Ray McCallum – Keynote Speaker
Associate Head Coach
Georgia State University
Coach Ray McCallum, who has over 30 years coaching college basketball (nineteen as a head coach). In eight years, Coach McCallum rebuilt the Detroit Titans from the bottom of the Horizon League when he took over, to title contenders and a Horizon League championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012. During his time there, the Titans increased their win total in every season and increased its place in the regular season standing during that stretch. He amassed 300 victories and made six post-season runs.
Coach McCallum’s hugely successful coaching stops also include his alma mater Ball State (120-76 record), Wisconsin, Michigan, Houston, Oklahoma, Indiana and now Georgia State University. Sixteen of his Titan players went on to play professionally. Six have suited up in the NBA Summer League since 2012, while his son and former Horizon League Player of the Year Ray McCallum, Jr., has currently played three seasons in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies. Read more…
Vice-President, Menu Strategy & Development
David provides leadership in the area of menu development at Chick-fil-A, Inc., a privately held quick-dining restaurant chain with 2015 revenues exceeding $6.7 billion. His teams create and improve menu items, design kitchen equipment and processes, and develop packaging. He also facilitates a cross-functional team charged with designing the overall guest experience at Chick-fil-A restaurants.
After working as a marketing intern with Chick-fil-A while attending Georgia Tech, David joined the organization full-time in 1991 as a Marketing Consultant. Prior to assuming his current role in September 2012, he most recently served as VP, Innovation and Service. Read more…
Director of Persistence and University Partnerships
Kipp Through College, Metro Atlanta
Jamaal is a native of Madison, WI. He graduated from Georgia State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports & Recreation Management. He currently serves as the Director for Persistence and University Partnerships with Kipp Through College for Kipp Charter Schools in the Metro Atlanta Area.
Jamaal has been working in the Youth Development field for over 15 years. During undergrad, he served as an after school coordinator and Teen Camp director for the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation, as well as a Lead Instructor with the Atlanta Hawks Community Development department. Read more…
Director over the Prophetic Ministry
Glory City Church Atlanta, Suwanee, GA
I am originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana. I grew up playing basketball and was a varsity starting point guard from middle school all the way through high school. I lettered in and played varsity my entire athletic career and did so starting in five sports beginning in elementary, middle, and high school.
I was in the top 5 of point guards in the state and top 10 nationally. So one could say I loved sports! I participated in Walter Jordan’s programs in Fort Wayne for mentoring and athletics. It was an amazing experience for me.
My mother was a single parent and his personal involvement and encouragement through his mentoring programs filled in the cracks and crevices that were empty. I was surrounded by successful men and women who were strong representations of what I could potentially become. They cared, shared, and poured into me. Read more…
An inspiring speaker, career coach and youth advocate who has challenged hundreds of teens across Georgia to “Live better Stories,” pursue your dreams and never ever give up.
A McEachern high school and Kennesaw State University grad Joshua’s speaking style caters to young eager kids who are searching for answers, direction and solutions to issues facing today’s youth. Read more…