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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

TedxRedRiver Highlighted Speakers

From now until DigiFest (September 7-9th) we will be posting about our speakers for the TedXRedRiver Event. Special thanks to InterTech for sponsoring the event and TedxRedRiver for being so incredible to work with.  This is just a few of the exciting people who will be speaking more to come over the next few days...

Michael Marshall
Logic Nation
Friday, September 7th @ 5pm

Mr. Michael J. Marshall is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Logic Nation Incorporated.  He was part of the founding group of the company in July of 2011.  Prior to founding the company Mr. Marshall served in the US Air Force for 7 years.  During his career int he Air Force he worked in the maintenance career field, gaining familiarity with government systems and operations.  At Logic Nation, Mr. Marshall has direct responsibility for the company's vision and direction.  He uses his experience gained in the Air Force to create complex systems with simple user interfaces.  He continues to refine the developing website with the latest internet technologies while leading the company to utilize the functionality for business purposes.

Brandon Oldenburg
Friday, September 7th @ 8:30pm

Brandon Oldenburg is an award-winning illustrator, designer, sculptor, and film director.  He co-founded the Shreveport, Louisiana-based Moonbot Studios and co-directed the Academy Award winning short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.  Prior to launching Moonbot, Oldenberg co-founded Reel FX Creative Studios specializing in design and special effects for clients as Troublemaker Studios, Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks, and Blue Sky Studios.  While at Reel FX, Oldenburg oversaw a joint venture with William Joyce, collaborating on works for Martha Stewart, Disney and title design for such feature films such as Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium.  Additionally, Oldenburg and renowned designer Brad Oldham collaborated on a giant, nationally-acclaimed sculptural series for a $1.4 million commision called "The Traveling Man".  His illustrations have graced the covers for prestigious authors' books such as Elmore Leonard and Michael Chabon.  In 2010, Oldenburg was honored with the Distinguished Alumni of the Year from Ringling College of Art and Design, where he received his BFA in illustration in 1995 and sits on the Board of Trustees.

Bill Willoughby 
Louisiana Tech University-Associate Dean of Liberal Arts
Saturday, September 8th @ 5:30pm

Bill Willoughby is a Professor in the School of Architecture at Louisiana Tech University where he has taught since 1998.  He has served as Associate Dean for the College of Liberal Arts since 2005.  He has been a licensed architect since 1993 and has maintained NCARB Council Certification since 1995.  He has authored over 35 publications on scholarly topics related to architecture and has presented his research throughout the United States and internationally.  Recurring themes in his research include digital tools and architecture, wireless technologies and their effect on cities, and the redefinition of our sense of self and place as we enact more of our lives digitally than in real space.

Brady Blade
Blade Studios
Saturday, September 8th @ 8pm

Brady Blade is an American rock, pop, and country drummer, record producer and composer.  He is a Grammy winning, world sought drummer having toured with dozens of big-name artists such as Dave Matthews & Friends, Emmylou Harris, Melissa Etheridge, buddy Miller, Indigo Girls, and Jewel.  After touring the world for over a decade, he has returned to his home roots, championing a world-class sound recording studio complex - Blade Studios.  After less than a year with Blade Studios was recognized by the industry's leading publication MIX Magazine as one of the top studios on the planet.  Brady enjoys working with new talent, developing their song writing, and ultimately producing and recording alongside them.  Brady's business and artistic dexterity has made him a point man in all areas of the entertainment industry.

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