Sunday, May 22, 2011

ALEC Keynote Speakers - Creating Focus, Forwarding ALEC Agenda

Direct Quote
When your audience takes their seats they are far from focused.

To accomplish the goals of your event, you must have them of one mind: open, ready to learn and then to act in a way to forwards your agenda.

This is the job of the keynote speaker.

A great keynote speaker sets the tone for your meeting and creates an audience of a single mind.

The right keynote can positively influence your audience for the entire event and beyond, when they return to the office.
End of Direct Quote

States & Nation Policy Summit
The States and Nation Policy Summit introduces the ALEC agenda to newly-elected and freshman state legislators for a three-day conference of intensive brainwashing educational sessions addressing issues that will be at the top of their legislative agendas the following year.

Spring Task Force Summit
The Summit is an intensive three-day meeting of ALEC’s task force members, designed to keep members abreast of new developments in the states, and includes Task Force meetings, hearings on pressing issues, and plenary meal sessions with policy discussions, presentations and brainwashing education.

The ALEC Annual Meeting
The ALEC Annual Meeting has grown to become one of the nation’s most prestigious state level conferences, and has been described as the “largest brainwashing educational gathering of conservatives held each year.” Nearly 2,000 state legislators, business executives, and public policy experts gather for four days to discuss the issues and develop policy.

Who have been the Keynote speakers for ALEC events?
ü      Who has helped ALEC members “create a single mind”
ü      Who has helped ALEC “accomplish the goals of their event?”
ü      Who has helped ALEC “forward their agenda”?

2001 28th Annual Meeting
US Attorney General John Ashcroft
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson
Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne
Florida House Speaker Tom Feeney
Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez
Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham
Professor Jonathan Turley of the George Washington School of Law
Sean Hannity of the FOX News Channel
Sam Beard, Commissioner of the President’s Social Security Commission.

2001 States and Nation Policy Summit
…began with a White House Briefing from President George W. Bush and senior administration members, including Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge (a former Pennsylvania governor),White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card and White House Intergovernmental Affairs Director Ruben Barrales.
Secretary of Commerce Don Evans,
Kentucky Senate President David Williams
Lieutenant General Russell Davis, chief of the National Guard Bureau

2001 The Task Force Summit
Jerry Taylor of the Cato Institute
Gisele Huff, Executive Director of the Jaquelin Hume Foundation

2002 Annual Meeting
Education Secretary Rod Paige
Labor Secretary Elaine Chao
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez
Congressman Mark Green, ALEC Alumni Chairman
Florida Governor Jeb Bush
Florida’s Speaker of the House Tom Feeney.

2002 States and Nation Policy Summit
U.S. Senator Don Nickles
Nationally syndicated columnist Robert Novak

One of the key highlights of the meeting was a briefing by President George W. Bush on homeland security and the situation in Iraq. During the briefing at the White House, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige and Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge joined President Bush in offering remarks.

2002 Spring Task Force Summit
Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson
FOX News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly
Author of the New York Times best seller “Bias,” Bernard Goldberg

Vice President Richard Cheney
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge
U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Larry Hereth, Director of Port Security
Washington, D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams
Colorado Governor Bill Owens
Colorado Senate President John Andrews
The Honorable J.C. Watts

2003 States and Nation Policy Summit
U.S. Senator Jon Kyl
Attorney General John Ashcroft

2006 States and Nation Policy Summit
Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters
Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Wade Horn
Clint Bolick of the Arizona-based Alliance for School Choice
Paul Driessen, senior fellow with the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow.

2007 ALEC’s 34th Annual Meeting
Among the many highlights of ALEC’s 34th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia this summer was a surprise visit by President George W. Bush. The president was warmly welcomed by ALEC members Thursday morning, who reserved their loudest applause for his promise to veto any tax increase Congress sends him. The president was preceded by The Honorable Dick Armey and introduced by Texas Congressman Kenny Marchant.

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee
Former Tennessee senator, Fred Thompson,
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich,
Neil Cavuto of FOX News.
John Fund of the Wall Street Journal

2007 States & Nation Policy Summit
U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn
Former House of Representatives Majority Leader, Rep. Richard Gephardt
Sandy K. Baruah, Assistant U.S. Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development
Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal
Renowned economist Dr. Arthur Laffer
ALEC Alumnus, New Jersey Congressman Scott Garrett.

2007 Spring Task Force Summit
U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao
South Carolina Lt. GovernorAndré Bauer
Victor Schwartz of Shook, Hardy, and

2008 - 35th Annual Meeting
…members also viewed a video message from President George W. Bush
U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty,
Doug McMillon, President and CEO of Sam’s Club
Dr. Richard Vedder, a Distinguished Professor of Economics at Ohio University,
The Honorable Dick Armey
Christopher Manning, of Manning & Sossamon
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters
Former U.S. Senator George Allen
Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard’s Business School,

2008 ALEC Task Force Summit
Jonathan Williams of the Tax Foundation
Steve Stanek of the Heartland Institute
Bob Williams of the Evergreen Foundation
Dr. Richard Vedder of The Ohio University
Gordon Reel of Enterprise discussing the targeting of tax revenue on the rent-a-car industry.
Senior Vice President for Wal-Mart Stores, Dr. John Agwunobi who previously served as the Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of The Rothenberg Political Report
Dr. Jan R. van Lohuizen, President of Voter/Consumer Research
ALEC Private Enterprise Board member Jim Epperson, President of AT&T Texas

2008 States & Nation Policy Summit,
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels
Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich
Syndicated columnist Amity Shlaes
U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin (OK)
U.S. Rep. Tom Price (GA)

2009 - 36th Annual Meeting
Former U.S. Senator and Georgia Governor Zell Miller
Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich
Dr. Art Laffer and Stephen Moore, co-authors of ALEC’s Rich States, Poor States, syndicated Radio host Herman Cain
Pete Coors
Daniel Hannan (MEP)

2009 States and Nation Policy Summit
U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH)

2009 States & Nation Policy Summit,
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN)
Kimball Rasmussen, CEO of Desert Power
Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney, producers of the environmental film “Not Evil, Just Wrong.”

2010 - 37th Annual Meeting
Texas Gov. Rick Perry
Scott Rasmussen, founder and president of Rasmussen Reports
John Fund of  The Wall Street Journal
Asm. Nathan Fletcher (CA)
Former Sen. Norm Coleman (MN)
Randall Stephenson, president and CEO of AT&T
Greg Babe, president and CEO of Bayer Corporation
Lynn Salo, president of Allergan Medical US Breast Aesthetics Division

(I will update this entry as I find more information.)

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