Keynotes

Begin and end your convention experience with lessons on business and life from our keynotes

Opening Keynote Speaker - Morgan Luttrell

Luttrell grew up on a Texas horse ranch with his twin brother, best-selling author, and Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell. Luttrell’s strong sense of duty at an early age developed into the desire to serve his country as a Navy SEAL. After graduating from Sam Houston State University with a degree in psychology and philosophy, Luttrell enlisted in the Navy, graduating BUD/s with class 237. After serving as a SEAL for seven years, Luttrell attended Officer Candidate School, after which he became a commissioned officer with Naval Special Warfare. While the transition from enlisted SEAL to officer was difficult, Luttrell met the challenge with honor and integrity. Throughout his tenure, he earned several awards, including two Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, two Good Conduct Medals, and an Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom medal.

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Closing Keynote Speaker- Johnny "Joey" Jones

Johnny “Joey” Jones is a retired United States Marine and Fox News Contributor. Jones grew up in the industrial textile town of Dalton in Northwest Georgia where he was a standout high football player, honors student and worked for his father, a brick mason. Jones’ is the product of a large extended family of very modest means, and attributes his grand father and two paternal uncles as father figures.

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Enduring two combat deployments (Iraq and Afghanistan) and eight years of active service in the Marine Corps; Staff Sergeant Jones suffered a life-changing injury while deployed to Afghanistan as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD/Bomb) Technician. The 2010 IED-related incident resulted in the loss of both of his legs above the knee and severe damage to his right forearm and both wrists. Since his recovery, Jones has dedicated his work towards improving the lives of all veterans and their families.

 

Currently, Jones serves as a senior policy advisor to many military initiatives and VSOs. He also shares his experiences as a motivational speaker and leadership consultant. Most recently Jones co-designed and piloted a Warrior Week military transition program as the senior advisor to military programming at Zac Brown’s Camp Southern Ground.

 

Prior to this role, Jones served as the Chief Operating Officer for the national nonprofit Boot Campaign. In this capacity, he focused on educating the public on the issues pressing veterans and their families. Boot Campaign now serves the health and wellness of the veteran community through a pipeline of treatment resources. While recovering, Jones created a peer visit program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C, following his injury. Notably, Jones went on to create a fellowship on Capitol Hill with the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where his contributions resulted in direct policy changes within the Veterans Administration and Department of Defense.

 

In 2012, President Barack Obama invited Jones to the White House to discuss challenges facing active duty and retired service members. He has also held discussions on the topic with former President George W. Bush, Former Marine Corps Commandant James Amos, cabinet officials and congressional leaders.

 

During his recovery, Jones began volunteering his time with various military nonprofits. Following his 2012 discharge from Walter Reed, Jones attended Georgetown University and received his Bachelor of Arts degree.

 

Along with his career, Jones has the unique experiences of working in NASCAR, Politics and the Film Industry. Jones has a speaking role in the academy award winning film “Lincoln”, helped produce the record setting independent veteran film “Range 15” and served as a technical advisor on the award winning independent film “Bad Hurt.” Jones has campaigned with Presidential candidates and members of Congress and continues to advise congress, on both sides of the isle on policy concerning issues he’s passionate about.

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