Athelgra Neville. His cousins include Charmaine Neville, Ivan Neville and Aaron Neville, Jr. As the son of Art “Papa Funk” Neville – the keyboardist who founded the Meters … Read more

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Tim Leffel is an award-winning travel writer, editor, and blogger. He publishes five online magazines and blogs including Perceptive Travel, the Cheapest Destinations Blog, and Hotel Scoop. He is the author of several books including Travel Writing 2.0, A Better Life for Half the Price, and The World’s Cheapest Destinations, now in its fifth edition. … Read more