The MGA Geographic Visionary Luncheon
and Awards Ceremony

The Mississippi Geographic Alliance holds an annual event honoring geographic visionaries in business and education. Join us each year to celebrate the leaders in our state who help connect Mississippi to the world. All proceeds from the event go to innovative geography education programs throughout the state.

About the MGA Geographic Visionary Award

Exports support tens of thousands of jobs in Mississippi. As foreign investment continues to increase in our state, it is more important than ever that we recognize Mississippi leaders who help connect us with the global economy. The annual MGA Geographic Visionary Award honors a Mississippi business or civic leader who recognizes the importance of global understanding and awareness for Mississippians and/or promotes understanding about Mississippi in other parts of the world.

The 2014 Geographic Visionary Award will be presented on September 4th, 2014, at the Jackson Convention Complex in Jackson, MS.

MGA Geographic Visionary Luncheon Registration Form

Event Sponsorship Levels Information (click here or see below form)


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2014 Sponsors and Event Sponsorship Levels

Visionary Sponsors - Jim Barksdale, National Geographic Education Foundation

Geographic Sponsors - Hancock Bank, BancorpSouth

Leadership Sponsors - Mississippi Power, Mississippi Economic Council, Renasant Bank, Baker Donelson, Eastgroup Properties, Chartre Companies, Ltd.

Mississippi Sponsors - Blue Cross Blue Shield, University of Mississippi, Lisa and Jack Reed, Jr., Mississippi Development Authority, Jones Walker, Trustmark, Sawyer Real Estate Inc., Roy Anderson Corp, Methodist Rehab

Friends of MGA - Tougaloo College, Martha and Jerrell Hutson, Elaine and John Lovorn, Magnolia Printing & Copying, CREATE Foundation

    Visionary Sponsor - $10,000
  • 2 reserved tables for 10 at event
  • Table signs with company logo
  • Full page recognition in program
  • Logo in program
  • Company name on entry sign
  • Company logo on large banner at event
  • Photo opportunities with Visionary Award winner
  • Prominent recognition in press releases and media interviews
  • Recognition in the Geographic Visionary video
    Geographic Sponsor - $5,000
  • 2 reserved tables for 10 at event
  • Table sign with company logo
  • Half page recognition in program
  • Logo in program
  • Company name on entry sign
  • Company logo on large banner at event
    Leadership Sponsor - $2,500
  • 1 reserved table for 10 at event
  • Table sign with company name
  • Quarter page recognition in program
  • Logo in program
  • Company name on entry sign
    Mississippi Sponsor - $1,000
  • 1 reserved table for 10 at event
  • Table sign with company name
  • Company name listed in the program
    Friends of MGA Sponsor - $500
  • Half of one table (5 seats) reserved
  • Table sign with company name
  • Company listed in the program
    Ticket price - $100

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2014 Geographic Visionary Award Winner

George Schloegel



2014 Recipient of the MGA Geographic Visionary Award

George Schloegel embodies the classic America success story, working his way up from the mail room at Hancock Bank when he was 16, to CEO of the company. His successful business career led to his numerous accolades, including induction into the Mississippi Business Hall of Fame, and he provided strong leadership as President of the Mississippi Banking Association. Mr. Schloegel has consistently given back to the community. After retirement, he chose to help rebuild Mississippi’s devastated coast following Hurricane Katrina by serving as Mayor of Gulfport. As a tireless advocate for the Mississippi Gulf Coast, he worked to expand the port and strengthen the economy, making it an international destination for business and tourism, and enhancing Mississippi’s standing in the global economy. George Schloegel recognized more quickly than others the importance of geospatial technologies in our rapidly changing, interconnected global economy, and received the NASA Public Service Medal for his work supporting and promoting geospatial technology. Mr. Schoegel also recognizes that education is key to our future global competitiveness and has helped teach students about the world in powerful ways through innovative institutions like the Infinity Science Center and his model early childhood education program. Mr. Schloegel’s breadth of experience, core values, ability to connect local and global communities and his success in connecting Mississippi with the world through business and education make him a true Geographic Visionary.

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2013 Geographic Visionary Award Winner

John Palmer



Ambassador John N. Palmer not only grew a successful telecommunications company, he made the choice to keep that company in Mississippi and help connect our state to global communications. In addition to successful business ventures, Ambassador Palmer also served our country and represented our state as Ambassador to Portugal as a private sector advisor to the Secretary of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. He has also dedicated his talents to philanthropic efforts in Mississippi, serving as President of the University of Mississippi Foundation, Trustee of Millsaps College, and as a board member for various non-profits. His experience in connecting Mississippi with the world around us sets a standard of excellence for the MGA Geographic Visionary Award.

John Palmer Tribute Video from Southern Documentary Project on Vimeo.

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