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Anne Houghton
VP, Experience Design, Freeman XP

Anne’s ability to approach business solutions through a collaborative and proven design methodology makes her an amazing and dynamic mentor for her team.

A brilliant designer in her own right with more than 20 years of experience, Anne leads a stellar group of interdisciplinary strategic design thinkers comprised of storytellers, architects, artist, environmental designers and graphic designers. Together, she and her team are tasked with thoughtfully designing the time that people and brands come together through the live experiences medium to foster interaction, connections, and conversation to activate our clients' commerce.

As part of the creative team focused on shaping the strategic role of design with clients, Anne has served as creative director on a broad range of project types and with clients of all sizes. She knows that everything starts with understanding the essence of the audience the client needs to reach. Through a collaborative design process, informd by insights and research, the client’s goals and objectives are designed to deliver emotional brand connections.

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James Pogue, PhD
James Pogue Enterprises
Leadership and training are at the core of who Dr. Pogue is and the work he does. As a military veteran, he has learned the critical importance of leadership, ‘followship’ and training for the benefit of the leader and their teams.
After 10 years as a university researcher, professor and administrator focusing on issues of recruitment and retention, Dr. Pogue has expanded his work to include companies addressing the challenge of Generational Talent Management. Using the lens of Multi-Generational Leadership, he stimulates thinking through research, critical thinking and transparency, with the goal of positioning organizations to win the 'War for Talent'.

Dr. Pogue works with a wide range of organizations, from The Women's Foodservice Forum to Brinker International, and from AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) to speaking for various Chambers in Dallas on courage and leadership. James has led discussions of experts on the needs of Millennials and Generation Z during the Tom Joyner Morning Show Family reunion and has worked with attendees of the Steve Harvey Mentoring Program.

James has competed as a martial artist for over 25 years and has won five National Titles, and has earned both Silver and Bronze at the World Championships. Dr. Pogue has two daughters, three grand-daughters and resides in Plano, Texas.
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