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).




Gene Keady

Coach Gene Keady became the Purdue Boilermakers men’s basketball head coach on April 11, 1980. Keady became the winningest coach in school history and second winningest coach in Big Ten Conference history, only behind former rival, Bob Knight, and was the Big Ten Coach of the Year seven times.

He guided the Boilermakers to 6 Big Ten titles, including three straight outright crowns from 1994 through 1996. In addition to coaching at Purdue, he has head coaching position with the US Olympic Dream Team, Arkansas, Western Kentucky, St. John’s and the Toronto Raptors.




Jude Bricker

Jude Bricker has been CEO and President at MN Airlines, LLC since July 10, 2017. He previously served as the COO and EVP of Allegiant Airlines. He was with Allegiant Airlines from May 2006 to May 2017. Prior to joining Allegiant, he served various positions with American Airlines and the U.S. Marine Corps. He holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Texas.




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.