National Convention Speakers

Get a quick overview of all the speakers at the upcoming National Convention

Chris Christie - Former Governor of New Jersey
Keynote Speaker

Wednesday, February 21, 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Grand Ballroom

Chris Christie was the governor of New Jersey from January 2010 to January 2018. During his time as Governor, Christie became a leader among his fellow Governors and in his party at the national level. He served as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association (RGA) in 2014 and led the organization to a fundraising record and the election of a record number of Republican Governors. He was the keynote speaker at the 2012 Republican National Convention and was Chairman of the Trump transition from May-November of 2016, after his own campaign for the Republican nomination for President. Click to read more...

Tuesday, February 20 - Educational Sessions

Rusty Burnside - Gold Medal Coaching Academy Founder & President

Gold Medal Coaching Formula: Taking Your Team to the Next Level
Coach Burnside is the founder and president of Gold Medal Coaching Academy. Coach Burnside is an Independent Certified Speaker, Trainer, and Coach for the John Maxwell Team. Along with this he is a certified Wellness Coach, Independent Life Coach, Sports Coach and Corporate Coach. He believes that in every team and organization there is three main components we all must learn, how to master the skills of coaching, how to maximize ourselves as well as others and build programs that will not only withstand the test of time but also stand out from time to time. Coach Burnside's experience has given him a vast range of coaching experiences from individual coaching to team coaching, from the smallest locker rooms to some of the largest boardrooms.

Lee Weech - Executech, Senior Account Executive

Cyber Security
Protecting Your Own

Tresa Ball - HR Precision Inc Founder

The Balancing Act:
Tresa Ball, SPHR, is the founder and President of HR Precision, Inc. As a consulting partner, she assists businesses in developing HR solutions aimed at increasing effectiveness and minimizing risk. She brings 25+ years of HR management experience, and her practitioner background enables application of strong HR practices. Tresa’s consulting work often involves HR practice assessments, challenging employee situations, workplace investigations, and organizational effectiveness work.

Prior to founding HR Precision, Tresa provided significant contributions throughout the business life cycle in a high-tech environment. Her roles included various HR management positions and area Vice President of Human Resources. Tresa has partnered strategically with executive leadership to ensure alignment between HR and business strategies, directed an HR organization for both corporate and remote locations, and managed a team of up to 100 individuals.

Tresa is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and has a BS in Business/Management. The Human Resource Association of Treasure Valley recognized Tresa as the HR Professional of the Year in 2005, and she was named a 2011 Women of the Year honoree by the Idaho Business Review. Additional information is available at

Laramie Sandquist - Federated Insurance General Manager

Disaster Planning:
"It's Our Business to Protect Yours® is not just a slogan at Federated Insurance; it is ingrained in everything we do! Total needs risk management is at the heart of this protection and I strive to further the development of our employees, clients, and affinity partners in all aspects of risk management and professional development."

Marty Durbin - American Petroleum Institute (API) Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Fossil Fuels in America

Wednesday, February 21

Ladies' Luncheon

Elizabeth Smart - What Happens to You Does Not Define Who You Are

PMAA Update

Rob Underwood - PMAA President

Federal Update

Thursday - February 22 - Educational Session

John Rhodes - Americas Retail Sales Manager
ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants Company

Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040
J. R. [John] Rhodes joined ExxonMobil in Houston, TX in 1988. Over the next 15 years, John held various positions across Retail, Wholesale, Distribution and Planning in the U.S. and Canada. In 2004, he was named Asia-Pacific Customer Service Manager in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2008, John became Fuels Marketing Strategic Planning Manager. John returned to Americas Retail in February 2013 as the US Branded Retail Manager and assumed his current position on July 1, 2013.

Born in Thomaston, Georgia, John attended The Georgia Institute of Technology majoring in Engineering.

John and his wife Sheri have two children, Will and Eryn, ages 21 and 15.