John Hutchinson is the President of Hutch-Touch Consulting, helping businesses and organizations with public relations, marketing and community and economic development growth strategies. Previously, John served for 32 years in a number of executive leadership positions at Gulf Power Company and at Southern Company, including Director of Community Affairs and Economic Development, General Manager of Public Affairs and Corporate Services, Company Spokesman and Manager of Corporate Communications, Assistant to the Vice President of Public Relations at Southern Company and Media Relations Manager for Mississippi Power Company in Gulfport. He is the former Managing Editor of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and a former political reporter for the Jackson Daily News in Jackson, Mississippi. Florida Governor Rick Scott awarded him the Florida Business Ambassador award for his contributions to economic development in Northwest Florida. He has been named Community Leader of the Year by the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, Communicator of the Year by the Florida Public Relations Association and is a graduate of both Leadership Pensacola and Leadership Florida. Currently, John serves as Chairman of the University of West Florida Foundation and the Manna Food Bank Capital Campaign. John received his degree in Journalism from Louisiana State University. He is married and has two sons.