Keynote Speakers 2018


Kevin Triplett, TDTD Commissioner

Kevin Triplett was appointed in April, 2015 to the cabinet of Governor Bill Haslam as Commissioner of Tourist Development. Tourist Development is Tennessee’s No. 2 industry, bringing $19.3 billion in economic impact to the State, and more than $1.7 billion in state and local sales tax revenue. Prior to joining Gov. Haslam’s team, Triplett served Bristol Motor Speedway as Vice-President of Public Affairs, overseeing government and community relations, special initiatives such as tourism and community relationships, and development. Before joining BMS in January 2005, Triplett worked for NASCAR, the sport’s sanctioning body from March 1994 until June 2003, beginning in the public relations department, overseeing several of NASCAR’s 50th Anniversary projects. He ended his tenure with NASCAR as managing director of business operations. The East Tennessee State University graduate previously managed media and public relations for several NASCAR sponsors, teams and drivers, including Dale Earnhardt. Triplett and his wife, Jill, have two children - Lucas William and Sarah Grace.



Robert “Bob” Martineau, TDEC Commissoiner

Robert “Bob” Martineau was selected seventh Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam in January 2011. Martineau’s intellect, drive, commitment and affinity for Tennessee are evident in his work as Commissioner. He leads TDEC with a results-focused approach emphasizing: •outstanding customer service, •outreach and proactive education, and •effective partnerships to strengthen environmental protection in Tennessee. His environmental leadership at TDEC has been recognized at the national level as he was elected by his peers as President for the Environmental Council of the States, the national association of state environmental officers. This is the first time a head of TDEC has been elected to any top leadership post at ECOS. As a respected voice, he has testified before Congress, sharing the States’ perspective on emerging environmental issues like modernizing the Clean Air Act, regulation of coal ash, and the balance of responsibilities between states and federal government in environmental management. Commissioner Martineau has spent more than 30 years as an attorney in the field of environmental law. This includes seven years of service in the Office of General Counsel for the U.S. EPA in Washington, D.C. (1988- 1994) and 16 years as a partner in private practice at the Waller Law firm in Nashville where he was recognized in Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA for his expertise in environmental law. In private practice, Martineau helped clients, including business and local government, anticipate issues proactively, navigate permit processes, solve problems and establish effective environmental management programs. He was co-editor of American Bar Association’s The Clean Air Act Handbook and has authored a variety of substantive articles on critical environmental topics. He also co-authored a newly published book, “Plain English for Drafting Statutes and Rules.” In October 2014, he was also recognized by his peers in the environmental law world when he was named a Fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Martineau is a former council member of the Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law of the American Bar Association. He is a graduate of Leadership Nashville and also active in the community, currently serving on the Board of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. He is past president of the Tennessee Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and First Steps. In November 2013, the Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee honored Commissioner Martineau by officially naming him a recipient of their annual Good Guy Award due to his outstanding advocacy of women, women’s issues and the community. In October 2014, the Nashville Business Journal named him one of the “Most Admired CEOs” in the region. Commissioner Martineau earned his law degree at the University of Cincinnati and holds an undergraduate degree from St. John’s University (Minnesota). He enjoys an occasional round of golf at any of the Tennessee State Parks’ golf courses, sharing his popular “Where to Eat in Nashville” guide and entertaining friends and family with his wife, Pamela Eddy.



Andy Likes, Senior VP of the Vandiver Group, LLC

When it comes to crisis communications, it’s not a matter of if you’ll need it, it’s when. Crisis issues happen every day; chemical spills, wildfires, tire issues and much more. This session will examine why a crisis is different from everyday communications. From large corporations to small non-profits, you need a plan during every stage of a crisis — pre-event, mid-event, and post-event. Crisis communications is all about time and managing it the right way. This session will examine the right ways to handle a crisis, the messages that the media, your stakeholders and the general public need to hear, plus the importance of having not only a crisis communications plan, but a social media crisis plan. We want to help minimize the effects of a crisis, so you can begin to rebuild your reputation. Andy Likes has more than two decades of experience between his career in broadcast journalism and his career in strategic communications, PR, crisis communications and executive coaching. As Senior Vice President, he now leads The Vandiver Group’s media and crisis communications practice group, which covers PR and media relations, social media, community engagement, crisis communications, as well as training and executive coaching. Andy is also the Chair of the Americas Crisis Communications Team for PROI Worldwide, a global partnership of PR Firms. Andy is an Emmywinning TV Producer and a three-time Emmy nominee who has covered major local, regional and national news events. Andy’s worked with large and small clients on projects including strategy, executive coaching and training, video production, graphics development, crisis communications, PR and social media. Throughout his career, Andy has worked with a wide variety of companies and subject matter experts to help them with their crisis communications, messages and overall delivery. Andy has a bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He also attended the Poynter Institute School for Journalists in St. Petersburg, Florida.