KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Chris “Bash” Bashinelli

Chris “Bash” Bashinelli left his acting career to follow his real passion - using media to build bridges between cultures. That decision has led him from the streets of Tanzania to the steps of the United Nations General Assembly Hall. 

Hallerin Hilton Hill

A renaissance communicator, Hallerin Hilton Hill, motivates audiences to grow by sharing ideas through music and words over the radio, on TV, and even face-to-face.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Maria Antoinette

Maria is a multi-channel content producer whose successfully created and monetized her own personal brand. She works with companies like Cantu Beauty, P&G, and Scripps Networks, and also recently launched her own start-up, Royal Prerogative, LLC.

Alex Violette

Alex has a biochemistry degree from Maryville College and began his brewing career in 2007. He served as head brewer at Upslope Brewing Company in Boulder, CO, brewmaster/co-founder at Pasteur Street Brewing Company in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and currently as brewmaster/founder at Elkmont Exchange in Knoxville.

Erin Slocum

Erin is a lover of words, the arts, natural beauty, & people. Hailing from Houston, Texas, but calling Knoxville her home for the last 12 years, she’s found her professional calling as a marketing specialist with expertise in verbal & visual communication, digital media, & social content.

Matt McMillan

Matt is a craft beer champion, entrepreneur, and co-managing partner with Hexagon Brewing Company. He is the event organizer for Knoxville Brewfest, serves on the Knoxville Area Brewers Association board, and is always searching for ways for craft beer to make a positive impact in the community.

Dawn Michelle Foster

Dawn Michelle is the director of redevelopment for the City of Knoxville. She oversees and manages daily staff operations for its redevelopment areas and consults with developers pursuing development assistance when investing in the City.

James Horey

James is founder and CEO of Reviewbox, a SaaS that helps manufacturers aggregate and monitor their e-commerce data. He formerly serviced as vice president of analytics at Cirruspath and research staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Tammy White

Tammy is a native of South Carolina and has served as president and CEO of Leadership Knoxville since 2009. She embraces her southern heritage with a strong sense of community and a desire to serve having gained more than 25 years of experience in the public, private, and civic sectors.

Jonathan Sexton

Jonathan is an artist and entrepreneur who loves starting things, finishing things, and moving on to other things. He is COO of Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, consults Fortune 100 companies on marketing, and plays a lot of gigs on the weekends with his band.

Aaron Littleton

Aaron is a member of Einstein Simplified Comedy Improv Troupe. His other comedy projects include the podcast Video Death Loop and the blog The Same Picture of Dave Coulier Every Day, which has been featured on The Ellen Show and BBC News.

Sara Mitchell

Sara is a freelance host and reporter most recognizable from sports, news, and fitness segments on WVLT-Local 8 News. She is the sideline reporter for East Tennessee’s high school football games and the weekly host of the legal call-in show, LawCall. She is also PR and media manager for music artists, organizations, and events.

Michael Goldsborough

Michael serves as the co-founder of Resque, a software company that serves the real estate industry, and of Upstart Ventures, a new co-working community for high-growth technology, focused companies. He is focused on growth through authentic messaging and creating meaningful connections.

Samantha Lane

Samantha is a communication professional with past work in advertising, public relations, and business development. After years of juggling full-time careers and passion-based side-hustles, she founded Origami Day to help others bring balance to their busy lives.

Jack Neely

Jack is an award-winning newspaper columnist who’s especially known for his explorations of Knoxville's complex history. He has published 10 books about the city and its history and currently serves as executive director of the educational nonprofit, the Knoxville History Project.

Greg Huff

Greg is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and has worked in television and video production for over 15 years with the last 12 in advertising. For over 12 years he has been a member of Einstein Simplified Improv Troupe.

Jesse Mayshark

Jesse is the Senior Director of Communications and Government Relations for the City of Knoxville. Before joining Mayor Madeline Rogero's administration, he worked in journalism for 20 years at publications including The New York Times, Metro Pulse, and the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Dave Fennell

Dave started doing stand-up comedy at the young age of 13 and joined Einstein Simplified, an improv comedy troupe based out of Knoxville, in 2005. By day, he is a collision repair technician and a father.

Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt

Jessica acquired PigeonForge.com in 2000 during her senior year at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Currently, she owns and operates the informational and advertorial tourism websites PigeonForge.com, Durango.com, and TheVirginIslands.com.

Robert “Bob” Booker

Bob is a prominent civil rights activist. As a student, he organized sit-ins and later was the first black man elected to the Tennessee state legislature from Knoxville. He served as a freelance writer for the Beck Cultural Exchange Center to preserve the rich African-American History of Knoxville.

Amy Grover

Amy is a New Products Manager at Bush Brothers & Company. Over the last 15 years, Amy has been involved in numerous product launches and territory expansions. She loves finding consumer insights and bringing new ideas to market. Amy is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and proudly calls Knoxville home.

Robbie Pope

Robbie has served as Director and Counsel for Real Estate at Regal Entertainment Group for 11 years. Previously, he was in the private practice of law with the Kramer Rayson firm in Knoxville. Robbie, a Knoxville-area native and graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law.