AHCA/NCAL Announces Convention General Session Keynotes


AHCA/NCAL recently announced the general session keynote speakers for their 65th Annual Convention and Expo, which will take place October 5-8, 2014 in Washington, DC.  The impressive lineup includes a national military commander and a heroic ship captain who inspired an Academy Award-nominated film. It is our hope that NYSHFA members will travel the short distance from New York to hear these speakers and take advantage of such an outstanding event.

General Colin L. Powell (Ret.) is the Opening General Session keynote speaker. For over fifty years, he has devoted his life to public service. His deep commitment to democratic values and freedom has been felt throughout the world. Powell has received numerous military awards and decorations, as well as multiple civil awards including two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the President’s Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal and the Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal. In addition, he has received awards from over two dozen countries that include a French Legion of Honor and an honorary knighthood bestowed by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.  Hear what Powell has to say and get inspired!

Captain Richard Phillips, who came to national attention in April 2009 when Somali pirates hijacked his ship, will address attendees during the AHCA/NCAL Closing General Session & Awards Celebration.  For five days in April 2009, the world watched as Captain Richard Phillips became the center of an extraordinary international drama. A small gang of Somali pirates hijacked his ship, the Maersk Alabama, and ultimately, Phillips made a conscious decision to put himself in harm's way to save his 20-member crew by offering himself as a hostage. The drama that played out over the next five days kept American audiences glued to their television sets. President Barack Obama, who spoke with Captain Phillips by phone after he was freed, said, "I share the country's admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew. His courage is a model for all Americans."  His address will bring out the leadership and selfless qualities in each of us, and provide you with a renewed sense of purpose and energy to take back with you.

Register at www.AHCAconvention.org or www.NCAlconvention.org. Early bird registration ends July 18.