Speakers
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Ben Bordelon

President & CEO/Chairman

Bollinger Shipyards/Shipbuilders Council of America

Benjamin G. Bordelon, is the President, Chief Executive Officer of Bollinger Shipyards, LLC.


Bordelon is the grandson of Donald Bollinger who founded Bollinger Shipyards in 1946 and the third generation to lead the company. Bordelon joined Bollinger in 2000 as a Project Manager and has held a series of managerial positions throughout various Bollinger locations. Prior to being named Chief Executive Officer, Bordelon was Executive Vice President of Repair from 2002 to September of 2013. In September of 2013, Bordelon served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer until December of 2014 when he assumed his current position.

Bordelon is active in many professional and community organizations. He is Chairman of Shipbuilders Council of America and an active board member of Offshore Marine Service Association, Tiger Athletic Foundation, Young Presidents’ Organization and a former board member of Marucci Sports. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Webb Institute and The Coast Guard Foundation and is an active member of the Fourchon Oilman’s Association. He is a board member of the Industrial Development Board of the Parish of Lafourche, and is on the Board of Directors of Delta Waterfowl. He supports many charities, schools and churches in his community and beyond.


Bordelon holds a B.S. in Business from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, he played football and was named Captain of the team in 1996. He garnered All-SEC recognition at LSU and was a member of the San Diego Chargers professional football team until his retirement in December 1999.

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Matthew Fieldman

Executive Director

America Works
MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network

Matthew Fieldman is currently Executive Director of America Works, a nationwide initiative to coordinate the American manufacturing industry's training efforts, generating a more capable, skilled, and diverse workforce. Based at MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Matt works across the nation's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network to increase collaboration, efficiency, and impact of local and regional workforce development efforts.


Previously, he was Vice President of External Affairs for MAGNET, a nonprofit that helps Northeast Ohio’s small- and medium-sized manufacturers grow locally while competing globally. In this role, he launched the annual Ohio Manufacturing Survey; MSPIRE, a regional startup pitch competition; manufacturing apprenticeships for inner-city youth; and oversaw the organization’s fundraising, legislative relations, media relations, and more. In his volunteer work, Matt is the founding Board Chair of EDWINS Restaurant and Leadership Institute, Cleveland's first nonprofit restaurant and one of the first of its kind nationally to train formerly incarcerated individuals to work in fine dining. He raised over $600,000 to start EDWINS and was named “2014 Fundraiser of the Year” by Fundraising Success magazine for his efforts. He is also the founder of Cleveland Codes, one of the nation's first nonprofit software bootcamps devoted specifically to training low-income adults for careers in technology. Originally from Orlando, Florida, Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, cum laude, from the University of Florida, a Master of Business Administration from The George Washington University, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Case Western Reserve University. He is a former Ariane de Rothschild and American Council on Germany Transatlantic Fellow, and is currently a Civil Society Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

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Pete Havel

President

The Cloture Group

Author of The Arsonist in the Office, experienced lobbyist, political consultant and crisis communications professional who has served numerous leading business advocacy organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business and Associated Builders and Contractors. 


Pete grew up in Massachusetts, but now calls Texas home, along with his family. He received his B.A. in Business Administration from Baylor University and is a graduate of the Institute for Organizational Management. Early in his career, he also served as producer of two radio talk programs and one news/issues TV talk show in the Boston market. 


Pete serves as a Sr. Counsel of Public Affairs for a leading communications firm. With skills sharpened in the toughest, bare-knuckled professional environments, Havel is committed to helping leaders and organizations boldly face their challenges and provide tools that sharpen ‘smart skills’ that improve performance, protect careers and organizational cultures.

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Cam Marston

Expert on Workplace and Marketplace Trends

Generational Insights

Cam Marston is an author, advisor, radio talk show host, and top-rated keynote speaker on the trends shaping the workplace and marketplace. His presentations are informative, engaging, humorous, and full of concrete research that is tailored to his audience. Cam enlivens the data with anecdotes, tales from the real business world, attention-grabbing visuals, and quips that make the messages and actionable strategies memorable.


His original focus was on generational differences and their impact on the workplace and marketplace. Cam and his firm, Generational Insights, have provided research and consultation to hundreds of organizations, ranging from small businesses to multinational corporations, as well as to major professional associations. Cam’s four books and countless articles describe and analyze the major generations of our time, explaining how generational workplace and marketplace preferences affect every aspect of business, including recruiting and retention, management and motivation, and sales and marketing.


In 2018, Cam began a podcast that was soon picked up as an FM radio show titled What’s Working with Cam Marston. Cam interviews a wide range of expert guests to learn about the trends influencing their workplace, workforce, and marketplace, and how they are successfully reacting to them. He has now broadcast over 200 episodes and released his fifth book, What’s Working with Cam Marston: The Ten Best Ideas from the First 200 Episodes.


Cam also records commentaries for Alabama Public Radio called Keepin’ It Real.They’re his humorous and inspirational observations of the world around him and have won both statewide and national awards. You can find both his radio show and his commentaries on your favorite podcast app. The commentaries have recently been converted into short subscription based videos to be used as inspirational and motivational weekly training content for the workplace.


Cam’s expertise and acumen are the products of over 25 years of research and consultation across a wide range of industries. He has provided insight and advice to leadership at the some of the world’s most prominent corporations, including Kaiser Permanente, Charles Schwab,BASF, Nestle, Schlumberger, Fidelity, Warner Brothers, ESPN, Qualcomm, RE/MAX and Eli Lilly. He has also offered presentations and consultations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Internal Revenue Service, NASA and the U.S. Army, as well as for major professional associations such as the American Bankers Association, the Health Care Compliance Association, FMI/The Food Industry Association, the Financial Services Roundtable, and the Million Dollar Round Table.


Cam’s perspectives have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Investment Advisor, the Chicago Tribune, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Money, and Forbes, as well as on Good Morning America and the BBC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University and is a native and resident of Mobile, Alabama.

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Rusty Murdaugh

President

Austal USA

Rusty Murdaugh is president of Austal USA. He leads an organization of nearly 3,200 shipbuilding professionals headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, with operations in Washington, D.C., San Diego and Singapore and is responsible for all aspects of Austal USA’s financial and information systems management.


Murdaugh brings over 30 years of strong financial management experience from within the defense contracting industry. Before joining Austal, he served as vice president of finance for a business segment of Esterline Corporation. Prior to Esterline, he was with Avnet, Inc., where he held the positions of group financial officer followed by vice president of financial planning and analysis. Earlier in his career, Murdaugh held financial management positions with United Technologies (formerly Goodrich) and Honeywell. 


Murdaugh holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and management from Saint Leo University and a master’s degree in government contracting from the Florida Institute of Technology. His vast global finance experience includes planning and analysis, government contracting, and strategic planning. He has a proven record of leadership in complex business environments with strong financial performance. 


Murdaugh is a Six Sigma green belt and a certified Lean Practitioner Trainer. He is a member of the Propeller Club of the United States: Port of Mobile.

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Dr. Nichole Thompson

Founder

Gaitway Solutions

For more than 20 years, Dr. Thompson has served in key roles within her community and abroad providing her with a diverse background and portfolio. Dr. Thompson earned her Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and has served in several senior administrative roles, including the role of Chief Diversity Officer. She’s co-authored multiple publications and has received numerous awards heralding her ability to thrust organizations to their next envisioned state.


She is a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record for launching successful startups both domestically and international. She is the founder of She Wins Global, a nonprofit organization that works to advance women and girls in marginalized and vulnerable communities across the globe. Additionally, Dr. Thompson is also the founder and co-owner of AdaChic Designs, a socially conscious handbag company that supports entrepreneurs in West Africa.


In her role as a consultant, Dr. Thompson works with organizations seeking to advance their institution. She’s been described as a “global thought leader. She’s insightful, well read and always challenging the status quo, Dr. Thompson is a breath of fresh air.” Dr. Elise Vandamia, Community College of Allegheny College.

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Keith Williams

Founder

Skill Stadium Podcast

Keith Williams is a technology entrepreneur whose startup, Skill Stadium, a skilled trades job platform, uses video to connect jobseekers and employers.  Skill Stadium is more than a jobsite, it's a roadmap into the skilled trades with day-in -the -life videos, blogs, podcast, and data.


Born and raised in Montreal, Keith Williams is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada.  After graduating from Trent Univeristy, he went into sales because he enjoyed seeing the impact of his influencing and customer service skills.  These early sets of experiences planted the seed for entrepreneurship.  Moving to Atlanta gave him the opportunity to work in sales, consulting and leadership roles in the tech and consumer goods industries for large companies such as IBM to small startups.


Keith has a track record of volunteering in programs that support education and career advancement such as Junior Achievement and Tech Impact IT Works.


During my free time, I enjoy cheering my children as they play baseball, basketball, and softball.  Former personal trainer who's up early getting a good run, swim or workout.  I am photographer and dog dad to 100-pound German shepherd named Chopper.

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