National Convention Speakers

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

Stephen K. Bannon - Political Strategist and Media Executive
Keynote Speaker

Wednesday, February 20, 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Grand Ballroom

Stephen K. Bannon was CEO of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. At the White House, he served as Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor to the President. Mr. Bannon is the founder of Citizens of the American Republic, a 501(c)4 that advocates for populism and economic nationalism. He is an award winning documentary filmmaker and the former Executive Chairman of Breitbart News. A Goldman Sachs M&A banker, Mr Bannon has a Master's degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He was a Surface Warfare Officer serving aboard the USS Paul F. Foster (DD-964) in the western Pacific, Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf. He served at the Pentagon as a Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations.


Tuesday, February 19 - Educational Sessions



Rob Underwood - PMAA President

Federal Legislative Update

Gerry Ramm - Spirit Brand President

The Spirit Brand

Laramie Sandquist - Federated Insurance General Manager Risk Management Resources

Screening, Hiring, and Retaining Employees

U.S. Secret Service

The Risk of Skimming and Best Practices to Avoid Fraud in the Work Place

Future of Convenience Stores - Circle K

Max Hamel - Agenda Global Founding Partner

Changes in the Renewable Fuel Standard and Ethanol Blend

Max Hamel is a Founding Partner at Agenda Global, a Washington, D.C. based public affairs and communications firm. He manages corporate campaigns for a variety of public and privately held companies, trade associations and non-profit organizations, overseeing a team of public affairs operatives and media professionals across the country. His business is primarily focused on oil, gas and extractive industries as well as aerospace, defense and health-care sectors.

With a career spanning political campaigns, government service and corporate consulting – Max brings a wide variety of professional experience to the firm. Prior to founding Agenda, Max was the Managing Director at Dutko Worldwide where he ran the firm’s grassroots public affairs and issue management section. He has served a variety of roles in government at the state and federal level and has served in communications, policy and political roles in dozens of local, state, federal and international political campaigns.

Originally from Virginia Beach and a graduate of the University or Richmond, Max lives with his wife and family in Alexandria, Virginia.


Wednesday, February 20



Ladies' Luncheon

Marilyn Sherman - Front-Row Leadership

Communicating for Results - From Conflict to Cooperation

Marilyn Sherman is dedicated to training people to let go of obstacles and live and work with courage, commitment, and confidence. For the last 22 years, she has motivated audiences all over the country, and internationally with topics about hope, inspiration, and practical tools to implement immediately.

With clients in government, corporations, and hospitality, Marilyn is known for giving people success strategies to overcome obstacles, have a more positive mindset, and reduce conflict in the workplace. Her live presentations and her accompanying motivational books have been described as 'life-changing'.

She is a graduate of Washington State University and is currently an Artist in Residence for High Point University. Her first job in corporate America was with a finance company who saw her management potential early on and put her into a 18-month accelerated management program. She eventually became a training officer for that company writing and delivering their leadership training. Marilyn worked for a seminar company before starting her own speaking and training company. Clients that have been inspired by her keynotes include Coca- Cola, McDonald’s, the F.D.I.C., the US Post Office, and every kind of association from Candle companies to Bar Association Executives, to SHRM.

She is the author of 4 motivational books including her latest on goal-setting released this year called “Is There A Hole In Your Bucket List?”.

Marilyn is a Certified Speaking Professional TM, the highest earned designation in the speaking profession with only 12% of speakers worldwide holding this designation.

She loves living and working in Las Vegas with her French Husband, Yves. She serves on the board of a non-profit after school program for homeless and under-privileged youth called The Village of Hope and is very involved with Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada.


Thursday - February 21 - Educational Session



Tim Kloza - Global Head of Energy Analysis

Tom Kloza is among the founders of Oil Price Information Service, which in 2016 was acquired by IHS Markit, the world’s most comprehensive source for analysis of energy prices and supply.

Tom has covered the oil business for more than 40 years, and even traded some of the first NYMEX futures contracts. He is a regular guest on all of the business shows and has clocked more than 250 personal appearances on network and major cable TV. You can often find him in more newspapers than the Jumble or Sudoku, explaining energy matters to everyone from consumers to hedge fund managers. Back in 2014, Tom was the first major oil analyst to predict that crude oil prices could crash below $30 bbl.

Tom sits on the Board of Advisers for the Fuels' Institute and is generally regarded as one of the most objective non-biased experts on North American fuel supply and pricing.

In addition to his oil background, Tom is quite the wordsmith. Back in the 1990's he coined the term "Petronoia" to describe the yearly fear that there would not be enough gasoline. He also coined the term RINsanity to describe the system of federal ethanol credits back in 2013.