Women In Business, April 2023
First Baptist Church of Augusta3500 Walton Way Extension
Augusta, GA 30909-1822
* Registration open until 4/13/23 at 11:59 PM (EDT)
Ever wonder what there is to do in Augusta outside of Tournament Week? What are some major happenings around town not associated with golf's biggest week of the year? Come hear from Margaret Woodard with the Downtown Development Authority, Bennish Brown of Destination Augusta and Cal Wray at the Augusta Economic Development Authority on what happens in Augusta the other 51 weeks of the year. From economic development and expansion to entertainment and experiences, Augusta is continuing to grow and has so much to offer.
Margaret Woodard, Executive Director, Downtown Development Authority
Bennish Brown, President/CEO, Destination Augusta
Bennish Brown has served as President/CEO of Destination Augusta since July of 2018. Among his most fulfilling accomplishments in his time at Destination Augusta are the completion and roll out of a destination rebranding project, completion of a new destination website, and the launch of a new award-winning destination marketing campaign that truly reflects this soulful, dynamic, diverse, and artistic southern city. He serves on Board of Directors for The Southeast Tourism Society (STS), a travel-and-tourism association with membership from 14 southern states and the District of Columbia; and he serves on the Board of Destinations International, the global association for destination organizations. Locally, he is on the Boards of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Alliance for Fort Gordon, the Augusta Sports Council, and the Greater Augusta Arts Council. Prior to Augusta, Bennish served for six years as the President/CEO of the Tacoma, WA Convention & Visitors Bureau, and before that at the Rock Hill, SC Convention & Visitors Bureau for 12 years.
Cal Wray, President, Augusta Economic Development Authority
Cal Wray is a proven leader in the economic development profession. Prior to becoming President of the Augusta Economic Development Authority, Cal served as Executive Director of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation and Aspire Clarksville Foundation in Clarksville, Tennessee. He served as Vice President and then President of the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority in Georgia from 2007 until 2014 and held economic development positions with the Cullman Economic Development Agency in Alabama.
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