Leading by Example: Critical Issues Forum Addresses Challenges

Since its launch in 2004, HunterMaclean’s award-winning Critical Issues Forum has featured top experts exploring timely topics with local and statewide impact.

This twice-a-year speaker series connects local CEOs, business leaders, non-profit directors and political figures in a constructive environment devoted to exploring community issues and emphasizing solutions. Praised by area business leaders, the Critical Issues Forum highlights HunterMaclean’s longtime commitment to corporate citizenship and the Firm’s deep commitment to the local business community.

Part of HunterMaclean’s mission is to give back to the community and to provide leadership resources, said partner Brooks Stillwell, who helped found the Critical Issues Forum eight years ago. We’re honored to be at the forefront of community leadership and to keep our finger on the pulse of the issues that matter most to area businesses.

Through this innovative forum, HunterMaclean takes a proactive approach to finding creative solutions to community challenges, from education to workforce development. Featured speakers have included Savannah area Congressmen Jack Kingston and John Barrow, former Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson, Memorial Health University Medical Center CEO Maggie Gill, JCB Vice Chairman John Patterson, and Savannah Economic Development President Steve Weathers.

The Critical Issues Forum will expand to Brunswick in October of 2012, reaching an even broader audience along the coast.

 We’re delighted to expand this successful event to the Brunswick area, where the Firm has a successful office and a strong presence in the business community, said Ben Hartman, Brunswick partner. Our Critical Issues Forum is one of many events that distinguish HunterMaclean.


Critical Issues Forum
List of Speakers and Topics

Workforce Development Challenges
Tricia Pridemore, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development in Atlanta; John Patterson, deputy chairman of JCB; and Maggie Gill, president and CEO of Memorial Health University Medical Center

Legislative Update
U.S Congressman Jack Kingston, Georgia’s 1st Congressional District Representative

The Future of Savannah Area Economic Development
Steve Weathers, President and CEO of the Savannah Economic Development Authority

Improving Our Public Schools: An Update on the Passport to Excellence
Dr. Joe Buck , Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools School Board President, and Dr. Thomas B. Lockamy, Jr., Superintendent of Schools

D.C. Report: The Local Impact of Federal Legislation on Savannah’s Economy
U.S. Congressman John Barrow, Georgia’s 12th Congressional District Representative

The Local Impact of Health Care Reform
Phillip S. Schaengold, President and CEO, Memorial Health Medical Center

Charting the Future for Georgia’s Advanced Biofuel Industry
Ross Harding, Senior Advisor for Herty Advanced Materials Development Center, and Ron Barmore, Director of Project Development for Range Fuels, Inc.

Port of Savannah: Updates and Opportunities
Robert C. Morris, Director of External Affairs, Georgia Ports Authority

Georgia Transportation Issues: The Big Picture
David Doss, Chairman of Georgia Department of Transportation Board

Building a Creative Class: How Successful Cities are Recruiting Tomorrow’s Business Leaders
Peter Kageyama, President, CreativeTampaBay

Building a World Class Education System in Savannah
Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson

Attracting Knowledge-Based Businesses to Savannah
Chris Miller, Executive Director of The Creative Coast; Emory Mulling, chairman of the Mulling Companies; and Dustin Crane, president and CEO of Aelera