2016 Speaker Bios

Donald J. Trump

TrumpDonald J. Trump Chairman and President, The Trump Organization is the very definition of the American success story, continually setting the standards of excellence while expanding his interests in real estate, sports and entertainment.  Mr. Trump has over 7 million followers on social media. He uses this platform to advocate for Conservative causes, low taxes, a strong military and pro-growth policies.   Mr. Trump was born in Queens, New York. He is married to Melania Trump and father to Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany and Barron. He is a proud grandfather of seven.


Ted Cruz, US Senator (TX)

Ted CruzIn 2012, Ted Cruz was elected as the 34th U.S. Senator from Texas. A passionate fighter for limited government, economic growth, and the Constitution, Ted won a decisive victory in both the Republican primary and the general election, despite having never before been elected to office. Propelled by tens of thousands of grassroots activists across Texas, Ted’s election has been described by the Washington Post as “the biggest upset of 2012 . . . a true grassroots victory against very long odds.”


Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D.

bccurrentDr. Ben Carson overcame poverty in inner city Detroit to become one of the most respected physicians in the world, serving 39 years as the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Carson was named by TIME and CNN as one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists, appointed to the President’s Council on Bioethics by George W. Bush, and awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is the author of six bestselling books, a syndicated columnist and former FOX News contributor.


Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee head shot“Mike Huckabee was the 44th Governor of Arkansas from 1996 until 2007. He was only the fourth Republican elected to any statewide office since Reconstruction. He left a legacy of tax cuts, job creation, and the reconstruction of his state’s road system. His administration fought long-standing corruption in the state’s political machine, resulting in numerous indictments and convictions of powerful legislators and other elected officials.  Time Magazine honored him as one of the five best governors in America.”


Rick Santorum

Rick Santorumeady to change DCFormer U.S. Senator and 2012 Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum is CEO of EchoLight Studios, America’s Fastest-Growing Faith & Family Film Company. Santorum is Chairman of Patriot Voices, a grassroots and online community of Americans committed to promoting faith, family, freedom and opportunity. Prior to running for President, Rick served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995, and in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2007. Santorum wrote the best seller It Takes a Family. He is also the author of American Patriots: Answering the Call to Freedom.


Carly Fiorina

carly-fiorinaCarleton (Carly) S. Fiorina was born Cara Carleton Sneed in Austin, Texas on September 6, 1954. After dropping out of law school, she became an AT&T management trainee. She moved up the company ladder and became the first female officer in the Network Systems division. In 1998, she was put in charge of Lucent’s Global Service Provider division. A year later, she was tapped as CEO of Hewlett-Packard. When Carly Fiorina was hired as Hewlett-Packard’s CEO, she was the first woman to take control of a Fortune 100 company.


Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon CEO BreitbartSteve Bannon, serves as the Executive Chairman of Breitbart News Network, LLC. Mr. Bannon serves as the Chief Executive Officer of American Vantage Media Corporation and Affinity Media. Mr. Bannon is a Partner of Societe Gererale, one of the largest talent management companies in the entertainment business. Mr. Bannon served as the Chief Executive Officer of American Vantage Media Corp. Mr. Bannon received his MBA from Harvard University. He received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Polytechnical Institutes College of Architecture and has a graduate degree in Government from Georgetown University.


Ann Marie Murrell

Ann-Marie MurrellAnn-Marie Murrell is the CEO/Editor-in-Chief of PolitiChicks.com, which was nominated “People’s Choice Blogger of the Year” at CPAC 2013.  Ann-Marie is the co-author of  the book What Women Really Want, which has been ranked a #1 bestselling book on Amazon in the category of ‘Women in Politics’. Ann-Marie was the recipient of Front Page Magazine’s Glazov Gang Ronald Reagan Award and she is a contributor for TownHall Finance,  Daily Caller, Front Page Magazine, The Blaze, Jihad Watch, WND and more.

Suzanne Shattuck

Suzanne ShattuckSuzanne Shattuck grew up on a farm in Virginia. She is a former military wife of 22 years and has four grown children. For the past six years she has been involved with several national security grassroots groups seeking to educate the American public about the active Islamic movement in America. As a nurse, Suzanne noticed the alarming number of patients from numerous countries who required translation services in order to be properly treated. Researching refugee and immigrant information led her to the Center for Immigration Studies and Refugee Resettlement Watch.


 AWR Hawkins, Ph. D.

AWRAWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News. He has a PhD in military history from Texas Tech University. He was awarded Journalist of the Year 2015 by the Second Amendment Foundation. Title of Presentation: Guns, Freedom, And The Democrats’ War On Both   Description — A look at guns and what the Democrats are really trying to do with their relentless gun control push.


Congressman MarK Meadows

Mark_Meadows, Representative Mark Meadows brings a business-style approach to Washington, D.C. During his time in Congress, he has championed pro-growth jobs policies, a sensible approach to reducing the national deficit, and a robust national defense. Mr. Meadows serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee where he Chairs the Subcommittee on Government Operations. Additionally, Mr. He is dedicated to providing top-notch constituent services to North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District and is committed to upholding his Christian values and conservative principles while serving in Congress.


Alan Wilson, Attorney General (SC)

SC Attorney General Alan WilsonSC Attorney General Alan Wilson: was elected South Carolina’s Fifty-First Attorney General on November 2, 2010, and took office on January 12, 2011, becoming the nation’s youngest Attorney General. Wilson has defended the Constitution and the laws of this state even if it means challenging the federal government. He has protected South Carolina’s right-to-work; helped lead the 26-state challenge to the federal health care mandate; and successfully safeguarded South Carolina’s voter identification and immigration laws in court.


David Azerrad, Ph.D.

Azerrad_David_As director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics, Azerrad teaches the tenets of the American political tradition to policymakers, political leaders and the public, while connecting the nation’s first principles to the thorny questions of the day. His writings have appeared in well-known publications and online outlets such as Real Clear Politics, The Washington Times, National Review Online and The (London) Times. He also has been published in scholarly journals such as The Federalist, Public Discourse, The National Interest and Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy. He currently teaches a class on conservative political thought at the American University in Washington, D.C.


Lt. Col. Bill Cowan (retired USMC)

Bill Cowan_3William V. Cowan, often nicknamed Bill Cowan, is a retired USMC Lieutenant Colonel, accomplished public speaker on matters of national security and terrorism, and a contributor for the Fox News Channel. Following his time as a staff assistant to Senator Warren Rudman he again became involved with global terrorism and the Middle East. Cowan was involved in some of the most famous hostage rescues of the Middle East. One of his rescues, the 1990 rescue of American businessmen in Kuwait after Saddam Hussein had invaded that country, was the object of a documentary where some secrets about his organization were revealed, such as the fact that organization operatives used to obtain fake passports.


Major General Gary Harrell

Major HarrellRetired U.S. Army Maj. General Gary Harrell served  34 years with the 82nd Airborne Division, Special Forces — most of  the operations he led were classified. Harrell started his career as a lieutenant at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and worked his way through the ranks. Harrell served around the globe, including in Grenada as the assistant G-3 with the 82nd dur-ing Urgent Fury.



Jessica M. Vaughan

Jessica M. VaughanJessica M. Vaughan serves as Director of Policy Studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, DC-based research institute that examines the impact of immigration on American society and educates policymakers and opinion leaders on immigration issues. She has been with the Center since 1992, and her area of expertise is immigration policy and operations, covering topics such as visa programs, immigration benefits and immigration law enforcement. In addition, she is an instructor for senior law enforcement officer training seminars at Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety in Illinois.


Kris Anne Hall

Kris-anneKrisAnne Hall is an attorney and former prosecutor who travels the country teaching the Constitution and the history that gave us our founding documents. KrisAnne is a disabled Army veteran, a Russian linguist, a mother, a pastor’s wife and a patriot. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, she received her undergraduate degree in Bio-Chemistry from Blackburn College in 1991 and her J.D. from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. She is a former Russian Linguist for the US Army. and worked as a state prosecutor and with a prominent law firm defending religious liberty and First Amendment rights.


Colin D. Heaton

ColinDHeaton.jpgColin is a former professor and researcher of history and military history, and is an author of a dozen non-fiction books, and works as a historical consultant to television and film. He served in both the US Army and US Marine Corps, and along with his wife Anne-Marie Lewis co-authored the book Noble Warrior with Major General James E. Livingston, USMC (Ret), Medal of Honor, Vietnam. COLIN HEATON (Wilmington, NC) is a historian specializing in German aviation in World War II who frequently appears at signings, at author interviews, and on military TV shows. He is the author of the Zenith Press titles Noble Warrior (2010), The German Aces Speak (2011),


Peter Schweizer

Peter Schweitzer-President of Government Accountability Institute and a best-selling author. He is a partner in the Washington, D.C. firm Oval Office Writers which provides speechwriting and communications services for corporate executives and political figures.From 2008-9 he was a consultant to the Office of Presidential Speechwriting in the White House. He has also served as a member of the Ultraterrorism Study Group at the U.S. government’s Sandia National Laboratory and is a former consultant to NBC News.  Peter is the author of the book Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets. 


Clare Lopez

CML PortraitClare M. Lopez is a strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus on Middle East, national defense, WMD, and counterterrorism issues. Specific areas of expertise include Islam and Iran. Lopez began her career as an operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), serving domestically and abroad for 20 years in a variety of assignments, and acquiring extensive expertise in counterintelligence, counternarcotics, and counterproliferation issues with a career regional focus on the former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Now a private consultant, Lopez also serves as Vice President of the non-profit forum, The Intelligence Summit.


James A. Lyons, Jr. U.S. Navy Retired.

Admiral in Uniform 2-1As an Officer of the U.S. Navy for thirty-six years, most recently as Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, the largest single military command in the world.  He also served as Senior U.S. Military Representative to the United Nations.  As the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations from 1983 – 1985,  he was principal advisor on all Joint Chiefs of Staff matters and was the father of the Navy Red Cell, an anti-terrorism group comprised of Navy Seals.  Admiral Lyons was also Commander of the U.S. Second Fleet and Commander of the NATO Striking Fleet which were the principle fleets for implementing the Navy’s Maritime Strategy.


Kevin D. Freeman

Kevin D. FreemanKevin D. Freeman, CFA, is founder and CEO of Freeman Global Holdings and a New York Times bestselling author. He is founder and chairman of the NSIC Institute, a Senior Fellow of the Center for Security Policy, a co-founder of The Adam Smith Foundation, and advisor to the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, and a contributing editor to The Counter Terrorist magazine. Kevin Freeman, a global financial analyst commissioned by the Pentagon, is one of the world’s leading experts on the issues of Economic Warfare and Financial Terrorism. In his latest book Game Plan, he outlines the potential threats against our economy and how Americans can be prepared to protect their savings and investments.


Matt Robbins

Matt RobbinsMatt has served as political director for the California Republican Party, as a Coalitions director on the McCain-Palin campaign, and as Director of Training at the Leadership Institute. Matt has personally trained thousands of political activists coast to coast and in several foreign countries on campaign management, communications and party and candidate development. Matt is an Arkansas native with a degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He has also worked as campaign staff on the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign, in both state-level races and state government, and as a “friendly-fire” analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon.


David Webb

David Webb

With a nightly radio show and a regular gig as a Fox News contributor, David Webb is one of the country’s most prominent black conservative media pundits. His radio show “The David Webb Show,” airs 9pm-midnight EST on SiriusXM Patriot 125. Webb is also a Columnist for The Hill newspaper and a Breitbart Contributor. An original tea partier, he co-founded TeaParty365 in New York City. He is co-founder of and current Chairman of the Board of Advisors  of Reclaim New York a non-partisan, 501(c)3 non-profit organization focusing on civic education and citizen activation on issues of affordability, jobs and economy, education and government accountability.


Trevor Loudon

Trevor-LoudonTrevor says, “I’m a libertarian activist and political researcher from Christchurch New Zealand. I believe in freedom with responsibility, not freedom from responsibility. My ideal society is one in which government is confined to protecting its citizens from criminals and external enemies. I believe in working with all those who are moving in broadly the same direction. The views expressed in this Blog are strictly my own.” Trevor is also the founder and editor of KeyWiki.org, a rapidly growing website with the goal of unlocking the covert side of U.S. and Global politics.Trevor Loudon is a new Zealand based writer and researcher, specialising in left wing political movements and organizations.


Senator David Perdue

David_PerdueDavid Perdue is the junior Senator from Georgia. David has over 40 years of business experience as the former CEO of Reebok athletic brand and Dollar General stores, where he created thousands of quality jobs and helped working families make it from payday to payday. For the 114th Congress, David serves on the Agriculture Committee; Budget Committee; Foreign Relations Committee; Judiciary Committee; and the Special Committee on Aging. David was also tapped to lead two important subcommittees and serves as Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the State Department and USAID Management as well as the Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources.


James O’Keefe

James_OKeefeJames O’Keefe is the founder and president of Project Veritas and Project Veritas Action, organizations dedicated to investigating corruption, dishonesty, waste and fraud. O’Keefe’s investigations have targeted voter fraud, border security, ACORN, NPR, Planned Parenthood, Hollywood, Al Sharpton, and Hillary Clinton and have led to legislation, federal investigations, congressional inquiries, resignations and firings. O’Keefe authored New York Times bestseller, Breakthrough: Our Guerilla War to Expose Fraud and Save Democracy and was awarded the Robert Novak Award for Journalistic Excellence.


Adam Andrzejewski

Adam AndrzejewskiAdam is an entrepreneur and chairman of nonprofit American Transparency. Our mission- post “every dime, online” of all local, state, and federal government spending at OpenTheBooks.com & in our award winning Open The Books mobile app. With 2.3 billion lines of captured government spending in our data commons, we are the worlds largest private repository of public spending. My work has been featured in USA Today, Wall Street Journal, John Stossel’s special ‘Innovation Nation,’ Forbes Magazine, Investor’s Business Daily, HBO’s Bill Maher blog, WGN, Rush Limbaugh Show, FOX News.


Becky Gerritson

Becky GerritsonBecky lives in Wetumpka, AL with her retired Air Force husband Eric and their daughter Shelley, who they homeschooled through graduation. Becky has always been patriotic and has always voted conservatively, but she was not involved in politics. Not until 2009 that is, when she and Eric founded the Wetumpka TEA Party. Her words before the congressional committee investigating the IRS scandal that kept her TEA Party group from obtaining tax-free status were played time and time again across the Internet, television, and radio. She has appeared on several national television programs, including the Wall Street Journal and Sean Hannity’s television show on Fox News.


Tom Deweese

20090129_tom_deweese2Tom DeWeese is President of the American Policy Center, editor of The DeWeese Report and author of the book “Now Tell Me I Was Wrong.” Tom has appeared on such national programs as Fox News and the Michael Reagan Show, and quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

He was one of the first to sound the alarm against the UN’s Agenda 21 as a threat to private property rights, free markets and American sovereignty and independence. www.americanpolicy.org


Jeff Duncan, US Representative (SC)

jeff-duncanA South Carolina native and a 1988 graduate of Clemson University. Prior to being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Duncan served as branch manager and an Assistant Vice President during his seven years of working in community banking. Later, he became the President and CEO of J. Duncan Associates, a South Carolina based, family owned real estate marketing firm which specialized in statewide real estate auctions. Elected in 2010 to the 112th Congress, Jeff currently sits on three House committees including the Natural Resources Committee, the Homeland Security Committee, and the Foreign Affairs.


Jenny Beth Martin

Jenny Beth MartinJenny Beth Martin is the co-founder and national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots. In February 2010, Martin was named to TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Leaders. She is co-author of Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution. Martin graduated from Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia, in 1990. She later received a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Georgia.
She is currently expected to speak at 10:25am on Monday and will have 30 minutes, 10 of which can be Q&A.


Anne Marie Lewis

Anne pic 001Anne-Marie Lewis has her BA with Honors and MA degrees from American military University.
She is the coauthor of several books with Colin D. Heaton, and is a specialist in domestic Islamic threats, transnational security, peacekeeping and terrorism issues. Anne-Marie lives in Southport, North Carolina.Her website for Heaton-Lewis, LLC is located at www.lewisheatonbooks.com

Bill Finlay

Bill FinleyBill Finlay is known around the world for his Wild Bill for America videos on the Internet. For 20 years he served in law enforcement as both a deputy sheriff and as a deputy U.S. Marshal. Following law enforcement, Bill attended Bible college and served on the mission field in Africa, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Today his mission is calling Americans to return to the God and country values that were the foundation and the keys to the success of the USA. Bill grew up in the Colorado Rockies and had a successful career in law enforcement, serving as both a Deputy Sheriff and a Deputy U.S. Marshal.


Ambassador Henry Cooper

Ambassador CooperAmbassador Henry F. Cooper, Hank served as a Director of NICOR Global, LLC. Ambassador Cooper served as Director of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization, Department of Defense, Washington, D.C. He was appointed to this position by President Bush on July 10, 1990, and is the first Civilian Director. After his stint at Bell Labs in 1964, Ambassador Cooper served as 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and then as Scientific Adviser to the Air Force Weapons Laboratory


Lauren Martel

Lauren MartelMartel’s family  military links go back to Revolutionary War in America.   She is the Chief Legal Correspondent for America Informed and has argued in the Supreme Court of South Carolina. An attorney of over 20 years, Lauren has served  many families, people in need and successful leaders. She has spearheaded several initiatives and has been guest speaker on radio and television.  She has argued in the Supreme Court of South Carolina. She is studied in the ART OF LAWFARE.  She loves people and charity, however maintains that false doctrine, inconsistent laws or criminal acts should not be forced or mandated in America.  www.martellawhiltonhead.com


Cody Fongemie

CodyCody Fongemie is the Chairman of the Coastal Carolina Conservatives. He is currently a junior studying Political Science at Coastal Carolina University. A group of students and himself formed the Coastal Carolina Conservatives in Spring 2015. His focus and that of the group is to get the millennial generation involved in conservative politics and educating other millennials on conservatism. He proudly believes that a strong national defense, economic freedom and our nation’s founding values are the key to our nation’s future.




Share Your Thoughts 9 Responses to “2016 Speaker Bios”
  1. 1
    Joe Dugan says:

    The 2016 Fifth Anniversary Convention will have the most powerful line-up of speakers we have ever assembled. 

    It will cover all the issues, everyday working citizens care about most, with facts that Washington tries to keep hidden in their back rooms.

    Just before the Presidential primary season, this will go down in history as the milestone event, where citizens demand that that our Constitutional Republic and Founding principles, remain the “Law of This Land”!

    We are witness to the shameful decline of Western Civilization in Europe and are determined that our Judaeo-Christian beliefs along with our Founding Values, Principles and Freedoms will endure in these United States!

  2. 2

    May we suggest you add Louisianan State Senator Elbert Guillory and BlakPac chair George Farrell to the line up.

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    JACK GILLIES says:


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    Penry Gustafson says:

    I was very impressed by the 2015 Convention and plan to return for the 2016 Convention. Thanks to all the organizers in advance-what a DYNAMIC line up of speakers!

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    dennis wendling says:

    Are there any opportunities for work volunteers at the event? My budget is tight this year. Thank you.


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