Bill Yates to be honored at Innovators Hall of Fame Awards Gala Nov. 13; Fred Haise to headline Conference on Technology Innovation Nov. 14

The Mississippi Technology Alliance (MTA) will host the Mississippi Innovators Hall of Fame Awards Gala, Nov. 13. The 13th Annual Conference on Technology Innovation, hosted by MTA, will be held Nov. 14. Both events will be held at the Jackson Convention Complex.

The Mississippi Innovators Hall of Fame was established in 2008 as a tribute to the many innovative and creative entrepreneurs who call Mississippi home.

“The Innovator’s Hall of Fame Awards Gala is a unique and rewarding opportunity to recognize outstanding innovation companies for their success and to highlight Mississippi’s innovation economy,” said Tony Jeff, president and CEO of the Mississippi Technology Alliance.

This year, Bill Yates, president of The Yates Companies Inc., will receive the Legends Award, joining previous inductees Jim Barksdale, Dr. Robert C. Khayat and Ambassador John N. Palmer.

Inducted into the Innovators Hall of Fame as Excellence Award recipients are Frank Day (posthumously), founder of the Luckyday Foundation and former chairman of the board and CEO of Trustmark National Bank; Dr. John Hall, Arthur C. Guyton Professor and associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center; Dr. Shelby Thames, Distinguished University Research Professor and former president of the University of Southern Mississippi; and The Taylor Group of Companies. Also recognized as some of Mississippi’s most impressive entrepreneurs, Innovator to Watch Awards will be presented to Hyperion Technology Group, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company, PFG Precision Optics Inc. and PILEUM Corporation.

The following day, the Conference on Technology Innovation will celebrate 13 years as Mississippi’s premier innovation showcase. “Our 13th annual conference features a terrific line-up of speakers and valuable networking opportunities for entrepreneurs, investors, economic developers and business professionals from throughout Mississippi,” said Jeff.

The conference begins with a breakfast program featuring Jeff Good, Jackson restaurateur and principal with Dollars & Sense Creative Consulting, and will be followed by a variety of informative sessions and the luncheon featuring keynote speaker Fred Haise, former NASA astronaut and member of the famed Apollo 13 mission. The annual Company & Investor Spotlight event will follow the luncheon, showcasing the latest innovations from Mississippi entrepreneurs.

Tickets to the Innovators Hall of Fame Awards Gala are $100. Tickets to the Conference on Technology Innovation are $65. Visit to view the complete agenda and to register online.

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