MEET THE INSTRUCTORS

World-Class Faculty Members Share Insights from their Experience

The advanced program faculty includes some of the nation’s best and brightest thinkers, strategists and implementers. We have assembled a collection of esteemed economic development educators, consultants, visionaries and practitioners—well-versed in the issues, challenges and opportunities facing the profession.

Adam Brooks -Adam: Assistant Director of Public Speaking, The University of Alabama
Dr. Adam Brooks

Dr. Adam Brooks

Assistant Director of Public Speaking, The University of Alabama

Woven into the advanced program is an interactive session on public speaking and communications. Adam leads the class with Dr. Alexa Chilcutt, through an effective communications session featuring individual class presentations and analyses. Public speaking and presentations are central to today’s successful professional. This half-day session focuses on delivery, mass communication, and rhetoric.

Dr. Shannon Campbell

Dr. Shannon Campbell

Director Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, University of Southern Mississippi

With local economic development private-sector and university broad-based experience, Shannon leads the “Strategic Planning: Lessons from Class Plans or the Good, the Bad and the Ugly” session.

As a dean, manufacturing expert and long-time entrepreneur, Shannon’s experience, coupled with class strategic plans, make for an unpredictable and informative session – utilizing actual class strategic plans as the learning platform.

Drs. Alexa Chilcutt - Director of Public Speaking, The University of Alabama
Dr. Alexa Chilcutt

Dr. Alexa Chilcutt

Director of Public Speaking, The University of Alabama

Woven into the advanced program is an interactive session on public speaking and communications. Alexa leads the class with Dr. Adam Brooks, through an effective communications session featuring individual class presentations and analyses. Public speaking and presentations are central to today’s successful professional. This half-day session focuses on delivery, mass communication, and rhetoric.

Kenny Coleman

Kenny Coleman

Project Manager, Operations for The Southern Company

Kenny Coleman brings more than a decade experience with The Southern Company, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, to the AEDL class as he leads a session on effectively utilizing electric utilities in the job creation process.  Quite often, utilities have resources that can impact a community’s competitiveness, but managing those resources can be an evolving challenge.  A former professional baseball player, Kenny’s early team and competitiveness lessons are now ingrained in his approach to economic development.

Gregg Fraley - Consultant, Trainer, Facilitator, Author, Sought-after Speaker
Gregg Fraley

Gregg Fraley

Consultant, Trainer, Facilitator, Author, Sought-after Speaker

Author of Jack’s Notebook, Gregg Fraley leads the class discussion on “Creativity, Innovation and Job Creation.” He is a much sought-after speaker having recently addressed the Site Selectors Guild.

Pete Fullerton

Burdette (Pete) Fullerton, PhD, CEcD

Assistant Director – Kansas City Aviation Department

Burdette (Pete) Fullerton is Assistant Director for Commercial Properties & Development with the Kansas City Aviation Department.  He has held this position since 2015. Pete has been a Community Economic Development professional over 30 years.  Before his current position, Pete served as President/CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City and Executive Director of the Platte County Economic Development Council in Kansas City, Missouri.  In his career, Pete has participated in the completion of projects that have directly invested over $3.5 billion which currently employ over 17,000 in Kansas City.

Pete, in 2017, earned his Doctorate at the University of Southern Mississippi in Human Capital Development with the publication of his dissertation, The Effects of Tax Increment Financing on Assessed Land Values.  Pete attended Texas A&M University and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Missouri.  Pete holds certifications as an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP), Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), Professional Community Economic Developer (PCED) and Certified Return on Investment Professional (CRP).

Pete has received the Chairman’s Award of Distinction two times and was recognized as an Honorary Life Member (HLM) by the Southern Economic Development Council. Additionally, Pete is Past Chairman for the Southern Economic Development Council and the Missouri Economic Development Council.  He has also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Public Affairs at Park University.

Clark Gillespy - Recently retired Senior Vice President – Economic Development, Duke Energy
Clark Gillespy

Clark Gillespy

Recently retired Senior Vice President – Economic Development, Duke Energy

With more than 25 years of economic development and site selection experience in the U.S. and Europe, Clark is imminently qualified to lead “The World is Flat: International FDI and Trade in this Changing World” session. Through his leadership at Duke Energy, his economic development team was responsible for identifying and attracting new and expanding industry to their seven-state service area.

Ken Haseley - Senior Counselor, The Ammerman Experience
Ken Haseley

Ken Haseley

Senior Counselor, The Ammerman Experience

Media relations and effective communication with the media are essential in today’s economic development environment. With sunshine laws and media transparency, the professional must be able to communicate effectively and in an understandable format. Ken’s half-day, interactive media training session includes individual class interviews, video examples and lessons from his years of experience.

Karl Kelly -Director of Operations, Center for Human Genetics, Clemson University
Karl Kelly

Karl Kelly

Director of Operations, Center for Human Genetics, Clemson University

As a successful entrepreneur, professor, consultant and innovation guru, Karl combines his 35 years of experience to teach a class book session that examines the impact advanced technology, innovation and artificial intelligence will have on future job creation strategies. If you’re not thinking and preparing 10 years ahead, you’re already behind.

Karl also teaches applications from Technology Villages, a concept inaugurated in rural South Carolina. Based on the adage that every community has entrepreneurs who can create new jobs through innovation, technology or the execution of a good business idea, these lessons focus on entrepreneur centers in rural America.

Dr. Abbie Shipp
Dr. Rita Kosnik

Dr. Rita Kosnik

Professor, Management and Negotiations, Texas Christian University

With an extensive background in negotiation strategies, Rita leads the “Effective Negotiation Strategies” session. She has won several awards for excellence in executive teaching and is one of the most popular faculty for AEDL.

She is a trained mediator for the state of Texas and a corporate trainer in dispute resolution and negotiations.

Kate McEnroe - Veteran site consultant and education expert
Kate McEnroe

Kate McEnroe

Veteran site consultant and education expert

Kate leads the “Talent is Today’s Economic Development Currency” session, utilizing her vast experience working with communities on projects and workforce information.  In every survey, talent for a prospective company or an expanding business is at the top of the list of requirements.  Kate will examine what data/information decision-makers need to make the cut/final few and how communities can improve on both general talent information and RFP responses.

Alex Leath - Partner, Bradley Law Firm
Alex Leath

Alex Leath

Partner, Bradley Law Firm

One of the nation’s foremost experts on project financing and incentives, Alex’s session “Lessons from the Buffalo Hunt” focuses on successful and not-so-successful competition, lessons from a recent mega project, out of the box financing options and the incentives debate.

In addition to a successful economic development legal practice, Alex has been involved in some of the country’s major site location projects for organizations that include Volkswagen, Tesla and Amazon HQ2.

Dr. Ed Nichols - Certified Energenetics Facilitator and former educator
Dr. Ed Nichols

Dr. Ed Nichols

Certified Emergenetics Facilitator and former educator

Ed’s energetic and engaging opening session focuses on individual profiles of class members’ personality and professional traits and how to use those traits in economic development, communication, negotiation and everyday interaction.

Emergenetics is a leadership, planning and communication tool used in 22 countries and countless U.S. board rooms. Ed’s engaging approach encourages everyone in the class to explore his/her strengths and weaknesses in a fun, educational afternoon session.

Hartley Powell - Director of South Carolina’s Department of Revenue and veteran site consultant
Hartley Powell

Hartley Powell

Director of South Carolina’s Department of Revenue and veteran site consultant

Recently retired from KPMG as National Practice Leader of the Global Location and Expansion Services practice, Hartley was appointed by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley in 2017 as the state’s director of the Department of Revenue. He has since been re-appointed by Gov. Henry McMaster.

Hartley’s passion is education, having served as chairman of ACT’s National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board. He will lead the “I’ve Got the Workforce You Need. Prove It! The Economic Developer’s Role in Education Excellence.”

David Rumbarger - President/CEO, Community Development Foundation, Tupelo/Lee County, MS
David Rumbarger

David Rumbarger

President/CEO, Community Development Foundation, Tupelo/Lee County, MS

With 17 years leading Tupelo (a somewhat rural Mississippi area) to exceptional growth, David has learned and applied unique lessons about leadership in a complex, regional environment. Employing professional and personal lessons, David teaches the AEDL session “Leadership in the New Age of Economic Development.”

He also serves as mentor-in-residence for those who want to explore leadership applications in their individual settings.

Dr. Abbie Shipp

Dr. Abbie Shipp

Associate Professor of Management, Texas Christian University

Throughout the week, AEDL focuses on professional and personal leadership. Abbie’s workshop “Influencing Change for Economic Success” examines the importance of change and how professionals can be change agents in their communities. At TCU, Abbie teaches classes on employee management and leadership with special emphasis on critical thinking initiatives for faculty and students.

In addition to academia, she has practical business experience having worked at the Boeing Company and TV Guide prior to teaching stints at Texas A&M, the University of North Carolina and Oklahoma State University.
Her session was a highlight for AEDL’s inaugural class.

Adam Brooks -Adam: Assistant Director of Public Speaking, The University of Alabama
Dr. Adam Brooks

Dr. Adam Brooks

Assistant Director of Public Speaking, The University of Alabama

Woven into the advanced program is an interactive session on public speaking and communications. Adam leads the class with Dr. Alexa Chilcutt, through an effective communications session featuring individual class presentations and analyses. Public speaking and presentations are central to today’s successful professional. This half-day session focuses on delivery, mass communication, and rhetoric.

Dr. Shannon Campbell

Dr. Shannon Campbell

Director Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, University of Southern Mississippi

With local economic development private-sector and university broad-based experience, Shannon leads the “Strategic Planning: Lessons from Class Plans or the Good, the Bad and the Ugly” session.

As a dean, manufacturing expert and long-time entrepreneur, Shannon’s experience, coupled with class strategic plans, make for an unpredictable and informative session – utilizing actual class strategic plans as the learning platform.

Drs. Alexa Chilcutt - Director of Public Speaking, The University of Alabama
Dr. Alexa Chilcutt

Dr. Alexa Chilcutt

Director of Public Speaking, The University of Alabama

Woven into the advanced program is an interactive session on public speaking and communications. Alexa leads the class with Dr. Adam Brooks, through an effective communications session featuring individual class presentations and analyses. Public speaking and presentations are central to today’s successful professional. This half-day session focuses on delivery, mass communication, and rhetoric.

Kenny Coleman

Kenny Coleman

Project Manager, Operations for The Southern Company

Kenny Coleman brings more than a decade experience with The Southern Company, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, to the AEDL class as he leads a session on effectively utilizing electric utilities in the job creation process.  Quite often, utilities have resources that can impact a community’s competitiveness, but managing those resources can be an evolving challenge.  A former professional baseball player, Kenny’s early team and competitiveness lessons are now ingrained in his approach to economic development.

Gregg Fraley - Consultant, Trainer, Facilitator, Author, Sought-after Speaker
Gregg Fraley

Gregg Fraley

Consultant, Trainer, Facilitator, Author, Sought-after Speaker

Author of Jack’s Notebook, Gregg Fraley leads the class discussion on “Creativity, Innovation and Job Creation.” He is a much sought-after speaker having recently addressed the Site Selectors Guild.

Clark Gillespy - Recently retired Senior Vice President – Economic Development, Duke Energy
Clark Gillespy

Clark Gillespy

Recently retired Senior Vice President – Economic Development, Duke Energy

With more than 25 years of economic development and site selection experience in the U.S. and Europe, Clark is imminently qualified to lead “The World is Flat: International FDI and Trade in this Changing World” session. Through his leadership at Duke Energy, his economic development team was responsible for identifying and attracting new and expanding industry to their seven-state service area.

Ken Haseley - Senior Counselor, The Ammerman Experience
Ken Haseley

Ken Haseley

Senior Counselor, The Ammerman Experience

Media relations and effective communication with the media are essential in today’s economic development environment. With sunshine laws and media transparency, the professional must be able to communicate effectively and in an understandable format. Ken’s half-day, interactive media training session includes individual class interviews, video examples and lessons from his years of experience.

Karl Kelly -Director of Operations, Center for Human Genetics, Clemson University
Karl Kelly

Karl Kelly

Director of Operations, Center for Human Genetics, Clemson University

As a successful entrepreneur, professor, consultant and innovation guru, Karl combines his 35 years of experience to teach a class book session that examines the impact advanced technology, innovation and artificial intelligence will have on future job creation strategies. If you’re not thinking and preparing 10 years ahead, you’re already behind.

Karl also teaches applications from Technology Villages, a concept inaugurated in rural South Carolina. Based on the adage that every community has entrepreneurs who can create new jobs through innovation, technology or the execution of a good business idea, these lessons focus on entrepreneur centers in rural America.

Dr. Abbie Shipp
Dr. Rita Kosnik

Dr. Rita Kosnik

Professor, Management and Negotiations, Texas Christian University

With an extensive background in negotiation strategies, Rita leads the “Effective Negotiation Strategies” session. She has won several awards for excellence in executive teaching and is one of the most popular faculty for AEDL.

She is a trained mediator for the state of Texas and a corporate trainer in dispute resolution and negotiations.

Kate McEnroe - Veteran site consultant and education expert
Kate McEnroe

Kate McEnroe

Veteran site consultant and education expert

Kate leads the “Talent is Today’s Economic Development Currency” session, utilizing her vast experience working with communities on projects and workforce information.  In every survey, talent for a prospective company or an expanding business is at the top of the list of requirements.  Kate will examine what data/information decision-makers need to make the cut/final few and how communities can improve on both general talent information and RFP responses.

Alex Leath - Partner, Bradley Law Firm
Alex Leath

Alex Leath

Partner, Bradley Law Firm

One of the nation’s foremost experts on project financing and incentives, Alex’s session “Lessons from the Buffalo Hunt” focuses on successful and not-so-successful competition, lessons from a recent mega project, out of the box financing options and the incentives debate.

In addition to a successful economic development legal practice, Alex has been involved in some of the country’s major site location projects for organizations that include Volkswagen, Tesla and Amazon HQ2.

Dr. Ed Nichols - Certified Energenetics Facilitator and former educator
Dr. Ed Nichols

Dr. Ed Nichols

Certified Energenetics Facilitator and former educator

Ed’s energetic and engaging opening session focuses on individual profiles of class members’ personality and professional traits and how to use those traits in economic development, communication, negotiation and everyday interaction.
Emergenetics is a leadership, planning and communication tool used in 22 countries and countless U.S. board rooms. Ed’s engaging approach encourages everyone in the class to explore his/her strengths and weaknesses in a fun, educational afternoon session.

Hartley Powell - Director of South Carolina’s Department of Revenue and veteran site consultant
Hartley Powell

Hartley Powell

Director of South Carolina’s Department of Revenue and veteran site consultant

Recently retired from KPMG as National Practice Leader of the Global Location and Expansion Services practice, Hartley was appointed by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley in 2017 as the state’s director of the Department of Revenue. He has since been re-appointed by Gov. Henry McMaster.

Hartley’s passion is education, having served as chairman of ACT’s National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board. He will lead the “I’ve Got the Workforce You Need. Prove It! The Economic Developer’s Role in Education Excellence.”

David Rumbarger - President/CEO, Community Development Foundation, Tupelo/Lee County, MS
David Rumbarger

David Rumbarger

President/CEO, Community Development Foundation, Tupelo/Lee County, MS

With 17 years leading Tupelo (a somewhat rural Mississippi area) to exceptional growth, David has learned and applied unique lessons about leadership in a complex, regional environment. Employing professional and personal lessons, David teaches the AEDL session “Leadership in the New Age of Economic Development.”

He also serves as mentor-in-residence for those who want to explore leadership applications in their individual settings.

Dr. Abbie Shipp

Dr. Abbie Shipp

Associate Professor of Management, Texas Christian University

Throughout the week, AEDL focuses on professional and personal leadership. Abbie’s workshop “Influencing Change for Economic Success” examines the importance of change and how professionals can be change agents in their communities. At TCU, Abbie teaches classes on employee management and leadership with special emphasis on critical thinking initiatives for faculty and students.

In addition to academia, she has practical business experience having worked at the Boeing Company and TV Guide prior to teaching stints at Texas A&M, the University of North Carolina and Oklahoma State University.
Her session was a highlight for AEDL’s inaugural class.

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