2019 Speakers

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. 

Keynote address begins at 9:00 a.m.


Lee is a Location Specialist in the Georgia Film Office, which is a part of the state’s sales and marketing arm—the Georgia Department of Economic Development. In her job Lee sends custom packages of photos for projects based on script requirements, scouts with clients as needed, updates and helps maintain the private photo database, assists projects with finding crew and stages, and acts as a liaison with tourism to assist with film tourism projects. She joined the office in 2009 and is a graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis.


Dr. Bridgette M. Dingle was born in Atlanta, GA and is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University where she earned a bachelors of science in biology.  She obtained her medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA.  Following completion of her degree, she moved to Houston, TX where she completed her residency in pediatrics and fellowship in neonatology at the University of Texas at Houston.

Dr. Dingle moved to Rome, GA in 2012 and began serving the community as a neonatologist at Floyd Medical Center.  She became the medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in 2015.  While at Floyd, Dr. Dingle has been instrumental in the planning and fundraising for the complete renovation of the NICU at Floyd.  She has also worked with hospital administration in bringing life saving technologies to the NICU including total body cooling and inhaled nitric oxide for the treatment of our areas most fragile babies. 

Dr. Dingle is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is board certified in both General Pediatrics and Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine.  She currently resides in Rome, GA with her husband Jarrod Johnson and their daughter Katherine.


For those familiar with the television direct response mega-hit Smart Spin, Warren Tuttle was the person behind the scenes helping to orchestrate its overnight success. Teaming with a Boston based inventor, Tuttle selected an explosive path to market. With almost 10 million units sold so far, Smart Spin continues to be prominently featured at major retailers throughout America. Warren also teamed to initiate the market launch of several other innovative kitchen products including MISTO, The Gourmet Olive Oil Sprayer, which has sold over 5 million units around the world to date, and The Toss and Turn Pan, one of the best selling cookware frypans in the US in 2005. Warren has also helped numerous housewares product patent holders obtain licensing agreements with major U.S. manufacturers and has counseled many inventors who went on to start their own small businesses. Currently,

Warren focuses on external product development for Lifetime Brands of Garden City, New York, the world’s largest manufacturer of kitchen utensils and a major supplier of food prep and table top products to America’s major retailers. Lifetime Brands manufactures and markets over 30,000 products under multiple brand names including Farberware, Kitchen Aid, Cuisinart, Pedrini, Mikasa, Towle and Pfaltzgraff; introducing over 4,000 new products each year. There is great enthusiasm looking outside the company for innovation, particularly patented new products. In the past, Warren has initiated twenty-five new product licensing agreements with Lifetime Brands.

Prior to developing and marketing products for the housewares industry, Warren owned 5 of his own gourmet specialty kitchenware stores (The Complete Kitchen of Southern CT), a prepared food and catering business (The Good Food Store of Darien, CT), a nationally recognized cooking school and a partnership in a kitchen design business. Food and Wine magazine once described The Complete Kitchen as “one of the finest gourmet stores in America”. Warren began his career as a department store buyer of cookware and small appliances in New York City (Abraham and Straus of Brooklyn, NY).


A nationally recognized singer/songwriter/musician, Jan Smith is also a Grammy nominated producer, GA Music Hall of Fame inductee, and a multi-platinum certified vocal coach/vocal producer who has tended to some of the most distinctive voices in the business. Owner of Jan Smith Studios in Atlanta, a state-of-the-art vocal coaching, artist development, and production facility offering services nationwide to record companies, artists, producers and motion pictures. Clients include Usher, Rob Thomas/Matchbox Twenty, Shania Twain, Justin Bieber, The Band Perry, Jill Scott, Collective Soul, India Arie, Sugarland, Drake, Mastodon, Nicki Minaj, FLA/GA Line, etc.. Vocal consultation and production credits also include Tyler Perry Productions, Warner Bros Pictures, Universal Pictures, Paramount, New Line Cinema, and Fox Television, as well as work with award winning actors Liam Neeson, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Christina Applegate, Ed Helms, and Terrence Howard. Jan continues to see clients worldwide, produces records in her Atlanta “Homegirl” Entertainment studio, and develops aspiring artists under Mama J Music.

Also Presenting Students From: Berry College, Darlington School, Floyd County Schools, and Rome City Schools