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  Torrez Wilson

Torrez M. Wilson, MPA, CMP

Torrez M. Wilson is an event logistics and operations professional with over ten years of experience in both traditional and non-traditional higher education.  He currently serves as conference and program services coordinator at Georgia State University, in which he oversees the College of Arts and Sciences Event Center as well as assists internal and external clients with event management.  Before arriving to Georgia State University, he served as assistant director of student involvement & the Student Center at Georgia Gwinnett College.  At Georgia Gwinnett, Torrez was responsible for managing operations, event logistics, and student employee development of the 81,400 square foot LEED-silver certified Student Center.  He was also responsible for program initiatives, including student activities, civic engagement, leadership development, and intercultural awareness.  Other experience includes serving as director of student activities at Paine College as well as serving in a faculty role with the University of Phoenix.

Mr. Wilson holds a master of public administration degree and a bachelor of arts degree in music, both from Savannah State University, and has acquired the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation from the Events Industry Council.  He holds past memberships with the Association of College Unions International and was a 2014-2015 Leadership Fellow with the National Association for Campus Activities.  He is a current member of the Association of Collegiate Conference & Event Directors International and has been published in professional magazines as well as presented educational sessions at a multitude of conferences.  He is a 2016 graduate of the Gwinnett Young Professionals Leadership Institute and looks forward to completing a doctoral program in learning, leadership, and organization development.

A lover of the arts, Mr. Wilson is a classically trained musician and has performed in front of many audiences, as well as served in operations and production management positions with organizations such as the Augusta Symphony Orchestra, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the Savannah Music Festival, and the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs.  He also curated the Student Art Gallery in the Georgia Gwinnett College Student Center.

Within the community, Torrez is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., where he serves on the executive board for the Nu Mu Lambda Chapter (DeKalb Alphas) and as Southern Region Chairman of Fraternal Standards.  He also serves on the board of directors for the Miss Fulton County Scholarship Program.  A native of Augusta, Georgia, Torrez currently resides in the Atlanta area and enjoys home improvement projects, traveling, amusement parks, and playing musical instruments.

 

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Donnell Ray

Donnell Ray serves as the event services specialist for the College of Arts & Sciences Event Center at Georgia State University.  A native of Columbus, Georgia, he is a Senior majoring in Sports Administration.  While attending GSU, he has worked as a student assistant with the ExLab maker-space and also in the Department of Student Affairs as a New Student Orientation Leader for two years.  In addition to the CAS Event Center, Donnell also works as a sports marketing (graphic design) intern for Georgia State Athletics as well as serves on the Event Operations Logistics Team with the Atlanta Braves.  His experience with planning events started after his freshman year, where he was the event coordinator for one of the many student organizations on campus, Peerless Perfexion, an all-male mentorship program.  He then became a member of the Pi Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. where he was the Director of Publicity and Event Coordinator and is now currently the President of the chapter.  After graduation, Donnell plans to obtain a graduate degree and hopes to start a career in sports management as either a sports marketer or a sports event planner.