Brooke Chesnut has invested 38 years building successful corporate teams in Sales and Leadership, combined with climbing the highest peaks around the world. Drawing from these experiences, Brooke inspires CEOs, Senior Leaders, Business Owners, HR Professionals and Directors / Managers to improve their leadership skills, overcome adversity, and grow their organizations in today’s competitive environment.
Brooke is passionate about disrupting the status quo in Corporate America by impacting Leaders to think differently about their Culture while leveraging generational Diversity and Inclusion creating a foundation of trust and success for the future.
Trey Clark practices in the area of labor and employment, representing both private and public employers in defense of Section 1983 civil rights claims, Title VII and other discrimination suits, and wage and hour matters under the Fair Labor Standards Act. As part of his practice, Trey also defends claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Equal Pay Act.
Wilkins M. Crawford
Wilkins M. Crawford Jr., CPA
Wil has more than 16 years of experience providing audit and accounting services to telecommunications, governmental, nonprofit, higher education, and commercial clients. Wil also serves as the nonprofit and governmental industry leader for BKD’s Jackson, Mississippi, office. Wil is a summa cum laude graduate of Mississippi State University, Starkville, with a B.S. degree in accounting and an M.Acc. degree.
Wil is a member of the AICPA and Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA). He is currently the treasurer of the board of the MSCPA. He was awarded the Silas M. Simmons Bronze Medal for the 2007 CPA Exam. He also has served as president of the MSCPA Young CPAs, chair of the MSCPA Governmental A&A Committee, millennial chair of the MSCPA Long Range Planning Committee, an MSCPA board member, and was the 2015 winner of the MSCPA Rising Star Award. He is a member of the Association of Government Accountants and was previously a reviewer for the United States and Canada’s Government Finance Officers Association’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program.
Wil is a member of Madison United Methodist Church where he serves as the chair of the administrative council and is a former finance committee member. He is currently a member of the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area.
He resides in Madison with his wife Melanie and their two amazing kids.
R. Kevin Cross, is an EA and CPA licensed in the States of Florida and Georgia, he holds a masters in taxation (MST) from Florida International University, an Enrolled Agent, and a fraud sleuth. Of the old adage "it takes one to know one" has an once of truth then the insights gleaned will hold some valuable truths for your practice. Kevin was the mastermind involved 30 years ago in a large embezzlement from the Broward sheriffs office led by the famous Cuban cop - Nick Navarro the famous law man who taught Al Pacino how to act like a gangster in the movie “Scarface”. The first episode of “Cops” was filmed during the wild wild West days of the 1980s. Since then Kevin has learned the error of his ways as chronicled in his book "Embezzlement, a True Crime Story", and unprecedentedly became a CPA and has received a full pardon by Florida Governor Rick Scott. He is the only EA and CPA in the state of Florida and Georgia with such a background. He now operates a boutique cpa firm and enjoys weighing in on fraud, forensic accounting, understanding the mind of a fraudster and the ethical use of money. He never tires in uncovering a good financial crime. He has spoken to law enforcement, Florida department of agriculture, AICPA, State CPA Societies, law firm's, fraud, banking, and agriculture conferences, and NAEA societies in several states on the topic of fraud.
Melisa F. Galasso, CPA
Melisa Galasso is the founder of Galasso Learning Solutions, LLC. She has nearly 15 years of experience in the accounting profession including in public accounting, education and industry. She specializes in creating custom training courses that promote genuine learning and drive improved outcomes. Melisa teaches courses in advanced technical accounting and auditing, including not for profit and governmental accounting, as well as courses dealing with essential professional and soft skills. Her goal is to customize each course to deliver exceptional return on investment by leaving each participant with actionable takeaways and clear means to apply what was learned. Melisa monitors regulatory bodies for changes in auditing and accounting guidance and serves as a subject matter expert in implementing the updated guidance.
She is a member of and frequent instructor for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA), and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA). Melisa served as Past-President of the Board of NCACPA’s Charlotte Chapter and is Past-Chair of the A&A Committee for the NCACPA. She was appointed in 2016 to the AICPA’s Technical Issues Committee (TIC) which is responsible for monitoring the activities of the various accounting and attestation standard setting boards and submitting comments and recommendations during the due process phase.
She was recognized as a Super CPA by Virginia Business Magazine in 2007 and received the 2013 Women to Watch - Emerging Leader Award from the NCACPA and AICPA. She is also a graduate of the 2014 class of the AICPA’s Leadership Academy. In 2016, Melisa was honored as one of the 50 Most Influential Women by the Mecklenburg Times and received the Top 5 Under 35 Award from the VSCPA. She received a 5.0 Speaker award from the NCACPA in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, Melisa received the Don Farmer Award from the NCACPA for the highest combined average scores on knowledge, skills, and materials from participant evaluations for all courses taught in a technical area.
Melisa received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and International Business from Georgetown University. Melisa has also completed the Association for Talent Development (ATD) Master Trainer™ Program.
Mike Gregory is the founder of Michael Gregory Consulting, LLC. He helps companies that want to grow faster and more effectively by taking advantage of The Collaboration Effect® based on neuroscience. The Collaboration Effect enhances relationships, resources, and revenues. Mike was part of a six-member finance team that worked with the CFO addressing a $10.5 billion dollar entity reorganization over a two-year period that resulted in a completely new organization in finance. Having run an organization with 1,200 employees and completed over 2,500 mediations, negotiations and facilitations saving clients hundreds of millions of dollars he brings a unique perspective to these topics that participants find engaging, relevant, and entertaining. Mike has BS from Valparaiso University, a MS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MBA from DePaul University.
Thomas G. Stephens
Tommy Stephens received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree (Major in Accounting) from Auburn University in 1985. In 1992, he earned a Master of Science degree (Major in Finance) from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Presently, Tommy is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Information Technology Professional, and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.
In 1995, Tommy began authoring and presenting continuing professional education courses to accounting and finance professionals. In 2003, he affiliated with K2 Enterprises, and in 2007, he joined the firm as a partner. Over the past twenty-seven years, Tommy has presented over 2,800 educational sessions to over 71,000 participants throughout the United States and Canada.
Tommy maintains professional memberships with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, he is a past member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
Scott Waller, IOM
President & CEO
Mississippi Economic Council – the State Chamber of Commerce
Scott Waller is President and CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council. He is instrumental in developing meaningful public policy initiatives for improving workforce development, education, economic development, transportation, and tax policy.
The Shubuta native previously served as Executive Vice President/COO of MEC. Before joining MEC in 2006, he spent over 20 years as a newspaper journalist.
A graduate of Mississippi State University, Waller serves on the State Workforce Investment Board and the executive board of the Andrew Jackson Council BSA. Nationally, Waller serves on the Council of State Chambers board of directors, the Transportation Investment Advocacy Council, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management’s National Board of Trustees, and was recently appointed by the U.S. Chamber to the Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100.
In 2019 and 2020, he was named one of Mississippi’s 50 Most Influential leaders, and the Mississippi Business Journal honored him as one of Mississippi’s top CEOs.