Get Empowered at Walton Area Chamber’s ‘The Next BIG Thing’ Forum

Kevin “Dauber” Lacz

The Walton Area Chamber of Commerce will host ‘The Next BIG Thing’ 8 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in the Baytowne Conference Center.

Several dynamic speakers will address topics beneficial to empowering individuals professionally & personally, emerging and existing entrepreneurs, and rising leaders.

This year, event attendees will have the opportunity to hear two nationally known keynote speakers, Kevin “Dauber” Lacz and Quint Studer. Additionally, there will be four TED Talk-style breakout sessions catered to the attendee’s selected growth track and a panel of several local entrepreneurs including 30A founder Mike Ragsdale.

Registration prices are $150 for Walton Chamber members and $175 for non-members.


Keynote speaker, Kevin “Dauber” Lacz, is a decorated US Navy SEAL veteran, a New York Times best-selling author, an accomplished speaker, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He also played himself in the Academy Award nominated film “American Sniper” and served as an integral part to the film as the SEAL technical advisor.

Quint Studer

The second keynote speaker, Quint Studer is a businessman, visionary, entrepreneur, and mentor to many in the area. He began the Studer Group in 2000 and then created the Studer Community Institute in 2014, a nonprofit, research-based entity with the goal of improving the quality of life in the community.

Additional speaker, Laticia Jackson is a veteran, Fitness Olympian, and globally recognized Women’s Health Empowerment Leaders. Jackson has improved the mental, physical, and emotional health of thousands of individuals and she’s on a mission to add more to her list.

Laticia Jackson

New this year, ‘The Next BIG Thing’ will feature a panel of local entrepreneurs discussing the ins and outs of running a successful business from the ground up.

The panel will feature Magda Cooper of BOTE, Jeanne Dailey of Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, Bryce Jarvis of Sunset Bay Café and Slick Lips Seafood & Oyster House, Mike Ragsdale of The 30A Company among others.

Registration and check-in begins at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast in the vendor ballroom.

For more info, email Gabrielle Woods or call 850-892-3191.

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