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Discovery Luncheons are the place to discover entrepreneurs, innovators and startups in your community!


Knight Nonprofit Center
11975 Seaway Road


11:30 a.m. – Registration and Networking

12:00 p.m. – Lunch and Program Begin

1:00 p.m. – Adjourn


gary_watts_headshotFeatured Speaker:
Gary Watts
Broadband Voice

Gary Watts is the founder and chief executive officer of Broadband Voice, a leading provider of cloud-based business solutions based in Jackson, Mississippi. Over the last three decades, Gary has developed a broad portfolio, leading a variety of organizations during periods of significant growth. He founded Broadband Voice in 2006 and led the company into recognition as one of the fastest growing Voice over IP (VoIP) technology companies in the Southeast.

For the first decade of his career, Gary established a dedication to hard work and honed his business skills by owning and operating a popular restaurant franchise. Then, in 1995, he started a concert promotion business. This business grew to national recognition within its first year as Gary promoted over 100 performances nationally while still running the restaurant.

In 1997, Gary began in the sales division for startup technology company Unity Communications, based in Jackson. He was rapidly promoted to vice president of sales in 2000. After nearly a decade here, Gary recognized that the next generation of telephony would be rooted in hosted VoIP solutions. This vision for advanced business technology solutions was the catalyst for him starting Broadband Voice in 2006.

Gary obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi College.


TK Headshot 1Entrepreneur Speaker:
Tom Koger
Landfall Technologies

Tom Koger is a founder of Landfall Technologies, a Mississippi Gulf Coast startup entering a second venture investment round aimed at bringing geospatial and supercomputer driven weather modeling technologies into the insurance analytics market. Tom will discuss his startup experiences, from discovering customers and learning to speak the customer’s language to thinking critically about how their technical capabilities really apply in the customer’s world.



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You’ll mix and mingle with a fun networking activity, so bring plenty of business cards!


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