Industry News | April 14, 2011

Colin Powell to Keynote NRA Show

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General Colin L. Powell will share insights into global events, and the impact those changes and issues will have in the U.S. and abroad, at the National Restaurant Association’s annual trade show next month. Powell will address attendees at the Association’s 2011 Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show on May 22 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. 



“Based on General Powell’s military, political, and private sector experiences, he understands the power of persuasion, purpose, and building trust in getting people to work together toward a common goal,” says C.W. Craig Reed, Convention chair for NRA Show 2011 and director of food and beverage at Broadmoor Hotel. “General Powell will undoubtedly impart invaluable insights on key issues that affect NRA Show attendees and us all.”

In 2001, General Powell stated during his confirmation hearing to become the 65th Secretary of State that the guiding principle of U.S. foreign policy during his tenure would be “America stands ready to help any country that wishes to join the democratic world.” Previously, General Powell served as a key aide to the Secretary of Defense and as the National Security Advisor to President Reagan. His distinguished Army service included the rank of a Four-Star General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during which he oversaw 28 crises, including Operation Desert Storm.

General Powell was the founding Chairman of America’s Promise-The Alliance for Youth, a national crusade to improve the lives of our nation’s young people. America’s Promise aims to ensure all children in America have access to the fundamental resources needed to become responsible, productive adults. 

Since returning to private life, General Powell is helping to raise funds for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and for the construction of an education center for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and is the founder of the Colin Powell Policy Center at the City College of New York.

Powell’s keynote address will be held at 2 p.m. in McCormick Place’s Vista Ballroom, S406, on May 22. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. The keynote is open to all registered NRA Show 2011 attendees, exhibitors, and media, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.