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Faith and Wealth Speakers

Keith Bowers, FAMU Small Business Development Center – Keith Bowers is the Regional Director of the FSBDC at Florida A&M University and has served in this capacity for over seven years. Prior to his appointment as Regional Director, Mr. Bowers founded and operated the Bowers Group, a consulting firm specializing in community development, affordable housing and economic development. Mr. Bowers has held various positions in the corporate arena including; Community Re-Investment Act Officer for Peoples First Community Bank where he directed the community-based re-investment activities of a $600 million financial institution. He also developed and implemented the institution’s Affordable Housing Program and directed an $18 million Federal Small Business Lending portfolio.

Dr. George Dix, The Passage Family Church – Pastor George is a passionate educator and Kingdom builder.  He is, particularly, a strong advocate for Christian-based education. He and his wife Michele officially launched PASSAGE Ministries in March of 2002.  Together they also established their first church location, and a second church site in Gainesville; two (2) certified pre-schools; a certified kindergarten thru 12th grade high school; a Ministerial Institute; a daily radio broadcast; and a social media internet ministry. He is an international speaker, leadership trainer, visionary, and business entrepreneur. PASSAGE Ministries’ has global missions and evangelism efforts in North America, Haiti, Africa, and the Dominican Republic. Among other things, Pastor George’s vision for PASSAGE includes constructing and operating a technologically advanced corporate office and campus that integrates church, family, community, and business enterprises.  He also envisions expanding their educational and international outreach endeavors.

Dr. Mark McNees, RedEye Coffee – Mark brings a wide range of entrepreneurial and executive management experience from the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He is the Founder and CEO of RedEye Coffee, Founder of Element3, and serves as a board member of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. He also consults for the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship, The Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence (INNE), and teaches Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at the DeVoe L. Moore Center. His education includes a B.S. in Marketing, Minor in Finance and Merchandising, M.A. in Religion, and a Dmin in Leadership. He has extensive international and domestic entrepreneurial experience starting and growing multiple businesses and organizations. His education and experience is the foundation he uses to inform his passion that social entrepreneurship, commerce, and innovation are powerful tools that can produce a positive impact on many current global issues such as poverty traps, economic injustice, and environmental neglect.

Heidi Otway, Salter-Mitchell PR – Heidi Otway is experienced in all aspects of media strategy, communications planning, and community engagement. Over the past decade, she’s lead numerous media and public relations campaigns using a full range of tactics, including paid media, earned media, social/digital media and grassroots mobilization. Heidi has developed statewide campaigns and secured media coverage for clients such as Bank of America, Weyerhaeuser (formerly Plum Creek), Verizon, The Able Trust, Florida Impact and the Independent Benefits Council. She is also a recognized leader in social media engagement, creating new strategies and tactics to initiate and maintain a two-way dialogue with “digital citizens.”  A former journalist and television news manager, Heidi earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from Florida A&M University. She is accredited by the Universal Accreditation Board for public relations and is a Certified Public Relations Counselor.

Dr. Rodney Watkins, Conquer Worldwide – Dr. Watkins is the CEO and Chairman of Conquer Worldwide & Conquer Consulting and a 20-year business consultant. He is also a global keynote speaker on financial empowerment, entrepreneurship and business having spoken at conferences featuring Bishop T.D. Jakes, John Maxwell, Creflo Dollar and Bubba Cathy of Chick-Fil-A. Dr. Watkins has facilitated financial resources for entrepreneurs to start businesses, creating jobs in various industries and is a best-selling author of Never Chase a Paycheck Again, 12 Ways to be Your Own Boss and Chosen. He is a military veteran and received a Bachelor Of Arts degree from the University of West Georgia, as well as an honorary doctoral degree in business and theology from the Ministry International Institute. He is also the creator of Kings & Priests Ministry.

 

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