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MICHAEL DIXON
Oct 26, 2021
Executive Director, Pinebelt Foundation
SUSAN HOGUE
Nov 02, 2021
Stages Mississippi
DAMEON HUTTO
Nov 09, 2021
Federal Bureau of Investigation
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Many thanks to the Hattiesburg Zoo for hosting our club today and to Hattiesburg Convention Commission's
Executive Director, Rick Taylor, for providing our program today. Rick's presentation was informative and
revealed some exciting news—Hattiesburg is getting a water park!!
 

RICK TAYLOR, HATTIESBURG CONVENTION COMMISSION

Rick Taylor is the Executive Director of the Hattiesburg Convention Commission and currently operates a convention center, a visitors center, a performing arts theater, a museum district, a zoo, and a little hidden museum in an alley. He began his 34-year career in the tourism industry with a five-year stint in tourism development in the British, Dutch and French West Indies before coming to Hattiesburg. His experience is in attraction development, operations and marketing. A strong believer that unique and compelling experiences create customers for life, Rick implements this concept at each facility he develops. He is an advocate for motivated professionals to incorporate quality and creativity into every aspect of their career and responsibilities.

Rick is an inductee into the Mississippi Tourism Hall of Fame and a recipient of Hattiesburg’s Hub Award, the international Edward L. Bernays Tourism Award, and USM’s Margaret McCarthy Award for Tourism Industry Partner. He is a past officer of the International Association of Venue Managers and the Mississippi Tourism Association. Rick received an undergraduate degree in Humanities from Ambassador University in Los Angeles and a Master’s degree in Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi. He and his wife, Vicki, are parents of two boys, of which only one is still at home and only until next summer (whether he likes it or not).

Michael Dixon received his undergraduate degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University and his Masters of Divinity at Mercer University.  In 2007 Michael founded Ekklesia Hattiesburg, a non-denominational Church committed to serving those in need in Hattiesburg.  Michael is the former Director of Extra Table. He currently serves as the Executive Director for the Pinebelt Foundation, which has distributed over $21 million in grants.  He is married to Sarah Dixon and is a father to Lillian and Chapman. 
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