This panel will discuss latest research and traditional practices in public health as it relates to lifetime exposures of all possible contaminants. What is Exposome? How is this research used to resolve environmental health issues in the community? How do traditional public health professionals engage with a community to determine exposure? These questions will be addressed by those who design research programs, train professionals, implement community health analysis, and implement federal policy to address a variety of environmental health concerns.
Georgia and the Southeast have seen their fair share of natural disasters in recent years, most recently associated wind and flood damage. Hurricanes Irma and Michael, and severe tornadoes make up our recent memories, but severe drought, and other disasters, including pine beetles and fire, have created havoc in the not too distant past. While chaos is managed during natural disasters with evacuations and power shutdowns, the aftermath also includes widespread and sometimes lengthy power outages, crop loss, property destruction, and business disruption. Is that all there is? What’s new? Experts in power systems, agriculture, climate, and economic development will describe cross-sector planning and recovery aspects of resiliency. Impacts on various industries and agriculture will be discussed, along with how major sectors create resiliency and prepare for these events in the future.
A Georgia native, Chris Clark, is the President and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He received his bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University and his master’s degree in public administration from Georgia College and State University. Prior to joining the Georgia Chamber, Chris served as Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and as Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Economic Development. Before his state service, he was the President of the Fayette County Development Authority and CEO of the Hawkinsville-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce.
Chris serves on the Board of Directors for the Council of State Chambers and sits on the boards of the Georgia Allies and the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. He is also a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Council of 100 and the Political Affairs Committee. Chris is a Trustee of Georgia Southern University and a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Georgia. He is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and has been consistently named one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s 100 most influential Georgians and one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s most influential Atlantans. He received GEDA’s, Zell Miller Public Policy Leadership Award. Chris also serves on the Board of Directors for the Real Life Center a Christian outreach program that provides food, clothing, financial assistance and educational classes for those in need.
Chris and his wife, Tiffany, and their son, Christian, live in Peachtree City and attend Dogwood Church.
July 2001 -Present
Dr. Wolfe currently assumed the Directorship for the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development in 2009. Prior to that, he was a State Extension Specialist for the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. His major job responsibilities include directing and analyzing market research projects for use in feasibility analysis, directing promotional effectiveness evaluation studies and developing a proactive value-added educational program. Dr. Wolfe has worked with development authorities and chambers of commerce in evaluating the market potential for proposed business ventures. In addition, his responsibilities include marketing plan development, target market(s) identification, estimating market potential, creating promotional materials, product taste testing, web site design and development and Web marketing.
June 2000 – July 2001
Vice President for Marketing and Sales, Bio Containment Systems Major job responsibility is business development. Additional responsibilities include market analysis, competitive analysis, market research, product development, and developing marketing strategies for BCS, Inc. Bio Containment Systems, Inc., is a family business but due to stagnated growth, Dr. Wolfe’s involvement is currently limited.
July 1998 – June 2000
Marketing Specialist, The University of Tennessee Dr. Wolfe served as the State Marketing Extension Specialist for the Agricultural Development Center. His major job responsibilities included helping producers and agribusiness firms successfully market their products and services and developing a value-added educational program. Helped clients develop marketing plans, identify their target market(s), estimate market potential, create promotional material, web site design and development and Web marketing. In addition, Dr. Wolfe established contacts with a number of major retail chains operating in Tennessee, state agencies and specialty food stores and was successful in getting Tennessee products in these organizations.
August 1993 – May 1998
The Gallup Organization, Research Director
Directing and managing quantitative and qualitative market research studies. Responsible for managing a project team; formulating study methodology, sampling, and design; preparing survey instruments; implementing studies; analyzing data; presenting results; and formulating marketing strategy recommendations based on study findings. Specifically, data analysis involves utilizing multi-variate statistical techniques to model relationships between variables as hypothesized in the research. Examples of statistical modeling include estimating new product market potential, forecasting consumer demand, customer satisfaction, advertising recall, product and incentive advertising effectiveness, and consumer purchase intent.
Casey Cox is the sixth generation of her family to farm on the Flint River in south Georgia. Her family farm, Longleaf Ridge, produces sweet corn, peanuts, field corn, soybeans, and timber. Prior to returning to the farm full-time, Casey managed the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, serving as Executive Director for over 5 years. In this role, she developed and directed multiple projects with Federal, state, and private partners and was responsible for procuring and managing over $12 million of conservation programs. She was appointed by Secretary Sonny Perdue in 2019 to serve as Georgia’s Alternate Board Member on the National Peanut Board. She also serves on the American Farm Bureau Environmental Regulations Committee, Georgia Farm Bureau Forestry Committee, and Mitchell County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. She was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to serve on the Lower Flint Ocklockonee Regional Water Council. She is a member of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2019, a 2016 graduate of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL), and a 2018 graduate of the Peanut Leadership Academy. Casey holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Florida. Her most significant professional contribution to date was teaching Cookie Monster and Gonger where peanut butter comes from on Season 49 of Sesame Street.
Pam Knox is the Director of the University of Georgia Weather Network, a group of 86 automated weather stations across the state which provide weather and climate data to farmers, utilities, extension agents and private citizens. The network also helps support the National Weather Service by providing real-time weather information in hazardous weather outbreaks. She is an Extension Climatologist and past Assistant State Climatologist for Georgia and has also served in the past as the Wisconsin State Climatologist. Pam is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) and is the President-Elect of the Board of CCMs for the American Meteorological Society.
Aaron F. Zahn is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for JEA. In this role, Mr. Zahn oversees all operations for the eighth-largest public utility in the nation, providing electric, water and sewer services to customers across a 900-mile service territory in Northeast Florida. Mr. Zahn was appointed as Interim Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of JEA in April 2018 and was named permanent CEO in November 2018. Prior to his tenure at JEA, Mr. Zahn served as Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Pascal Partners, a distributed infrastructure investment and development company. From 2009 to 2017, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BCR Environmental Corporation, a water/wastewater technology firm and public-private-partnership development and operations company. Prior to BCR, Mr. Zahn worked as an investment professional for two multi-strategy hedge funds in New York City, managing over $6 billion in equity. He was also a Senior Manager of the Capital Markets team at General Growth Properties, playing a key role in $25+ billion of acquisitions and financing activities along with providing financial oversight for $200+ million of commercial real estate development.
A graduate of Yale University, Mr. Zahn is a supporter of YMCA of Jacksonville, Baptist Health System, Nemours Children’s Health System and Yale University. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at University of Florida.
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