Melvin Landry (MBA, University of New Orleans) is the Director of Strategic Sourcing with Caesars Entertainment Corporation leading the Enterprise Procurement group in the assigned areas of Marketing. Previously Melvin worked as a Brand Manager for the marinated beef and pork segment with Swift And Company in Northern Colorado and in Marketing Procurement with ConAgra Foods in Omaha, Nebraska. Melvin also holds an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. His research has been published in the Journal of Applied Research in Economic Development. Prior to earning his graduate degrees Melvin was involved in track and field athletics while as an undergraduate at Southern University at Baton Rouge. In 1999, he won the Southwestern Athletic Conference Outdoor Championship in the 800 meter. Melvin also enjoys traveling, running, the annual Mardi Gras festivities, and cooking spicy Creole southern style dishes.