2018 REDe Summit - Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship - The University of Mississippi

November 14, 2019

The University of Mississippi Student Union Ballroom

Entrepreneurial Change

Keynote Speaker


Ashlee Ammons

Co-founder and President, Mixtroz

Ashlee Ammons holds a BA in Mass Communications and Public Relations from Baldwin Wallace University. She is the 38th Black Female Tech Founder to raise over $1M in pre-seed funding. Prior to Cofounding Mixtroz with her mother, Kerry Schrader, Ashlee established a career as an Events Producer working with an impressive list of A-Listers including Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jay-Z, as well as legacy brands like Moet Hennessy and Coca-Cola. Ashlee serves on the boards of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and Tech Birmingham, is a 2019 Birmingham Business Journal 40 Under 40 recipient and a proud member of Delta Zeta Sorority where she was named 35 Under 35 in 2018.



Bill Rayburn

Chairman and CEO of mTrade

If you love what you do and do what you love, that is Bill Rayburn.

He is an entrepreneur, speaker, author and former Ole Miss finance professor. Today, he would simply call himself, “Head Storyteller” as Chairman and CEO of mTrade.

As former Chairman and CEO of FNC, he built one of the largest financial technology companies in the US. FNC sold to CoreLogic in 2016.

He is doing it again at mTrade. Ask him what it’s like to build a fintech company in Mississippi while having his wife as a business partner. While you are asking, ask about his vision for Mississippi.

Mr. Rayburn received his MBA and BSBA in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1981. He then went on to receive his Ph.D. in finance from the University of Memphis. From 1989 to 2002 he was an associate professor at the University of Mississippi.



Edith Kelly-Green

Franchisee, Lenny’s Sub Shops
Former Chief Sourcing Officer, FedEx
2019 Farrington Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year

Edith Kelly-Green retired from FedEx Express in 2003 as Vice President and Chief Sourcing Officer where she was responsible for all supply chain management strategy and activity for the organization. After retirement, she and her family formed The KGR Group focused on restaurants and real estate investments.

Mrs. Kelly-Green joined FedEx Express in 1977 as a Senior Accountant and held various positions in Finance, Accounting, and Publishing Services before becoming Vice President, Internal Audit and Quality. Prior to joining FedEx, Mrs. Kelly-Green spent four years in public accounting with Touche Ross (now Deloitte). In 2000, Mrs. Kelly-Green served as interim CEO of Aeroxchange, a multi-airline global e-commerce marketplace formed by FedEx and eleven other major airlines.

Professionally, Kelly-Green is on the boards of Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. a New York Stock Exchange corporation headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio (Governance Committee Chairman and Audit Committee member), Sanderson Farms, Inc. a NASDAQ corporation headquartered in Laurel, Mississippi (Governance committee Vice Chairman and Audit Committee member) and BULAB Holdings, a privately owned corporation headquartered in Memphis, TN (Audit Committee Chairman and Compensation committee member).

Civic/Community and philanthropic activities have included Memphis In May, The Memphis Zoo, Make A Wish Foundation, Senior Citizen Services, Inc. (Meritan), founding member of the Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis and a member of the 1987 Leadership Memphis class. She was the founding Chairman of the Women’s Council for Philanthropy at the University of Mississippi and a founding member of Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis comprised of seven Memphians who pool their resources to made grants to smaller, less known non-profits. She is on the board of Methodist Health Systems (Governance and Audit Committee member) and the Advisory board for Baptist Women’s hospital.

Edith Kelly-Green was awarded an Accounting degree from the University of Mississippi where she has been inducted into the Ole Miss Hall of Fame and the School of Accountancy Hall of fame. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.



Benjamin Huston

Chief Operating Officer, Carvana

Benjamin Huston co-founded Carvana and has served as the Chief Operating Officer since the company’s inception in 2012. Prior to joining Carvana, Mr. Huston co-founded Looterang, a card-linking platform that enabled personalized deals to be automatically administered through consumer credit or debit cards, in 2011. Mr. Huston was chief executive officer of Looterang from 2011-2012. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Huston served as an associate at Latham and Watkins, a full-service global law firm, where he focused on regulatory affairs. Mr. Huston holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in American Studies from Stanford University.

Student Moderator


Elizabeth Lanford

Co-founder, Fraze Shades

Elizabeth Lanford is a senior from Ridgeland pursuing a degree in Integrated Marketing Communications and is a member of the Honors College at the University of Mississippi. Ms. Lanford co-founded Fraze, a company that creates “funky custom beaded sunglasses”.

She is a member of Phi Mu Sorority and active in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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