IMSA Forum & Expo 2019

Opening Ceremony Keynote Speaker

Tuesday, August 20th

Dr. Shawn Wilson was appointed Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) by Governor John Bel Edwards on January 11, 2016 after more than 10 years of executive service at DOTD.

Since his appointment, Dr. Wilson has been a tireless advocate for new revenue, maximizing Federal dollars available to Louisiana, advancing a balanced and comprehensive transportation policy for Louisiana, and ensuring the Department is more collaborative in its work at every level.

Under his leadership, DOTD was successful at securing and obligating nearly $150 million additional Federal dollars for I-10 widening from I-49 to New Orleans, for the Baton Rouge I-10 bottleneck, and for the shortest Design Build procurement in the state’s history is underway to widen I-10 from Highland Road to LA 73. In addition, under his leadership, DOTD has been able to assist communities with alternative fueled transit assets, focus efforts on advancing passenger rail, and helping launch bike share in Baton Rouge, LA.

The DOTD has turned its focus to procuring $650 million in GARVEE Bonds for two Design Build Projects, a major Urban Interstate Reconstruction and the state’s first Public Private Partnership.

Dr. Wilson earned a B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Louisiana and holds a Master of Public Administration degree, as well as a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Southern University.

Shawn and his wife, Rocki, reside in Lafayette, Louisiana. They have two children, Shawn Wilson- Arceneaux (Mike) and Joshua, and they recently welcomed their first granddaughter Lailah Rose. The Wilsons are members of Progressive Baptist Church.

Annual Banquet and Reception Entertainment
Thursday, August 22nd
The International Headliner mixes great Stand-up with outstanding Ventriloquism. A Class Act...
Marc combines his unique monologue with onstage audience participation, and expert ventriloquism with the help of his colorful cast of characters. A drawing that magically comes to life, A Jamaican Rasta-mon, a fortune telling Swami, a long-haired Hippy, a tattoo clad Redneck, and two masks that transform audience members into unforgettably hilarious characters. 
Marc appeared on the television show, "Accidentally Famous" which was filmed before a live audience at the HBO/Aspen Comedy Festival. He has also appeared on Comedy Central and Showtime.
Marc performed regularly as a fly-on entertainer for Carnival Cruise Lines for 11 years and during that time he was ranked in the top 5% by the entertainment department. He has headlined some of the top clubs in Las Vegas and many prestigious Comedy Clubs such as the The Catch A Rising Star and The Improv as well as at casinos and resorts all over the world. Marc now focuses on corporate and fundraising events all of the country.
Marc is a shining example of a performer that has it all. He is a talented, creative, funny, and always entertaining. 
Join in for a final evening with friends and peers as we celebrate with great food, entertainment, and the swearing in of the 2019-2020 IMSA Board of Directors.

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