The 2018-19 Annual Report, published by the College of Business and Economic Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, tells stories of outstanding achievements made by our faculty, students, staff, donors, and alumni over the course of the academic year.
CONNECTING WITH REAL-WORLD LEADERS ECONOMIC OUTLOOK FORUM Experts from banking, finance, economics and academia came together to explore research related to the economic outlook for 20<strong>19</strong>. Dr. Darrin Webb, state economist for Mississippi, and Adrienne Slack, VP and regional executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, spoke about economic trends and forecasts for 20<strong>19</strong>. Sponsored by the College of Business and Economic Development, the Trent Lott National Center and The First, A National Banking Association “THE ECONOMIC OUTLOOK FORUM CONTINUES TO GROW EVERY YEAR. IT GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT WITH PEOPLE FROM THE GULF SOUTH REGION, TO FIND OUT WHAT IS GOING ON AND HOW OUR COMPANY CAN BE OF SERVICE. WE BELIEVE THE CONFERENCE GIVES THOSE IN ATTENDANCE A SOLID FOUNDATION OF ECONOMIC EXPECTATIONS UPON WHICH TO PLAN THE UPCOMING YEAR.” Quote from M. Ray “Hoppy” Cole, President and CEO of The First, A National Banking Association From left to right: M Ray “Hoppy” Cole, Adrienne Slack, Dr. Darrin Webb, President Rodney D. Bennett 10 | C O L L E G E O F B U S I N E S S A N D E C O N O M I C D E V E L O P M E N T
CONNECTING WITH REAL-WORLD LEADERS INSPIRED LEADERS SERIES The goal of the Inspired Leaders Series is to invite industry leaders to answer the question, “What inspires you?” Over the <strong>2018</strong>-<strong>19</strong> academic year, we have had the honor of hosting two executives, Ms. Maxine Coleman and Mr. Duane Lock. During each of their visits, they were able to engage students in large- and small-group settings through conversations about what has inspired them in their lives and careers. Ms. Maxine Coleman, a retired executive from Mars Inc., was chosen as the fall <strong>2018</strong> Inspired Leader. Ms. Coleman served as vice president, personnel and organization for Mars Inc., as well as an instructor at several universities as part of the National Urban League's Black Executive Exchange Program. Prior to working for Mars, Ms. Coleman worked in several management positions in personnel and marketing. Spring 20<strong>19</strong> Inspired Leader and alumnus, Mr. Duane Lock, currently serves as the founder and president of River Oaks Energy in Dallas, Texas. Lock earned his undergraduate degree from Southern Miss in <strong>19</strong>83. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, he worked in corporate America for nearly 20 years. Lock used his extensive experience from holding senior management positions for publicly traded energy companies to become an entrepreneur and launch his own electricity brokering and consulting company in 2003. A N N U A L R E P O R T 2 0 1 8 - 1 9 | 11