Keynote speaker

Keynote Speakers

Roy Richards, Jr

He began serving on corporate and non-profit boards in his early twenties, and took over his family’s manufacturing company at age 28. He still chairs it today (Southwire: $5BUSD+ revenues and 6000+ employees). His professional experience has been in general management of companies big and small, and board leadership, where he enjoys the challenges and opportunities that come with making all kinds of organizations successful. He teaches business students about the governance of family, early stage and mature companies because he wants to show them how to deal with challenges they will later face as leaders. He also cares deeply about climate change and preservation of the natural world, and his philanthropic work is almost all focused there. He recently helped found an environmental advocacy non-profit to protect Georgia’s coastal land and waters (, created a private fund to finance high priority land conservation in the southeastern US (, and started and run a venture fund for climate change communications initiatives ( He has been coming to the Georgia Coast for more than sixty years.

CEU credits



  • Certified Planners with the American Planning Association will receive 1.5 credits per individual session attended.

  • Floodplain Managers (FM) with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) will received 9.5 credits for attending the entire conference. FMs must obtain a certificate of completion and the self-reporting form from the registration desk.

  • Attorneys with the Georgia Bar Association (GBA) will receive 3 credits for attending the entire conference. Please check in at the registration desk to ensure the conference hosts submits your name appropriately to the GBA.

  • Professional Engineers will self-report the total attending hours to the Georgia Secretary of State. Please obtain your certificate of completion at the registration desk.


The hotels listed below have a room block for the conference. Please contact the hotel to make reservations. Mention the Climate Conference to ensure the correct rate.

  • Hampton Inn and Suites
    • (912) 635-3733
  • Holiday Inn Resort at Jekyll Island
    • (912) 635-2211 - Name of Event: GA Dept. of natural Resources
  • Home2Suites
    • (912) 319-6019
  • Jekyll Island Club Resort
    • (844) 201-6871
  • Seafarer Inn & Suites
    • (912) 635-2202
  • Villas By The Sea
    • (800) 841-6262 
  • Westin

Jekyll Island Convention Center


The Jekyll Island Convention Center has been hard at work to make social distancing a part of our Georgia Climate Conference! 

Jekyll Island Convention Center



The 2021 Georgia Climate Conference will be held at the Jekyll Island Convention Center on Jekyll Island, GA. We look forward to seeing you!

75 N. Beachview Dr.
Jekyll Island, GA 31527