Jim Cantore

James “Jim” D. Cantore is an American meteorologist. He is best known as an on-air personality for The Weather Channel.

Cantore has been lauded for his ability to “break down” complicated weather events into terms the average viewer can understand. Cantore is often selected to go to report on severe weather events. Since the ratings for the Weather Channel increase during these events, Cantore has become a recognizable figure.

Though he is best known for his live field coverage of major weather events (such as Hurricanes Ike, Gustav, Katrina, Isabel, Rita, Andrew, Floyd, Mitch, Bonnie, Irene, Sandy, Matthew, and Irma), his contributions go well beyond severe weather field reporting. His early work at TWC included developing the audience favorite Fall Foliage Forecast. He has reported from events such as the Space Shuttle Discovery launch, the “Winter X Games,” PGA tournaments, NFL games and more.


Frank Abagnale

For the Southeast Chapter of AAAE’s annual conference, we are honored to present the real Frank Abagnale, Renowned Cybersecurity And Fraud Prevention Expert, Bestselling Author & Subject of Catch Me If You Can.

His transformation from one of the world’s most notorious con men to an international cybersecurity expert trusted by the FBI for more than 40 years has been mythologized in film, stage and literature – but the takeaways he shares are the real deal.

Frank’s contributions to the world of security are immeasurable. He has become a hero to hundreds of public and private sector organizations for his indispensable counsel and strategic insight on safeguarding information systems and combating cyber-fraud.

With an eye on the latest techniques developed by high-tech criminals to deceive and defraud, Frank leaves audiences with a deep understanding of today’s evolving security landscape, and more importantly, a vision of how to make the world a safer place.

Jeff Price

Jeff Price is a Professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science, and the owner of Leading Edge Strategies, an airport management training company. He is considered one of the leading experts in the world in aviation security and airport safety. He is the former assistant security director at Denver International Airport, and former Airport Director of Jefferson County Airport, in Colorado (now known as Rocky Mountain Metro Airport).




Heather Macy

Heather Macy, the all-time winningest coach in the history of East Carolina University women’s basketball is the definition of passion and focus. Not only a coach, but an author, motivator, and leader. Heather prides herself in helping others reach their goals. Her philosophy of impacting and influencing is based upon building confidence, instilling discipline and keeping the intent based upon, YOU winning. Coach Macy is now the driving force behind non-profit Influence and Impacters.




John Kirby

John Kirby is the Vice President of Network Planning for Spirit Airlines and previously served in head leadership roles with Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways to name a few. He is a focused planner with a record of success during his 35 year aviation industry career. John has demonstrated expertise in commercial airline strategy and the economics of route planning. He offers extensive knowledge in demand modeling techniques, passenger traffic forecasting and schedule development. He is a respected industry professional with a wide range of commercial aviation knowledge, strong leadership skills and a passion for the industry as a whole.




Mike Veeck

Mike Veeck is a successful baseball team owner and author. Mike is known as a minor league promotions guru, building a profitable empire of minor league baseball teams, including the St. Paul Saints and Charleston Riverdogs.

Mike has been called the funniest man in baseball.




George Patton Waters

Pat is the grandson of General George Patton. He served in the United States Navy from 1965-1970 and was a CIC Officer aboard the USS BRAINE, DD 630. Pat established Waters Investments, LLC in 1971, which is still currently owned by he and his family. Water Investments, LLC owns and operates commercial and residential properties.

He and his wife Martha live in South Carolina and he enjoys flying, boating and his semi-retired life in the Low Country.